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Our Wedding Mood Board Wed, 14 Sep 2011 05:00:16 +0000

Happy wednesday all! Me and the Mr are now at only 3 sleeps and counting and I can hardly believe it – things are getting very exciting!!! This morning I’m getting my roots done and am hoping to finish off all the diy bits and pieces that I’ve clearly left to the very last minute…

I digress, for todays is the day I finally post our own wedding mood board and it’s been the hardest one to create yet! I changed it so many times and actually scrapped the original…choosing instead to publish the board I put together on Pitnerest in a matter of seconds as I now figure it captures the essence of the day I hope to create; colour-tastic and full of pretty!

So there it is…and here’s hoping we can emulate the same sort of style caputed in this board, as all this colour gives me the warm and fuzzies!

With Love, Boho Bride xx

Credits: Elizabeth Anne Designs; The Wedding Chicks; Love My Dress; Love My Dress; Chris Giles Photography; Boho Bride; Sweet Emilia Jane

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Our Wedding – 5 Days to Go! Mon, 12 Sep 2011 05:00:34 +0000

I know there’s been a bit of an absence of bother personal posts and inspiration of late; my apologies dear readers as things have been very manic. You see I’m actually getting spliced this Saturday and have been pulling in all the hours not only at my day job, but on the styling jobs I’ve also been doing….not to mention actual wedding plans! My candle has been well and truly burnt at both ends and I am so looking forward to 5.30pm Tuesday when I can finally fully embrace the gravitas of what this week has to offer…

For those of you reading who are in the midst of wedding plans and for those who might have already been through this experience, I thought I’d highlight a few of the things on my ‘to do’ list as well as note down some of the fluttering feelings that are passing through my head {and tummy} as the day ebbs ever closer…

♥ I am giving up the name that I’ve lived with for 29 years and whilst I’m happy to it also feels huge. A lot of my friends call me by my surname, even more so lately and whenever I hear it I have a little pang of upset that I’ll be letting it go….yet I also feel really ready to be Mrs C, and very proud as well. It’s a strange feeling – has anyone else had a similar experience?

♥ I keep getting break-outs of spots on my chin and now look like I’m in the midst of puberty…why? why? why?

♥ There’s no way I’ll be able to include every design detail I’d originally planned for our wedding – but I have prioritised those that we feel an affinity towards and I guess that’s what truly matters.

♥ Over the last few days, looking at my hubby-to-be, whether he’s sat at his desk or doing the dishes, fills my heart with a feeling of overwhelming happiness with the knowledge that we’ll be making life-long vows to each other in front of all those dear to us. It’s an incredible, indescribable feeling.

♥ The table plan needs to be…er planned.

♥ We booked a September wedding because we love autumn and were sure we’d have an ‘Indian summer’; we therefore planned nearly every element of the day to be outside….not sure things will go to plan and I’ve had to let go of those kind of expectations and adopt a ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitude. Once I acknowledged that I cannot control the elements - I started to sleep a lot easier…

♥ This is sure to be the most exciting time of our lives so far and we can’t wait to share it with our family and friends!

With Love, Boho Bride xx

P.S. Drop by on Wednesday when I’ll finally be publishing our own wedding inspiration board! xx

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The One Where I Accept That I Can’t Do It All… Tue, 30 Aug 2011 05:00:37 +0000

I have always had extremely high hopes for our wedding; perhaps a little too much ambition style wise. You see, writing this blog has been the most wonderful experience whilst planning my own wedding, but it is also a bit of a duel edged sword…I see so much pretty and am inspired by so many other creative Bride’s, that I have tried to include it all in our own wedding…

I have failed. It occurred to me this weekend, as I tried to juggle multiple diy projects, whilst acknowledging that I’ve yet to confirm some quite major details (haven’t even sorted wedding cake yet!) that somethings gotta give…and I think that something(s) needs to be some of the ‘details’ that, if I hadn’t had this moment of clarity, might have made our wedding look a little OTT and ‘overdone’.

