Floral Design

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!

The Flowers of Summer at J. Morris Flowers

Designs from our Flower Market and Artisan Collections for J. Morris Flowers.

Designs from our Flower Market and Artisan Collections for J. Morris Flowers.

One of my favorite things about summer is al fresco dining. From the moment the weather turns warm, my family and I take as many meals as we can outside. Summer foods are so fresh and fun and I find it so relaxing to sit among the native trees and plants that make Virginia some of the prettiest countryside in the world. I have always said that food and flowers make the perfect pairing, a concept that became ingrained in me during my collegiate study abroad in Grenoble, France. While living with my host family, I joined my adoptive mother almost daily at the local market where she chose fresh breads, cheese, meat, vegetables and flowers. I quickly learned that the French arrange fresh flowers for nearly every meal as a complement to the food and wine that they serve. I loved it and I was hooked!

Sunflowers and Delphinium explode out of this blue pitcher vase with greens and Yarrow to complement.

Sunflowers and Delphinium explode out of this blue pitcher vase with greens and Yarrow to complement.

My inspiration for the Summer Collection is al fresco dining with an added twist, fresh flowers. Outdoor living spaces are becoming an extension of the home and I hope you’ll find a place for one of our designs on your table.

Artisan and Flower Market Designs

We separate our floral designs into two different groupings called Artisan and Flower Market. I will talk a little bit more about the Market Collection below. The Artisan collection is a set of intricate, highly skilled designs. I always love a lush, full design, but for summer, I have selected flowers that are light and airy so that light pours through the spaces between the flowers.

Purple and peach combine in the sage green pot with a lovely design. This is part of the Artisan Collection at J. Morris Flowers.

Purple and peach combine in the sage green pot with a lovely design. This is part of the Artisan Collection at J. Morris Flowers.

If you look closely at the vases, you’ll see that I have selected solid pieces, vases and pots with substance, especially those made from stone. The color palettes within this collection are vibrant. You’ll see I combined peach with purple and yellow with pink to create a summertime feel.

Snapdragons en masse in a design we call Wine Flight for the Chardonnay, Rose and Merlot coloring.

Snapdragons en masse in a design we call Wine Flight for the Chardonnay, Rose and Merlot coloring.

The Market Collection, on the other hand, celebrates the vintage flowers of summer like Snapdragon, Delphinium and Asters. The designs in this group are simpler, but only because I play on the strength of one single flower variety in different colors. The volume of flowers and color in each of these designs make them quite impactful. Snapdragon and Delphinium are leggier stems, heavy in petals or florets, that come in beautiful color tones. They bend and express themselves creating movement in the design. They are a heritage bloom, something you might have found in your grandmother’s garden. Did you ever clip a Snapdragon floret off its’ stem as a kid? So many of our customers remember holding the little floret between their thumb and index finger, moving it and speaking as if it were a little mouth. Did you know that Snapdragon blooms from the bottom up? That’s why the tips of the flowers are green when they are first cut.

Delphinium and Snapdragon leading ladies in two Market Collection designs, wine not included.

Delphinium and Snapdragon leading ladies in two Market Collection designs, wine not included.

Asters are another summer favorite and come in some of the best colors of the season. Used alone they create a full mounded look. All of these flowers, Snapdragon, Delphinium and Asters are long lasting.

If you look at our catalog, you’ll see that the pricing for Artisan Collection begins with lush, full designs above $85. The Market Collection ranges from $65 to $85. It is our hope that you will find a design within the price range that you have set for the occasion. Sometimes a simple pot of flowers is all a friend needs to get a needed lift, a good time to look to our Market Collection. If you’re celebrating an anniversary or a benchmark birthday, you may find something more appropriate in our Artisan Collection.

 A special thank you to Michelle Lindsay, a local Leesburg florist who we rely on for her exquisite photography. Shop now by clicking on a photo below.

A full schedule of floral design classes for 2019

This is the third year that J. Morris Flowers has offered classes in our Leesburg studio and they continue to grow in popularity. Jennifer Morris, owner and director, has three main goals for the classes beyond just enjoying the friendship and community. The first is to help you weave flowers into your life for both the beauty they provide and for your own creative expression. The second, is to expose you to some of the beautiful flowers that you can’t get at grocery stores and big box stores. (We try to include new and interesting flowers in every class). In addition, she’ll use vases and containers that you’ll keep and use again and again. We do believe it’s all about that vase — and the flowers, of course. Third, she’ll get technical. Basic floral principles can be used with all sorts of designs and arrangements. You’ll soon be making flowers for your home and your friends. You’ll know what you’re doing and why youre doing it.

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Jennifer is skilled at working with students of all levels and members of our design team are always on-hand to answer questions. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, you’ll get a lot from each class. Practice is so important, that’s why our cut flower bar will be a great way for you to access some of the lovely flowers that you will learn about.

Want to speak to someone about the classes and how you can get involved? Email us at studio@jmorrisflowers.com and someone will contact you right away. Want to learn about our next class? Use the button below to find our Classes page.