Welcome along to another edition of Boho Pins, where I delve into my pinterest board collection and choose one to share with you. If you’re planning a wedding then pinterest is the perfect visual planning tool. Fantastic for putting ideas together and keeping all your ideas organised! You can find me here www.pinterest.com/bohowedandlife and I update my boards on a daily basis!
As it is Easter Sunday tomorrow I had to put an Easter board together for you to wish you all a very Happy Easter. This board is looking at a whole host of wonderful DIY Easter tutorials that are around the internet at the moment. From decorating eggs to making cup cakes, fabric bunnies to paper bunnies, the choice is endless and there are so many ways to get the children involved, or to create something a bit more sophisticated for a dinner party or family gathering.You can see my full Easter pinterest board HERE.
Source: Bunny Place card / Wobbly eye eggs / Glitter Eggs / Bunny with paper ears / Hand decorated eggs / Neon eggs / Gold marble effect eggs / Have a very happy Easter / Mini eggs in a bottle / Easter display / Bunny Easter card / Bunny pouches / Metallic eggs (Photo: Radostina)
You can see past Pin Boards HERE
Happy Friday to you all and it’s an even more special Friday as it’s a bank holiday! Yay! as we speak I am in the car on my way to Cornwall to spend the bank holiday with my mum, step dad and of course Nik. What about you? It may be bank holiday but we still have time for a Diary of a Boho Bride catch up and this time it is the turn of Louise. With 4 months to go before the big day the list of things to do is getting bigger and the emotions are mixed. However Louise is a planner, so it seems that all is in hand. Today she will be giving us an update on how everything is going, and offers some sound advice on the legalities and also insurance!
I’ll pass the Blog over to Louise………
So, with just under 4 months to the wedding it’s safe to say that the mood is ranging from excited/stressed/nervous/excited in the Loughlin/Howarth household! I thought I’d give you all a brief update on where we’re at with the planning and whether we’re all on track or not!
We gave our formal notice of intent to marry this week and yeah, this is what it’s all about; it’s formally dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s but it’s safe to say that I think it’s just now that the enormity ( and excitement) of what we’ll be doing in a few months has hit us – funny what a half hour appointment can do! I would say to all couples planning a wedding ; get your preferred date in as soon as possible. We provisionally booked our date in May last year and we were we only given the choice of 3 suggested times for our chosen date – luckily one of them suited us but I think if, like us, you’re getting married in the midst of ‘wedding season’ and you want a particular time – get it booked in as far ahead as you can. It does cost to provisionally book – it was £24 for us and we then had to pay £70 to give notice plus the registrar’s fees and our wedding certificates; all in all, it cost us about £400 to get married in an approved venue so please don’t forget to budget for this in your plans!
Invitations and Wedding List
All of our formal invitations have now been sent and RSVPs have been coming in; it’s so nice to see friends and family who seem as excited as us about the wedding! We sent Save the Dates out last August. I would really recommend this particularly if you have guests from overseas to make the journey to celebrate your day or even if, like us ( well, me mainly) you prefer to be organised and get things in the diary. I know that I have friends who have children and plan holidays in advance, so for me, it’s best to get the date in people’s heads so that they don’t double book themselves. We are very lucky that we were able to ask, Andy of AisforAnything to design our Save the Dates and Invites. He did a lovely job on them and they’re just how I imagined when we told him what we wanted. We ordered prints of the invites via printed.com and they did a great job – very reasonably priced and came within a few days; we’ve had loads of compliments about the invitations and we’re so happy with them – we’re very lucky to such talented friends – Chris and I wouldn’t get far on our own!
Today we are back with Lisa and Alex from 2 people 1 life for wedding number 48. Last time Lisa and Alex were in Lisbon in Portugal today we find them in Spain for this traditional Spanish wedding that actually takes place in a bull ring. Now I have to admit I am totally against bull fighting as it seems are Lisa and Alex, however they decided to go with the day and honour the traditions that were put in-front of them. Unfortunately Lisa was only sent a small selection of the photos and is still waiting for the full set to be delivered. I did contemplate not featuring this wedding but I really want to share with you their compete journey and keep to the right order if possible.
(In case you have missed it 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.)
I’ll pass the Blog over to Lisa………
The day of our 48th wedding was full of mystery for me, like most of the time. Alex and Alejandro had worked together to create a truly traditional Spanish wedding. We had a very relaxed morning as the wedding did not start until late afternoon. Feeling more physically prepared than ever we met with Alejandro, Susana and the team at the very famous ‘Plaza de Toro Valencia’…yes, that IS a bull ring.
The Plaza del Torro was built in 1851 and has held meetings with torero’s (more commonly known to us as Matadors) and bulls at least once a week for the last 150 years. The controversial ‘sport’ is still popular today with the Plaza de Toro holding over 100 shows a year. The Spanish in favour of Bull fighting claim that it is a fine art as there are no competitive elements involved in the spectacle and Portugal have now made it illegal to kill the bull inside the ring and often they live to be put to pasture. The Spanish not in favour of the fighting define it as a blood sport and call for the spectacle that has been referenced in literature since BC and has been tradition since the 19th century to be banned completely.
