Laura wanted to embrace as much as possible, the ethos that as one of the biggest celebrations of your life, your wedding day, can at the same time be earth-friendly and not harmful to our environment. By considering the way we use resources, and look to conserve them as much as possible such as water and energy. As well as looking at ways we can reduce and prevent our contribution to air, water and land pollution, we can work towards rebuilding our earths ecosystem for future generations to come. Laura hopes this Blog Feature will inspire you to implement some of the more eco-friendly aspects of wedding preparations into your plans, without compromising on your wedding day dreams!
A wedding at River Cottage will always inspire and enchant. Surrounded by rolling fields and beautiful countryside, River Cottage is the perfect backdrop for a wedding. Couples can say "I do," in the famous farmhouse or the walled kitchen garden, or the beautifully restored Threshing Barn. River Cottage really is the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding.
"Creating an Eco wedding with a luxury twist was at the heart of this shoot and was coordinated in harmony with the venue and suppliers involved."
Our furnishings are largely bought from a fantastic North Devon based business who sell up-cycled, re-cycled and second hand goods all following fair trade standards to the highest degree. Much of the furniture in our tents is pre-loved and lovingly re-stored in-house to suit our unique style.”
The Bridal Look
The Bride had a selection of 3 dresses within this editorial. 'The Beach Dress' made by Luna Bride , is available at The Conscious Bride, made from organic silk, bamboo and French lace all of which is handmade in the UK.
Using natural fabrics hand dyed with natural pigments Vicky from Do me A favour, added the colour tones of coral from the brief. These elements flowed out from the foliage of greenery table runners, creating a wonderful natural, but sumptuous feel to the tables. Slate chargers gave depth and contrast to the wooden tables and we used gold cutlery and gold tea light holders to bring more of a luxury feel to the decor.
Florals & Foliage
To give the stunning Threshing Barn Dining Area an extra dimension, Petal and Posie Floristry hung many macramé plant hangers with beautiful plant holders filled with gorgeous seasonal flora’s such as Tulips, Narcissi, Hellebores and lots of foliage for a lush, green 'just gathered' spring look. This created a ceiling of natural luxury and framed the top table in a unique way.
Our hand made table plan was strung with matching stationery to the table settings and was naturally at home with the cake and gift area of the room.
Claires Sweet Temptations a luxury cake designer covering the South West UK, created this show stopper of a wedding cake. Bringing in the metallic accents from the table styling, to blend into the fresh elegant feel of this shoot, whilst at the same time having a hint of luxury.
Outside, the hexagonal handmade arch framed, decorated with seasonal foliage and florals created the perfect relaxed backdrop for the ceremony to commence.
Everything about River Cottage chimes from the stunning surroundings to the ethically sourced food. “As a Celebrant my main creativity is through my words; however for the shoot I used my old favourite wooden lectern and created a beautiful hand fasting cord plaiting together all natural cotton and linen ribbons and cords…adding feathers too.
Limited only by your creativity, the possibilities are almost endless. Your ring can tell a story, capture a moment in time and be a beautiful reflection of what really matters to you. Lovingly made, a custom wood ring is the thoughtful choice whilst being both affordable and ethical.
Most of our customers use their wooden rings as an opportunity to tell their unique story. You can add in materials from special places including wood from the River Cottage HQ or a treasured possession.
The confetti supplied by Keslowena Confetti, was hand picked and lovingly made for this shoot. Hops, delphinium and lady’s mantle were the choice of petal and the soft scents were perfect for the Cottage Garden ceremony.
So, what is an Adventure Wedding?
There are no rules to define what a Boho Adventure Wedding is, but I like to think of it as an intimate elopement or micro-wedding that celebrates everything that you love about each other, your life; the beautiful natural world and your love of travel and adventure.
You can have a ceremony that’s all about U
- unique, unusual, unconventional and the best one... UNBORING!
So here are my top tips to add some fun and adventure into your day.
1. Pick your best Season or Activity
How do you imagine your Wedding? Is it a winter, spring, summer, or an autumn adventure that suits you? What type of climate do you love? Thinking of your favourite season and your favourite activity can be an easy way to start narrowing your list and give you a place to start.
2. Location, Location, Location
Where have you always dreamed of exploring? Where was the most beautiful place you ever visited? You may find something similar right here. Cornwall has so many amazing wild locations that you can explore, each with differing levels of risk (think slippery steep cliff paths, incoming tides, muddy fields and forests etc). If you are planning on having an Outdoor Wedding here, you can choose to have your ceremony in a sea-cave, on a hidden beach, cliff tops, meadows, woodlands, a castle rooftop, day or night. Where does your wild, bohemian spirit want to escape to? Many couples choose to elope to Cornwall and share the moment just with each other or one or two close friends.