Instead, I’m focusing on the elements that really give me design love palpitations – the one’s that are more ‘us’ than general wedding trends. And it feels really good….and such a relief. So I guess what I’m trying to say is stay true to your signature styles as a couple. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, step back from your plans and step away from your various ‘look books’ and wedding files and think about what really fits for you.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to having your wedding, your way.

With {less than three weeks to go!} Love, Boho Bride xx

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Boho Bride Now Accepting Sponsors! Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:59:13 +0000

Happy bank holiday all! A break from the norm, I just wanted to let you know that I’m now accepting sponsorship on the blog. So if you’re interested in publicising your fabulous business on these pages, please email me for further details

With Love, Boho Bride xx

Image credits: Mark Tattersall; Eco-Beautiful Weddings

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Someones Girlfriend, Someones Fiancee, SomeonesWife Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:17:41 +0000

After 18 months of being engaged and around nine months of official planning, it has finally dawned on me that following our September nuptials I am actually going to be someones wife. Which begs the question, aside from my change of status, what will actually change, if anything?

I have been in a relationship with my beloved for a whole decade. Hard to believe when we look back at photo’s that those fresh-faced teenagers are indeed us…and things were starkly different then. Every feeling felt ‘intense’ – not just the love, but the the pain too…the angst over every harsh word, the constant need to ‘interperet’ what’s been said as if we were always talking to each other in code. Every time a couple we knew broke up…we’d always then have to thrash out whether we could in fact be the next ‘doomed’ pair….gah, it exhausts me to think about it now!

Happy times of course {well we were young and fearless and threw ourselves in to everything feet first!} but once drama school was over, our relationship evolved in a different way. Now twenty-somethings, we bought our first home and set about ‘playing house’. Work was erratic, money was tight and we no longer felt the need to socialise. Too wrapped up in our new status as co-habitee’s, we adopted our eldest fur baby Milo and spent our weekends curled up on the sofa, under a blanket with the cat – eating and watching films. We like to call that our ‘comfy’ stage. We both put on about two stone. I’m still trying to work the last 8 pounds off.

The next stage was the ‘growing’ stage, where we both explored our individuality. I guess this is the time when things can either make or break – ironically it was around the seven year mark. We were lucky though, having moved closer to the S.West and Wales {Reading} so each of us could travel home more, we became quite independant of each other – but rather than that factor pushing us apart – it was like we found each other even more interesting; there was more to talk about and I guess we grew together and found more reasons for our love to deepen.

I still find my OH thirst for knowledge massively appealing – he’s a self made man and works damn hard to continually learn new skills. And I know he really appreciates how I throw myself into things and then figure out how to make it work. Throughout the time mentioned above, we learnt a lot about each other and the kind of people we were growing into during this stage. It was a challenging, but brilliant time.

And then came settled. A blissful chapter that still stands – when you know who who are as both individuals and a couple – and what you’re about. Where you’re no longer looking over your shoulder to see what others are doing, or care about what they think. That bit where you appreciate yourselves for the people you’ve become; this is me, this is us and this is how we roll. Ah, if we could only go back a reassure our teen selves!

So given that we’ve settled into this happy and confident state – what’s going to change? Well, despite me once protesting that marriage doesn’t mean squat if you’re already committed to each other – I do feel a little different already. It might sound shallow – but by standing in front of each other to make those vows, I am expecting a subtle change in our dynamic. He will be my husband and I will be his wife and that tells the world that we hold each other in a higher regard than anyone else on this earth. And we don’t just get to celebrate that together, but all our other favourite people will be there to celebrate with us too.

I’m so excited about our wedding day now – and I really can’t wait to become someones wife.

With Love Boho Bride xx

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Our Wedding Countdown… Tue, 16 Aug 2011 05:00:16 +0000

Hello Lovelies,

I just wanted to write a brief post today to give you a heads up on my blogging for the next couple of weeks – in that it could become a little sporadic! With our wedding a mere month away and my day job becoming very busy ahead of taking a ma-hu-ssive three weeks leave, I’m worried that I may not fit in a daily post. If this does happen – I can assure you that it won’t happen for long, or very often…

And once our nuptuals have taken place - they’ll be plenty more wedding loveliess to follow. Thanks so much for your support and for those getting married in the coming weeks too – congratulations -  and do make sure you schedule some time for rest and relaxation too!

