Introducing Dressed With Love – My New Wedding Styling Business!

June 30, 2011 by  
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Regular readers and friends might know that this business has been in-the-works for some time now – well, two years to be precise! I have always had aspirations to take my love of design onto another level and create a business out of my passion for pretty and now along with Boho Bride, I can not only write about wedding design, but actually put my ideas into practice!

Dressed With Love is a styling service that can be tailored to clients needs…whether it’s wedding styling, a milestone Birthday or even something quirky like a ‘Christmas Room’ {yes, they really do exist!} I can inspire, source and of course dress your wedding, event or interiors.

Based in Devon, I cover the South West…including South Wales {where I spend a fair amount of time} but always happy to travel. My aim is to offer relaxed, creative styling that’s attainable; boho, eco-chic, a little bit quirky, a little bit vintage, loveliness…

Have a browse of the site {gallery coming soon!} and please, let me know your thoughts! Also just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Lucy Shergold and Rosie Parsons for their stunning images and for showing me such support…and also to my fiance Adam who’s created the site and put up with me and my obsessive ‘vision’.

Introducing Dressed With Love,

With Love, Boho Bride xx

Sanne & Karan’s Relaxed Outdoor Wedding – By Myra Foto & Styling

June 29, 2011 by  
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Following Monday’s tipi tent inspiration, publishing todays real wedding was a no-brainer! Sent to me by Myra Foto & Styling who kindly metioned I had a Belgium fanbase {how cool?!} Sanne and Karan’s informal and easy-going wedding style is right up my street!

From Myra – ”Sanne and Karan had picked a beautiful day in May for their relaxed and easy going wedding. They organized an intimate wedding party in a huge tent in de garden of the bar where they first met. Their cute son Kamil seemed to enjoy the whole experience as much as we did!”

A big thank you to Myra Foto and Styling for sharing these gorgeous images…I love, love, love this wedding!

With Love, Boho Bride xx

♥ Converse Wedding Love ♥

June 28, 2011 by  
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{Image via The Geek Wedding Guide}

I’m trying to convince my man to wear a pair of converse the our wedding; I adore the kooky contrast of them against a sharp suit! He’s yet to be convinced, but has challenged me to ditch my heels for a pair of ‘All Stars’ instead {um yes, once the dancing begins!} Here’s my inspiration…

With Love, Boho Bride xx

Credits: From the top – via Dinofa; Matthew Wilson via Fine Art America; via Tamryn Kirby; via The Knot; via Chelsea Nicole Blog

Green Wedding Inspiration – Mood Board Monday

June 27, 2011 by  
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You all know I LOVE a good tipi wedding, so today I couldn’t resist creating a mood board inspired by the kind of eco-chic forest wedding I’d create in one…given half a chance! Using natures palette and oodles of texture, including bark, stone and an abundance of aromatic plants, herbs and foliage to create a ‘green wedding’ woodland feel.

Enjoy! With Love, Boho Bride xx

Credits: Tipi’s, Wild Weddings; Forest ceremony via Maggie Rose Online; Sign via Green Wedding Shoes; Greems shirt via W-Wedding Flowers; Cute couple via Once Wed; Table decor via Style Me Pretty; Tipi’s from Lawson Photography

Sunday Best

June 26, 2011 by  
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It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these {bad Boho Bride} but I vow to get back on the horse and organise myself! Here’s some of the loveliness I’ve witnessed and enjoyed this week…

{Image via Lobster and Swan}

♥ Laura Slater vintage textiles via the delicious blog Lobster and Swan

♥ Pinterest. I’ve. Finally. Joined.

♥ The Ivory Secret and their fabulous accessories evening this Thursday 30th…details here.

♥ This gorgeous Love + Lemonade engagement shoot over on the awesome Green Wedding Shoes

{Image via Green Wedding Shoes}

♥ Discovered Pottery Barn has now started posting to the UK. Be.Still.My.Beating.Heart.

