I’m not sure I even have the words for today’s feature. When this boho Christmas styled shoot from Kayla Duffey Photography showed up in our Two Bright Lights account, I could hardly contain my excitement. It was a bit retro with a dash of boho and a lot of Christmas charm. Honestly, it was the not so literal Christmas wedding I was dreaming of publishing this holiday season.
If you’re planning a wedding during the holiday season, I’m sure the thought of a Christmas wedding crosses your mind. Christmas decorations bring a sense of warmth, comfort and cheer to any room. It’s easy to see why your mind would naturally gravitate towards using elements of the holiday at your wedding.
But, if you aren’t careful, your wedding can go from a day celebrating your love and the life you are starting together to a full blown holiday party that’s just missing Santa and his sleigh. This styled shoot did a beautiful job of incorporating touches of the holiday spirit while still keeping that classic, cozy winter vibe. Keep reading to find out how to bring it to life for your big day.
From the Photographer
From there, the idea of “I’m Dreaming of a Boho Christmas” was born. We thought it would be fun to feature as many cherished family items in the shoot as possible. Elements such as my great-aunt’s 1930s fur coats, vintage chairs, china plates, and our mom’s ornaments can be found amidst the other boho treasures we decided to use. We created what we thought to be the perfect bohemian Christmas wedding. There was a lounge with one of a kind furniture pieces, an air stream strung with colorful Christmas lights and wooden spools to set your coffee on. The newly married couple had dinner for two on the dock with signature cocktails, more twinkle lights, a cake for two, and of course, our Christmas ornaments.
Lastly, they would finish the evening reminiscing about the beautiful wedding they just had under the Georgia oak tree that danced with Christmas lights.We hope you love this unique shoot and that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!
Let’s start with my favorite element of the day, the retro trailer decked with vintage lights and wreath. It’s probably the hardest element to recreate but mobile vendors such as bartenders and photo booths are becoming more popular. Everything they need is in a pull behind trailer such as this one and it’s a great accent to your day. Plus it checks two boxes, fun decor and needed vendor. Costs can vary and are typically a bit higher than a regular bartender or photo booth so maybe leave this detail until you have a better understanding of where you stand budget wise.
As for decor, I think it’s important to do holiday in a less literal way as they’ve done here. Line your tables with gorgeous garland (real preferrably if you have the budget for it). Pro tip: If you’re planning a holiday wedding for next year, there are some very real looking garlands on the market. My favorite is the preserved boxwood or faux rosemary garland from Terrain. Find your favorite now and wait for it to go on sale at the end of the season. Most of the time you can snag it for 60% off if not more. The garland is great for guest tables and accenting the front of your cake or guest book table. If long strands of garland doesn’t fit within the budget, opt for greenery heavy centerpieces accented with deep red blooms.
For this styled shoot, they utilized farm tables, a personal favorite. However, with an average cost of $75 per table (not including chairs or decor), I’d save the farm tables for special use say for your cake, guest book, gifts and even food. For guests, opt for 8’ Banquet or 60” Round folding tables topped with floor length ivory linens. I always recommend splurging a little on the chairs and going for a chavari or cross back chair. They look a lot better than standard plastic folding chairs.
To bring in the wreaths, I’d add them to the doors of your venue in a coordinating greenery to what’s going on your tables. Again, preserved boxwood, like these from West Elm, are great, especially if you can snag them on a post Christmas sale. If you have a little play room in your budget, you could also add one to the front of your bar or above your cake table (if against a wall).
For favors, I’d do custom ornaments with your name and wedding date on them. Placed at each guest’s seat, it will add a festive touch to your table and a fun reminder for guests to hang on their tree from year to year. If the budget permits, you could even customize each ornament with the guest’s name on the front. The ornaments could then pull double duty as place cards and favors.
Finish it off by adding a vintage lounge area for guests to relax and celebrate. An ideal place for this is either near the dance floor or at cocktail hour. Better yet, you could put it near your mobile photo booth or bar trailer as they did here.
Alright, if it’s not clear by now that I’m obsessed with this shoot, you obviously didn’t read the last 1000 words I wrote about it. So for sake of not writing a novel about it, I’ll leave the execution ideas at that. HOWEVER, if you have more questions about how to achieve this look or want tips on doing it within your budget, feel free to join our Facebook group and ask away!
Venue: Three Oaks Farm
Photographer: Kayla Duffey Photography
Model: Chyna Hearn
Makeup Artist: Helena Bonner
Dress Store: Uptown Gowns
Professional: Kayla Duffey Photography
Event Designer: Bob & Ginger Co.
Event Designer: S. Chapman Design