An At-Home Wedding in Big Lake, Minnesota

For their formal forest nuptials, Rachel and Brent wanted to have “the fanciest picnic of all time.” A timeless color palette of white, gold and blue

For their formal forest nuptials, Rachel and Brent wanted to have “the fanciest picnic of all time.” A timeless color palette of white, gold and blue brought their vision to life.

Brent spent months designing the paper goods for the day, making sure they all matched the forest theme. He used their silhouettes (from pictures he took) for everything from the ceremony programs to the table décor.
Rachel had each of her six bridesmaids choose their own dress. “My only requirement was for it to be a shade of blue,” she recalls. “I have to say, I have some classy friends whom I fully trusted to pick the perfect blue attire.”
Mason jars, hung between two trees, served as a shining altar area during the outdoor ceremony.
Rachel and Brent combined vases and mason jars with flowers and ceramic birds to create laid-back centerpieces. Blue and white toile runners tied the look together.
The ceremony was nestled within a grove of oak trees. The couple hung mason jars in between two of the trees and used small steps built by the groom and his father as the altar.
The wedding took place in the backyard of Rachel’s childhood home—100 acres of forested land. “It felt personal and intimate,” Brent says. “It’s also pretty darn pretty.”
The couple chose A Case of You by James Blake for their first dance.
The forest and silhouette theme, created by Brent, made its way onto the ceremony programs and other paper goods used during the celebration.
Small galvanized pails filled with stock and mums were placed next to tree stumps along the ceremony aisle.
Brent wanted his groomsmen to be able to reuse their wedding attire for other occasions like work or a night out, so he chose simple pants and shirts from GAP. Bonus: They paid under $70 for their looks.
Rachel carried a rustic posy of thistle and assorted wildflowers.
Rachel wanted a classic dress that was simple, yet elegant. I really wanted lace with small buttons on the back, she says. My dress hit all these notes for me.