An Autumn Editorial with Samantha James Photography

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the landscape around here changes.  A mere month ago, I was driving down roads framed by tones of amber, chartreuse and gold.  They all seemed to mimic the sun’s golden gleam and although the days were cool, the scene would instantly warm me.

Now here we are, 30 short days later and there’s not a trace of yellow left to be seen.  There are a few leaves that simply refuse to let go, but they’re hues are muddy or silver, a cool contrast to October’s beauty and yet still somehow magical in a much more subtle way.  These are the strong leaves, the ones that refuse to give up and give into the inevitable fact that winter is coming.

On the day of this particular project though, it was the warmer hues that inspired me.  Gretta and I took a walk down our road looking for the perfect foliage, trying to decide if our focus should be on the canary shades or more on the apricot and pumpkin tones.  We found maple leaves that looked as though they were wearing rouge and copper ones that almost appeared metallic.  By the end of our walk, our arms were overflowing with branches and we sat to sort out our favorite treasures.

Fall Wedding Ceremony | The Day

In the end though, we used it all.  Brown, honey, rose and all the colors of a golden sunset found their way into our palette. And while the textures were simply magnificent against the empty space and simple white dress, I let color take control of this project.  I took even more inspiration from the hues of the stunning distant drum roses from Grace Rose Farm and a few bronze mums that I found at our local wholesaler.  Often I try to keep colors subtle and muted, I like a certain amount of elegance and refinement but paired against the white backdrop of this space, I let all the colors flow in letting fall color my world.

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Photography: Samantha James Photography | Floral Design: The Day’s Design | Wardrobe: Ali Nicole Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Cheeky Strut Salon 

Planning a wedding for next fall?  I have a few openings left and I would love to recreate something like this or even make design an autumn concept that’s completely new to you.  Let’s chat!

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