Time to hit the wedding road again!

18th of April 2017

Hello!

It’s time for wedding season 2017 to begin. All of us at Wedding Yurts are super excited to be hitting the road again for more wonderful yurt weddings.

Yes, after a lovely winter of planning and preparing, we’re ready for 14 yurt weddings all around the UK and our annual Open Weekend on the 13th and 14th of May at St Pierre Park.

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Our handmade yurts will be popping up in various gorgeous locations as we bring our luxury wedding packages to our lovely couples. As always, we’ll be in attendance for the week before the wedding, setting everything up and making sure everything is perfect. I will be styling and decorating the yurts and venue and then we’ll be on hand to manage the wedding day itself.

We hosted a beautiful wedding in the Suffolk countryside last year for Alice and Fraser, their beautiful wedding featured on Love my Dress yesterday, head over to see our Wedding Yurts in all their glory.

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Of course, we’ve been thoroughly testing lots of delicious new cocktail recipes this winter, adding to our store of props and decorations as well and getting to know lots of great new suppliers.

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You can find our twist on the 1920’s Gimlet here and our recipe for one of our all time favourite cocktails, the espresso martini can be found in the latest Spring/ Summer edition of Mr and Mrs Unique Magazine on pages 98-101 along with my 2017 styling tips.

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After our first wedding, we’re going to be heading to the wonderful St Pierre Park in the Wye Valley near Chepstow for our annual Open Weekend. This really is a beautiful (and private) location surrounded by trees and when you visit, you’ll see just why this is such a perfect spot for weddings.

You will have the opportunity to view the yurts by yourselves, so you can really get a feel for the space and we’ll be on hand to talk through your plans and you’ll be able to get a sense of just what makes Wedding Yurts luxury weddings so brilliant and so memorable. In short, we recommend clearing some space in your diary right now!

The Open Weekend is by appointment only so do get in touch to book yours now. Drop me a note on lizzie@weddingyurts.co.uk or call me on 07816 452080 and I can pop you in our diary. Appointments are available 10am – 6pm and we can’t wait to see you there.

In the meantime, do make sure you’re following me on Instagram. I’ll be sharing all our adventures from wedding season 2017 there.

Lizzie X

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January Beauty – Styling Inspiration

February 3rd 2017

Hello again and oh my goodness, who knew that the first month of the year would go so quickly? I am already looking forward to spring with Wedding Yurts but I couldn’t let deep winter go without a little styling inspiration. So, working with some of my favourite suppliers, we headed outside to create a January celebration in our yurt…

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I do love January, the intention setting, the optimism and all the positivity for the year ahead is so energising. I’m not a fan of the damp wet days but the frosty, foggy mornings we’ve had of late have been so beautiful and winter sunrises and sunsets are just divine.

To make the most of the pale winter light, it’s been all change in the yurt at the bottom of my garden. We’ve swapped the dark, cosy blue canvas for the lighter, brighter cream version. In January, we all need as much light as possible!

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As you might have seen from previous blog posts, my styling is very much rooted in the seasons and I always try to incorporate the natural world when I’m decorating spaces. This is definitely true of my wedding styling and even in January, there’s a lot of choice and so much to work with.

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Inspiration really is everywhere at this time of year. The subtle colours and tones, the naked trees that are showing off their wonderful shapes, the delicate seed heads and, if you look closely, the very first signs of budding blossom. I love the simplicity and the stripped back beauty of it all!

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To prepare for this winter inspiration shoot, I had lots of fun exploring my local woodland. I collected seed heads, luminous green catkins and a few twigs that had their precious buds intact.

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The fantastic Christiane from Honeysuckle Flower Co joined me and set to work. She decorated the inside of the yurt with her fabulous flowery creations. Christiane has the most exquisite taste and the way she works with the seasons is heavenly.

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I always love creating new looks inside the yurt and for this shoot, I added in plates from one of my favourite ever shops, Flint in Lewes, Sussex. The crockery sat alongside my own vintage cutlery and the delicate silk was a lucky find from a flea market mission of mine last summer! The beautiful place tags from The Linen Garden and seeds and budding blossom were the perfect finishing touch.

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For our evening soiree with cocktails, I made a gluten-free raw chocolate and blood orange cake and this worked so well with an Espresso Martini (or two, who’s counting?!)

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Cakes and cocktails are essential at any time of the year and both are very high up on our wedding planning list.

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Captured by the brilliant Katrina Bartlam, her images totally reflect the atmosphere and her eye for detail is faultless. If you’re working with Wedding Yurts for your own wedding then I heartily recommend both Katrina and Christiane as part of your wedding dream team!

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With spring just around the corner, it’ll soon be time for our Wedding Yurts Spring Open Weekend. If you’d like to know more as soon as details are released, do drop me an emaillizzie@weddingyurts.co.uk – and make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates.

