27

Mar

Diary of a Boho Bride – Introducing Jo and Paddy


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Earlier today I introduced you to Ruth and Mike the first of our new Boho couples who will be writing for the blog over the next few months. It’s now time to introduce you to our second couple Jo and Paddy. Please make them feel welcome.

Joanne Foote & Paddy Smyth 

Wedding Date: 12th September 2015

Location: Kingshill barn at Elmley Nature Reserve in Kent – The barn and setting fits in well with our plans of having a relaxed and informal day outside. Paddy is a tree surgeon and landscaper so there will be tree trunks and slices representing him. 

Colour Scheme/Theme: blush pink, ivory, navy and mint green

Photographer: Photography by Vicki

Jo and Paddy

How they met

So 12 years ago I was working as a waitress in our local pub – The White Horse in Netley Marsh. One day a new chef came in and it was Paddy!! After not believing that he hadn’t met me but my twin sister, he started to make me laugh. We got to know each other that year and after I went away skiing with family and friends for New Year we realised we missed each other, 11 ½ years later the rest is history!!

The proposal

In September 2014 we decided to go away on a nice holiday (we don’t get away much!) after taking some time to decide we booked 2 weeks in Mexico, Moon Palace resort in Cancun. It was amazing, OMG we got engaged!! Months leading up to the proposal Paddy had decided he would pop the question sometime soon and asked a friend to make the ring (it’s lovely!!) He wasn’t quite sure how he was going to ask and a few different ideas came to mind. With Paddy not being the most romantic it has made for a story!! Of all the places in the resort, romantic beach meal for two, sunset stroll along the beach, the list could go on! Paddy decided he would take the ring inside his shorts to the spa for a couple’s massage we had planned. After putting on his disposable pants and falling asleep within 60seconds he woke to remember his task! Paddy got down on one knee and put the ring under the head hole of the massage coach, with my eyes closed I didn’t manage to see the diamond he was flashing until he poked me in the back. He didn’t even manage to ask the question other than ‘well then….?’ Not being one to presume I asked ‘what?’ and eventually asking me to marry him, of course I said yes. After he jumped back on the coach he continued to snore for the next hour, whilst I had time to keep peeking at the ring which was now on my finger!

The wedding

As we have been together for 11 years and want a more personal touch to our wedding we decided to arrange to meet a celebrant. Jenny she will be taking our day and going through our story. Although the barn is licensed we feel it will be more interesting for our guests. We have chosen to take the empty barn option meaning we need to light and decorate and as the barn doesn’t come with furniture we are deciding on this too. We quite like long wooden tables and chairs/benches, this will keep in with the rustic theme of the day.
We have chosen to have a relaxed BBQ with our close family and friends which will be a day in true Paddy and Jo style. We are currently looking for a singer to bring out a slight summer festival vibe.
Fingers crossed the weather will be good so we can set up an area for lawn games, there is likely to be a large number of children so it will also help keep them entertained. Giant Jenga, corn hole (we call this bag go), hessian sack race, noughts and crosses etc.
After the evening has finished in the barn at midnight most of our friends will be staying on site and Glamping. The venue has agreed a fire pit which will be ready for us to sit around on hay bales and carry on until the birds start singing!!
So far we have aimed to get the larger bits completed and ticked off the ever growing list. With the venue only booked in December we made a rapid start on the rest! Other bits sorted are Wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, DJ, photographer and catering.
We still have plenty to organise with invites next on the list.

Thank you for taking the time to read our first blog, we hope you’ve enjoyed reading our story and look forward to our entries along the way.

Jo and Paddy wedding ideas

Photo Source (top left to bottom right): Corn Hole / Wood centerpiece / Long wooden table reception / Giant noughts and crosses / Bell tent / bridesmaids / Step ladders / paper pom poms / Barn venue with lighting.

 

Take care

Jo & Paddy xx

 

27

Mar

Diary of a Boho Bride – Introducing Ruth and Mike


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Today  is the day when I get to introduce you to the new Boho Brides who will be writing for me over the next few months/year. I was originally only looking for 4 new couples, but I loved reading about everbody’s weddings so much that I ended up picking 6! 2 of these will be getting married this year and 4 next year.

Today I will be introducing you to 2 of the lovely brides and over the next 2 weeks I will be introducing you to the other 4, 2 next week and 2 the week after.

We are starting off with the lovely Ruth and Mike. If you are a reader of A Boho Life then you may well know Ruth from her House renovation project. When Ruth applied to be one fo the next boho brides I was delighted as I loved sharing her house story and now I get to share her wedding story. So here are Ruth and Mike, please make them feel welcome.

