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Enchanted Forest Wedding Ideas

Photos By: Emily Steffen

“Enchanted forest” — whenever I hear those two words together, my heart starts beating a little bit faster. So naturally, when I saw this styled shoot from Johnny and Dottie and Emily Steffen Photography, I just knew I had to share it! How incredible is the idea of having your reception table (or even just a dessert table) covered in lush greenery?

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From Lisa of Johnny and Dottie:Immediately I started to design the construction of the linen. I started with a base of chocolate satin linen. To keep with the design, I opted to use a loose weave burlap and individually pin plumosa fern layer by layer. By the time the linen was completely constructed, I had used over 300 stems of plumosa fern! I wanted the table to have texture and to really be the focal point of the tablescape. We accented this with vintage containers and chalices filled with spray roses, garden roses, ranunculus, freesia, and to add a dollop of colour I added blue hyacinth in silver mercury cylinder vases and accented all of this with mismatched glasses filled with candle votives. The simple dinnerware was wrapped in satin toffee coloured napkins and matched with vintage champagne glasses and gold flatware.


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The cake table was designed with a very simple vintage pilsner glass filled with ginestra, which also accented the wedding cake made of buttercream. We also accented the table with hand stamped forks and cushioned hearts and darts (how can you not love that this time of year?!).


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Stationery suites were a labor of love from Dena Swenson Design. From the textured paper (hand antiqued by Dena!) to the crimson ribbon accent, no detail was missed in complementing the overall design concept. For the bridal, we wanted to create a very dreamy, yet deco feel to her look. Hair and makeup, while soft, gave clear definition to her strong features and the hair (omgoodness the hair!) rolled and coiffed was the perfect accent to the Anne Barge gown. The gown itself was a dream of tulle, lace, and one amazing satin sash. We dressed the Groom in wool pants, dapper suspenders, and a bow tie made by Emily Steffen herself (camera and textile skills that girl has!).


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And… the bouquet. Almost a midsummer’s night dream by itself, it complimented not only the bride but the entire design itself. A mixture of burgundy ranunculus, antique spray roses, freesia, ivory garden roses, and subtle hints of green hydrangea in a pillow of plumosa fern… it all was so beautiful it truly did seem like a dream!


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Shoot Location: Minneapolis, MN / Photographer: Emily Steffen Photography / Planning and Design: Johnny and Dottie / Shoot Venue: Minneapolis Photo Center / Flowers: Johnny and Dottie / Dress: Anne Barge gown from Bridal Accents Couture / Hair: Aubrey from Swept Up / Makeup: Ashley from Unveil Lovelieness / Rentals: Linen Effects / Paper Goods: Dena Swenson

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