A Vibrant Folk Art-Inspired English Wedding
Who would have thought that a wedding based in Kent could offer such bold and tropical colours?!
Chiddingstone Castle is a gorgeous choice for a wedding venue. This magnificent venue has hosted countless weddings over the decades. But, we doubt that it’s ever seen one quite like this before.
In this styled shoot—which was part of a workshop organised by Photography Farm and Rebecca Carpenter Photography—these innovative organisers created a concept centred upon all the boldness and colour of folk art.
The style of this event was experimental, fun and colourful. To tell the truth, we were surprised to see that this paired absolutely wonderfully with the historic setting.
The use of floral headdresses played a key role in adding a sense of tropical style to the shoot. Alongside this, other exotic elements were incorporated and were designed to ignite the imagination and transport guests to a foreign land.
Although the chosen venue was a traditional British castle, the organisers spotted that there are unique corners of this castle that could be used to achieve an aesthetic other than the conventional, elegant English wedding. This, combined with the thoughtful styling, enabled the planners to create an exotic destination wedding in the English countryside.
A great example of this was the orangery at the back of the castle. This made the perfect canvas for an alternative, semi-al fresco ceremony. The team at My Lady Garden utilised this beautiful space by decorating the archways with a bold arrangement of hanging flowers.
The occasion’s extra decorative additions also artfully featured this theme. The cakes and biscuits from Nevie Pie were decorated with intricate tile designs and unique square shapes. Similarly, the stationery from Aimee Willow Designs incorporated stunning illustrations of the venue into the invitations.
A lavish array of eye-popping pinks adorned the venue to resonate with the traditional, vibrant folk art. Ashleigh, the stylist at Pink Palms Events, used deep green in core elements like the table runner and little details, such as the glasses. This helped to ground the bright colour palette.
Bursts of colour like orange, pink, yellow and red were added in a multitude of different ways to delight the viewer and introduce something completely original.
The flowers from My Lady Garden included fresh carnations and palm leaves painted pink and orange. The use of painted and dyed flowers was a wonderful, very trendy way to update the day’s floral arrangements.
The colour palette was not restricted to wedding décor details, either. This vibrancy continued into the choice of outfits, with two bespoke dresses (one red and one pink) from Emma Beaumont Atelier stealing the show.
Even the choice of makeup tied into the colour scheme. The use of a vibrant red lip in one of the looks, and a strong blush blurring into the eyeshadow in the other, paired with bold, dark eyebrows and the floral headdresses brought to mind the iconic style of Frida Kahlo.
- Don’t feel confined by the “three-colour rule” for your colour scheme.
- If your budget allows, hire a stylist with a strong understanding of how colours work together.
- If you want your ceremony to feel like a destination wedding, the key element to focus on is your choice of flowers. Choose flowers and plants that are native to the country that inspires your wedding aesthetic.
Photographer: Jade Touron Photography // Workshop: Photography Farm // Workshop Photographer: Rebecca Carpenter Photography // Stylist: Pink Palms Events // Venue: Chiddingstone Castle // Videographer: Rix Weddings // Dress Shop: Emma Beaumont Atelier // Dress Shop: Love In Lace Bridal // Florist: My Lady Garden // Hair Stylist: Knot Your Average Bride // Cake: Nevie Pie // Stationery: Aimee Willow Designs // Furniture Hire: Hire Love // Tableware: Prezola // Jewellery: Hermione Harbutt // Model: Abigail Johnson // Model Couple: The Oromes