A Bohemian Winter Wedding at Thorpewood in Thurmont, Maryland
Walking in a winter wonderland, indeed. This seasonal wedding filled with boho style truly reflected Paula Bartosiewicz (27 and a creative wedding and portrait photographer) and Nik Reese's (31 and a fitness professional) love for the snowy time of the year—filled with minimal decor to let Mother Nature do the talking. "Choosing to have our wedding during the winter was an easy choice," Paula says. "Cozy fires, snow days, hot chocolate, sweaters—winter is just nostalgic for us." The natural nuptials took place at Thorpewood in the mountains in Thurmont, Maryland, where the day began at the outdoor pavilion ceremony. Guests sipped on hot cider as they sat on wooden pews to witness the matrimony between Paula and Nik. Bohemian flare showed through Paula's wedding dress—a vintage ivory gown with a high neckline and lace sleeves, along with a lace overlay covering the entire dress—captured on camera by Rebekah J. Murray Photography. A cozy atmosphere formed inside the lodge, thanks to the string lights, wooden floors and stone fireplace. Decor that ranged from arrangements of moss to gold elephant statues decorated the middle of dining tables, covered in thrifted white linens and illuminated by votive candles. Our favorite detail had to be the hanging evergreen branches that had escort cards dangling from yarn, with each name and table number handwritten by Rebecca Gallop from A Daily Something. A tip from Paula: "There are many brilliant wedding ideas out there, but really try to make it your own. We made our guests sit outside in 20-degree weather for our ceremony, but it all worked out and everyone was raving about it."