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Welcome To Summer 2015 – The Season Has Started!

21st of May 2015

Well hello and welcome to the first Wedding Yurts blog post of the summer season and oh my goodness, what an amazing start it’s been, full of flowers and good weather – absolute heaven.

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We started our time on the road this year by actually being in one place for three weeks! The delightful Maisemore Court Farm was our home and you simply couldn’t wish for a more perfect place. With lovely owners, a picturesque site plus plenty of power, parking and easy access, we were very grateful to start the season here, hosting our open weekend, two beautiful yurt weddings and two styled photo-shoots – wow!

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Our open weekend was a huge success and I’d like to say a very public and very huge thank you to all the lovely couples that came to meet us and see our yurts. I loved every minute of the weekend and the exciting discussions that took place over tea and cake were totally inspiring.

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I also have to say that the yurts themselves were looking fantastic and I’ll admit that I had a lot of fun decorating inside and out with beautiful spring flowers. Christiane from Honeysuckle Bee (a florist I would recommend wholeheartedly) created a spectacular floral arrangement for the yurt entrance – beautiful, lush peonies and ranunculus overflowing from atop vintage wooden boxes. True springtime abundance!

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Outside the yurt, I added all the elements that just make an outdoor wedding – hay bales, rugs, blankets, fire bowls and storm lanterns sat alongside wooden crates covered with mini vases, brown bottles and rustic jugs that were full of foliage and flowers in creams, soft pinks, coral pinks with pops of deepest burgundy.

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Back inside the yurts, we certainly went to town with an abundance of natural beauty. The tables inside the 32ft yurt were decorated with vintage lace tablecloths, delicate glass candlesticks and urns filled with maidenhead ferns and saxifrage.

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When visitors stepped into the 20ft yurt, they were greeted by the sight of vases hanging from the centre of the yurt, filled with huge coral pink peonies that opened as the day went on.

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Our vintage bar was another favourite with those who visited and was decorated with over sized amber bottles and brown demijohns, brimming over with delphiniums, spray roses and wax flowers.

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Of course a Wedding Yurts open weekend can’t possibly be called complete without cake and my talented friend Radha created us four delicious cakes – beetroot and chocolate; vanilla, mascarpone and raspberry; a gluten free pear almond and blueberry cake plus a fantastic carrot and walnut creation. Radha uses truly top quality ingredients and always finishes her cakes with beautiful decorations and one of our couples was so impressed they’ve booked her for their 2016 wedding! If cake is high on your wedding agenda (and I certainly believe it should be!) then do drop me an email and I’ll be very happy to put you in touch with Radha.

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Once the excitement of the open weekend died down, we moved on to our annual spring photo-shoot and I absolutely can’t wait to share the results with you in a forthcoming blog. We were so lucky to be able to work with such a fabulous team of suppliers and I promise you that you won’t want to miss these images!

I was thrilled when asked by the very gorgeous girls from Bespoke Bride to help style a festival style shoot for Free People! it was a lot of Fun working with Emily and Jess, so again, watch this space…

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But the weddings, oh the weddings. They were just heavenly. I am so happy to be back on the road and back doing what I love and over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be sharing our weddings and nomadic wedding life with you here on the Wedding Yurts blog. If the start of the season is anything to go by, you won’t want to miss a moment.

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Love,
Lizzie x

p.s. I’m overjoyed to say that Wedding Yurts is now fully booked for 2016 – thank you to everyone who’s asked us to be part of their wedding. If you’d like to be added to our cancellation list or if you’d like to be the first to know when we open our diary for 2017 weddings, please send me an email.

Styling and Props  – Lizzie Jones www.weddingyurts.co.uk

Flowers and Props – Christiane Simmons www.honeysucklebee.co.uk

Fair Weather and Foul

3rd of April 2015

Well hello and welcome to April. I don’t know about you but I can’t believe that we’re already well and truly into spring. We’ll soon be starting our nomadic wedding life again and our first wedding of 2015 will take place in just a few weeks. Our wonderful open weekend is just around the corner too so it’s a time of high excitement and preparations galore at Wedding Yurts HQ!

