Weddings in St. Lucia – My Bridal Blogathon Experience (Part 1)

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I still pinch myself when I look over these images.  If you check out my two previous posts, Bridal Blogathon and Instagram Best Bits you will get an idea of what the #bridalblogathon that Boho Weddings was invited to by Kuoni and Elite Island Resorts was all about.

When I was first asked to attend the bridal blogathon all I knew was that I was going to be going to St. Lucia and Antigua.  As most of you regular Boho readers know, Paul and I were married in St. Lucia so I was really excited.  A few weeks later when an email from Karen dropped into my email box I was shocked and so very excited.  Out of all the hotels in St. Lucia (there must be 100’s) I was going back to the very hotel that Paul and were married.  St. James’s Club in St.Lucia.  *Cue lots of squeals and tears*

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It all started on Thursday 30th April at 10am after an amazing breakfast in the No1 Lounge at Gatwick airport when I boarded a British Airways Airplane to St. Lucia.  9 hours later I landed on the beautiful island of St. Lucia where I was greeted with glorious weather and I couldn’t wait to kick my shoes off and feel the white sand between my toes.




Julia and Chris’ Darwin Inspired Chester Wedding. By Claire Penn Photography

Todays wedding is brought to you by the brilliant Claire Penn Photography, a gorgeous winter wedding, with hints of vintage glamour set in the fabulous Oddfellows venue. Julia and Chris chose a winter wedding and Oddfellows in Chester was perfect for their Darwin inspired heme. With rich colours and incorporating animal figures along with a travel theme, this wedding is elegant and personal at the same time. Julia wears a stunning Ritva Westenius dress which also adds an element of vintage inspiration and glamour to the day. I just love the animal place cards they are so cute, well done mum and dad for creating them.

‘The day was relaxed and happy, with lots of laughter, combined with a little bit of glamour and our own brand of quirkiness. Our family and friends made it extra special and totally bought into the non-traditional feel of the day.’

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Julia and Chris were married on 21st Feb 2015 at Oddfellows, 20 Lower Bridge Street, Chester. ‘We dabbled with many different ideas when we started to think about our wedding- possible locations included a beach in Cornwall, a city, an island fort and even the Masai Mara. We found Oddfellows when we were visiting our friends who had just moved up to Chester and immediately fell in love with the quirky style and city location- it was also the perfect venue for a Winter wedding with log fires and a garden that can be used all year round (we didn’t want to plan a summer wedding, only for it to rain- this way rain was always in our plans!). We had 58 family and close friends during the day, with lots more friends joining for evening (107 guests in total). It took about 15 months to plan, but all done in a very relaxed way.’

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Boho Loves: Extra Special Touch – Vintage Inspired Monogram Wedding Gifts & Bridal Accessories

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Today I would like to introduce you to a wonderful company offering something very special for your wedding day. Heidi from Extra Special Touch specialises in vintage inspired monogram wedding gifts and bridal accessories. Anything from save the dates, to invitations, to monogrammed napkins to bunting to personal messages can be created with Extra Special Touch, the list is endless and it really does add that personal element to your wedding day. Heidi prides herself on her attention to detail and the beautiful selection of items on offer, so do make sure you check out her website to see what she could create for your wedding.

With my love for period fashions & machine embroidery, I set up my little business, Extra Special Touch in 2009, to make Victoriana -esque bridal & wedding accessories.
My collection of vintage inspired monogram wedding gifts and bridal accessories, are inspired by traditional ladies accessories, and are all made from natural fabrics, such as silk, linen & cotton.

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Rachel and David’s Pin Wheel Loving, Beach Side Devon Wedding. By Cotton Candy

Happy Tuesday everyone and how are you all? Did you have a good bank holiday weekend? If you’re anything like me you will have spent all of yesterday thinking it was Sunday.  Very odd which makes today Monday when it is actually Tuesday. It will be the weekend again in the blink of an eye! To carry on this week of superb weddings, which we starting off yesterday with this most gorgeous wedding from Matt Parry Photography. I have this totally stunning Devon Wedding from the hugely talented Cotton Candy. The venue for this wedding is out of this world, and somewhere I’m sure the guests will remember for a long time. A beautiful beach side location with the most gorgeous of views that make for the best wedding photos you could wish for. With a blue and white theme and a whole load of homemade pin wheels this wedding is the perfect way to start of this Tuesday. Have a great day everyone.

