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14 Most Beautiful Ceremony Backdrops Using Doors

One of our favorite rustic wedding details is the use of re-purposed doors as ceremony backdrops or decor. The more weathered they are, the better! To prove that ceremony backdrops are actually a beautiful DIY idea, we’ve rounded up fourteen of our favorite examples. Some of these are ceremony backdrops, while others are aisleway doors designed for the bride to make a true grand entrance — even outdoors! Get ready to break out the hammer + nails: you’re going to be on the lookout for castaway doors to re-purpose after this post! I know I am, if even just for my patio. ;) Enjoy!

P.S. Need to find doors for your project? Try here for vintage finds or Ebay.

Ceremony Backdrops – Doors

1. Outdoor Ceremony Setup

outdoor wedding ceremony doors | via Ceremony Backdrops Doors | photo: Nathan Nowack

photo: nathan nowack

Winery Style Wedding Shoot at B.R. Cohn Winery

Are you dreaming of a winery style wedding? You’ve come to the right place! Today we’re sharing a winery styled shoot with d.Royal Engagements at the event styling helm and the lovely Olivia Smartt Photography behind the lens. A handful of talented wedding vendors came together to bring wine themed ideas to fruition, including a stunning location — B.R. Cohn Winery — and a full video by Spencer Sarson Visuals. In this post, you’ll find a breathtaking ceremony arch with chandelier, ceremony seating inspiration, gorgeous dresses (and handsome attire), extravagant floral design, a stunning wedding cake with custom cake topper, appetizer ideas, and more. If you’re thinking of planning a wine themed wedding, now is the time to start planning — and this shoot is sure to get your creativity flowing! Read on to begin…

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride and Groom at Winery (photo: olivia smartt)

Winery Style Wedding Shoot

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - ceremony arch with chandelier (photo: olivia smartt)

I’m obsessed with this chandelier — it’s gorgeous! It was rented from Wine Country Party.

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - lavender wedding arch with chandelier (photo: olivia smartt)

Loving these custom dress hangers from Black Label Decor:

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride's Dress on Custom Hanger (photo: olivia smartt)

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride's Dress on Hanger (photo: olivia smartt)

I love all of the bride’s accessories… but this dress sash from Something Treasured is amazing!

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride's Accessories (photo: olivia smartt)

See the sash on the bride’s reception dress, below:

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - Wedding Gown on Satin Hanger (photo: olivia smartt)

The invitations from Throne Invitations set the color palette of this theme perfectly, right from the start:

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Wedding Invitations (photo: olivia smartt)

The floral design of this shoot was exceptional — right down to the boutonnieres! By Enchantment Floral.

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - Boutonnieres (photo: olivia smartt)

I love the bride’s white robe for getting ready. It’s by Doie (you can visit their website here).

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride in Robe Getting Ready (photo: olivia smartt, robe: doie)

Black and White Wedding Color Board

Last week when we shared our coral and mint inspiration board, we never thought we’d receive so many requests for other custom color palettes in our Ask Emmaline inbox! We are excited to help with color palette inspiration and we promise to get to all of your requests! (Want yours added to the mix? Send us your colors here!)

First up — a black and white wedding colors board, a special request from bride-to-be, Terese. Her email tells us that she’s hoping for a “classic, traditional look” but with “modern touches” and “a bit of gold or silver metallic“. To round out this look, we’ve found invitations, table linens, a flower girl dress, ring dishes, cake, rings, and more! PLUS, to make this post even sweeter, we’ve teamed up with the awesome Tori of bag shop Toriska for a new giveaway! One lucky bride-to-be will win a black, silver, and gold sequin clutch purse. Good luck!

Black and White Wedding Color Board

27 Inspiring Rose Gold Wedding Ideas

Hi, Emma here and if you love gold as I do, you’ll really enjoy these rose gold wedding ideas! You see, rose gold is my latest favorite; it’s been popping up in wedding rings, bridesmaid jewelry, decor, and even wedding gowns (remember these?) Today we’re sharing twenty-seven rose gold wedding ideas to inspire you from engagement rings and wedding dresses to cake stands and decor. There’s a little something here for everyone to love.

Oh, and just wait until you see the dress. It’s one of my favorite bridal gowns to date. Enjoy!

