51 Stunning Wedding Arch and Arbor Ideas for Every Style and Season

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Photo by Elizabeth Austin Photography

Wedding arches have long been used to enhance—and even transform!—ceremony spaces. Why? A wedding arch can create a focal point for your vow exchange. Plus, the statement-making piece makes a stunning backdrop for photos, too.

Floral arches remain popular, but we also love seeing couples and event designers create new takes on the standard trend. From asymmetrical designs to untraditional materials such as pampas grass and palm leaves, there are plenty of creative ways to match your wedding vision to any style arch or arbor.

Read on to see 50 more show-stopping wedding arch and arbor designs to inspire your ceremony décor. 

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Enhance Your Environment

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Photo by Rachel Havel; Planning by Kate Ryan of Gold Leaf Event Design & Production; Floral Design by Aspen Branch

At this outdoor wedding in Aspen, Colorado, the couple said “I do” in front of a massive arch of garden roses, wild grasses, larkspur, smilax, and Italian ruscus. We love how the neutral palette lets the setting shine.

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Go Big or Go Home

floral arch

Photo by Ryan Ray; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; Floral Design by Bloom and Plume

Want to make a statement? Go all out with a floral-covered altar and aisle. Here, we love how this OTT look is done in a neutral palette, creating a more romantic atmosphere in the outdoor ceremony space.

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Mix Different Styles

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Photo by Heather Waraksa; Planning by The Nouveau Romantics; Floral Design by Vine Garden Market

This Sea Island bride had a non-traditional vision in an otherwise traditionally setting. As shown, her wedding ceremony site—complete with modern acrylic chairs and an arch of moss, greenery, and alliums—proves that both can, in fact, be accomplished.

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Turn to the Tropics

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Photo by Stewart and Connie Uy; Planning by Moana Belle Events; Floral Design by Paruhi Floral 

For a modern botanical vibe, consider highlighting the raw beauty of your venue, as this bride did by creating a lush altar to match the lush green island where she said "I do" in Hawaii.

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Transform a Woodland Scene

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Photo by Sylvie Gil Photography; Floral Design by Greenwood Events 

For a wedding set against a beautiful woodland backdrop, a simple arch of loosely arranged flowers can act as a focal point that blends seamlessly with the setting. Here, a runner of petals and low arrangements help draw guests’ eyes forward.

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Focus on a Single Hue

breaking the glass

Photo by Ryan Horban; Planning by After The Engagement; Floral Design by Vaso Bello

Choose a single, vibrant hue to add color to your ceremony space—and your pics! This couple opted for a chuppah created from wood and decorated with fuchsia bougainvillea, a flower native to their Palm Springs wedding venue.

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Embrace Asymmetry

ceremony altar

Photo by Anya Kernes Photography; Planning & Floral Design by Rekindle Creative

Asymmetrical arches add an extra element of visual interest and make traditional florals feel more modern. This couple, married at Ebell Long Beach in California, exchanged vows beneath an arrangement of blush, mauve, and cream roses, sweet pea, hydrangeas, delphinium, and eucalyptus.

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Blend In

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Photo by Kelly Brown; Floral Design by Of The Flowers

For a subtle ceremony backdrop, opt for an arch that seamlessly blends with your venue’s natural surroundings. When planning their wedding at the Paramour Estate in Los Angeles, this couple opted for an arrangement that felt right at home in the property’s lush gardens.

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Forget Florals

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Photo by Jillian Mitchelll; Planning by Nicoella; Floral Design by Francisco Salazar

Marrying in a tropical location? Use local foliage to make a statement altar, as this could did at their beach bash in Sayulita, Mexico.

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Show Off Your Romantic Side

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Photo by Sposto Photography; Floral Design by Plenty of Petals; Planning & Design by Haute Fetes

For a wedding arch that feels traditionally romantic—and a little bit wild—opt for a cathedral-window shaped design bedecked in a range of lush flowers and greenery.

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Extend the Florals

Wedding aisle

Photo by Erich McVey; Planning by Laurel & Rose; Floral Design by Moon Canyon

To further draw guests’ eyes toward your ceremony marker—and make it stand out from a distance—line the aisle with bold arrangements using the same florals and greenery found in your arch. This couple was inspired by their wedding venue, choosing flowers and plants that mimicked the earth tones of their California setting.

