The Bloomsbury Set

I visited The Charleston farmhouse in East Sussex, England a little while ago and cannot begin to tell you how inspiring and beautiful it is. If you have not paid it a visit then you really must! In 1916 it was the country home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and became the country meeting place for a group of artists, writers and intellectuals known as The Bloomsbury Set. The group also included Clive Bell, Roger Fry and Virginia Woolf (to name but a few!) all of whom either lived at or visited the house over the years. The artistic duo transformed the house into a charming retreat by painting furniture and murals on the walls in their own distinctive style. They crammed the place full of incredible decorative art, textiles, ceramics and paintings! The artistic group escaped London and led the most incredible bohemian lifestyles, breaking away from social norms and filling their days with art, beauty and eccentricity! I have often thought what an incredibly unique wedding venue it would be (if only!!!). So that might not be possible but it makes an amazing and highly original theme for your big day…

 

Charleston House Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right 1. via Anca Gray | 2. Claudia Raymat | 3. via Bliss In Images | 4. Sarah Alden | 5. Vanessa Bell | 6. Vanessa Bell | 7. Vanessa Bell |

 

The Bloomsbury Set Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. Photo: Paula O’Hara | 2. Painted by Vanessa Bell via Charleston | 3. Photo: Rodger Obley | 4. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

You can really go all out on the bohemian theme here with a beautiful old antique tea dress, disheveled curls and a flower crown! For your flowers – think wild, country mis-matched blooms in a mixture of old china, vases and glasses.

 

Bloomsbury Set Wedding Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. Joanna Newson | 2. Photo: Shae Detar | 3. Vanessa Bell | 4. Design by Duncan Grant | 5.Invite: Feast | 6. Matt Armendariz | 7. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

If like me you love print and colour then this is the theme for you and its perfect to base your reception decor on too! The boards below show a more modern approach to the theme incorporating the current watercolour and pattern trend. I love the dip dyed napkins, subtly dyed to match your colour scheme. The watercolour story can continue throughout your styling and there is a stunning idea for a table plan below using ombre dipped paper!

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom/ left to right: 1. Dress: Mango | 2. Griottes | 3. Raw Colour | 4. Amy Sia | 5. Erdem | 6. Invite via Colin Cowie Weddings |

 

Bloomsbury Inspired Wedding Cake | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. Lulie Wallace | 2. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

These painted graphics from the original book covers of Virginia Woolf’s books are a great focus and vibe for your invites, menus and place names. Each book has lovely decorative borders that work perfectly for your stationery. You could then use the same print and borders to decorate paper seed packets to be used as favours for your guests.

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Invite Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. book cover designed by Angus Hyland | 2-3. Vanessa Bell book covers | 4. Angus Hyland | 5-8. Vanessa Bell book covers |

 

Be inspired by the beautiful painterly floral patterns and dress your bridesmaids in pretty floral printed dresses.

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. via StyleSight | 2. via Romantic Chic Atelier | 3. Lulie Wallace | 4. Duncan Grant via Christies | 5. Photo: Mark Tattersall via Lucy Says I Do |

 

I’m really excited by this theme and love the art, craft and unconventional feel to it. Somebody please take this idea and make it your own! You can find out more about the magical Charleston house here.

Mrs White x

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