Boho Bride Is One Month Old Today!

Today marks the one month anniversary of Boho Bride’s existence…and I wanted to mark the occasion (don’t worry, I won’t be gushing every month!) with a post to say thank you…to all my readers and supporters!

Since it’s launch Boho Bride has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know some amazing people in the wedding industry; from suppliers of beautiful decor to wedding dress boutiques, wedding planners, photographers and fellow bloggers…all of whom have been warm, friendly and generous with their time and expertise.

The readership has surpassed all my expectations; thank you for returning and for spreading the word! In the last four weeks Boho Bride has received nearly 5,000 visitors…and this is growing day by day! Wowzers…I’m excited to see where we’ll be in six months time!

So if you’ve been featured on the blog and want to shout about it – or even just to delicately announce it – we now have the Boho Bride ‘Stamp Of Approval’…please email me at: sarah@bohobride.co.uk for html links.

So what now? My aim is to bring you even more inspirational ideas…creating more mood boards, publishing more real weddings, engagement shoots etc and exploring even more ways to create the most beautiful of wedding days.

And following our impending move to Devon, the Boho Bride empire will be expanding…there’s even more exciting plans on the horizon…so watch this space!

With love,  Boho Bride X

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Whiter Shade Of Pale….

Soft, calming colours, mixed with sumptuous textures, can make elegant and impactful wedding decor. So here’s how you can keep your wedding palette simple, yet sublime…

Credits: Name baubles, Cox and Cox; Bo Peep Will Heart, Le Trousseau; Heart Wreath, NOTHS; Personalised sign, NOTHS; Monogram Pebble, Etsy; Vintage Map Bunting, Grace and Favour Home.

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My Wedding Dress Debate

From the moment I got engaged…I worried about ‘the dress’. I never imagined my wedding as a young girl…even when sporting a pillowcase on my head,  I was always channeling ’The Sound Of Music’ not ‘beautiful bride’!

And once I’d met my beloved and even started dreaming of our day…my visions of my dress were vague and fuzzy. It was, has and always will be the flowers, table dressings and all the other design details that I gravitate towards - because that’s what comes naturally.

I love fashion and I adore dressing up, but the thought of having to find a frock that presents me, at my most beautiful, on the most important day of my life so far - terrified me! How could I ever find a dress that lived up to mine and others (my Mum’s!) expectations, that would make my hips look small and my boobs look perky…a dress that would make Adam weep as I glided down the aisle like a graceful swan…

Until last week, I’d only set foot in one bridal store. It was a stunning boutique full of gorgeous gowns…but I felt…indifferent, like a child playing dress-ups, I was somewhat overwhelmed. Then, last week – I happened upon another wedding dress shop and found (by sheer coincidence) that a designer dress I’d spotted (and liked!) in a magazine, was in their sample sale…

I excitedly asked to try it on.  It fitted, (though snug and highlighted my hips more than I’d like) and as I stood there, looking at the “woman’s” reflection in the mirror, I realised that everything I thought I needed from my wedding dress was wrong. There was to be no tears, no great gasps…not even a tummy jump.  All I needed, was to feel comfortable, relaxed and the loveliest version of myself. All I needed, was to find the dress that felt ‘me’.

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Gothic Halloween Mood board

I’ve created today’s mood board to celebrate Halloween, inspired by the theatrics of Gothic architecture and design…

In my past life as a thespian, this is how I used to approach a character…finding the right pen, a keepsake – even the correct pair of shoes. You can approach dressing a set…even a wedding in the same way. It’s the finer details that really pull a look together!

Credits: ‘Lana’ wedding dress, Stephanie Allin; Halloween arrangement, Martha Stewart; Key, Getty Images; Ring/Book via MK2weddings; Cake, swsmag.net; Black lace, Ka in Apophysis; Cameo wall, Country Living; Books, The Knot.

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Sibyl & Jon’s Shabby Chic Wedding…With Medieval Archers!

Today’s offering is extra special, as it’s the first ‘real wedding’ to be featured on Boho Bride! The past three weeks have been as rewarding they have been hard, grafting away in hope of  making this wedding blog a success;  so on Friday, when I received an email from Kate Fletcher, offering me these beautiful images to feature on my ‘stylish’ site…I knew all my hard work had all been worth-while.

