Tamsin & Lukas: Chinese wedding tea ceremony at Durslade Farmhouse

Durslade Farmhouse is part of the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton. It’s one of my favourite places I’ve ever photographed weddings. I love everything about it: the stone walls, the artwork, the quirky decor throughout, the utterly incredible light. I love it almost as much as I ended up loving Tamsin and Lukas, who were just the Most Wonderful Couple! They chose Durslade Farmhouse for their Chinese wedding tea ceremony, and I loved photographing this for them.

Their wedding celebrations also included an afternoon wedding ceremony in the Hauser & Wirth gallery. I’ll share the rest of their day in a second blog next week. It’s all far too beautiful to squash into one post!

In Tamsin’s words: “For wedding number 2 (of 3 ?) my parents threw us the coolest Chinese tea ceremony in the dining room of Durslade Farmhouse! 

“The ceremony was a joyous mix of traditions and cultures: tea from our ancestral region in China, mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival, dahlias from my parents’ garden in a Nyonya vase, the most exquisite silk cushions made by my mum, Lukas’s grandmother’s Stövchen, blessings in English and Dutch, a backdrop of art by Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca and a kua from Malaysia which made me feel like a princess.

“… Our family friend George, who is an expert in all things tea, was our terrific master of ceremonies and kept the baby-making jokes to a blessed minimum ? Oh – and my bridesmaids were instructed to haze Lukas before he was allowed to escort me over the threshold. Let’s just say they embraced their roles enthusiastically ?”

I can’t wait to share the rest of Lukas and Tamsin’s wedding day, it was just so wonderful. For now, feast your eyes on their beautiful Chinese wedding tea ceremony, in the glorious setting of Durslade Farmhouse.

Durslade Farmhouse at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton
Details at Durslade Farmhouse - plates on the wall, wellington boots lined up, jugs on a shelf.
A beautiful red embroidered Kua hanging on the back of a door in Durslade Farmhouse
A woman having make up done in preparation for a Chinese wedding tea ceremony
A woman having make up done in preparation for a Chinese wedding tea ceremony
Tea preparations for a Chinese wedding tea ceremony in Durslade Farmhouse
A bride in a Kua hugging and laughing with bridesmaids at Durslade Farmhouse
A groom and other groomsmen at Durslade Farmhouse
A bride dressed in red, ready for a Chinese tea ceremony
A bride dressed ready for a Chinese tea ceremony at Durslade farmhouse, with her mother.
Preparations for a Chinese wedding tea ceremony in Durslade Farmhouse
A groom looking nervous at the start of a Chinese wedding tea ceremony in Durslade Farmhouse
Wedding guests tasting tea in an atmospheric room at Durslade Farmhouse
A bride and groom at their Chinese tea ceremony at Durslade Farmhouse

Durslade Farmhouse wedding suppliers

Big thanks to everyone who helped to make this such a beautiful celebration!

Master of Ceremonies and tea expert George

Tamsin’s Kua was from Liang Yuan

By Annabella make up artist

South West Bridal Hair

Stationery by Adrian Lim

Wedding venue Durslade Farmhouse

Are you are having your wedding celebrations at Durslade Farmhouse or the Hauser & Wirth gallery? If so, I would love to hear from you! It’s one of my all time favourite venues and it would be great to chat about your plans and photography. Please do get in touch!

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