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Anyway, as I’m writing this, the weather is being very British outside my window – one minute the rain is falling and the next, the sun is trying to peep through the clouds. This super changeable climate is always a big consideration for weddings and for us so I thought I’d pass on a few of the weatherproofing tips that I’ve learned over the years and explain why the weather needn’t ever curtail your celebrations with Wedding Yurts…

The first thing I should say is always have a weather contingency plan – fair weather and foul can play havoc with the most carefully prepared days so a little bit of forethought can save so much stress.

I think most couples worry about cold, wet weather, especially when they’re planning a wedding with an outdoors feel. The first thing I would say is – don’t worry! The yurts are very cosy in any weather and it’s actually very romantic under canvas when it’s raining outside. The moment the temperature starts to drop, we light the wood burners and our mega space heater warms up even the biggest yurt in minutes. Our yurts all have solid oak floors so banish all thoughts of feeling cold and damp when you’re with us.

Guests always love to be outside when the sun goes down and even summer evenings can feel chilly when the sunsets. So, I recommend blankets by the basket load! They’re great to wrap up in when you’re snuggling around the fire and we’ve often found guests still sat around when the sun comes up – it’s such a simple pleasure but one everyone seems to love.

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On the practical side of things, and these apply to any wedding, if you’re having an outside ceremony, consider your back-up plan in case the weather turns. This might involve an inside space, a covered area of some sort or even plenty of umbrellas!

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Also, have a chat with your photographer in advance so you’ve got alternative photographic locations all sorted. If guests are parking in fields, check the site is free draining to avoid muddy wheel spinning or plan to have a 4×4 or tractor on hand to help cars if they’re struggling.

Now, let’s look at another option – a beautiful, hot day for your wedding. Whilst this might sound like a dream, it does come with its own challenges but again, a few moments of thinking ahead can make sure that everyone enjoys a long, balmy day together.

When the temperatures start to soar, we take the canvas walls off of the yurts and this opens the space up beautifully. You’re still in the shade but the air can circulate to keep everyone cool and it really is fantastic.

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Everyone loves to be outside on these super summer days so make sure there are plenty of cold drinks for guests and we recommend lots of non-alcoholic alternatives too, just to keep everyone hydrated.

You might like to think about providing sun cream, sun hats or parasols for guests and if you’re a bride or bridesmaid with a strapless dress, don’t forget the factor thirty on your shoulders. Pretty hand held paper fans make great little favours on hot days so this might be something to consider, especially if you’re feeling crafty.

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The bugs do like to come out to play on warm days, especially if you’re near a lake or water so insect repellant is a practical addition to guest comfort packs and citronella candles are a bit of a must-have too.

In short, whilst we can’t influence the weather on your wedding day, we can certainly make sure that it doesn’t rain on your parade!

I’ll be back soon with news from the Wedding Yurts 2015 season but, in the meantime, enjoy April – whatever the weather throws at us!

Lizzie x

Spring is on its way! Enjoy the Outdoors with Garden Yurts

27th of February 2015

Oh hello spring! It’s lovely to see you and thank you so much for bringing a bit of brightness to the year. Yes, spring has sprung and all in the world is beautiful. Longer days, flowers, blossom filled boughs and the promise of even warmer summer days to come – it’s certainly safe to say that it is a wonderful time of year.

Spring also heralds the start of the outdoor life for me because Wedding Yurts will be hitting the road soon for a packed season of weddings and celebrations right around the UK. I can’t wait and of course, I’ll be sharing everything with you here and as-it-happens on Instagram so make sure you’re following us!

I would imagine that I’m not alone in getting outside more now winter is behind us and, whilst you might not be living the nomadic wedding life like me this year, outdoor living is something we all enjoy so I wanted to share our gorgeous Garden Yurts with you today…

Handcrafted from sweet chestnut and made by the same master craftsmen that make our Wedding Yurts, the garden version is the ultimate flexible space so if you love the idea of a secret space at the bottom of the garden, I can’t think of anything better.

If you work from home, Garden Yurts make the most perfect personal office. Free from distractions (but as wired in as you like!), you can wander through the garden to your new workspace and enjoy all the peace and quiet you need for the most productive of days. Alternatively, if you can stand it, hand your yurt over to your children and give them a cool hangout that doesn’t interfere with home life.

