I am in LOVE with the colour palette for this uplifting elopement shoot sent into us here at The Boho Bride Guide by Kera Parkinson, a wedding planner and event hire company that loves all things boho styling.
Kera worked with Shelley Hartley, a fellow wedding stylist to create the concept for this shoot and pulled together a fabulous team of independent small business wedding suppliers from across Cornwall that have a passion for creating bohemian inspired wedding days.
The inspiration for the day was taken from the forthcoming change in seasons as we journey closer to the Autumnal Equinox on 22nd September 2020 and to provide intimate wedding inspiration to couples on their wedding planning journey.
The groom looks sensational in his bespoke 3 piece made to measure suit from Zebel Bespoke in Exeter. Zebel Bespoke prides themselves on refining the bespoke tailoring experience for ‘grooms to be’, and offers packages to streamline the suit purchase selection. Their service only requires two appointments, the initial measurement and the second and final fitting to ensure you are happy with the feel of your garments. You then have a perfectly personalised suit to your exacting requirements to enjoy on your wedding day and beyond.
In total they have 3 vintage Bay Campervans, Bertie, Lottie and Rosie as well as a Clemintine Orange 1970's VW Beetle named Betsy, who can be hired as Wedding transport a glitter bar and photobooth. If you are looking for a little extra funsies and are also planning to serve drinks to your guests on arrival or throughout the evening, Lottie their vintage cream Camperbooth has all of the above plus a vintage mobile bar!
Co Owners dad and daughter team, Naomi and Andrew have run Vintage Camperbooths together for the past 7 years. Naomi has a background in events management and dad Andrew has a love for vintage vehicles, so a match made in heaven! Together they have a passion for creating a delightful service that you and your guests can enjoy all night long.
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Sara is a professional opera singer who has managed to turn her obsession with fine antique jewellery into a profitable dual career. The two sides of her professional life work together in perfect harmony; while performing major roles with opera companies around the US and traveling alongside her opera singing husband,
- her passion for jewellery and how she got into the industry
- what to look out for if you want a vintage/ antique engagement ring
- what advice she would give to you brides out there that already know what kind of vintage/ antique engagement ring you want – and how to make sure your partner gets you the ring of your dreams!
- how to curate the perfect wedding day jewellery look
- how to give your bridesmaid/s gifts that they’ll love.
Episode 8: 5 Top Boho Wedding Trends to look out for in 2021-22 and How to Personalise your Day to make it Unique to You.
Episode 7: Sally Jackson on How to make Self Care your Priority and Take Control Despite the Stress of your 2020 Wedding Postponement.
I am spending some dedicated time today talking to the fabulous Sally Jackson - a Nurse, Nutrition Coach and Emotional Resilience Trainer, all about making self care your priority whilst working through your 2020 wedding postponement
Our hearts go out to you if you're one of the thousands of bride and grooms out there who have had to cancel one of the most important days of your life.
Dealing with Covid 19 is hard enough, but add in trying to adjust to how your dream wedding day has somehow become a source of sadness and disappointment is really tough. You're not alone if you're feeling stressed and down right gutted.
The planning of your wedding is a very emotional experience and hugely demanding in terms of planning a large event; even without Covid it can feel very overwhelming.
So often it means
- negotiating tight budgets,
- managing family members’ expectations and needs,
- dealing with often unexpected emotional reactions from both yourself and other people to certain details,
- family dynamics,
- tensions between you both and much more.
64% of weddings are expected to be postponed or cancelled this year due to coronavirus which equates to 79,200 UK couples will need to rearrange their honeymoons and 7.8 million wedding guests will need to change their travel plans (Bridebook).
With the average cost of a UK wedding being £20371 and only 28% of couples purchasing wedding insurance, 'bride and grooms to be’ across the nation will not only have had upset and unrest of dealing with COVID, they will have also had to deal with the massive task of rearranging, cancelling, managing refunds or rebooking of their wedding products and services.
Even without Covid 40-50% of bride and grooms find wedding planning extremely stressful so don't underestimate the impact this can have on your physical and mental health.
A lot on your shoulders to say the least!
So when I met Sally Jackson through The Boho Bride Guide Wedding Supplier Collective, I thought it would be great to hear her advice on how to priorities your own wellbeing through the tough job of rearranging your wedding day whilst maintaining a positive outlook!
Enjoy the episode! x
Podcast Episode 6: 7 Essential Pieces of Advice when Planning your Dream Wedding Cake - interview with Holly Miller
And that day just so happens to be probably one of the biggest celebrations you will be organising in your lifetime. Therefore, here at The Boho Bride Guide Podcast we thought it would be helpful to open the doors on the world of wedding cake design and share some useful tips and advice on where to start, from choosing your cake designer, to the ordering process, budgets, design and plans on the day of your wedding.
