english countryside autumn wedding

Imagine this on your special day. Rows and rows of autumn flowers surround the ceremony room. The aromatic smell of autumn bloom wafts across the reception table. And of course, you can’t get enough of that relaxed English countryside vibe. If you can’t imagine it yet, then keep reading. This beautiful autumn wedding is set at the stunning Holme Flowers: A piece of heaven right in the heart of North Yorkshire’s stunning English countryside. It will certainly give you all the autumn wedding inspiration you need to send you straight to flower heaven

The Brief: An English countryside autumn wedding

This inspiration is for stylish and relaxed couples who want to go for a classy English countryside feel for their autumn wedding. Firstly, autumn flowers and foliages are abundant from the bouquet to the boutonniere. Then it continues with the foam-free floral installation, and right down to the cake decorations. Think of dahlias, rudbeckias, roses, and honesty! In addition, locally grown fruits like figs and pears were used to bring in elements of nature. This wedding style focused on a minimalist, tasteful approach with a touch of country. Above all, it used a beautiful neutral palette of beige, peach, soft browns, and living coral.

English Countryside Autumn Wedding at a Flower Farm | Photos and Text by Cristina Ilao Photography | In photo: minimalist neutral palette destination wedding table setup

The Venue: A flower farm in the English countryside

The idyllic Holme Flower Farm is located in the heart of Yorkshire. It has been owned, operated, and then handed down from generation to generation. The stunning flower farm inspired the design and theme of this beautiful wedding editorial. Every detail that was chosen for the shoot certainly reflected the flower farm’s minimalist feel. A relaxed English countryside vibe with a stylish and modern twist! The venue lent itself well to the brief. It definitely allowed the use of rustic and vintage elements throughout. You can see this from the grand floating floral installation, then to the smallest top table decorations using foliage, wood, seasonal flowers, and natural produce, all of which were sourced locally.

Styling: Minimalist and Elegant

The elegant theme is apparent throughout the wedding including the table styled by L27 Weddings. A plant-dyed luxurious silk table runner was used as the blank canvass for this minimalist spread. In addition, white crockery was matched with brass cutlery and clear wine goblets. Organic elements were used as well to create a relaxed feel. This included artisan wooden bowls, pears, figs, and romantic foliage sprigs to name a few. It really brought the country to the table. Also, the peach tapered Ester & Erik candles on brass holders created a relaxed wedding vibe. It’s like a hygge inspired table setting with a slight vintage twist.

English Countryside Autumn Wedding at a Flower Farm | Photos and Text by Cristina Ilao Photography | In photo: minimalist destination wedding table arrangement with brass candlesticks and neutral colour themed crockery
English Countryside Autumn Wedding at a Flower Farm | Photos and Text by Cristina Ilao Photography | In photo: minimalist destination wedding table arrangement with brass candlesticks and neutral colour themed crockery

Wedding flowers: Locally-grown in the English countryside

Firenza Flowers designed and created the grand floating floral installation. Fiona Pickles, who owns Firenza Flowers, is an internationally acclaimed and widely published floral artist. As you can see, her work is nothing short of amazing! Using only chicken wire, artemisia, and honesty branches, Fiona proved that less is more when it comes to floral masterpieces. This show-stopping installation is foam-free and thus, safe for the environment. I first talked about foam-free floral installations in this post about My 2019 Wedding Trend Predictions if you’d love to know more. Grand floral installations might have been a trend in the past years but it looks like it’s here to stay.

The unstructured classic bridal bouquet had dahlias, roses, rudbeckias, and hydrangeas in it. Then, the bouquet was tied with luxury plant-dyed ribbons in cream and living coral. It’s a subtle but elegant way of incorporating romantic colours in the wedding theme. Of course, the matching boutonniere showcased the same selection of flowers in miniature to complement the bride’s bouquet.

From the English countryside to the wedding banquet table

Dominique of Poppy Pickering Cakes designed a three-tier elegant wedding cake. As you can see, the cake featured small sprigs of honesty just like the groom’s boutonniere. Delicately handcrafted sugar ruffles crowned the top cake tier to add a hint of whimsy while ribbons adorned each level to provide a subtle touch of romance and elegance. If you fancy seeing other autumn wedding cake options, then head to this post. I listed all my wedding cake ideas for every season.


The wedding stationery suite focused on elegant & modern typography, a specialty of Bureau Design’s Tanya Jago. Handmade paper in neutral colours beautifully complemented the overall wedding theme. The organic feel of materials used for the invitations is perfect for a rustic but classy countryside style. Tanya created matching menus and name cards to complete the wedding stationery suite.

Hair and Make-Up: Clean and Bare

Authentic. That’s how to best describe the hair and make-up look for this editorial. International hair and make-up artist Victoria Farr truly showed her expertise in enhancing a bride’s authentic beauty. The best look is one that makes the bride appear like the best version of herself. And you can tell that from this look that Victoria created. From the choice of make-up colours to the number of products used, she focused on the minimalist style. The bridal hairstyle is a simple up-do, a versatile style for a no-fuss wedding look. If this hairstyle isn’t for you, then there are lots of other options. In this post, I’ve listed all my favourite wedding hairstyles for every bride.

English Countryside Autumn Wedding at a Flower Farm | Photos and Text by Cristina Ilao Photography | bride portrait in the middle of Holme Flower Farm. Bride is wearing a white lace off shoulder wedding dress while holding an autumn wedding bouquet

Bride’s and Groom’s Wedding Style

The bride wore a vintage-inspired ensemble – the very flattering Vivienne gown by Cherry Williams London and its matching 1930s style accessories. The minimalist gown’s ruffles coordinate with the sugar ruffles used to decorate the wedding cake. The beautiful flowing fabric created a romantic feel. The groom wore a classic black luxury tuxedo decorated with a boutonniere made of foliage sprigs from the bride’s bouquet.

Cherry Williams London custom off-shoulder mermaid wedding gown with soft tulle veil

Accessories: A Dash of Vintage Class

Rae, owner of Agnes Hart, designed the gold-tone 1930s style wedding headpiece. Rows of fan-shaped crystal motifs that add a subtle nostalgic glamour were all carefully hand-made and added to the headpiece. The ivory fingertip length bridal veil is made of the finest English net tulle that then drapes closely to the body and creates an elegant look. Both the headpiece and veil add a vintage feel to the dress and most definitely helps create that fine art bride look.

fresh and minimalist no make-up make-up look for fine art brides by Victoria Farr | simple updo with vintage hair band from Agnes Hart

Fellow flower-obsessed people, do you fancy a flower farm wedding right in the middle of the lush English countryside? I know I do! I absolutely loved capturing this one too! Get in touch if this is your kind of wedding and then let’s create something beautiful together!

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intimate wedding in the UK set at the English countryside flower farm near Thirsk. Bride is wearing a custom CHerry Wiliams London dress with off shoulder lace design and groom is wearing formal black suit. Photo by Cristina Ilao www.cristinailao.com

Creative Team

Photographer: Cristina Ilao Photography
Venue: Holme Flower Farm
Styling: L27 Weddings
Floral Design: Firenza Flowers
Hair & Make-up: Victoria Farr
Dress: Cherry Williams London
Headpiece: Agnes Hart
Stationery: Bureau Design
Cake: Poppy Pickering Cakes

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