“ I’ve fallen in love with adventures, so I begin to wonder, if that’s why I’ve fallen for you.” E. Grin
3. Travel in style- your style.
A real adventure isn't just about the destination, it’s about the journey. And how you travel along the way can add to the fun and adventure of it all. Do you want to arrive at your ceremony in a kayak? A tandem bicycle, a horse and cart, tractor, helicopter, hang glider, sports car, hot air balloon? You can do it! It's all about expressing your love and passions, together! That feeling of facing a challenge together whether it's about how or where you want to get ‘married’ or anything else life throws at you and then overcoming it, is something that adventurous couples know well. It’s what makes your bond strong and keeps it alive.
4. Bring your Boho Adventure to you.
With the Pandemic restricting our travel plans, you may not be able to have your adventurous boho-ceremony exactly where you wanted to. By being creative and thinking outside the box you may be able to bring your location to you! Almost everything you want or need can be bought online so even in lockdown you could get your items delivered to your door. Having a wedding during these crazy days is an adventure in itself!
And don't forget with the wonders of modern technology you can even have a ‘zoom ceremony’ and have your wild elopement adventure wedding later- 2 different adventures, 1 love story!
‘ It doesn't matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you ’.
5. Whose with you?
Look for people who share your passions when you're looking for your Wedding Celebrant, your Photographer and your Suppliers. With your Boho-wedding, this is even more important than ever. You may not know them well but if they share or understand your interests, they will help you create your wedding vision and add to your wedding adventure better than anyone else .
“ As soon as I saw you I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.”
You’ve got yourself an ADVENTURE WEDDING!
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The beautifully romantic story of elopement, inspired this team to create a dramatic story entirely different from the usual. With a heavy nod towards the drama and mood of the Victorian era including a mix of simple elegant and luxurious fine details to the heavy use of decadent dried foliage displays. All with a heavy inspiration of William Morris’ theatrical home décor work who was once quoted as saying ‘There is no excuse for doing anything which is not strikingly beautiful’.
2) How would you describe the theme and look?
Our one line for describing this shoot would be 'Botanical Bohemia meets Victoriana Luxury'.
An eclectic and dramatic mix of decedent detailing with a colour palette that echos the Victorian adoration for opulence and deep earthy hues and metallics. Contrasted against the soft relaxed feel of the bohemian bridal and groomsmen look with an edge of quirk. Any couple looking to be inspired on how to create atmosphere and a bit of drama through how they style their special day will for sure find this editorial content of great motivation to do their day their way!
3) How did you go about bringing your look to life through the details?
The place setting was shaped with wooden charger plates and set off with the metallic gold cutlery, echoing the bespoke table number brass frames and the mustard tinted cut glass glassware. Finally the table was completed with hand made corresponding menu and place name cards for each guest, featuring dried eucalyptus leaves and gold wax seals.
The wedding cake continued the theatrical boho theme, featuring a heavy macramé fringing, elegantly and dramatically draping towards the floor. The platted cord framed the angular tiered cake structure, which was covered with a lavish metallic coating designed to catch the eye. Again, a detailing of striking dried flowers and structured palms completed the look.
The bride is wearing a bespoke peasant sleeved silk chiffon gown that oozes elegance and romance. Her hair and makeup accentuates the alluring amorousness of the look, further complemented by a collection of handmade and ethically sourced jewellery pieces. The handmade floral headband of earthy hues that creates that additional drama and uniquely fashion forward bridal look that you just don’t want to stop starring at.
4) What palette did you choose to work with and why?
The strong yet simple colour palette of olive greens, plums and mustard hues are offset by the beautifully simple yet detailed outfits for the couple. The cinematic storytelling and intentional use of shadow and muted, deep coloured palette creates a dramatic atmosphere to showcase the beautiful objects and enables focus on their intense luxury.
5) How did you choose the location, and what did it add to the ambience of the shoot?
The whole editorial shoot was set in the enchanting 16th century Midelney Manor, hidden in the heart of the Somerset Levels and surrounded by 400 acres of farm and woodland. With magical walled gardens, flower beds and orchard trees surrounding the imposing barn with old stonework and ancient beams seemed like the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's imagination and perfect for holding a magical wedding ceremony.
The shoot tells the story of a couple that have disappeared to elope, the Bride to be found this enchanting place in the heart of Somerset to share their vows and marry one another, with only a couple of guests to witness their marriage. The Groom receives an invite the night before from his beloved, it simply tells him when and where to be and that his Bride will be waiting.
6) Which flowers did you use and how did they contribute to the look?
With the resurgence of dried florals and foliage across the floral wedding scene, they have been featured heavily in a relaxed and bountiful way with the theme running right through the entire styling of the wedding. From the luxurious wedding invites with their hand decorated floral artwork, vellum wrap and wax seals through to the decadent floral table scape centre pieces. All of which feature Avalanche Peach Roses, Chrysanthemum Paladov Dark, Jana Spray Roses with bleached palms and pampas grass adding structure and depth.
7) What do you think are the standout elements of this shoot/your personal favourite details, and why?
