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Wedding season is here, and the Castle Ladyhawke team is in full swing! Beginning in mid-October, The Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina are bustling with tourists traveling from all over seeking a kaleidoscope of leaf colors. Given the beauty of the fall foliage, this is easily the most popular season for couples to tie the knot at Castle Ladyhawke.

Looking for some inspiration to add to your fall wedding? Keep reading to see a few ideas that are sure to spice up your special day.

Fall Décor & Floral Arrangements

Incorporating color and texture through the use of décor and floral arrangements makes any wedding come to life. When selecting a color scheme, a variety of classic autumn hues can include purple, red, orange, yellow, and green. Some floral options to compliment a fall bloom are sunflowers, orange calla lily, dahlias, millet, ornamental grasses, craspedia, bird of paradise, roses, seeded eucalyptus, and raspberry braches. Lining the isle with leaves, filling an arch with warm-toned foliage, and including rustic accents at a bar or grazing table are just a few touches to tie this beautiful season into an unforgettable wedding day.

Fall-Themed Drinks

Seasonal cocktails are a fun addition to any reception. As the leaves begin to change and a fall crisp is felt in the air, there are many ways to spin a classic cocktail into a unique drink guests will love. Featured cocktails have become a popular trend and eliminates the cost of a full bar. When creating names for specialty cocktails, think about making it personal, using a clever pun, and including wedding words. For example, incorporate the season by renaming a Spiked Apple Cider to “Apple of My Eye.” Another great drink idea would be a Hot Toddy with your favorite bourbon or whiskey. Apple, pumpkin, maple, cinnamon, ginger, and sage are just a few flavors that add a perfect touch to an autumn cocktail.


Warmth of the Fire

The Great Hall is a popular event space for couples given its high ceilings, large stone fireplace, beautiful stained-glass windows, and double doors opening up to a terrace with amazing mountain views. Utilizing the fireplace for a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, cocktail hour, or reception adds an element of coziness to the feel of this room. Listening to the cackling of the wood, seeing the fiery flames, and feeling the warmth from the fire is perfect for a crisp autumn day. With Castle Ladyhawke being designed from Scottish influence, many of the pieces in the castle were gathered during the previous homeowner’s trip to Scotland. A fourteenth-century mantelpiece now sits on the fireplace in the Great Hall. If you look closely at the gorgeous stonework, you will be able to see whole crystals placed throughout the structure. There is no question that this beautiful historic fireplace will add a sense of elegance to your special day. Not to mention, it looks great in photographs as well!


S’mores Package

What better way to cozy up next to the fireplace in the Great Hall than with a rich, gooey s’more? The S’mores Package at Castle Ladyhawke is a unique offering that guests love, and the best time to roast one of these yummy desserts is when fall is in the air. The S’mores Package includes roasting sticks, marshmallows, choice of three chocolates, and a wooden display tray. This classic treat is a great way to gather friends and family together.


Radiance Package

The Radiance Package is sure to light up your night. With string lights draped over the outdoor terrace, you can dance the night away under the stars with your closest family and friends. Another feature of this package includes a formal sparkler exit, so you can leave the castle like royalty. These couple extra touches will create memories to shine for a lifetime.


Autumn Wardrobe

When selecting a color scheme, think about how the colors that the wedding party wears will compliment your backdrop. Not only should you think about color, but texture can add a unique and interesting component as well. Warm-toned velvet looks stunning whether it’s a floor-length bridesmaid’s dress or the groom’s suit. Another way to bring out the many hues of the season is to have bridesmaids wear different colors dresses. A mix of burnt orange, golden yellow, and olive green will allude to the gorgeous views surrounding the ceremony.


Autumn Tablescape

Whether you decide to go with extravagant décor or keep it clean and classic, tablescape is an important eye-catching component of a reception. Some couples choose to have many tables with a full dinner set-up for a seated reception, and others go for cocktail seating to encourage guests to move around and mingle. Regardless, there are numerous ways to add personal touches to table décor. To add some seasonal spice, use hollowed out pumpkins for flower bouquets or mini pumpkins as place cards for guests. If you are looking for a more traditional flair without much décor, simply use autumn colored linens. Incorporating your color scheme into place settings, linens, and tablescape is a great way to tie an entire wedding together.


There are countless ways to utilize the beautiful autumn season to make any fall wedding unique. With the backdrop of the fiery orange and red mountains and a team that is well-versed in creating magical experiences for both couples and guests, Castle Ladyhawke is the perfect place to be. Come visit us and see for yourself!