The Mourning After…Post Wedding Blues?

October 28, 2011  

I’ve had so many text and facebook messages of late from friends asking if I’ve been suffering from any post-wedding come-downs, or whether I’m mourning the loss of planning so much pretty and *gasp* some even asking if I’ll continue to blog wedding-ness now I am no longer a bride!

Well, I’m doing fine {thank you} and it hadn’t really occurred to me that I might have felt otherwise; but for any of your nearly-weds wondering how things might be once you’ve said your ‘I do’s'…the following might give you some insight…

♥ You have your evenings free to just mooch on the sofa…

♥ Along with the mooching comes the inevitable lapse in discipline in regards to resisting carbs and chocolate *score*

♥ You have lots of new pretty things like candle votives and ink bottles to make space for in your home

♥ You go back to work after the honeymoon and once the ‘congrats’ pleasantries are over you switch on your computer and see a mass of deadlines and hundreds of emails and you realise your brain has missed being challenged

♥ You have a cat{s} or dog{s} that don’t give a s**t if Mummy and Daddy now have the same name – they’re still the boss and require feeding, tickling and playtime on demand

♥ You’ve gained another pretty piece of jewellery and you man’s hand looks dead sexy sporting his ‘golden handcuff’!

♥ You come home to cards and presents and your neighbours tilt their heads and go ‘aw’ when they see you holding hands down the street…

♥ You might be pregnant and your baby brain means you can’t remember your own name, let alone remember if you’ve taken on a new one, said some vows and dressed up in a pretty white frock!

♥ ♥ ♥ Your fiance is now your husband ♥ ♥ ♥

Happy Weekend!

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

Beautiful Garters from Madeline Isaac-James

October 27, 2011  

Morning lovelies! Who’s thought about investing in a garter for their wedding day? I was lucky enough to be given my Mum’s as my ‘something blue’ and adored my hubby’s reaction when he saw it peeking our from under my gown as I hoisted up my dress through all the mud and rain!

But if you’ve not got a family heirloom to borrow, why not create one of your own and choose one of the beautiful garters from Madeline Isaac-James’ stunning collection. So elegant and timeless, they’re not only a great addition to your under-gown ensemble, but a wonderful piece to pass down to your own daughter…

An age-old tradition now with an appealing modern twist, created by Charlotte Russell at Atelier Rousseau, these stunning pieces are hand-made in Kent , using the finest fabrics from French Lace to soft silk dupion. Decorated with sumptuous details such as freshwater pearls, fine Swarovski crystal and silk satin ribbons, these garters are destined to be future heirlooms and are presented in beautifully inscribed gift boxes.

And there’s more; Madeline Isaac-James will also be stocking an irresistible range of “lucky horseshoes”. A traditional symbol of good luck and fertility, horseshoes have long been a symbol of the wedding ceremony and this collection takes lightweight horseshoes and gives them a new twist, with peal beads, silk satin ribbons and feminine detailing.

The new collection will be available at the Madeline Isaac-James boutique in Farnborough from November 1st and for pre-order from now. Find Madeline Isaac James designs at the two gorgeous boutiques in Farnborough and Ashford, or at selected retailers nationwide. See the full collection and stockist list on Madeline’s website

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

An American Girl’s Dream…

October 26, 2011  

With all these beautiful autumnal colours and textures I couldn’t resist posting this shoot today! As photographer Shannon Grant Photography explained when describing it “an American girl’s dream!” Captured in Massachusetts, with soon-to-be Bride and photographer Alexandra Roberts in the starring role, for me it epitomises everything you’d expect from a rustic, vintage inspired wedding in the Wild Wild West!

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

Halloween Wedding Inspiration – Mood Board

October 25, 2011  

Happy Monday! Hope you had a lovely weekend? Aside from a little work we spent some time walking in our local area, enjoying the beautiful turn of the season – so here’s the perfect mood board to celebrate Autumn, some Halloween wedding inspiration…

When styling a Halloween inspired wedding, think seasonal colour – take your lead from the turning leaves, seasonal autumn food like pumpkins (also great for dressing tables with!) or perhaps even add some deep purple shades with artichokes. For flavours – nothing beats a vat of mulled cider or have some fun with toffee apples as favours. You could even play on the whole ‘trick or treat’ theme for entertaining extras throughout the day!

