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A Christmas Wedding Palette: Holly, Pine Cone Brown, and Winterberry

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Holly, pine cone brown, and winterberry for winter weddings

Holly. Pine Cone Brown. Winterberry. The color names alone have us feeling all warm and fuzzy with holiday cheer. So what an ideal trio of colors they make for a Christmas wedding! Rustic and woodsy. Natural and fresh. Festive and heartwarming. All of these qualities and more are what you can bring to your wintertime nuptials—just as these breathtaking images we found prove.

The Scene

Notice how these three hues are all nature inspired—you might even say, Bambi inspired! The fresh green of holly. The rugged brown of pine cones. The merry red of berries. A palette that lends itself perfectly to a whimsical woodland-themed wedding made magical with a sprinkling of frost.

The Textures and Colors

Once you say ‘rustic’ or ‘woodland,’ then you’ve got to think texture. And what rich and varied ones you can style with! There’s bark and bare wood, pine needles and holly, burlap and sisal twine. And amidst all those organic elements in greens and browns is where the pops of red come in—via winterberries, of course, but also cranberries or cherries, poinsettia, faux red cardinals, and crimson holiday candles.

Decorating the Wedding

Holly, pine cone brown, and winterberry for winter woodland wedding

Now, here’s how to infuse your wedding scene with that wintry woodland mystique. Starting with your ceremony details, how gorgeous would a holly and berries bouquet be for you!

The reception decor, meanwhile, can truly take your guests into an elegantly enchanted forest. Just look how enticing that dessert table is with chocolate-dipped red Anjou pears and a sweet sprig of berries. Or you could add a tiny ‘Bambi’ figurine to the cake display or as a darling cake topper.

And speaking of your wedding cake, this is where you can really showcase the woodland motif—with a tiered creation entwined with a woody vine, leaves and berries. While the guest table settings can feature lush all-leaf centerpieces paired with candles, and rustic-chic place card holders made of painted pine cones with pearl beads tucked in.

A holiday wedding is already such a joyous occasion. But toss in a woodland theme decked out in this Christmasy palette and you’ve got sentimental charm as well!

Image credits:

Foliage centerpiece – Honey of a Thousand Flowers / Leo Patrone Photography, via Once Wed
Deer figurine – Les Tissus Colbert
Sweets table (Philip Foster Farms styled shoot) – Nakalan McKay Photography, via Bird is the Word
Bouquet – Jennifer Stuart Photography, via Borrowed and Bleu
Pine cone place card – HGTV with photo by Matthew Mead
Cake – Ooh La La Cupcakes / Courtney Clarke Photography, via Wedding Chicks

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