♥ Swooned over interiors at Mrs Lawsons Straight From The Fridge blog *sigh*

With Love, Boho Bride xx

That Friday Feeling…Weekend Fashion Treats!

June 24, 2011 by  
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With our impending wedding on my mind, thoughts have turned to the HEN WEEKEND and all the lovely girliness it brings. I’ve been having a gander at possible ensembles {yes, I will be chanelling my inner Carrie Bradshaw} and thought I’d share some fashion fabulousness…well it is the weekend after all! Here’s my lust-haves…

By day

Summer Rose Dress, Yuka at Topshop; Trainers by Superga at My-Wardrobe

By night

Siri Pleat Lace Dress, Whistles; Blush Pink Stiletto Saw Pump, Camilla Skovgaad at My-Wardrobe

Happy Friday!

With Love, Boho Bride xx

An Invitation to the Accessories Evening at The Ivory Secret Bridal Boutique

June 23, 2011 by  
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{Image by Rosie Parsons}

Join Eleanor and Liz at The Ivory Secret on Thursday 30th June 2011, 4 pm – 7 pm for a fun filled accessories evening and cupcakes! You may or may not have your wedding dress… so why not come along and receive expert guidance and advice on what accessories will work to complete your look or just to have a peek! Please refer to our website for all imagery. You will receive a 10% discount on all accessories ordered at this event and there will be a prize draw for a complimentary headpiece at the end of the evening.

We will have additional shoes, veils and headpieces exclusively for this evening. We will also have a selection of Flo and Percy headpieces and the Hassall shoe collection by Rainbow Club. A must see!

Finally, bring along a friend who is a bride to be and if she books an appointment at the event and orders a dress from us she will also receive a 10% discount on the dress she chooses.

Simply book an appointment by calling or accepting the invite on our Facebook page or just come along on the evening. We look forward to seeing you! xx

To find out more information about this lovely event, visit The Ivory Secret’s website or call them on 01363 777500

The Ivory Secret – A Gorgeous New Bridal Boutique in Crediton, Devon

June 23, 2011 by  
Filed under photographers, wedding dresses

{Images Rosie Parsons}

En route back from Exeter a few weeks ago, I spotted a pretty boutique showcasing some show-stopping frocks in its window…intrigued to know more, I hastily wrote down there name {I wasn’t driving!} and proceeded to look them up once home…

An invite to this delightful shop ensued and so myself and friend, the lovely Devon photographer Rosie Parsons found ourselves one Friday morning, sipping tea from vintage china and tucking into an oh-so-sweet and tasty cupcake from Vintage Lace.

Owned by mother and daughter team Liz and Eleanor, The Ivory Secret has been created to offer Brides “a cosy, intimate and inspiring space full to the brim with beautiful designer wedding gowns, shoes and accessories”, a real destination boutique, walking in to this warm and welcoming space, you become fully immersed in all things pretty.

Liz explained “Our aim is to help Brides feel the best they can, the best version of themselves and then enhance that incredible feeling for their special day”. Offering a breathtakingly beautiful range of gowns, perfect for Brides wanting to channel a floaty, ethereal feel and unique and edgy designs, the collection includes wedding dresses designed by Charlotte Balbier, Kula Tsurdiu and their own collection of gowns Eleanor Rafferty.

An inspiring place to spend an hour, brimming with beautiful wedding dresses - you’ll find it hard to leave The Ivory Secret!

* On Thursday 30th June, The Ivory Secret will be hosting an accessories evening, showcasing designs from Flo and Percy and the Hassall collection from the Rainbow Club. From 4-7pm – I’ll post more details later today*

Thank you so much to Eleanor and Liz for their hospitality, to Rosie Parsons for these stunning images and to Vintage Lace (Tel:01363 773378) for the very gorgeous, very yummy cupcakes!