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Go Green

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Photo by Jose Villa; Planning by Bellafare 

If “simple-yet-elegant” is your motto, opt for an arch of loose greenery like eucalyptus, myrtle, or ivy. At this South Carolina wedding, this couple paired the look with a woven seagrass aisle runner and wooden chairs with crisp white cushions.

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Mix Materials

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Photo by White on Black Studio

Who says an arch has to incorporate flowers at all? This arch mixes pampas grass and fans of dried palm leaves to create a cool, modern take that would work just as well in a loft as it does on the beach.

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Layer Textures

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Photo by Lacie Hansen; Planning by Callista & Company; Floral Design by Studio Mondine

Using a variety of flowers and greenery within a color palette means your arch will also have lovely, contrasting textures, which draws eyes towards it. This couple’s green-and-white arch, created for their wedding in Big Sur, California, included feathery pampas grass.

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Make an Entrance

wedding aisle

Photo by James x Schulze; Planning by Love This Day Events; Floral Design by Lale Floral

While arches are most often used as a backdrop for the couple, they can make a stunning entrance to your ceremony space, too. Guests to this couple’s Colorado wedding passed beneath this arch decorated with pampas grass, quicksand roses, playa blanca roses, and marigolds.

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Mix Shapes

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Photo by Braedon Flynn; Planning by Alison Events; Floral Design by Pina Cate

For a modern take on the floral wedding arch, opt for a combination of shapes in its design. This couple’s beach ceremony in Cabo included an asymmetrical arch with a curved arrangement of roses, ferns, and textured greenery set against a square frame.

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Add a Platform

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Photo by Corbin Gurkin; Planning & Floral Design by David Stark Design & Production

Ensure all your friends and family have a great seat for the ceremony by including a small platform in front of or beneath your wedding arch. For their Bedford, New York wedding, this couple added a simple, white stage beneath an arrangement of white delphinium, garden roses, Queen Anne’s lace, and interwoven vines.

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Embrace A Seasonal Palette

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Photo by Carina Skrobecki Photography; Planning & Floral Design by Greenwood Events

Look to the colors of nature during the month of your wedding for inspiration, especially if you’re creating a ceremony space indoors. This couple took a que from the vibrant crimson, burnt-oranges, and yellows of autumn to create an arch of fall foliage for their barn ceremony in Whitefish, Montana.

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Frame a Door

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Photo by Amanda K Photography; Planning by By Mademoiselle C; Floral Design by Boston Pollen

If your wedding venue offers beautiful architectural details, try incorporating them into your ceremony design, as this could did for their ceremony in Provence. One easy option: Choose a stunning door to frame with your wedding arch, like this romantic arrangement of greenery and cream-colored roses set in front of a historic entryway.

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Make the Most of Your View

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Photo by Katrina Jayne; Planning by Esoteric Events; Floral Design by Honey and Poppies

If your venue features jaw-dropping vistas, be sure to make the most of them by creating an arch that highlights the surroundings without distracting from them. This couple opted for an arch with a cathedral window for their vows overlooking the hills of Malibu, California.

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Go Classic

couple kissing

Photo by Rachel Havel; Floral Design by Aspen Branch

When it comes to wedding arches, there’s nothing more timeless than the pairing of greenery and white flowers. The versatile combination works for every season and compliments most backgrounds. For their wedding in Aspen, this couple opted for the traditional arch, a smattering of snow on the mountain backdrop matching the white blossoms.

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Branch Out

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Photo by Heather Waraksa; Planning by AaB Creates; Floral Design by Saipua

Smaller arches with fewer flowers can still have a big impact thanks to loosely arranged branches with leaves in bright colors. This couple’s arrangement for their fall wedding in Montauk, New York, included branches with red-and-orange leaves, accented by blush colored roses.

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Make It Part of Something Larger

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Photo by Jeremiah & Rachel Photography; Planning & Floral Design by Greenwood Events

A wedding arch creates a focal point for your ceremony but, if you’re marrying in an open space, it can also become the central part of a larger design. Take it from this couple, who created an open-air chapel from reclaimed wood with a floral arch at its center for their September wedding at a ranch in Montana.

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Take a Cue from the Landscaping

Ceremony site

Photo by Katie Grant Photography; Planning by Join Us Lake Como; Floral Design by Janna Brown Design

If you’re planning a garden wedding look to the landscape design for sensibility and style. This wedding, which took place at a historic villa in Lake Como, Italy, included an arch that felt perfectly at home against the squared hedges and manicured lawn of the formal gardens overlooking the water.

