Autumn Hues and Forest Foliage: A Rustic Yorkshire Wedding

Within this rustic autumn wedding at the majetic Thicket Priory, the seasonal beauty—in everything from the deep burnt orange colour palette, to the wild feel of the seasonal foliage—is felt, even in the most minute of elements. 

Soft fabrics and pastel pinks are beautiful in their own way, but this shoot opted for an altogether grander approach to wedding design. The charm, boldness and weighty elegance of the season formed the inspiration for this alternative occasion. Autumn’s majesty was recreated in a variety of clever ways, including a hand-embroidered wildflower veil, a rustic grazing feast, candles and even a mossy base for the flower displays. 

We are left pretty dazzled by the way that each of these subtle details harmoniously enhanced the beauty of the other. This created a strong theme for the event, yet while the occasion definitely made a statement, its drama was in no way jarring or gaudy.


From bespoke hair accessories to the hand-embroidered wildflower veil, every detail of this shoot was chosen with care. This meant each individual element both shone on its own and contributed to the day’s unique aesthetic. 

This design notion built on the highly characterful venue selected for the day: York’s Thicket Priory. The grand red brick façade coupled with the natural grounds made this location the ideal spot to bring the autumn theme to life.  

The signature style of this event crescendoed at the wedding dinner. The intimate table (set up in the lower level of the grand ballroom) proved to be the perfect partner to the grazing autumnal feast designed by Babaganoush Catering. This intimate dinner demonstrated that, just because the guest list may be smaller, this does not mean that a wedding should have to forsake any of its emotional gravity (a point that is particularly relevant given the current times in which we are living). 

Ultimately, the shoot was a combination of the artistry of numerous talented creatives, all working together to weave their own stamp into the cohesive yet elaborate concept. 


This rustic autumn wedding shoot captured all of the season’s characteristic elements, creating an occasion brimming with warm gold hues, copper tones, rusted reds and deep natural greens. 

One important thing to note, however, is that when you’re working with a seasonal colour palette, you should always ensure you avoid overstepping the line between subtle and theme-heavy. Keep things elegant by introducing the colours throughout the décor in smaller, thoughtful ways. A great example of this is the delicate light orange hair crown. 

Josey Grace’s style as a photographer lent itself particularly well to the warm autumn tones, and you can see how her photographs make all of these rich colours really pop. The abundance of natural beauty available at this setting at this time of year made outdoor shots a no-brainer. Plus, this backdrop was an effortless enhancement to the colour palette. 


The two elements the design team placed the biggest focus on—in order to make this occasion a real one-of-a-kind affair—were the colour palette and the floral arrangements. 

Throughout this rustic autumn wedding shoot, the flowers from Leafy Couture stole the show. Lavish bouquets and ornate displays could be spotted adorning every one of the day’s key moments. For example, for the ceremony set-up, numerous garlands of lush foliage hung from the pew ends, artfully lining the aisle in the centre of the chapel. Alongside these, a large urn bursting with greenery and florals framed the stained glass window. Then for the dining set-up, gold and copper tableware surrounded the florals framed with a mossy base. 


  • Beyond just being beautiful in isolation, allow each individual element to interact with one another. These components should interplay with each other to demonstrate a cohesive narrative throughout the day.
  • The variety of textures (from the mossy base of the table florals, to the succulent stems used beside the napkins and stationery) all provided the concept with an elaborate depth.
  • Then, once you know what you want the occasion to look like, ensure this theme carries through into the bride and groom’s outfits, too. For example, the menswear from Dandy Threads offered a great alternative to more traditional attire. Likewise, the makeup by FACES Makeup was soft and beautifully complemented the décor’s colour tones.



Event Planning and Design: Dreamboats&Carousels // Photography: Josey Grace Photography // Videography: Dawn To Dark Films // Venue: Thicket Priory // Cakes: Poppy Pickering // Celebrant: True to You Celebrancy // Florist: Leafy Couture // Catering: Baba Ganoush Catering // Hair Stylist: Paige Lauren Bridal // Bridal Gowns: The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique // Makeup Artist: FACES Makeup // Hair Accessories: Glorious by Heidi // Menswear: Dandy Threads // Stationery: Raspberry Toast // Bridal Veil Designer: Rebecca Anne Designs // Rings: London Victorian Ring Co.