I have a new rusty urn.
Finding great floral vessels in Finland is sometimes difficult, but not impossible – it just takes lots and lots of scouting. I found this fantastic one from FinnMari a while back and when a bunch of beautiful workshop leftovers came home with me, I had to finally try it out. I love the roughness and color of the finish – perfect for autumn arranging and the natural blush and burgundy palette I curated for last weekend’s floral design workshop. (More on those later.) The base structure is chicken wire.
It’s an amazing time to forage and using natural elements is always the perfect way to bring movement, texture and seasonal proximity to arrangements. For this one I used foraged grasses, mystery ingredients found by my friend Kreetta (mystery ingredient = find in nature, test run, end up using and fall in love with but have no idea what it is) and the most gorgeous raspberry leaf that has toughened, curled and just begun to color. Raspberry, to be honest, has also saved me throughout the past wedding season so many times I can’t even recall. But this is the most beautiful I think I’ve ever seen it.
Cafe au Lait dahlias
Cafe Latte roses (came in very purple, you could easily substitute with f. ex. Amnesia)
Foraged raspberry, grasses, vine + mystery bits and bobs
Red Spirit viburnum branches, starting to flower
Queens Picotee pink hellebores
Cotinus Royal Purple
Dried flowering wild thyme
I know some are tired of the blush and burgundy palette.. but I love it when it’s really tonal and natural like this. The gradient palette can be found within a lot of the materials used, which brings the overall look depth and softness – burgundy to dusky blush and cream within the petals of the dahlias, in the stems of the greenery and vine, creeping into the raspberry leaf, in the hellebores, in the wine red viburnum bursting into soft cream flowers. It’s nature curated.
Or rather, curated by nature.