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Our team was recently looking forward at the remaining events we have this year and realized that Saturday, December 23, 2017 is still an available date on our calendar. Many brides and grooms might find this date too close to the holidays, a hectic time of year, but we have a vision of a Winter Solstice Wedding at Planterra. Although we are getting close to the date, we can still pull together a perfect wedding for the right couple. Here are some of our ideas.
First a little background on the winter solstice. There is a lot of folk lore and history surrounding the winter solstice. It is the shortest day and darkest night of the year, but from that day forward each day grows longer. It is a time to celebrate the reemergence of the sun’s light and bright things to come. Just as a wedding is a celebration of a bright future together as a couple. The symbolism of the winter solstice fits perfectly with a wedding. It is such a romantic notion, I love it. And, the elements of the winter solstice celebration can guide you to stunning wedding styling.
Ancient celebrations of the winter solstice often included the gathering of branches and bringing them into the home or shelter as a way to honor the coming spring and renewal that the longer days promise to bring. Imagine long, wooden communal tables layered with branches and greenery. The scent of evergreen and rosemary heady in the air. Winter blossoms tucked into the branches for color and softness.
By far the greatest symbol of early solstice celebrations was fire. At your wedding this can translate into candlelight, lots and lots of candlelight. Roaring bonfires outside to great your guests as they arrive to celebrate with you and warm them as they venture outside later in the evening. Candlelight is absolutely stunning in the Conservatory. Anytime a potential client asks me about a winter wedding, I always tell them that candlelight in the Conservatory on a dark winter’s night is nothing short of magically and that is completely true. The glass walls and ceiling reflect light in a way that is really mesmerizing.
For a winter solstice wedding, I envision going over the top with candlelight. Flickering lanterns and bonfires lining the entrance. A mass of candles in glass cylinders lining the aisle. Dinner tables lit with a mix of votives, clustered tapers and towering candelabras. There is nothing more beautiful then a happy bride lit by candlelight.
Incorporating light and candles into your ceremony as a nod to the solstice is lovely. Couples can light a candle in memory of loved ones or a unity candle during their vows.
In ancient times the night of the solstice was celebrated with a feast, a gathering of family and friends around communal tables sharing a huge meal with wine and spirits. Why not make it a wedding feast?! A charcuterie table laden with fine cheeses, meats and roasted vegatables, an elegant three course meal, finished with a decadent dessert station. Offer your guests a signature solstice cocktail. I think I would try a Spruce and Smoke. It sounds like a perfect wedding to me.
I could go on and on. The possibilities for a romantic Winter Solstice Wedding are endless. Here is a bit more Winter Solstice inspiration to enjoy.
Photo credit: Two Twisted Trees
via Hey Wedding Lady
Spruce and Smoke via Cider & Rye
Photo credit: Kelly Sweet Photography
Photography credit: Kari Dawson Photogrpahy
Photo credit: Jess+Nate Studios