With Love, Boho Bride xx

Free Wedding Photography Competition Winners! Abigail & Pete’s Canterbury Tales Engagement Shoot

June 22, 2011 by  
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A few weeks ago I ran a competiton for free wedding photography from the lovely Louise Bjorling, who was looking for couples planning an unusual wedding…I was so chuffed to hear that Louise had not only heard from Boho Bride readers, but that it was a couple who’d discovered my blog on the very day that I ran the competiton who actually went on to win! They have the most wonderful wedding ideas, here’s there story…

From Louise – “Abigail and Pete stumbled upon their wedding venue as they where browsing around their new surroundings near Canterbury, kent. Tucked away in the woods they found Chilham, a village consisting of old wooden houses, featuring a small castle and a 300 years old, timber framed village hall. Having just moved from the city, they realised how lovely this could be as a wedding venue.

From there, their ideas started to grow, turning their wedding day into an old style English country garden fetes. Think Darling buds of May and lots of DIY – to realize their romantic village hall fetes style, friends and families are coming together to create almost everything from scratch!”

From Abigail -  We were both really surprised when we found out we had made the final three and excited about our upcoming photo shoot. We spent time walking around our local area…Kent is full of spectacular places so we were spoilt for choice about where to have our photos!

When our photos went up on Louise’s blog it was soooo exciting! I was so impressed with how Louise had captured our personalities and a feel of our life in Kent in the photos. I felt sure we wouldn’t win but was so touched by some of the comments from people we didn’t even know!

We were in London when we found out we had won – in a pub we had gone to on one of our very first dates! It was a great moment and I phoned my mum straight away to share the good news! We feel so lucky to have this opportunity and it has made everyone very excited about our wedding! I am really happy that Louise will be capturing our moments and can’t wait for her to share our day!”

Here is just a snippet {yes there’s even more} of the gorgeous DIY details that crowned them as winners…

♥ Instead of buying/hiring bunting, my friends and I are collecting and using old bitsof material to make the bunting. Using pieces of fabrics from my childhood and old clothes makes the bunting extra special. My friends and I are having sewing parties (with tea and cake!) to make it fun!

♥ In decorating the hall we are using traditional hops found in Kent (which are usually thrown away in August) to sweep the large beams in the village hall.

♥ Our cake goes by the same theme, following inspiration from my late Grandmother whomade her own wedding cake, I want to follow in her footsteps – it is a great project and I love making cakes for friends and family to devour!

♥ Instead of buying lots of Champagne I am making Elderflower Champagne next month using the flowers around our area, with second hand glass bottles (painted bright colours – pink, aqua and lime with glass paint)!

♥ As an alternative to having place mats or order of service leaflets, we will use my Dads great artistic skills to make fantastically colourful chalkboards which give all the guests the itinerary on the way in!

♥ For our invites we are designing them with my Mum and handwriting them on recycled brown paper…

♥ To finish the night off we will also have  Chinese lanterns, which do not harm to the environment. I will no doubt be enjoying the view with my wonderful partner on a rustic hand made swing – bliss!

♥ Pete, who makes light projected backdrops for events, will create a light pattern and have it projected onto the inside ceiling of the village hall! He will create a themed design together with my illustration artist father.

♥ By using all things good and natural, whether hand made or bought organically, this will be a wedding for celebration, for our guests to be rewarded with delicious food and gifts, and to go home filled with happiness!

*Swoon* I’m more than just a little bit in love with this couple…Huge congratulations to Abigail and Pete – I adore your crafty wedding plans! And a big thank you to Louise for kindly sharing her talents with Boho Bride readers; to find out more about Louise, visit her website!

With Love, Boho Bride xx

Say Cheese! Wedding Cheese Table Inspiration

June 21, 2011 by  
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{Image via The Cinderella Project}

It struck me last week as I was dressing a sweet table, that not everyone has the same craving for sugar I do…Hardly fair that those with a savoury tooth miss out on a pretty table-top brimming with yummy goodness, so I went in search for some inspiration for a wedding cheese table! Here’s what I found…

I happen to loathe cheese, though if it had been presented to me from a young age in such an appealing manner – I might have given it a second attempt!

With Love, Boho Bride xx

Image credits: Sparkle and Hay; The Cinderella Project; Eliza Claire; The Natural Wedding Co

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