Floral Installations for the Autumn Wedding

With cooler temperatures (finally, sorta) here and the arrival of Pumpkin Spice Lattes (thanks, Starbucks) we can safely discuss Fall. Autumn weddings have become the new, Spring wedding with couples choosing dates from September to late November for their nuptials- and it’s no wonder. Fall is a splendid season and offers so much gorgeousness for the taking. Beautiful burnished landscapes, crisper air, and a whole different warmth than we feel in the Springtime. If you’re having a Fall wedding, think about including a statement floral installation to really embrace this leaf-strewn, earthy, magnificent time of year.

Ground-up floral installations are magical. Combining skilled floral design and physics, these mid-scale creations are sure to make a statement and can be used to frame a ceremony site, as a photo backdrop or to put the focus on a specific element of your venue. Wherever you choose to place a ground-up design, your guests are sure to remember it-

Moves Mountains Co. l Charm City Wed

Greenery and florals beautifully frame this couple. Lighter-toned flowers like peachy Dahlias, Roses and Silver-Dollar Eucalyptus brighten the atmosphere and contrast nicely with the deeper woods, beyond. (Bad Rabbit Flowers and Move Mountains Co.)


Sophisticated Florals

Another stunning example of a ground-up design. These organic structures create a dramatic floral expression and are a fabulous way to showcase Fall blooms and color. (Sophisticated Florals)

Your ceremony site or altar is a perfect spot for a floral installation because no one will miss it! With all eyes on you for the duration of your vow exchange, having an interesting and impactful floral display here makes sense. Go lush, make an impact. Talk to your floral designer about the setting of your ceremony and what feeling you hope to evoke.

Olivia Griffin Photography l Charm City Wed

An A-symmetrical floral display adds romance to an iron arch. Florals and greenery soften the setting. Laurel Creek Florals and Olivia Griffin Photography)


Lindsay Anne Belliveau l Charm City Wed

A simple Birch structure is dressed for Autumn wearing saffron yellow and shades of copper. Pops of red Gomphrena and Celosia, Rusty Amaranthus, and Zinnias make a seasonal display. (Local Color Flowers and L. A. Birdie Photography)


Earthmark Photography

Oversized pergolas require oversized florals. Here, champagne colored draping softens the look of the structure and dramatic Amaranthus, dried Hydrangea and Fall-hued floral garlands dress-up the site. (floriculture micro farm and Earthmark Photography)


Katherine Elizabeth Photography l Charm City Wed

An arch of greenery, Sunflowers and shades of red umbrella the couple and embody Fall time. (Violet Floral Design and Katherine Elizabeth Photography)


Sue Hines and Beth Mort l Charm City

A rustic wood arbor is decorated with a ground-up installation that whimsically wraps to the top. Big, bold rusty Sunflowers, trailing greenery and colorful flowers give this a free-spirited feel. (Sue Hines and Beth Mort)


Floral installations don’t just have to happen, at the altar. A statement tablescape (usually at the head or sweetheart table) offers another opportunity for flaunting fall florals. Mixing elements like a unique place-setting, drinking vessels, candles, and other design ingredients can really create a winsome look.

Katelyn Mallett Photography l Charm City Wed

Black plates and candles really set the tone of this beautiful Fall tablescape. A stout floral runner that mixes wine colored flowers, grapes, and Feathered Eucalyptus is a textural dream and emanates a moody, Autumnal scene. (Bad Rabbit Flowers and Katelyn Mallett Photography)


Phillipa Sian Photography l Charm City Wed

This very romantic floral install includes a suspended centerpiece that is lush with florals, leaves, and grasses. Here brighter florals are used to set the feeling of Fall-check out those Oak leaves. The table boasts a matching, low arrangement that is simply gorgeous. (Floribunda Roses and Phillipa Sian Photography)

Autumn is the opportune time to plan a wedding. Nature provides a delightful background and a pleasing palette. Think through your wedding and decide if there is a space you want to highlight then chat with your florist about floral installation options.

Local Contributors, to this Post:

Local Color Flowers

LA Birdie Photography

Floriculture Micro Farm

Earthmark Photography

Violet Floral Design

Katherine Elizabeth Photography


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Rocks State Park Engagement Session || Jade Nikkole Photography

Styled Rocks State Park Engagement Session || Anna Elizabeth Lifestyle & Jade Nikkole Photography

Your engagement portraits are a perfect time to showcase your style, to get dressed up and bring in color elements of your wedding. Brought together and styled by Anna Elizabeth Lifestyle and captured by Jade Nikkole Photography, this golden hour Rocks State Park Engagement Session is stunning. Showcasing a high-end style and romantic feel, these ideas can be included in your engagement session to create a finished and romantic look.

The Look

Blush and grey were the main colors in this styled shoot. The model wore a romantic tulle gown featuring a strapless sweetheart neckline and romantic flowing silhouette. It provides a classic, ethereal feel that’s complemented by the natural surroundings of Rocks State Park.  Her look is completed with diamond drop earrings and a simple chained diamond belt. Her hair is worn down in a soft romantic style. Can you say ‘cover of a romance novel’…

His look is brought together with a grey antique plaid suit, black tie, and a simple white shirt. The black and white pocket square and silver watch finishes look. Wearing this outfit he looks like the perfect gentleman ready to sweep his beloved off her feet.

The Details

Featuring soft blush roses, pale grey lamb’s ear, ivory ranunculus, and pink designer hypericum berries within the bouquet, this bouquet ads a gorgeous element to this engagement session.  A beautifully calligraphed print and champagne bottle  share their feelings with romantic musings.  Lets be real, a bottle of champagne also makes the engagement session more fun! After the formal images,  champagne in this stunning location! YES PLEASE.