With my love for florals, the stand out elements for me are firstly, the dried botanical theme running through the whole shoot. From the dramatic macrame backdrop with draping dried eucalyptus, palms and pampas grass, to the sumptuous guest tablescape centre pieces, to the bridal crown and bouquet and groomsmen buttonholes, through to the wedding cake and the wedding stationery. I feel this golden thread of styling pulls the whole shoot together into a cohesive piece of theatrical artwork. Something which prospective bride and grooms can get inspired and excited by to implement themselves through their own wedding day styling.
The second element of the shoot that I am in LOVE with is the dark and dramatic photography style used throughout the shoot came from our desire to create a cinematic feel. The most important aspect of storytelling is the ability to make the viewer want to see more, showing just enough to make them eager to see what else is coming. With careful use of light, we bring characters and objects into focus whilst details remain in the shadows, just visible enough to create curiosity about what part of the story comes next. Our intentional framing of the scenes is taken straight from the movies: the ultimate medium for telling stories of love and passion.
@parkerandpeony.flowers www.parkerandpeonyflowers.com - floral design
@thebohobrideguide - concept and styling
@midelney_manor www.midelneymanor.co.uk - wedding venue
@jamiedennyweddings www.jamiedennyphotography.com - photography and videography
@woodcraftbyjomo www.woodcraftbyjomo.com - wooden signage
@keepingitvintagedevon / www.keepingitvintage.co.uk - event hire, place settings/ glassware/ vintage easel/ lanterns etc.
@cakedesignbyhollymiller / www.cakedesignbyhollymiller.com - wedding cake
@idoinvit3s / www.idoinvites.co.uk - wedding stationery design and print
@origin.bespoke / www.originbespoke.com - wedding stationery artwork
@ailsamunrobridal / ailsamunrodressmaker.com - dress
@julia_thompson_jewellery / www.juliathompson.co.uk - jewellery
@lucydavismua /www.lucydavismakeupartist.co.uk - make up
@wild.glow.nail.design - nails
@flori_rosa_photography_uk www.florirosaphotography.com - behind the scenes photography
@mrandmrstetstall_modelcouple / www.mrandmrstetstall.com - models
Of course, Coronavirus has very much dominated our lives and the subsequent fall out from this. With the lockdowns and contact restrictions we have faced, and seeing how this has impacted us culturally as a nation, as well as economically with the strain on many industries that were previously thriving. Not to mention the additional pressure on our NHS and care sector and loosing many loved one.
Sir David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, was also released this year, which is a film that looks back over the 93 year olds career, and issues a stark climate emergency warning. It outlines the devastation that we as humans have caused over his lifetime and what we can expect to happen to our world if we don’t act now.
Backing up all that was discussed in the film was the reality check that took place across Australia with their devastating bush fires caused by record temperatures and months of severe drought, that swept through New South Wales and Victoria and other areas, killing 1 billion animals
‘The Bohemians’ counterculture (a way of life different to the norm) is thought to have originated in France in the 18th Century (1700-1800s) at the end of the French Revolution.
This forward thinking culture becomes known as ‘Bohemian’ as at the time, this approach to life was against the majority. Along with the distinctive style of dress, the term also represented a whole subculture of unconventional artistic types, living their life against the ‘norm’, and being authentic to their ingenuity, spirituality, and creativity.
The 1960’s Resurgence
The Bohemian Counterculture had a major resurgence in the 1960s and 70s with the hippie movement across the America and the western world. This time the ethos of free thinking and challenging social norms, from rejecting established institutions, to criticising middle class values and championing sexual liberation.
This was also demonstrated fiercely through anti-war protests about the Vietnam War, where the famous slogan ‘Make Love, Not War’ made its debut. Their approach to life was linked closely to spirituality, and taking things back to nature. From the food they ate, to living together in communes, to natural childbirth approaches and a love for nature and each other as human beings.
Looking back at the origins of the Bohemian Movement and the positive impact it later had on society by speaking out. It totally makes sense as to why we are now seeing this ethos and distinctive wedding style take centre stage across our wedding industry. It is not only the appeal of the beautiful bohemian style of dress, venue styling, floral design and type of outdoorsy wedding that couples are attracted to. I think it is more than that.
The 2020s Bohemian
I think there is a new wave of Bohemian for the 2020s that will be making choices that align with repairing the damage that previous generations have made to our world and society. This reignited Bohemian culture will undoubtedly be reflected in all aspects of their lives, including when they choose to ‘get wed’ to the one they love.
This is why I feel the boho inspired wedding are very much here to stay and will only grow and dominate the wedding industry as millennials became of age, and want to get married to the person they love over the next 10 years.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it!
In the middle of a global pandemic, I really wanted our elopement shoot to show that love is love, and whether you’re getting married in a grand manor hotel or the back garden that the results are the same; a couple who tied the knot! I believe that elopements and intimate weddings could be the future of the wedding industry, and I think more couples will be choosing to have a mini celebration just the two of them, leaving the proper knees up with all their loved ones for a later date.
