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

Our Wedding Reception & Decor

October 13, 2011  

Those of you who’ve followed the blog quite regularly might know about my passion for design and styling; having worked in the theatre and as a home designer…I’m all for the pretty details!!! It was my love of styling that led to me creating this blog – an outlet for all my ideas and that same desire has also led me to set up the business of my design dreams Dressed With Love…

So here’s me really baring all. Here is my wedding style. Created from all the design bits of loveliness I’ve gathered over eighteen months, further inspired by some of my favourite blogs including Rock My Wedding, Love My Dress and Elizabeth Anne Designs, further mixed with our personal style as a couple {which has evolved over the past 10 years}  and the expectations of the beautiful, love-filled day I’ve been planning since I first felt the flutterings of enduring love towards my now husband. I hope you enjoy…

A few weeks ago I posted up our wedding mood board, which you can see here. My aim when making it was to create a wedding not only brimming with colour but full of our own personalities. We’re a laid-back couple, we don’t like pomp and ceremony and if in doubt, always err on the side of comedy. I doubt you can tell that from our mood board, but it’s certainly the feel we hoped to create for our day…

Assisted by my very own ‘Team Wedding’ which included my Bridesmaids, Sister-in-law and friends Amry and Dave, as well as my ‘ambassador of style’ Kate Fletcher, who not only acted as on-the-day coordinator, but also travelled down a day early armed with accessories from her other creative business Vintage Style Hire, we spent the Friday transforming an old, lofty, characterful barn into the ultimate reception venue for our laid-back, fun and colourful wedding!

It’s been quite well documented on the blog that I fought with the venue coordinator to ensure we could have trestle tables and lime-wash chairs…at times I worried that I was ploughing too much energy into sweating the small stuff, but as it felt like big stuff to me and I really didn’t want to compromise on design, I am now so glad I did. They worked perfectly in our long narrow barn and I loved how Adam and I were able to blend in amongst our guests!

We covered the tables in hessian and I scoured antique shops and ebay for old ink bottles to hold our blooms as I knew both would be a cheaper option than hiring tablecloths and having more floral arrangements created. Plus I loved how rustic the raw fabric looked against the brickwork in the barn and all those gorgeous glass bottles now have a place in our home.

The letters on the backs of everyone’s chairs were to represent our love of words. I love writing and have made lots of features throughout our home of letters and prints, so it seemed like a fun thing to do. We ordered the first letter of everyone’s christian names and tied them to the chairs with ribbon. We didn’t buy/make any favours, but instead encouraged our guests to take the letters home. We added more colour to the tables by making fabric napkins out of eye-catching remnants – thanks for your handy-work Mum!

I stumbled across The Hanging Lantern Companywhilst researching paper brollies for a photoshoot and immediately fell in love! Not only would they add more colour to the reception space, but they’d also bring the ceiling height down – creating a much more intimate feel. Result. I ordered a heap of them in different shades of pink and orange, different sizes and a handful of florist lights to hang in them.

Our ‘guest-book’ was actually a collection of white plates from Sainsbury’s, as I wanted something we’d see rather than pack away. They’re going up on the wall of our stairs…

The delicious food was supplied by local company Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. Kris and Lee used to run a local restaurant {which I loved} so we were really happy to find they were now catering weddings and events. They worked with us to create an informal and tasty seasonal feast of spit-roasted Dartmoor lamb and salads and we had strawberries and clotted cream for dessert. Keeping things seasonal and local was very important to us and it also helped save pennies! At 10pm a snack of Cornish pasties were delivered to our guests to ensure no one went home hungry – although I missed out {too busy dancing} I hear they were delicious!

We had planned to set up the bar outside so folks could sit out in the courtyard on hay bales and mingle by the fire pit {a eureka moment from Kate – which was an amazing addition to the evening} but as more rain was a threat, we decided to cram it into a small room attached to the barn. My wonderful friends Kimmy and Laura had hurriedly decorated it the evening before – adoring every inch with fairly lights – those, plus the insanely cool neon sign that had been made for us as our wedding gift from friends Andy and Kirsty {Andy owns A1 Designs – and created the stunning Louboutins sign for Selfridges} transformed a dark, damp space into the funkiest bar area!!!

As you probably all know – dessert tables are very en vogue at the moment and rightly so. Well, we’re not crazy about dessert so much as we are cake fiends…so a cake bar was on the wedding ‘must-have’ list from very early on! I asked those of my friends who can bake – to bake away and Ann, Kim, Paula and Laura most definitely delivered – with offerings of brownies, cheesecake, pound and cupcakes to name but a few. We also ordered cupcakes from Lindsays Cakes and our next door neighbour Mark made the uber fabulous, traditional victoria sponge!