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Go Square

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Photo by Allan Zepeda; Planning by Jennifer Zabinski Events 

A square-shaped arrangement creates a true frame from your vows, and works well at the end of a long aisle, like this one from a couple’s celebration at the opulent Flagler Museum in Palm Beach.

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Highlight Existing Details

Altar

Photo by Lisa Poggi; Planning by Exclusive Italy Weddings; Floral Design by Stiatti Fiori

Make the most of your wedding venue’s existing details by placing a wedding arch in the midst of them, whether it's a gorgeous facade, stately architecture, or, in the case of this couple’s Tuscan celebration, ancient statues in the garden.

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Incorporate Foliage

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Photo by Eric Kelley; Planning by Bluebird Productions; Floral Design by Bare Root Flora

We’ve already mentioned that asymmetrical arches can add a striking visual detail to your ceremony, and another way to achieve the look is by adding blooms to just part of your arrangement. For their wedding in Aspen, Colorado, this couple used copper-colored blooms on just one side of their arch, keeping the other pure green.

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Utilize Unexpected Materials

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Photo by Pat Furey Photography; Floral Design by Il Profumo Dei Fiori

A square or triangular-shaped ceremony marker feels decidedly modern, as do untraditional botanicals like feather-like pampas grass and king protea. For their elopement in Italy, this couple’s arch also featured eucalyptus and, for a Boho touch, they opted for an aisle of Persian rugs in different shapes and colors.

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Frame the Water

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Photo by Whitney Darling Photography; Planning by RO & Co. Events; Floral Design by Bloom Babes

Whether you’re marrying on a beach, a boardwalk, or a cliff overlooking the sea, setting your wedding against the water will always make for a stunning backdrop. Use a wedding arch to create a focal point, like this couple who wed in San Diego.

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Look to Your Lanscaping

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Photo by Maya Maréchal; Floral Design by La Fabrique d’Etoiles Filantes; Venue by Airelles Gordes, La Bastide

At this venue in the French countryside, the couple looked to their surroundings for inspiration, decorating their ceremony site with a simple arch of greenery and an aisle flanked by potted herbs led to a verdant arch.

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Incorporate Vines

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Photo by Judy Pak; Planning by Stella Day Events

Marrying at a vineyard? Incorporate vines! We love the look of this wisteria arch, infused with white and green florals, dominated as the ceremony focal point. At this wedding in the Hamptons, the couple added to their all-white vibe by adding hydrangeas along the aisle on the altar.

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Create a Focal Point

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Photo by Taylor McCutchan; Planning by Roque Events; Floral Design by Soulflower Design Studio

At this modern Napa wedding, the couple ceremony added a geometric arch—accented with garden roses, dahlias, proteas, and greenery—to the otherwise rustic setting.

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Make an Arbor

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Photo by D'Arcy Benincosa; Floral Design by Phoebe Ma

Because their chosen venue was already so stunning, this couple understandably didn't want to go overboard with décor. With the help of the groomsmen, the groom crafted a wooden arch for the ceremony....the day before the wedding in his basement! Talk about a DIY project.

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Add Pops of Color

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Photo by Dana Fernandez Photography; Planning by Pearl Events Austin; Floral Design by Bouquets of Austin

Go for a romantic-meets-rustic look by pairing a lush arch of birch trees with pink roses and peonies. Punchy shades of pink will brighten the setting without taking away from it.

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Go Natural

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Photo by Olivia Rae James; Planning by Lacy Geary;  Floral Design by Amy Osaba Design

If you're marrying in a lush setting, consider mimicking the surrounding canopy in your wedding arch design. In Charleston, this couple wed beneath an asymmetrical arch of greenery accented with blush and white blooms.

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Match Your Surroundings

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Photo by Lisa Poggi; Planning by Exclsive Italy Weddings; Floral Design by La Rosa Canina

Much like the above, this ceremony—held within a grove of olive trees!—stayed on the natural side thanks to green and white blooms. The couple also purposely kept the aisle flower-free to direct all attention to the chuppah.

