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Happy Friday folks! Today we are back for one final time with Boho Bride Louise before she ties the knot with Chris. Last time she spoke about DIY, flowers and pre-wedding nerves. Today we join her as she ties up loose ends, attends her make-up trial and share the couples’ anxiety over the pre-wedding photo shoot. We’ll be sorry to see you go Louise but wish you so, so much luck and send you on your wedded way with loads of Boho love.
So, it’s my last blog post and we’re getting married in two weeks! The past year and a bit has gone by so quickly and I cannot believe that we’re here already!
Over the last few weeks, it seems to have been all go in our house – hen do, stag do, pre-wedding photos, final meetings with caterers and hair and make-up trials.
In my last post, I was just about to head off on my hen-do – and what a hen-do it was; never I have I felt more loved! There was no enforced dressing-up, no precarious activities and was just what I wanted. My friends had rented a massive house back in Liverpool, we played games, made our own pizzas and yes, some prosecco may have been involved. They’d bought me presents and I had to guess who’d bought me which gift, put a brilliant book together with all different questions not only about me but also about me and Chris – it was filled with photos from days gone by and yes, it may have driven me to tears – but happy ones! Chris also managed to get involved by answering some Mr & Mrs questions; I must admit I didn’t quite get them all right but I blame the fact that I wasn’t given the luxury of multiple choice – you wouldn’t get that with Philip Schofield! We went out on the Saturday night, cocktails were involved and my family made an appearance, which was great and I’m so glad that everyone I wanted was able to get involved in the hen-do in some way! I had a great time and it gave me some great memories that I won’t forget for a long time!
As I write this post, Chris is asleep next to me having just arrived back from his stag-do in York. Where I escaped from wearing the usual hen/stag-do paraphernalia, Chris seemed to relish it – and we’ve acquired a garter(!) and a furry L-plate for our memory box. His friends made sure he waved goodbye to his single life in style. While his weekend might not have been as much of a love-in as mine, I think it’s safe to say that he had a brilliant time and the boys did good.
Our pre-wedding photos were something that we were both a bit anxious about, we’re not naturals in front of the camera ( but really, who is?!) and not that great at being all lovey-dovey when others are watching but India put us at ease – it was great just to spend an hour or so getting to know each other better, there’s something about a walk in the park that makes conversation flow far easier than in a formal meeting setting. It so happened that on the evening we chose, the light was fantastic and we are so pleased with the photos – yeah, we look a bit nervous but that’s us. I would recommend any couple getting married to opt for a pre-wedding shoot even if you think it’s the cringiest thing ever. Chris and I would definitely never have chosen to get one done but it was included in India’s standard package so we thought that we might as well, but I really recommend it- not least as it gives you an opportunity to meet your photographer again, especially in a world where most things are done by email and text – an hour’s conversation can make the world of difference. And you’ll get some brilliant photos out of it too!
(Image source – indiahobsonweddings.co.uk)
I had my hair and make-up trial the same week as my hen do and our pre-wedding photos ( yeah, it was a bit of a busy week!) and it was also a great experience. Jenn and Natalie came over to the flat and made me look so beautiful and glamourous that I can’t wait to let them loose on me again in a couple of weeks. I basically gave them both a few pointers about what I wanted and to be honest, my hair was so different to anything that I ‘pinned’ but I thought that these ladies are the experts, let them do what they do best and it was the right decision – I was so pleased with the results but I still looked like me!
We have the final bits of prep to do and then we’ll be married. I’ve so enjoyed being able to talk about our wedding on Boho and think it’ll be something that I can look back on when I want a good old reminisce. I’ve enjoyed every step of wedding planning and up-to-now, I’ve been pretty chilled out which I think that both Chris and I thought would never happen! Though it helps to have family and friends who have no doubt been bored to tears with all the wedding talk over the past 16 months. It’s been great reading about the other brides and their plans, it never fails to amaze me how people envisage and plan what is essentially the same thing and perhaps even more amazing is that each wedding, even if it isn’t your bag, is a fabulous experience; the happiness of everyone involved just makes it so special. So that’s it; here’s to becoming Mrs Howarth