Winter weddings are WAY underrated, in our opinion, and this queer winter garden wedding is all the proof we need. By choosing a plant nursery as their venue, Erin and Annie achieved a natural, outdoorsy vibe many people might think isn’t possible for a wintertime ceremony, but this wedding coordinated by Events by Merida proves them all wrong! Just wait until you see Annie’s suit… bye-bye, boring black and white! And we love how this couple made the signature cocktails personal to them and the wedding favors personal to each guest. Trust us, you’ll want to steal this favor idea for your next party – and we promise it won’t break the bank!
This queer winter garden wedding chased our winter blues away
Erin and Annie wanted their December wedding aesthetic to celebrate the season of winter rather than any specific holiday – and they nailed it. Abundant pine fronds, pine cones, and holly all helped achieve a wintery feel without tipping too far into Christmas, and the monochromatic white flowers used in the bouquets, boutonniere, and decorations evoked the snow falls that help make this season so magical.
The warmer-weather plants used as the backdrop for their ceremony helped balance the heavier textures and darker colors used throughout the seasonal decor. And because the ceremony took place in a nursery, there was tons of natural light coming through the ceiling. Together, the greenery and the light made Erin, Annie and their guests feel like they were outside without having to deal with the cold temperatures. GENIUS!
The looks at this queer winter garden wedding are enough to keep us warm
We are seriously obsessed with both looks at this wedding. First, let’s start with Erin’s dress – a look that's both classic and modern. Her lace long sleeves fit perfectly into the wintry theme while still being super delicate. The shape of the dress’ open back adds a contemporary feel and a bit of intrigue as she walks down the aisle. And that plunging neckline… holy wow, we’re obsessed. Major points in both the elegant and sexy categories.
Annie rocked what might be one of our favorite wedding suits we’ve seen – a teal, velvet suit from Bindle and Keep, which is known for making incredible suits for the LGBTQIA+ community. The teal color beautifully matched the greenery in the photos without blending in or clashing. And velvet is not only a perfect fabric choice for winter but also adds a pop of glamor and personality to a clothing form that can tend to be a bit monotonous (but never for our Offbeat couples!).
The drinks at this queer winter garden wedding have an extra shot of thoughtfulness
The specialty cocktails at Erin and Annie’s wedding were personal on many levels. First of all, the drinks were named after their beloved pets (their cat stayed home, but their dog was part of the ceremony) – so each drink brought a bit of a special part of the couple’s life together into the hands of each guest. The Eloise, which included Earl Grey simple syrup, was a nod to Erin’s go-to drink – tea. And when brainstorming which cocktails to serve, Erin and Annie made sure to come up with options that could be served without alcohol as well, so their non-drinking friends could still enjoy them. Let’s normalize mocktail options!
And if that wasn’t personal enough, Erin and Annie spent the months leading up to their wedding thrifting mugs from various stores, so each guest could enjoy more drinks at home in a cup that spoke to them – from cute and cozy to zany and whimsical. We love this idea, which can be used for all types of gatherings – not just weddings! We know that weddings are usually about the guests loving up on the couple, but we love it when the couple shows that love and thoughtfulness back to their guests in the small details.
This queer winter garden wedding is a winter wonderland of love
From the decor, to the clothing, to the drinks, this cold, winter wedding made us feel all warm inside! We’re raising our mug to you, Erin and Annie! May your life together be filled with lots of cozy moments and warm cups of tea together.
Queer winter garden wedding vendors
- Planner: Events By Merida @eventsbymerida
- Venue: Terrain at Styers
- Photographer: Sharyn Louise Photography
- Florals: Gypsy Hill Florals
- Music: DJ Jamz
- Cake: Bredenbeck’s Bakery
- Hair: Marco
- Makeup: Houpette
- Dress: BHLDN
- Suit: Bindle and Keep
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