Diary of a Boho Bride – Emily & Jonny, Entry 8: The Completed Invitations

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Wooo Hooo the weekend is upon us and the best thing is it’s the Bank Holiday! 3 day weekends are the best and I think they should be compulsory! We are going out on Sunday for food in Leeds as it’s Paul’s birthday. Any excuse to have a cheeky cocktail! I hope you have had a great week.

Today we are back with Emily for our weekly fix of ‘Dairy of a Boho Bride’. Last time she spoke all about the Bridesmaids and this week she shows us her completed invites. Making you own invitations can be tempting, but as Emily says don’t underestimate how long it will take you. If you like a spot of DIY then great but if not leave it to the experts! I’m sure you will agree that Emily has done an amazing job, they look beautiful.

Emily and Jonny

I’ll pass you over to Emily………

In my last diary entry I mentioned I was in the design development stage of the invites. I am now pleased to say that they are finally finished and handed out to our lovely guests – even evening invites. My advice to all the brides and grooms taking up the challenge of designing and making your own invites is to not underestimate the amount of time it takes. There may be highs and lows, and there may be a point where you don’t even like them anymore! Persevere; the reaction from your guests will be worth it.

Boho Bride Invite

Boho Bride Invite

I played about with the design for ages doing a few mock ups along the way. I tested loads of fonts to see what looked best and most importantly legible to all. In the end I choose a decorative font for the titles and just a type writer style for the main information. To create a rustic boho theme, I used A4 brown card, slightly textured off-white paper and wrapped two sprigs of dried lavender in twine. The lavender is from Yorkshire Lavender. It smells gorgeous and I have two huge bunches left over for more decorations. I really love that guests smell the invite! I used the same leather cord as I used on the save the dates to seal the invite which is near the same colour as the bridesmaid dresses. Now I have the design finalised, the rest of our stationary to follow should be quite straight forward – famous last words.

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Stephanie and Jock’s Colourful and Summery 2 day Wedding By Emma Warley Photography

Well hello Friday!  I  hope you are having a good day so far and are looking forward to the weekend? What have you got planned, anything wedding related?  To finish off the week I have this fab 2 day wedding from Emma Warley Photography.  It’s a colourful summer wedding that was all put together on a budget. However with a lot of help from friends and family Stephanie and Jock managed to put together a fun packed day where nothing had to be left out.  A tower of cheese, paper flowers, 2 wedding dresses, a barn dance and lots of irregular choice shoes, all go together to make this a great wedding to end the week.

‘A colourful, fun, carefree experience that was not rushed. A big team effort!’

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Stephanie and Jock were married on 15th August 2014 & 16th August 2014 at Falling Foss (near Whitby) for the ceremony and light refreshments. The bride’s father’s garden for afternoon BBQ. 16th – Stepney Hill Farm for the following gig. ‘We wanted a place we could return to time and again, that would stay with us. As soon as we realised Falling Foss had recently got their licence, we just booked it. It’s a magical place, the food is excellent, it has a laid back atmosphere, the people who run it are amazingly friendly and flexible and it’s in a forest by a waterfall – who wouldn’t want to get married next to a waterfall? For the Friday, we wanted again, to be somewhere that meant something to us. Dad’s house at Wykeham Village near Scarborough is a 300 year old farm cottage, set in grounds that he has painstakingly landscaped himself. It’s so beautiful. We bought a large marquee and had Stepney Hill Farm cater the BBQ, which meant we didn‘t need to worry about a thing on the day.
For the Saturday, we knew we wanted to have a big party and it had to be a gig. Jock’s a musician, many of our friends are musicians and DJs, my Dad is a musician and I’ve done my bit too. So we hired Stepney Hill Farm’s barn which is a large flexible space. We were lucky to have some great friends who supplied the stage, lights, sound tech, and live music. Stepney Hill Farm were amazing – they put a bar in for us, with very reasonable prices and they let us do whatever we wanted to set it up how we wished. We had a total of 40 guests on Friday and over 250 on Saturday. The planning took 6 months. We were undecided when to do it until we found the venues and once we found them, we just cracked on with it.

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Eclectic Boho Tipi Wedding Inspiration from Itsy Bitsy Vintage

Happy Thursday afternoon everyone, I do hope this lovely Thursday is treating you well? This afternoon I have some gorgeous wedding inspiration for you with this Boho inspired Tipi Wedding styled shoot. Tipi weddings are so popular these days I feature so many of them here on the blog, but getting the styling right for a tipi wedding can some times be tricky. Turning a totally blank canvas into a beautiful wedding can be daunting to anyone. Today we are here to help you with lots of decoration ideas and so many pretty details. The shoot took place in March at Brindle Lodge, Hoghton in Lancs and was organised by Teepee Tent Hire and Itsy Bitsy Vintage.