The name One Love was inspired by the amazing ‘Coral Heart’ street art created by @louismasai which use to be on the graffiti wall by Tooting Market. The ‘Coral Heart’ was a part of his ‘save the coral reef’ series, still present on the walls of many countries. He signs all his artwork with ‘One Love’. The Hullabaloo Collective passionately stands for love for all, regardless of background, gender, ethnicity, disability, or sexual orientation, so it only seemed appropriate to give this shoot the same name. Celebrating diversity means everything to me. After all, I live in diversely rich South London that I love so much.
I wanted to show that Boho doesn’t necessarily have to be whimsical or festival/barn in style, but can fit right in within an urban setting. Featuring a beautiful sequin bridal gown as well as a two-piece balloon sleeve blouse with wide palazzo pants by the one and only Poppy Perspective, and beautiful headpieces by The Lucky 6 Pence, the styling reflects the cool modern boho.
I wanted to create an intimate courtyard celebration for two at the Goldfinch, my little local cocktail bar in Tooting. All the props were mine or apart from the bar’s tables. A true DIY style, for the true impromptu elopement celebration for two. I created a sweetheart table with a couple of peacock chairs, retro rya rugs, a vintage fringed tablecloth, retro glassware, and crockery, underneath a suspended floral installation. It was meant to be simple, intimate, and cute, yet stylish.
We also took some great shots along Tooting High Street, giving the shoot that urban feel.
I wanted these to reflect the spur of the moment fun elopement. Capturing little details of the day, the true love for adventure, showing that it doesn’t matter where you tie the knot as long as it has meaning and memories dear to you both – like the little cocktail bar where you had your first date. Jay & Lex are fellow Wedding Breakfast Club members and it was so nice to work with creatives who feel the same way about smaller weddings and the future of our industry.
The Hullabaloo Collective
Planning, styling & concept @the_hullabaloo_collective
Bridal outfits & masks @poppyperspective
Grooms face mask @bombinistudio
Bridal headpieces @thelucky6pence
Hair & Makeup @makeup_in_orangeries
Models @paigepbear & @callme_ishmail
Grazing table @mothernaturegrazingcompany
Initially, the editorial shoot was conceived to gain images of the woodlands as a new wedding venue. Beth (Underpine Woods owner) and Cassie (Bude Blooms) wanted to capture the beauty and wonder of the venue, so enlisted Sara at Peony & Lace Weddings to come on board to style and plan the shoot.
Sara explained, "The first time I visited the woodlands I was in awe of its natural beauty. 27 expansive acres of spruce trees, a babbling river and the endless possibility of styling".
Sara wanted to highlight the natural beauty of the woodlands, so she used a colour palette of bottle green, metallic gold and white. Mixing festoon lighting, candles and macrame pieces, the team styled the woodlands to create a rustic, bohemian fairytale affair.
Venue – Underpine Woods, Bude, Cornwall.
Underpine Woods is a 27 Acre sustainably managed ex-plantation woodland just outside of Bude in Cornwall. Originally planted in the 1970’s the woods as a plantation crop, it is now being transformed by Beth and Sam the owners, into a beautiful space for everyone to enjoy.
Veil - Rebecca Anne Designs
To finish the look, Rebecca, from Rebecca Anne Designs provided one of her beautiful veils. “To complement the venue, I felt a veil with embroidered wildflowers would perfectly suit the wilderness of the surroundings and the locally grown flowers being used for the shoot.”
Jewellery – Bish Bosh Becca
As soon as the dress was secured, it was straight over to Sarah Jane at Bish Bosh Becca for the jewellery. “It’s always a pleasure to work with Sara and when she mentioned a magical woodland shoot I was hooked. I am at my most creative when designing jewellery for shoots, just like a real wedding I have to be aware of the theme and the dress".
The Celebrant Ceremony - Unique Ceremonies
Nixie James Scott of Unique Ceremonies, provided a hand fasting ceremony for the shoot. Nixie has been known in the past to remark that she can marry couples anywhere, including up a tree. Of course, it was this comment that led to her being asked to join the team!
The ceremony was such a beautiful and moving affair that it led our model Bekki to cry tears of pure joy and happiness.
Wedding Rings – Eco Wood Rings
As the woodland is an eco friendly wedding venue, who better to partner up with than Eco Wood Rings for the wedding bands. For Bekki’s ring, Steve provided a ring made from oak with an inlay of white gold shavings and diamond dust. For Brad’s band, a strong and simplistic band of oak was supplied.
Hair/ MUA – Toni Gogola Wedding Hair
For a free spirited, boho hairstyle, the obvious addition to the team was Toni Gogola at Toni Gogola Wedding Hair. “I specialise in laid back natural braided hairstyles so when I was asked to be involved with the woodland shoot I was so excited! Bekki has the most gorgeous striking purple hair and I knew exactly how I wanted it to look. I decided soft waves with a twisted top section knowing it would fit perfectly amongst the stunning backdrop of Underpine Woods.”
