When most people think of a wedding, they imagine a beautiful church, country club, or resort, decorated with flowers and white lace. However, more and more couples are choosing to exchange their vows in nature, surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors such as woods and forests. These woods and forest wedding photos showcase not only the love between the bride and groom, but also the wonder and beauty of nature. The light filters through the leaves, sprinkling the ground with patches of sunlight. The tree trunks, leaves, branches and other vegetation provide a natural frames for the couple and creative opportunities for wedding photographers. But all the while, the serene greenery and natural beauty brings all the wedding guests back to a sense of intimacy and peace. In a world that is often hectic and stressful, forest weddings offer a chance to escape to a more peaceful environment. In this article, we’ll show you the best wedding and engagement photos in the environments of forests and woods.
- Moody Woods and Forest Wedding Photos
- Vibrant Forest Wedding Photos
- Tropical or Rainforest Wedding Photos
- Above the Forest
The images below were selected from the hundreds submitted to the Feature Challenge in the Wedding Maps Awards. These images were also featured in a rangefinder article called 6 Top Tips for Taking Incredible Forest Portraits. Be sure to read that article if you’re a photographer looking for tips and inspiration from our photographers!
Moody Woods and Forest Wedding Photos
The dark and moody wedding photography style is often perfect for woods and forest wedding photos. These photos capture atmospheric images with a sense of drama, with dark shadows, contrasting lighting, and rich colors.
Image by Party of Two at Hawkesdene in Andrews, NC USA
Image by Party of Two in Lincoln New Hampshire USA
Image by Holding and Co at Lake Gregory in Crestline, CA USA
Image by Jay Henington at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary in Chicago, IL USA
Image by Jay Cassario at The Old Mill in PA USA
Image by Jay Cassario at a Private Estate in Virginia USA
Image by Jay Cassario at Salem Cross Inn, MA in MA USA
Image by Jason Vinson at Mildred B Cooper Glass Chapel in Bella Vista Arkansas USA
Image by Thien Tong at Rừng Thông Mơ in Da Lat Viet Nam
Image by Jessie and Dallin at Snowbasin in Utah USA
Image by Jos and Tree at Elk Lake Resort in Bend, Oregon USA
Image by Finn and the Fox at New Forest in Dorset United Kingdom
Image by Bernadeta Kupiec at Killyon Manor, Ireland in Killyon Ireland
Tropical or Rainforest Wedding Photos
Rainforest wedding photos are stunning for a number of reasons. The dense foliage, vibrant colors, and natural light create a mesmerizing backdrop for photos. In addition, the rainforest offers a variety of interesting photo locations, from waterfalls to rivers to beaches. This gives photographers a lot of options for capturing creative and one-of-a-kind wedding photos.
Image by Tanya Parada at Dos Ojos Cenotes in Tulum Mexico
Image by Mauricio Urena at El Silencio Lodge & Spa in Toro Amarillo, Alajuela Costa Rica
Image by Mauricio Urena at LLanos de Cortes Waterfall in Bagaces, Guanacaste Costa Rica
Image by Marissa Joy at Cenote in Playa del Carmen mexico
Image by Angela Nelson at Jungle in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii USA
Image by Angela Nelson at Kapalua Jungle in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii USA
Vibrant Woods and Forest Wedding Photos
The vibrant colors of the forests and woods are captured in the images below.
Image by Tanya Parada at Azusa Mountains in Azusa, CA USA
Image by SMJ Photography at Yosemite National Park in California USA
Image by Jason Vinson at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale Arkansas USA
Image by Jessie and Dallin at Mountainside Weddings in Whitefish, Montana USA
Image by Jessie and Dallin at Jordan Pines in Utah USA
Image by Jos and Tree at Timberline Lodge Resort in Mt. Hood, Oregon USA
Image by Chad Winstead at The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC United States
Above the Forest
Sometimes the best way to capture forest wedding photos is to rise above it all to get a full view of the trees below. This is what these photographers did in the images below.
Image by Wes Shinn at Marys Rock in Virginia USA
Image by Marissa Joy at in Blue Ridge Mountains, NC USA
Image by Holding and Co at Top of the Notch Restaurant in Mt. Baldy, CA USA
Image by Rey Benasfre at Mt Laguna in San Diego, CA United States
The natural beauty of woods and forests provide stunning backdrops for photos, and they present a seemingly infinite number of creative options for photographers. If you’re considering a forest wedding, take some time to research locations that offer interesting features like rivers, waterfalls, or dramatic landscapes. As you can see from the images above, you can get a wide range of photo styles and backdrops depending on the exact location, the season, and the style of the photographer.
To get featured in articles like this, be sure to submit your images to the Feature Challenges in the Wedding Maps Awards.