Oh I am REALLY in love with today’s DIY Maryland wedding. The bride, Amanda, is an art teacher – so naturally she put her amazing talents to work, customizing and hand making all the elements of their woodland “tree” inspired wedding. Their wedding details involved a ton of branches, bark, and wood – perfect inspiration for a fall/winter weddings – and mostly collected from the couple’s own backyard! The other element I loved about this  wedding was all the family and friend involvement. Amanda’s mom made the wedding cake, her maid of honor made the favors, and even the marshmallows were homemade!

A special thanks to ZADesignz for the images [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Amanda & Keith’s DIY Woodland Wedding in Maryland


Floral Designer: Fantasy Florals
Reception Venue:  Elkridge Furnace Inn
Dress Store:  David’s Bridal
DJ:  The Pros
Jewelry:  Chiky on Etsy
Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Mens Warehouse

About the couple:

 Amanda and Keith met at a party in September 2007 and immediately hit it off. Amanda works as an art teacher in Anne Arundel County, and Keith is in the process of becoming a paramedic. Some of their hobbies include camping, geocaching, and anything else that is free and fun :) They got married on their 5 year anniversary, November 10, 2012. Right now they live in Odenton with their dog Dexter, and are enjoying this time they have together before having kids in the future.

 [Amanda hand glued EACH pearl and bead on these shoes! stunning!]

On their color pallet selection:

When it came to colors we both love the complementary color combination of purple and yellow and it seemed like a good fall palette, so when went with it.


LOVE Amanda’s dark purple sash. Perfect way to modernize and customize your wedding dress!

Just wait until you see how well Amanda & Keith executed their “tree” themed wedding:

We chose the tree theme for our wedding because we love the outdoors and we loved the symbolism of a tree as family and rebirth as we started our new lives together. Since I’m an art teacher and very crafty, I hate to spend money on things I can make. With a tree themed wedding all of our resources came from our back yard. I loved carrying out the theme from the invitations to the centerpieces, it was nice to have everything match and blend together so well.

Click inside for the rest of Amanda & Keith’s DIY Woodland Maryland Wedding ~ including a TON of handmade, DIY tree wedding details!

They handmade SO many of their wedding items:

 Everything from the invitations to wedding shoes. Only thing that wasn’t home-made were the flowers :)

Offbeat details: 

We had a tree ceremony at the church were we watered a sapling that we will plant at our house as a symbol of building our roots. I think the most off beat thing about my wedding is the fact that everything was homemade.

On their reception venue selection:

We both love the outdoors and nature so it was obvious to us that we needed a venue that was “woodsy”. We found the Elkridge Furnace Inn and immediately fell in love. I loved the rich history and lush environment it had to offer, and the food was delicious, so it was an easy pick!

I love when couples include their family & friends in their DIY wedding projects:

I couldn’t have had a wedding if it wasn’t for my family.

Almost every detail of the wedding was homemade or put together by myself or a family member. My cousin’s husband created all the stationary: invitations, reply cards, programs, and thank yous on the favors. My cousin handmade my s’mores favors with homemade marshmallow. She also helped put all the centerpieces together. My father helped cut the wood for the escort cards and branch candle holders. My mother made the wedding cake ( which was amazing). I made the card box, drew the tree for the guestbook, glued pearls to my shoes, and also wood burned signs and details for centerpieces.

Everyone in my family helped put the wedding together in some way or another, I can’t thank them enough!

These are some of the coolest branch centerpieces I have ever seen!

Gah! I love these branch initial cake toppers!!

^ yes … a carved, tree trunk cake stand. LOVE!

Love this tree branch votive for the sweetheart table:

Congratulations Amanda & Keith ~ thank you SO much for sharing your beautiful wedding pictures and DIY wedding details with us! I loved every single one of your tree & branch themed wedding details :) A special thanks to ZADesignz for the beautiful images!





  1. Oh my gosh! Your wedding is the EXACT direction I am going in for mine! I loved everything! You gave me some great ideas. The cake is amazing. Our initials are A + K too! :]

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