19

Jun

2015

Diary of a Boho Bride: Fay & Graeme (Entry 1) Fantastic Advice on Finding the Dress

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Good Afternoon! How are you all? The weeks just seem to be flying by now and the wedding season is in full flow! Today we are back with our weekly dose of Diary of a Boho Bride and I am very happy to bring Fay and Graeme to the blog. This is Fay’s first entry to the blog and it’s FULL of great information about dress searching, honestly you need to read this if you are about to start looking for your dream dress. If you want to hear all about Faye and Greame’s wedding plans you can find them HERE 

Fay and Graeme

I’ll pass you over to Fay…..

Hello all!

It has been almost six months since we got engaged and I cannot believe how quickly it has passed. We are both feeling a little bit smug about how organised we have been so far with most of the big things booked including the venue and caterer. I imagine our wedding planning will start to calm down for the rest of the year – we’re lucky to be part of a number of friends’ weddings this summer which has shifted our focus. I am in the process of planning a festival hen-do for one of my best friends and we are Tuscany-bound for a friend’s wedding in July (we can’t wait)! All of these are great for wedding inspiration.

With just over a year until the big day, there is really only one thing that I am thinking about… the dress! I am a clothes fiend and did the typical ‘newly engaged girl’ thing and bought a stack of wedding magazines within days of having the ring on my finger. However, rather than being filled with delight at the thought of getting to choose what will probably the best dress I ever wear, I started to panic. It seemed like the magazines had endless pages of meringues and strapless ball gowns, which I’m sure look great on a lot of people, but they’re just not very ‘me’.

After the initial panic I decided to do some research and look at what kind of wedding dress shops there are in Manchester. I thought it made sense to stay local for future fittings and I was relieved to discover the range of different shops that exist nearby. There is an amazing mix of shops from the most traditional to the truly unique.

Finding the dress

Image Source – Kate Halfpenny

I have been lucky enough to visit Jean Jackson Couture’s  Northern Quarter studio on two occasions. This boutique has the most amazing array of dresses with accessories to die for (see picture of Incredible Native American Headdress). I felt like I was 5 years old and playing dress-up again! They are also the only UK stockists of the Australian designer Anna Campbell whose dresses are truly beautiful (seriously, get on Pinterest and gawp at them). There is one particular Jean Jackson dress that I have fallen in love with, although I’m currently torn between this and another dress at the White Closet in Didsbury (who have also been fantastic and have a great selection of Boho style dresses).

Finding the dress

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19

Jun

2015

Thomas and Christina’s Bohemian Beach Wedding in Mexico. By Quetzal Photo

Today’s a very special day for me as it is my little man’s first Birthday. It’s been a wonderful year having Dexter with me at my side and he really has grown into a right personality. The quiet, contented, peaceful little baby we had a few months ago has now grown into a boisterous, confident, very loud little boy. He is full of energy and full of love and always has a smile on his face. I really have been blessed.

Anyway enough of all that as I have a fabulous wedding to share with you all today. An absolutely gorgeous bohemian inspired beach wedding in beautiful Mexico. Christina and Thomas were married on 1st November 2014 at the Playa Mambo Hotel. The photos from beginning to end are stunning, Christina the bride is a real beauty and I just love her style, the simple boho dress is gorgeous. With a Mayan Ceremony, a gorgeous backdrop and dancing under the stars, what more could you wish for on a Friday morning? Big thanks to Chesira Pizzini from Quetzal Photo for the photos. Happy Friday everyone!

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18

Jun

2015

Gypsy Lux Wedding Inspiration From Masha’S Photography

Todays styled shoot is an absolute beauty, a gypsy luxe themed wedding shoot set in a beautiful California winery. The thing that struck me when these gorgeous images first landed in my in box was the beautiful rich colours, the opulent styling and the beautiful jewel tones, which all go together to create  a wonderful collection of wedding ideas.  I’m a big lover of colour, so I just love all the fabulous details in this shoot and I just know you are gong to aswell. Big thanks to Masha Skolburg from Masha’S Photography for this beautiful submission.

‘A splash of bold, a flashback from times of old. Rich jewel tones for a in a gypsy luxe bride’

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18

Jun

2015

Misty and Ashley’s Vintage Themed Backyard Wedding. By Benni Carol Photography.

Todays wedding comes with quite a back story. Our couple Misty and Ashley met, fell in love and were engaged within a matter of months, however after their first baby and then triplets 8 months after wedding plans were soon put on hold. Fast forward 4 years and here we are today sharing their gorgeous wedding photos. The stunning couple decided to make the wedding day completely personal to them and held the reception in the own back garden. With vintage themed decoration and lots of DIY details this wedding is brimming with personality. I am just loving the bridesmaids playsuts and Misty’s change of outfit for the latter part of the reception, super beautiful and super stylish. Thanks to Benni Carol Photography for the images.

‘We Couldn’t think of anywhere more perfect than our own back garden to hold our reception. Filled with vintage decor and all the people we love’

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Misty and Ashley’s wedding took place on the 6th of September 2014 at Hitchin Priory – Hitchin – and the reception took place in their Georgian house in Baldock, Hertfordshire.  ‘We have been together for nearly 5 years and it’s been a complete whirlwind of a time. We were engaged after 2 months and had planned to get married in 2011 but life threw us a curveball when we fell pregnant very quickly and then a few weeks after our gorgeous Hendrix was born we were pregnant again with triplets, Solace, Senna and River, who arrived 8 months after Henny. As you can imagine, all other life was put on hold as was the wedding’

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17

Jun

2015

Advice From the Married Side – Real Brides Advice From Their Wedding Day

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This afternoon it’s time again to dish out a healthy dose of wedding planning advice in our monthly ‘Advice from the Married Side’ feature. I have so many amazing real weddings on the blog and for each one I feature I ask the couple a number of questions, one of these questions being advice for other couples. Sometimes the answers get lost amongst the pretty pictures, so each month I bring you a selection of these brides (and grooms) words of wisdom! I hope there will be something amongst these experiences that help you while planning your own wedding……….Happy Planning!

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Photo by  Cotton Candy – Full wedding HERE

Getting Organised

  • Having a theme throughout the wedding from the very beginning when you send out Save the Dates is really worth the time. A theme really gives everything more affect and meaning.
  • Learn to delegate and use people for their skills, towards the end I started to feel slightly over-whelmed by doing everything myself and couldn’t have done it without support from everyone that chipped in to help.
  • Make a spreadsheet of costs! And don’t decide on everything right at the start unless you’ve thought hard about it, things pop up you wouldn’t have thought about and lots of sitting down and brainstorming or just general chatting it through with each other will lessen this and save a bit of stress later on when you have no budget left.
  • Keep it real and don’t get too carried away with the spending. You’ll be amazed at what you can do yourselves and it’s quite good fun too!
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