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Faded Romance from Kim Balasubramaniam

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A Quintessential English Countryside wedding at Somerley

There’s nothing quite like a classic English country wedding, and when we heard wedding stylist Kim Balasubramaniam had styled a shoot at Somerley we just had to share the gorgeous pictures with you. Here’s some British inspiration for a stunning country house wedding.

Nestled in 7000 acres at the edge of the New Forest, Somerley is a historic estate, dating back to 1792. It was the perfect location for the Faded Romance shoot, with beautiful fabrics, furniture and details that added to the atmosphere of this house where you can now hold a quintessentially English countryside wedding.

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Imagine a country estate which has been left for years, being re-discovered and brought to life to be enjoyed by a new generation. Covers are lifted, billowing fabric floats in the air, tapestries and priceless artworks are uncovered and delicate gold leaf details unearthed. A palette of the softest pastels; blush pink, powder blue and delicate eggshell combined with a touch of gold. Pretty details, ribbons, flowing fabrics and flowers; lots of flowers. An historical influence with a contemporary feel.

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The shoot was primarily inspired by Somerley’s original dining chairs. These delicately ornate gold leafed chairs are covered in hand sewn tapestries of floral bouquets in gorgeous shades of blue, pink and green, tied with flowing silk ribbons. Everything is inspired by these – from the stationery to the floral design to the shade of blue of the silk ribbons that tied the napkins together.

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The team from Ricky Paul Flowers created the most awe-inspiring florals – with a stunning flower filled work of art that was turned into a living table plan and bespoke escort cards tied to lengths of delicate hand dyed silk ribbons that hung in between the fragrant blooms. The tablescape was designed around the antique dining chairs and featured pale duck-egg linen, traditional tableware and pastel pink glassware.

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The full floral garland which ran the length of the table tumbled onto the ground and was a contrast to the delicately trailing foliage canopy within which was hung an antique chandelier. The colour palette and delicate gold detailing was echoed throughout the pretty trio of cakes and sweet treats.

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Model Georgia wore a stunning lace topped chiffon skirted gown from the 2018 collection by Naomi Neoh. Naomi’s dresses are so beautiful and have such movement to them; the colours are just perfect – this was a combination of classic ivory and the palest blush which gave a nod to all the other details and the surroundings of the beautiful house and grounds.

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Intricate bespoke headpieces were created by Agnes Walker and were used alongside gorgeous antique jewellery from Webbs.

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Emmy shoes are always so elegant and these soft ivory and gold beauties were no exception.

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This shoot brought together some of the leading lights in the UK wedding industry to showcase one of the most beautiful venues – all the exquisite details and that special feeling that you get from being in a space steeped in so much history were captured perfectly by film photographer Zosia Zacharia and cinematographers Baxter & Ted.

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Venue – Somerley / Planning, design & styling – Kim Balasubramaniam / Photography – Zosia Zacharia / Videography – Baxter & Ted / Flowers – Ricky Paul / Stationery – Rose & Ruby / Cake – The Custom Cake Boutique / Bridal Gown – Naomi Neoh / Jewellery – Webbs Jewellers / Accessories – Agnes Walker / Shoes – Emmy London / Ribbons & table runners – Lancaster & Cornish / Crockery, glassware etc – Duchess & Butler / Linen – Just 4 Linen / Hair & make up – Chrissie Hillhouse / Car – Classic Car Hire / Styling Assistant – Laura-Jayne Pinner

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