Miss Cali Girl in NJ

About

The Engagement - April 26, 2009

Welcome to The Bohemian Bride, an online resource for the free-spirited bride. My name is Ashleigh, known on wedding sites as Miss Pashmina. I was born in sunny California. But I have traded in my surfboard for surfing the crowded subways.

After graduating from UCLA, I moved across the United States to attend graduate school at NYU. I stayed a little longer than I expected, all due to love. My fiance and I have been together for five years and ready to wed for three! But due to unforeseen family tragedy we had to put our wedding plans on hold. Now we are ready–it is our time!

In the Philippines

So what exactly makes a Bohemian Bride, after all isn’t that the name of the site? We are artsy, earthy, and natural. Brides magazine defines us as “a little bit wild child, a little bit zen.” Yeah, that is pretty much me! I’m not “a granola,” I am more organic spicy edemame peas. LOL

Our destination wedding will take place on Santa Catalina Island, a small island off the coast of California.

Feb. 14, 2010 Trying on Gowns with the Nieces

This blog is about the joys and the headaches of planning a natural island wedding. As an artist, educator, and technology maven, I am relying on all my skills for this one! No DJ on the island? No wedding cake vendor? Oh boy! They say destination brides must leave much more of their wedding up to chance. And that is the truth!

To add to the mix, I must quickly learn the customs and traditions of another land–of the Philippines! My fiance is a second generation Filipino and takes great pride in his culture. So how will this Filipino-American boho-chic destination wedding turn out?

Please journey with me! Our wedding highlights (and lowlights) will be featured here, on The Bohemian Bride.

I hope you enjoy!

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Update:  I’m also documenting my pregnancy on The Bohemian Mom, which is part of the Weddingbee mama’s blog Bee in the Pod.  The pumpkin will be arriving 10.4.11!

Contact me at thebohmianbride@gmail.com
Follow me on Twitter @MsPashmina

  1. I love love LOVE all of your ideas. I have been looking for a bohemian inspired wedding website, and here it is! Thank you for all of the links and pictures. :-)

  2. I just got the sweetest email (my first email since I set up my gmail account last week). I can’t help but sharing!! It is so fun that Google has linked all of us brides together!

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    Hi Ms. Bohemian Bride,

    Good day!

    First of alI, I want you to know that I am very Happy to be a now – follower of your website, and thanks to Google! When I was searching for my wedding theme (Enchanted Bohemian) google link me to your very informative website! I just love the way you blog and I must say that it’s very helpful!! All i can say now is, you are now part of my wedding preps and contributed a lot of things and fresh ideas on my planning stage! Thanks for the helpful infos and sharing all the links with us. You are truly an inspiration.

    Goodluck on your upcoming marriage and happy planning!

    Way to go Boho Bride!

    PS. Your in good hands with your Fiancee.Filipinos are very loving, caring, and thoughtful.

  3. Hi Miss Cali Girl,
    I’m so glad to have found your website! I’m Filipino (like your fiance!)- I actually grew up there, in a small, faraway coastal town (How far? Most Filipinos don’t even know about it.). I moved to Austin 5 years ago to get my PhD in Molecular Biology, where I met my future husband, who is half-Mexican, half-Swedish all-American boy from Chicago.
    I am quite a bohemian-type girl as well, and mainly I want my wedding to be ethereal and earthy, but still chic and elegant. Being that most of my family and friends are in the Philippines and we can’t expect his family and friends to go there, we are planning on having two weddings. But being graduate students, we are also on a very tight budget. So far, the US wedding is planned for a small vineyard outside Austin, during early spring, because I am head-over-heels in love with Texas wildflowers. Vines, wildflowers, lake, sunset, and later dancing under the stars- my kind of wedding. The Philippines wedding will be in the province, in my town church, which is a wood-and-smooth-stones, open-air church. The reception will be on a beach-front bar/restaurant, with permanent cottages and cabanas, and we will be setting up a little stage area for an acoustic band (mainly my friends) and maybe even a karaoke system (because back home, we sing in weddings more than dance).
    I’m really looking forward to getting tips from your website. Good luck with the planning!

  4. When I started planning my wedding last August I would do searches for bohemian wedding, bohemian bride, bohemian anything. My husband and I were married on April 16th and our theme was Bohemian vintage. I must tell you that your site has been such a wonderful inspiration. Thank you so much!

  5. Thank you for having this blog! I’ve been looking for more bohemian style bridal blogs/ inspiration for a while! Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! :)

    • Glad you like it! I am working on my wedding posts. We had our marriage, and it was wonderful!

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