‘A vintage eclectic and boho styled tee pee shoot. With handmade items and lots of Lancashire suppliers.’

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Carol Bean of Itsy Bitsy Vintage says…….

‘The aim was to showcase the creative and styling potential of a large tee pee and to show that vintage china and styling can be blended with Boho, Retro, Festival, DIY or a Country Rustic look to create something eclectic, colourful, fun and beautiful by working with some of the best wedding suppliers in North Lancashire. I also wanted to add lots of DIY touches and made lots of items for the shoot including paper pin wheels, map flowers, vintage fabric covered bottles, ribbon festooned lanterns, handmade signs, hand written blackboards and a hessian, ribbon and paper pinwheel table plan.’ (more…)



Heather and Kyle’s Stunning Hawaii Wedding By Karma Hill Photography

I have an absolute treat for you today, this truly stunning wedding all the way from Hawaii, with THE most amazing venue I have seen in a very long time. Heather and Kyle were married on 21st May 2014 at Haiku Mill in Hawaii and I’m sure you will agree the trip from Canada was well worth it when you feast your eyes on these beautiful photos by Karma Hill Photography. A totally gorgeous wedding from beginning to end, the wedding ceremony, through to the reception is just exquisite. The chandeliers, the table decoration, the flowers, that backdrop! All these individual aspects combined to create a breathtaking wedding that I know you are going to love.

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Honeymoon Ideas – 5 Ideas for the Perfect Minimoon in the UK


Minimoon in the UK

Happy Wednesday everyone, we are now officially half way through the week, Yay  to that! I am already looking forward to the weekend! This afternoon we are back talking Honeymoons with our resident Honeymoon expert Tom. Last time Tom talked to us about Autumn Honeymoons and today he is here to talk to us about the relatively new craze for minimoons.


I’ll pass you over to Tom……

The post-wedding “minimoon” has become one of the fastest growing trends in the travel industry; and it’s easy to see why. Minimoons are the perfect way of enjoying a romantic little break before you head off for the real deal. Or for newlyweds without the mammoth budget, a minimoon holiday is a great alternative for the traditional honeymoon. If you’re not planning on venturing far, here are 5 ideas for the perfect minimoon in the UK.

Edinburgh City Break


Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With the stunning backdrop of the Pentland Hills, this enchanted ancient capital is designed for the culture vultures among us. The castle dominates the skyline but the city is also a mecca of fine dining (5 Michelin restaurants to be precise) and a haven for designer shopping. Steeped in rich history and dotted with striking architecture on every corner, this is city chic at its best.

Campervan on the Coast


Campervans are a great way of exploring several destinations along the UK’s incredible, rugged coastline. With travel and accommodation all rolled into one, you can save money and really make the most of your travels if you hire a campervan. And although a motorhome holiday may not seem so glamorous at first, you’ll soon realise the riches around you when you take in the wonderful sea views and coastal sunsets in Britain’s best campervan parks. Some of the UK’s best coastal campsites include Bryher Campsite in Isles of Scilly, Treen Farm Campsite in Penzance, and Cobbs Hill Farm in East Sussex to name a few. (more…)



Emily and John’s Homemade Spring Wedding by Benjamin Stuart Photography

I do love a spring wedding and todays wedding is just perfect. It took place last month so is full of spring freshness and beautiful blooms. Emily and John created a homemade wedding that was personal to them and full of little DIY touches. I just love the table plan and table decorations and that cake made by Emily’s’ mum is something else. By focusing on the things that were important to each of them, Emily and John really created a wedding that reflected their personality and they managed to utilise their budget wisely. Big thanks to Benjamin from Benjamin Stuart Photography for the images.

‘A relaxed, fun, and happy family event, with the bonus of good weather.’

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Emily and John were married on Saturday April 11th 2015 at St Johns Church in Northington and the reception was held at The Wellington Arms Hotel. ‘We got married where we did because it was able to accommodate amount of guests and was reasonably priced. We did not have extra evening guests, therefore invited more people to the church and gave out cupcakes at the church. Church guests approx 200 and the reception approx 140. We were engaged for 10 months, so spread the planning over this time.’

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