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Ice flower bowl

I don’t know about where you are, but it’s flipping freezing here!  With these frosty days in mind, I wanted to share with you these beautiful ice bowl creations made by Anne-Marie at Forage For (she also grows flowers in her Suffolk garden for weddings so do check her out if you’re getting hitched in that part of the country).

Anne-Marie has been making these wonderful frozen ice bowls using her seasonal British flowers to decorate them.  I love this idea and it’s so simple to create (just scroll down for the instructions) and could be made at any time through the year.  Whether you made them for your wedding or for a party, I’m sure they would cause a bit of a stir!

Bowls made from frozen flowers

Can’t you just imagine these as focal points on a dessert table filled with ice cream or a larger version could even keep your drinks cool.   Anne-Marie filled this yellow chrysanthemum ice bowl with lemon sorbet to show you how they can be used.

Ice cream bowl made from ice and flowers

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Squash vases with autumn dahlias

I felt like we needed a little more autumn wedding inspiration on the blog before winter really sets in – I was at my family home in Gloucestershire on the weekend and it briefly started snowing, can you believe it!  The above idea of hollowing out a squash (I think these look like butternut squashes) and making it into a vase is a really lovely idea, especially when teamed with jewel coloured dahlias.

I do think you’d have to make sure you had some excellent tools to create these vases, as my personal experience with butternut squashes is that they are pretty solid, but the effect is beautiful. A cluster of these would look lovely as wedding reception table centrepieces, or just to decorate your wedding venue.  They would be equally nice for an autumn celebration at home if you wanted to create a bit of a focal point for dinner party.

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Cotton reel table number holder

There are lots of ideas to take from this centrepiece arrangement, although what I was most drawn to was the customised cotton reel table number holder – a very sweet way to display cards numbering each of your tables.  Plus, in my world, making those cards from brown card with simple black lettering and numbers is even lovelier.

I’ve managed to find somewhere online where you can buy the wire holder part – I thought I’d bought some in the past and finally remembered the website, you can get them here at Panduro Hobby.  I also love the little planted pot of violas (my favourites are heartease as opposed to the larger pansies, plus their edible), a really nice alternative to just vases of cut flowers.

Image: Luisa Brimble via Ruffled

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Autumn leaf centrepiece

It is all too easy to focus on flowers as wedding table centrepieces, after all they are utterly beautiful when done well, but there are other alternatives, and what could be nicer than this idea for an autumn wedding?  It’s as simple as taking branches of colourful and contrasting autumn leaves and pop them into a nice container.

If you are worried about them standing up so nicely in a display like this, I believe there are cheats you can use like creating a criss-cross of tape over the top of your container, which gives you a grid into which to poke you branches – this keeps them more in place.  I think these would make stunning centrepieces and decoration for an autumn wedding.

For more autumn wedding ideas and inspiration, check out our recent autumn wedding special blog series.

Image: Better Homes & Gardens

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Apple floating candles

For all of you dreaming of a rustic natural autumn wedding then I think you might just love this idea for creating a bit of atmosphere.  Fill up some rustic containers – earthenware pots and tin baths – with water and float with lots of apple candles.  If you want some guidelines on how to carve out an apple to hold a tealight there’s an easy ‘how to’ here.

Done on a smaller scale and float some lovely autumn leaves in amongst the apples and you’ve got alternative centrepieces.  I think it would also be a lovely way to decorate your home for a party. If you want some more ideas and isnpiration for using apples then check out this blog post from last year.

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: via Dreamy Whites

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Old fashioned bouquet of roses

Last week Mr Rigg and I spent a week away in the Perigord region of France, staying in a rustic little gite on a goat farm.  One of my enduring memories from our holiday is of beautiful, big blousy roses clambering everywhere in all shades of pink and peach.

I thought it would be nice to showcase some rose inspiration for weddings evoked by our trip, so I have been busy scouring the internet to bring your my favourites.

I don’t think of myself as a huge rose fan, probably because I immediately think of those tightly closed bud roses in a deep blood red colour, which aren’t really to my taste.  But there are some gorgeous roses out there that I do love – the more old-fashioned and garden-grown style with big loose blooms in pretty shades.  I hope you enjoy my ode to roses…

Mix old-fashioned roses with other garden finds..

I love this mixture of the hot pink blousey roses with the orange sherbet coloured rosehips – I think arranged in an eclectic collection of jugs and vases they would make lovely wedding centrepieces.

Jug of garden grown roses

A bridal bouquet of soft pink roses of varying sizes…

Choose a selection of different sized and styles of roses in a similar colour and intermingle them with other locally grown flowers, such as zinnias, daisies and even some tendrils of jasmine.

Wedding bouquet of old fashioned roses #

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Violets in glasses

Ever since Rachel from Catkin Flowers planted a seed in my head about violets being in season in April I have wanted to do a blog post on them.  It seems more appropriate than ever because they are poking out their pretty faces all over my garden at the moment.

I’m not sure that violets are big enough to make a bridal bouquet, but there are other lovely ideas I came across, and I’ve included a couple of viola/heartsease images because I couldn’t find a tremendous amount of violet ideas (I’m also quite picky with what I choose to share with you).

Violets were the traditional flower of love, symoblising secret love, with hand-tied bouquets of sweet violets the most popular Valentine’s gift in the early 20th Century.  I think it is rather sad that this tradition has been replaced by the red rose.  You can see how violets featured in this selection of vintage cards…

Vintage cards with violets

So if you’re planning at April wedding, how could you incorporate violets into your day?

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