A Relaxed Summer Wedding with hints of Blue and Mink

November 22, 2011  

When Boho Bride’s newest sponsor, Louise Bjorling and her colleague Milda Vasile sent me Caaren and Jason’s gorgeous wedding teaser, I instantly knew I had to blog it. Full of beautiful details, staged by wedding planner Marie of Isabella Weddings, the tone of sumptuous decor meets a relaxed, natural vibe {chill-out tent anyone?} sits perfectly at the beautiful venue Old Alresford House…

From Bride Caaren: We wanted a day that was Elegant but relaxed.  It was so important to us that our day reflected us as a couple; I know that sounds corny but we feel that we achieved it.  We were the first couple to marry at Old Alresford House and as a guest it would have been impossible to not have been blown away by its beauty, so we wanted to add touches throughout the day that our guests would know would have come from our hearts as we felt that’s what made the day special.

We wanted the day to have personal touches all the way through so it was a real team effort of some great suppliers I had found and of course my friends and family.  I didn’t realise how much i loved flowers until I started this process, Mel who manages Ena’s florist in Westbourne completely read my mind and came up with elegant arrangements of Dahlias (my favourite flower) and roses mixed with herbs which made the arrangements and bouquets simplistic but had real impact.

We wanted to create an atmosphere to compliment the venue without it looking too contrived. The ballroom’s drapes were duck egg blue and mink and the room itself had fantastic natural light with sash windows, so the colour theme became cream, duck egg blue and mink. We dressed the ball room with a summer’s day in mind – with jugs of antique roses and rosemary and lavender pots wrapped in lace or hessian.

My girlfriends and mums helped make all the name cards with vintage tags, stamps and ribbons and cushions for the marquee (with the promise of a cocktail or two!) and the day before the wedding bridesmaids and family helped dress the marquee which was filled with garden furniture and coffee tables I had found from vintage stores, crates and pots of garden roses and lavender, pictures of family and friends, a traditional sweet table with jars dressed by my step girls – just perfect for a glass of champagne and a mingle after the ceremony or for a good candle lit catch up with friends and family when the sun had set!

Highlights of our day included the speeches – listening to the lovely wishes of the people we love and seeing our guests enjoy each moment and my step daughters’ speeches – they were just perfect. My mum and dad – my mum looked radiant and my dad so proud…and the moment when my son ran across the room to Jason and I during the ceremony and slipped on my dress and shot across the floor, all I could see were people’s shoulders shaking with laughter!

We were also so pleased with our photographers, Louise and Milda.  They hadn’t been recommended to us, we just saw their website and loved their style of photography.  The pictures have just blown us away; we wanted reportage style but with a bit of difference and the ladies certainly produced!

Credits: Photographers: Louise Bjorling and Milda Vasile; Hair and make-up: Julie West; Wedding attire : Pronovias and Loro Piana; Flowers: Ena’s Florists; Cakes: Patisserie Valerie; Videographer: Shortfilm Company

Huge congratulations to Caaren and Jason for their beautiful day and to Boho Bride sponsor Louise Bjorling for sharing it!

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx


5 Responses to “A Relaxed Summer Wedding with hints of Blue and Mink”
  1. Elisabetta {Linen & Silk} says:

    Ah! Just today I was researching tents, marquees and outdoors alternatives when I saw this post! I love the relaxing space they have created with the marquee, even more beautiful considering that it’s been decorated by themselves with personal things like pictures of their friends and family. A real personal touch. Love it!

  2. admin says:

    Oh perfect timing then! I adore the relaxed styling of this day – so personal too x

  3. Marie Haverly says:

    This is such a fabulous blog. I was lucky enough to be part of this wedding and totally adored the process of putting the day together with them. This beautiful bride had some wonderful ideas and very talented family members, although the garden furniture was a bit of a tricky project! As a wedding planner is was a total a pleasure to help her in a small way and share this special day with them. Louise has captured the feel and love for this wedding perfectly, well done Louise.

  4. admin says:

    Thanks Marie – so glad you like it…your styling was stunning! x


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