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Creatives also adore our Garden Yurts and they’re perfect sized for artists, crafters and makers or as a retreat for lucky writers, readers and even yoga fans. Of course, they also make excellent spaces for entertaining – imagine hosting a dinner party in your yurt and enjoying life al fresco without any interruptions from the weather! Garden Yurts are fantastic guest bedrooms or use them for your own accommodation – pack it up and take it on holiday to really put the glam in glamping!

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As you can use your Garden Yurt for anything you like, you can of course tailor it to your needs. Add colour with canvas in a range of colours including blues, plums and browns and why not indulge in with a vintage fabric liner for the interior? You can also ensure your Garden Yurt is set for all seasons with solid oak floors, wooden doors and the warming wood burner. Ah, it’s year-round natural perfection – cool in the summer, super cosy in the winter and pretty and practical too. So come on, reclaim your garden and get outside!

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If you’d like any more information on our Garden Yurts, do take a look at our website for information and pricing. You’re also, as always, very welcome to contact me on either 07816 452080 or lizzie@weddingyurts.co.uk

Now, stop reading this and get outside. It’s stunning out there.

Love Lizzie xx

Photos by Noel Deasington

Decor and styling by Lizzie Jones

Model – The very handsome Len – Photographer’s dog.

 

We’re Hiring! Come & Work With Wedding Yurts

2nd of February 2015

As you might have gathered from our recent blog posts and social media updates, last year was super busy for Wedding Yurts and this year looks set to be packed with wonderful weddings and beautiful events from start to finish.

So, it’s incredibly exciting to be able to say that… WE’RE HIRING!

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Yes, we’re looking for two amazing people to join Team Wedding Yurts for our 2015 season. You’ll be a very important part of a small team and you’ll be involved in the installation and de-rigging of our stunning hand-crafted yurts and preparing them for our lovely clients as well as loading and unloading our vehicles. You’ll also be able to flex your creative muscles decorating and furnishing the yurts and crafting the most memorable one-off outdoor wedding celebrations. On the wedding days themselves, you’ll be looking after all the guests, serving drinks, clearing glasses and continuing the first-class, personal service that we’re so well known for.

You don’t need to know anything about yurts or indeed have specific wedding experience as we’ll invest plenty of time and energy in training you. What is important however is that you’re friendly, physically fit/strong, and enthusiastic, reliable, punctual, positive and highly motivated. We’re a small team so we’ll need you to be willing to work hard, get involved and do everything to be absolute best of your ability.

We host weddings all over the UK so you’ll be required to work flexible hours through the wedding season (April-September 2015). You’ll also need access to your own vehicle with a full U.K driving licence.

Living the nomadic wedding life is a great outdoor experience. It’s challenging for sure but it’s also incredibly satisfying and always fun. You’ll have the opportunity to travel widely and we’re hosting sixteen yurt weddings right around the UK this year in some of the most idyllic locations. This is certainly a fantastic way to spend your summer with a friend or partner and we can’t wait to welcome you to the team.

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If you’d like to know more about the role, if you have any questions or if you’d like to apply, please get in touch with me via lizzie@weddingyurts.co.uk.

A Wonderful Start to 2015

28th of January 2015

Well hello to you and my goodness, how can we almost be at the end of January already? It’s been a wonderful start to the year here at Wedding Yurts HQ and there is lots to share with you in this update so read on for all our latest news…

Firstly, here’s a date for your diary because we’re holding our annual Open Weekend at the gorgeous Maisemore Court Farm in Gloucestershire on 18th & 19th April. There are hourly appointments available between 11am and 6pm so if you’d like to come and see our luxury Wedding Yurts in this beautiful lakeside setting, do please get in touch via lizzie@weddingyurts.co.uk or on 07816 452 080. We can’t wait to welcome you!

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We’re only just into 2015 but 2016 is filling up fast and in fact, June 2016 is already fully booked! Our new brochure and shiny updated website have obviously caught the eyes of couples everywhere and the enquiries are coming in thick and fast at the moment.  If you’re holding off getting in touch, I’d urge you not to because our Wedding Yurts are more popular than ever.