‘A fun filled beach wedding spent with amazing family and friends’

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Rachel and David were married on Saturday 12th July 2014 at Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe in Devon. ‘We wanted to get married as near to the beach and sea as possible. We met at university studying Marine Biology and both have a real passion for the sea. Also David really wanted a BBQ for the wedding breakfast – I’m surprised he resisted the urge to help the chef cook. We had 78 guest in total to the wedding. The planning took just over a year. We were engaged at the end of May 2013.’

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Cordelia and Simon’s Full of Fun ‘Rustic Vintage’ Wedding By Matt Parry Photography

Well hello bank holiday Monday and how are you today? I hope you are enjoying your well deserved day off and if you are working I hope you are managing to have a good day! I have a week of truly wonderful weddings planned, starting off with this absolute beauty of a wedding from Matt Parry Photography. Matt is a truly wonderful photographer, his work is stunning and this wedding speaks volumes. He has created a beautiful collection of photos and I just know that Cordelia and Simon will treasure them forever. With some fabulous portrait shots, some beautiful details shots, while really capturing the fun aspects of this incredibly stylish wedding. I just love the venue, urban meets vintage, meets rustic. Fantastic!

‘Fun, frocks, frolicking and fizz. A day shared with those you love & those who love you.’

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Cordelia and Simon were married on 30th March 2015 at The Priory Barn, Little Wymondley and the reception was held at Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant in Hitchin. ‘Hermitage Rd is our favourite Bar & the food is amazing there. We always go there for special occasions and we weren’t sure if they did weddings… but thankfully they did for us! With that in mind we need a venue just for the ceremony…and stumbled upon the Priory Barn. We saw it and immediately fell in love with it. We had 85 guests for the full day and a total of 160 for the Evening. We only got engaged on the 18th May 2014 so we planned it all in about 9 months! I think we were unaware when we decided to get married so quickly that there was so much to plan…well for me as the Bride anyway.

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Boho’s Best Bits: W/C 18th May

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Happy Sunday everyone and happy bank holiday weekend, I do hope you are having a good time?  What have you been up to? In my world it is a fairly quiet bank holiday weekend. I worked yesterday and then today Nik and I are spending some time together with Dexter, we are off to get some of his birthday presents as it’s only 4 weeks now till his 1st birthday. We are also going to be baby proofing the house as he has found his feet over the last couple of weeks, which has certainly changed things for us all. As for the blog it has been great getting back to work after our holiday. I am currently making further plans for the blogs future, so lots of ideas and development going on here at Boho HQ.

For now it’s time to put your feet up and enjoy this weeks best bits. My weekly round-up of the best the wedding world has to offer.


Best Wedding

What more do I need to say about this wedding other than it contains a donkey, and Donkeys are amazing animals. Found via Green Wedding Shoes, photo by Stewart Ross!

Colourful Mexican Inspired Wedding – From Green Wedding Shoes

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Best DIY

DIY Invitation Keep Sake – From Love and Lavender

DY Mexican Tassle Table Runner – From Bespoke Bride

DIY Fabric Tile Coasters – From Style me Pretty Living

How to Make the Perfect Naked Cake – From 100 Layer Cake

DIY Bleach Bride and Bridesmaids Shirts – From Wedding Chicks

DIY Tutorial – Table Arrangement: Seasonal Spring Flowers – From Boho 

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Best Photography

Winery Wedding in the US – From Dasha Caffrey

Lisa and Mitch – From Todd Hunter McGaw 

Brixton East Wedding – From Babb Photos

Beautiful Goldsborough Hall Wedding – From Toast of Leeds

Tom and Eveie – From Joanna Brown Photography

Mythe Barn Wedding – From Samuel Docker

Adriana and Han – From Jose Villa

Congratulations Debbie and James – From Photos by Zoe

Kerry and Michael – From Albert Palmer

Chateau Wedding – From Debs Ivelja Photography