It’s my favorite time of year for weddings. I’m rather partial to this season, as it’s when I got married just over four years ago. Little known secret: I actually initially wanted to get married at on old schoolhouse so that I could decorate it with old books, plaid, and bushels of fresh fall apples. I thought it’d be perfect for my professor-to-be husband and I, but he wasn’t so keep on the idea. Alas…
We did still manage to pull of an evening that really highlighted some of the things I love most about the fall—and there are so many! Obvious of course are the weather and warm flavors, but I’m also partial to color palette, and general comfortable coziness that the shorter days evoke. Here a few of my favorite ways to celebrate the season’s best features.
What’s more lush and appetizing than richly colored shiny fruits piled up high on tablescapes? Not many things! I love how luxurious simple bowls of produce can look when well-styled and incorporated into event design.
2. Cider cocktails
Fall has such a unique flavor profile, and it’s great to be able to highlight certain tastes in the signature cocktails offered. This particular one plays with cinnamon and whiskey too, and is sure to keep your guests warm despite the air’s chill.
3. Deep Reds
Plum, fig, aubergine, burgundy, wine, marsala. You name a deep-purple-red varietal and I’m in. I think there are few better compliments for gold and brass details (two more of my favorites)—so elegantly tasteful.
4. Fall Foliage
It’s like the someone just went outside and scooped up the brightly colored leaves as they made their graceful descent to the forest floor… I love bouquets that incorporate fall leaves with the flowers and other greenery.
Drippy candles are my love language and I’m partial to grouping big pillar candles to create a glow in dark spaces. Plus, the soft light really ups the romance and intimacy of any dinner table.
6. Wax Seal Place Cards and Seating Charts
Along the lines of drippy candles, I’m a big fan of finding creative ways to use custom wax seals in your event details. These numbered crests are spot-on for directing guests to their places at the table.