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You might have caught us in print over the New Year as our signature Roseberry cocktails have featured in titles such as Perfect Wedding and there’s more coverage to come so keep your eyes open for our very special brand of goodness. We’re always thrilled that people love to share what we do so thank you to everyone who has included Wedding Yurts, it means a lot to us.

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Whilst it’s been a busy month, it’s also been a fun month and we’ve found time in between the rain showers to give our gorgeous Garden Yurts a bit of attention. They were the stars of their very own photo shoot recently and they really are perfect all-year-around additions to your home because we were snug inside despite the weather outside. Like our Wedding Yurts, the garden versions are handmade and ideal outdoor living spaces whether you need an office, guest space or simply a hideaway of your own. I’ll be sharing the photos soon and I can’t wait!

So, here’s to many more updates this year and, if you’ve ever fancied being on the nomadic wedding road with Wedding Yurts, you might like to keep your eye on our Instagram feed over the coming weeks…

Lizzie x

Brilliant, Busy & Bride-tastic ~ A review of 2014 Part Two.

20th of November 2014

Hello again!

I’m back for the second part of our little look back at all of the brilliant moments that made up our year. As you’ll have seen so far in the first installment, it’s been busy and wonderful in equal measure.

So, after summer slowed down, I’ve had some fantastic opportunities to indulge my creative side with photo-shoots and styling aplenty. I have created a new styling and decoration service for 2015,  this is very exciting because I love creating beautiful spaces and our yurts are so incredibly versatile that they lend themselves to any look.

I love working with our couples to define their style, develop their themes and then I bring everything together for the wedding itself. These shoots also allowed me to work with some truly fab suppliers which was such a treat!

Our first shoot was a fabulous ‘Laid Back & Bohemian’ shoot.  Held in the bottom of my garden in our little 12ft Yurt, there were champagne cocktails, my girlfriends, gorgeous gowns by Jenny Packham, Emma Hunt and Alice Temperley and lots of laughter…

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You can see more images from this shoot over on the award winning Fizzy Bunting blog:

And our second shoot was full of sparkle in the woods as we brought disco to life…

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Both of these shoots have featured in Mr & Mrs Unique’s autumn/winter online magazine, which you can read here.

You’ll also be seeing these shoots pop up on blogs and in magazines over the coming months too. It’s all super exciting.

Whilst I’m on the subject of styling, my guide to decorating the yurts featured on the beautiful Coco Wedding Venues recently as a follow-up to our earlier post all about the practicalities of hiring one of our wedding yurts. If you’ve already booked us, or if you’re thinking of hiring a yurt for your wedding, bookmark these features now because I packed so much information into them!

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Another huge highlight was being asked by the utterly inspiring and altogether lovely team at Sawday’s to provide a yurt for their 20th Anniversary Awards. They wanted to bring a little bit of the Sawday’s vibe to the event as well as adding a big dose of wow to the drinks reception. So, we erected our Garden Yurt indoors at the iconic Arnolfini in Bristol and it looked fabulous if I do say so myself! The yurt was filled with beautiful and colourful flowers by Lily Violet May and my favourite peacock chair also got another outing. As you can imagine, an indoor yurt attracted plenty of attention and it became THE place for all the award winners to have their photos taken. As photobooths go, it really doesn’t get better than this!

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We have also been nominated for the ‘Best Wedding Venue’ in the Perfect Wedding Awards!! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us, we are beyond thrilled to be nominated, the winners will be announced tonight at the awards ceremony in London, please keep all your fingers and toes crossed for us!! 🙂

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And so our year full of yurts is drawing to a close and we’re snuggled up at home, preparing for 2015 and beyond. We have now started taking bookings for 2016 and our beautiful new brochure is ready. There are new services to tempt you so if you’d like a copy, just get in touch – lizzie@weddingurts.co.uk.

Who knows what wonderful and amazing moments 2015 will bring but if next year is anything like this, it’s going to be unbelievably good. We can’t wait.

