Willows Lodge Wedding with Romantic Fall Vibes
If you have followed along with us for a while, you know we absolutely LOVE to design with seasonal flowers that embrace a particular time and place. So when I first spoke with Cassie about her plans for her Willows Lodge wedding, I knew it was going to be such a gorgeous wedding day!
Cassie and Ali are Seattleites who absolutely love to travel. In 2020, they had booked a trip to Jamaica for the end of the year – and decided to turn that into a honeymoon. I absolutely loved their spontaneity and sense of humor about “getting married on a deadline.” (Especially because my husband and I did something very similar to join the Peace Corps together!) So right from the start, I knew these two would be adventurous and ready to try some new ideas.
WEDDING DESIGN INSPIRATION
From the beginning, Cassie and Ali knew they wanted their wedding to be romantic, soft, and intimate. Cassie told me she loves neutral tones with some fall and seasonal influence, which was music to my ears. She also told me that she loved intimate weddings that were not overdone – no glitter, no neon, and no kitsch! In her words, it was all about “quality over quantity,” which is a key focus for us as well. Clearly, we were a great fit from our very first meeting!
SEASONAL WEDDING FLOWERS
We were inspired to look at the best of what is locally available in November, which includes stunning heirloom mums. Our color palette was a mix of fall colors inspired by these mums, like taupes, burnt oranges, and burgundies, paired with classic neutrals. We kept their whole design very understated and elegant to accentuate the warm wood details and muted, wintery garden backdrop of the Willows Lodge gazebo.
We were so honored to bring seasonal beauty to Cassie and Ali for their gorgeous Willows Lodge wedding day! Scroll below to see all the beautiful photos.
WILLOWS LODGE GARDEN GAZEBO
The ceremony took place in the garden gazebo, which was tented for the winter. There were plenty of heaters that kept all of the guests nice and toasty! The gazebo is surrounded by lush gardens that provide so much beauty throughout the year. We loved bringing such seasonally-inspired blooms to a cozy winter space like this.
NOVEMBER WEDDING FLOWERS
The focal point of this Willows Lodge wedding design was the triangle arch within the Gazebo tent. We loved having the garden in the background, with so many gorgeous fall-inspired wedding flowers in the foreground. We chose a triangle arch to add a little bit of boho flair to this elegant, timeless design.
We enjoyed sourcing local flowers in November, despite the challenges! We used locally grown heirloom mums, roses, and dried elements like lunaria in all of these wedding florals. We also sourced some beautiful white snapdragons, grevillea foliage, and eucalyptus from our friends in California. As a luxurious finishing touch, we added burgundy orchids to all of these designs. We love the final transformation!
NO RECEPTION? NO PROBLEM
We encountered a few challenges during this wedding. Most importantly, we had planned for a full reception with centerpieces on round tables. But the week before the wedding, all of the COVID rules changed! Couples were no longer allowed to have any receptions, so we scrapped that plan altogether. However, I love that Cassie and Ali took the opportunity to be photographed with some of the local residents of the gardens at the Willows Lodge. Talk about a one-of-a-kind wedding photo!
FALL FOLIAGE AT THE WILLOWS LODGE
We also have to mention how stunning the fall foliage looked in November. The Willows Lodge has so many beautiful plants and trees on the grounds, and these images took my breath away. It’s no wonder that fall weddings remain so popular!
We had so much fun creating this intimate, romantic, fall-inspired wedding at the Willows Lodge! The space was perfect for the wedding that Cassie and Ali had imagined, and we loved flowering it. The Willows Lodge wedding and catering staff were also super helpful, easy to work with, and resourceful during all of the challenges of 2020. We can’t wait to work there again!
Floral Design: Folk Art Flowers
Venue: Willows Lodge
Photographer: Luna + Lion
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