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Bona Fide Bohemian

— Brice & Leah


19 October 2013


130 people


Laura Dart

Brice & Leah by Laura Dart
Brice & Leah by Laura Dart

Bohemianism //  the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, involving musical, artistic or literary pursuits. Free-spirited, nomadic, creative and artistic; the bohemian bride is a traveller, a gatherer and a collector. The key ideals: freedom, beauty and love.

Walking down a rug-dressed aisle of ethnic patterns in vibrant hues of tangerine, oxblood and earthy neutrals - elegantly clad in a fitted lace long-sleeve gown, tousled curls blowing behind her and adorned with a delicate jewelled headpiece, Leah Hoffman was the ultimate bohemian beauty. 

An intimate ceremony and reception styled with a free-spirited artistic eye, this wedding evoked a mood of 70's bohemia and was reminiscent of a backyard dinner party with friends. Think clusters of flickering tea light candles, rustic timber benches and haystacks as seating, string lights suspended between trees, a blazing fire pit, warm whiskey-cider, teepees, a taco truck and a majestic howling-wolf. 

Brice & Leah's wedding captured by D'Art Photographie is by far one of the most beautiful weddings we have seen all year. 

HOW WE MET: Brice and I both moved to Nashville at the same time, for random reasons, from total opposite sides of the US.  Brice got his haircut at the barber shop/salon I work at. He had seen me before I saw him and had a crush on me, but didn't want to be “that guy” that hit on someone at their work. But when I spotted him, I took initiative and got his info out of the computer and Facebook stalked him. And we’ve been together ever since.

OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY: Brice and I knew instantly we were soul mates… it was never a matter of IF we get engaged, it was WHEN. He had just arrived back from a surfing trip in Mexico and he made us reservations at our favourite restaurant. We got all dressed up, had an amazing night out, and when we got back to my loft, he went in the bathroom with our cat Waylon and came out and had tied the ring around his neck.  I love that he incorporated my cat in our (now) home, it was perfect.  He also had gotten me two rings, because when he got my grandmothers ring from my mom, he didn't want to get it sized without me there and he wanted me to have a ring to wear right then. I screamed when I saw the crystal rock and cried when I saw my grandmothers ring… I hadn’t seen it since before she died, when i was a child.  It was the most perfect thoughtful thing anyone has ever done for me.

MARRIAGE TO US MEANS: Teammates forever. It's the cheesiest thing, but I’ve never had a life partner before him, and it means everything to me. 

WEDDING LOCATION: We got married in the backyard of my brother’s denim store Imogene + Willie, which is in an old gas station here in Nashville. This store and my brother and sis-in-law were a huge part of me moving, which led to me meeting Brice, so it was so special and touching when they said we could do the ceremony there.

THEME/STYLE: My brother used to have these amazing backyard concerts at the old gas station called Supper + Song, where all the neighbourhood locals would gather and sit on pillows and blankets with candles and listen to good music and eat the best tacos in town out of a truck parked outside. Everyone was sad when they had to stop doing them, but Brice and I went to one of the last Supper/Songs when we first got together, so we themed our wedding after it… with lots of gypsy pillows, printed rugs, furs, candles, and coziness. We also wanted to make sure that we used as many local artists and friends as possible for everything.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Laura Dart. I knew instantly I wanted her as my photographer… Her photos are so natural and beautifully haunting at the same time. She was also good friends with lots of my friends which made her being there that much more comforting. I also had a friend, Allison Webber Photography take film and behind the scenes shots. She has some amazing old cameras that got me one of a kind photos that my grandchildren will swoon over.

BRIDE’S DRESS: With Hearts in My Eyes from Bona Drag. My dress was absolutely the most stunning, prettiest thing I’ve ever put on. I had found it online, and almost didn’t choose it because I was worried it was too simple. I changed into a different lace dress for the reception, made by a friend of ours that owns an online boutique called Spanish Moss.

BRIDE’S SHOES: My boots were borrowed, handmade by a local boot maker Peter Nappi

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: My bridesmaids chose their own dresses, I wanted them to match me with creams and whites. And they each wore a vintage squash blossom necklace, which was my favourite part of the whole wedding decor.

FLOWERGIRLS/PAGEBOY OUTFITS: My niece, Ronni wore a little handmade dress from a local boutique (she even had a little baby squash blossom!) and Brice's nephews wore the cutest little “old man” outfits.

JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: My necklace was handmade and designed by my dear friend, Erica Ness, who also made one of my engagement rings.  She stacked old rhinestone necklaces and made a body chain that had white feathers and crystals dangling from the back. Its truly the most beautiful jewellery piece I could ever own. (I love putting it on with my old concert and harley tees :)

WEDDING RINGS: My wedding stack consists of my grandmothers ring, a Victorian band I found on Ebay, and Catbird NYC stacks.

GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Groomsmen wore black pants and grey vests and white shirts, with different assortments. Everyone in our wedding party is stylish, so we gave them inspiration and trusted them. Brice wore a suit he ordered from Zara Man and we had it altered. 

HAIR: I decided to do my own hair. I’ve been a hairstylist for 9 years, and it was very calming and meditative to sit at my vanity and curl my own hair right before all the craziness.  I wore a beautiful jewelled headpiece from Gypsy Junkies.

MAKEUP: My friend and talented makeup artist Jana Hilton did my makeup.

STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: A local artist Rachel Briggs designed our invites and we printed them at a local print press.

FAVORS/BONBONNIERE: I handmade the groomsmen bonbonnieres with dried flowers and wild feathers.

FLOWERS & BOUQUETS: One of my bridesmaids went to the local wholesale flower market the day before the wedding and put together all of the flowers and bouquets with lots of greenery and herbs like sage, etc.

PREPARATION: The preparation the day of the wedding was hectic, it unexpectedly rained the morning right up until pictures, which meant everyone frantically had to go un-decorate until the rain stopped. I got ready alone in my loft, right after I got my makeup done at the amazing shop I work at Parlour & Juke. But it was meditative and good for my sanity to have that calm before the (happy) storm.

CEREMONY DÉCOR/ RECEPTION DÉCOR: For the ceremony, we decorated with lots of printed Kelim, Moroccan, southwestern printed, and fur rugs, blankets and pillows. Tons of candles, wooden benches, string lights… and since its the fall in the south and a bit chilly, we had warm whiskey cider to serve as guests came in. It was lovely. The reception was held in the backyard of our friends house, and we wanted it to be like a backyard dinner party which is a big thing in Nashville. So we had haystacks, string lights, a teepee, lots of mexican blankets, a photo booth inside of an old camper, huge fire pit, outdoor heaters and of course, the taco truck.

WEDDING PLANNER / WEDDING STYLIST: I planned most of the wedding myself, with help from my amazing husband. The day of, we had a friend help coordinate everything and make sure all went smoothly… she was a lifesaver!

CAKEInstead of a cake, we had a potluck southern style sweets/snacks table. Our moms and families baked cakes and pies, macaroons,  and we had huge cheese boards that our guests snacked on all night.  We had collected tons of little vintage tea plates piled all over the table to eat off of. 

WEDDING SONGS: I walked down the aisle to my best friends playing and singing Ryan Adams and Emmylou Harris “Oh My Sweet Carolina”.

ENTERTAINMENT: Nashville is known for dance parties and thats exactly what I wanted, so our friends DJ’d and it was amazing!

FOOD & BEVERAGES: We had our favourite taco truck Mas Tacos parked out front of the reception site. For drinks, my husband owns and runs his own mobile bar, The Spirit Run, so we had metal tubs of cocktail jars, a DIY highball table, wine and lots of Tecates.

TRANSPORT: We rode out in our friends baby blue 1953 Pontiac Chieftain.

HONEYMOON: We decided to go to Mexico, because it was close, cheap, and beautiful! We spent an entire week talking about how perfect our wedding was and how much we love each other. It was paradise.

CELEBRANT: Brice’s older brother married us. He was so wonderful, comfortable, meaningful, but fast! (it was cold, brrrr)

READINGS: We chose to do traditional vows. We both agreed that a Christian ceremony was what we wanted.

ANY OTHER SPECIAL DETAILS: We had a wedding wolf.  Brice has always loved wolves and I think they are the most beautiful majestic animals. So I searched high and low to find one for our wedding day, Lucian. He came and hung out with us all day and even howled at the end of the ceremony. He was epic. 

A MEMORABLE MOMENT: It unexpectedly rained the entire morning of our wedding day.. I was so bummed. Not only did it stop before the ceremony, the sun snuck out as we were saying our vows and kissing. It was so beautiful and warmed up my body and my heart.

IF I COULD GIVE OTHER BRIDES TO BE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE... Make the wedding a representation of you and your groom. We had a $10,000 budget and I think our wedding was more beautiful than any other wedding with bigger budgets. But I can say that, because to us it was the most beautiful wedding, we put our hearts and souls into it. No regrets.




BRIDE'S DRESS: With Hearts in My Eyes by Bona Drag

RECEPTION DRESS: American Gold Sacret Hearts by Spanish Moss

BRIDE’S SHOES: Peter Nappi 

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Free People &  Alice + Olivia



JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: Custom body chain necklace by Erica Ness. Custom orders email [email protected]

HEADPIECE: Gypsy Junkies

FLOWERCROWN: Wild N Free Jewellery  

MAKEUP: Jana Hilton Makeup Artist 


CATERING: Mas Tacos Por Favor  & The Spirit Run


CELEBRANT: Neil Hoffman (brother of the groom)



HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Puerto Vallerta, Mexico

ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Coach and Jason Harris


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