“When I first saw the woodlands with Cassie and Beth, I knew straight away that a table runner of greenery accented with white flowers would be the perfect décor for the table. Candles always feature in my work, so the addition of white glass votives and white tapered candles in gold holders was a must to accompany the foliage.”
Stationery – Boo Lou Lew Design
Beth is not only the owner of the woodlands, she runs Boo Lou Lew Design. The stationary she created was inspired by the idea that any couple can create something completely unique, beautiful and sustainable whilst supporting local artists and having fun too!
Beth carved a custom stamp and combined it with an online calligraphy course and beginners set from the wonderful Langham Calligraphy and a choice from a wide range of beautiful ethical papers from Torn Edge Paper. Delicate, hand crafted gold edging adorned the invites.
The Supplier Team
Peony & Lace Weddings
Planning & Styling
Moon Gazey Hare
Katherine & Her Camera
Rebecca Anne Designs
Nixie James Scott - Unique Ceremonies
The Little Details by Sophie
Bish Bosh Becca
Toni Gogola Wedding Hair
Eco Wood Rings
Boo Lou Lew Design
Calligraphy kit for stationery
Torn Edge Paper
Paper for stationery
Claires Sweet Temptations
Knot Again Jill
Due to the world coming to a halt, it was rather tricky to get a confirmed slot with the Registry Office, but they persevered and finally got a confirmed date on 18th August 2020 from the registry office, to get married on the 26th September 2020 with only 5.5 weeks to prepare! But this didn’t phase Matt and Jess, they took it all in their stride and picked one wedding planning aspect off at a time and it all came together nicely!
They were lucky enough to get a slot with the Registrar at The Old Municipal Buildings, a stunning Grade II listed, Tudor Hall in the heart of Taunton, Somerset. The fabulous venue was then perfect for outdoor photos taken either on the grand staircase leading up to the hall, or on the Castle Green just behind to celebrate the newly wed couple.
As soon as Matt and Jess decided they were going to tie the knot in the UK, Jess began her wedding dress search. However, being in the middle of the first UK lockdown, this proved rather challenging She was certain she didn’t want to attend a bridal boutique as they were not within the price range she wanted to spend, and therefore opted to search online.
Being a Brummy, there was only one place that Matt wanted to go to choose his wedding day suit, Slaters in Birmingham. Matt opted for a beautifully fitted mid-grey 3 piece suit with fine white check detailing and a double breasted waistcoat. He chose an orange paisley tie and crisp white shirt to complete his look and accompany some of the rusty tones of the chosen florals, and felt totally ‘dapper’ in his suave outfit!
Matt and Jess chose the super trendy venue The Red Brick Building in Glastonbury, Somerset to celebrate in style. The edgy industrial vibes of the building continue as you enter the old factory building, through to the Old Tannery Bar and Restaurant and into the celebration space. Once the home of a thriving sheepskin factory, the building is full of original features from its wooden floors, industrial metal beams and red brick façade.
I couldn't miss out mentioning the fabulous food from the special day beings as the couple are such foodies! They they wanted simple hearty food, where the guests would be full to the brim. So, working with staff from The Old Tannery Restaurant, they selected 2 options; the homemade burger and chips, with home made coleslaw or salmon, seasonal veg and mash, followed by sticky toffee pudding and ice cream. Later on in the evening guests were then treated to a bacon butty to keep bellies nice and full, my kind of grub!!
The large open plan celebration space was perfect to set up for a COVID friendly wedding where we wanted plenty of space to seat the wedding party of 27 guests.
To surprise the newly wed couple, the Parker and Peony Flowers Team created a top table for just the 2 of them. The Bride and Groom’s Sweatheart Table was layered with flowing natural cheese cloth, full of their favourite blooms sat in more small jars. Behind them stood a tall copper frame backdrop with an explosion of pampas grass hanging from it. From which they could sit and both then enjoy the funsies of the afternoon whilst sat in their regal vintage peacock chairs.
They also had a beautiful frame with 2 very special nan's that weren't able to celebrate with them in person, but were definitely there in spirit.
For their cake, they opted for Crispy Creme Donuts all round, sat on a clear tiered cake stand, topped off with a white choc and rasberry sponge cake to complete the look, yummy!
Matt & Jess' Suppliers
Ceremony Venue:Taunton Registry Office
Food & Bar:@theoldtanneryglastonbury
Dress: @asos @asosscout
Grooms Suit: @slatermenswear
Guest Book Signage: @jody_poppy
Couples Modelling account: @mrandmrstetstall_modelcouple
In today’s UK society, we are lucky that the very definition of 'family' is evolving and is no longer the stereotypical husband, wife, and 2.4 children. The emphasis of ‘family’ is now around being a group of people that live together as a unit and no longer is prescriptive around who that may be with. So whether you are choosing not to have children and dedicate yourselves to each other and your fur babies, or whether you are 2 families coming together in the name of love to create a new family unit, as long as love is at the heart of the family it will flourish.
