Diary of a Boho Bride – Kirsten and Chris. Entry 2 – Humanism and Venues


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A while ago now we introduced you to our new Boho Brides and we are already getting to know them inside and out. This week it’s Kirsten and Chris’ turn and last time they talked about wants and needs and avoiding the common trap of becoming what you think a bride should be. Today the couple talk about humanist ceremonies and their search for the perfect venue.

Chris Burns & Kirsten McMillan

I’ll hand you over to Kirsten…

“There are too many buildings, in too many countries.”

Picking a wedding venue is easy for some. For us, it was pretty damn tricky. We have family in the central belt of Scotland, Yorkshire, the Midlands, the Cotswolds and the south coast of England. We have friends that stretch the whole country and others that live in America, Canada, Australia, Indonesia and Ireland. Consequently, there really wasn’t an obvious choice. We considered a middle-ground (Lake District), a random-ground (Ireland), a busy-ground (London), a middle-of-nowhere-ground (Isle of Arran) and *many* others in order to suit various family members. In the end, our choice was made for us.

In the UK, religious couples may choose to be married by a civil registrar or by a representative of their religion. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, non-religious people have only one option: the civil registrar. Without doing so, their wedding is not a legal marriage. Consequently, many couples in these areas often chose to have a personalised humanist wedding ceremony, after they visit with the civil registrar.

Scotland is one of the few countries where humanist marriage ceremonies are fully legal and recognised throughout the world. The others are Australia, Canada, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and certain states of the USA. In Scotland the proportion of humanist marriages has grown rapidly since their legal recognition, overtaking Roman Catholic marriages. Despite its popularity, many people do not know what humanism is, and what it means to be married by a humanist celebrant.

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2 people 1 Life: Wedding 53 – Big Fat Hungarian Wedding

Today we are back with Lisa and Alex from 2 people 1 life for wedding number 53′s Big Fat Hungarian Wedding. Last time Lisa and Alex were married in Buda Castle complete with pale pink colour themes and romantic violin serenades. This Hungarian wedding features a national hero, an amazing story of a child’s strength and her mothers love and a Hungarian legend who rides 10 horses at the same time…. standing!

(In case you have missed the whole story, Lisa and Alex have spent the last two years travelling round the world getting married in every country they visit, you can read more about their adventures HERE.)

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Another day another wedding…but this one with a difference. Hungarian weddings had planned our traditional Hungarian wedding with not just Alex and I in mind. When Timea started to make arrangements she realised how many people had shown an interest in coming along to our traditional wedding to help us celebrate our marriage for the 53rd time. Hungarian weddings are also proud sponsors of local charities and families and Timea saw our celebration as a way to help others in Hungary that are less fortunate than ourselves by raising awareness and some small donations.

Timea read Vivien’s story and made an instant decision to help.Vivien is a normal 5 year old girl, she loves to play, chat and spend time in pre-school but she has also had lots of other things to contend with in her short life so far. Over 54 courses of radiotherapy, more than a dozen operations and countless chemotherapy sessions have kept Vivien with us over the last few years since she was diagnosed with Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. When Vivien’s family were told that nothing could be done to help Vivien any more they made a huge decision to seek treatment elsewhere and found themselves in Vietnam where Vivien, with the help and fundraising and donations like this one, underwent an operation which has made significant improvement to her health.




Karolina & Dawid’s Rustic Candlelit Beach Wedding. By Red Sheep Cinema

Oh my! This is truly the most delicious wedding, sent into us by Red Sheep. A remote island, the closest of family and friends, candlelight and miles of unspoiled views. Karolina and Dawid are keen travellers and as soon as they landed on the island of El Nido in the Phillipines, during one of their adventures, they just knew it was THE place to celebrate their marriage to each other. You can’t help but be transported to the island when you read this, so I recommend a large, summery, fruity cocktail and flip flops when you take a break to enjoy today’s wedding.

“It was the most magical day followed by an unforgettable island hopping expedition (TaoPhillipines) filled with the sounds of waves, beautiful sunsets, unspoiled views, great fun and laughter with our friends. Having travelled the world together, we felt than getting married in such a remote and undiscovered location would be the perfect reflection of our lifestyle and relationship. And so it was – looking back, we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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Karolina and Dawid were married in front of just 25 guests, on the 25th March last year at the Q Palawan Resort, El Nido in the Philippines. “Since the engagement, we were planning a big wedding in Poland within the next two years and slowly started to look into the venues and arrangements. Meanwhile, we had a survival – style Palawan Island Expedition planned with Tao Philippines in 3 months where we were going to be joined by a 20 people strong group of our closest friends from UK, Poland, South Africa and even Japan. I would be lying if I said it didn’t cross my mind, to combine it with our wedding but it was just a crazy thought at that time. In January, we went to visit the island of El Nido where the boat trip was going to depart from a couple of months later. Stepping off the 16 seater plane we travelled on, it took us one look at the surroundings and another look at each other to immediately realise THIS WAS THE PLACE. As we didn’t really get the appeal of the few luxury resorts located on the island and the price tag that came with them, after some research, we managed to find an alternative in a little kite-surfing resort on the other side of El Nido consisting of 6 beach cottages. It was not even completely built when we first saw it and it became obvious, that located not only on a remote island but also an hour drive from the closest village, we will face many challenges with the wedding… At the same time we knew have a chance to organize something truly unforgettable and magical. We decided to take the risk.”

