Bohemian Outdoor Wedding Inspiration. By Andie Freeman Photography

Good Afternoon! I hope you are well. It well and truly snowed in Yorkshire overnight and it’s like a winter wonderland out there! I hope the snow stays for a little while as it looks so pretty!
I have a lovely woodland bohemian outdoor styled shoot for you this afternoon all the way from the USA. Many Thanks to Andie Freeman for sharing these images with us today, I’m sure you will agree they ar truly gorgeous!

‘An opulent Bohemian wedding inspiration in the woods. This shoot is the perfect inspiration for a bride that wants to marry luxury with the bohemian feel’ 

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I’ll pass you over to Andie to tell us more about the shoot……….

When event designer, Jessie Patton, and I first started thinking about this inspiration shoot, we really wanted to incorporate elements that were unique. We knew that we wanted bohemian to be our main inspiration, but we wanted to incorporate luxury that is not normally seen in a bohemian wedding. We wanted to include real crystal, gold overlays, and glitz and glam. So we chose a beautiful location with wild pine trees growing and an old chimney. The ceremony inspiration would take place in front of the chimney, and we brought in a beautiful mantle to act as the altar. Gold chiavari chairs lined the aisle and we had dried lavender bunches for pew markers. They release a lovely smell every time they were touched. (more…)



Tram and Adam’s Handmade Outdoor wedding. By Margo and Mia

Well hello you lovely lot and how are you all? I do hope you are surviving this awful weather, what’s it like where you are? Here in Sheffield it is cold, windy and we had a load of snow descend on us last night! Never the less I intend to cheer you up this morning with this delightful wedding by Maggie and Jeremiah from Margo and Mia. It’s a gorgeous wedding where the ceremony and reception have 3 months between them. The bride and groom chose a beautiful outdoor ceremony which was simple and intimate. The reception was then held 3 months later where they invited all of their friends and family and pulled together lots of handmade details to make the venue look super gorgeous.

‘It was intimate, beautiful and it was everything we were hoping for. We both felt so much love and support from our families and felt so much of God’s glory on that day.’

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Adam and Tram were married on 7th June 2014 at The Arboretum in Pasadena and the reception was held on 10th March 2014 at The Elysian in Eagle Rock.  ‘We had an untraditional wedding. The ceremony and reception were at two different locations and on two different dates. We wanted to just have a small intimate ceremony with immediate family and then a big reception that we invited all of our friends and relatives. For the ceremony, we wanted a good outdoor boho-inspired spot that was also affordable. The Arboretum in Pasadena offered all of those things. It has very beautiful sceneries throughout the park, resembling everything but the busy LA city we lived in. It had many good spots for pictures.  We had just under 100. Most of our relatives are not local so many of them were not able to make it. Most of the guests were our very good friends from church and co workers.  We were engaged for less than two months before we got married (I know, we were the kinda of people that could not wait longer!) so I guess the ceremony was planned just over one month. The reception happened 3 months after that so less than three months for planning the reception.  

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The Boho 12 Month Wedding Planner to do List

12 Month Wedding Planner to do List

At this time of year it is very likely that there are lots of new brides and grooms out there reading the blog. Christmas and new year are the busiest time for proposals, so I’ll make a strong guess that many of you are currently in a bit of  a mind field, searching the internet for advice and trying to figure out just how you are going to pull of the wedding of the year, while keeping your sanity!

Well never fear as today I am here to help!

With many years as a wedding planner behind me I have compiled a 12 month to do list just for you to help you plan your dream wedding. It includes pretty much everything you will need when it comes to panning your big day, from when to book the venue, to what to do on the actual day of the wedding. I hope you find it useful!


12 months before the wedding

• Pick a date for your wedding
• Decide what sort of wedding you want; take your time with this.
• Write up your guest list and decide on numbers
• Work out your budget and find out if any family members will be able to contribute.
• Work out how you are going to spend your budget and work out what is important to the both of you
and divide up the budget accordingly
• Open a wedding bank account
• If having a church wedding, visit your priest and book the church
• If having a civil ceremony, contact your local registrar to book the date and time and an appointment
to give notice of marriage
• Book a wedding planner if you want someone for Full Planning
• Research venues, visit top 3 – 5
• Start looking at blogs/internet/magazine ideas and inspiration
• Don’t make any rash decisions, think about it all and way up your options on all decisions to be made
• Organise your engagement party


 (Photo by Emma Boileau Full Wedding HERE)

11 months before the wedding

• Make final decision on your venue and book
• Book Your Photographer
• Take out wedding insurance
• Bride go dress shopping
• Choose your best man, bridesmaids and ushers
• If reception venue requires a marquee, book this along with furniture and any equipment
• If you need to hire in outdoor caterer and bar, look for these and get menu ideas
• Look for wedding invitations
• Compile names and address for gust list and send out save the date cards if you decide to have them