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Don’t forget that we’re now also taking bookings for 2018 so just get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!

Lizzie xx

Credits:

Styling & Props: Lizzie Jones

Photography: Katrina Bartlam

Flowers: Honeysuckle Flower Co

Our Winter Spice Cocktail – Your Seasonal Indulgence

At Wedding Yurts, we’re well known for the seasonal cocktails that we serve at our weddings throughout the summer season. We love mixing up unique drinks for our couples in our Yurt Bar and we really love using the best local ingredients we can find. All that said, we don’t believe cocktails should only be drunk in the summer so this winter we’ve shaken up a winter gimlet. And, to help you enjoy a festive tipple with a twist, here’s all you need to know to make your own…

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Let’s start with the background to the drink in question. A gimlet is, quite simply, a 1920s style Martini made with gin and lime juice however, as you’ll see, I’ve added a couple of ingredients to the traditional recipe to spice things up!

My inspiration for this gin-based cocktail is the newly launched Apple Gin from Thatchers. We’re always on the look out for locally made drinks and this one caught my attention when I was dreaming up this spicy winter drink.

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This gin is a really delicious combination of botanicals including juniper, coriander, lavender, macadamia nuts, buttercup, Seville orange and the zest of tangy lemon and limes, to compliment this list of wonderful ingredients I decided to make a syrup with cardamom and rose, it smells and tastes as gorgeous as it sounds and it looks super pretty.

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So, on to the Winter Spice Gimlet itself. It’s a refreshing alternative to all the rich and sweet treats we can’t (or won’t) avoid during the festive period. The unusual, and key, ingredient in this cocktail of ours is fresh green chilli! This gives the drink a little kick and warms it up with a lovely light tang.

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The overall combination of bitter gin, sweet florals and spicy syrup with a kick of sour limes creates a really balanced drink and my goodness, it’s suitable for any soiree, especially when it’s mixed up with lots of delicate flowers. It’s a real Christmas present for sure.

Now you’ve already fallen for our Winter Spice Gimlet, you’ll want to know how to make it so here are all the details you need:

  • Prepare your rose and cardamom syrup in advance – to make this simply heat up 125ml of water, add 100g of sugar, 1 heaped teaspoon of dried rose petals and 1 heaped teaspoon of cardamom pods that you’ve crushed with a pestle and mortar. Bring the mixture to the boil and then simmer it for one minute before taking it off the heat to cool it down.

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  • Prepare your ice cubes in advance – make these as usual, ideally with bottled water. Sprinkle some with rose petals and then freeze.

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Now you can move on to mixing the cocktail itself:

  • Add a handful of ice cubes to your cocktail shaker and a pop a few cubes into your glass to chill it down.

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  • Add 1 x 50ml shot of gin.

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  • 1 x 30ml shot of your syrup.

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  • 1 x 30ml measure of freshly squeezed lime juice and half a teaspoon of chopped green chilli.

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  • Pop the lid on your shaker and shake vigorously.

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  • Now your glass is chilled, empty out the ice cubes and pour in your cocktail.

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  • Top up the glass with a dash of sparkling apple wine.

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  • Decorate your drink with your rose petal ice cubes and, for a final flourish, add a little slice of radish. I’ve used beautiful melon radishes in my cocktails and they give the perfect pop of colour!

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In fact, why wait for Christmas or the New Year for this mouth-tingling treat? Mix yourself a Winter Spice Gimlet to celebrate the Winter Solstice and have a truly wonderful day.

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If you’d like to find out more about our Yurt Bar or if you’d like us to bring our yurts and our encyclopedic knowledge of weddings, including cocktails, to your wedding, do get in touch. We’re now taking bookings for 2018 and we’d love to hear from you!

Solstice wishes and a very merry Christmas!

Lizzie x

Styling and props – Lizzie Jones

Photography – Katrina Bartlam

Seasonal Styling For Winter Gatherings

At this time of year, we all love to decorate. Whether you’re hosting a festive get-together for friends and family, giving your home a Christmas makeover or planning a brilliant winter wedding, there are so many things that you can do. This feature is all about seasonal styling so follow me into the garden…

As you might expect, I adore yurts. Obviously I spend the summer season travelling around the UK with Wedding Yurts but, when we’re home, we also have a yurt at the bottom of our garden.

It’s the perfect winter retreat – super cosy with a little wood burner, which heats up the space in minutes. I regularly head down there first thing in the morning, light the fire, pop the kettle on the stove and start the day with a little peace and quiet. This is one of my absolute favourite winter rituals.