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An Intimate Cherry Orchard Wedding in France – A Styled Shoot

Today’s inspiration post comes in the form of a beautiful styled shoot, sent to us by Ambre Peyrotty at Zephyr & Luna. Set in the stunning cherry orchards near Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne in France, the team had a very small window of opportunity to get in and get the perfect shots. I think the team have created something truly lovely. This shoot is full of rustic, vintage charm and loads and loads of fun. Over to Ambre to tell us more…

‘The main feeling had to be boho, rustic, chic and vintage at the same time, and it was our biggest challenge! We wanted it to be as relaxed and intimate as possible.’

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“We found each other’s point of views were very alike so we had this whole project blooming in our heads. We had to be quick: we decided on the theme in March, and it had to be ready at the beginning of April since the cherry trees were blooming during the first week of April approximately. Everyone did his job by finding the one thing that will make this shoot special, and it was even more motivating to see the photoshoot come alive! (more…)



Frances & Iain’s English Garden Tipi Wedding. By Pam Hordon

When today’s fiance Iain proposed to his lovely girl Frances, amongst the flora and fauna of the Cambridge Botanical Gardens, it was then only fitting to continue the English country garden theme and hold their wedding in the beautiful gardens of his family home. So it gives me great pleasure to share this wedding with you today. With photography by Pam Hordon, an abundance of homemade, personal touches created by the bride and her mum and all set in a stunning English country garden.

‘It was an English country garden wedding, intended to have lots personal touches. The bride (me) and mother of the bride made all of the stationery and table decorations; Iain’s parents tended to the stunning gardens. It was a real family affair.’

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Frances and Iain were married on 21st June 2014 with their ceremony at All Saints’ Church in Rothbury, Northumberland – the Camerons’ local church and the reception in Iain’s parents’ garden in Rothbury. “Iain’s parents have a fantastic garden with a stunning long drive. We thought it set the scene for an English country garden style of wedding perfectly.”

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Boho Loves: The Hanging Lantern Company


The Hanging Lantern Company

Choosing your wedding decoration is a really fun aspect of your wedding day, deciding on a theme and colour ideas can really make a wedding your own. However sometimes turning your design ideas into reality isn’t always as easy at it seems. Today I would like to introduce you to a company who can turn your wedding vision into real life wedding design and take all the hard work away for you. The Hanging Lantern Company offer not only a HUGE selection of indoor and outdoor paper lanterns but a wonderful array of hanging decorations; paper pom poms, parasols and fans, snowflakes, as well as chinese lanterns and star lanterns. I am seeing so many weddings with paper lanterns and paper pom poms at the moment, and often brides ask me where to get them from and how they can hang them, well the hanging lantern company are the solution to your problem. Not only do they sell over 700 styles of paper lanterns as well as having a bespoke creative studio to create almost anything, they have a designated customer service and experienced wedding team on hand to help design your wedding and help with any questions you may have.

Today I have invited Aimee Payne from the company to the blog to ask a few questions.

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‘We’re a specialist team of wedding style advisors and one of the leading suppliers of paper lanterns, LED wireless lighting and other wedding décor. With over 700 styles of paper lanterns and an in-house creative studio which uses the latest laser cutting technologies, we can design completely bespoke and personalised indoor and outdoor décor for weddings.’

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When did you start?
Since our beginnings from a home office in 2010, we have grown to a company requiring 9,000sqft offices across three large industrial units. We are now one of the leading distributors of paper lanterns, LED wireless lighting and other wedding décor.

Where are you based and what sort of geographical area do you cover?
We have a showroom and studio in Uckfield, East Sussex and an office in London. We cover the whole of the UK and Europe. Our showroom and studio is open during the week should couples wish to pop in for a coffee to discuss their requirements. Or, appointments can be made with one of our stylists.

How would you describe your style?
I’m a very organised, regimented person so I like lantern colours to match flowers and bridesmaids dresses. My designs tend to feature symmetry and patterns with neutral bases and the odd pop of colour. Natalie, our newest member of the team, likes more random scatterings of lanterns across a venue ceiling and particularly enjoys the challenges of finding new looks for quirky, unique venues. (more…)