10 months before the wedding

• Book your wedding planner if you want someone for partial planning
• Decide on your band/DJ/entertainment and book
• Go on engagement shoot with photographer if you are having one
• If venue is providing food, talk through the options with them.
• Decide on themes and colours
• Book the videographer


(Photo by Ben Higgins, Full Wedding HERE) (more…)



Leanna and Ben’s Vintage DIY Barn Wedding. By Sasha Weddings

Happy Wednesday everyone and what a cracker of a wedding I have for you today, you are going to love it! Sent into me by Sasha from Sasha Weddings it’s a day full of vintage loveliness, from the vintage inspired outfits, through to the wonderful decorations that fills this amazing Barn venue. Leanna and Ben created a day that was truly unique to them full of amazing ideas and personal touches. From the beautiful yellow bridesmaid dresses, to Ben’s dashing suit, right through to the gorgeous table arrangements, this wedding just oozes vintage chic charm.

Vintage, unique and amazing

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Leanna and Ben were married on 5th April 2014. The ceremony was in Woodingdean, Brighton and the reception was located in Pulborough the ‘Fitzleroi barn’ ‘We really wanted something different and vintage looking so we looked at several barns but this one really stood out for us, it’s on a working farm, the views and location are incredible they were amazingly helpful and provided an excellent level of service what also sold it to us was the fact it was private and we had the barn for the whole weekend so we were able to go up on the Friday and make it extra special buy putting all our little touches to it. We had 90 guests all day and an extra 45 for just the evening reception. It took us Roughly 9 months to plan.’

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Learn to be a First Class Wedding Planner with ‘The Wedding Planning College’


Learn to be a First Class Wedding Planner with 'The Wedding Planning College'

As many of you may know my life in the wedding industry started as a wedding planner. I have planned many amazing weddings, met some amazing couples and worked with some fabulous suppliers. As a wedding planner I often get asked by others how they can make it as a wedding planner, well today I have the answer for you!

When I started the world of wedding planning was quite a limited one, it was still kind of unknown and seen as a bit of luxury. Things have changed since then and there are more and more brides looking to hire a planner for their day, whether it be to plan the entire wedding, help with finding suppliers, styling the day itself, or help with co-ordinating the actual wedding day. DIY brides especially are turning to the help of a planner as they are finding that it is near impossible to bring all of the DIY elements together themselves. For this reason there has been a huge demand in wedding planner over the past couple of years…………so do you think that wedding planning could be for you?

If so then I have just the thing fo you. A two-day intense wedding panning course that will give you all the information you need to start-up your own wedding planning business. Taught by two highly experienced and award-winning wedding planners you will leave the course armed with the tools you need to set up your own business.

  • The course runs : Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd March 2015

  • Covering: Setting up a Wedding Planning Business & Planning & Coordinating a Wedding

  • Price: Full Weekend – Only £650! pay over 2 or 3 monthly instalments


Wedding Planning

Based in the Midlands and Yorkshire, The Wedding Planning College offers training events, mentoring and ongoing business support to those wanting to either start their own wedding planning company, become a wedding planner as part of an existing company or progress in their role as a wedding coordinator at a wedding venue anywhere in the UK.




Samantha and Adrian’s Hong Kong to UK Wedding With Homemade Dress and Suit. By James and Lianne

I just love todays wedding, which features the cutest couple in the most adorable outfits, which were all hand-made by the bride, even the grooms suit! Both Samantha and Adrian live in Hong Kong but came over to the UK for the wedding so it could be held at Samantha’s family church. From Hong Kong she managed to design and tailor make her own gorgeous 50s/60s inspired dress, as well a the six bridesmaids and Adrian’s dinner suit, clever girl I’m sure you will agree! Adrian also gave a helping hand by designing the table decorations and what a fantastic job he did I’m sure you will agree. With a stunning venue and some amazing photos by James and Lianne, both in film and digital, I’m sure you will agree this is a fantastic wedding.

‘A magical day among the cabbages with our closest friends and family. A magical night dancing our pants off in the moonlight.’

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Samantha and Adrian were married on 9th August 2014 at St. Andrew’s Church, Butterwick, Lincolnshire and the reception was held at Elms Farm Cottages, Hubbert’s Bridge, Lincolnshire. ‘We live in Hong Kong, but wanted to have our wedding closer to Samantha’s family in Lincolnshire. Samantha grew up in the small village of Butterwick, and was even baptised in the church where we were married. Adrian’s family are more seasoned travellers, and flew in from the US. We had 85 guests in total. It took a year to plan but most of the work was done in the eight months before.’

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