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

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."

Paula selected a vintage pair of brown boots that she laced up for the day. She wanted shoes that felt comfortable and that would make frolicking in the snow easy.
Going for a bohemian and natural look, Paula wore her long blonde hair in a fishtail braid, draping down her right shoulder. She wore a flower crown as well, made up of colorful berries and ranunculus.
When Paula and Nik glanced at each other for the first time, Nik's face lit up with happiness when he saw Paula wearing her vintage ivory dress and flower crown of berries and ranunculus.
Nik glanced at Paula as he sported his charcoal gray Ralph Lauren suit. The suit had a wool-like texture that fit the wintry season, plus a burnt orange bow tie and blue chevron socks to represent his love for the Chicago Bears football team.
The flower crown made with branches and leaves had accents of Viburnum dentatum berries and bright ranunculus. "I wanted something bright and vibrant to offset the muted winter colors," Paula says. "Overall, I wanted a piece with bohemian style that would stand out."
Paula and Nik stood surrounded by the tall trees outside on the Thorpewood property, nestled in the Catoctin Mountains of Thurmont, Maryland.
Paula held a vibrantly colorful bouquet filled with red and dark blue berries, peonies and ranunculus, going along wonderfully with the natural vibe of the day.
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Paula wore a cream-colored coat accented with faux fur during some parts of the day, keeping her warm in the 20-degree weather. She sported the coat during the ceremony and portrait shots, which she purchased from Zara.
Under the wooden pavilion at Thorpewood in Thurmont, Maryland, long green garlands lined both sides of the ceremony aisle. Guests entered the space in between two cream-colored canvas curtains hanging from the ceiling.
As guests walked toward the wooden pavilion for the ceremony, a green sign with white designs and text greeted them. The welcoming sign read "Let the Adventure Begin."
"We had the ceremony outside under a wooden pavilion, with dark wood beams and gray washed stone," Paula says. "We didn’t need a lot of decor since we wanted to highlight the natural elements of winter."
Bundled up in a bright red peacoat and a wool hat, the flower girl and Paula's niece walked down the aisle while holding her woven basket.
Two yarn macrame decorations hung from the ceiling of the wooden pavilion, which served as the backdrop at the ceremony. Paula and Nik stood on a white soft rug, adding a nice cozy detail to the wintry space.
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Guests found their seats by locating square pieces of wood painted in copper, depicting numbers in chalk. Accents of moss and various decor surrounded the numbers, displayed on top of thrifted white linens.
"Our reception had a very lodge-like feel with all-wood interior, high ceilings and a wood-burning stone fireplace, which we definitely took advantage of," Paula says. "It truly was the perfect venue for a winter wedding."
Paula and Nik cut into the small three-layer dark chocolate naked cake, filled with vanilla cream and powered with sugar. The dessert had red and yellow blooms decorating the top, all created by Paula.
Paula and Nik took their first dance to "Wicked Games" by James Vincent McMorrow in front of the stone fireplace. Surrounded by twinkling string lights, wooden accents and green foliage, the setting couldn't have been anymore romantic.
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Paula created all the wedding invitations and save-the-dates herself. She did the invites on cream-colored card stock, wrapped in matching speckled yarn. Paula used brown kraft paper to make the save-the-dates.
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Viburnum dentatum berries and red berries mixed with sprigs of holly made up Nik's boutonniere. The bright colors of the arrangement popped nicely with the surrounding winter environment.
"Our wedding stylist, Rebecca Gallop, hand-wrote and cut all the escort cards," Paula says. "The display was a favorite. We foraged a large, cascading evergreen with cream-colored yarn dangling from it, and attached each escort card by a brass-colored butterfly clip."
Handmade yarn macrame in different shapes and sizes hung from brass triangles, accented with greenery sprigs. The display served as the backdrop for the small naked wedding cake.
White linens covered each dining table at the reception, decorated with accents that ranged from clumps of moss to brass and copper votive candles, along with antler decor.