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Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre

With Christmas just around the corner and the weather so cold, let’s transport ourselves for a minute back to the heat of those summer days with this super pretty August wedding. Loved ones gathered in a beautiful old amphitheatre in the centre of Amsterdam for this flower filled, bohemian wedding. It was a relaxed affair filled with colour, fun, some seriously cute flower girls and one sexy bride. The stunning images are taken by the lovely Eliška of Khiria Photography. I am completely in love with this bouquet too…

 

Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
I wore a long veil and a crown of fresh flowers in my hair. I borrowed earrings from my best friend and wore heels (I absolutely loved the pistachio colour of them!!).
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
Our aim was to have a relaxed, colourful, cozy and bohemian wedding, almost like a mini festival! The ceremony was held in an old outside amphitheater at Rijk van de Keizer in Amsterdam. It was so, intimate and very personal, we prepared some words for some of our loved ones.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
For our favours we chose wooden spoons with our initials engraved, we tied our favourite recipe to them (homemade Buma BBQ sauce) and a red pepper!
 
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My dress was from Cymbeline and was the first one I tried on! It was originally long at the front as well, but we cut it out. I wanted to feel comfy in the dress but also be able to dance like crazy in it! The dress was elegant, romantic and flattering, yet super sexy at the same time.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
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Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
Instead of a cake we had a buffet table full of a variety of small deserts, all made by our friend Nicoline.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
In the evening we had small open fires where our guests could sit and eat marshmallows. There were hundreds of small candles and little glass vases filled with just a couple of field flowers.
 
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SHARON & TEUN
DATE: 24 August 2013

GUESTS: 210

 

THE PROPOSAL: It was Christmas day and we were on holiday in Udaipur, India. Teun got down on one knee in a beautiful Maharadja palace garden. Very romantic!!!
Our friends kindly made us a small rocking bench that was covered in flowers for the ceremony.
 
THE VENUE: Luckily the amphitheater was all part of our venue, which meant the day flowed beautifully from the marriage itself to drinks, diner and dancing. The venue was incredible, it had a rustic ambiance, great views and so much greenery considering it was in Amsterdam! It felt like we were abroad surrounded by all the beautiful flowers and scenery. Plus the staff were amazing!
 
PHOTOGRAPHY: We chose the incredible Eliška from Khiria Photography. We love her work and in Netherlands her style is very unique. Eliška traveled 1000 km from Prague to Amsterdam on the day!
 
BRIDESMAIDS: In Holland the parents tend to arrange the outfits for the flower-girls and page boys themselves. Most of their outfits were handmade or from Zara kids!
 
THE FLOWERS: We wanted field flowers, a little rustic and wild with lots of colour! The venues florist did an incredible job!
 
DECOR + DETAILS:  Our friends made the festival style wooden signs that were displayed throughout the grounds. Most of the decorations were organized by the venue but we brought some giant balloons and made some lanterns with long ribbons attached.
 
THE ENTERTAINMENT: We had a band during the reception drinks when we served homemade punch and lemonade followed by another band and DJ in the evening.
 
THE HONEYMOON: Morocco!
 
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: The ceremony itself and all the speeches and movies our friends & family put together for us – it was hilarious yet very moving!
 
OUR TOP TIPS: Don’t forget to enjoy the planning as well as the day itself and don’t be afraid to let people arrange things for you if they are willing to help!
 
CREDIT ROLL…

Photography: Eliška + Aneta Trajerová of Khiria Photography VenueRijk van de Keizer | Florist: Rijk van de Keizer  | Dress + Veil: Cymbeline | Brides Shoes: Supertrash | Groom: Tailor made, Belgium |  Bridesmaids: | Zara 
 
What a beautiful day, I love the relaxed vibe of the bride and groom and those adorable flower girls and page boys. Wishing Sharon and Teun every happiness together and a great big thank you to Eliška + Aneta for sharing this stunning wedding with us.

Love, Mrs White x

The Bloomsbury Set

I visited The Charleston farmhouse in East Sussex, England a little while ago and cannot begin to tell you how inspiring and beautiful it is. If you have not paid it a visit then you really must! In 1916 it was the country home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and became the country meeting place for a group of artists, writers and intellectuals known as The Bloomsbury Set. The group also included Clive Bell, Roger Fry and Virginia Woolf (to name but a few!) all of whom either lived at or visited the house over the years. The artistic duo transformed the house into a charming retreat by painting furniture and murals on the walls in their own distinctive style. They crammed the place full of incredible decorative art, textiles, ceramics and paintings! The artistic group escaped London and led the most incredible bohemian lifestyles, breaking away from social norms and filling their days with art, beauty and eccentricity! I have often thought what an incredibly unique wedding venue it would be (if only!!!). So that might not be possible but it makes an amazing and highly original theme for your big day…

 

Charleston House Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right 1. via Anca Gray | 2. Claudia Raymat | 3. via Bliss In Images | 4. Sarah Alden | 5. Vanessa Bell | 6. Vanessa Bell | 7. Vanessa Bell |

 

The Bloomsbury Set Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. Photo: Paula O’Hara | 2. Painted by Vanessa Bell via Charleston | 3. Photo: Rodger Obley | 4. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

You can really go all out on the bohemian theme here with a beautiful old antique tea dress, disheveled curls and a flower crown! For your flowers – think wild, country mis-matched blooms in a mixture of old china, vases and glasses.

 

Bloomsbury Set Wedding Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. Joanna Newson | 2. Photo: Shae Detar | 3. Vanessa Bell | 4. Design by Duncan Grant | 5.Invite: Feast | 6. Matt Armendariz | 7. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

If like me you love print and colour then this is the theme for you and its perfect to base your reception decor on too! The boards below show a more modern approach to the theme incorporating the current watercolour and pattern trend. I love the dip dyed napkins, subtly dyed to match your colour scheme. The watercolour story can continue throughout your styling and there is a stunning idea for a table plan below using ombre dipped paper!

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom/ left to right: 1. Dress: Mango | 2. Griottes | 3. Raw Colour | 4. Amy Sia | 5. Erdem | 6. Invite via Colin Cowie Weddings |

 

Bloomsbury Inspired Wedding Cake | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. Lulie Wallace | 2. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

These painted graphics from the original book covers of Virginia Woolf’s books are a great focus and vibe for your invites, menus and place names. Each book has lovely decorative borders that work perfectly for your stationery. You could then use the same print and borders to decorate paper seed packets to be used as favours for your guests.

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Invite Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. book cover designed by Angus Hyland | 2-3. Vanessa Bell book covers | 4. Angus Hyland | 5-8. Vanessa Bell book covers |

 

Be inspired by the beautiful painterly floral patterns and dress your bridesmaids in pretty floral printed dresses.

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. via StyleSight | 2. via Romantic Chic Atelier | 3. Lulie Wallace | 4. Duncan Grant via Christies | 5. Photo: Mark Tattersall via Lucy Says I Do |

 

I’m really excited by this theme and love the art, craft and unconventional feel to it. Somebody please take this idea and make it your own! You can find out more about the magical Charleston house here.

Mrs White x