I adore sharing Asian wedding inspiration with you all as the decadence levels are on overload and the colour palettes are gorgeous. We're all about having any excuse for weekend long wedding celebrations where the flowers never seem to end and the dessert table is piled high. The colour palette of this inspiration shoot is just heavenly, pastels infused with metallics but with darker shades of blue and a grey smokey eye for the beautiful bride which really keeps things contemporary. Wedding saris are infinitely beautiful too - there's just no end to the gorgeous detail and beading. Are you ready to get lost in a sea of gorgeousness? I thought so...

The Inspiration

I love palettes with deep tones and moody hues; I’m drawn to glamour and metallic shades; and I will never deny the level to which a city skyline glittering with taxi cabs and glowing street lights will inspire me. I’ve grown to love these elements and draw a deep level of inspiration from them for the Asian weddings I design and plan, but I knew I wanted to create something different, something softer while planning this Asian fusion shoot. Then I realised I needed to travel into the most classical area of England to truly be inspired. The English countryside needed to become my canvas. And, it did.

The Venue

I dreamed of a venue that would instantly envelope our couple and the guests I envisioned they would invite to join in on their celebration. Thankfully, I found a setting in Oxfordshire’s Poundon House that can only be described as enchanted. With its elegant mansion and seemingly endless meticulously groomed gardens, I knew this was the venue that was meant to be filled with antique chairs, pastel hues, and impeccable fashion – many of the elements we have all come to expect from an Asian fusion wedding.

The Details

As I assembled the team who would bring my magical, pastel filled concept to life, I knew Miriam Faith would design the florals in such a way that would captivate. Complete with shades of hydrangea blue, blush, soft green, ivory, and gold, Miriam’s arrangements overflowed with style and grace. Both the centrepieces and the bride’s bouquet, with its cascades of ribbon, featured hydrangeas and roses, and neither could have been lovelier. Academy Hire provided the eye-catching French Louis chairs, and the place settings would not have been as perfect without the pieces from Maharani Décor. The gold flourish menus from Loveli are still some of my favourites to date, especially because they remind me of the ornate wedding cake designed by Unique Cakes by Yevnig Cakes. This setting did in fact feel like it was a complete dream.

The Fashion

As important as it is to set the tone for an Asian fusion wedding through palette and design, it’s perhaps even more important to make sure the fashion choices are elaborate and flawless. For this reason, I knew I needed to do what I suggest to all Asian brides – I needed the guidance of a fashion stylist. Karan Rai could not have pieced together more fabulous looks! Tradition is valued highly during Asian wedding ceremonies, while trending style is applauded during receptions, so I knew we needed to source two equally stunning looks. When I stumbled upon our traditional outfit and modern blush and gold couture gown from Soltee and fantastic Red Dot Jewellery, I knew I had found the perfect Indian pieces for both of the bride’s looks. Our gent needed to look equally as dashing, and there could not have been a look more fitting than the on-trend pieces we found from The Sherwani Company. I especially loved the turban from Ziggi – his look would not have been nearly as fantastic without it! To put it simply, these pieces felt flawless as they paired wonderfully with our soft, pastel aesthetic. While you view this shoot, I hope you feel at once inspired and transported to the English countryside where pastel palettes and sweeping views reign just as supreme as style and grand Asian entrances. Welcome to next season’s Asian fusion wedding trends.
Fern Godfrey

Written by Fern Godfrey

Wedding Planner & Stylist: Desi Bride | Stationery: Loveli | Prop Hire: Wed Head | Hair: Hair by Shamalah | Flowers: Miriam Faith | Venue: Poundon House | Fashion Stylist: Karan Rai | Asian Outifts: The Sherwani Co. | Soltee | Bangles: Nargis Collections | Jewellery: Red Dot Jewels | Tableware Hire: Maharani Decor | Turban: Ziggi Studio | Tablescape Beading: Vintage Button Bridal Designs | Doli Hire: My Wedding Entrance | French Chairs: Academy Furniture Hire | Cake: Unique Cakes by Yevnig | Henna: Henna BK | Turbans: Bespoke Turbans | Make Up: Amz Rai
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