For all you nature lovers out there, this time of year is a real treat... The trees are turning from the vivid greens and luscious emeralds into the mellow shades of golden oranges and crisp reds... Yes, autumn has arrived!

For me autumn is possibly the most fantastic of all the seasons. Natures display of transformation is just so fabulous, every year I can't fail to be amazed and all the new blooms to play with just makes it all the more enjoyable for me!

Summers stunning pastel shades make way for the most rich and sumptuous hues... deep scarlet reds, bold, extroverted oranges and fantastic berry tones. There is certainly a sense of indulgence about this season.

Although autumn will never be as popular as spring and summer for weddings, it does have an awful lot to offer for wedding flowers...

For Brides who love rich and indulgent reds (usually the hopeless romantics... I certainly have a penchant for them) this is your season to shine. The velvety texture of the 'Grand Prix' rose reigns supreme here... the infinite ruffles are so decadent, perfect for an autumn wedding. To add depth to your arrangements and bouquets mix this with another red rose, perhaps the 'Ruby Red' rose (aptly named) and add a magical touch of typical autumnal foliage... maybe some oak leaves???... Stunning!!!

I'm a huge fan of using seasonal blooms... and this season is no exception. There are some gorgeous varieties out there this time of year and the Dahlia is quite possibly autumn personified. It comes in a range of colours, from the richest reds to the most subtle coral pink shades... so versatile and so beautiful! The berry colours are my preferred choice. Burgundy and jewel tones are set to lead the way on the catwalks this season and why should floral trends differ? Mix these berried tones with clever foliage to enhance the arrangement, something like a purply red Dracaena would work a dream. Natural Birch would add a further dimension. Look at this stunning arrangement that was created just last week... Berrylicious don't you think?... Take this a step further and why not add actual berries to your arrangements??... Lovely!!

For all you golden oranges and mellow yellow lovers out there, here's an option for you... The humble and often unpopular chrysanthemum bloom is a hidden gem. Again they come in a massive array of colours, perhaps choose a bold orange to really add umph!... nestle them in amongst hardy (and slightly indulgent) 'Charley Brown' Orchids to lessen the blow of the zesty orange and tone down the arrangement, add a sprinkling of skimmia and a whole load of rich foliage and finish off with teeny tiny crab apples... Have this arrangement cuddling a candle and you have on your table something really special for a really special time of year!

Be sure to ask your chosen florist about your options for autumnal weddings... you can really achieve an outstanding display of colour. Theres something for everyone!

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