Diary of a Boho Bride – Louise & Chris, Final Entry: Trials and Tribulations


diary of a boho bride

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.

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Over to Louise for the final time…

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!





Catherine & Chris’ Travel Inspired Cotswold Wedding. By Natasha Cadman

The Cotswolds is such a beautiful place and where better to end the week than Moreton-in-Marsh for the wedding of Catherine and Chris. With photography by Natasha Cadman, who truly captures the beautiful scenery and obvious joy of the happy couple, Catherine and Chris’ wedding is full to the brim with decoration and personal touches inspired by their travels around the world. My personal favourite is the cake in the shape of a vintage suitcase! If you’re thinking of a geographical theme for your wedding day, then read right the way to the end of this post for lots and lots of great ideas.

‘A beautiful spring wedding in a stunning Cotswold setting where best friends tied the knot surrounded by happy friends and family.’

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Catherine and Chris were married on 12th April at the Manor House Hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh, Cotswolds. “We live in Reading, Catherine comes from Norfolk and Chris from Northern Ireland and we have friends all over the place. So we decided to get married close to the most important guests: Catherine’s fabulous grandparents. We had 80 guests in the day time and a further 20 in the evening. We got engaged in September 2012 and booked the venue in December that year giving us around a year and a half to plan.”

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Jade & Peter-Neil’s Multicultural Floating Wedding. By 1Chapter Photography

With the truly multicultural mix of family and friends that celebrated with our real wedding bride and groom today, together with the travel theme and the floating reception, this is the real meaning of the phrase, the world and his wife coming to your wedding. What I love about today’s post, sent to us by 1Chapter Photography, is that it’s the perfect mix of closeness and intimacy and big full-on fun. Jade and Peter-Neil’s actual wedding was a very small affair with just two guests, followed by a gathering of nearest and dearest in a rather unconventional but delightful floating wedding reception.

‘A very intimate affair attended by our closest and dearest, it was so unpretentious, rather unconventional and real that after the jittery first hour, Peter-Neil and I were just enjoying ourselves in what was like a somewhat hippie celebration.’

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Jade and Peter-Neil were married on the 8th January at Camden Town hall, with their reception on 1st March on The Prince Regent Floating Boater followed by Wedding Breakfast at The Summerhouse in Little Venice, London. “Our ceremony was a very small affair with only our two witnesses as guests. So for the reception, having guests travel from Malaysia, Singapore, China, South Africa, The US, Portugal and France we wanted to make the event more of an experience. We had a few ideas but in the end we decided on a 2 hour canal cruise along Regents Canal would be an unusual “getting to know London” experience for many of our guests followed by lunch at The Summerhouse by the canal.”

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A Rustic Laidback Barn Wedding – A Styled Shoot

Today I have a beautiful styled shoot for you. A big thank you to Captured by Katrina for this lovely submission which took place at the end of January – you could be mistaken for thinking it was much warmer weather! The venue is the gorgeous Moat House in Dorsington just outside Stratford-upon-Avon and it’s all thanks to the collaboration of some really quite clever and talented wedding suppliers. I love the earthy, rustic feel and the use of lots of mismatched props and antique pieces to create a very natural look. Passion for Flowers have a huge talent and it’s plain to see in this effortlessly beautiful shoot. Over to Katrina…

This shoot is a rustic, laid back barn wedding, using natural fibres, wild flowers and quirky styling for the bride and groom, to mirror the rustic theme.

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“I was really keen to do a styled shoot over the winter months and when I was put in touch with a brand new venue that was opening – The Moat House – the stunning barn they were renovating seemed the perfect place to do it. I started to get in touch with some local suppliers, all of whom had fantastic ideas and were fully on board with heaps of energy and creativity from the beginning. I love looking at styled shoots on blogs, but I was aware that they can sometimes be a little unachievable for the average bride, unless they have hundreds of hours to travel round antique shops and flea markets to achieve a similar look. I wanted to do a shoot that our couples could easily copy using suppliers and products that you can buy off the shelf and help them achieve a look that so many of them are desperate to achieve – a rustic theme – but sometimes struggle to do exactly as they had imagined.