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

Credits: Etsy; Green Wedding Shoes; Modern Wedding Ideas; We Heart It; Martha Stewart; Pinmarklet Pinterest; Magpie Paper Works

♥ Cupcake Love ♥

October 24, 2011  

Since seeing the beautiful array of offerings my friends created for the cake bar at our wedding, I’ve vowed to learn to bake before our little bundle arrives. It’s images like these that keep me inspired…

Credits: We Heart It; Lay The Table; We Heart It; We Heart It; A Chow Life

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

A Seaside Wedding with Vintage Accents

October 20, 2011  

Sweet Thursday; the name of one of my favourite novels and so apt for today’s real wedding. Brimming with personality and delicious details, Ellie and James created a day that reflected them as a couple, using local suppliers and the talents of close friends. Beautifully captured by the lovely ladies at Cotton Candy Photography here’s what Bride Ellie had to say…

James and I have both grown up by the sea and love Southsea where we now live, so keeping everything local was an obvious choice. The Queens Hotel looks over the Solent so as soon as we saw the venue and its garden and saw that the room we would marry in would look over the sea  – we knew it was just perfect. Our main inspiration when planning the day was to be by the sea which we love, create a beautiful surrounding by including a vintage and classic feel and plan for a day that would be relaxed full of the things we love doing in our daily lives…

Three days after celebrating 11 years together we woke up in our home city to host our vintage seaside wedding. The day took place at a hotel situated on the seafront and the ceremony involved walking down the aisle to the Foo Fighters, exchanging personal vows, friends doing readings and we danced (unplanned) back down the aisle to Oasis. We then drank Pimms, ate ice cream and played games in the beautiful South-facing garden before sneaking off to the VW camper for some time alone on the beach.

The wedding breakfast followed where we played our favourite songs and a hot and cold buffet was served. We decorated the tables with personalised pebbles and shells which we had collected off the beach and had stick of rocks as favours.

The evening party began with our first dance and then we partied away to an ipod list including songs we knew our loved ones would like. We did take a dancing break to cut the cake and eat the cheese and biscuits served as an evening nibble. The party involved lots of dancing and the candy booth was great – as our tipsy guests thrived in the presence of some fancy dress!

Our wedding was truly the best day of our lives. The beautiful ceremony and the relaxed and celebratory atmosphere that came from having everyone we loved in one place – made it a fun and perfect day!

All the things we had planned and made looked wonderful together and made our surroundings feel so special and personal to us. There was such a lovely flow from the ceremony to the last song and the venue and sunshine allowed everything to come together the best it could have done. From when it was announce that we were husband and wife  – our wedding celebrations have propelled us in to a happy marriage together and the buzz of our day is still present. 

Credits: Photographers, Cotton Candy Wedding photography; Dress, Alfred Sung; Suit, Ben Sherman; Transport, 1960s VW split screen camper van named ‘Forrest’; Venue, The Queens Hotel, Flowers, Eden Bespoke Florist; Ice-cream bike, Matt Benecci; Cake, Made by a friend Steph Tiller; Wedding stationary, Invites & other details designed by best man Ricky Foyle

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

♥ Candlelight Love ♥

October 19, 2011  

Today my husband and I celebrate ten years of coupledom. Now I know we’ve had plenty to celebrate of late, so agreed to not make a huge fuss, but I thought it might be nice to mark the occasion with some candlelight love…

All images via We Heart It

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

Rustic Wedding Inspiration – Styled Photo Shoot

October 18, 2011  

Happy Tuesday!

Todays shoot follows on the the mood board I published yesterday. Styled by moi as part of Dressed With Love, my wedding & event styling business and captured beautifully by Rosie Parsons we were lucky enough to work with some fantastic South West suppliers…and what’s more, we were able to use a real Bride & Groom; Elise and Steve who were beyond wonderful to work with!

The gorgeous gown was supplied by Crediton boutique The Ivory Secret; a Charlotte Balbier design it’s super flattering and was paired with a Rainbow Club veil and the gorgeous Noah crown from House of Istria. Grooms suit is from Marks and Spencers {belongs to my husband!} and I styled it up with an ancient pair of braces raided from my Dad’s wardrobe…works perfectly with this laid back, country style. Elise’s hair was styled byBristol based Claire Hill, who created a tousled, unstructured look.