Kate runs the successful wedding and event’s company, Kate Fletcher Events and can count TV presenter Jimmy Doherty (of Jimmy’s Farm fame) amongst her happy clients.

The wedding I’m about to show you belongs to Sibyl and Jon, who got married on the 3rd of July this year. Kate submitted this wedding following my appeal to feature and celebrate the growing trend for relaxed, and stylish shabby chic weddings…and I’m sure you’ll agree, this wedding is ‘shabby chic’ personified.

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High Society Bridal Catwalk Show

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the High Society Bridal Catwalk Show in Cowbridge. It was raining heavily, my hair was frizzy, my pixie boots were soaked through, but even the awful wintry weather couldn’t dampen my excitement…I was going to see pretty dresses!

Warmly greeted by a bubbly blonde (who I later discovered was Charlie – one of H.S Bridals lovely ’twitterers’) with a welcomed glass of fizz and a goodie-bag crammed with…goodies, my wonderfully supportive fiance and I sat down to enjoy the show.

It was awesome! The models sasheyed down the ‘aisle’ to some rocking tunes, adding extra swagger to their catwalk run and thrusting us brides-to-be into the mindset that we too could nail that ‘look’!

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That Friday Feeling…

Today I leave you with the beautiful image of wedding dresses…textured ruffles, effervescent fabrics and feminine shades…

I’ll be attending the High Society, Bridal Catwalk Show in Cowbridge tomorrow and can’t wait to see previews of all the stunning designer wedding dresses for SS11! For those who can’t make it…I’ll let you know all about it next week…

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Folk Inspired Treats – Wedding Decor

I’ve more folky fun for you today, so I’m officially naming this ’folk week’…shame it took me till Friday to think of the concept!

Beetroot is where I found this latest supply of loveliness. It’s a Polish store, run by two Scottish expats, Louise and Helen who’s aim is to celebrate “contemporary Polish design outside of Poland”…and I’m really pleased they have!

The items I’ve featured (above) are really gorgeous homewares, that would translate beautifully into quirky wedding decor…just imagine the impactful Love Sticker placed on a wall behind the top table at your wedding reception, or hang the Wreath Project Lamp from wooden beams for a fete feel. The Folk cushions would look oh-so kitch in the ‘chill-out’ area of a Tipi!

Balloons and bunting make pretty and classic wedding displays, but thinking outside the box can reward you with a wedding scheme that’s really unique and eye-catching. It’s a similar concept to decorating your home – if you fill it with items you love – it will look lovely!

http://www.beetrootonline.com

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Tea-Towel-Tastic!

For those who want to create a lasting impression of their big day, The Original Wedding Tea Towel offers the ultimate statement of wedding style!

This innovative idea is the brain-child of Karen and Ben, who designed the first tea towel ahead of their own nuptials last year “to create a buzz about the wedding, cheaper than standard paper options, good for the environment and something our guests could keep for ever”.

There are five fabulous designs to choose from, (I adore Spring Hill…and Gala Wedding!) with a style to suit every wedding ‘theme’ – you can also choose from an array of different colours. And for the couple who want a more personalised wedding tea towel, Ben and Karen offer a bespoke design service.

Add to this, the budget friendly price (print costs start from £2.75* each) and the environmentally friendly credentials and you have yourselves a real wedding stationary wonder!

So unique, so fun and so utterly memorable, The Original Wedding Tea Towel is sure have your friends and family bursting with anticipation, for your big day…and once your wedding has passed, your gorgeous tea towel memento will still endure.

I can’t get enough of their quirky designs and am so thrilled to have discovered them in the midst of my own planning! So for those of you reading…who are on my own wedding guest list…watch this space.

http://www.weddingteatowels.co.uk

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‘Get The Look’ Folk

Following my Folk inspired mood board, here’s how you can get the look…

An attainable wedding style and all available to by from the UK and online!  Bouquet from Blooming Green Flowers; Russian Dolls; NOTHS; Bunting, Los Novios on Etsy; Love Birds, from Country Squirrels Rus on Etsy, Silvered Milagros, Cox and Cox; Pumpkin Pouf and Armenian Tea Pot, Plumo.

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