Come to think about it, having a wedding is like hosting Thanksgiving. You want guests to feel welcomed, eat well and be wowed by the decor. Amirite? This beautiful Thanksgiving wedding brings the best of both: how to throw a beautiful Thanksgiving party last minute, with coordinating drinks (obvi) and how well that blends into having a Fall wedding with a fresh autumnal color palette with honey, pumpkin, latte, mocha and cream — truly delicious colors if you ask us!

 Thanksgiving wedding ceremony with pumpkins

We love the idea of a Thanksgiving wedding with a long weekend to celebrate and spend time with family and friends. If you’re thinking of getting married during Thanksgiving weekend, you don’t have to have a wedding that screams Turkey day. This inspiration shoot captured by San Clemente wedding photographer Christa Norman Photography shares tips on how to find the right venue for your fall wedding and how they choose a color palette that effortlessly flow from the furniture to the food and drinks being served.

handmade paper wedding invitations

You know, there’s pumpkin wedding decor and then there’s this beauty created by Florist: Mulberry and Moss: muted heirloom pumpkins and foraged branches with a golden color palette that feels so fresh without screaming fall. We’d like this on our stoops, thankyouverymuch.

fall wedding ceremony with pumpkins

fall wedding decor with pumpkins

engagement ring with crown design

The Face of Beauty did hair and makeup in a way that was still light and warm for a gorgeous natural look.

fall bridal makeup

fall wedding centerpiece with branches and red leaves

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fall wedding bouquet with red berries and branches

lace wedding dress with 3/4 sleeve

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fall wedding lounge furniture

All of the furniture rentals are from Sweet Salvage Rentals, including this lounge space with muted honey and wood tones.

fall wedding drink ideas

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signature cocktails for fall weddings

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thanksgiving wedding decor

fall wedding pies

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From Christa Norman Photography: Our team accomplished this vision by sticking to a warm color palette (honey, pumpkin, latte, mocha and cream) and adding texture wherever was fitting. We combined classic with cozy, modern with vintage, and beach and farm influences. Every detail of this shoot from the cocktails to the table settings to the flowers strikes a beautiful balance of these elements.

Tips for Brides planning a Fall Wedding:

We would encourage brides who want to have a fall wedding in a location that doesn’t get a ton of fall foliage to choose a venue with minimal greenery. Lots of green grass and lush hedges are the enemies of a fall themed wedding! With its white walls and terracotta roof, The Casino is a perfect example of a setting that will emphasize your autumnal theme rather than detract from it.

It is easy to make things feel cozier (without getting too rustic) with texture and warm colors. Adding elements like rugs, wooden table tops, and scalloped or rough edges (like our plate settings, napkins, and even invitation suite) are great examples of how to do that.

Even what the bride and groom wear can make the whole day feel more fall-ish. A long sleeved dress would do this however, most places that don’t really have fall are often stull warm during this season so if you have the opportunity to get a dress with long sleeves and an open back, like the Truvelle dress in our shoot, you’ve got a winner!

Keep in mind how warm it will be when choosing your groom’s attire too. It can be tempting to choose tweed, which is normally perfect for fall, but without that cool weather, your groom will be very warm, sweaty and probably not very happy. Instead, you can opt for a light brown jack and a shirt with a subtle pattern. The warm color and patterned shirt will give the illusion of texture without making your groom unnecessarily warm!

Be sure to let your vendors in on your desire for an autumnal wedding. They know their craft best and can select seasonal elements to make your dream come to life. For example, our florist added some more non-traditional seasonal elements such as Bittersweet vine, Chinese lantern and even fruit like pears and pomegranates. Our cocktail specialist made some equally creative choices by including dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, and figs in her drinks. And our baker even added leaves to some of the pumpkin pies! Your vendors want to make your dreams come to true so be sure to share your vision with them!

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The vintage crystal and amber glassware and tabletop items from Cherished Rentals completed the look, tying in their color palette.

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Photo: Christa Norman Photography
Venue: The Casino
Florist: Mulberry and Moss
Dress Designer: Truvelle
Beauty Team: The Face of Beauty
Groom Attire: Zara
Calligraphy: Pirouette Paper Company
Table Top Rentals: Cherished Rentals
Furniture Rentals: Sweet Salvage Rentals
Cocktails: Bottles and Blooms
Bride’s necklace: BHLDN