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
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.
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
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.
Images by Maxi Photography.
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
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…
Images by Rebecca Goddard Photography.
If you missed the first instalment of this three-part floral series then it’s a definite must-read and you can find it here. I urge you to take a peek if you want to learn all about wedding flower budgets! It’s an eye-opening piece and one I wished I had read when planning my own floral story.
Jay Archer is the author of this series and she’s beyond incredible in so many ways. Honest, creative and just a little bit magic, I had the pleasure of working with this lady at Pynes House last month on our latest editorial and it was such a joy witnessing this floral genius in action. What Jay doesn’t know about flowers probably isn’t worth knowing!
But what is worth knowing is today’s meaty topic – seasonality. What do the seasons actually mean to florists and how will this influence your choice as a bride…? Read on to find out, oh and don’t forget to pin the relevant seasonal bookmarks so you can return at a later planning date.
Notes from Jay Archer Floral Design
Seasonal does not mean British grown or local, nor does it mean cheaper. That is the biggest misconception when it comes to wedding flowers – all flowers I suppose.
Using seasonal quite simply means something is in ‘season’ – it is at it’s best now. English grown roses, for example, are at their best June – September whilst Peonies thrive in May – early July.
You can get most flowers out of season nowadays; Norway grows and stores peonies in snow but they definitely won’t look their best! These flowers will be poorer quality and probably won’t smell quite as beautiful. It’s like strawberries at Christmas which are often grown in Peru or Spain – they cost more and just don’t taste like a sweet, sticky, delicious strawberry so why would you..?!
Being clever with your budget means you can watch the pennies and have seasonal produce at the same time. If you love roses but cannot afford to use them throughout your scheme (at £3 per stem and up to £5 for David Austin’s) then consider using these in just your bridal bouquet.
Before seeing your florist, you need to work out what’s important to you. Write a list of your must-haves and nice-to-haves, work with the seasons and ensure your floral ideas are complimentary to their natural surroundings and the choice of wedding venue. Being clear about your budget will mean your florist will recommend the right flowers for you.
British flowers are generally sold in smaller ‘wraps’ or individual stems, so if your florist doesn’t use British grown then this might mean they’ll be buying your flowers in bulk. Imports can come in ‘wraps’ of of up to 50, for example ranunuculus and anemones are always sold in large quantities so this will have an impact on your budget as you will need to pay for the full ‘wraps’ rather than just one or two stems.
Buying flowers in bulk can be cost effective when they’re in season – Spring bulbs, autumn foliage, aummer cornflowers/scabious, winter branches and amaryllis are all good, purse friendly options. So have a chat with your florist and make sure you’re armed with all the questions you might want to ask.
So, what’s is in season when..?
Ah, Spring – the most scented month! Think striking little spears of pale blue and ice white muscari, multi-tonal almost pearlescent hellebore and the tiny nodding heady scented bells of lily of the valley! This particular specimen is one of the most desirable wedding flowers and available all year from a chap in Holland at about £2 per stem!
Also in Spring:
- Blossom – apple, quince, cherry, magnolia, prunus, spirea and others.
- Tulips – French tulips are a real treat, with their long stems and peachy heads. Parrot tulips and English tulips are available in every colour you can imagine!
- Wallflowers – available from local growers only usually. Their petals have the most amazing colour variations which remind me of a Turner sky!
- Ranunculus – peonies are not quite about yet so ranunculus are the next best thing and beautiful in their own right.
- Anemones – the much-desired navy eyed variety are more expensive than their white centred counterparts. I think the white ones are pure and classic.
- Narcissi and paper whites – The scent of these little flowery fireworks is quite something! Strong and heady, they can be overwhelming when used in table centres but good for bouquets.
- Forget-me-nots – tiny, delicate dots of sky blue. Dreamy.
- Fritillaries – beautiful little nodding heads of dusky purple with a chequered pattern.
Working to a palette of pastel pinks, creamy whites, vintage dusky pinks and soft blues, I’d suggest mixing spring flowers with catkins, twigs and senecio foliage.
Images by Captured by Katrina.
Twyning Park is a Grade II listed manor house overlooking the beautiful river Avon. The oldest part of the house dates back to the mid 17th Century and boasts a wealth of original features – oak panelling, sash windows, ornate stairways, beautiful fireplaces, ornate cornicing and an Adams fireplace in the drawing room… there are little treasures to be discovered in every room.
There are 5 acres of grounds to enjoy and explore including the two main lawns, rose garden, secret garden and river meadow with private access to the river Avon.
Twyning Park is primarily a family home to 3 generations of the Simmons family. After holding several large celebrations, including family and friends weddings, the owners realised how well suited Twyning Park is to hosting fabulous parties, elegant dinners and ultimately exceptional weddings and have decided to share their home on an exclusive hire basis with couples looking for somewhere to create their perfect day.
Last month, the venue opened it’s doors and welcomed couples to their very first Wedding Open Day. In partnership with West Country Marquees, bride & grooms-to-be enjoyed a glass of fizz (or two!) and soaked up the inspiration and advice from a range of award-winning suppliers. If you missed this event, then fear not because we’re lucky enough to be taking a peek inside thanks to Charlotte, custodian of the venue, and Captured by Katrina.
Notes from Twyning Park
Individuality, creativity and a celebration that is unique to them – that’s what our couples can expect from their wedding at Twyning Park. We only hold a small number of celebrations here per year. This maintains our exclusivity and allows couples the flexibility to be really creative with their day. We don’t have packages, charge corkage or insist couples use our preferred suppliers. We believe that couples should be able to create a day that fits their style, personality and history and at Twyning Park we love nothing more than something a little bit different.
Weddings here are relaxed affairs where Twyning Park becomes home for our couples, their friends and families. With an average of a three day hire period, there is no need to spend any time on the big day rushing around. The styling and preparation can all be done the day before and with no early morning checkout time the celebrations can continue the day after the wedding, allowing suppliers plenty of time to pack up, and couples and their guests the opportunity to reflect on the day over a bacon sandwich or barbecue.