Here’s to the wedding countdown! With Love, Boho Bride xx

PS Whilst we on the subject of our wedding, regular readers who’ve shared my wedding stresses with me {Jo, Reena, My Honest Answer – I saw your fab comments!} might be pleased to hear that my {not so} Boho Groom FINALLY ordered his suit last night!!! Result.

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Escaping the Madness – Elizabeth Messina Love Wed, 10 Aug 2011 05:00:22 +0000

I thought we could all do with some escapism today and as photographer and creator of Kiss The Groom, the uber talented Elizabeth Messina tends to give me the warm and fuzzies – here’s some of her beautiful images to warm your heart. Spine-tingling gorgeousness…

With Love, Boho Bride xx

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The Boho Groom Blog Takeover – Boho Bride’s Surprise Hen Do! Fri, 29 Jul 2011 05:00:55 +0000

To the Boho Bride loyal readers, something a bit different today…

Hi, I’m Adam and in around six weeks (oh god, I still haven’t sorted out my wedding suit yet!) will be getting married to Sarah who writes this blog. I guess you all know her as Boho Bride…which I find quite weird but also cute and I’m very proud of what she’s achieved!

Now you may be wondering where Sarah is and why she isn’t writing this post, well she has been completely unaware that I have been plotting with her mates for months a surprise hen do, she thought her hen-do was going to be in September, so imagine her surprise yesterday afternoon when her 2 friends showed up outside our house and knocked the door recreating  the classic ‘card scene’ in Love Actually between Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightley, only this time it was Kim and Nat explaining what was going on!

On hearing she was to pack and leave home for a couple days, her only panic was that nothing was going to be on the blog  - so I decided to step up and takeover.

Right now she’s on a plane headed towards Dublin.

It’s taken me a good hour of staring at the screen to think about what I should write and have decided that the subject should be about women on their hen do’s, cos there’s always plenty of coverage on stags.

So here my big confession. You women might worry about us blokes on our stags, but we worry just as much about you. Fact. And I don’t mean in an insecure sense - I mean genuine worry for her well being. Here is why:

Sarah is a lightweight. When we first met, she was pretty good at keeping up with the lads, she used to drink snake bite. Imagine, this little blond thing, with tiny hands holding a pint of snake bite. Impressive. She now really only drinks in a social environment, maybe every couple of weeks, so if we’re having a blow-out night it now gets very messy as she’s not used to it. She also vomits a lot, (ok to use that word = too harsh?) our friends cream carpet is testament to that and her preference for red wine.

She has no sense of direction, sober or otherwise.

She gets hyper when she dances, especially when she hears a song she likes. There has been many a ‘dance off’ in Cardiff’s Tiger Tiger and my Mrs can make a whole nightclub some to a stand-still with her comical moves. Normally not a bad thing, but at a friends recent hen do, she spent the whole night dancing with some big bear of a bloke who moved like Billy Elliot and she failed to notice that the ankle she’s messed up (a torn ligament) which she should be resting had tripled in size. She came home in agony with a clubbed foot. Actually clubbed like you see old ladies have, spilling out of her shoe.

She worries about whether other people are having fun, sometimes to the detriment of her own enjoyment.

So if you do get a chance to read this honey, relax and enjoy. Your with your favourite people for a whole weekend celebrating a wedding that’s been a decade in the making (sorry about that)…just please don’t come home with another tooth missing!

…I’ll save that story for another day.


PS. as long as nothing awful happens the boho bride blog should be back to normal on Monday, if maybe a little worse for wear!

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Boho Bride Loves…. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 05:00:44 +0000

Aside from all the wonderful wedding-ness, there are plenty of other loves in my life – and they are the things that keep me sane when times are crazily hectic. And so, I haven’t posted my ‘Sunday Best’ for a couple of weeks, though it might be nice to share some Monday loves with you …

♥ Music. Perhaps my biggest love {aside from people and furry beings} I realised this week that I hadn’t played any for a wee while. Amazing how much better, happier, calmer I feel when I hear some music and have a bit of a sing in the shower or whilst making dinner. I’ve eclectic taste, but really love the sound of an acoustic guitar. Jack Johnson’s In Between Dreams is still a firm favourite in our house.