Join me and Holly as we lift the lid on planning your perfect wedding cake that is unique to you as a couple. x
One thing that will stay with you all the time however and be a constant reminder of your marriage, is your wedding jewellery. It’s certainly worth investing some time researching the right pieces for
you and also - they may end up being passed down through generations to come. Who knows - in the year 3000, your great-great-great-great granddaughter may be wearing your ring or necklace at her own wedding – it’s possible! (It would be interesting to see what nuptials will look like in a thousand years, but that’s another topic!)
The previous podcast guest is Julia Thompson from Julia Thompson Jewellery (Episode 3 of The Boho Bride Guide Podcast), makes the most stunning jewellery! While she has a huge variety in her work, particularly with her three main collections – Elegance, Impact and Wild – one symbol that runs through many of her beautiful rings,
necklaces and bracelets are a pairs of delicate magpies – “two for joy” – perfect for wedding jewellery. Secondly – the ethos of her business is to use ethically sourced materials, such as Fairtrade Gold, which offers her customers peace of mind as to where their jewellery first originated from – sometimes back to the actual miner themselves!
Now, I had seen the Fairtrade logo on coffee and chocolate at the supermarket but had no idea it applied to gold as well!
So what does Fairtrade mean?
Well the word “fair” means “reasonable”, “just”, “honest” and the word trade is synonymous with business, skill, swap but also means
“transact” and “deal”. Fairtrade essentially means an honest transaction! So the miner, and the recipient of the gold, both get an even deal – no one is exploited.
Fairtrade Gold is only sourced from mines which meet the Fairtrade Gold Standard – this includes stringent requirements regarding working conditions, safeguarding forests and water sources,
women’s rights and child labour to name a few. Workers received a guaranteed Fairtrade Minimum Price which benefits the miners themselves, and their communities, as they can invest back into
and see the process with her own eyes. If she wanted to meet the people who mine her sapphires for example, this would mean going to Sri Lanka where they are dug out of the ground. Importantly, she would only see adults digging as child labour is prohibited in Sri Lankan gem mining, and thankfully they would be able to tell her that they get paid regardless if they find stones or not.
As an aside - sapphires in fact, make a great alternative to diamonds if you are wanting something different! On the Mohs hardness scale, sapphires are ranked 9, only 1 less that diamonds, which make them very resistant to chipping, cracking or scratching – a very strong gemstone! And if you are thinking they only ever have a very dark blue, almost black appearance, this is indeed a common
assumption, but they can also be pink, green, yellow and white – in fact, the only colour a sapphire doesn’t come in is red! In an engagement ring, sapphire means faithfulness and sincerity!
You can also choose from quartz (a healing, positive stone), opal (associated with love and passion…) or beryl (promotes happiness and marital love!), and your wedding bands from Fairtrade 18 carat
gold or 9 carat rose gold – did you know that 9 carat is actually harder than 18 carat – and that the pinkiness is derived from adding copper to the mix?
Julia mostly uses handheld, traditional tools and craftsmanship skills that have been around for centuries – not only does she keep these practices alive by her own jewellery-making, but she also
teaches them as well! If you wanted to do something really different, Julia actually runs a one-day course where a couple can design and make their own rings! And not only do you have gold or silver to choose from, but you can also incorporate your own family heirloom pieces so that they live on through your own
Finally, whether you decide to make your rings, have a bespoke design, or choose from Julia’s many gorgeous items on her website, your jewellery will be presented to you in beautiful, sustainable
packaging to complete the circle.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Alice Acton, the Custodian and Events Manager at the magical Midelney Manor, a 16th Century Manor House, barn, gardens and woods.
Alice will be sharing with us her wealth of knowledge and experience in wedding planning and giving us her top tips and advice on how to plan and mitigate any issues that come arise due to our beautiful British weather.
I was lucky enough to meet the very talented Julia, from Julia Thompson Jewellery, when I came across her work online and thought her unique style would be perfect for a wedding editorial I was organising with the theme of ‘Boho Botanical Victoriana’.
Her expressive selection of unique statement necklaces, stacking nest rings, and elegant drop earrings, all built on a strong ethos of Fair Trade ethics, had me totally sold into the idea and couldn’t wait to work with her.
And that is why I wanted to also dedicate an episode of the podcast to the work she does and the causes she promotes so passionately.
So, join us as we delve into the world of, bespoke jewellery design, Fair Trade materials, ethically sourced gemstones, and how we as consumers can make more informed choices about our wedding jewellery purchases.
So without further a do, get comfy and enjoy!
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