In 2017, weddings drew inspiration from nature, but in unexpected ways. Flowers were used outside of standard bouquets and centerpieces—they were stuck to walls, hung from ceilings, and arranged in unique shapes. But many nature-inspired details didn’t involve flowers at all. Greenery and grasses made their mark, as did surprising animals.

This year’s real weddings put a heavy focus on three themes: modern, bohemian, and tropical. Many couples went with minimalist décor, which gave their celebrations a contemporary feel. Others opted for unconventional additions, styling their events in more casual, alternative ways. And whether or not their weddings were held at the beach or in the tropics, many couples chose to incorporate fun patterns, like palm and banana-leaf prints.

Click through for ideas, and to see what defined the last 12 months in the wedding world.