Chirese and Jannie had a fully DIY wedding at a game lodge in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains in South Africa. Their theme was bohemian and creative with a hit of geekiness thrown in for good measure.
“We chose to do a lot of the planning ourselves, by calling upon our family and friends to help out where needed”, began the bride. “Pinterest and blogs were a saving grace for us as we would easily share ideas with everyone involved. We got married at Shumba’s Rest Game Lodge in the lakeside chapel overlooking the sunset of the African bushveld. Our reception was at the main thatch roof hall at the lodge.”
“The aim was never to break away from the traditional wedding in the formal sense of the word”, she continued. “We just chose to combine the things we love as a couple and as individuals, such as his love of all things geeky and my love of all things funky! We both love Game of Thrones and Vikings and movies like Avengers so these were the inspiration for both of our hair styles!”
Boho weddings don’t have to be all burlap and naked cakes, as this beautiful shoot illustrates. It can actually be as bright and colourful as you like! Sent over by Laura of Authentic Vintage Bridal and photographer Claudia Rose Carter, these pretty pictures make me want ditch work, grab my brightest flower crown, and frolic in a field immediately!
“Our idea for this shoot was to combine two of the biggest trends at the moment, boho and vintage, but show them in a different way”, said Laura. “I took a lot of inspiration from the 60s and 70s. I also wanted to show that its not just about the bride the groom is easily overlooked. I wanted to show something fresh and different in groom style.”
Julie and Arthur wanted something colourful and relaxed, with a Latino and ethnic touches to reflect the bride’s Colombian heritage. The wedding took place in France in June.
“We wanted more on an American style wedding”, said the bride. “We wanted to be outside and we didn’t want a traditional church ceremony. We rented this amazing house with a view over the ocean for a week. This gave us time to prepare everything and to welcome our family and friends for longer. It was more like a holiday with a wedding in the middle!”
Ariel and Rem were married in May in Colorado. They didn’t want to spend a fortune, but they also didn’t want to cut corners on the wedding. They prioritised the things they felt were the most important (food, photos!) and saved where they could on everything else.
“The inspiration for our wedding was simply that we wanted it to feel like us”, Ariel said. “We thought it was important to be able to fully enjoy our day, so that meant cutting out some of the more traditional elements like having a large bridal party and tossing the bouquet, although we did keep a few of those things. We really just sat back and let our hearts lead the way.”
“We added a lot of personal touches everywhere that I think made our wedding special. I wanted people to walk in, not knowing who’s wedding they were going to, and just by looking around the room, be able to tell. We incorporated lovely quartz crystals on the tables that my dad gave to us. They came from dried up river beds in south Alabama, where my family is originally from. Rem and I have an affinity for stones and crystals, so it just felt right to bring that into our wedding décor. Not to mention that they’re very literally little pieces of my home, so that really made it feel unique to us.”
Gabriella and Iain wanted a relaxed and rustic wedding. They picked Lower Grange Farm in Kent as their venue. “When planning our wedding we wanted to make sure that it reflected us, rather than following traditional wedding conventions”, the bride began. “We wanted our day to be totally relaxed – good food, good music and good people were the three most important things. We were also on a budget so had to make decisions about where we could afford to splash out and where we needed to reign in the spending and keep it simple.”
The bride handmade a lot of things for the wedding including the cake, the stationery and most of the décor. “I absolutely love organising parties and being the hostess and I also love crafting and DIY projects, so I knew that I would be able to do a lot of things myself. I took inspiration from wedding blogs and from Pinterest so I quickly built up an idea of the look and feel I wanted for the day and created lots of lists and spreadsheets detailing what needed to be done and how much everything would cost.”
Chloë & Josh wanted anything but a standard wedding, so they were married in the woods at the Potager Garden in Cornwall. They didn’t want to spend a long time planning it either, so they organised the whole thing in just three months!
“We had to book the venue and the celebrant nine months before, but we did everything else in the three months leading up to the wedding!” began the bride. “We went to the Potager while visiting family in Cornwall in August 2014 and fell in love with the surroundings. The Potager is a garden and café open to the public Friday-Sunday. We asked the manager if we could have our wedding there, he agreed, as long as numbers didn’t exceed 60 and it was out of their business hours. We set the date for Monday 8th June 2015. It has a woodland at the bottom of the car park where we had our ceremony, a lawn where we could serve ‘jam and toast’ (strawberries and fizz) and canapés, and lovely gardens to walk around. We had the meal inside their 100-foot glasshouse.”
“Our theme was loosely based on The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Alice in Wonderland and A Midsummer Nights Dream”, she continued. “It was all about fun and being relaxed. We wanted our guests to go on a journey, let their imagination be sparked by our props, styling and music. On arrival the guests drank the ‘magic’ potion that our friend dressed in a top-hat greeted them with before making their way through the woods, following the white rabbits and listening for the music.”