Inspiration Board: Autumn Rustic

Hello friends! Time for a brand new inspiration board, and this time we’re veering from the traditional summer wedding to a rich autumn look. Reader, Claire, has a cozy cold weather wedding in mind for her June celebration at Toadbury Hall, where she and her fiance are planning a forest ceremony followed by a marquee reception, in a bedouin tent filled with fairy lights and heaters. They’re looking for a rustic style in red, orange, yellow, bronze and gold, and want to enhance their natural surroundings rather than distract from them. I’m a big fan of this idea, so with the palette settled I went on the hunt for easy ideas that incorporated materials that would naturally be found in the forest surroundings. Pine cones are certainly one, and they have a multitude of possible uses, from escort cards to place holders, or just sprayed gold and placed on a plate or even in vases on the table – so pretty. I’ve even seen adorable pine cone bouquets – a fun alternative to flowers! Wood is another texture to use of course, and cut wooden circles can be used everywhere from under plates to table numbers or cake stands. Or what about stones? I loved these metallic painted ones, and the surfaces would reflect candlelight beautifully. Flowers should be rich, but I’d probably focus more on candles and natural materials on tables to make the whole place as warm and intimate as possible – a real winter oasis. And don’t you just love the fairy light bottles? So pretty. Bridesmaids could be in a mismatched array of your colours, but they could also have a neutral like a mushroom colour, with bright flowers popping against them. Another aspect of a chilly wedding that is super fun is the menu – make the most of it with warming soups, a hot chocolate bar, maybe mulled wine or cider stations, toffee apples, etc. And finally, how much do you love these invites? The wording as well as the design. Just perfect. Hope you like your board, Claire!

Colours: Red, orange, yellow, bronze, gold

Top row (l-r): Invitation {P: Stone Crandall Photography}; bouquet; pinecones in vase {P: SB Childs Photography; C: A Touch of Elegance}; bottles with fairy lights; rustic cake {P: Rebecca Hollis Photography; D: Romancing the Stone}
Row 2: Toffee apples; table number {P: Gideon Photography; D: Forevermore Events}; pine cone place cards; hot chocolate {P: Camilla Photography; D: Branches Floral}
Row 3: Bridesmaids {P: Michelle Turner; C: Maine Seasons Events}; bark votives; painted stones

Autumn Rustic Inspiration Board | SouthBound Bride