Diary of a Boho Bride – Kirsten and Chris. Entry 6 – ‘Lists and Candle Making’

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Hi everyone, Kelly C here. Today we are back with Kirsten and Chris for their sixth instalment as a Boho Bride. Last time Kirsten talked about the subject of money.  Today is the subject of lists and candles.  I love this post.  Kirsten has made candle making sound like so much fun, hard work yet very rewarding.  I have today been inspired by Kirsten and have made my first purchase of wax.  I will hopefully share this with you guys on the Boho Life blog in the future.  I can’t wait to see all of Kirsten’s candles finished.

Chris Burns & Kirsten McMillan

I’ll pass you over to Kirsten…….

Another month has passed. Our May wedding is no longer a hazy presence in the distant horizon. It’s a big fluffy white enthusiastic puppy bounding towards us. When we got engaged, we picked a date that seemed hugely far away. Consequently, we have spent the last year saying: “It’s fiiiine” (note whiney-don’t-nag-me tone), “it’s ages away”.


In fact it’s just over five months away, and as the date slowly stalks us, it sometimes feels as though we have achieved *nothing*. In a bid to retain some composure, we have come to appreciate the art of list-making. The process of ‘listing’ seems to create an illusion of control in our otherwise wedding-frantic existence. In the words of the American abstract artist, Charles Green Shaw: “Real happiness consists in not what we actually accomplish, but what we think we accomplish.” We agree, wholeheartedly. So with this in mind, we compiled a list of every task we think we have successfully completed this month. It is spectacularly long – partly due to sheer panic encouraging fruitful action, and partly because we broke down every achievement into a collection of individual manual tasks (maximizing the feeling of all-consuming calm). The list includes: booking our band; finalising our wedding menu; sourcing furniture; chatting to bar-hire companies and lighting suppliers; designing games; AND making boxes and boxes of candles.


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Re: candles. I don’t know what it is about fire but people sure do love it. Whether it’s playing with the wax, huddling within its warm embrace, melting objects, or just watching the flames jump around – people. love. fire. Consequently, we have decided to use candles as our main centre-piece. We’re hoping their presence will help to create an intimate festive atmosphere, filling the Kinkell Byre with a warming glow (not to mention free heat). Additionally, most wedding venues don’t have the greatest (most flattering) of lighting, so candles will help to create a romantic mood for everyone involved. However, candles are expensive – unless you bulk buy tea lights from our favourite meatball-loving, allen key wielding, green-snake plush selling (for those of you old enough to remember) superstore. BUT if you have your heart set on pillar or glass-housed candles (like myself), you’re talking about a wodge of cash, and let’s face it – if it’s a choice between expensive candles or a booze-fund…..well, there is no choice. BUT have no fear, I come bearing good news: candles are dirt-cheap to make. Unfortunately, they are also extremely time-consuming. Nonetheless, if you have the spare time, they are easy and surprisingly fun to make. So, here are our tips on cheap glass-housed candle-making:


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Holly and Ben’s Relaxed Garden Wedding With Lots of Pretty Pastels. By Paul Underhill

Happy Friday everyone, you made it to the end of another week, well done you! How has your week been? Personally I am really looking forward to a little glass of wine this evening. It is customery for Nik, Dexter and I to have a couple in our local on a Friday evening, Dexter is becoming quite the drinking companion! Before we get there though we have a fab garden wedding for you set in the gorgeous grounds of Parley Manor in Bournemouth. I have featured this venue a few times now on the blog and I was there last summer as a guest, such a lovely venue! The wonderful couple Holly and Ben chose a relaxed, chilled out day filled with beautiful blooms and lots of petty pastels, the decoration complements the venue perfectly. Big thanks to Paul Underhill for the wonderful images.

‘It was truly a magical, relaxed and fun filled day. It was better than we could ever have dreamed it would be.’

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Holly and Ben were married on 9th August 2014 at Corpus Christi RC Church, Boscombe and the reception was held at Parley Manor, Parley. ‘Holly grew up in Bournemouth and her family still live there. We wanted to get married in a church and we found this beautiful church with an amazing Priest just two minutes walk from Holly’s parents house. We fell in love with Parley Manor as soon as we saw the stunning gardens. No other venue we had seen in Dorset could compare. The garden venue was in keeping with the relaxed wedding we both wanted. There were 130 guests. We were planning for eleven months and Ben proposed on the August bank holiday weekend in 2013 and we got married eleven months later and cracked right on with the planning.

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‘Rustic and Romantic Wedding Inspiration’ From Caiti Jackson

Hello to you all on this lovely Thursday morning, kelly C Here.  I am so pleased to be sharing with you today this lovely bridal styled shoot. It’s great as a photographer or a wedding supplier to get together and create something a little different the the usual wedding day. It’s also great for brides or grooms to be able to see styled shoots as it can be something out of the ordinary/non traditional that you can’t seem to find in a real wedding but want to add to your own wedding. Today we are sharing with you this gorgeous styled shoot. It has elements of rustic, vintage, with romantic flair all the things we love here at Boho HQ. It’s lovely to see a nice lovely bright shoot.

‘Rustic and romantic. This shoot features soft and vintage elements that tie in with a bohemian, free-spirited vibe.’

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I’ll pass you over to Caiti to tells us more about the shoot……….

