Words and photography by Jay Archer
The nights draw in, the first frosts bite and for some, a perfect natural setting for their early Winter wedding. Look out of your window on a fresh November morn, and you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s nothing else going on out there but cold, crisp air and a few icicles. But look again, a bit closer… do you see? The structural, sky reaching cow parsley seed heads and the twigs teaming with little buds; deep green ivy, heavy and laden with black berries… there are even a few snowberries still around. Walk in the woods and you’ll see the odd bit of blossom coming to life and in my garden, we’ve even had a second flourish of chive flowers and roses!
I accept this time of year is not over-flowing with wild English flowers and juicy fruit, but neither is all lost. If you’re ‘DIY’ing your own wedding flowers, consider deep green ivy and red virginia creeper as a base, and add said seedheads in sprayed metallic shades of copper, pewter and gold. Frosted fruits pop up in craft shops, and teamed with acorns and pinecones saved from late-September and October, you really can create some pretty! Accessorise with a plethora of mercury glass tea lights and well, you’re on to a winner! I added lots of silver and gold-leafed white pumpkins to my designs this year which are both different and fun!
Ask your florist to add English anemones, paperwhites and sweet williams to your bouquet and consider twisted willow for a seasonal ‘wild’ affect. Roses are ever popular, and available all year round from Dutch markets, as are hydrangea for large scale arrangements and more seasonal amaryllis available in corally peach, deep and scarlet reds and white. The first of the English narcissi are available too, from growers such as Clowance Flowers and spruce, pine and parvi come into their own.
This bouquet holds succulents, astrantia, dried lavender, frosted berries, gold acorns, paperwhites, quicksand roses and other, seasonal prettyage.
Many thanks to the wonderful Jay for contributing. I may be biased being a November bride myself but I love florals this time of year, I am a huge foliage and berry fan, my own wedding was littered with them and the odd pheasant feather. Are you a winter bride? Stuck for flower ideas? I hope this helped! There is also this post from last year for more inspiration.