I love fall weddings! The weather can still be quite warm here in Southern California, but the evenings are cool and crisp. A fall wedding is also the perfect opportunity to use dried botanicals in combination with fresh flowers for a more harvest and autumnal feel. Dried botanicals are not just for fall weddings, but when used during the winter, spring, and summer, they exude a lovely rustic and organic ambiance.
In the centerpieces, dried lunaria, or money plant, was the key feature. These delicate and papery discs were mixed with large, showy dried lotus pods and okra pods. Meaningfully, the dried money plants were collected from the bride’s family farm in Indiana, where they grew in abundance. Dried curly ting ting in a natural finish was used to fill out the centerpiece and add texture and volume.
We incorporated fresh seasonal flowers in lovely fall shades to accent the dried botanicals. In particular, we purchased from the flower market, vibrant flame colored crocosmia. From the local farmer’s market, we used seasonal zinnia in a variety of colors like yellow, orange, red, and pink.
Because the bride and groom spent some time in Thailand working at the Thai-Burmese border, we thought it would be nice to bring in some of their Thailand experiences in the form of tropical orchids in autumnal shades for the personal bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres.
We made a gorgeous, natural, trailing bouquet for the bride with amazing flowers from the flower market. These included orange cymbidium orchids, magenta phalaenopsis orchids with small stripes of yellow making the petals appear more burgundy, vintage orange ranunculus, hypericum berry, and for the real showstopper – fantastic mauve tree peonies. These individual stems were secured to a rustic wire frame work of fresh trailing vines.
For something a little different, the ring bearer carried a small box covered with variegated Ti leaves and accented with orange cymbidium orchids, mokara orchids, and hypericum berries.
Bathroom window ledges were decorated with fresh flowers and dried botanicals: ranunculus, phalaenopsis, hypericum berry, and dried grasses and miniature grape vine wreaths.
The reception under the tent.
A mother’s wristlet corsage of orange cymbidium orchids.
All images courtesy of Jenica Miller Photography.