Now, having become a parent myself in the last few years, I cannot imagine how couples out there must be feeling right now that also want to follow that same journey. If they had their ‘5 year plan’ all set out before COVID; getting married this year, having a big blow out honeymoon and seeing the world a little more, and then looking to start their parenting journey following that. To then be faced with a world health crisis, lockdown, a wedding postponement and the reality of coming to terms with the fact you think you also need to delay your parent journey, must be a massive feeling of overwhelm.
If you are anything like me, the thought of flexing my 5 year plan fills me with absolute dread and instantly makes me feel out of control. But in these unprecedented (there’s that word again!) times, we need to take a pause and do some work around releasing the self inflicted pressure that we put on ourselves. And look at where we can make changes, and in some cases compromises, that will in the long term still achieve your long term plans. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always happen the way we envisaged it to, and we can’t plan everything all the time. And that’s totally ok!
If you are looking to start a family in the near future, and were waiting to get married first, there is one thing I want you to take away from reading this. That is, there is no right or wrong when it comes to living your own life. Plans do change and if you and your partner feel ready to start your own family, in whatever guise that takes, then don’t delay on the premise that you think you “should” get married first. There are so many unknowns in life, especially whilst we are still dealing with Covid, and ESPECIALLY in the family planning arena.
For people that know me, they will relate to how much of a planner I am and how I am really driven by goals to reach and timescales to achieve within. I have always had a 5 year plan right from school age, and on the whole with a little flex, accomplished my life goals. This was until I then wanted to start a family with my hubby at the age of 28. This age was what I had always had in my head, I had reached a place in my career I wanted to get to, I had travelled the world as I had dreamed of, and we lived in our gorgeous home that was perfect for starting a family in. All my ducks were in a row and now I wanted to click my fingers and for our baby to arrive on schedule too! I very naively assumed that I would come off the pill and a couple of months later, I would fall pregnant and have my baby 9 months later with no issues what so ever.
Oh how wrong I was. Each month we were trying, I would be hopeful that ‘this is the month!’, with it only to hit me in the face that we weren’t pregnant and for us to wait another month to see if it would happen then. 6 months past, and then a year, with no joy, and I cannot believe quite how this journey massively impacted my mental health and wellbeing. It was the first time in my life that the one thing I wanted in my life, I couldn’t get for myself. I started experiencing panic attacks for the first time in my life and sleep issues and the whole baby making process became so so upsetting, on top of what was a busy and stressful life I led in the corporate world and developing houses with my hubby. We had said to ourselves in the Summer of 2017 if we hadn’t got pregnant by Christmas, we would begin the journey of seeking help with fertility. But after 2 years of trying and being off sick from work for a significant period of time, we were delighted to finally be pregnant in the September of 2017. And our beautiful first boy Parker was born in the following May.
Take control of what you can control and do what is right for you both in this new Covid world. Whether you are pregnant when your new wedding date comes around, or whether you have a new member of the family to join in on your wedding photos. Either way you will create your own version of a perfect wedding day, and think of the stunning photos with your new family addition!
However your wedding day pans out, you will be able to declare the love you have for one another in front of friends and family, and celebrate in style surrounded by oodles of love, laughter and maybe even a new little life will come a join the party.
Love Jen x
The Boho Bride Guide
Other Images: Unsplash
If you have had to make the tough decision to postpone your big day or reduce your guest numbers to still hold your wedding this year during this beautiful season. Or whether you are looking forward to your planned Autumn wedding next year, enjoy every minute of this enchanted editorial and get lost in its magic. Its a goodie!!
The Venue, Westcott Barton
Nestled in a secluded picturesque valley in North Devon, a wedding at Westcott Barton will always inspire and enchant. Set within its own private estate of beautiful gardens, woodlands, lakes and meandering stream, Westcott offers a stunning venue for your bespoke wedding. Both the stunning Function Barn and Orangery overlooks the beautiful gardens, with exclusive use of the entire venue, as well as accommodation for guests on site within the Grade ll listed Devon Longhouse.
The Dress from Always & Forever Bridal, Bideford.
The Bridal look and style was brought to life by the ‘Prudence‘ wedding gown from Bianco Evento, and supplied by award winning boutique, Always & Forever Bridal.
It was the perfect gown for the Autumn Love Shoot, featuring delicate polka dot lace sleeves, a sheer lace bodice and a floaty tulle skirt. The hint of sheer lace and polka dot sleeves allows a bride to cover up for a crisp Autumn day wedding whilst keeping a soft romantic feel and the light tulle skirt layers float dreamily in gentle autumnal breezes.
Bridal Hair by Vera K Hair
With a stunning mane of red flowing hair, Carly from Vera K Hair wanted to keep the Bride’s hair as soft and natural as possible, "I felt the hair was beautiful in itself, but added just a hint of interest at the back. I was working with a stunning flower crown made by Fuss Pots, and wanted to compliment this by keeping the hair quite soft. I created some natural waves and combined three fish tale plaits that entwined into each other.”
