Autumn hedgerow inspired bridal bouquet

The lovely Alicia from Grace & Green recently got in touch with me to share photos of the autumnal wedding flowers they did for a bride who found them via The Natural Wedding Company.  Getting emails like this are guaranteed to make my day, not only because there’s lots of beautiful pictures but because I was able to match up a bride with a TNWC business to make their vision come true.

Having seen the photos I really wanted to share them with you all too, so very kindly Alicia from Grace & Green is here to share some more details on the brief for this wedding along with the pictures of her creations:

“The original brief for the wedding was wildflowers, but given that the wedding was in November we knew that there wouldn’t be many ‘wildflowers’ available at that time of year.  So I started thinking about what you do see in the wild in November, like old man’s beard, teasels, seedheads, rosehips and lots of other lovely berries, and suggested the idea of ‘hedgerow‘ style flowers instead.”

Jam jars of hedgerow berries

“The bride and groom had been to a lot of weddings already this year, and really wanted the flowers at their wedding to be a bit different.  The bride’s mother, who I met with, and who organised the flowers, really loves flowers, as does the bride’s grandmother, so she really wanted to give her daughter something very special on her wedding day with the flowers.”

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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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natural Christmas wreath

This morning I wanted to share a quick snap of my front door with its Christmas wreath.  Everything has been rather last minute this year (our Christmas tree is still not up!) and I hadn’t really given a thought to where I would get a Christmas wreath.  Usually I go for something really simple, just lots of greenery, like fir branches, and maybe a splash of colour from a ribbon to tie it to the front door.

When I thought I’d left it too late I was saved by one of the lovely businesses on my directory who was able to make me this wreath over the weekend and post it out.  My wreath this year was made by the lovely Chloe of BareBlooms who is based in the Welsh Borders – perhaps not the most local wreath I could have chosen, but I know that almost all of the ‘ingredients’ that went into this wreath were foraged from the hedgerows (I love the old man’s beard!).  I am so happy with my natural and rustic wreath and think it looks quite handsome hanging from my front door.

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orchard inspired bridal bouquet

I am always on the hunt for wedding bouquets that don’t feature flowers and whether you can still have a beautiful looking bouquet without them.  There was this beautiful flowerless bouquet and recently I spotted this orchard inspired bouquet with its apples.  I love anything that reflects the seasons, I think it is such a timeless way to create a wedding when you are inspired by what nature provides at that specific moment during the year.

For me this bouquet is utterly beautiful and no less appealing than a bunch of gorgeous, locally-grown flowers.  Do speak to your florist about alternatives to flowers and whether they can include hedgerow and orchard finds.  What do you think – does this sort of bouquet appeal as much as a posy of seasonal flowers?

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October autumn wedding inspiration

Today is Hallowe’en and whilst I’m not a massive fan of ‘trick or treating’ I do love this time of year for the abundance of pumpkins and the bright autumn colours.   I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share with you some lovely ideas and inspiration for a seasonal October wedding, without the plastic tat.

If you want to incorporate pumpkins into your autumn wedding, why not go alternative colours like these gorgeous sage green and icy blue pumpkins?  A few carved with decorative designs and lit with candles would make beautiful table decorations.

October autumn wedding inspiration

If you love the shades of orange that are associated with this time of year, you could include subtle touches like orange tags on wedding favours or place names, or light up your venue with paper lanterns in white, cream and amber.

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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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