The Dreamiest Fall Foliage-Inspired Altars for Your Autumn Nuptials
Kick off the autumn season with foliage-inspired altar ideas, innovative alternatives, and custom ceremony structures that will inspire your seasonal wedding, no matter your personal style.
Create a statement backdrop.
“A circular or square frame is an ideal structure which can then be layered with fall foliage, greenery, and themed florals,” says Erin Sprinkel, Co-founder of Sterling Social. “Wrapping the elements around two-thirds of the frame creates an asymmetrical composition,” Sprinkel adds.
Light the way.
Create a showstopping aisle by lining your walkway with lighted, fall foliage. “For this walk down the aisle, ground uplighting was used to highlight the fall trees that created a natural arch down the entire path,” says Thomas Bui, Owner of Thomas Bui Lifestyle.
Promote a custom design.
“The custom arch was inspired by the clean white of the venue's barn and was built to resemble a house structure to symbolize coming home to one another,” says Vanessa Vierra, Owner of Vanessa Noel Events. The home-inspired design was further carried out with soft seating for all guests.
Integrate different materials.
The couple built the entire altar space using natural wood, burgundy, and green fall florals. “They decided to mix the natural elements with modern decorative elements like metallic vases and candles to provide a luxury-rustic feel,” says Kaitlin Crawford, Area Communications Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee.
Embrace a contemporary color scheme.
For a modern take on a fall color scheme, skip the season's earthier tones and lean towards the brighter end of the spectrum. “Inside of a historic carriage house, this couple’s altar flourished with tinted flora, opting for [a] warm peach [color] instead of umber, and creamy yellows instead of mustard,” says Francesca C. Damico, Head of Weddings and Social Events at Haven's Kitchen.
Support your altar with festive décor.
“Adding warm surrounding lighting and other dramatic features, including chandeliers or lanterns, is a great way to embrace an autumn wedding ceremony,” says Kelly Cavanaugh, Owner of Clementine Custom Events, when describing this indoor, fall-inspired ceremony.
Consider your location.
“In lieu of traditional fall jewel tones, couples may wish to brighten their altar and other decorative elements to complement the sunny Florida surroundings by swapping copper with tangerine, burgundy with blush, and emerald with sage," says Laure Hitzig Clavette, Director of Catering at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort.
Go with a modern alternative.
This modern altarpiece was designed by the bride and custom made by the groom. “Once the altar framework was complete, the bride asked the Pebble Beach Floral Team to add rich, warm florals and a variety of fall foliage to finish the look,” says Jennifer Kirsch, Catering Sales Manager at Pebble Beach Resorts.
Spotlight floral-adorned alternatives.
For this outdoor affair, an assortment of different blooms was used to embellish wooden doors that replaced a traditional fall altar. “The alternative was a unique addition to their al fresco ceremony setup, really elevating the rustic feel of the season,” says Doug Camp, Director of Sales and Marketing for Salamander Resort & Spa.
Let your seasonal surroundings inspire your design.
“There were so many nice, subtle fall elements to this wedding at a private home,” says Phillip Van Nostrand, Owner of Phillip Van Nostrand, when describing the refined features of this tented celebration, including an altar that reflected the lush surroundings of their ceremony site.
Lean into a saturated color scheme.
For this romantic outdoor affair, a luscious, jewel-toned altar featured an abundance of greenery with reds, whites, blushes, and dark purples. “The ceremony backdrop featured an organic and loose floral arch that guests loved,” says the ROQUE team when describing this moody floral design at Meadowood Napa Valley.
Let your altar inspire the rest your day’s events.
“Introducing fall foliage into your wedding is a surefire way to impart seasonality and a winsome, natural quality into your over-arching wedding design,” says Calder Clark when designing this fall-inspired space for The Cedar Room. “Wherever possible, consider that your guests’ eyes can rove up and down as well as side to side, then fill that negative space with something momentous and eye-catching, like natural landscaping materials,” Clark adds.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
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