Blackberry flower crown

There has been a lot of interest this year in flower crowns, worn by the bride, the bridesmaids, the flowergirls, or all three.  Usually they feature flowers, whether big and blousy or small and delicate, but how about using sprays of blackberries to create a version of the much-loved flower crown?

I’m not sure about the risks of thorns and overripe berries, but I guess there are ways around these issues – carefully remove the thorns first and make sure you choose sprays that only have unripe green and red berries.  I think it looks really pretty and so appropriate for an autumn wedding, I’m sharing it because I’d like to think it’s possible.

All this week I’m celebrating autumn weddings with lots of ideas and inspiration – so check out all the ideas in my natural autumn wedding special.

Image: Corina V Photography via 100 Layer Cake

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Autumn arrangement of ferns, apples and berries

I’ve been pulling together this blog post for a while now, it is surprising how difficult it has been to find beautiful bouquets and arrangements using ferns.  Hopefully if you’re looking for something a bit different and ferns appeal to you that this will save you a lot of time trawling the internet in search of inspiration.

Just today I was out in the rain walking around my local National Trust and the ferns have gone mad!  In the last week they have transformed from tiny coils pushing through the soil to knee-high and lush green.  I think ferns would be an obvious choice for a woodland wedding bouquet, however I don’t think they should be pigeon-holed as they are just so beautiful.

In the first part of this feature on ferns, I’m showcasing colourful bouquets and arrangements where ferns have been used, and tomorrow I will share bouquets with a more neutral and soft palette.  I must say, the top arrangement is one of my favourites – which is yours?

A bridal bouquet of apricot coloured orchids and soft green ferns…

Bouquet of apricot coloured orchids and ferns

A bright later summer bouquet with ferns, grasses and trailing brambles…

End of summer colourful bouquet with ferns

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Summer wedding cake of woodland berries

I wanted to go for a sumptuous over-the-top indulgent wedding cake this week – so I chose this one – what do you think?  It’s a riot of soft fluffy cream, woodland berries and edible flowers.  I love the addition of strawberry flowers and a few unripe strawberries and leaves, it gives it a magical feel, and those tiny sweet mushrooms!

It’s a real fairytale wedding cake, but one that it attainable if you want to make your own wedding cake or if you’re planning on getting a friend or family member to make it for you.  It has a loose and easy style, nothing looks like its been placed or balanced, it is just pure natural effortlessness.

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seasonal wedding flowers with wild grasses and berries

Following up from my post about using grasses in wedding arrangements and bouquets, I wanted to share some pictures of from Susanne at The Blue Carrot in Cornwall, one of the businesses listed in the flower section of the directory.  She got in touch with me after the original blog post to say that she loves using grasses in her arrangements and to share a couple of pictures.

Thought you’d all like to see some on a dreary January afternoon!  Any favourites?

The Blue Carrot seasonal wedding flowers

I love these deep wine colours with the silvery green grasses and foliage, and the spray of blackberries too.

Seasonal wedding flowers in Cornwall

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yellow and red natural buttonhole

I do think boys can often get overlooked when it comes to wedding blogs, and I’m no exception – I need to share more inspiration for grooms and their best men.  After all, for many marriages it wouldn’t be a wedding without them.  Other than striking suits, buttonholes are one area that a groom can ‘accessorise’ himself, albeit probably chosen by the bride.

I spotted these really interest floral buttonholes on Wookie Wedding Flowers’ Facebook page – when I say ‘floral’ there aren’t many flowers, but they are along those lines using natural plants and foliage, and some flowers.  So if you’re looking for something a bit more unusual but not completely out-there why not take inspiration from some of these.  I also got in touch with Amy from Wookie Wedding Flowers to find out what these beautiful plants are (the above picture is of yellow solidago and red heather).

I love this winter buttonhole of white Snowberries…

winter white snowberry buttonhole

These purple calicarpa berries look striking again the lime green ‘feeling green’ chrysanthemums…

purple berry buttonhole

This is one of my favourites – a soft country buttonhole of fragrants herbs and bluey-purple limonium looks modern but rustic against this oatmeal suit…

rustic country herb buttonhole

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Grapes and wild berries wedding cake

This beautiful wedding cake reminded me of Bacchus, god of the grape harvest, wine and winemaking – a late summer wedding cake of understated opulence, with its bunches of purple grapes, ripe fig halves, sprays of blackberry brambles, and the deep wine stained Dahlias and Scabious flowers.

I love that it’s not been ‘over done’ with fruit, berries and grapes, that it is reserved yet still has that wild and Garden of Eden like feel to it.  If you are sourcing your wedding flowers from a local grower, ask them for additional flowers to decorate your wedding cake – they are less likely to be sprayed with chemicals as well, which is perfect for something that is being eaten.

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A gorgeous hedgerow inspired wedding cake today made by the lovely Lizzie of Pass the Teapot – she can create one for you too if you ask.  Each cake sat on a tree trunk cake stand, made by a friend of the couple getting married, and Lizzie raided the country lanes to gather ivy and blackberry brambles to decorate the table…

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