My wedding took place almost two years ago now, and what I didn't know at the time was that this beautiful, sacred handful of moments would birth my baby, Bohemian Blooms.
See, I had worked on the most incredible, earth-shatteringly romantic weddings for years and after my husband, it was the thing I loved most. But when my time finally came, it was a kind ofwhirlwind of passion & creativity that left me electrified & made my soul sing.
Unlike most of the weddings I had created, ours would be achieved on a teeny tiny budget. We had enough money to splurge but had a dream of buying a home within the same year, I had the experience & honestly, I was excited about the challenge! My husband-to-be David joined me in my enthusiasm for a cheap, DIY wedding but was a stickler for simplicity & hated the craziness that accompanied the kind of gloriously bountiful wedding I adored. I assured him we would be super organised, stick to our teeny tiny budget & hold off on any unwarranted challenges.
In the end, we set our hopelessly romantic hearts on a weekend destination wedding in the Byron Bay Hinterlands which entailed trucking and vanning 'styling' treasures (a combination of at least 150+hours of my bestie's & my time trawling op shops & my very generous boss allowing me to borrow my most favourite pieces) & gloriously beautiful flowers from the Sydney markets. We begged anyone that was driving to take crates upon crates of alcohol, pick up the beer kegs on the way whilst stopping in at the seafood markets to collect the prawns, salmon and oysters. We had loved ones cooking for us, baking for us, cocktailing for us, & playing music for us. Every day more family & friends arrived, taking on jobs of all sizes, lending their talents to get everything done. My bridesmaids were ridiculously fabulous & one of my favourite memories is sitting in the barn post rehearsal BBQ at 2am the night before the wedding, drinking too much wine whilst throwing bouquets together. It was an outrageous amount of work & passion that only LOVE could make happen.
In short, it probably wasn't what my husband had expected, we definitely took on more than we should have & in turn gave our relationship a good old test! BUT my goodness, it was worth it; BOHEMIAN LUXE PERFECTION. It was sexy, earthy, lush, a little weird and SO romantic. It was like a set from a Baz Luhrmann movie & so very unique. The fact that everyone in attendance contributed something was the ultimate kind of special, and was the cherry on top of the feast for the senses that was our wedding day. Even my very practical husband agrees that there was a kind of magic in the air the whole weekend, like fairy dust was thrown over everything and everyone. My one wish is that I could have bottled that energy and saved it for inevitable rainy days.
So here it is. Bohemian Blooms. My passion, my love, my energy. The one thing that brings me back to my sense of self that sometimes having a (scrumptiously amazing) baby can leave me in short of.