Bouquet of calla lilies and roses in vibrant fall hues.

With wedding flowers, sometimes keeping it simple is the way to go.

“I love the monochromatic look of using one color for one flower,” says Carl Shaw, owner of Carl Alan Floral Designs. He counts both red and white roses among his favorite floral choices for when the mercury begins to dip. “I love flowers that can just make a statement by themselves,” he says.

Here, Shaw points out of a few of his go-to flowers for off-season weddings.

Calla Lilies

“For bridal flowers themselves, I love using the small crystal blush ivory calla lily,” Shaw says. “It holds up like iron.”

While a few big, tall callas make a simple dramatic arrangement – hand-tied as a bouquet or in a tall cylindrical vase on the table – one of Shaw’s all-time favorite bouquets is a tight, hand-tied bouquet of around 35 mini calla lilies – no fillers, just the callas lilies. In fact, it’s what he recommended for his daughter’s wedding six years ago. “It’s a very classic and very clean look,” he says.


“Hydrangea is very wintry, big and full and lush,” says Shaw. “I like hydrangeas with no greens showing – I like it to be very tight and as large as can be.” On the table, Shaw likes to place a ball of hydrangeas atop a vase.


Shaw also likes to use berries (burr-eez) as accent pieces in bouquets. “A light or whitish hypericum berry or winterberry … I would place them at certain points in the bouquet as highlights, and it breaks up – in certain people’s mind – the monotony of one flower or very few colors. Hydrangeas, mini calla lilies and ivory roses are his go-to flowers for berry accents.

Fall Flowers

Shaw recommends choosing florals in the colors of the season – rust mums and orange gerbera daisies, roses and orchids. He adds that gourds can add fall flavor to a table arrangement.

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