We can't all wisk our friends off to a chateau in Provence for the big day but this wedding styled by Colin Cowie has some great diy ideas for us commoners. The aisle runner is a length of kraft paper that is scattered with green leaves and some spray painted copper. A great idea for a casual or beach wedding and you could scatter any number of things along it. Wild flowers, colorful paper- punched rounds in different colors or line the sides with beach rocks. White kraft paper would work too. And way less expensive than a fabric runner.
Another idea here that I love is using a tree to hold seating assignments for your guests. They used a specimen olive tree but you could use a potted tree or even bare branches in an urn for a spare, modernist look. I love the mood loads of candles create too. Buy glass votives at IKEA (or ask your florist to buy them wholesale for you) and piles of candles and put them everywhere!
(photos: colin cowie)