What is it about wine country that is so appealing? The idea of a relaxed, slow-paced country life? Acres after acres of grape vines marching across valleys and rolling hills? Drinking great wine? For me, it’s all of the above. I love wine country so much that I got married there almost five years ago, and my wedding theme was the classic autumnal wine country harvest. Very original…or so I thought. Being in the event floral design industry and seeing more wedding decor than the average person sees in a lifetime, I’ve come to realize that a wine country wedding is fairly popular. But that doesn’t sway me: I still love the theme. The colors are rich, warm, and cozy: browns, burnt oranges, golds, greens, terracotta reds, and deep violets. Whenever I see or work with flowers in this fall palette, I tilt my head and murmur, “Awww, so pretty.”
So the wedding theme this past weekend was for (you guessed it) wine country in the fall. Using a rich seasonal color palette and combining lush flowers with vines and leaves, the bouquet has an organic, country harvest feel without being too overgrown and “twiggy.” I used lots of different materials in this design: terracotta roses, miniature roses, dahlias (…dahling), leucadendron, chocolate cosmos, astrantia, and four kinds of foliage. I used my two new favorite leaves: heuchera and minted geranium. Heuchera is a garden shade-plant that comes in lots of earthy, fall colors and has great texture and pattern. I haven’t seen these at our flower market, but you can buy plants at any garden store and cut your own whenever you need it. And I love minted geranium for their minty-citrus smell and soft, fuzzy “leafy” leaves. These leaves gave the bouquet that necessary fall foliage look, something hard to get during late spring. I was happy with the end design, and toasted its completion with a nice glass of Zin. Cheers!