Happy New Year! I thought I’d end the year by creating an inspiration board brimming with bling, in homage to the glamorous festivities most of us will be engaging in tonight…
If I were to wed on NYE it would be a black tie do…and as I remember my parents getting all glammed up in their glad rags, with the smell of Samsara perfume wafting through our home and my Dads breath smelling of brandy – I immediately thought of the masquerade masks they’d bring home for me to play with. That teamed with a palette of cream, black, gold and…rust and you have yourself a warm, elegant and sumptuous scheme. Enjoy! x
Credits: Table via Elizabeth Anne Designs; Champagne, Fabulous Arizona; Bridesmaids, Two Teacups; Masquerade, Gossip Girl; Place settings via Macs Flowers; Hermann Chandelier; Pyrotechnics, Sky Fire Pyro; Hooter via Wedding Blog
Today’s offering features two hugely talented photographers – with a twist - as one of them is in front of the lens! The lovely Eliza Claire Photography sent me these stunning images of friend and fellow tog Lisa Fellows ‘Treasure The Dress’ session in Gloucestershire.
Featuring a backdrop that’s almost as impactful as Lisa’s dramatic dress (Eliza mentioned it has a look of Wuthering Heights and I totally agree!), I thought it was the perfect session to feature at this cold, crisp time of year.
Eliza Claire is another great contact that I’ve made via Twitter and not only is her informal, natural style right up my street, but I was happy to discover that she also covers weddings at my end of the world! A former resident of Cornwall, Eliza also offers her services to us West Country brides! Check out her blog to see more of her fabulous work.
“Lisa is a wedding photographer in Gloucestershire, but more than that, Lisa is a friend. I’ve known Lisa for about 4 years, way before either of us got into this wedding photography malarky. She is one of the kindest people I know, and one of my closest friends. I completely adore her…
Today’s post is a little off-beat…but still a little design led. I guess it proves that even with no planning – you can pull together decor that not only looks nice, but is filled with your own personalilty, so long as you go for a style that fits you.
This year our Christmas was a little ‘thrown together’ – but I thought I’d share some images of our Xmassy little cottage…using random bits and pices I’ve collected in the sales over the last two yrs. Nothing matches really – but it’s all baubles and pieces I simply fell for. Most are from Tesco, Home Sense and John Lewis and all were found in the sales.
Those who are regular readers will know that we moved a week before Christmas and the day before all the glorious snow hit Devon…but after a long battle to sell our house, we were counting our blessings!
However, the white stuff and ice meant that we were snowed in for days – yet with no TV, Internet or other distractions, it meant that we were able to unpack quite rapidly! By the time things had thawed enough to go to the shops (and pick up my MIL to-be) very little was left…and so we made do with a teeny tiny real spruce and a discounted fake Tesco tree that we put up in haste on Xmas eve.
I have found a wonderful friend in photographer Lucy Shergold (even if it is via email!) and was so touched to receive these gorgeous images on her 7th wedding anniversary. Lucy dug out her wedding dress out for a nostalgic peek…and fell in love with it all over again.
With the world awash with gifts and sentiment at this special time of year, it seems quite apt to show off the photographes of a much loved frock – and it has the most beautiful story behind it…
“I got my dress out and had forgotten how much I love it. It came to me that I have never photographed my dress myself so couldn’t resist!
My best friend made my dress, when I started looking, the whole lovely Vintage Wedding style wasn’t really around and after a couple of unsuccessful trips to Bridal shops, my lovely friend Laura - who had just finished her fashion degree – said it would be an honour to make one for me and I was over the moon.
Dear Readers and lovely peeps…I just wanted to apologise for my absence this last week. Following our move I had hoped to be up and running as normal from yesterday – however, not all has gone to plan…
With this beautiful snow comes enormous inconvenience too and we have found ourselves without TV, electricity (for one evening only – thank goodness) and most importantly, our beloved broadband! Throw a burst pipe into the mix and you officially have a rotten week.
All is not lost however, an engineer is coming this afternoon to ‘hook us up’ and although it might take me a couple of days to get back on track – I aim to be filling up Boho Bride with inspirational goodness asap! I had some lovely features planned for this week, which I will now publish between Christmas and New Year…so if you’re at home and in need of prettiness, make sure you drop by!
Wishing you the most magical of Christmases and thanks for your continued support.
With Love, Boho Bride xx
Those who saw Friday’s post will already be familiar with the wonderful designer Katy Howieson from What Katy Did Next…well, as I mentioned then , she has has created a mood board inspired by the ear-bashing I’ve given her about my own wedding plans! I’ll keep this brief and hand you over to Ms Howieson, who’s written a lovely intro.
Katy,when I saw what you created I welled up – it’s stunning. You really get the essence of the day we hope to celebrate. Thank you so much for creating this spine-tingling loveliness xx
“I contacted the lovely Sarah of Boho Bride after she commented on one of my posts. I followed the link back to her wonderful blog and fell in love! Boho Bride’s style is right up my street and our tastes seemed to overlap more often than not. My love of putting together moodboards and taking on new themes pushed me to offer my creative services to Sarah. She loved the idea and gave me a few hints and ideas of what she liked colour and stylewise before I set upon making up her moodboard.