Samantha & Simon’s Duck Egg Blue DIY Wedding. By Claire Penn Photography

Hello everyone, it’s Kelly here, how are you all? I’ve popped back to the blog today, as I have a very special wedding to share with you. It’s the wedding of Boho Bride Samantha, who has been writing for the Diary of a Boho Bride. She married her now lovely husband Simon in May and today I am delighted to be able to share the photos of this amazing wedding with you. It was lovely having Samantha write for the blog, she really embraced her role as a Boho bride, so I thought it only apt that I put together this wedding myself and give Bran the day off.

Samantha was lucky enough to have Claire Penn along to photograph her beautiful day and Claire, as ever, has done a wonderful job. She had a great subject matter though as both Samantha and Simon look absolutely stunning, and the wedding itself is gorgeous! If you kept up with Samantha’s diary entries you will know that she carried out a fair amount of DIY projects, all of which can be seen in these photos and the results are amazing. From her bouquet to the table decorations, the favours and all matters of decoration, she really went to town with all her personal projects. The venue is stunning and I’m so pleased that they didn’t let the rain stop their day. I’d like to wish them both a very happy marriage together, it was lovely having them on the blog and I’m over the moon to be able to share their wedding with you.

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‘The most stunningly perfect day that was more than we could ever have imagined. It was definitely the best day of our lives so far in the most gorgeous setting filled with so much love and happiness.’

Samantha and Simon were married on Saturday 10th May at Abbeywood Estate in Delamere. “We decided very early on that a hotel venue wasn’t for us, we wanted somewhere extra special with an outdoors feel to it. Originally we were considering getting married in Italy but we both worried that some members of our family wouldn’t be able to come if it meant travelling. After weighing up our options – and trying not to feel too sad about not having a gorgeous Italian wedding day! – we started to look nearer to home, which started off as a nightmare! Luckily, when we visited Abbeywood Estate for the first time – in the snow! – we just knew it was the place for us, it was perfect. And stunning! Heather, the wedding coordinator at Abbeywood, was so lovely and painted a stunning picture of what our day could look like. We went home so excited and happy so had to book it ASAP without looking anywhere else, it was just what we were looking for. We wanted to have the ceremony and reception at the same venue and Abbeywood is such a lovely setting to spend the day, everybody loved it. We had 42 daytime guests, we wanted to keep the ceremony small and intimate with only our family and a couple of close friends. In the evening we had about 100 altogether. Having such a small party for the day made it so relaxed and then we enjoyed the partying with all of our evening guests!”

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Boho Loves: Melanie’s Studio Designs – Stationery Design, Illustration and Event Design


Melanie’s Studio Designs

Today I am delighted to be able to introduce you to Melanie Thorn from Melanie’s Studio Designs, a stationer, illustrator and event stylist currently doing big things in the wedding industry. Melanie specialises in unique illustration and design lead stationery, which is pretty, stylish and contemporary. She also offers a bespoke service which sees her working closely with each couple to create a stationery suite, unique and individual to them.
Melanie has been kind enough to answer some questions for me today, so you can get to know her and her work much better.


‘Award winning stationery designer, specialising in unique illustration, design lead stationery and beautiful wedding styling solutions. Full collections of wedding stationery are available to order and a bespoke service is also on offer catering for the style conscious couple looking for something truly unique.
With a background in Fine Art and Design I offer originality, sensitivity and quality, creating a truly personalised service. I primarily cover the Cotswolds, Warwickshire and London. However, I welcome the opportunity to work with clients from anywhere in the UK, Europe and America.
I am committed to working closely with my clients to understand their requirements and ensure that they are delighted with my work.’

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What made you start your business?
I have always enjoyed setting personal goals and challenging myself. After studying at a high level in various art and design fields I have acquired an adaptable and varied skill set. It seemed like the next logical step to create my own creative business doing what I do best.
I love working closely with my clients and having a small business of my own means I get to personally give each and every customer a personalised service.

Where areyou based and what areas do you cover?
I am based in a pretty village on the edge of the North Cotswolds. I primarily cover the Cotswolds and its surrounding counties, but often work with clients from London and further afield, including recently working with couples based in Qatar and Italy.

How would you describe your style?
My latest collections I would describe as contemporary and pretty. I focus on incorporating hand drawn illustrations throughout my designs enhanced with pretty graphics, stylish colour palettes and creative typefaces.
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