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Outdoor Summer Lovin’ Wedding ideas with a Hanging Canoe

Summer lovin

Have you ever wondered how to creatively use a canoe on your wedding day? Jessica Wonders and a group of creative talents did, and decided to take the idea to new heights (literally) by suspending a canoe above a table and filling it with flowers.  

We’re calling it the, 'canoe chandelier' and love how insanely cool and beautiful this idea turned out. It’s the perfect look for a summer wedding by the lake! Read more about the style and design below, plus find a beautiful gallery of must-see images from Eric Lundgren Photography

Giant air plant bouquet

Gorgeous bridal look for the non-traditional bride Non-traditional wedding dress for the outdoorsy bride

Summer lovin' in minnesota

From Eric Lundgren Photography: The inspiration behind this styled shoot was Minnesota summers. Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes after-all, so many people have a love for the Minnesota #lakelife in the summer. It's where we spend our time swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, etc. From that the idea of involving a canoe came into play.

Gorgeous air plant bouquet

This suit would look good on your groom Blue tie and grey suit

Beautiful woodsy wedding ideas for the outdoorsy couple

Wedding ideas for the outdoorsy couple Canoe ride for two

from the dress to the table

Once we found the dress, we were able to pick some of the colors of the floral in this floral print gown to then be used as our overall color scheme, so we ended up with butter yellow, sage greens, and blue. It was easy to incorporate these colors using the floral design, as well as using the table-scape plate setting.

romantic outdoor wedding inspiration

Outdoorsy wedding ideas for the adventurous couple Beautiful capture

Non-traditional wedding dress

Canoe chandelier idea for outdoor lovers Place card idea


At first the plan was only to use a canoe on the water with our bride + groom and add floral. In true creative fashion we decided to take the canoe idea a step further, and design a free-standing contraption that holds a canoe upside down. Hanging a canoe upside down wasn't quite enough, we needed to add flowers as well. The overall style of this shoot is whimsical with touches of the North. We used mixed metals when designing the table-scape, which consisted mostly of copper and gold. You will notice the blue marble plates, and also in our stationery, you will see the pops of blue and yellow.

Beautiful table decor in blue, gold and white

Mix and match glassware on your tables

Gorgeous reception table with a hanging canoe installation Elegant place setting

How amazing is this canoe table?!

Yellow and blue invitation suite

Real-life couple & their pup, eLLIE

Our bride and groom models are a real couple because you just can't beat the chemistry of a real life couple. When we learned they had a beautiful dog, it was a no-brainer to involve sweet Ellie as our doggy model, and of course, she had to have a collar clip on of fresh flowers too!

Wedding pup with flower collar Wedding pup

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