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The perfect boho bride, designed by Anna, a designer and dress maker in Brighton. Click on image for her full Etsy shop.

Boho Brides: Weddings and Elopements at Stonehurst Place

I’m on the Etsy listserv, so every week or so they send me the editor’s pick of the month. This month’s pick was about brides and “Boho-chic weddings,” and as I scrolled through the pictures I was immediately struck by how they fit with the Stonehurst Place aesthetic. The pictures of beautiful brides in stunning original dresses from the 1960s with neat custom jewelry reminds me of some of the weddings we’ve had at Stonehurst Place. For those of you who are not experts on fashion trends (like me!), Boho is a style that came into fashion in the early 2000s that combines Bohemian and hippie styles. To me, it always looks like the 70s, and reminds me of my childhood. I was just growing up in the 70s, so a lot of 70s fashion is associated with my childhood dreams.  My first memories of weddings are with brides dressed just like this!  It’s amazing how quick fashion cycles run … I honestly never thought I would see this look again.

brides and weddings at Stonehurst Place

Boho Brides Mason Jar Décor at a Stonehurst Place Wedding (thanks for sharing your wedding photos, Cindy & Ross!)

So, what does this have to do with Stonehurst Place?  Boho aesthetic combines the old and the new; the hippie movement that was iconic in the 60s is contrasted with the hipster movement that is big now. Many elements of Boho-chic became popular in the late 1960s and some date back much further, being associated, for example, with pre-Raphaelite women of the mid-to-late 19th century. Mason jars, a hipster object, are decorated in a hippie style.  Backdrops like beaded curtains are back in style, but now they adorn older doors; the aesthetic specifically aims to contrast the old and the new, and highlight our ever-changing lifestyles while still emphasizing the permanence of art and decorative creativity.  Just like at Stonehurst Place, where I’ve created a design aesthetic our guests enjoy – the new and the old, mixed together. It’s eclectic, and I love it for its quirky timelessness.

Another reason this editors’ pick caught my eye is its focus specifically on weddings. As many of our blog readers know, intimate elopements and weddings at Stonehurst Place are so popular with engaged couples, some who come from states away just to be married in our special atmosphere.  When I see Boho-chic wedding images like these on the Etsy pages, I am struck by how perfect Stonehurst Place is for this wedding style.

Stonehurst Place is such an adaptable location, one in which you can have such a variety of wedding types. Boho-chic weddings remind me of the 1970s and my favorite pair of faded denim, low cut, dusty-pink flared bell-bottom jeans, but it also reminds me of the hopefulness of youth and the excitement for the future.

Stonehurst Place encompasses those two feelings beautifully.

Shadomy, Stonehurst Place


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