How to Create the Bohemian Look
Boho Chic Inspiration
We asked Alyssa Van Guilder, owner of Apotheca Flowers & Tea Chest in Goffstown, if she would provide flowers for a bohemian chic (aka boho) shoot we were doing this past summer. Not only did she say yes, she volunteered to take on the whole project. And here are the fabulous results.
The beautiful tablescape Alyssa created celebrates a style that has its roots in hippie love and bohemian free spirits — much of it handmade but with touches of elegance that she says every wedding deserves. Her bold palette features fresh purple basil, green kale, hot pink zinnias and dahlias from Chanticleer Gardens. Pops of blue were added with hybrid and Japanese delphinium. And, for the boho feel of texture and movement, various grasses, ferns and foliage were used.
The cake sits on a spool that once held cable, nestled under an apple tree, one of hundreds in the gorgeous Sunset Hill Orchard in Goffstown. The car behind it is one that the orchard owner’s father parked and left there more than 40 years ago. To enhance the relationship between the table and the tree, dreamcatchers were created out of pieces of wood yarn, fabric, feathers, seed pods and other natural material.
A naked cake — meaning no frosting on the sides — is popular for boho weddings. Here’s one with 16 layers, made by Shara Chickering-Hill of Chickadee Hill Cakes. It’s chocolate fudge cake filled with layers of mocha buttercream and dark chocolate ganache.
A welcome gift for guests — a plate accent made of twig, leather, bead and feather, which symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power and freedom. Above the plate is the favor — a gold-rimmed cup filled with a mini plant. “Always a favorite favor of ours,” Alyssa says.
Here another environment is created with draped strips of fabric that come to life with the faintest breeze. The sculpture above them was created out of sticks and yarn. “It acts as an unexpected yet naturally beautiful anchor to the space,” Alyssa says.
Ceremonies at Sunset Hill Orchard take place under this 76-foot-high white ash tree, one of the largest in the state. Lining the wooden benches are flower-bedecked lanterns that add both beauty and function to outdoor weddings.
The boho bride, dressed in a lace and embroidered gown from BHLDN, wears a headpiece of leather strips tied at the back, visually softened with passion vine and delphinium buds. Feathers, beads and blossoms provide accents. Her jewelry is handmade, sterling silver set with natural stones, designed by Morgan Cleveland.
The bride, with Cara Sandford as the model, carries a free-form bouquet featuring lots of small, intricate textures. “Our favorites are the blue scabiosa, smoke bush, lovegrass and a Queen Anne’s Lace called Chocolate Lace,” Alyssa says. “For color we have Japanese blue delphinium and little hot pink zinnias popping out here and there. Fresh mint and sage give the bouquet an amazing scent.” She adds a fun fact: In Victorian times, bouquets were made up of primarily edible components that became part of the bridal supper at the end of the ceremony.
Boho jewelry means lots of it! Designer Morgan Cleveland says, “It’s stacking bracelets and rings, dangling earrings and statement pieces, jewelry that stands out. It’s also big stones with lots of metal and mixed media like leather and silk.” The forearm cuff is malachite and the bangles are turquoise and sodalite, all set in sterling silver. The rings are turquoise and azurite, also set in sterling silver, with sterling silver and copper stacking rings.
The necklace is a polished lapis lazuli, set in sterling silver hung from a handmade sterling silver chain.
- Apotheca Flowers & Tea Chest
- Allison Hope Photography
- Chickadee Hill Cakes
- Morgan Cleveland Designs
- Chanticleer Gardens
- Model Cara Sandford
- Makeup artist Rosangela McCann
- Special thanks to Eulalie and Michael Paris
- Sunset Hill Orchard
See more photos from the Boho Chic Inspiration Photoshoot. All photos by Allison Hope Photography.