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Deep Orange and Earth-Toned Wedding Flowers at Arnos Vale

Being located just across the road from Arnos Vale it feels strange to have not yet had the chance to explore its impressive grounds, I was delighted when Abi and Andy approached me to create their whimsical, woodland nature-inspired wedding florals. We wanted to focus on bringing the best of the outside into their big day, using tones of burnt orange, reds, peaches, and burgundies with a few hints of white for a beautiful contrast. The floral designs were texture-heavy, loose, wild, and romantic which complemented the woodland location and the surrounding decadent Victorian buildings. 

On the day of Abi and Andy’s wedding, we arrived at my Paintworks studio early to prepare overflowing vase arrangements, beautiful budding table arrangements, and the most exquisite dried flower crown for Abi, as well as a 6ft long greenery garland. As we made our way over to Arnos Vale—with one of my freelancers walking, as we had only two seats in the van and the sun was shining for her 5-minute walk—in fact, she beat us there. We headed up through the reclaimed woodland, once lost and overgrown, and now beautifully maintained, revealing the beauty of Victorian architecture peeking out from behind the wild nature.

Deep Orange and Earth-Toned Wedding Flowers at Arnos Vale

CEREMONY

The ceremony was due to take place in the venue’s Underwood Centre. The wooden structure with its amazing apex roof and exposed beams was so serene, surrounded by trees on all sides. Kept cool on this hot day by the wonderful tree canopy, the couple had already added their personal touches to the space with a macramé backdrop to the vows area and signs for the guests to take individual packets of dried flower confetti. We set about adding our floral elements, including a vase by the entrance to greet the guests as soon as they arrived. We then placed our largest vase arrangement right at the centre of the action in front of the signing table, ensuring the florals would be in the best position to be photographed, making their wedding photos full of abundant flowers. Finally, we headed up ladders to attach a 6ft long greenery garland, which we festooned along the back of the ceremony space, softening the exposed wooden beams and bringing the woodland’s greenery-rich surroundings into the forefront of the wedding ceremony space.

Deep Orange and Earth-Toned Wedding Flowers at Arnos Vale

BRIDE

For Abi’s wedding day, she broke with tradition, opting for a dried flower crown. This allowed us to focus on colour-rich dried flowers, creating a headpiece that would fit the relaxed bohemian feel of the wedding and be a piece Abi could keep forever. It looked amazing against her auburn hair and the intricate detailed pattern of her dress.

Deep Orange and Earth-Toned Wedding Flowers at Arnos Vale

BUTTONHOLE

The groom, Andy, wore a buttonhole also made up of dried elements, which complemented his textured waistcoat and linen green shirt, making the oranges and browns of the buttonhole stand out. Using the same spray roses, thistles, and strawflowers as his new wife’s flower crown, they made the perfect pair.

Deep Orange and Earth-Toned Wedding Flowers at Arnos Vale

WEDDING BREAKFAST

 For Abi and Andy’s wedding breakfast in Arnos Vale’s impressive Spielman Centre, we added bud vases in all of the deep, rich colours of the arrangements from the ceremony to the table. The different heights and textures of these small arrangements caught the light flowing in through the centre’s impressive windows, illuminating the hall in pops of colour perfect for a celebration.

Deep Orange and Earth-Toned Wedding Flowers at Arnos Vale

Thank you so much to Abi and Andy for letting me flower their wedding day. Their wedding colours of burnt orange, reds, peaches, and burgundies are one of my favourite colour palettes to work with, and it was such a pleasure to do so in early May, without having to wait until the autumn. If you are an autumn bride and would love these warm earth-toned flowers for your big day, get in touch to see how we can make your floral wedding dreams come to life.

Florist @femme_petale 

Venue: @arnosvaleweddings