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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!

Get ready to lose yourself in the beautiful styling by Tulle & Blue and dreamy imagery by Joanna Briggs Photography.

 

THE CONCEPT

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.

THE PALETTE

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!

THE FLORALS

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.

TOP TIPS

  • 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.

Suppliers

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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