The Best From Boho 2012……….A year in Review (Plus a Personal Post)

Welcome along to 2013 and what I’m hoping will be another great year for the Blog. I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and new year break, sorry I have been a bit quite, but like most of you I decided to take a few days off over the Christmas break to relax, and re charge my blogging batteries, and I can tell you it did me the world of good! I am now ready for a brand new year of Blogging and I have a whole load of exciting projects I am currently working on that I will be able to share with you over the next few months!
To ease us into the new year gently I thought I would start with a bit of reflection, a look back at 2012 and a few highlights from the blog.

It has been a great year for Boho Weddings, both with the Blog and the wedding planning side of things. The Blog has gone from strength to strength, gaining more regular readers. The blog is now becoming much more  of a community  where brides (and grooms) can come and share their wedding planning stories, seek advice, new ideas, search for the best wedding suppliers and generally be inspired to create a wedding that is fun and personal to them.
2012 has seen more DIY Posts as I introduced weekly DIY tutorials, more real brides as I introduced 5 new Boho Brides to the Blog. I also welcomed new regular guest  writers who have been offering up advice in their specialist wedding areas.

After the 2012 readers survey I set about making the biggest changes the blog has seen in it’s 3 year life and decided to go for a complete blog overhaul, changing the design, colour, size, layout, functionality and also the content. I have to say the whole process proved challenging BUT I do hope that you agree it was all worth it in the end! I LOVE the new Blog and I will be adding a couple more changes over the next few weeks, with a new addition in the layout as well the launch of the new mobile site.

As for the wedding planning, 2012 saw me work with some amazing couples. I truly am blessed to have had so many amazing weddings to work on and I’d like to thank each and everyone of my wonderful couples for being so fantastic. 2013 sees more lovely couples and I can’t wait to get started on their wedding planning adventure, lots of exciting things planned fro these lucky couples!

Personally 2012 threw up it’s challenges! I seem to have managed to get a bit more work life balance, not a huge amount but I did managed to cut down on my working hours and add a bit more structure into my working day/evening.  No more 2am finishes! giving myself allotted working hours seems to have worked, now I just need to get my finish time of 10pm down to 8pm every night! I guess there is still a long way to go!
This time last year I wrote about my main focus which was to be blessed with a child, unfortunately the baby making journey has not been an easy one and after 3 years of trying and a whole host of tests and hospital visits it looks like the chances of having my own baby are near impossible! This of course had effects on myself and on Nik, sometimes good and sometimes bad! I’m hoping that 2013 may brings a few answers, but I also know I have some tough decisions to make!


So Today I thought I would share with you a few of my personal favourite weddings that I have featured in 2012, along with a few of the most viewed posts……….Enjoy!



My Top 10 weddings of the year (in no order)

OK so it may be wrong of me to have favourites, but it’s hard not to! sometimes I feature weddings that I absolutely love, that I can’t get out of my head, so here are 10 of those weddings. I haven’t put them in order that would be to hard. Do let me know if one of these is your favourite.


Alex and Andrew’s ‘Darling Buds of May meets Antiques Roadshow’ Tipi Wedding by Toast of Leeds

Tipi Wedding

Jenny and Ben’s beautiful Grecian pool side wedding by James Melia

Crete Wedding

Abbie and Dalen’s Apple Orchard Bohemian Wedding by Shannon May

Apple Orchard Bohemian Wedding by Shannon May

James and Jade’s Magical Woodland Wedding by Mark Tierney

Woodland Wedding

Amanda and Jonathan’s Rustic Outdoor Tennessee Wedding Complete with Alpacas

Tennessee wedding

Lisa & Tom’s Rainbow, Humanist, Cow Shed Wedding by Brighton Photo

Cow Shed Wedding

Amy & Tristan’s Homemade Picnic Style Wedding in Sunny Australia

Melbourne wedding

Lucy and Murray’s Magical Malta Wedding ‘Our Love, Our Wedding, Our Way!’ by S6 Photography

Malta Wedding

Katie and Mark’s Modern Manchester Wedding With a Hint of Mad Men and a Jenny Packham Dress by Jonny Draper

Manchester Wedding at the Lowry Hotel

Janine and Ryan’s Back Garden Wedding And Fun Fair Reception by Tracy Moore

Fun Fair Reception



Top 10 most viewed weddings of the year (in order)

These are the top 10 weddings that you have viewed the most, over the space of the year, these 10 weddings have been viewed thousands upon thousands of times!