For our styled Shoot We wanted to show the best of what Wyoming has to offer. Elements of rustic, vintage, with romantic flair.
The flowers feature: dahlias, blueberries, ranunculus, dog eye greenery, kale, various roses, dusty miller, geranium greenery. The naked wedding cake features buttercream layers and is dressed with an ombre style with florals featured again to match the bridal bouquet. The details of vintage inspired ribbon on the bouquet compliment the vintage laced bridal gown, pairing with brown leather boots to keep this wedding down to earth and free spirited.
This event was shot at the venue park in Gillette, Wyoming, featuring rustic elements and wildlife country that Wyoming is known for. Party favors and desserts were executed in the color scheme of soft pink, blue, ivory, with a pop of autumn yellow for contrast. We hope that the best of Wyoming comes forth in this eclectic styled wedding shoot. (more…)



Stephanie and Samuel’s Laid Back Garden Wedding with 1000 Origami Paper Birds. By Nicki Feltham Photography

Wow it’s Thursday already! The week sure is going quickly. I was at Chatsworth Christmas market yesterday and after planning a few more social events in my diary it made me realise how fast approaching Christmas is! It won’t be long at all now and I haven’t done a spot of shopping yet, what about you? Todays wedding is a laid back affair that took place in the brides parents back garden. A marquee took all 120 guests and was filled with fab DIY projects, one of the main ones being 1000 Origami Paper Birds created by the brides father! I am especially liking Samuel’s suit which was tailor-made for him, I just love the colour combo and the mix and match feel, very stylish! Big thanks to Nicki Feltham Photography for the images.

‘Absolutely AMAZING’

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Stephanie and Samuel were married on 6th September 2014 at St Stephens Church, Mundham, West Sussex and the Reception at my parents’ house in Runcton, West Sussex, nr Chichester. ‘I grew up there in the same house and it is somewhere Sam and I have spent a lot of time. Sam was born and grew up in Singapore but has been in England since he was 17 while his parents continued to live abroad so, he doesn’t have a ’hometown’ as it were.  I’d never thought too much about the type of wedding I wanted but I knew I wanted to get ready at my mum and dads house. I looked at a few venues but we felt none of them meant anything to us like Hillside, so we decided to go for the marquee option. We had, in the end 120 guests and it took 16 months to plan.’

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Boho Loves: The One Romance – Your Pesonal Romance Concierge


The One Romance

You might recognise the name Tiffany Wright from The Proposers TV show. She was the girl running around like a mad woman arranging  proposals on Sky TV
Well nowadays Tiffany has spread her wings to more than just proposals and has set up the UK’s first Romance Concierge with her sister Amanda. The One Romance, specialised in arranging romantic experiences –from out of this world marriage proposals to romantic dates. So, if your man is rubbish at Romance, then One Romance girls are the people to go to….they’ll soon sort him out.


I’ll let Tiffany explain more……

My sister and I set up The One Romance after witnessing a friend give his wife a Lawn Mower for their wedding anniversary! We were shocked that someone could get romance so wrong! People knew I was a proposal planner and were used to me talking about the amazing proposals I had arranged but at that moment it struck me that romance was more than just proposals. So, we set up the UK and Europe’s First Romance Planning Company. We specialise in being proposal planners and arranging amazing proposals but we also want to make sure that the romance continued AFTER the proposal too. Which is where our Romance concierge service comes into play

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So what is a Romance Concierge?
We are basically luxury romance planners. So, if your husband wants to surprise you with an incredible wedding anniversary, we will plan something completely spectacular and personalised to you! It’s like an extension of our proposals. We find a lot of our clients use us as their proposal planners and then stick with us for life – wanting us to plan every romantic event in their lives going forward!
We now offer a service where we will go shopping for a day with the guy and help him pick the perfect romantic gift or engagement ring. And the exiting bit? We even have a celebrity following! Yup we have helped certain celebrities be romantic!

Where are you based?
Our office in is Mayafair, London but we arrange proposals and offer our romance concierge service worldwide. I was actually flown over to Australia a few weeks ago to arrange a proposal which was incredible!

Sydney proposal

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Ruth and Alex’s ‘London Meets India’ Islington Wedding. By Rosko and Wallis

I have a real treat of a wedding for you today, courtesy of Rosko and Wallis. It’s a true London wedding, which takes place in an amazing venue, the Islington Metalworks. Islington has a very special place in my heart as it is where I was born. I wasn’t there for long before we moved to Cornwall, however it is still a place I hold dear, which makes me even more excited about this wedding! I just love the venue, the decor, the tower of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, the tube map table plan, and all the lovely London meets India touches. To top it off DJ Luck and MC Neat made a surprise appearance at the wedding reception, which really got the party going! Well done Ruth and Alex on a superb wedding, I would have loved to have been a guest!

‘The Ceremony was Relaxed, memorable, unique… well-executed! The Reception had great food, atmosphere and to quote the entertainers “This isn’t a wedding, it’s a rave!’

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Ruth and Alex were married on Saturday 2nd August 2014 at Islington Town Hall, Angel in London and their reception was at Islington Metalworks. ‘The venue found us! On one dreary Sunday after looking at venues in King’s Cross (which turned out to be stuffy and well out of our price range) we decided to poke our heads through the Metalworks, as a friend of a friend had recently got married there and both of us had been on various nights out there. We instantly loved the venue, the staff and how much creative control we could have on the place. Not to mention their epic prop room too. Angel is also a very special place for us, we lived, shopped, exercised, dined, raved, argued and drank in various places nearby! We had 100 guests for the Ceremony and a further 100 were invited for the Reception. We secured the venues in April 2013 (Town hall is very popular). But the bulk of the wedding planning took 6 months.’

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