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September 18, 2013

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Real Fall Wedding Inspiration: Kerri’s Enchanted Forest Wedding Flowers

September 18, 2013
Kerri's Forest-Themed Fall Wedding Centerpieces

Get Inspired by These Fall Wedding Ideas From a Real 1-800-Flowers Bride!

Kerri's Enchanted Forest Fall Wedding Flowers
When our Online Marketing Manager, Kerri, married her prince charming on September 15, 2012, it was only fitting that they have an enchanting fairy tale wedding. And with the rich, charming hues and woodsy, natural beauty of autumn, deciding to have a fall wedding was a no-brainer for Kerri:

“I picked fall because the weather was cooler, and we didn’t want to inconvenience our guests’ summer plans,” says Kerri. “Plus, I love fall colors, so it was easy finding a color scheme I loved!”

Read on to find out how this real bride brought her forest-inspired wedding vision to life with the help of 1-800-Flowers floral designer Michael George, and snag some ideas for your very own fall wedding!

The Wedding Color Scheme

Kerri's Bridal Party Wearing Green Fall Bridesmaids Dresses

To set the stage for her woodland wedding, Kerri picked a beautiful and whimsical shade of green for her bridesmaids’ dresses. Not only did the color fit her magical autumn theme perfectly, but it was also very practical:

“I love the color green,” says Kerri. “I picked it because I felt it wasn’t too girly, and it really complemented my bridesmaids’ complexions. On my darker-complexion girls it looked amazing and exotic; on my fairer girls it brought out their fair eyes and made them shine. It really made everyone look beautiful.”

The Wedding Centerpieces

Kerri's Forest-Themed Fall Wedding Centerpieces

The calm and neutral tone of the bridesmaids’ dresses was the perfect backdrop to make her bright, dramatic flower arrangements really pop. And there’s no question that Kerri’s centerpieces were the showstoppers of her fall wedding décor.

Forgoing the traditional floral centerpiece, Kerri and her designer blended natural wood elements with vibrant autumn-colored blooms to create a one-of-a-kind enchanted forest of flowers. Overflowing with deep red, royal purple, electric yellow and fiery orange blossoms, and set atop tall stands laced with real tree branches, these arrangements were a fall bride’s dream come true.

“I didn’t want something that everyone else had. 1-800-Flowers was one of the only floral places that had these stands that looked like real trees. It was very unique yet simple at the same time. All of our guests remarked how they had never seen centerpieces that looked like that. They were in awe,” says Kerri.

Kerri Holding Her Personalized Fall Bridal BouquetThe Bridal Bouquet

Kerri chose to skip the traditional all-white bridal bouquet and go with something a little more colorful—a great way to express her dazzling personality! Using mini white calla lilies and white roses as a base, Kerri mixed in garnet calla lilies, hot pink roses, and red-striped stargazer lilies (her favorite flowers) to add a breathtaking burst of fall color to her bouquet. To make her arrangement even more personal, she wrapped golden-hued family heirlooms around the stem of her bouquet.

“I wanted to follow the ‘something old, something borrowed, something blue’ tradition, so I borrowed the blue religious pin from my grandmother and the gold pin from my mother. The rosary was my something old: It belonged to my great-grandmother, and it’s been used for religious events in our family ever since,” says Kerri.

Kerri's Bridesmaids Holding Their Fall Bridesmaid BouquetsThe Bridesmaid Bouquets

To complement both her own floral arrangement and the enchanting green color of the bridesmaids’ dresses, Kerri chose flowers with similar bold pops of autumn color for her bridal party. The girls’ bouquets were featured a bounty of white Casablanca lilies; mini purple calla lilies; white, light pink, and hot pink roses; and light pink wax flowers. The groomsmen looked dashing with their garnet glow mini calla lily boutonnieres.

Are you planning a forest-inspired wedding too? Tell us which part of Kerri’s storybook fall wedding is your favorite!

Fun Flower Facts

Inspirational Flower Quotes to Brighten Your Day

September 18, 2013
Arrangement of the Month - April

Arrangement of the Month - AprilDoes a fresh, fantastically fragrant bouquet of blossoms always paint a smile on your face? You’re not alone! For ages, famous names and faces all around the world have been raving about the flower’s feel-good powers. Here are 22 well-known flower quotes to bring a bit of bloomin’ sunshine to your day!

Famous Quotes About Flowers

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” – Gerard de Nerval

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank

“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” – Iris Murdoch

Arrangement of the Month - September“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare

“Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.” – Lydia M. Child

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” – Lady Bird Johnson

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day—like writing a poem or saying a prayer.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Loveliest of lovely things are they on earth that soonest pass away. The rose that lives its little hour is prized beyond the sculptured flower.” – William C. Bryant

Arrangement of the Month - January“In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends.” – Kakuzō Okakura

“The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.” – Gertrude S. Wister

“Happiness is to hold flowers in both hands.” – Japanese Proverb

“Flowers are words which even a babe may understand.” – Arthur Cleveland Coxe

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” – Buddha

“Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them.” – Chinese Proverb

“One marked feature of the people, both high and low, is a love for flowers.” – Robert Fortune

Arrangement of the Month - July“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Flowers are love’s truest language.” – Park Benjamin

“The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.” – Robert Leighton

“Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.” – Unknown

“Flowers are the music of the ground

From earth’s lips spoken without sound.” – Edwin Curran