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Mix Shapes

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Photo by Ana Lui Photography; Planning by Le Jour de Oui; Floral Design by Il Profumo Dei Fiori

Love the look of an arch and arbor? Marry the two, as this couple did, by draping a wooden arbor with palm leaves, eucalyptus, white orchids, and statement pink proteas.

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Embrace a Rustic Theme

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Photo by Carrie Patterson Photography; Planning by Lovely Day Events; Floral Design by Lily & Company

Love the rustic look? Go full-on with a wooden arbor or arch. At this Wyoming wedding, the bride's father hand-built the chuppah!

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Go Full Circle

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Photo by Paola Colleoni; Planning by The Wedding Care; Floral Design by Nina E I Fiori

This destination wedding in Italy took place overlooking the nearby mountains, with a circular altar of oak branches, olive branches, eucalyptus, roses, white lisianthus, and white larkspur framing the bride and groom. Copy this for an equally ethereal look.

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Find An Existing Arch

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Photo by Katie Grant; Planning by Fede at Wedding Italy; Floral Design by Janna Brown Design

If your venue already has an arch, embrace it! “The foliage-covered archway at Petrognano is so stunning that it doesn’t need anything else,” says the bride of her destination wedding at Petrognano in Tuscany.

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Incorporate Branches

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Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography; Planning by  Twine Events; Floral Design by Flowerwild

This couple wed beneath the sycamore tree’s sprawling branches, with guests seated in wooden folding chairs that highlighted the natural garden setting. The structure combined olive branches and eucalyptus and was dressed with garden and tea roses and full peonies.

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Make It Your Something Blue

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Photo by Marcus Meisler; Planning by Nancy LaTart from Fête in France; Floral Design by Lily Paloma

After a wildflower feel to juxtapose the elegant surroundings, this ceremony site in France was set with a smorgasbord of roses, greenery with berries, scabiosa, thistle, dahlia, pepper plant, cosmos, cineraire maritime, astrantia, eucalyptus, jasmine vine, rosemary, clematis, and viburnum berry.

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Think Pretty in Pink

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Photo by Norman + Blake; Planning by 42 North; Floral Design by Lillibet

Embrace this theme by covering an arbor in an abundance of hydrangeas, roses, and peonies in shades of pink, peach, and purple.

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Make Your Own

altar

Photo by Ashley Caroline; Planning by Emily Coulter; Floral Design by Morrice Florist

Go for boho-chic vibes with a rustic arch—draped in a garland of eucalyptus and garden roses—paired with a colorful Persian rug to mark the aisle.

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Frame Your View

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Photo by Rachel May Photography; Planning by Postscripted Studios; Floral Design by Blue Ridge Floral 

Throwing a wine-country wedding? Look no further for inspiration. This blooming arch, with overgrown greens and blush roses adding a pop of color to the otherwise green landscape, served as the focal point at this rural Virginia wedding, while wooden wine barrels completed the rustic look.

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Make a Statement

couple

Photo by Tews Visual; Planning by Table 6 Productions; Floral Design by Keep Floral

This couple said "I do" in front of a giant floral backdrop. "David is 6’7” so I needed to find something huge,” bride Alex says of landing on a 9-foot-wide ceremony ring covered in greenery, white flowers, and pampas grass.

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Find Your Focal Point

altar

Photo by Heather Jowett

If you love the look of an arch, why not embrace it twice?! This couple did, pairing their flower-covered chuppah with a gorgeous arch at the start of the aisle.

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Highlight Different Textures

oversized floral chuppah

Photo by Taylor Abeel 

When creating a romantic altar, consider incorporating different textures, blooms, and colors. Here, an array of gorgeous blooms adorn an oversized chuppah, creating a romantic yet natural look.

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Keep it Simple

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Photo by Shannon Von Eschen; Planning by Bluebird Productions; Floral Design by Prema Style

The Colorado ceremony took place in an open field, with a simple wooden altar draped in greenery and tall grass lining the aisle. We love how the minimalist set-up frames the epic mountain view.

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Blend In

Bride and groom kissing at ceremony

Photo by Michelle Boyd Photography; Planning by Sapphire Events; Floral Design by Kim Starr Wise

Last, but not least, we're obsessed with this oversized wedding arch. This Mississippi couple embraced their outdoor setting by marrying beneath an arch of greenery, framed by white hydrangea and Japanese blueberry hedges.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the below for more creative takes on wedding arches, arbors, and backdrops.

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