Rose Gold Wedding Ideas

rose gold sequin bridesmaid dress by nula bridal | Rose Gold Wedding Ideas via

by nula bridal

by sukran kirtis jewelry

rose gold engagement ring by kristin coffin | Rose Gold Wedding Ideas via

by kristin coffin

invites: jade forest design | save the dates: love verity | tassels: mod party | wedding cake stand: eisabella design | ampersand: designs by embellish

Rustic Farm Wedding Gown Inspiration

Do you dream of a rustic farm inspired wedding? Well, you’re in luck! Today we’re sharing a gorgeous rustic farm wedding inspiration shoot with photography by Cat Mayer Studio, floral design from 3 Leaf Floral, and gorgeous wedding gowns from Allure Bridals. In this feature, you’ll see a beautiful place setting, wedding gowns, table decor, a naked wedding cake, beautiful flowers, and more. Go on, take a look!

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio |

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio |

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio |

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio |

This first gown has an embroidered bodice and a full English net skirt, shown below:

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio |

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio |

This next gown is my favorite! It features an English net ballgown and delicate cap sleeves. I love a gown with sleeves.

And last but not least, this gown features a delicate, dramatic illusion back and symmetrical lace detailing.

To see more about these bridal gowns, be sure to check out Allure Bridals.


This is a sponsored post by Allure Bridals.

Take 5 → Bright Pink Wedding Ideas + Ceremony Decor

Happy Monday, loves! It’s time again for Take 5 — our weekly series where we pull five of the best details from a single Real Wedding to delight + inspire you. This week, we’re oohing and aahing over this gorgeous modern pink wedding captured by The Mondays and designed by Juli Vaughn Designs. Ready to be inspired? This’ll do — we promise!

Bright Pink Wedding Ideas

1. This exceptional paper flower + ribbon ceremony backdrop

paper flower backdrop ceremony

2. The stunning chair decorations down the aisle

ribbon ceremony chair decor

3. This fantastic sign

We love a custom marquee sign! And this one is awesome.

drink up marquee lights

4. The modern geometric chair signs

geometric chair signs

5. The adorable dessert bar + banner

And check out the floral cake!

mmmhmm dessert bar banner

I love all of this. How about you? Do you like the color palette and the geometric-inspired designs? Tell us with a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

There’s more coming up next! Stay tuned! (And you can subscribe right here.)


50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas

Mountain wedding ideas await you in this post! But first, do you crave daily wedding inspiration like this? Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a post!

If you’re looking for the best mountain wedding ideas, look no further! Whether you’re planning a small intimate wedding near the Smokey Mountains or a huge soiree with stunning Rocky Mountain views, you’ll find some of the most creative ceremony spaces, reception decor, favors, gifts ideas, and more right here. We’ve rounded up over fifty amazing mountain wedding ideas to inspire the Best Day Ever, all mountainside! So, grab a cup of coffee and prepare to be inspired…

happily ever after starts here | 50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas


Note: if you’re reading this on the homepage, it’s a VERY image-intensive post, so we’ve split it in two. You’ll want to click ‘keep reading’ to see the full article.

Mountain Wedding Ideas

First, let’s dream up a breathtaking ceremony space, like this:

mountain wedding ceremony |

photo: bwright photovia style me pretty

Ahhh, so pretty.

You can plan a mountain wedding in any season. In the spring or summer, deck out your ceremony space with an arch, like this:

mountain wedding ceremony arch |
photo: christina kiffney photography

Or plan an elegant fall or winter wedding:

left: venue, via harpers bazaar | right: via style me pretty, photo: cory ryan, venue: stein lodge

Imagine a nighttime reception with mountain views and pretty lights…

mountain wedding |

photo: bwright photo, via style me pretty

… or a see-through tent at night so you don’t miss the views, even when it’s chilly outside.

elegant tent for mountain wedding |

via style me pretty
, photo: allyson wiley

Here’s a sweetheart table that’s pure perfection…

sweetheart table mountain wedding |

photo: boonetown story via ruffled

And this reception setup is gorgeous:

mountain wedding reception |

photo: logan walker via fab you bliss

If possible, travel by ski lift…

bride groom on ski lift |

photo: allyson wiley via style me pretty

… wedding party included!

groomsmen ski lift wedding |

photo: inphotography

bridesmaids ski lift | 50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas
photo: our labor of love

Now, before you get started, you’ll want to tie in your wedding theme with a perfect invitation. It will set the tone for your entire event and tie it all together. Here are some we love, including save the date cards:

mountain save the date |

by starboard press

And these!

mountainous save the date |

by starboard press

Or these cute hang tags:

mountain save the date tags marova |

by mavora art and design

And some invitations…

mountain wedding invitations sparkvites |

by sparkvites

by starboard press

Have guests find their seats in a really creative way, like these ‘lift ticket’ cards…

lift ticket escort cards |

by four13designs

See the full post here.