♥ Loungewear. I change into mine as soon as it hits 6pm. I no longer buy my own, but encourage my fiance to buy plenty for himself, then nick his…much more comfortable! M&S loungwear is the best.

♥ Reading. Nothing beats a good bit of escapism before bed – really clears a busy mind. I’ve just joined a book club {aka wine club} and this months book was so good I’m actually upset that I’ve finished it already. David Nichols, One Day. Film is out in Aug, but I reacon nothing beats turning the crisp white pages of a good book.

♥ Cooking. We rarely eat on-the-go. Not because I’m some kind of Superwoman, but I actuallylike to give myself an hour to prepare a meal. It’s so theraputic and really clears my mind. Lorraine Pascale is my latest girl-crush, her toad-in-the-hole recipe is perfect for a rainy day.

♥ Cats. And dogs. But we have cats and their unconditional love and the kooky things they do always fills my heart with happiness.

♥ Guerlain Idylle Duet. I came across the limited edition scent whilst at the airport last week. First scent in years to turn my head from my signiture Coco Mademoiselle. Very light and feminine, there’s a great review on The Scent Critic. Think I’ll be waering it on my wedding day.

♥ Films. I’m a total geek when it comes to films; recent favouite’s include The Kings Speech, Source Code and Cedar Falls.

And there you have it. So what loves do you have that keep you sane? Any Brides out there discovered a new favourite recipe or are escaping into a good book, in order to take your mind of wedding plans?

With Love, Boho Bride xx

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The One Where I Enjoy Guilt-Free Time-Out from “Weddingness” Fri, 15 Jul 2011 05:00:32 +0000

{Image Anne Taintor}

Apologies from my lack of posting yesterday, but I have been on a jaunt. I’ve spent the last three days, completely devoid of doing anything wedding related! Early Tues morning I travelled to Milan to spend some time with my dearest friend Kimmy as it was her 30th Birthday…and we just so happened to have tickets to see a certain super-group…Take That!!! One word – amazing.

And as I whiled away my Wednesday enjoying spa treatments in the heart of fashion capital {seriously, felt just like an episode of SATC!} it dawned on me that I’d spent a whole 24 hours not thinking/planning/freaking out over our wedding plans….it was at that point that I decided to take things a step further and turned off the roaming on my iphone. I wanted to step away from “weddingness” for another 24 hours. No talking, thinking or emailing anything wedding related – and that had to include the blog.

I have to admit I felt a mix of empowerement and relief…please don’t get me wrong, I love writing Boho Bride, it’s like writing a diary of creative loveliness to the most supportive of friends and confidances, and nothing gives me more joy than when I get feedback from my posts and musings. Knowing that I might have helped a fellow Bride in turn helps me – I feel such a sense of comraderie…

But, I think every planning Bride should make sure they take some time-out of weddingness – a step back. However relaxed a person you are, however organised you are, the weddings bound to be having some kind of impact on your day-to-day routine; anticipation or perhaps just excitement may be putting your body through-the-mill. You all know how badly I’ve been sleeping of late, well for the last two nights, I’ve slept like a baby and don’t remember having any dreams…which is such a contrast to a ‘normal’ nights sleep of late…and I feel goooood.

This ‘time-out’ has also made me appriciate how precious this last stretch of planning is. I don’t want to be the Bride rolling her eyes with a pained expression every time someone asks me how plans are going! When I turned on my laptop this morning I had emails from our ring designer, florist and some of our guests…and you know what, I felt revitilised and excited to respond – like I was planning it all with a pair of fresh eyes!

I have therefore decided that I’ll spend one full day each week (and that’s only a mere eight full days) till the wedding not talking, thinking or planning it. Instead I’ll spend that ‘free’ time doing something out of routine. After all, it’s really is quite a major adjustment we’re making to our lives – it’s a new chapter that I believe should be aknowledged with gravitas and I want to relish every single moment of the build-up.

Happy weekend! With Love, Boho Bride xx

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