Not all the brides we sell our Lo Boheme vintage hair pieces and accessories to get a feature spot on the big wedding blogs so we thought it would be fun to give some of our brides the opportunity to have a feature of their own. When Katrien, a “real bride” from Belgium, sent photos of her big day last week wearing two of our creations, we thought she would be the perfect one to kick off our new feature, “The Real Brides of Lo Boheme”. She’s the sweetest thing and we love how she stayed true to herself. She’s a fitting example of Lo Boheme’s motto; Modern Eye, Vintage Heart. Since she was more than willing to share her wedding story with us, we allowed Katrien to tell it in her own words…
“Next to the birth of my little daughter, my wedding was the most beautiful and intimate thing I shared with my husband. The moment my husband asked me to marry him we knew what kind of wedding we wanted; a special and intimate day celebrating our choice for each other, forever, with our loved ones. We didn’t want a big party so we chose a nice and small family party in our home with an eye blink to the past. We had a lunch that was inspired by a vintage tea party with something salty and something sweet. Keeping with the vintage theme, we used my grandmother’s china plates. The color theme was black and white.
When we knew what kind of wedding we wanted, the search for the prefect dress began … I knew it wouldn’t be the typical long white wedding dress. I wanted a dress that was a reflection of who I am. I fell in love with a short white dress from the designer, Ugo Zaldi. The dress fit perfectly and was in the theme of our wedding because it was a bit old fashioned as it was inspired by the Charleston style. In daily life I always wear headpieces to finish my look so a nice headpiece couldn’t stay away on my wedding day. But … it isn’t that easy to find a nice headpiece in Belgium. I tried a lot of them but couldn’t find one I liked. So, I began my search on the internet, where I found Lo Boheme on Etsy. I fell immediately in love with the Claudine hair piece and the Michelle veil! I knew that was what I was looking for! I was really happy with the help Lo Boheme gave me in choosing the pearl center stone and the feather color so it would be a perfect match with my earrings. I remember the day the box arrived. I was very happy. Everything was perfect, starting from the little boxes with the stamped image of a husband and wife and then there were the headpieces! Just beautiful!
We were married in Bruges, Belgium on November 19, 2011. Our ceremony was held at the town hall of Bruges and afterward we participated in a Boedhistic ritual in the chapel of the Astridpark. After the ritual we went to our home to eat, drink and laugh with our nearest friends and family. Later in the evening we had a reception for family, friends and colleagues. To help create an intimate and cozy atmosphere, we chose a live jazz band. They played our songs and the opening dance was “New day” by Nina Simone. In Belgium it is typical to thank all the people attending the party. We chose to make a CD with all our favorite and special songs. We even put our invitation on the CD and along with this, we gave a traditional candy from Bruges called Rock Candy with the words, ‘Just Married’ written on them.”
When asked what advice she would give to other brides-to-be, Katrien said, “The best advice I would give to all future brides is to stay loyal to what you stand for. It is your day and make it special. Be original and most of all make it yours.” – Greetz, Katrien
Thank you, Katrien. You are beautiful. We, at Lo Boheme, wish you and your family all the best!