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The slow, dark days of December are also very special. We move towards Christmas with candlelight, sparkle and fairy lights. We make time for family and friends. We gather for celebratory feasts and restorative downtime and our little yurt is perfect for festive dinner parties or a romantic candlelit dinner for two.

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The simplicity of the season is also a joy and I so look forward to styling beautiful snug spaces at this time of year. The abundance of greenery, berries, dried seed heads and seasonal fruits make it easy to style any space and foraging for pretty bits is one of my favourite pastimes.

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At this time of year, bringing nature inside is just so fabulous. And, when you add in the soft glow of candles and the twinkle of delicate lights, there’s a heightened sense of wonder and magic.

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For these images (taken in my little garden yurt), the sweet winter tablescape is a mixture of rustic charm with cosy yet opulent touches. The old wooden table is set with treasures picked up at my local flea market, pretty vintage crockery and cutlery as well as elegant etched glassware.

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Tarnished vases full of decadent blooms, pom pom style Chrysanthemums whilst foliage and berries line the centre of the table with delicious apples, tall white candles and tealights lighting up the space.

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Once dinner’s over, the fireside is the perfect place to retreat to and the soft sheepskin rug, piled up with velvet-covered cushions is so very inviting…

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If you’d like to style a special location or occasion, my styling services are available in the winter months. Do get in touch for more information.

You can also find out more about our Garden Yurts here.

Warmest wishes

Lizzie xx

p.s all of the beautiful blooms are by the wonderful Christiane from Honeysuckle Flower Co and the photos from the very lovely Katrina from Captured by Katrina.

Wedding Yurts 2016 Season Review – Part Two: Places & People

I’m writing part two of our 2016 Wedding Yurts season review with a huge smile on my face. One of the joys of being a complete travelling wedding venue is that we get to visit so many amazing places and meet so many wonderful people. Every location is different, every supplier shows us something new and every wedding is full of individuality and spirit. Today’s feature is all about the places that we went and the people that we met during our nomadic summer.

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Let’s start with the places that we went. During our 2016 season, we hosted 16 glorious yurt weddings all over the UK. We were at a mixture of locations from weddings venues to family homes and private farms. That’s the beauty of Wedding Yurts – we can turn any space into your dream wedding venue!

Anyway, if you’re looking for a yurt-friendly wedding venue then I’d like to recommend three fabulous locations to you. Firstly, Houghton Lodge in Hampshire is an absolute dream. With fourteen acres of wonderful gardens, there’s plenty of space for a wedding and we all fell in love with its riverside charm.

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Not too far away is Sopley Lake in the New Forest and this is such a laid back, relaxed spot that we didn’t want to leave. Do check it out!

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Lastly, Glebe House in Nottinghamshire charmed us all and I know we’ve all got fond memories of our time here.

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Our yurts looked incredibly different for every occasion and DIY brides, friends, aspiring florists and professional floral designers all created memorable weddings. I have to recommend these amazing florists from this season. All great to work with and ridiculously talented, this special bunch made everything bloom!

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The Oak & The Owl

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Mulberry House Flowers

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The Flower Hut

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Lastly, I have to talk about caterers. Catering for a wedding is always a big responsibility so it’s fantastic to work with caterers and chefs who not only produce amazing food but who also clearly LOVE what they do. This summer, we’ve seen menus including organic, locally grown and seasonal banquets through to food trucks serving fish and chips not to mention wood-fired pizzas, huge paellas, delicious picnics and crowd-pleasing hog and lamb roasts.

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I’d love to recommend a few of the unforgettable foodies we met this summer. Firstly, Peter Harrison is a chef who, quite honestly, I’d love to follow me around on a daily basis! His food was unbelievably good but then, with thirty years of culinary experience, that’s not surprising. Peter loves to celebrate the seasons with his menus so if you’re in Suffolk or nearby, do get in touch with him.

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On the other side of the country, Cotswold Cooks in Wiltshire also work with local sourced, super fresh ingredients that quite often come from their own organic farm. Their seasonal menu was a huge hit and I know I was dreaming about it for a long time!

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If you’re planning your yurt wedding, I’m always happy to recommend suppliers who we’ve worked with in the past and if you’ve not yet booked Wedding Yurts for your wedding, don’t forget that our 2018 brochure is now available with dates booking quickly. Do get in touch to find out more.

Lizzie x

Wedding Yurts 2016 Season Review – Part One: Creative Collaborations

I am sitting here writing this blog post, wrapped up in a blanket in front of the fire, I love this time of year when life slows down and offers us time to reflect, I have been looking back at our 2016 season and it was amazing in so many ways. So here’s the first instalment of the Wedding Yurts 2016 Season Review…

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Most importantly, let’s talk about the weddings and this year’s were so wonderful. All in all, we hosted sixteen yurt weddings around the country this season and every single one of them will stay in my memory for years to come. There was love, laughter, fun and feasting and each couple put their own stamp on our yurts. It’s a treat for us to see the yurts used so differently at each wedding and I love working with our couples to make their yurt wedding a really personal occasion.

