A Wedding In the pines

Updated: May 12

Have you ever wondered what an outdoor wedding looks like, in a pine forest, surrounded by nature? It's intimate, simple, yet filled with amazing beauty.


Towering pines are the backdrop to a tiny wedding ceremony in Chicago suburbs

We had the opportunity to provide a few rental pieces for this elopement-wedding inspired styled shoot a few weeks back, and so enjoyed the opportunity to work with some extremely talented vendors to create beautiful, tiny-wedding inspiration.


Set in the towering pines of a northwest suburban Chicago community, our goal was to create something that allowed the surroundings to speak for themselves, and give inspiration for a tiny, elopement wedding. A handful of friends to witness, a table set for desserts, and the beauty of the day make a wedding in the pines just about perfect.


Simple florals with a rug and lanterns create the wedding ceremony site

Using our deep navy blue area rug as the anchor for the ceremony area, Gatherings Design created a beautiful backdrop of white flowers and ferns that was perfectly simple, yet elegant. Our wood-trimmed, galvanized top Pottery Barn lantern set gave just enough texture to the ceremony area, and provided just the right amount of candle light. I can imagine these lanterns twinkling well into the night as the celebration goes on!


Bridal bouquet perfectly matches the vintage area rug surrounded by beautiful ferns in the ceremony area

Pottery Barn lanterns create simple lighting for the woodsy elopement wedding site

The bride's bouquet was trimmed with silk ribbon, and the muted colors tied in perfectly with the vintage rug that anchored the ceremony area. We love to use rugs in our design for ceremonies; they're a perfect means to combine elements, both in color and theme.


Bridal bouquet placed on top of vintage area rug ties the colors together perfectly

Men's boutonniere is simple for a woodsy wedding

After ceremony photos, the couple moved on to the sweetheart table, decorated with a beautiful macrame runner from Drifted Knots. Accenting the table were hand-made pottery luminaries, from T. E. Hansen, artist, and potter, beautiful invitations from The Letter J Creates, custom cocktails by Common Good Cocktails, and more beautiful floral displays.


wedding details, flowers, and invitation display

wedding vows displayed on the forest floor

naked cake displayed on sweetheart table with pottery luminaries, macrame and table settings

place settings with earthy textural touches

Custom cocktails for the wedding party

Custom cocktails for the bride and groom

The Sugar Path, a delightful bakery in Geneva, IL, provided a naked cake that was decorated with more florals! These tiny cakes for the couple and a few friends are just the perfect way to celebrate, eat cake, and have just enough to share!


Naked cake displayed on macrame table runner for sweetheart table beauty

The bride wore a gown from Flora And Lane, and it's simple flowing style was perfect for an intimate, woodland wedding. Not overdone, it was striking in it's long flowing train and spaghetti strap back! It certainly had a vintage feel that worked perfectly in the beautiful wooded setting.


The bridal gown was simple, but stunning; white, simple lace, and split train

Custom jewelry added a simple touch to the bride's look.

Julia Maruyama Photography captured the essence of this shoot in such a dramatic way, a little moody, with appreciation for the surroundings, and the simplicity of the details. We love how our pieces completed the look, brought warmth to the ceremony area, and give you inspiration for your intimate, outdoor wedding.


Reading vows in their woodsy, tiny elopement wedding ceremony

Woodsy, elopement ceremony

Breathe in the moment in your tiny wedding ceremony magic.

Whether you choose your backyard, the beach, a beautiful pine forest, or another nature setting, we can assure you that your wedding day can be beautiful, memorable, and simply charming when you incorporate just the right touches to carry through your theme. We're always here to lend ideas, and help design the look you want, and love the opportunity to incorporate our one-of-a-kind rental collection into your special day. Whether rustic or refined, simple or elaborate, vintage or Boho, garden-style or industrial, our rental collection and design expertise will blend your theme seamlessly.


This summer has given us some beautiful opportunities to provide pieces from our collection for an outdoor bridal shower, two backyard weddings, and several other outdoor weddings yet to come! Let us know how we can help!


Be sure to visit our Rental Collection, make a Mood Board with your ideas, and give us a call. We're one of the few Rental and Design companies serving the Chicagoland area, and we'd love to bring your wedding vision to life.


Vendor Credits:


Photography: Julia Maruyama Photography

Floral Design and Styling: Gatherings Design

Calligraphy/Invitations: The Letter J Creates

Cake: The Sugar Path

Custom Cocktails: Common Good Cocktails

Jewelry: Black Water Co, IG: blkwaterco

Hair/Makeup: IG: @katyasladhair

Gown: Flora And Lane

Macrame: Drifted Knots

Pottery Luminaries: T. E. Hansen

Rentals/Design: Elements Preserved

Couple: @shelbymiettinen