Chinoiserie-Inspired Wedding at Homme House
We’re thrilled to begin our week with this understated chinoiserie inspired wedding shoot at Homme House. It’s interiors, filled with beautiful trinkets and decorative items from all over Asia provided inspiration for the hand-painted details running throughout the shoot. This is a classic story of romance – elegant, wistful, timeless -a spellbinding, veiled beauty adored by her handsome beau!
It was important for the resulting images to be soft and romantic with a light and almost translucent feel.Fabrics and materials were chosen to achieve this look – silk tulle veiling,delicate laces and opaque gown fabrics, frosted acrylics, vintage pastel blooms and transparent glassware all added to the illusion.
Utilising what was already at the venue,we added subtle touches as a nod to the theme – a chinoiserie inspired wedding veil with embroidered foliage and tiny silk velvet cherry blossom flowers, miniature paper fans, handmade, using Chinese printed papers and a silk tassel with a gilt edge, florals styled to look like Oriental arrangements and vintage brass bamboo cutlery.
I worked with the subtle and faded vintage pastel colours which were found in the house – it was important that nothing jarred against the beauty of the shades. Working with these colours means toning everything down – from the florals to the tableware. I always put together a palette of Pantone colours for the suppliers to work with – this means that we are all approaching our design work from the same range of subdued shades. It was really important to work with the colours in each room so that everything looked like it should be there!
Flowers are the icing on the cake for any wedding or styled shoot! They soften all the edges and add texture and colour to complement every aspect of the wedding! Following through with the nod to the Oriental in our theme, Kate from Damson & Vine chose soft vintage pastel flowers with twigs and branches of Prunus blossom, Quince, Willow and Eucalyptus. Flowers used were – Cappuccino, Bridesmaid and Quicksand Roses, Lisianthus, Anemones,British Tulips and Hellebores and Butterfly Ranuculus. Kate grows most of her own flowers for the main wedding season and out of season buys British flowers and uses foliage from her own garden.
Flowers were used on the day for creating a floral floorscape at the end of the dining table, a beautiful bouquet and buttonhole, table centrepieces in urns and a magical oriental style display on the ornate Georgian fireplace in the dining room. These were all then repurposed to create a floral cascade on the flying staircase.
- Avoid overdoing the theme! Less is more and a subtle nod to the theme is far more interesting than full on details!
- The colours for this shoot were of paramount importance but adding lots of gorgeous textures and using different materials also gave more interest – don’t be shy – add layer upon layer of texture and detail to make your wedding style even more unique.
- To create a look that is opulent and luxurious yet understated add beautiful, bespoke details like the handcrafted stationery, the hand-painted wedding cake with gilded leaves and the unique designs of the cashmere and silk robe and cushions.
- Photography: Joanna Briggs Photography
- Venue: Homme House
- Creative Direction & Styling: Tulle & Blue
- Floral Design: Damson & Vine
- Bridalwear: Tulle & Blue
- Embroidered Veil: Tulle & Blue
- Accessories: Tulle & Blue
- Silk Men’s Jacket & Waistcoat, Silk Cushions & Cashmere Throws, Robe and Shawl: Shibumi
- Stationery: Tulle & Blue
- Tableware: Vintage Gold China
- Tableware: Table to Dine For
- Makeup Artist: Kay Louise Makeup
- Hair Stylist: Hair Stylist Worcester
- Signage: Handmade Sign Company
- Cake: The Red Cake Company
- Furniture Rentals: West Country Marquees