1) What happens when a Photographer gets married? – This!……Helen and Dominic’s Pink and Yellow Ibiza wedding  (By Christian Ward photography)

2) A Sunny Spanish Wedding with an Alexandra McQueen Suit, Gucci Shoes the Overtones and Lots of Gorgeous Donkeys  ( by RAW Wedding Photography )

3) Becky and Tom’s English country farm wedding, with hay bales, cider and sunshine. (By Craig and Kate )

farm wedding

4) A Claire Pettibone dress for an intimate, relaxed, Yorkshire barn wedding. (by Brooke Parker Photography)

5) Boho Planned Weddings: Maddy and Chris and Their Beautiful Garden Wedding (By Christian Ward photography)

6) Boho Planned Weddings: ‘It’s a Family Affair’ Johanna & Paul’s Botanical Gardens Wedding by Nicola Thompson

sheffield botanical gardens wedding

7) Claire and Jims 1950s American Gangster Themed Wedding by Assassynation


8) A Cornish cliff top wedding for a stunning 1930s vintage bride (By Paul J Andrews Photography)

Cornish wedding

9) Emma and Peter’s Fun and Relaxed Village Hall Wedding with a Charlotte Casadejus Dress and Lots of Lanterns (By Helen Lisk.)

10) James and Jenny’s Rustic Fete Wedding With Lots of Personal Touches (By Devlin Photos)

Lisa Devlin


Top 5 most viewed DIY Tutorials

2012 was the year for the DIY Tutorial, as I started to feature one a week. I have many regular contributors to these DIY Tutorials, so if you would like to pin the team do get in contact!


1) DIY Tutorial: 1000 paper cranes backdrop by Boho Bride Laura

DIY paper cranes backdrop


2) DIY Tutorial: Paper Pinwheels by Adore By Chloe


3) DIY Tutorial: Paper Heart Garlands

paper heart garlands


4) DIY Tutorial: Gypsophila Bouquet and Buttonhole

Gypsophila Bouquet


5) My Birthday Bash (Part 2 – The DIY and Details) PLUS a Free Download

DIY Photo Booth


Top 5 most viewed Miscellaneous

Along with real weddings and DIY Tutorials the blog covers every area of planning a wedding, here are the top 5 most viewed posts of everything else.


1) Bridal Style: Wedding Hair – Key Wedding Trends For 2012 (Part 1)

2012 wedding hair trends

2) Bridal Style: Wedding Hair – Key Wedding Trends For 2012 (Part 2)

3) Wedding Wednesday Discussions: Wedding Readings – What will you Choose?

Claire Penn

4) Bridal Style: 50s Style Wedding Dresses

50s Wedding Dress

 5) Bridal Style: How To Turn a Day Makeup Look Into a Night Time Look

make up lesson


Best of  my 365 Happiness Project

In 2012 I started my 365 Happiness project, which basically came about from an idea I had to help me spread some positivity through each day of 2012. It proved to be a very interesting exercise as it made me look for more positives out of life than I normally would do.  I have to admit some days it was hard, as naturally not every day of the week is a good day! BUT it really made me think about my life and what I was thankful for.
There was one star of the show though and that was Dee, my beautiful cat. If you followed the Happiness project, you will know all about Dee, you will know I love her more than anything! She has been with me now for 15 years and she really is like  best friend/child to me! so the best of the Happiness project, has to be all about Dee!

Best of 2012 Best of 2012


So there you have the year of 2012………..It really was a great year for the Blog! I’d love to know what your highlight was! 2013 will bring many new opportunities! I really can’t wait to get stuck in!


Big Boho Love

Kelly xx




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    I LOVE the Dee montage at the end! She’s lovely, she reminds me of my cat Sophie.

    Good look with the baby making :-) So brave of you to talk about it publicly like this.

    Happy new year!

    Christian Ward

    Thanks for putting this together, Kelly- great to see our work on there! On another note, I think Dee could be the most-photographed cat in the world.


      LOL I agree Christian. I am learning a bit of photography at the moment, which means she is getting photographed even more!

      Looking forward to featuring more of your work in 2013 xxxx


    Wow! When you see a snapshot of an entire year like that it really does show that there are some seriously gorgeous, creative and hugely talented people out there, including you because your blog, your wedding planning and your achievements are absolutely wonderful Kelly.
    Got everything crossed for you in trying for a baby, sending all my love and best wishes to you both xxx
    What an amazing 2012 but here’s to an even bigger and better 2013!

    Nicola Thompson

    Lovely to be included in your fab year kelly – here’s to an even better one this year, hope everything works out for you hun xxx

    Kenny Lanceley

    Great round-up of the last 12 months, and even nicer to see that our work made it onto the most viewed list.

    Wishing everyone loads of awesomeness for 2013!

    Kenny + Helen xx


    Have loved keeping up with your posts over the past year and a bit. Wishing you all the best in your personal journey knowing how tough it is xx


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