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After a summer chock-full of bright sunshine and sweet blooms,
autumn is upon us!

Before we know it, the Blue Ridge Mountain air will be crisp, the sun will set sooner, and the hills will be blanketed with stunning fall foliage.

Of course, with the changing leaves comes a shift in cuisine, decor and florals.

When it comes to weddings, we shout an enthusiastic “Yes!” to fall’s spectrum of hues, bountiful harvest and ephemeral surroundings, and here’s why:

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The transition from summer to winter is accompanied by a wide array of colors and textures perfect for a variety of styles and tastes. The vibrant sunburst tones of changing autumn leaves inspire vivid floral arrangements that blend nicely with surrounding fall foliage, while dramatically contrasting bridal attire.

Consider orange and yellow gerberas, winterberry holly, bordeaux roses, even sunflowers!

Or, opt for a more subdued, earthy arrangement of soft cottonwood, textured pinecones, ecru roses and gentle accents of silver-blue dusty miller fronds.

pippin-hill-farm-southern-bloomsAutumn doesn’t stop at the bridal bouquet! Incorporate items from the fall harvest like orchard apples or pears in bright hues, crunchy fallen leaves, and miniature gourds, squash, pumpkins, cones and pods into table centerpieces and decorations. Pillar candles in fall hues evoke the cozy feelings of fall that we all adore!

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 What would autumn be without the nostalgia of heartwarming cuisine championing the unique fall spices, flavors and smells we all know and adore?

Pippin Hill’s roasted sweet potato quinoa with currants and mint does a lovely job of utilizing local fall flavors! Presentation in copper pots is a unique spin on the standard bowl and offers perfect level of rustic elegance.

Let’s face it, a fire pit and S’more station is fun no matter the season.

But, in the fall, there’s something about the crisp evening air, that makes a roasted-chocolatey marshmallow sandwiched between two graham crackers that much more desirable.

It may take you back to a time of Girl Scouts and camping, but imagine a S’mores bar at your wedding to really rally that inner kid in all of us.

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Seasonal décor and cuisine aside, nothing is more beautiful than the array of colors that spew over the cascading peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the fall.

Imagine walking down the aisle on a crisp and sunny autumn afternoon with Pippin Hill’s lush vineyards and Virginia’s rolling hills painting the horizon.

Simply enchanting.

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Photo 1: Joe Foley Photography
Photo 2: Dominique Attaway Photography with Southern Blooms & Easton Events
Photo 3: Holland Photo Arts
Photo 4: Andrea Hubbell Photography
Photo 5: Jen Fariello with Southern Blooms and Easton Events
Photo 6: Kaptures by Kristy

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