Guest blog Diane Wagner: Fall colors
I’d like to thank FleuraMetz for inviting me to be a guest blogger. I enjoy shopping for flowers in the New York City wholesale floral district where FleuraMetz has a beautiful shop with a great selection of flowers, foliage and special seasonal materials.
I’d also like to introduce myself, Diane Wagner, and tell you about my floral experience. While working as a graphic designer in the publishing business, I became involved in floral design through photo styling. For over 20 years I have been designing floral decor for weddings and special events. After working with a large-scale event company, I decided to pursue my love of smaller events where I can be personally involved with making my client’s visions come true. You can see more of my work on my website and Instagram at dianewagnerdesigns.com.
Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. I find the variety of colors and textures available in natural materials to be very inspiring. The usual reds, golds and oranges are beautiful but I also like to update the palette with burgundy, cream, deep purple, and shades of green. Autumn colors should be rich, warm and inviting.
Bright orange paired with purple and green makes a very pleasing combination, and one that works well for autumn wedding. One of my favorite roses, Free Spirit, is the perfect shade for this look. Paired with seasonal dahlias, purple lisianthus, burgundy scabious, and safflower it creates a warm and inviting mood. Depending on the design style, deep colors can look delicate. Don’t forget to add interesting autumn touches to wedding personal flowers. I find brides are very interested in suggestions to make their wedding flowers, and their groom’s boutonnieres, unique.
I love combining traditional wedding flowers with interesting seasonal materials. Gorgeous garden roses, ranunculus, and scabious in traditional shades of cream, peach and coral take on an autumn feeling when combined with twirls of curly willow, textured grevillea and deep green berried ivy.
This is one of my favorite looks for autumn, and perfect for casual events. Shades of orange, rust and gold are updated with burgundy and brown and showcased in a loose design style. The variety of flower sizes, colors and interesting foliage create a more relaxed mood for smaller, more intimate celebrations.
Lacy kale, natural local hydrangea, and cream roses with a pop of bright hypericum berry provide a softer, more subtle autumn look with lots of interesting texture.
More traditionally “formal flowers”, like orchids, make a beautiful autumn statement in shades of burgundy and rust.