The stunning floral arrangement was created by Emma Vowles who perfectly captured the wild, rustic look we were going for…

The table used is actually my desk from home! The small vintage-looking pots were picked up from Homebese…I covered them in we soil and pasted bio yogurt on a couple to age them a few weeks before the shoot. I bought herbs from a local garden centre and potted them in, knowing that they’d make great looking favours! In each pot I also placed a wooden lollypop stick and wrote the words ‘love grows’ for added sentiment.

The horseshoe was from a pound shop, apothocary jar {used for lemonade} is from TK Maxx and slate sign came from Sainsbury’s garden section…

All-in-all, our rustic look actually doesn’t come with a hefty price tag. As it’s quite a natural and weathered look, it’s possible to source items from home, whether it be seasonal fruit or home-grown blooms…it can and should be done!

Our rustic photo shoot was originally featured on Rock My Wedding. You can see their gorgeous feature here

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

Suppliers: Photography, Rosie Parsons; Styling, Dressed With Love; Dress, The Ivory Secret; Hair, Claire Hill; Venue, Tapeley Park; Flower garland, House of Istria

Rustic Wedding Mood Board

October 17, 2011  

Morning All,

This morning I wanted to share the inspiration board I created for a photo shoot I style in collaboration with You & Your Wedding’s ‘Bride’s Choice & Bride & Grooms Photo’ winner, Rosie Parsons. Recently featured on uber fabulous blog Rock My Wedding Rosie and I decided to create a series of shoots that Bride’s could use as inspiration for their own weddings. Attainable styling, using local South West suppliers – we’d love to think our shoots could translate for real weddings and real couples. Here’s what I put together for our Rustic shoot…

Credits: La Belle Bride; Elizabeth Anne Designs; Oh Happy Day; Green Wedding Shoes

I’ll be publishing some of my favourite shots tomorrow!

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

The Importance of Having Help…

October 14, 2011  

{Image Lucy Shergold}

Today’s blog is more of an ode to wedding planners/coordinators/stylists, whatever their title might be and more importantly to my friend Kate Fletcher. Regular readers might remember our ‘exchange of services’ – having met ‘virtually’ and bonded over a mutual love of design we decided that in exchange for my {now} husband creating her blog The Stockman Diaries, she’d act as-on-the-day coordinator at our wedding…

And how glad am I that we made such an agreement! Yes, I adore styling and had very clear ideas about how our day would look. Yes, I was organised enough to have copies of quotes and agreements and payment details. Yes I knew how much was left of the budget and regularly reviewed it with my better half…but despite having more than a little bit of the ‘Monica Geller’ about me – there is no way I’d have been able to cope – or even wanted to have coped with the day before and on the day details Kate assisted with.

In order to execute the look of our day, I needed my ‘team wedding’ with me – it was simply too much work for a single pair of hands…but beyond that, what Kate did was hold my hand and boy did I need that more than I realised. To have someone there, not just as my “ambassador of style” but as my friend too, was amazing. When the venue coordinator went awol in the middle of hanging our lanterns, I was able to concentrate on dressing the tables, whilst Kate tracked him down. When he said a fire pit would definitely be a no-go, Kate made it her mission to hunt down the owner of our venue and got a ‘yes’ directly from the horses mouth…

When it got to 7pm and I still hadn’t finished titivating, Kate took the scissors our of my hands and ordered me home to shower ahead of our 7.30pm pre-wedding dinner!

On the morning of the wedding – I didn’t have to worry about a thing. I was able to feel 100% confident that the cakes would be on the cake bar looking perfect; that the giant balloons would be handed out to guests and that our flower covered heart would be hanging above our heads as we said of vows…why? Because Kate had our backs. She was there to make the whole day seem effortless – and she did. And if we hadn’t had her help – well, I guess we’d have muddled through – but either myself, or my Mum or one of my Bridesmaids would have had to have filled her role…especially when the elements were hell-bent on challenging our outdoor plans!

So here’s my big boho thank you to Kate. And for any Bride out there who’s been in two minds about having that extra bit of help – go for it…I am sure you won’t regret it. One of the best wedding decisions I could have made…aside from marrying my man of course!

With Love,

Boho Bride xx