What do you need for a cozy fall wedding?

Bride and Groom kissing on a lodge at lake crescent

Lake Crescent is the quintessential setting for a Pacific Northwest wedding: water, trees, mist, mountains and moss.

Dreaming of a Pacific Northwest wedding?  Autumn is a perfect time – and Lake Crescent is a gorgeous spot!  If you are getting married in the PNW during autumn or spring, there are a few things you might need to help make for a cozy event.

bride with legwarmers for her Lake Crescent fall wedding

Legwarmers and cozy wool socks to keep you warm under your gown!

A sturdy pair of waterproof boots, and a cozy fire.

bride's boots in front of a fireplace at NatureBridge

Bride's cranberry wedding cape

A cozy cranberry cape to warm you against the chilly mist.

A dear friend to help you get your tie right.

groom and friend

bride getting her dress buttoned

A loving mom and a dedicated wedding planner to fasten all those teeny lovely buttons.

Rings to serve as symbols of the never-ending circle of love.  Since this is the PNW, you should probably an antler.  And you can never go wrong throwing a mushroom in the mix!

Ring detail with antler and mushroom from PNW Wedding

hands around a warm cup of tea

A cozy cup of tea to warm your hands while you wait for your love to be ready.

A bouquet to clutch, brimming with the rich colors of the season – reds, plums, caramel & peach.

Bridal bouquet with blush Lisianthus, cranberry Dahlias and Mums, brown Lisianthus, trailing amaranth and teal velvet ribbon

groom's boutonniere with rusty rose and teal velvet ribbon

A boutonniere to grace your lapel.  A sprig of Rosemary – for remembrance.  And a wrap of teal velvet for a pop of color.

A beautiful and welcoming entrance to your ceremony space, with lanterns, flowers, and maybe even a smudge stick.

entrance to wedding ceremony with flowers and lanterns

Wedding ceremony sacred altar with rosehips and fern

A sacred structure lovingly built and decorated by friends, including a bowl of candles floating in lavender water.

A gang of jolly musicians to play you down the aisle, and keep your pals jigging and jumping all night long.

musicians at a NatureBridge wedding

bride walking down aisle with parents, bridal bouquet and rugs on the ceremony aisle

A handsome lodge to shelter you from the rain.  A beloved crowd of family and friends to witness your union.  Loving parents to escort you down the aisle.  Richly patterned rugs to cozy your way.

A friend to officiate and pronounce you officially bound!

Loving arms to form a tunnel to run through as you leave the ceremony.

bride running through tunnel of love

wedding reception outside Rosemary Hall at NatureBridge

A historic hall surrounded by majestic trees and a generous lawn for all of the fun.

Lots of toasting, singing and merriment.

wedding couple singing and drumming

Rosemary Hall wedding reception

A funky charming old lodge to house the ceremonial feasting and celebrating.  (And one musician patiently awaiting the rest).

Tables simply set.  An apple for each guest, simple pops of flowers, and plenty of room for plates heaped with food and glasses full of wine!

Wedding reception place setting with apple and flower

Laden wedding gift table

A table for your flowers, a book to record the guests’ wishes, and to receive all of the loving gifts.

Sprigs of cedar and snips of dried apple to decorate the delicious little cakes.

Vegan cupcakes with cedar sprig detail

First dance at a NatureBridge wedding

A dress that swirls when you spin.  (And it turns out that a muddy hemline doesn’t matter at all!)

Flower petals to be showered in.

Wedding couple showered in flower petal confetti

children playing with umbrellas at lake crescent

Umbrellas for playing in the rain.

Bride and groom with blush and burgundy bridal bouquet

I hope you enjoyed those photos by Kim Butler Photography from this fairy-inspired fall wedding at NatureBridge.  NatureBridge is a neat venue – it offers a historic lodge, bunk houses for your group, a big lawn with huge old Maples and views of the lake, a dock, a Viking-style row boat ride.   If you are thinking of getting married in the Olympic Peninsula, consider including a few of those things for your Lake Crescent wedding!  Tobey Nelson Events + Design provides wedding planning and wedding flowers for weddings at Lake Crescent and on the Olympic Peninsula.