The bull ring was the perfect cultural location for for our 48th wedding and as much as we are not supporters of bull fighting we do believe that such a historical building can be put to so many wonderful uses. Susana handed me over to Nuria, told Alex to change and off they went, Alex, Alejandro, Susana and Cristina (Ale’s wife) to go take pictures while I got ready.
After what seemed like a decade they came back laughing, Alex said he didn’t know what his faces were and needed me to help him. Susana had been asking him for his angry face and he couldn’t do anything but laugh! I got changed and we went back to the amazing spots around the bull ring to take more pictures, we were waiting for just the right light for the wedding…and also for the TV crew to arrive. (more…)
This afternoon I have a gorgeous styled shoot for you, courtesy of Chrissie from Hat Therapy and Shelly from Toast of Leeds. The shoot isn’t necessarily a bridal shoot, more of a fashion shoot but I lov the overall feeling of it. Shellys’ photography style realy lends itself perfectly to the 1940s era that is represented though the photos and I think she captures the ambience perfectly. The shoot took place in March at Hebden Bridge in West Yorks and it shows off Chrissie’s hat masterpieces to perfection!
‘It was our take on the 40′s movie and the local back drops provided the perfect scenery, including the local bike shop workroom. A northern mill town love story.’
Chrissie says ‘I try to do a couple of styled shoots a year if I can to show a different side of my work so a bike themed shoot seemed very apt. The inspiration came from the movie ‘A boy a girl and a bike’ made in 1949 around Huddersfield starring Honor Blackman and Diana Dors plus the The Tour De France will be passing through Hebden in the Summer and the whole town seems to be buzzing with cycling news.’ (more…)
Wow the week is whizzing by again! It’s a bank holiday tomorrow, how did that happen so quickly? Anyway before we all break up for hopefully a lovely Easter break, lets take a look at this beautiful pastel wedding that has been sent into me by Jasmine Jade Photography. The couple Anna and Glenn, chose a gorgeous pastel theme that gave them lots of creative freedom. They used cakes, beach huts and bunting within their decoration, while Anna really went to town on all her homemade projects. Glenn put the grooms outfits together himself sourcing accessories from ebay and really thinking outside the box. A lovely summer wedding that is super pretty and colourful.
The best bit was being able to share the most important day of our lives with all of our favourite people. There was such a lovely atmosphere and people were having fun, which was our main priority.
Anna and Glenn shared their wedding vows in front of 80 guests, during their ceremony at East Mersea Hall in Essex on 10th August. “We chose the venue because Anna grew up on the Island and East Mersea Hall has a really intimate feel about it with beautiful surroundings. The owner, Sarah is a star and we knew that she would ensure that our day was perfect. This was the only venue that we visited! We were engaged for just under two years before we tied the knot, which was just about right as it gave us some breathing space to create the wedding we had in our heads.”
Today it’s time for a bit of a discussion on the Blog. I have enlisted the help of the wonderful Dom and Matt from Bride vs Groom. Dom and Matt are married to each other and also work together in the wedding industry. This makes Dom and Matt the ideal people to discuss all things weddings and today we are looking at the tradition of the speeches.
These days the timing of the speeches and where they will be placed in the running order is a big factor of the day. The main question used to be if the speeches were going to be before or after the meal. Putting them before meant that the people giving the speeches were able to carry them out and then relax and enjoy the wedding breakfast, have a drink and really get into the proceedings of the wedding. Where as having them after (the more traditional approach) rounded off the meal and gave the guests something to look forward to.
However now there is a new option, having the speeches split up in between courses. Personally from a logistical point of view and with my experience as a wedding planner this can often be a nightmare. Getting the food out all at the same time for around 100 people can often be a catering headache, throw in a speech in-between each course and it really can thow the kitchen in to disarray! It only takes one speeker to go on longer than expected (and beleive me this happens A LOT) and the whole meal can be ruined! Also this is often the only time that some of the wedding suppliers there for the whole day, like photographers, planners and videographers get to have a break and a sit down. If the speeches are split up then this isn’t going to be possible. Belive me working a 12 hour day at a wedding is hard work and we really need that hour sit down when the wedding breakfast is going on to take a break and re group.
So that’s my point fo view, but I know not everyone will feel the same!
I’ll pass the Blog over to Dom and Matt…………….
In the Red Corner, fighting to keep the speeches all together in one go, it’s Dom The Bride.
In the Blue Corner, fighting for speeches between course it’s Matt ‘The Groom’
Let The battle commence
Dom: As Kelly said For the caterers it’s difficult enough to get the timings right for the food when all the speeches are before the meal, let alone when people are talking for an indeterminate amount of time between serving each course, you could easily end up with some very cold courses!
Matt: yes but for the guests it can be great as you get bite-size entertainment between the courses and can actually encourage the speakers to be much tighter on their timings knowing that the next course is on its way.
Dom: But the guests generally get themselves into the right mood for speeches and having them interrupted with meals in between means they have to get into the mood several times rather than the speeches just flowing nicely into one another and drawing everyone in. (more…)