It’s hard to believe that we are now in mid October and it’s currently 25 degrees outside! How crazy is that! I just adore the Autumn season. All the pretty colours on the trees and seeing all the leaves scattered on the ground and blowing in the wind, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I’m a coats and boots girl too, so this season suits me down to the ground! Today I wanted to share with you some Autumnal flower inspiration, with designs from previous weddings and shoots. We have had the pleasure of working on. The Autumn season offers such a rich and varied colour pallet, the options for designing with flowers is just endless. Then of course there’s all the textures that can be incorporated with the beautiful berries and dried grasses available at this time of year as well.
Below is a selection of some of my favourite Autumnal bridal bouquets, starting with this one circa 2014 from Monica & Hugh’s wedding. An oldie but a goodie as they say, still one of my all time favourites four years on! I adore the colour pallet, the soft caramel/peachy tones of the David Austin Edith Garden Roses paired with the blush and burgundy flowers and the slight smattering of blue incorporated with the thistle works just perfectly. The texture of the sword fern adds an earthy woodland feel to the design. The trailing asparagus fern gives a light whimsical softness.
Olivier’s bridal bouquet from 2016 made up of similar colours to Monica’s, but with a vibrant edge to it. Hints of orange with the berries and magenta pink. Yves Piaget Garden Roses (which smell amazing!) create punchy pops of colour to the design. I remember when Olivier and I had our initial consultation she really wanted peonies included in her designs being that they are her favourite flower. I had to be the bearer of bad news and tell her that being an October wedding they wouldn’t be in season. At the time she was so disappointed, however I managed to persuade her that there were some gorgeous Garden Rose varieties we could include instead. When I delivered her bouquet on the morning of the wedding she was gobsmacked that some of the Garden Roses weren’t actually peonies themselves! As she thought they looked so beautiful.
Blush and burgundy is one of my favourite Autumnal pallets. It’s super pretty and romantic particularly for a wedding whilst still embracing the season at the same time. Quicksand roses paired with burgundy Anemones complimented with textured foliage’s. Amongst other varieties incorporated into the below bouquet, as featured on Ruffled blog.
Chocolate Cosmos, another Autumnal flower that I adore. They actually smell like chocolate too! I know what’s not to love right? Paired below in Ella’s bouquet with those popular Rosanne Brown Lisainthus. Along with blush Kiera and peach Juliet Garden Roses. The Astrantia Roma and Mimosa add a soft wispy feel to the design.
Coral and plum is another Autumnal pallet you could opt for. If you don’t want your design to be too bright and garish, tone it down with a lighter colour. Such as a soft caramel which blends the colours together nicely. Another way to incorporate burgundy into your colour pallet could be through the use of foliage such as Cotinus or Copper Beech. Rather then the flowers themselves.
You don’t necessarily have to incorporate burgundy at all into your Autumnal pallet. Instead you could choose a more subtle colour pallet with the use of neutral shades such as white mixed with caramels, corals, light browns and peaches. Such as the below bridal bouquet from Emma and Ed’s wedding. Luscious textures created with the use of Snowberries, Blackberries, Mint and Orlaya all create that Autumn feel. Sometimes it’s a lovely idea to give the bridesmaids bouquets a slight variation to the bridal. Emma’s bridesmaids bouquets were made up of just the neutral and caramel tones. Where as her bouquet also included the brown and corals too making hers slightly different whilst both designs still complimented each other at the same time.
Not forgetting your tables, centre piece designs which will hopefully give you some Autumnal flower inspiration. The below urn design is front facing so would probably work better as part of ceremony decor or in focal areas at your venue such as on the bar or cake table. British garden roses from the Real Flower Company, in soft blush tones which smelt amazing! Paired with coral Dahlias, burgundy Scabious, Strawflowers (which last ages!) Salmon Pip Chrysanthemum blooms. Add a lovely neutral colour that blends the pallet together nicely. Flowering mint and dried grasses add depth and texture to the design.
These compote designs work really well on both round and long tables. On a round table with dinner candles and tea lights. Or as part of a long tablescape paired with other smaller vessels and vases and candles. Burgundy dahlia’s teamed with Autumnal foliage and burnt orange/yellow tones with the Helenium and wispy Daucus Dara for a natural and organic look.
All of the flowers in the arrangement below are British, picked at the Blooming Green flower farm in Maidstone. I was like a kid in a sweet shop choosing my flowers! Giddy with excitement at the utterly stunning varieties they had available! Particularly when I saw the Creme Brulee Phlox which I have been wanting to get my hands on for so long! Also those Little Becka Sunflowers too, I’m not a fan of the more common yellow variety but the colours of these beauties are pretty special! I just couldn’t resist and perfectly Autumnal too.
Have you enjoyed today’s Autumnal flower inspiration post? Hopefully you found it useful. The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind with our last wedding of the season (and it was a biggie!) an exciting collaboration last week with sofa.com and then on Saturday I had my baby shower. I feel like my feet have barely hit the ground! Its been lovely to enjoy a slower pace this week, take stock and catch up on admin. Baby is due in just six weeks (I know I can’t quite believe it!) so I am starting to wind down and tie up loose ends before going off on maternity leave. Lots of exciting changes have happened with the business this year as I’m sure you have noticed. I plan to divulge more details in my next blog post, stay tuned.