To take the world as one finds it, the bad with the good, making the best of the present moment—to laugh at Fortune alike whether she be generous or unkind—to spend freely when one has money, and to hope gaily when one has none—to fleet the time carelessly, living for love and art—this is the temper and spirit of the modern Bohemian in his outward and visible aspect. It is a light and graceful philosophy, but it is the Gospel of the Moment, this exoteric phase of the Bohemian religion; and if, in some noble natures, it rises to a bold simplicity and naturalness, it may also lend its butterfly precepts to some very pretty vices and lovable faults, for in Bohemia one may find almost every sin save that of Hypocrisy. …
His faults are more commonly those of self-indulgence, thoughtlessness, vanity and procrastination, and these usually go hand-in-hand with generosity, love and charity; for it is not enough to be one’s self in Bohemia, one must allow others to be themselves, as well. …
What, then, is it that makes this mystical empire of Bohemia unique, and what is the charm of its mental fairyland? It is this: there are no roads in all Bohemia! One must choose and find one’s own path, be one’s own self, live one’s own life. (Ayloh, 1902)
Bohemia in the Badfontein Valley
We recently teamed up with some talented professionals and ventured in to the historic Badfontein Valley in Mpumalanga to shoot this bohemain inspired voortrekker shoot. We had so much fun as an awesome team and the whole day was just magical. Our inspiration came from the true bohemian styles of an unconventional life. We decided a South African twist had to be done on this and therefor the Bohemian Farm lifestyle was created.
The natural beauty of the glowing golden grass against the contrast it had on the bright blossoms created the perfect backdrop to this magestic couple. The floral arrangements were inspired by a real wedding that happened at a private ranch in the U.S, we love the idea of imperfect perfectness and wanted each detail of our table design to look like it really belonged with the couples style.
We were inspired by Katy Valentine’s jewelry collection from India and the bold colored stones in many of her pieces. The gold she uses compliments the colours of the valley, it is a special place at this time of the year, just before spring approaches the fields are thirsty for the rain and the dry dusty grass has a hue that lights the entire area where the Brahman cattle are free to roam. Brahman cattle were bread in the U.S from cattle breeds imported from India, we found this very fitting for our shoot.
The Cowshed is more than just a Wedding Venue and is situated on a working farm. Wilsonia farm has many exciting ventures an aspects. We wanted to add some glam to typical farm life and incorporate and team up with some of our furry residents …. the go.
Flower Crown – The Flower Art Company (Anneline – 0832375920) | Hair & Make-up – Trevor Conn | Wedding Dress – White Lily Bridal | Styling & Flowers – by SIMONE (Simone – 0825865039) | Photography – Kim Tracey Photography | Jewellery – Katy Valentine Collection | Venue – The Cowshed | Decor – Amatuli Artifacts & The Cowshed |