Are you wondering how to elope in Seattle? Just head to the woods! This stunning fall forest elopement was recently featured over on Storyboard Wedding! We love highlighting weddings and elopements during COVID that are still full of personality, drama, and bold aesthetic choices. This elopement was so fun to design, since we got to pick the best of late fall flowers, both from our farm and from other local growers. Dahlias, roses, mums, black-eyed susans, and lots of foraged foliage were used to create these dramatic floral arrangements.
WoODLAND CEREMONY fLORALS
For the ceremony, we wanted to create a magical scene out of a fairy tale, with a floral installation that looked like it was growing right out of the ground. We designed this grounded arch entirely without floral foam, using the best of late fall flowers like cafe au lait dahlias, locally grown roses, amaranth, and black-eyed susans. We also foraged all sorts of beautiful greenery, including ferns, oakleaf hydrangea, smoke bush, and even fall peony foliage! And to make it even more special, we added in some tree fungus and blue hypericum berries to evoke all of the magical things you might see on a long hike. The results were spectacular!
A COCKTAIL TABLE FOR TWO
We loved styling this vintage cocktail table, which included bubbling blackberry cocktails! We styled the table with mushrooms, hypericum berries, flowers, and fall fruits to give it additonal interest and dimension. We also put several small centerpieces ont he bottom shelf of the table. These small golden vessels added texture, color, and interest to the forest scenery. We also have to shout out the cool sign from Nisha Calligraphy - what a fun addition to this elopement! We added another floral vase next to the elopement sign to make sure it was styled just as beautifully as the table itself.
It'S ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS
We absolutely LOVE worrying about the details so our couples don't have to! And we also love detailed work like wearable flowers, boutonnieres, and styling invitation suites. For Alex's wrist corsage, we used a comfortable and flexible wire base that was covered with fall flowers. We love the way it complements her rose quartz ring. For Cliff's boutonniere, we used a mix of foliages, buds, and textures to tie in with the other floral elements. And we loved using the dramatic red velvet ribbon in our personal flowers and in styling this invitation suite! It just added to the moody, PNW fall vibe of this elopement.
A FALL BRIDAL BOUQUET LIKE NO OTHER
For Alex's bridal bouquet, we wanted to create something that we have never seen done before. We loved being able to choose the most beautiful, delicate, and dramatic flowers for this bouquet. For the bouquet, we specifically selected the cafe au lait dahlias that were the most neutral blush tone, as well as the beautiful taupe roses from our local grower. We also loved adding woodland ingredients like tree fungus and partially dried bracken fern. And of course, we loved the dramatic red velvet ribbon used to tie off this incredible bouquet!
FalL BRIDAL BOUQUET RECIPE
There are SO many flower choices out there, and not all of them are available year-round. This bouquet is extremely seasonal and uses the best, most beautiful blooms of fall. We know it helps to be able to pick out what you like about each bouquet before you meet with a designer. Take a look at this list of blooms we used to create this woodland fall bridal bouquet:
- Cafe au lait dahlias
- White and maroon dahlias
- Black-eyed susans
- Roses and spray roses
- Viburnum berries
- Tree fungus
- Bracken fern
- Peony foliage
- Smoke bush foliage
- Oakleaf hydrangea foliage
- Olive foliage
All of these ingredients were grown and sourced locally, except for the spray roses. We grew or foraged all of the dahlias, black-eyed susans, amranth, scabiosa, peony foliage, smoke bush foliage, and oakleaf hydrangea foliage ourselves. It is pretty incredible what you can find from our talented local flower farmers in Seattle. There is really no bad time to get married here, and we love using the best of what is available in each season!
We know it can feel overwhelming to plan a wedding - especially in the time of COVID. It is our job to make you feel confident, empowered, and excited about your floral and event design! We love worrying about all of the details so that you don't have to. If you are ready to get your time and energy back, so you can actually enjoy your engagement, let's talk about your designs! You can click below to inquire and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible. We can't wait to meet you!
Calligraphy: Nisha Calligraphy | @nishacalligraphy
Models: Alexandra & Cliff Butler @alexandrabutlerphotography