As the high energy of summer and the wedding season begins to slow down, the evenings draw in and temperatures fall, we have the opportunity to regroup and enjoy all that Autumn has to offer.

There is so much contentment to be found in sitting with friends around an open fire under the stars, or rugging up with beanies and scarves and wandering through the forrest.  I really see Autumn as a time for calm, comfort and connection.

Being in Australia, we don't experience the significance of the classic four seasons, as say North America or Europe but the deciduous trees show the true colours of the season in amongst all the pines and gums and this year I had the absolute pleasure of celebrating the change of season at the Garden Gathered Workshop in the lower South West and experiencing the natural beauty of the seasons florals.

Hosted together with Jane from Ivy Flowers, Steph from Wallflower Studio, Abbey from Abbey Lou Flowers and Helen of Riverdale Farm on her stunning property, the Garden Gathered Workshop was a dream.

Helen and husband Jim Leighton have established a property on the Kalgan River in Albany that offers locally grown, seasonal blooms from their sustainably managed garden with a low carbon footprint.  Inspiration and admiration everywhere you turn!

There is something truly special in creating designs with florals that have been thoughtfully grown from the hands of beautiful people.  Coming together with other industry professionals and connecting face to face; sharing, laughing, creating and learning, this was equally as encouraging.  Not to mention the chance to refresh the true passion for floral design and the chance to create something for myself for a change.

Sincere thanks to you Helen, Jane, Steph and Abbey for a day that filled me in more ways than one!

Take a wander through the beautiful photos by Jemma Keech below.