Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Romantic Boho Wedding Inspiration // Guest Post

For some time now, the expensive traditional wedding ceremonies have been giving way to more personal and relaxed bohemian-style weddings. But this season, more than ever, boho weddings are all the rage. If you really want to feel like a princess on your special day, you will love the fairy-tale like atmosphere and ethereal feel as you walk down the aisle decorated in rustic colours, with natural details, and romantic features. Another bonus is that a dreamy wedding like this can be easily achieved if you have the right ideas. We give you a few suggestions.

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Out in the Nature

With a boho-themed wedding, there are really no restrictions in terms of the venue. Actually, the usual ballrooms and banquette halls are better avoided, since the decoration and atmosphere there do not go hand in hand with the free-spirited aura of this kind of wedding. The best spot is definitely any place outdoors. You should find a place that has some significance to you. It can be your backyard, an old barn where you played as a kid (a perfect choice if you are worried that rain might ruin your plans), or a beach where you met your future spouse. Wrap everything in yards of swaying fabric, take a step back, and admire the transformation.

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Romantic Lighting
When you have picked your venue, the planning and decorating can start. First thing you should take care of is creating the right mood. And the only really acceptable mood is a romantic one. How to achieve this? With lights, of course. Think candles, copper and bronze torches, lampions, and paper lanterns. A simple string with light bulbs hung from the ceiling or trees would look amazing. Basically, anything flickering and vintage. Remember that when the night sets in, you will need all the lighting you can find, so you can never go overboard when planning this detail.

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Centrepieces and Decoration
Bohemian style encourages you to unleash your creativity and give a personal touch to your wedding. Take your time and make as many d├ęcor piece on your own as possible. Concentrate on colourful ribbons, a lot of flowers, asymmetric patterns, retro items, and romantic scents. Instead of expensive centrepieces, place a scented candle on each table and wrap a piece of copper wire around it. Hang dream catchers from the ceiling. Another way to add whimsicality to the whole event is to set the table with mismatched tableware. Do not print place cards, but write them with your hand. These simple DIY projects will save you a ton of money, but more importantly you will have a unique wedding.

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Bridal Attire
With this wedding trend gaining in popularity, the stores are awash with 70s inspired wedding dresses. Look for a gown with fluttery lace and crocheted details in combination with natural, soft colours. Biscuit beige, gentle rose, or sky blue are a much better option than the traditional white. Sexy fringe and flirty feathers are for those who are more daring. Do not forget the inevitable flower crown, or at least a few mischievous tresses to round off the hippie look.

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Cake and Sweets
Naked wedding cakes are the newest trend in the wedding desserts field and they fit in perfectly into a boho chic wedding. Although to some they might seem bare and simple, it is precisely this simplicity that give you the freedom to decorate them any way you like. Sprinkle them with fresh fruits, or even cut flowers, and they will be very effective. For a more rustic touch, add some branches and leaves, or herbs. Instead of one big cake, you can also opt for miniature cakes. They are the cutest.

Author's Bio: Lana Hawkins is a crafty girl from Sydney, student of architecture and the editor-in-chief at Smooth Decorator. She loves writing about dreamy interiors and landscaping design. She is also into sustainability, where she gets the most of her inspiration from.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Modern Wedding Magazine Feature - Hannah & Craig

So honoured to see the gorgeous wedding of Hannah + Craig that we styled over Summer, featured in the summer issue of Modern Wedding magazine.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Honeymoon Must Haves

As my own wedding is fast approaching (5 months to go!), with most of the bigger more important elements of the wedding booked, I have started to think about our honeymoon!

My new husband and I be heading to an island known as 'the most beautiful place in the world' : Bora Bora, Tahiti. We'll be spending 10 nights in Bora Bora, staying in an overwater bungalow, jet skiing   swimming with sharks and of course cocktails and dining.

I have put together some lustworthy essentials to pack for any bride going on an island honeymoon, whether it be Maldives, Thailand, Fiji, Cook Islands, Haymen Island or any other beachside destination.

Kate Spade Tiki Bag. (buy it!)  
This is a fun bag, perfect for pre dinner cocktails at your hotel or at any of the hottest bars in the main town!

Kate Spade Coconut Drink Bag. (buy it!) 
Perfect for island night dinners or island hopping tours when all you need to carry with you is your room key, sunnies and sun cream.

BHLDN bon voyage clutch (buy it!)  
Again, perfect for island dinners, cocktails or just shopping the boutiques!

Karen Walker (buy it!) 
Super cool rose gold and leopard shades.

Quay St Capri sunnies(buy it!) 
Thick rimmed leopard sunnies...  

Bali Body Cacao Tanning Oil.(buy it!) 
This is a totally natural & organic tanning oil to give your skin hydration as well as an instantly bronzed glow (with a chocolate scent! mmmm) 

The Iconic wide brimmed hat (buy it!) 
Wear this hat all day, every day while soaking up the sun... Take on tours, to the beach or lunch or cocktails by the pool.

ASOS wide brimmed hat (buy it!). 
As above....! So versatile, from beachside to poolside to island tours.

Kate Spade 'just married' thongs (buy it!)
Your honeymoon is THE perfect time to wear these thongs. (Then take them home and wear them for months to come!)

Kate Spade pineapple sandles (buy it!)
These are super cool, fun and quirky... Wear these with a maxi dress or shortie shorts.

BHLDN embroidered wrap. (buy it!)  
This is such a versatile piece for poolside or beachside.  Wear it over your cossie as a wrap over your shoulders for sun protection or as a sarong around your waist.  Can also double as a shrug over your sun dress for cooler breezy night walks.

Beach People roundie towel (buy it!)
I have this towel and highly recommend it.  It's HUGE - I often share this with my feyonce and use as a picnic blanket to cuddle on or as a beach towel.

Don't forget to pack some lingerie - Check out some of my faves

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wedding Ceremony Styling - Avalon Sailing Club

We're excited to share with you some photos of Christine + David's wedding that we styled late last year!

The ceremony was held at Avalon Sailing Club, on the lower deck overlooking the Pittwater river in the Northern Beaches.

We created a custom chalkboard sign for the couple, with a tied rope motif to reflect the one displayed on their wedding invite.

Their styling included furniture and props from our collection including white mismatched chairs, a driftwood arch, sisal jute aisle runner, white parasols, some market umbrellas for shade and a self-serve drinks table. 

They partied with guests afterwards at The Boathouse at Palm Beach.

Styling | Ashdown & Bee
Photos | The Robertsons
Bespoke Sign | Ashdown & Bee
Flowers | Whitehouse Flowers
Ceremony | Venue |Avalon Sailing Club
Reception Venue | The Boathouse, Palm Beach

Enjoy the journey....

Monday, March 7, 2016

Bohemian Palm Beach Wedding in Hello May

The latest Hello May real weddings issue has just been released and we're excited to share the wedding of Elana & Jay that we styled.

Styling by Ashdown & Bee
Photos by Scott Surplice
Flowers Wild Lotus
Dress by Grace Loves Lace
Ceremony at Lucinda Park, Palm Beach
Reception at The Boathouse, Palm Beach
Celebrant Claire Belford
Cars Kombi Creations

More photos from this stunning wedding here.

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