Unleash your Inner Bohemian – Top Tips from The Boho Booth

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Image by Dottie Photography.

Dreaming of escaping the daily grind of conventional living in search of a more free-spirited lifestyle..? Yep, us too! While running away to the hippie hills may be off limits, injecting a little Bohemia into your life is a great way to express your inner soul.

Bohemian Beats is one of our fave venue style categories and if you find yourself being drawn to these barefoot locations then Zoe Wells, founder of The Boho Booth, shares her seven steps to being more boho.

Unleash Your Inner Bohemian

Zoe:

Rock the boho look, Bohemian fashion is a means of expression and nothing says boho chic better than braided hair, floaty florals, ripped denim, fringing and brightly coloured clothing embellished with glitter and jewels.

Go barefoot when the weather permits, kick off your shoes and enjoy the freedom of going barefoot – not only is it good for your feet, it’s great for the soul.

Embrace the great outdoors. A walk in nature is often referred to as the best medicine. Escaping the four walls and electrical havens of our homes and offices for a stroll in the park is a sure-fire way to de-stress and reconnect with our inner selves.

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Meet Prezola – The Ultimate Wedding Gift List

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Images by Heart Full of Tea.

Choosing the right partners and brands to work with is super important to us. Much like our carefully curated collection of wedding venues, we want to be surrounded by wedding suppliers who inspire us and suit our own ethos because we feel this will inspire you, our readers.

As well as providing wedding inspiration and good solid advice, I think it’s important you get to know our venues and chosen partners so today, we’re having a little nosey around the new Prezola HQ which is located in the truly beautiful City of Bath.

Prezola is the UK’s leading independent wedding gift list service, designed for modern style-savvy couples who want the widest choice possible. We love their creative heart and knew a little peek inside their office would set the interior-pulse racing! Bath-based Wedding Photographer Emma from Heart Full of Tea popped round to take some snaps for us and it’s all rather lovely.

Notes from Prezola

Ali:

My husband Dom and I launched Prezola in 2010 from our house and since then, we’ve grown to include more than 30,000 products from 300 top brands on the site. Couples can mix gifts, experiences, charity donations and honeymoon funds on their list with free delivery of their gifts after the wedding. We now have a large office in the centre of Bath with over 50 members of staff – the business has grown so fast in the last seven years!

Our new Prezola HQ is a traditional Georgian townhouse where the windows and ceilings are huge on the ground floor, and get smaller and smaller as you go up the stairs – typical build for when there were servants on the top floor back in the day! As the company has expanded, we needed to move to a larger location since we were all cramped in the warehouse in Wiltshire. We still operate the packing and deliveries from the warehouse (and even expanded into a few more!) but the majority of the company now works in Bath.

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The Report: The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival

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Images by Maxi Photography.

Our social darling Lottie went on a little road trip to Bridwell Park for us recently to experience The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival created by Blue Fizz Events.

It was set to be a day full of festival fun, supplier frolics and inspiration galore and we just love the report our girl on the ground came back with! Lottie’s words are perfectly illustrated by Mel from Maxi Photography, we hope you enjoy it…

The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival

Lottie:

While there are many wonderful wedding fairs out there for newly engaged couples, I have never been to one quite like The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival at Bridwell Park. Organised by the fabulous team at Blue Fizz Events, the festival offered an eclectic, inspiring and quite frankly awesome mix of wedding suppliers. It was a brilliant opportunity to meet heaps of talented exhibitors, as well as the chance to explore the magnificent Bridwell.

The family home of Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Bridwell is cushioned in the quaint village of Uffculme in Devon. It’s surrounded by stunning parkland and extensive views of the rolling countryside. It is quite simply put, a beautiful country house wedding venue. Available for exclusive-use, Bridwell has 20 bedrooms onsite so it’s perfect if you want a huge weekend celebration with your family and friends. Both The Orangery and The Chapel were open for viewing over the weekend, and both were just bursting with romance, style and grandeur. The vast outdoor space also lent itself perfectly for a festival full of imagination and inspiration…

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Why have a Gift List…?

