Autumn is Gina’s favourite season. “It’s a transition from summer to winter, which I love. It’s so beautiful and romantic,” she says. Whether it’s a tendril of a vine or a fallen branch, Gina is motivated by unique expressions of colour, texture, movement and shape. Autumn really allows for the incorporation of unusual elements that exist in the world around us and is a great time when these fluctuations in nature are really on show.
Autumn marks a time when there is noticeable change in how flowers both look and feel. As the weather begins to dim and the air gets a little cooler, the leaves and petals seem to respond. Some will develop marks and spots on their leaves and others will lose their leaves completely, exposing the raw texture of the branch in their place. Capturing the beauty of this change in a floral arrangement or bouquet makes it seem as if time has stopped – so that the evolution of the flower remains a kind of still life picture. There’s a vulnerability to it and “everything’s a bit more delicate,” says Gina.
“Ironically, it’s a really warm kind of colour palette.”
Despite the cold weather, Autumn welcomes a range of warm tones that are unique to the season. Fiery oranges, deep reds and rustic browns create a mood board that’s just that – moody. Hydrangeas are an excellent example of this colour transition and is one of the most popular flower choices during Autumn. As the weather changes, hydrangea of the green variety will become speckled with hints of plum and red. Eventually, the leaves will become more brown and withered, which is in fact the plant dying. Copper beach is another foliage favourite that undergoes a similar colour change, making it a great option for an Autumn arrangement. Pairing these foliages with softer tones like raspberry and cream creates and ethereal combination that’s effortlessly romantic.
“Don’t overlook the beauty of dying foliage and branches.”
During this season, wedding bouquets and arrangements often have a much more relaxed construction, mimicking the raw and organic form of the foliage. This creates a very natural aesthetic, one that embraces the shape of the plant as it begins to wither and die. If you’re planning your wedding for a time in Autumn, don’t be hesitant to incorporate floral features that may have several holes or blemishes on them. This is what makes them more unique, Gina explains. “Even if they are starting to look like they’re dropping their leaves or if they’re eaten away.” This also creates a richness of texture that pairs well with the addition of florals that are, conversely, full of life. Dahlias are very popular during the months of Autumn because of their vibrant colour and multiple variations both in size and in hue – from large ‘dinner-plate Dahlias’ to little ‘pom-pom’ ones. They’re multi-petaled and a great focal point that helps to brighten up a foliage bouquet. Orchids also have a similar statement appearance and a regal quality that both complements and contrasts the earthiness of the foliage.
Check out Gina’s instagram page @georgieboy_melbourne for more autumnal inspiration.
- Arum Lilies
- Bird of Paradise
- Calla Lily
- Cattleya Orchid
- Cymbidium Orchid
- David Austin Roses
- Garden Roses
- Glass House Rose
- Parrot Tulips
- Red Hot Pokers
- Siam Tulip
- Silver Suede
- Slipper Orchids