Have you found stunning photos of willow tree wedding ceremonies and are dreaming about having one for yourself?  There truly is something magical about willow trees, from their natural beauty to their symbolism and more.  Planning your dream wedding with the perfect ceremony backdrop of willow trees is easy at our Wisconsin wedding venue.

Harvest Moon Pond has two magnificent willow trees on our beautiful property that many of our couples use as a gorgeous backdrop for their ceremonies.  Continue reading to learn more about why this is the most sought after ceremony location at our venue.

Bride walking down the aisle with her father towards the willow trees during a wedding ceremony

Willow Tree Wedding Ceremonies at Harvest Moon Pond

The willow tree ceremony option at our wedding venue near Madison, WI is located on our expansive back lawn and consists of 2 majestic willow trees.  Behind the willow trees are 2 large oak trees which is an additional perk as it actually makes the willows look even more lush and full.  This ceremony location is on the east side of our venue & on the back side of the barn, which is where most of the outdoor entertainment takes place.  The parking lot is on the east side of the venue, so even if you have late comers to your ceremony it won’t impact your ceremony under the willows. The Willow Trees are always in full bloom mid May through Mid October, but we have also had some years where they are beautiful as early as mid April or as late as the first week of November.

Our weeping willow tree wedding venue also features a beautiful custom gate so you can make a grand entrance before walking down the aisle to the willows!

Gate entrance to ceremony at weeping willow tree wedding venue

Photos with the Willow Trees

Weeping willow trees are famous for their dramatic & elegant appearance and this makes for soft and romantic photos for couples on their wedding days. Their long & graceful branches “weep” gently toward the ground creating a beautiful canopy of shade.

The weeping willow trees at our wedding venue are often photographed up close with a focus on the soft branches or from afar to capture them in the background. Many photographers also like to take family photos behind the willow trees after the ceremony as this is a great shaded area for large groups.

Wedding party standing at wedding venue with weeping willow trees

Many couples have also chosen to do their first look under the willow trees, which is magical!

The Symbolism Behind the Willow Trees

With it’s long, flowing branches and leaves, the willow tree often symbolizes flexibility and adaptability. The limber and supple nature of its extremities means it bends to accommodate and withstand strong winds and adverse weather.  Many, therefore, see it as inspiring and symbolic of humans’ capability to withstand hardship and difficult emotions.

Some say the spiritual meaning of the willow tree is that the leaves represent the balance, harmony, and growth we experience through these storms and life challenges. The willow tree gives us hope, a sense of belonging, and safety.

Bride and groom kissing at a weeping willow tree wedding venue

What Past Couples Have to Say About the Willow Trees

The second I toured Harvest Moon Pond and saw the willow trees I knew that’s where I wanted to get married! The willows make for a truly breathtaking centerpiece for the ceremony. You don’t even need much else for decor because they are beautiful on their own! Had to share some photos from our ceremony under the willows “ – Stephanie (June 2022 Bride)

“We also got married under the willow trees. Although I loved everything about our ceremony, the willow trees made our first look/private vow exchange magical. Walking out to my soon to be husband and meeting him under the willows allowed us to have a very private and emotional moment in an otherwise super busy and exciting day. It grounded us before taking the leap.  I highly recommend meeting under the willows before your ceremony.” – Gine (July 2022 Bride)

Beautiful willow tree wedding ceremony

At Harvest Moon Pond, we also offers 4 other ceremony location options, including an indoor space in our Wisconsin wedding barn that can be used as a backup on unexpected rainy days.  Even if you have your heart set on one of our other ceremony locations, the willow trees make a great place for doing your first look or having family photos, couple photos and wedding party photos too.  No matter which of our our ceremony locations you choose, our weeping willow trees offer the perfect backdrop for your wedding day.  If you’re interested in learning more about our willow tree wedding ceremonies, head over to our pricing page to get more information on our Wisconsin wedding venue cost.


PHOTO CREDITS: Theresa McGuire Photography, Twig & Olive Photography, Ali Lockery Photography, Brittany Eitsert Photography, GE Creative Photos, Destiny D Photography, J Wild Photography

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