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Images by Heart Full of Tea.

I’m going back-to-basics today with the tricky conundrum of the gift list – should you…? Shouldn’t you…? Do you actually need one when you already have a kettle and a toaster…? Is it a bit rude to ask for more when attending a wedding is already spendy enough for your guests…?

Well my answer would be YES. You should probably get yourself a gift list and pronto.

It’s still a debate in my house, three years after our wedding day. Why…? Because I think we got it spectacularly wrong. My husband-to-be didn’t want one and to be fair at the time I sort of understood why, but my gut was saying hang on, you’re about to make a mistake. His argument was that we didn’t need anything, so why should we be asking for more. But in deciding against a gift list our mistake was not guiding our guests.

Guests may express a little sigh if they see “your presence is present enough” on your invitations because, although the sentiment is 100% spot on (we used this on our invites!), it sort of leaves them in a little bit of a pickle. It’s now them asking the questions; Should we buy a gift…? Shouldn’t we buy a gift…? What should we buy…? Should we just put some cash in a card…? And so on. It all gets a little bit sticky.

So my friends, seriously give the gift list some consideration – it’s not being greedy, it’s being sensible.

By curating a gift list that’s accessible, has flexible price points and is super easy for guests to navigate then they’ll thank you for making life simple. They can then focus all their energies on the bigger debate – what should they wear!

Why Prezola

So you may have noticed that our gift list provider of choice is Prezola.

Prezola is the UK’s leading independent wedding gift list service for stylish couples who want choice and flexibility. Launched in 2010, their unique multi award-winning service lets couples choose from over 30,000 gorgeous handpicked products from 300 top brands. They have all the best known brands – and many more! Prezola also offer flexible cash contributions including a commission-free honeymoon fund and charity donations on one easy-to-use list.

With free gift list cards, a free wedding website to manage guest communications and a gift-wrapping service, Prezola makes is easy for guests to view and buy gifts. Their friendly customer service team are on hand to provide a truly personal service, you can call our knowledgeable team of Personal Shoppers for gift list advice at any time and gifts are delivered by courier, free of charge after the wedding.

On top of all of this, I’ve personally worked with the Prezola team on several styled shoots and projects and I can absolutely vouch for their passion and love for all things wedding. But it’s the pulse of creativity running through this brand that always makes me come back to them. The brands they showcase are right up my street – as you’ll see –  and in short, I bloody love them (rolls eyes at husband once again!).

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New Botánica Collection by Victoria Fergusson

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Images by Lydia Stamps Photography.

Award winning accessories designer Victoria Fergusson has launched the much anticipated new Botánica Collection for 2017. This exquisite collection comprises the most beautiful selection of hand crafted accessories, including hair adornments, jewellery and exclusive dress appliqué embellishments with two talented dress designers; Tara Bradley-Birt and Ailsa Munro.

We of course said yes to sharing this new collection because a) it’s super gorgeous and b) it was shot on location at one of our very beautiful venues – Hatch House in Wiltshire.

It’s always a pleasure writing about Victoria and her treasures so if you want to learn a little more about the lady behind this accessories brand then take a peek here. Otherwise jump straight in my friends and start that bridal wish list! I feel like I need the Seeds of Love Headdress to complete my life.

Oh and if you do fall in love with this collection then Victoria is offering a special 15% discount on any orders placed before the end of the month – simply use code COCO15 valid until midnight Friday 31st March.

Notes from Victoria Fergusson

Victoria:

The Botánica Collection is inspired by lush and exotic botanicals such as ferns, palms and giant water lily. Think Kew Gardens, think Victorian Hot Houses, the architecture as well as the plants themselves have influenced the designs. Brides can choose from delicate hairpin sets, petite combs and unique headdresses, available in gold, rose-gold and silver colour ways with accents of silver shade and white opal crystals.

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