Floral style blogger, Kyla Helgeson, guides you through some gorgeous floral design trends for Autumn 2017
It’s the time of year where a little jacket on your shoulders is needed to protect you from the crisp cool air. Like this gorgeous tweed jacket worn by an Autumn bride below. Autumn is fabulous for flowers too as seasonal blooms like tuber roses, dahlias, asters and nerines all make an appearance. It is a wonderful time for florists to create fabulous floral designs with new seasonal flowers. So let’s take a look at some floral design trends for Autumn 2017.
As much as I love summer, warm nights, extra daylight hours at night to enjoy with family or a walk on the beach, I do breath a sigh of relief when the weather changes just slightly in preparation for Autumn. My favourite seasons are Autumn and Spring: not too hot and not too cold, hopefully just right.
When I think of Autumn, I automatically think of the beautiful trees that line the streets in my local area and I love watching them change through the seasons. My children delight in collecting leaves of all shapes, sizes and colours, yellows, oranges and browns. So naturally they are the quintessential colours of Autumn. A beautiful floral design for an Autumn bride would be to embrace the season that they are getting married in and celebrate it. This design by Cassidy Carson Photography does just that with divine Autumn tones and texture.
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Peach is another lovely Autumn colour and just a pop of it against white highlights the floral design, a sweet round posy of hippeastrum, hypericum, roses, anemones, tulips with dusty miller and ivy berry foliage to frame.
This peachy, pink tone has been used again in this garden posy by The Bloomery Co. What I love about this design is how the gorgeous garden roses have been paired with autumn foliages in different colours and textures. The cascading soft and flowing ribbon adds an elegant touch to the design.
Foliage, Foliage, Foliage
There is no shortage of love for anything leafy and green at the moment. Brides continue to request lots of foliage and lots of texture in their designs. There is a great range of foliages to choose from like eucaluptus, pepper berry, magnolia, olive, bay and andromeda. Don’t the bright orange dahlias stand out and give a gorgeous pop of colour in this creation by Greenwood Events.
Foliage can be used in all kinds of floral designs, from bouquets including textured round garden posies, to table centrepieces like the beautiful example by Kathleen Deery Design below. I just created a large foliage installation behind a bridal table that ran for a few meters and was all different foliages and textures, it looked so yummy!
I am seeing this new trend emerging for bridal headbands. Inspired by the ever popular floral crown, bridal headbands are the more delicate, simple version. Floral crowns are usually designed to be quite full and lush, where as bridal headbands have only a few elements arranged simply and effectively.
They are also the shape of a headband, not an all round halo like a floral crown. For brides who are quite petite or are wanting something less of a statement, more subtle and delicate, bridal headbands are a great option.
Metallics are a trend that is here to stay. Just like the ‘jam jar’ trend, I can’t see metallics going anywhere, anytime soon. Gold works particularly well with Autumn tones as golds and yellows occur naturally in the changing seasonal leaves. Gold can be used to accent table centrepieces, by having a gold vase, or gold candle holders.
Or a regal gold ribbon is a lovely way to add drama and richness to a floral design. This bouquet by Florenta Flower Design is finished so perfectly in this way.
Autumn is a great time of year to hold an outdoor garden ceremony as the grass turns to lush green after some Autumn rain. In March and April we are seeing lots of ceremony arches filling instagram feeds everywhere. The base frame can be anything strong and sturdy from rustic timber to metal. Ceremony arch floral designs can be simple perhaps one corner spray, or two grouping either side to balance or if budget allows, go all out and cover the entire arch with flowers and foliage. Whatever the design style, they create a fabulous statement and place to say ‘I do’.
Natives and Dried Flowers
Native flowers are popular all the time and in Autumn there are beautiful ones to choose from. I love the combination of flowers in this bouquet by Avery-Christine Golson, which includes a King protea, kangaroo paw, protea, paper daisies, eucalyptus, wheat and billy buttons. Most of the varieties mentioned are available in Autumn, but the great thing about natives is that you can dry them and they will still look great to use in another season. So if you are in love with billy buttons for example, but are getting married in Spring, you can buy them in Autumn, dry them and they will hold their colour.
Natives and dried flowers make a fabulous matching floral crown to the bouquet. With the flower varieties chosen it could certainly be one that you could keep after the wedding.
I hope you enjoy the seasonal changes as much as I do, I love seeing the way the landscape changes as well as the change of season at the flower markets. So keep an eye out for seasonal Autumn blooms near you.