- Director of de Gournay, Rachel Cecil Gurney married Jake McConville on June 23.
- The daughter of de Gournay founder designed her wedding after her favorite chinoiserie wallpaper—Temple Newsam.
- Vogue Weddings got an exclusive look of the special day.
Living and breathing the family business is what Rachel Cecil Gurney has done since her father, Claud Cecil Gurney, founded the hand-painted wallpaper company de Gournay. It’s no surprise that as a director of the firm, Rachel decided to incorporate one of de Gournay’s famous wallpaper designs into her wedding to Jake McConville on June 23. In an exclusive Vogue Weddings gallery, Alexandra Macon captured the intimate, summer celebration.
Choosing her favorite de Gournay chinoiserie wallpaper—Temple Newsam—Rachel brought her wedding vision to life using its color palette as a guide. “Temple Newsam is filled with flowers and birds in soft greens, yellows, and whites, and a small section was painted by hand onto each and every invitation,” she wrote for Vogue Weddings. “This summery palette was the starting point for the rest of the wedding scheme.”
From the detailed leaf embroidery on the tulle of her dress to fresh yellow roses picked from her father’s garden and placed in her hair, each aspect of the wedding was inspired by de Gournay’s wallpaper—including invitations and menus.
“I’d gathered wild flowers from the surrounding countryside in my chosen color palette of yellows, whites, and greens for the tables,” she said. “Guests dined off de Gournay hand-carved porcelain, and the design on the menus again referenced the ‘Temple Newsam’ chinoiserie.”
From start to finish, Rachel beautifully translated this iconic wallpaper into a wedding venue that can only be described as romantic. "Hand-painted de Gournay organza was draped from the ceiling of the marquee, painted in an exquisite Chinoiserie motif," she explained. "It created such a romantic feel with the light pouring in and the panels billowing in the breeze.”
And to add the finishing touches, her husband rolled up his sleeves for a unique detail.
"The silver birch trees were cut down from the woods by Jake the day before the wedding and tied to the central poles of the tent," Rachel said. "They looked like they were growing from the middle of the marquee and framed the organza beautifully."
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