Keep warm and cosy

Lizzie x

Credits for ‘Laid Back & Boho’ shoot:

Lizzie Jones – Stylist and props – via Wedding Yurts
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Virginia Allwood – Photographer – Le Shop U.K
Lily Barton – Florist – Lily Violet May
Annabella Hodge – Make up Artist  – ByAnnabella
Sally James at Me Me Hair Salon, Clifton, Bristol – Hair Stylist

Credits for ‘Disco’ shoot:

Photographer – Noel Deassington
Yurt – Wedding Yurts
Art Direction & Styling/Props – Lizzie Jones- Wedding Yurts
Art Direction & Co-ordination- Erica – Mr & Mrs Unique
Dresses & Shoes – Katie Pearson – Miss Selfridges
Light up dance floor – Dance-floor Discotastique
Make up – Maddy Griffiths – In Your Dreams
Flowers – Lily Barton – Lily Violet May
Venue – Arnos Vale – The Underwood Centre
Hair – Noel Halligan – Sean Hanna

Brilliant, Busy and Bride-tastic ~ A review of 2014 Part One.

18th of November 2014

Hello there,

Oh my goodness, it’s been a while since our last blog post (for reasons that will become apparent when you read this feature!) and I’ve got so much to tell you because 2014 has been beyond amazing. From the most wonderful weddings and super creative photo-shoots to features on blogs and in magazines, we’ve made more memories this year than I ever would have thought possible.

So, exactly what have we done this year? Well, we’ve spent around 60 hours driving, covering 3,500 miles, as we’ve transported our beautiful wedding yurts right around the country. But all those long hours behind the wheel have been worth it because we’ve been privileged to be a part of some absolutely amazing weddings in some of the most stunning parts of the UK.

2014 has gifted us the opportunity to be a part of fourteen fantastic weddings. We’ve hosted six garden party weddings at family homes, three farm weddings, two weddings with country house backdrops, one wedding in sight of the sea, one by lapping lake waters and another celebration on a village green. Yes, our Wedding Yurts are the ultimate wedding guest – they fit in beautifully everywhere!

Our other yurts have also been busy and the Champagne Yurt Bar has popped up at weddings and events right through the summer. We’ve loved serving our signature cocktails to guests (recipes coming soon!) and we’ve also adored secretly setting up our romantic Honeymoon Yurt as a surprise for lucky brides. Yes, the yurts have definitely been busy and so have we.

It’s amazing to think that our season started on the Spring Equinox and after summer sped by, the Autumn Equinox saw our final road trip of the year. We’ve lived our nomadic wedding life right through the summer and it’s so exciting to be moving our home from one place to the next. I can’t tell you just how much I love our 80s caravan! We stay on site as we set up for the wedding and then we’re there on the day to manage everything and celebrate before we pack up the yurts and move on.

One of the undoubted highlights of the summer was meeting our couples and their families in the build up to the weddings. We have been warmly welcomed and made to feel part of the family by everyone. I can’t express how thankful we are for the iced gin & tonics after long drives, the hot showers after heavy days of set-up and the endless cups of tea and all the smiles we’ve shared.

We’ll be featuring our simply brilliant summer weddings on the blog over the winter months but, as a little teaser, here are just a few of my personal highlights.

Josie and Joe’s Spring Equinox wedding – We hung 1000’s paper cranes in the centre of our 32ft Wedding Yurt for our first wedding of the season. It was spectacular and it created the most stunning backdrop for the wedding party.

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Sarah and Dave’s yurt wedding  – It was sunny in the morning and then the tail end of hurricane bertha arrived. It rained so hard but it was super cosy inside the yurts.

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Nicola and Danny’s summer garden wedding – The ice cream van was a big hit!

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The garden was incredible – we placed picnic blankets and cushions all over the garden for guests to enjoy and relax.

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The gorgeous Nicola and Danny relaxing on a big pile of our vintage floral cushions – and look at her beautiful Jenny Packham dress!!

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At twilight we lit hundreds of candles all over the garden, it was heavenly.

You can also see Nicola & Danny’s beautiful yurt wedding over on the multi-award winning Love My Dress right now…  http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/2014/10/wedding-yurt-jenny-packham.html

I’ll be back with Part Two of our look back at 2014 on Thursday.

We’re now taking bookings for 2016 so get in touch if you’d like a copy of our rather lovely new brochure –  Please e mail me lizzie@weddingyurts.co.uk

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Warm wishes

Lizzie x