 

Ruth Terry & Mike Andrews

Wedding date: 22 August 2015

Location: Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire

Colour Scheme/Theme:  Grey & navy / vintage hollywood glamour theme 

Photographer: Philippa James 

Ruth and Mike

How they met 

Mike and I met in a house we both lived in (at different times) but we didn’t get together straight away! I rented a room in a large house in Derby, I lived with four other young profesionals. After a while my circumstances changed so I moved out and Mike moved into my old room! He’s originally from The Wirral and he’d had a job offer in Derby hence the move. I made some lovely friends at the house and we regularly got together for nights out and house parties and this is how Mike and I met. We all went to a festival together a few months later and shared a kiss in a tent in the middle of a field in the pouring rain!

The Propsal

Mike proposed in Vietnam in May 2014 on a small, quiet island called Con Dao, it’s literally in the middle of nowhere! The island is renewed for having beautiful sunsets & sunrises & we’d both said it’d be lovely to experience it. We kept missing the sunset, so on our second to last day on the island, Mike got us up at 5am (I was quite happy to stay in bed at the time!) & we rode across the island on our scooter to find a good spot to watch the sunrise. We went to a secluded beach and watched the sunrise together. I took some pictures and enjoyed the moment for a couple of minutes then I turned around and there he was, on one knee in the sand, holding up my late Nana’s beautiful engagement ring asking me to be his wife. He later told me that he actually wanted to propose during a sunset but we kept missing it!

The Wedding

Creating the right atmosphere is really important to me. I want everyone at the wedding, including Mike and I, to be relaxed and just enjoy the day. Soft lighting, flickering candles and warm neutral colours is what I had always envisaged and this is really what we’ve build the wedding theme around. We’ve hired festoon lighting and lanterns to decorate our venue and I’m hoping to put candles absolutely everywhere I possibly can. I’ve also been saving large jars for the past year or so and I plan of making fairy light jars to dot around the venue. If I had to describe the feel of the wedding it would be romantic, timeless and elegant….that’s what I’m aiming for anyway!

We booked all of the big things around seven months ago now so the venue, wedding dress, photographer, videographer, band, flowers and cake are all sorted. We’re just in the middle of gathering measurements from the groomsmen as Mike’s getting the guys custom-made suits from the place he got his suit made in Vietnam and I’m currently searching for bridal hair accessories and bridesmaid shoes amongst lots of other bits and bobs! It’s all coming together!

Ruth and Mike Wedding ideas

Photo Source (top left to bottom right): Bride / Room with Festoon Lights / Flowers / Grow old with me vintage sign / Room with drapes and lights / bride and bridesmaids / Suit / cake / Outdoor lighting.

 

Chat soon

Ruth x

 

27

Mar

Kelly and Stuart’s Music Themed Portugal Wedding. By Matt and Lena Photography


Happy Friday everyone! We got there in the end, are you as glad that it’s Friday as I am? To finish off the week in style I have this fabulous wedding all the way from Portugal to shine some summer sunshine on you ready for the weekend. The wedding is just beautiful set in the stunning location of Lagos, the outdoor ceremony and beach side portrait shots really take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and that wonderful sunshine. Kelly and Stuart put together a wonderful day with a music theme running throughout. Big thanks to Matt and Lena Photography for the gorgeous images.

‘It was a day filled with a plethora of emotions, but mostly feeling very loved by our wonderful friends and family. We made a special commitment to each other and celebrated in true style with a brilliant all day and night party.’

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Kelly and Stuart were married on 21 June 2014 at Vivenda Miranda Hotel the reception at Duna Beach Club – both Lagos,Portugal. ‘Stuart is Scottish and I am Irish so travel was always on the cards. We wanted an extended party so going to the sun was a great option and Lagos is beautiful (we searched most of the Algarve for our venue). We had about 70 guests in total and it took about 14 months to plan.

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26

Mar

Bridal Style: Two Birds Spring 2015 Collection


 
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It always seems to be a tricky subject when coming to choose your bridesmaid dresses.  I am just going through the very process now with my younger sister and I am grateful that I had heard about Two Birds from this blog no less!  Two birds is a great concept because the same dress comes in 2 sizes but can be tied in 15 different ways! All your bridesmaids can be in the same colour and material but have the dress the way they want!  I certainly think this is genius.  Recently we went to a Two Birds stockist in Manchester and it was a great experience being with three totally different sized girls all happy with our dresses!

Today on Boho Weddings we are pleased and excited to share with you Two Birds 2015 Spring Collection.  I hope you love them just as much as we do.

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Here’s a bit more about this Spring 2015 collection………….

Multi-award winning brand twobirds Bridesmaid is celebrating their 5th birthday in the UK by expanding their existing offering and introducing a new Tulle convertible dress collection for 2015. The pioneers of the multiway wrap dress are once again leading the pack with an on-trend soft, romantic dress to complement the growing popularity of tulle in wedding dresses.

“I wanted to bring something fresh and exciting to our current jersey offering.” said twobirds founder Ariane Goldman, “The new tulle collection offers texture and fluidity while maintaining versatility.”

