Goodness me, what loveliness I have to share with you this Autumnal Sunday. In fact we don’t have many more Autumn days left now and so I am really going to soak up these stunning Autumn festival wedding ideas today. You know what I love most about this editorial shoot? The colour palette, it just screams cool vibes with peachy, pink and blue tones, which really bring the traditional Autumn colours up to date.
Let’s begin with that striking triangle backdrop though, which adds real drama to the styling and the florals here today bring me much joy (I love growing dahlias in my garden!). Then there was the dip dye hem wedding dress and the stunning hair and make up look. Hello dried flower crown and trailing ribbons adorning the bouquet. The tipi set up, based at The Hidden Hive really adds a touch of magic complete with gorgeous tables, fairy lights, statement banner and geometric stationery. Also keep an eye out for the amazing cake table, delicate jewellery and wonderful props and décor throughout. The whole affair was captured by Indigo and Violet Photography and I am sure you will agree these images are just super inspiring.
Autumnal Festival Wedding Ideas
Autumnal Festival Inspiration Shoot in Derbyshire
Given the increase in couples desiring more relaxed and informal weddings, along with the trend increase for ‘out of season’ weddings, a group of specialist wedding suppliers in the Midlands collaborated to create an exquisite Autumn Festival Inspiration Shoot in Derbyshire. With it’s autumnal palette of reds, pinks, and oranges, perfectly lifted with powder blue, the styling perfectly complemented the woodland location and relaxed festival vibe.
The Hidden Hive – Tipi Venue in Rosliston, South Derbyshire
Founded in 2017, The Hidden Hive is a magical ‘unique’ tipi wedding and events venue located in the heart of the Derbyshire National Forest, ran by the multi-award winning Midland’s tipi hire company, Peaktipis.
The name was developed and chosen to retain some of the heritage of the adjacent Beehive Farm, as well as its location being beautifully tucked away and ‘hidden’ amongst it’s rural National Forest surroundings.
It’s the perfect outdoor celebration venue, a place for people to come together, enjoy the idyllic lakes and stunning woodland setting and get back to nature – all with the luxury of our beautiful tipis.
Conveniently located close to Derby, Burton, Lichfield and Tamworth, The Hidden Hive was our first choice of venue for the autumnal festival inspiration shoot. We also used the tipis as inspiration for the styling of the shoot – bringing in triangular elements into the stationery and cake stands, and ceremony area, reflecting the triangle of the tipi hats.
The Hidden Hive has three giant tipis and a chill-out tipi, all linked together to provide a large, yet cosy and intimate space with beautiful views out across the meadow. The tipis provide a romantic, warm and comfortable space while bringing you closer to nature in this idyllic setting. Complete with carpeted, solid wooden flooring, rustic furniture, crackling fire-pits, thousands of twinkling fairy lights, his and hers giant Peacock chairs, a giant glittering disco ball and a clear frontage across the front of the tipis to keep the warmth in whilst still being able to enjoy the beautiful views.
Cast and Found – Jewellery
The jewellery selected for the shoot was carefully selected from the base collection of Cast & Found, designed by a jeweller who takes inspiration from found items in nature. The jewellery used were all cast from found treasures in the forest! Twigs, acorns, flowers, leaves, and so on, were cast in silver and 24ct gold. Couples can send in their found objects from their favourite walks to create meaningful and personal jewellery.
Appropriate for the outdoor tipi venue, the pieces selected were feminine, timeless but with a contemporary edge. Our petite model wore the more delicate pieces from the collection, layered with larger items from the collection for extra drama. Jessica the designer behind the Cast & Found brand, specialises in casting fragments of your wedding flowers into precious metals, helping you to treasure your story forever.
The Two Hummingbirds – Styling
The colour palette was carefully selected to reflect the season as well as future trends. The use of the pale blue cutting through the oranges and reds really gave the palette a modern feel and lifted everything beautifully. We have created this stunning style using raw wooden long trestle tables draped in a base of pastel blue chiffon to complement the earthy bright autumnal blooms. Scattering the tables with candlelight, figs, vibrant pomegranate, mixed grapes and blackberry branches which amplified the countryside aspect of the tipi to give a free spirited seasonal and rustic vibe. Modern copper tones throughout encapsulated in the place settings, and gold cutlery simply decorated set the scene for an elegantly layered table full of rich and luxurious autumnal colours, texture and details into a non traditional setting.
VM Hairdressing – Hair
Due to the beautiful flower crown with long ribbons being used, we felt it best to keep the Bride’s hair soft and natural. I curled her naturally blonde hair with a wand to create soft natural waves. I then wound the hair around the ribbon loosely to create a loose half up half down style. I felt this style complimented all of the elements within the shoot paying close attention to the gorgeous flower crown and stunning jewellery our gorgeous bride wore. It is important to me to create that special look that compliments a bride’s wedding style and helps the bride to look and feel the best they possibly can.
Hair and Make Up by SMB – Make Up
Warm copper tones were used in the make up to compliment the colour scheme of the shoot.
The Flower Fairy – Florals
The choice of the flowers used was influenced by the changing of season and the relaxed aesthetic. All flowers were locally grown in Lincolnshire, with the dahlias being the key flower highlighted within the large bouquet.
Hints of powder blue were introduced via the use of the delphiniums which lightened the bouquet. Dried flowers were also used to add texture and to give a nod to the changing of the seasons again – the dried poppy heads, hydrangeas, grasses all gave different textures.
The flower crown was made using only the dried flowers, with pops of orange and blue to compliment the dress and work with the bouquet.
Both items for the bride were finished off with the beautiful pale blue silk and velvet ribbon.
Knot and Bird – Cake and Biscuits
This inspiration shoot wanted to show that a ‘traditional’ white wedding cake doesn’t have to be ‘plain’. We took inspiration from the colourful florals chosen for this shoot and recreated our favourite blooms out of sugar to adorn the cake. We then accented these colours with buttercream swipes to add texture and appeal.
We also wanted to highlight that dessert doesn’t have to stop at just one cake, so we created a whole dessert table filled with sweet treats and triangular styling elements that brought the whole festival theme together.
Edible favours were used as a way to extend the theme of the cake through to the tablescape and make each place setting a little sweeter.
Little Red Designs – Stationery
Using the colours from the styling as my main inspiration, I took the elements of the triangles and created a bright but distinctly autumnal look to the stationery.
The traingles are a nice hidden nod to the tipis themselves and give a modern geometric look to the day. This style was then applied to the elements of the place cards and table plan, which complimented the styling and props used.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Indigo and Violet Photography
The Hidden Hive
Stylist & Props
The Two Hummingbirds
The Flower Fairy
Cake & Biscuits
Knot and Bird
Cast and Found
Little Red Designs
Huge thanks goes to the incredible team above for sharing the results of these Autumn festival wedding ideas xo Lou