I’d sourced an array of vintage glassware from charity shops {costing me £11 in total!} and juxtaposed these pieces with neon plastic tableware from Matalan – as I didn’t want the look to be too ‘vintage’. Kate brought the little steps, crates and suitcase {her genius idea to display the cake that way!} and laid the whole table out for me on the morning of the wedding. The oh so cute and kooky ‘love birds’ was made by regular guest blogger and friend Katy Howieson. You may also notice the gorgeous cuff I’m wearing in the evening…a gift from Katy and more of her beautiful handiwork.

We ♥ music and it was hugely important that the party rocked. From the offset Ads and I knew we’d like a live band and after hearing a Beatles track in the car and both singing along emphatically, we decided a tribute band was the way forward. The first band double-booked and it was thanks to a Twitter shout-out and some help from Alison Tinlin {aka @MrsP&P} that we booked The Fab Beatles, an Exeter based band they are the mutts nuts! It was like we were witnessing a genuine Beatles gig – they sung the roof off the venue and everyone was dancing, singing and having the time of their lives!

To end, I just want to say that your wedding day will conform to all the cliches your told about…it really is the greatest of occasions and so worth putting time into. Whatever your budget – you can still have the day of your dreams. Surround yourself with those dearest to you, embrace each others ideas, hold tightly on to each other and steal as many private moments as possible and you’ll be sure to enjoy the ride. We might have planned the ultimate outdoor wedding…but wind, rain and hail was clearly meant to be….it created so many incredible moments and memories – we wouldn’t change a thing!

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

Our Wedding Ceremony

October 12, 2011  

I wrote some notes ahead of writing this as I thought it might help – but I’ve actually decided to go ahead and just use the notes. It’s hard to describe our wedding ceremony in too many words – I can only really recall it in feelings and snippets of moments as if I’ve watched a silent film…

I arrived to Bridesmaids giggles and the welcoming sight of our friend Dev’s beaming face as he held an umbrella for me. Warm rain and the smell of the end of Summer. My shoes kept catching in the gravel, the grip of my Dads arm. Music…the beautiful sound of ‘Feel My Love’ being sung alongside an acoustic guitar…

My gorgeous girls and the wall of pink they created up ahead. So many steps! My brother’s wide smile under a big umbrella {a moment between us I’ll never forget} My collage flatmate Helen’s pink tipped hair (!), familliar, smiling faces, big balloons and the feel of my face crumpling as I try not to cry…

My Adam. So handsome. Beaming. Tears in his eyes. Seeing his face was the most comforting feeling, like the world dissapeared around us…I don’t remember feeling the rain. My Dads voice. My face aching from smiling so much. Our Best Men’s emotional faces over Adams shoulders. My nephew chatting, my Mum hushing. My mother-in-law sobbing into a hanky.

Friendly voices giving readings…The Apache Wedding Vows {roars of laughter at the words “now you will feel no rain”}, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, I Carry Your Heart, Sonnet 116.

Rain. Wind. A break in the ceremony to let the rain pass. Bodies huddled together under the toot. Laughter. Adams squeezing my hand and we steal a moment in the shelter before our vows…

Confusion and laughter as Simeon hands me my ring…nearly married the Best Man! My hand in Adams. His hand in mine.The vows. My husbands big brown eyes – so full of emotion. So aware of my voice…high and breaking…can’t hold it together. I see the other Simon break down over Adam’s shoulder…tears from a big burly rugby player. I cry too. Adam’s big hands are so warm. My hands feel cold and wet.

The comforting sound of our friends joining in with ”I Wanna Grow Old With You” from the Wedding Singer and more voices join for “Better Together”. I look out and see friends swaying and singing under their umbrellas – amazing! Man and wife. Kisses. Applause. Smiling. More music…”Kiss Me” as everyone runs to find shelter from the rain. We run across the wet grass and reach the cobbled steps just as the hail storm starts! So much laughter. Can’t have blessing outside. Relief; Kate has cleared the tea room - it looks beautiful. Flowers & warmth. Rev John holding roses. Such words of love. More tears from my Mother-in-Law. Nephew drops rings – more laughter.

A prayer for our baby. Gasps from shocked guests who didn’t know. Tears from loved ones – and so much love in the room. We exchange roses – our first gift to each other as husband and wife. Steal another kiss. More cheers! Now on to the Pimms and cream teas…

Our reception and decor details on the blog tomorrow!

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

♥ Photographer, Lucy Shergold; Venue, Tapeley Park; ‘On-the-day’ co-ordination, Kate Fletcher Events; Hair, Creative Wedding Hair; Florist, Allene Daly; VW Van, Devon Cool Campers; Gown, Claire Pettibone at High Society Cowbridge; Shoes, BHLDN; Veil, Etsy; Bridesmaid dresses, Yoox, Oasis, French Connection and Oh My Honey; Grooms suit, Next