With our Autumn Issue in full swing, there is so much to love about and endless beauty in using autumn hues and seasonal blooms. Here, our lovely friend Catherine of Gathered Floral showcases, not only her incredible talent and work with flowers, but how to accentuate palette, mood and ultimately create the most charming floral setting from the bride’s bouquet to the tablescape!
My designs are based on a relaxed, unstructured, garden style. The concept for this story is inspired by my love for wild and free floral design, executed in a classic yet modern palette.
To capture an autumn palette I used blush/brown as my base colours. The blush colours are soft, romantic and the browns bring a sense of warmth. I still wanted to incorporate green (as a colour, not just as a foliage), but it couldn’t be jarring. Nandina was the perfect choice as its tiny leaves are speckled with green changing to red as the season cools.
This is a hardy foliage that grows prolifically on council nature strips. To bring in the browns, I used red leucadendron, after dark foliage and red bud wax. The arrangement is built on a textual base of wattle and grevillea foliage. The focal heroes are roses and carnations.
Interestingly, the arrangement is a combination of natives and traditional blooms. The blooms and foliage included the following:
Roses – Quicksand, Sahara, Capaccino, Vandela; After dark foliage; Wattle foliage; Red leucadendron; Blush carnations; Bud wax; Blush stock; Grevillea foliage and Nandina.
About Gathered Floral: Gathered Floral was born from my love of creating wedding and events floral arrangements. My design aesthetic is soft, romantic and vintage inspired. I love working with colour and texture and base my work on old garden inspired designs where the elements are effortlessly gathered together.
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