Ceremony Decor

Soft Colored Fall Floral Designs

Each year, our fall wedding season books nearly a year in advance. The temperate weather combined with the stunning changing of the leaves makes Northern Virginia the perfect location for couples with a fall wedding vision. Many of the reasons that fall is a popular time to wed in Virginia, is that the outside scenery is so beautiful, photo opportunities are nearly unlimited, and ceremonies can be comfortably held outside. In addition to the scenery, the crisp air lends itself well to outdoor cocktails, boasting fire pits, lawn games, wine, beer, and even the occasional cigar bar!

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Although fall has just officially started, at J. Morris Flowers we shift our focus to fall designs the first week of September (which you can see through our new studio window design). Each season ushers in a refreshing new floral palette, and while we enjoyed all of the beautiful spring and summer weddings, as the weather starts to cool, we look forward to shifting from bright palettes to romantic fall colors.

One of the main reasons we love fall in our studio is that many of the floral styles and colors blend seamlessly with the stunning ceremony spaces at many of our local Loudoun County Virginia wedding venues. This year, our studio is placing a lot of focus on what we call “soft” fall colors. While the traditional fall color palette of maroon, brown, and orange still remains popular, our studio has softened this palette for many of our fall couples by recommending creams, blush pinks, dusty greys, silver greenery, corals and coppers. For those looking to maintain ties to the traditional pumpkins of October and November, we offer a beautiful cream pumpkin floral vessel used for centerpieces. If you are not planning a wedding, but have a special occasion, or someone you want to surprise, our daily Autumn floral arrangements follow this same style and can be easily purchased on our website and delivered locally for a small delivery fee.

Wondering what types of flowers we are talking about?
Our favorites include:

Soft Colors for Fall

"Quicksand" Champagne Roses
White Lisianthus
Pink Lisianthus
Strawberry Queen Anne's Lace
"Playa Blanca" White Roses
"Shimmer" Peach Roses
"Hurricane" Antique Pink Carnations
Peach Hypericum Berries
White Stock
Peach Stock
Pampas Grass (a trend that’s been popular in California)

Ready to plan your fall wedding? Learn how easy it is to book with us!

Sunflowers for your wedding and every day design

Emily Alyssa Photography    was the photographer for this    Rust Manor House    wedding in Leesburg, Virginia.

Emily Alyssa Photography was the photographer for this Rust Manor House wedding in Leesburg, Virginia.

Emily Alyssa Photography took this image of a Sunflower laden mantle at Rust Manor House.

Emily Alyssa Photography took this image of a Sunflower laden mantle at Rust Manor House.

At least five or six times each year we work with couples who use Sunflowers as the signature flower in their wedding designs. It’s remarkable how definitive these couples are about the selection of Sunflowers. Understandably, we work with a lot of clients who spend time deliberating between the flowers associated with a lot of weddings like Garden Roses, Peonies, Dahlia, Ranunculus and Lisianthus. The time these couples spend reviewing blooms is a critical part of the consultation process. Sunflower lovers are nearly always sold on the stem long before we’ve met them. In fact, they often treat Sunflowers with a bit of reverence and are excited to learn more about the flowers they can use to complement them.

Part of the J. Morris Flowers Summer Collection.    Shop now.

Part of the J. Morris Flowers Summer Collection. Shop now.

We feel a similar reverence for Sunflowers. If you look at the Spring, Summer and Fall collections at J. Morris Flowers, you will almost always find a least one designs that include Sunflowers. We love these large and expressive blooms on their own or mixed with white, blue, yellow, purple, burgundy, orange, green and even red. Sunflowers suit a tall vase or a pitcher, like the one shown to the right, but also shorter cylinders or even a boat-shaped vase. This year, we’ve been using Sunflowers since early Spring for our delivered designs and, of course, weddings.

Choosing Sunflowers for your wedding

Centerpieces in an elegant gold compote with Sunflower and Delphinium for the blue in this couple’s palette. Photography by Emily Alyssa Photography.

Centerpieces in an elegant gold compote with Sunflower and Delphinium for the blue in this couple’s palette. Photography by Emily Alyssa Photography.

We find that most couples choose Sunflowers because they love the cheerful look of the blooms, as if the flower itself exudes joy. Other couple choose Sunflowers because of something very personal. They will often take a moment to reminisce about time spent with a favorite family member who loved the bloom, a special garden recalled from their childhood or a vacation spot near fields of wildflowers. Sunflowers, and those that can tend them, deserve the reverence these wedding couples express. Growing a dinner-plate sized bloom on a tall stalk that twists toward the morning sun while fending off heavy rain and wind is a great achievement.

Sunflowers are not exclusively Bohemian or rustic. This Rust Manor House (Leesburg, Virginia) included a beautiful mantle of sunflowers, greenery and candles with centerpieces designed in gold compotes. In fact, this Fall, we are working with a couple who will be using Sunflowers in the Dumbarton House in Washington DC.

A second centerpiece option included Sunflowers and Delphinium in a wreath around this gold lantern. Photography by Emily Alyssa Photography at Rust Manor House.

A second centerpiece option included Sunflowers and Delphinium in a wreath around this gold lantern. Photography by Emily Alyssa Photography at Rust Manor House.

As florists, we work with several varieties of Sunflower that come in different sizes allowing us to design for both every day and weddings. As they arrive in studio, we parcel the blooms out based on size using the smallest for personal flowers, the largest for focal structures and mantles and the rest in centerpieces and accents. We often work with traditional Sunflowers but love specialized varieties like Strawberry Sunflower, a bloom we tend to use in our Fall designs alongside Dahlias and Mums.

We are always available to share more about designing your event or wedding with Sunflowers. Use this link to contact us now.

Spring Bridal Bouquets Capture a Full Range of Design Styles

The range of design styles for bridal bouquets continues to expand. With so many color combinations and shapes, your options are almost limitless. As you pour over images on the internet, you’ll begin to see a trend in the designs that appeal to you most. As you floral designer, we’ll take your general preferences and help you make your design personal. If you’ve already selected your dress, we’ll help you create a design that is a perfect complement. If you haven’t selected your dress, perhaps your bouquet design will help you make that final selection.

This graphic includes four designs that we made for Memorial Day weekend weddings. While each is very different in color tone, we were struck by the fact that three of the four brides chose a cascading style. That’s not to say that a rounded “city” bouquet isn’t fashionable. It is. The bouquet to the right includes Peony, Roses and Stock for a DC wedding at the Line Hotel for a wedding in early May.

Susie Hadeed Photography at the Line Hotel in Washington DC.  https://susiehadeed.com/

Susie Hadeed Photography at the Line Hotel in Washington DC. https://susiehadeed.com/

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