Carly has grown up in the hairdressing industry, as her mum trained with Toni and Guy and her dad with Vidal Sasson. When Carly was old enough she also trained with Toni and Guy and worked in their salon for many years. Carly now runs her own freelance hair business, specialising in her passion, bridal hair in the Devon area.
Makeup by Isabelle Grace Makeup Artistry
For the bridal makeup, Rachel owner of Isabelle Grace Makeup Artistry added warmth to make the Bride’s eyes pop whilst complimenting the rich autumnal tones incorporated in the flower crown. “Her lips were kept soft, a rich stain as opposed to a defined statement lip, and cheeks just a flush of colour, steering away from anything too current”.
Rachel is a fully qualified, freelance makeup artist with over 10 years experience, specialising in bridal makeup. Isabelle Grace is Rachel’s daughter, who was named after Grace Kelly, her make up inspiration! When Rachel was pregnant with Isabelle, working on brides wedding makeup, she realised how much she loved what she was doing and so had to pursue her profession further, and that where Isabelle Grace Makeup Artistry was born.
Bridesmaid Dress from Always & Forever Bridal, Bideford.
The bridesmaid’s dress was chosen to complement our inspired 'Autumn Love' sentiment. It is a beautifully soft wrap style with a flutter neck detail that flatters every shape, and keeps shoulders covered in those crisp autumnal breezes. The team chose the dark rich colour ‘Evergreen’ to compliment the styling and lush foliage. The dress is by Bill Levkoff (in Style no. 7112), and was supplied by Always & Forever Bridal. It is also available in 32 different colour shades easily suiting any season or theme.
Always taking inspiration from the wild beauty of nature, the styling of this shoot at Westcott Barton were wonderfully inspiring for Gayle from Bee Lavish. “I found it allowed for a blend of styles and several different items for accessories and jewellery.
Our Groom wore a classic Marc Darcy 3 piece suit, with handsome and natural, neutral colouring and a pop of earthy orange. This featured autumnal tones to compliment both the Groom himself, and the boho-rustic theme and wedding styling. The Marc Darcy suit was supplied by men’s fashion boutique, Suave Owl, an award winning independent menswear retailer based in Bath, UK.
Nixie James-Scott was the Celebrant for this beautiful micro wedding. “It is fabulous to be part of such a great team for this rich, luscious autumnal shoot, celebrating love and beauty. I chose to include a Handfasting Ceremony, which also has a rich tradition in many cultures, plus the visual symbolism of joining couples together in their marriage. It always feels such a privilege to help couples create their own Unique Ceremony”, Nixie from Unique Ceremonies.
The Molten Wedding Ring Co. was founded by Erin Cox, a Jewellery Designer and Maker for the past 15 years The unique ‘molten’ design, started in 2005 with Erin’s signature collection, which came from playing with metal and pushing it to its limits while in its molten state, which has developed over the years of perfecting. The refine fluid molten texture features in all of Erin’s jewellery collections in silver, gold and platinum.
Added layers of hurricane lanterns were used both inside and out, weaving the theme together alongside macrame from the talented Knot Again Jill. The whole setting was just perfect for a backdrop macrame, within the separate beautiful barn, simple style of the relaxed orangery and beautiful gardens.
"I created a large macrame hanging on a naturally weathered piece of local driftwood, which looked great in the barn, and we also used a table runner, macrame jars, and incorporated a small hanging for the table plan. The combination of these amazing suppliers working together created a truly special shoot that I am so proud to have been a part of!"
Small leafy green trees and peachy blooms styled within a mix of natural baskets and urns, gently swayed either side of Westcott Barton’s Barn Doors setting the theme inside The Barn itself. Hannah from Fuss Pots used a mix of beautiful ivy and twisted hazel were styled in long vines along the table runner, complemented by Best Day Ever’s styling of earthy brown vases, soft feathers and fresh apples from Westcott Barton’s own grounds.
A stunning blend of chrysanthemum, large bloom roses, grasses, orange fire thorn berries, dried bunny tail grasses and scabiosa pods, seasonal flowers, and foliage were used in the Bride and Bridesmaid’s bouquets, the Groom’s buttonhole and adorned both the celebration arch, and the Bride’s glorious floral crown. Even the confetti was hand picked, dried and lovingly made for this shoot. Rose, delphinium and lady’s mantle were the choice of confetti petal and the soft scents were perfect for the intimate garden ceremony.
“Focusing on the rich autumnal colours of the flowers, venue and grounds as the starting point for this stationery suite, I wanted to capture a contemporary twist on the boho feel”, Emma from Emma Louise Castle Stationery. Using bold fonts, layouts and shapes whilst lending a more delicate hand to the watercolour foliage details.