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We don’t often blow our own trumpets (usually because we’re on the road and too far from this blog!) but I have been so very proud of my team this season that I have to share just a snippet of some of the feedback we’ve had from our lovely clients:

We genuinely couldn’t have asked for any more from Lizzie or her team. The team were so just efficient, conscientious and professional and, to be honest, they were just part of the day with us. Everything was perfect.” Alice & Fraser, August 2016

Isn’t that just fabulous? But, this season saw even more brilliance because, in addition to sixteen weddings, we also hosted three fantastic styled shoots and all have been featured in some of our favourite places.

Our first was our annual spring shoot and we were all delighted to see Natural Beauty on the superb wedding blog, Love My Dress

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The cocktail garden has been such a huge hit and I’m still dreaming about those cakes!

We also created an ‘Eco Festival Wedding’ which was featured on The Natural Wedding Company

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and our delicious summer cocktail shoot with Chase Vodka sparkled on Mr. & Mrs. Unique. We know it’s not *strictly* summer any more but I promise you that these cocktails will be just as tasty now if you fancy a little tipple!

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And that’s not all! Our season finished on a huge high when one of our weddings starred on the front cover of the new Mr. & Mrs. Unique magazine! The full wedding feature can be found inside and this magazine is a great free read so why not curl up and have a look?

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In the second part of our season review, I’ll be looking back on some of the special places we visited and the awesome people that we met but, for now, keep cosy and enjoy the beauty of early autumn.

Lizzie x

We’ve just released our Wedding Yurts 2018 brochure (click here to find out more)

Our 2018 Brochure Is Available Now & We’ve Opened The Diary For Bookings!

October is always a special time of year. We’re home after a great summer season with our travelling yurt wedding venue and we’ve released our new Wedding Yurts brochure. Yes, I’m really excited to say that the 2018 brochure is now available and we’ve opened the diary to take bookings for 2018 too! Read on for our latest updates…

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Wedding Yurts is a venue unlike any other because in this case, your dream venue comes to you!

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We’re unique in the wedding world because we really do travel from wedding to wedding and no one else runs their business quite like we do. We’re a complete travelling venue and we quite simply transform fields, gardens and empty spaces into absolutely stunning, one-of-a-kind wedding venues.

At the heart of our service are the yurts themselves. Master craftsmen have handcrafted all these beautiful structures in Wales and their frames are finely finished and covered with cream canvas. The solid oak floors make the yurts more luxurious and trust me when I tell you that they make the best dance floors!

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The wedding yurts are incredibly unique, beautifully made and fabulously crafted. Fraser is an architect and I’m a designer so the yurts appealed to us for the form, beautiful designs and the attention to detail throughout… oh, and those oak floorboards!!” Alice & Fraster, August 2016.

Our Complete Wedding Yurt Package guarantees you a fantastic experience from start to finish. We’ll be with you for the week before the wedding, setting everything up and making sure everything is in place as well as styling the yurts to perfection. We’ll be on-site on the wedding day itself and there’s really nothing we can’t handle for you.

One of the most popular elements of our service is our Yurt Bar and with good reason. Not only do we mix the most delicious cocktails, we’ll also stock up with local beers and ciders not to mention the best selection of wines and spirits. Your delicious drinks will also be presented beautifully in vintage glassware by our fully trained staff.

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I also love providing my personal styling and decoration service to our couples (this is included in the Complete Wedding Yurt Package) and we always start with a long chat over tea and cake! I’ll source props, install decorations, style tablescapes and much much more so your wedding process will be stress free and fabulous.

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As always, we include On the Day coordination in our service and we’re now thrilled to offer a Tea Yurt, a calming place where guests can help themselves to a nice cup of tea (or freshly brewed coffee) and catch up with friends in cosy comfort around the wood burner. This addition to our travelling wedding venue has been incredibly popular this year and is perfect for late nights or laid back afternoons.

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From the first contact until after the wedding, Lizzie and the team went above and beyond to make sure that we had a truly unique, beautiful and unforgettable day. Any issue that came up was dealt with calmly and efficiently – often before we knew anything was happening! That meant we were able to completely relax and enjoy the day, confident we were in the best hands.” Haya & Stuart, July 2016.

Our 2018 brochure also includes details of our pricing, testimonials from recent clients, full package specifications and much more besides. If you’d like to request your copy or check our diary for 2018, do get in touch on lizzie@weddingyurts.co.uk or 07816 452080. We only have two dates available for 2017 so if you’ve not yet booked, do be quick!

Lizzie x