You have to admit we all love a bright crisp autumnal day. Blue skies, the sun hanging low and golden and then the trees? Well, those autumn hues of reds, browns, golds and coppers are unbeatable in the palette of nature. Of course, it can be lashing it down with rain and blowing a hooley - but then that is always a possibility any time of year in the UK
People are often nervous about wedding flowers in Autumn, doubting there is much choice or beauty to be found. I’m frequently asked;
What's in season?
Surely there are no flowers around at that time of year?
But that couldn’t be further from the truth! There are fantastic choices available. Roses are in second flush, dahlias are still a plenty, ranunculus are just starting their early season and seasonal foliage comes in all colours of the burnished rainbow.
The peachy and russet palettes are so soft and warm. Much less solitary than the whites and ivories of summer. And oh so flattering on any skin tone! Or go bolder and richer with deep burgundies and creams – luxurious and sumptuous – perfect for this time of year.
But which roses to go for in autumn colours? The soft ivory Vendela rose is a real go to. It will pick up the hue of any other blooms used, giving a natural base to work from. Mix with Camel Rose if you want to go gold, Leonadis if the tone is more orange and then the classic Peach Avalanche is another favourite of mine and when mixed with a dainty peach spray rose then it’s a beautiful combination. But for my ultimate favourite Autumn roses – then think coffee! Cafe Latte for the brown / pink or Cuppuccino for brown / cream. You really can’t go wrong with these beauties.
Don’t dismiss other large blooms available. Burgundy spider bloom chrysanthemums have a rich sheen to them which adds luxurious tones to your wedding bouquet. Dahlias are still in season and come in creams, beige, brown, chocolate and anything in between! In the next couple of weeks I’m planning to work with all of these and many more as brides choose this time of year to get married. The workshop will take on the scents of freesia and wax flower, rosemary and eucalyptus foliage and echo the shades outside.
Another current trend which is perfect to incorporate at this time of year is texture. This may be through seedheads, berries, foliages, thistles or even in the ribbons of linens and velvets to add that touch of texture. The result is bouquets of interest and dimension and unique buttonholes with tweed suits to back them up.
Ceremony and reception styling also holds so much creative scope in autumn. As well as the autumnal rich and luscious colours of flowers you can add loose autumn leaves, feathers, fruits (Think figs, conkers, pumpkins) And of course candles become the ultimate accessory as light diminishes early. The magical ‘Golden Light’ as the sun fades is a photographers dream - those wedding photos will truly ‘glow’
So, yes, it is actually almost November but I can still be happy to live in a world where there are Octobers if only to celebrate autumn as long as can be.
Please get in touch with me today if you want to discuss your autumn wedding flower choices – or any other seasons of course!