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The Longest Night – Winter Solstice Inspiration

This weekend is the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, which makes this the perfect time to bring back this inspiration board! Celebrating the solstice is a long-held tradition, when people would gather branches into their homes to remind them of the eventual return of green, growing things, and light candles against the long, dark night to draw back the sun. The Longest Night - Enchanting Winter Solstice Wedding Inspiration in Gray and Green with Romantic CandlelightThese days we tend to get caught up in other winter celebrations – but we still bring a tree into our houses and wrap it in bright lights, reminding us that spring and the sun are never too far away. We still gather with our loved ones in the darkest and coldest time of the year, toasting to the good times and looking forward to what the new year will bring.

To celebrate, I wanted to create a board that captured that transition from the dark of the night into the bright sunrise. Although this board was originally created for the winter solstice of 2013, I’m surprised at how well the styling tied in to some of the biggest trends of 2014! Rich garlands of fresh greenery are perfectly on point, both for the tradition of bringing boughs of winter green indoors and the elegant, organic style that was the hallmark of 2014. The simple glamour of glowing candles and crisp white flowers help capture the last of the light before the sun rises.

PHOTO GALLERY –

Enchanting Paolo Sebastian Wedding Dress | Erich McVey Photography | The Longest Night - Candlelight Winter Solstice Wedding InspirationGreenery Table Runner with Champagne Coupes | Elizabeth Messina Photography | The Longest Night - Candlelight Winter Solstice Wedding InspirationWhite Taper Candles in Antique Brass | Ali Harper Photography | The Longest Night - Candlelight Winter Solstice Wedding InspirationEthereal Bridal Portraits at Sunrise | Bruno Aveillan Photography | The Longest Night - Candlelight Winter Solstice Wedding InspirationGrand Staircase Draped in Greenery, White Roses, and Candles | Rebecca Lindon Photography | The Longest Night - Candlelight Winter Solstice Wedding InspirationFresh Green and White Flowers with Glowing Candles | Emily Blake Photography | The Longest Night - Candlelight Winter Solstice Wedding InspirationWinter Birch Woods at Sunrise | Johannes Sipponen Photography | The Longest Night - Candlelight Winter Solstice Wedding Inspiration

Photo Credits –

Ethereal Bridal Portrait – Photography by Erich McVey Photography, Styling by Joy Proctor via Wedding Sparrow | Greenery Table Runner – Photography by Elizabeth Messina Photography via Martha Stewart Weddings | Taper Candle Cluster – Photography by Ali Harper Photography via Snippet & Ink | Bridal Portrait at Sunrise – Photography by Bruno Aveillan Photography via Studio 5555Grand Entrance Staircase  – Photography by Rebecca Lindon Photography via Style Me Pretty | Fresh White and Green Flowers – Photography by Emily Blake Photography via Style Me PrettySnowy Birch Forest – Photography by Johannes Sipponen Photography

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  • Just stunning. Love the elegant feeling in this board.ReplyCancel

  • Well – this is JUST STUNNING!ReplyCancel

  • This is so gorgeous and super creative! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • This is just simply magical! (And the colors of my living room, too, so I extra love this!)ReplyCancel

  • Very ethereal! candlelight is always so romantic 🙂 I hope the elegant, organic style continues to trend into 2015 because look how much beauty it inspires!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Drake

    Amazing stuff. Very impressedReplyCancel

  • Alizeebridal

    What a perfect longest night winter wedding!I like the special but romantic inspiration.Really beautiful and gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • This is so beautiful! It’s definitely my new favorite winter board. I hadn’t even realized that tomorrow is the solstice. I’m the kind of person who likes dark winter days…ReplyCancel

    • Awww, thank you! I love dark, cozy winter days too and thought the solstice would be a beautiful way to celebrate that!ReplyCancel