A little while ago we put together a mood board of inspiration for style and decor elements that capture a raw and organic aesthetic. Keeping in line with the dreamy tones and textures that have inundated our fashion feeds, this theme is a growing wedding trend that you can expect to see a lot more of this year. As brides opt for more alternative botanical styles, we are reminded of the little ways you can create an ambient wedding environment that takes advantage of nature’s vast and dynamic profile. Consider floral elements that capture a sense of movement – features like wheat or pampas that blow in the breeze, or dried botanicals that are static and appear frozen in time. Floral styling helps to create the right atmosphere for your guests to respond to, as they dance with the wind and celebrate among the palms.
Dried flowers are an unlikely beauty. Their unique and unassuming charm is what makes them a worthy feature to your wedding decor and tablescape; the essence of something old and vacant that still has an abundance of life yet to give. Woody botanicals are the best for creating this look because they keep their beautiful appearance for many weeks after you stop watering them. Natives are a classic choice, but you can also opt for palms and leaves that have grown brown and lifeless over time. Resurrect their purpose by incorporating them into a hanging installation piece or use them as focal decorations on an arbour or framed backdrop. Enhance the decor by placing the dried foliage adjacent to delicate florals like Roses or Agapanthus. The contrast between the wilted leaves and the vibrant living flowers creates an ethereal dynamic, offering a sense of balance and harmony. You can easily incorporate dried flowers and foliage into the many details of your big day – table settings, guest favours, invitation design, and hair accessories – establishing a clear and cohesive wedding theme that ties in seamlessly with the decor.
Wispy and whimsical, feathers are for the wild at heart. They travel wherever the wind takes them and are inherently individual and unique. Capture this aesthetic by opting for foliage with feathered textures and a similar sense of dream-like movement. Pampas grass is high on our radar for its heavenly colouring and natural allure. Soft to the touch, this feathered variation would be an ideal accompaniment to an outdoor wedding ceremony or reception display, where the views are abounding and awe inspiring. You can also use Pampas grass to channel a bohemian chic feel, or keep it simple with minimal centrepieces that stand out in a sunlight room. Cotton grass is another favourite of ours. Soft and ephemeral like balls of snow, Cotton grass has a wintery quality that is perhaps best suited to weddings of a cooler season. Play with stark botanical features like dried leaves and wooden branches for a natural, enchanting atmosphere.
Rattan, Wicker and Woven
The woven trend has a loyal cult following of people who simply live in straw flats, crisp linens and boater hats. It’s a look that emulates ‘summer’ and conjures the feeling of relaxation. We love seeing this aesthetic translated through wedding decor and accessories that can’t help but create serious coastal vibes. Woven chandeliers and pendant lighting features are a great place to start. An immediate eye-catcher, these hanging features look incredibly chic and help to visually shape the space. With such a statement as this, you can opt for a more minimal table scape details, keeping the woven pendants as the predominate element. Chairs are another accessible feature for communicating a natural and relaxed style. Rattan and wicker chairs create an intimate ambience as though you are dining in a private café with a cherished group of loved ones. They’re a little 70’s and a whole lot of fun, taking your reception or ceremony space to the next level. If you are planning to have your wedding in an outdoor venue, or at a time or location that is particularly hot and humid, provide your guests with straw fans that are both functional and aesthetic. They’re also great as elegant wedding favours or seating cards – perhaps with a ribbon and name card attached to the handle, placed on top of a linen napkin on the guests’ plate. Viola!