Responding to demand from brides, the new, luxurious tulle dress follows the same versatile philosophy as the hugely popular twobirds classic jersey gowns; it is maternity friendly and can be tied in endless different styles to suit every body shape, while retaining the simple two size structure of the existing twobirds collections, covering UK sizes 4-20.

The new collection is available in knee length and floor length styles for adults & matching flower girl dresses for children and has a contemporary colour palette of nine shades: Black, Cream, Dove, Lilac, Midnight, Petal, Plum, Powder Blue and Seafoam. Matching bandeaus are also available. The new collection will be available from the Covent Garden showroom and stockists in the UK from Spring 2015.

Prices are £250 for short, £275 for full length and £145 for flower girl dresses.

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26

Mar

Cecilia and Alaric’s Eco Friendly, Colourful Garden Wedding. By Craig and Kate


Todays wedding is a real beauty, an eco-friendly wedding set in the most gorgeous of surroundings with a really ethical outlook. The couple, Cecilia and Alaric, chose Braziers Park in Oxfordshire due to the freedom they were given and the enchanting ancient woodland surrounding the grounds. With camping on site, bonfires, locally sourced food and the most gorgeous of marquees, this wedding is a totally beautiful laid back affair that just oozes Boho elegance. Big thanks to the wonderful Craig and Kate for these gorgeous images.

‘Refreshingly balanced mix of traditional elements wrapped up in a boho outdoors wedding along with perfect weather. The celebratory spirit and surroundings happily led us and our guests throughout the festivities with everyone throwing themselves into energetic dancing as well as enjoying merriment around the large bonfires, well into the night.’

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Cecilia and Alaric were married on Saturday 6th September 2014 at Braziers Park, Ipsden, Oxfordshire. ‘Its run by a community, quite alternative which makes it liberating in many ways as they are open to ideas and letting you get on with organising in the lead up.. They generally gave us the space to do what we wanted, however it also meant we needed our own team of mates/family in the days leading up to it to ensure everything was running to schedule (being there for a few days beforehand was fun too though, it really was an experience we will never forget!) Braziers Park are very ethically/eco minded which is why we chose them too-they only have a few weddings each year which makes it feel even more special. They also run small festivals over the summer (we’ll be going to wood festival there in May). They had allocated areas for us to have bonfires which was something we had hoped for since it gave to the outdoor, country feel we wanted to create. It’s a beautiful site with enchanting ancient woodland surrounding the grounds, a lovely old barn (where we partied in) a ‘pottery’ shed, wood carving, organic fruit and veg (they even had pigs when we first went to visit) and is conveniently located in Oxfordshire, a central point in the country for friends and family to get to. Another big plus is you get free camping for friends (including wood heated showers and compost loos) and 15 rather old fashioned quirky bedrooms in the atmospheric gothic house over the wedding weekend for family. We had 155 guests in total and it took 6 months to plan.

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25

Mar

Advice From the Married Side – Real Brides Advice From Their Wedding Day


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This afternoon it’s time again to dish out a healthy dose of wedding planning advice in our monthly ‘Advice from the Married Side’ feature. I have so many amazing real weddings on the blog and for each one I feature I ask the couple a number of questions, one of these questions being advice for other couples. Sometimes the answers get lost amongst the pretty pictures, so each month I bring you a selection of these brides (and grooms) words of wisdom! I hope there will be something amongst these experiences that help you while planning your own wedding……….Happy Planning!

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(Photo by A Tall Long Legged Bird)

Planning

  • There’s no point in getting stressed out about it, if you plan well and give yourself plenty of time it will all run smoothly.
  • Try not to get bogged down in the tiny little details, the day itself goes so quickly you won’t notice/care about them when the time comes!
  • Take your time in the early days and enjoy spending lots of time looking through wedding blogs and websites, pin lots of ideas on a wedding mood board.
  • Because we were so last minute, we would like to recommend all the brides to be to plan everything a bit in advance as it can be quite stressful for the last couple of days.
  • Give yourself enough time to plan in a relaxed way, to have options if one idea doesn’t work.
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(Photo by Sarah Wayte Photography)

On The day

  • Have a list of numbers for all suppliers/contacts and give it to one of the ushers in case something comes up.
  • Take moments to stop and take in the day – so many people said to us it would become one big blur, but we really felt we enjoyed every minute and have lots of good moments and memories from just thinking wow how brilliant is this day every now and again!
  • On the wedding day itself we would advise new couples to take some time to enjoy the moment together and absorb the day as it really does go by fast.
  • Enjoy being the absolute princess of the day… enjoy spending time in your dress, spending time with your guests and really FEEL the moment because it goes by so very quickly!
  • Please find a moment to spend with your new husband/wife… we had a pic by the village Christmas tree and whilst we walked back the sound of our family and friends enjoying the disco and hog roast was filling the barn – it was nice to stop, be outside looking in together just for a moment.

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