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Frame of Reference

Your vows will be picture-perfect with a stunning ceremony backdrop.
By: 
Sarah Baumann Rogers

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Nestled among majestic Norway pines, the arbor at Burlap and Bells in Black River Falls is right out of a fairy tale. Here, with greenery-laden installations by Madison Wedding Flowers and styled by Elevate Events, the setting is the dreamiest of places to say your “I do’s.”

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A handmade ceremony arch is delightful personal touch, and after the wedding is over you can use it as backyard décor—a blissful reminder of your big day. For Erika Ruud’s September 2016 wedding at Birch Hill Barn in Glenwood City, the bride’s father made this charming birch arch with wood harvested from the family’s original homestead.

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Write your guests a love letter. Beautiful words (a favorite poem, song lyrics or even your vows) inscribed on a giant canvas make your ceremony even more moving. This installation, from a recent shoot styled by Elevate Events, features a gorgeous scroll of calligraphy by Saffron Avenue.

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Bring the indoors out. This barn-door-style installation, from Chelsea Amelon and Scott Owen’s July 2017 wedding at Sugarland in Arena, adds rustic elegance, flanked by a cascade of white petunias.

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What could be more romantic than saying your vows under a canopy of abundant greens and flowers? For this elopement shoot in Stevens Point, styled by Et Voila Events, Frontier Flowers of Fontana created a breathtaking floral arch of lily of the valley, peonies, larch, garden roses, columbine, hellebore, lilac, fern and foraged pine.