It occurred to me the other day that I’m missing out on the lovely autumn vibes at home. I love Autumn! I know it’s probably many people’s least favourite but for me I love going for walks in rustling leaves, getting wrapped up and relaxing with a cosy coffee on the sofa. I also love Halloween and Bonfire night. Again, I know some people think these are so commercial now but come on, brighten up the Autumn by embracing the festivities.
Missing Autumn got me thinking about an inspiration board for an Autumn wedding. Most wedding venues get booked up first in the Spring and Summer months, however, if you’re a bride and groom with your hearts set on a certain venue, don’t let the season ruin your plans. Embrace the off season and create a cosy, autumn wedding full of golden tones and texture.
The colour palette for a true autumn style wedding obviously includes the golden and red tones inspired by the leaves. Teamed with a deep blue/ grey tone for an edge and soft natural tones for elegance and lightness. Don’t think that you have to choose one colour for your wedding style, don’t be defined by one colour. Think tonal and creative.
The florals on the board are organic and rustic representing the true nature of autumn. This is repeated in the headpiece which adds colour to the dress and a wild, bohemian texture. The flowing tulle dress has natural movement, again adding the organic free spirit of Autumn vibes.
The lighting and woodland location is soft and romantic. So romantic you are both whisked away when saying your ‘I do’s’. Lost in a moment with each other surrounded by candle light and nature.
The cake and gin bar are rustic focal points. Adorned with detail and foraged fruit. The semi naked cake makes a statement to Autumn and says it’s ok for the wild walks and lazy days. The gin bar in my opinion is always a must and this could adopt spiced gin flavours teamed with blackberries and wild herb garnishes – warming flavours of Autumn as opposed to those light summer blends.
The overall feel for this Autumn styled wedding is relaxed, romantic and intimate. So when your dream venue only has availability in October or November, don’t rule out an inspiring Autumn wedding day. It can be more magical than you expected. (And sometimes cheaper).
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I love this time of year celebrating Halloween and Bonfire Night. They’re such fun and cosy festivities without the commotion compared to Christmas. (I love Christmas too though, but you know what I mean). Halloween, as commercial as some people might think, is a fun time of year to be embraced. It’s the end of October what else are you going to be doing!
Inspired by decorations in the shops, I’ve put together a mood board based on this time of year. Not quite as gimmicky as the pumpkins in the supermarket but quite the opposite. The mood board portrays an eerie elegance, a level of mystery and and the unknown (much like a marriage). The deep colours add drama to the scheme which are harmonised by soft whispy tones of bleached pumpkins and textured tulle. The word ’til death do us part’ echo in the background.
Pantone released their top ten colours for Spring / Summer 2017. It seems a long way off but we all know it will come round quickly and we will be planning for weddings for next year over the next few months. The Wedding Academy have launched a competition to all students from all over the globe to submit a colour board based on one of Pantone’s top ten. Below is my interpretation of Pink Yarrow.
I decided to choose Pink Yarrow out of the colours above to challenge myself and put a design together using a bright colour. I’m naturally drawn to more subtle toned colours such as the Hazelnut or Pale Dogwood, but I thought, no, do something different. At first I thought the colour was too bright and screamed more Barbie pink, but then I thought actually, who doesn’t love Barbie pink and the ultimately girly colour!
The board represents just that, colourful, fun, vibrant and girly. It’s a strong colour not to be ignored and just lifts your spirits. Mixed with softer pinks and whites as shown on the bard, the pink yarrow really pops out as the focal colour without being overpowering. I’ve now fallen hard for this colour and will be braver when considering bolder, brighter colours in the future. Turns out their not as scary as I first thought!
Hope you’ve had lovely weekend. It’s been a gorgeous sunny weekend here in London. It’s also been a rare weekend of little plans which has been great. We’ve been out with friends, caught up on house work (unfortunately) and even got my head back into my Wedding Course. However, I hate to say it, but Autumn will soon be approaching. Although I love summer, there is something about Autumn that makes me excited, I’ve always found it fascinating and have so many fond memories of conker picking as child. The turn in colour and Autumn walks with crunchy leaves make the season so embracing. The rich colours of Autumn are what has inspired this colour board. The warm amber and copper tones teamed with teal is a perfect colour scheme for an October or November wedding. The Teal is deep and sensual. A thought evoking colour.
It is said that people who are drawn to Teal are confident, sophisticated and have a positive outlook on life. For Egyptians it is the colour of truth and faith. With these connotations, it is a perfect choice for a wedding theme.
The dip dyed concept is shown on the board through the draped fabric and the marble styled cake. It adds an organic element to the scheme which contrasts with the almost geometric shapes in the invites. I love the teal painted wall with vintage frames. Although this wasn’t taken from a wedding, this idea could be used to display the couple’s family photos, maybe wedding photos from parents and grandparents for the extra sentimental touch.
The shoes are simply divine and could be the bride’s something blue to wear with her dress for the ultimate elegant, vintage and classic look.
The bouquet of fiery amber tones and organic greens bounce off the teal bridesmaid dress to add that punch complimenting colour.
So when summer is over, don’t be down, just think of the visual inspiration to come in Autumn. For more colour boards take a look over at my Inspiration Boards page.
In need of cheering up due to this miserable winter weather, I’ve put together (with a little help from the Pantone app), a colour palette for the beautiful Ranunculus flowers. The feminine tones are rich, pretty and bashful. The fuchsias, raspberry and sorbet pink colours all tone together to create a punchy palette. I’ve also looked at how these stunning blooms can be used within wedding bouquets or centre pieces.
Below is such a pretty example of using just one colour flower within a floral centrepiece. Because the flower has many layers and intricate details, the colour variations are already there and there is no need to crowd this with another flower to fight for attention.
I love how the flowers are complimented with the timber crate and blue tones of the glass vases. So pretty and elegant.
This Ranunculus bouquet is so cheerful and fun. The soft pinks put together with the vibrant peaches create a definite wow factor. Adding the delicate white tones really brings more of a refined element making it fun yet classy. The shape of the bouquet mirrors the roundness of the Ranunculus perfectly. In the background you can just see a glimpse of a navy and white ribbon for an extra fun and personalised element.
Moving onto probably my favourite of all three examples, this centrepiece below has adopted a more rustic and relaxed feel. The Ranunculus is the feature flower and still stands proud as the focal point and sets the tone for the colour palette. Nestled into the arrangement are various foliages and smaller flowers. These act as a platform for the Ranunculus to really stand on. I love the laid back approach to this style and it really emphasises how versatile the Ranunculus flower can be.
I cannot lie, a coffee and cake is one of my favourite things. Even though it’s time for a break, creativity can strike whenever and wherever. As I sat with my notebook in the coffee chop, the warm tones of my flat white, the timber table and natural day light through the window created this tonal colour palette.
Who knows what 2016 will bring for us all. For me, I’m aiming to note down any ideas, big or small, far fetched or boring. I’m going to get my thoughts out of my head and on to paper. It’s a small start but you’ve got start somewhere.