The mixture of hand painted ferns were inspired by the beautiful gardens at Westcott Barton and complementing the ferns used in the jewellery pieces, and rich green of the bridesmaids dress”. Emma is an established designer of bespoke wedding stationery, creating personal and handmade wedding stationery alongside a variety of other design services.
Catering & Wedding Cake
"Sharing platters are right on trend and they are perfect for a socially distanced wedding. With each table bubble receiving their own platter, a mix of a savoury and dessert, or keeping them separate. Something for everyone, from cured meats & cheeses, to homemade brownies & doughnuts. For the cake, to keep with the rustic charm of the barn, I created a semi naked sponge with chocolate drips, macaroons and added fresh flowers from Fuss Pots .” Jax Curtis from Jax Cakes ‘n’ Bakes.
The Fizzy Pheasant is a bar hire company rooted in the North Devon countryside and celebrating rural life, "the changing seasons are always incredibly inspiring for us. Being part of the 'Autumn Love' shoot, was an amazing opportunity to showcase our shaker bar in a beautiful barn setting, as well as to make some delicious cocktails with seasonal flavours and ingredients.
The 'pop up' shaker bar in its warm dove grey finish fitted perfectly with the autumnal tones and styling of the shoot, and sank into its stone barn surroundings as if it had always been there. Their Autumn cocktails fitted in perfectly with the spectacular grazing table and beautiful cake by Jax's cakes n bakes, creating a true autumnal celebration spread!
"We used blackberries, pears and fresh herbs bring the flavours of fall to life. During the day the elegant styling of the bar enhances and compliments any wedding space, and in the evening, the backlighting and cocktail shaking draws wedding guests over - and that's when the party can really get started!"
The South West Team
Photographer - Laura from @freeformimage.co.uk
Dresses - @alwaysandforeverdevon
Make up - Rachel from @isabellegracemakeupartistry
Bridal Hair - Carly from @verakweddinghair
Flower Crown – Hannah from @fusspotts.co.uk
Bridal Accessories & Jewellery - Gayle from @bee.lavish
Stationery - Emma from @emma.louise.castle
Celebrant - Nixie from @unique_ceremonies
Floristry - Hannah from @fusspotts.co.uk
Cake & Catering - Jax from @jax_cakes_n_bakes
Grooms Attire -Jessica from @suaveowl
Rings - Erin & Janie from @moltenweddingringco
Styling - Katie from @bestdayeverdevon
Macramé - Jill from @KnotAgainJill
Bar - Jade & Nick from @thefizzypheasant
Models - Megan Louise @poppysflower3
(Facebook) Shane Maddock & Cat Richards-Kastelic
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Now when we talk ‘boho inspired’ weddings, the scenery wouldn’t be complete without a macramé installation or 2! and Paulina from P.Line.Art did not disappoint! Look at this stunning full length ceremony macramé backdrop that effortlessly creates a tranquil space to declare your love for one another in front of close family and friends.
Kirsty from Escential Blooms worked her magic to create an organic mixed greenery and floral runner to decorate the celebration table to accent the earthy and organic colour palette styling. The bridal bouquet was big and bountiful and followed on the bohemian, free spirited theme using Ruscus and Eucalyptus as the greenery backdrop, then filled full of Roses, Spray Roses, Chrysanthemum Blooms, Pampas Grass and Opuntia Microdasys (Bunny Ears), all tied together with an uber stylish macramé wrap created by Paulina from P.Line.Art.
The bride wore a gorgeous reloved bridal dress from Tavistock Bridal Reloved. Bridal Reloved is the world’s only chain of award winning bridal boutiques specialising in sample and pre-owned high end designer wedding dresses. Buying a reloved dress for your big day is now easier than ever and a great opportunity for ‘bride’s to be’ to drop the environmental impact dramatically. As one wedding dress uses on average 9000 litres of water to make, buying from a Bridal Reloved Boutique, you are not only getting a massive selection of luxury wedding dress brands, you are reducing your impact on the planet. Go and visit Kate, owner of Tavistock Bridal Reloved to find out more today.
Gemma, a qualified patisserie chef and owner of White Peony Cake Company created a wedding cake of autumnal dreams. Each of the 4 tiers varied in depth to give a sense of grandeur, finished off with a burnt orange ombre sugar paste finish and metallic detailing, all stood proudly on a geometric metal frame. And what about those sugar flowers!! Stunning!! Each petal was individually crafted to perfection to create those sensational blooms that complete this edible delight, and to top it off the sugar flowers can be kept as a keepsakefrom your big day. The beautifully hand painted acrylic Mr and Mrs sign made was designed and created by Scarlet from Scarlet Jade Designs, as well as the welcome signage and wedding stationery, all of which, accents the tones of the wedding colour palette perfectly.
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.
The Fun Bus
Now it’s time for the fun to begin!! Introducing Rosie a classic cream and lipstick red 1970’s Bay VW Campervan, ready to serve your every party need! Rosie's interior has been transformed into a high quality photo booth, cake bar, mini bar and glitter bar ready for you and your guests to get your sparkle on!
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