The autumn wedding season brings a colour palette of brown and orange tones, and the creative team behind this magnificent secret woodland wedding styling created this concept to show you how you can embrace this beautiful season.

Autumn is all about the colours of the changing season, and the natural elements make such great styling details. The florals here are large and full of life and form much of the decor. Displays and bouquets created using foraged seasonal leaves and foliage, with flowers in dark reds, ochre and cream giving a great pop of autumnal colour. This unstructured and organic style of floral design looks great in the woodland setting.

Together with the florals, an eclectic mix of candles and vases add to the wild and rustic form. To add an injection of colour, a blue chiffon table runner and pretty blue plates give a great contrast to the more natural colours.

The awesome looking grazing feast is a foodie’s heaven, perfectly styled over a rustic dresser, with the pièce de résistance the cheese stack that sits in pride of place!

Finally, the natural bridal look with stunning beaded Maggie Sottero wedding dresses, floral crown and flowing hair, is perfect for an outdoor woodland wedding.

French Connection Photography were behind the lens to beautifully capture the essence of these secret woodland wedding ideas…

Natural Beauty

“This styled wedding shoot at The Moat House set out to capture the turn of the seasons in all their natural beauty. Situated in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside on the edge of the village of Acton Trussell, the venue is a Grade II listed moated manor house attached to a modern 4 star hotel and award-winning, double AA rosette restaurant. While parts of the building date back to the 16th century, The Moat House has all the conveniences a couple could ask for.

“We wanted to highlight the opportunities for beautiful wedding photography in the wilder corners of the landscaped grounds, even in the colder months of the year. We chose this hidden glade to create a secret woodland wedding, with rich colours and textures for added warmth and depth.

“The red leather chair draped with a cosy sheepskin, elegant chaise longue, and statement hurricane lanterns and glass vases filled with pampas grass helped create the relaxed but luxurious feel we wanted. Meanwhile, the dramatic silver birch arch provided inspiration for couples planning an informal and intimate outdoor ceremony.”

Private garden sign at The Moat House

Bride standing in woodland in front of ceremony arch

Bride standing in front of ceremony arch in woods

Bride wearing flower crown

Autumnal flowers and foliage on corner of wedding ceremony arch

Candles and glass vases on stumps in woodland

Glass vases on wooden stumps

Bride sitting in woodland

Bride sitting on chez lounge in woods

Bride with eyes shut showing gold eye shadow

Redhead bride wearing flower crown

Abundance and Freedom

“Striking candelabra, lustrous glassware, plump squashes and deep, jewel-toned floral arrangements graced our woodland dinner table. The inclusion of foraged foliage from the grounds gave a real sense of place.

“The Moat House offers feasting and grazing food for couples looking for a more informal dining experience at their wedding. For this shoot we wanted the feast table to evoke feelings of abundance and freedom, as well as privacy and intimacy. The deep purples and bright reds of grapes and pomegranates deliberately echoed the floral elements.

“Our bride wore the Petra dress by Maggie Sottero, with an illusion neck and open back, embellished with beads. Her delicate gold eye make-up and berry pink lips perfectly complemented the reds and purples of her fresh flower crown, with her hair styled for a natural, tousled look. She also carried a dramatic bouquet filled with pale peach and apricot roses, velvety chocolate cosmos, striking red and gold chrysanthemums and eucalyptus to match the sumptuous flower crown.”

Colourful wedding table flowers and candles

Wedding place setting with blue plate

Colourful autumnal wedding table flowers

Flowers on wooden wedding table in woods

Coloured glass bottles on wedding table

Small squash on wedding table

Feast table full of wedding food

Food on top of feast table

Cheese stack wedding cake

Bride holding autumnal bouquet

Autumnal bridal bouquet

Bride sitting on red leather chair in woodland

Bride with red hair wearing flower crown

Creative Team

Photography: French Connection Photography

Shoot Location, Catering and Furniture: The Moat House, Acton Trussell, Staffordshire

Styling and Furniture: Laura Loves

Flowers: Myrtle, Fox & Maude, Gemma Cherry Styling and The Contented Florist

Dress: ‘Petra’ by Maggie Sottero, from Rebecca Jaynes

Hair: Hair by Hannah Wallbank

Make-Up: Niamh Davies Beauty

Model: Kayleigh Ross for RMG Models