With the themes – informal garden party, shabby chic, jewel tones & firey Autumn shades I had a lot to take on and I was ready for the challenge. After falling head over heels for the ‘boho’ wedding dresses from Johanna Johnson’s I had the hard choice of which design to pick. Johanna’s designs are amazing and she’s the first designer to change my mind about making my own wedding dress. Her pieces are near perfect and she has a fabulous array of sparkling accessories too! The design I picked for Sarah is understated yet beautiful – right on track for an informal wedding.
When I thought of jewel colours and Autumn I immediately came to purples and oranges which make the whimsical Wildflowers hair comb by Gardens of Whimsy the perfect bridesmaid accessory for this themed wedding. The piece has enough colours to pick highlights to work with such as the purple – leading me to those glam suede heels and the Monsoon evening dress, not too formal and not too casual. The rich orange tones are picked up in the contemporary style wedding cake complete with ceramic lovebirds. Little birdy cake toppers are bang on trend for next year and styles are popping up everywhere to compliment your big day.
My beloved and I are finally moving after a six month battle to sell! Today we head off to pastures anew in a very familiar place, as we are returning to my childhood home of Devon to be (very) near my family, following a difficult time of illness and unrest.
Thank you for your continued support of Boho Bride and please bear with me as I plough through the trials and tribulations of moving house.
The cottage which is to be our home for the foreseeable future, has been in my family for many years. It belonged to my Great Aunt Flo and (with my parents support) is being lovingly restored by us. I’ll be sharing our progress over the Christmas holiday and hope to update you again within the next couple of days.
Thanks again for your patience. With Love, Boho Bride xx
When I received my 500th follower on Twitter I did a shout-out to @CBMedia and in return was asked if they’d won a prize. So imagine my joy at discovering that Birmingham based wedding photography duo Chris and Dani from Chris Barber Media were behind the tweets! I hastily (in a not-so-playing-it-cool way) asked if they’d partake in a Q&A. They agreed and will forever be known as my fab 500th. Enjoy!
Tell us a bit about yourselves:
“hello boho bride readers, you lovely little folk! we are a husband + wife wedding photography team. people call us dani + chris but you can call us whatever the heck you like. powered by caffeine + freddo bars, we bring a fun, modern + off-beat approach to every wedding we crash photograph.”
The first wedding you ever captured – give us some details, where,
when and who?
“i love the idea of “capturing” a wedding, it makes us sound like we’re naturalists in combat gear with nets + pocket knives, waiting to
pounce on something. this may have actually been how we shot our first wedding now i think about it…”
“oh totally, we wear suits now.”
Describe your style of photography in for words -
“your parents hate it.”
What in your opinion, makes for great wedding photos?
“2ml of bride + groomage, mix well with laid-back sauce + pour over outer space. add dollops of awesome sauce as required.”
Do you give your couples much direction – or is it an organic process?
“it really depends on the couple. some like it organic, some like it artificial. we like best of both. (the last two answers have been food orientated, sorry – i was hungry when i answered this)”
“quite often it’s down to being shy with who’s taking the picture, not physically being shy of an object that processes light so if we’re not afraid of spending time with our couples before the wedding, building a rapport with them (even if it’s not wedding related). obviously, there are people out there that have a genuine fear that the camera is gonna eat their soul, in these situations we just make complete idiots of ourselves until they can begin to feel like they can “open up” in front of a camera.”
Career highlights so far?
“we’d like to make our career highlights sound slightly better than they actually are by telling you our career low-points first…last year, one of our brides walked in whilst we were singing peter andre. a few months later, a couple walked into the studio as we were mid-cave-man-like-scoffing our faces with cup cakes. they booked us on the spot.
in all seriousness, working together + being happy doing a job we love for the last 2 + a half are our most proudest achievements.”
Style or Substance?
“substance. fo’ sho’.”
One of the best things about creating Boho Bride is the amazing people I’m meeting, both in the wedding industry and design world…and there’s one lady in particular who’s made quite an impression. Katy Howieson is a designer of all things pretty…from cake toppers to vintage inspired bands, Katy can turn her hand to all things crafty!
I discovered her blog, What Katy Did Next some weeks ago and was not only struck by our similar tastes (she also a mood board enthusiast and will be featuring one designed for my wedding, on here next week!), but we’ve formed quite a friendship since. Katy inspires me and if like me, you enjoy swooning over crafty goodness you must check her out!
This Christmas Ms Howieson has created some stunning pieces, from doily print canvas shoppers to handmade floral shoe clips. Pick of the collection for me, is her stunning statement feather headbands and the adorable Christmas pudding and robin decorations!
So if Katy’s delightful designs jingle your bells, head over to the What Katy Did Next Facebook page to see her full collection. Any orders made before Tuesday 14th December and you’ll receive free 1st class delivery and gift wrapping too.
I gasped when today’s wedding arrived in my inbox! You know you’re in for a treat when a photographer says that the following wedding is “a bit of special one for me, as it is my little Sister”. Wow. Not only am a privileged to feature a wedding so dear to Lucy Shergold’s heart, but it’s such a pleasure to publish one that’s full of such stunning artistry and craft.
Lucy passed on Bella’s details incase I wanted to contact her for some info…but I decided to instead publish what Lucy herself had written, as it was so full of love…