Autumn has to be my favourite time of the year! The trees are full of so
many vibrant colours and textures, the seed pods are rustling in the winds, leaves crunch underfoot and I find myself mesmerised by all of the beautiful tones which surround the farm I work on.
Having noticed the landscape ripening recently whilst out on my dog walks with my cocker spaniel Dug, I was keen to create an autumnal wreath from foraged finds such as grasses, leaves and foliage from the farm and surrounding fields.
So before storm Brian hit and with the weather on our side, it was the perfect excuse for myself and my friend Laura, along with her little red smooth haired companion Jeremy in tow, to put on our boots, grab our cameras and scissors and get outside to collect as much as we could.
With the warmth of the autumnal sunshine on us and the smell of the rustic countryside in the air, we came across a gorgeous field of grasses and seedpods and before I knew it, the scissors were out and I was chopping away. I find myself drawn to using grasses in lots of my arrangements as they bring so much natural movement, depth and texture. I also couldn’t resists foraging some gorgeous berries and rose hips in the hedgerow.
The afternoons foraging also allowed for the perfect opportunity to experiment and have a play with our cameras, something that I so love doing, but rarely have the time for during the busy summer months of weddings. With my friend Laura having just bought a new camera too, it was a great chance to share ideas, techniques and practise using some different lenses.
Once our pockets were bulging at the seems, we trotted back to the workshop for a well earned cup of tea and got cracking on our autumnal foraged wreaths.
It is amazing what you can create just by using the natural surroundings, especially at this wonderfully transitional time of year!
Photography by Laura Harvey and Hannah Berry