With these romantic elements, this engagement session can inspire you for your engagement session. Our advice, don’t skip the amazing dress or the flowers. I’t takes the session to a whole different level and reminds us of our romance novel dreams.

If you love this look as much as we do, be sure to check out the amazing vendors listed below. They can help you plan the few extra details for your engagement session to give you a flawless magazine worthy look.

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We love this peach ring box from the Mrs. Box. It’s a perfect showcase for this beautiful emerald cut engagement ring!

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What a perfect way to celebrate your engagement. A bottle of champagne with custom calligraphy, works as a perfect prop which you can then enjoy!

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Photography: Jade Nikkole Photography

Videography: Nicholas Koetz 

Calligraphy: Pine & Pen

Florals: Les Fleurs by Jes Wilson

Ring Box: The Mrs. Box 

Earrings and Belt: Mary’s Bridal Boutique 

Styling: Lifestyle by Anna Elizabeth

Gown Nordstrom: Jenny Yoo

Suit: Jos A Bank

Ring: Radcliffe Jewelers

Watch: Ulysse Nardin 

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Dahlias, in a Bouquet

Ah, the Dahlia. One of the most requested bridal flowers around- and rightfully so. Dahlias come in a rainbow of colors. They are fairly durable, once cut, and quite showy ranging in size from more diminutive blooms to “dinnerplate” varieties that are well… dinnerplate sized. (And, that’s big for a flower) Dahlias grow from a tuber and are somewhat fickle requiring just the right amount of water and sunny days to bloom their best, but that’s for the professionals to worry about, let’s take a look at why Dahlias, in a bouquet, are all over Pinterest and what makes them so special.

Leah & Mark l Charm City Wed

White Dahlias are beautiful and fill in a bouquet nicely. There are several white varieties but this one is super fresh with that crisp, green center. Simple greenery, white Roses and Anenome work together to create a classic gathering of flowers. (Wrenwood Designs and Leah & Mark Photography)


Emily Chastin Photography l Charm City Wed

Cafe Au Lait Dahlias, seen in this bouquet, are some of the most sought out varieties. For the past several years they have dominated the wedding, floral scene. While they are a blushy, pinkish -peach color, they are treated as a neutral in design work, which basically means they look perfect in any color story. Trailing greenery and an abundance of yellow and white flower varieties make this a dreamy gathering. (Petals By the Shore and Emily Chastain Photography)


Phillipa Sian Phtography l Charm City Wed

Here are those beautiful Cafe Au Lait Dahlias, again. The darker peach Dahlia,( in the middle), is a Cactus variety. It adds a lot of texture to this gorgeous, pageant-style bouquet. Rich colors fade to paler hues making this bouquet an absolute stunner. (Floribunda Rose and Phillipa Sian Photography)


Emily Patrick l Charm City Wed

Lavender-hued Dahlias paired with a buttery shade create a bold look with mixed Silver-Dollar Eucalyptus and soft purple Roses. A coordinating satin ribbon finishes this whimsical look. (Carolina Flowers and Emily Patrick)


Abby Fox Photography l Charm City Wed

Wine colored Dahlias look brilliant with mauvey- pink Roses, and mixed white florals. Pink Astrantia adds just the right touch of color and a coordinating Dahila with deep, red inner petals matches perfectly. This bouquet is timeless and would look great for a wedding in any season. (Glamour and Grit Floral and Abby Fox Photography)


Toya Laperna l Charm City Wed

This colorful arrangement places pale pink Dahlias with white centers, in the midst of a bevy of other flowers that include, Lisianthus, Celosia, Craspedia, Bupleurum, Roses, Delphinium and Seeded Eucalyptus. So much variety in this beauty, making it both glamorous and fun. (The Poppy and the Peony and Toya Laperna)


Hannah Fazio l Charm City Wed

Because Dahlias are late Summer- early Fall bloomers, here on the East Coast, we see them featured in lots of beautiful Autumn bouquets. Here, the deep, black-red Dahlia is striking alongside more peppy Sunflowers and Craspedia. This is a charming celebration of Fall. (Rose and Bel Florals and Hannah Fazio)


Olivia Griffin l Charm City Wed

This incredibly romantic bridal bouquet has so much texture and detail. It boasts that “just picked from the garden,” look, that skilled florists have taken the time (and practice) to perfect. (Laurel Creek Florals and Olivia Griffin)


Lauren Curry Photography l Charm City Wed

There are Dahlias aplenty in this fanciful bouquet. Rich reds, bright coral and soft apricot Dahlias set the palette while leaves, berries and a bold bouquet wrap compliment the look flawlessly. (Laurel Creek Florals and Lauren Curry Photography)


Katherine Elizabeth Photography l Charm City Wed

Cafe Au Lait, again (and again).  Look how gorgeous when paired with red, pom-pom Dahlias, white Lisianthus, Silver-Dollar Eucalyptus, Dusty Miller, Thistle, and dramatic red Amaranthus. How perfect would this bouquet be for a November wedding? (Violet Floral Designs and Katherine Elizabeth Photography)

Dahlias are super versatile. They are small. They are large. They’re dramatic and ruffled or petite and sweet. Their color range is extensive and they look so incredibly pretty, in bouquets. Seasonally they can eke from late Summer to the holidays so consider them if you’re getting married anytime between July and December. Style-wise, Dahlias are fitting for a relaxed, outdoor wedding or an upscale, estate event.


*Thanks to all my floral friends, near and far, for sharing images of your boundless talent and design work.

Local Vendors Included in this Post:

Violet Floral Designs

Rose and Bel Florals

Petals By the Shore

Emily Chastain Photography

Katherine Elizabeth Photography



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