17th of September 2013
This season of our nomadic wedding journey is coming to an end, it is one full of great memories and abundant love, and that is something I would like to share with you.
We have have travelled all over the U.K (approximately 4000 miles!) and discovered some stunning locations. Additionally, we met some truly beautiful couples, worked with some amazingly creative wedding peeps, and enjoyed the sunshine and British countryside. Also, the delicious cold pints of cider after a hard day’s yurt erection were a treat that went down very well… :0)
However, our absolute favourite thing has been witnessing our beautiful couples as they celebrated their love and commitment with family and friends. On that note, I will be sharing lots of photos and tales from our nomadic wedding adventure over the next few weeks in my blog, so stay tuned…
Before we get to that, I’d like to share the very long awaited photos from our extravagant photo shoot, which took place in May and was coordinated and styled by yours truly.
It was the beginning of the Gatsby fever and the buzz before the film was infectious. The nation’s creative industries and individuals became delightfully squiffy on the glamour and style it embodied, which worked out perfectly for me. And the reason for that is…
I LOVE 20’S and 30’s vintage glamour! I had wanted to incorporate my passion for it into my wedding creations anyway, so, with the nation’s timely obsession as a sign, coupled with my own enthusiasm, the final theme for our extravagant spring shoot was born. However, let’s step back a little further in time for a moment, so you get the whole picture…
Once a year in the spring we have a Wedding Yurts photo shoot to coincide with our annual open day and showcase our Wedding Yurts. The concept for the shoot was, in fact, seeded a long time ago, pre Gatsby fever, when I first met the beautiful and very talented Helena Rose, an Aeriel artiste.
I really wanted to show off the beautiful interior of our 32ft Wedding Yurt, it has a dome shaped structure surrounding the central wheel, also referred to as ‘the eye to heaven’. It’s the perfect space for an aerial performance and, so, when I met Helena Rose, we knew immediately that we should work together and create a visual showcase.
Another element that was really important to us to show off this year was our brand new oak floors. The oak floors transform our yurts from a tent into a luxury boutique wedding venue, giving our couples an outdoor wedding experience like no other. Also, we wanted to celebrate the long awaited spring, new beginnings and the start of this year’s Wedding Yurts adventure.
And so, with the power of all this inspiration plus the desire to bring the style and glamour of the 20’s and 30’s into my creation, the design for the shoot really began to blossom, literally… flowers compliment the yurt’s natural structure and for our shoot I wanted to design a flower installation: a huge arch of cascading, heavenly cherry blossom to frame Helena Rose who would be suspended from the centre of the yurt.
I enlisted the help of Saffron Dodds-Smith from Bath Flowers who really showed off her remarkable, florally artistic and architectural expertise when she created and installed the piece. She skillfully weaved my design into reality; it was most impressive to watch.
Helena Rose, whilst surrounded by the enchanting clouds of pink blossom and performing in the suspended hoop, modelled especially chosen vintage-inspired gowns and adornments by, The State of Grace. We are so excited to have worked with London’s only bespoke head-to-toe design, styling and beauty house, founded by designer and stylist, Lucia Silver. Lucia designs all the dresses, jewellery, head adornments and accessories using a hugely skilled U.K creative team.
The scenes were captured by the highly recommended British photographer, Louise Holgate, who specialises in creating natural, beautiful and dramatic images. Louise’s artistry in her field is outstanding and her passion for her work really shines through her images.
Louise worked with us on our Festival Wedding shoot and our spring open day. Also, she photographed a very special and magical yurt wedding in Gloucestershire this summer for Danielle and George. I will be posting these photos very soon! So, if you’re looking for a photographer to immortalise the beauty and love of your wedding day then I can’t recommend Louise highly enough. She is absolutely brilliant.
Emma Hibbs, a Bristol based hair stylist created immaculate 1920’s and 30’s hairstyles for us, which entirely compliment Lucia’s vintage inspired gowns and jewelery. Katy Elizabeth, a superb make-up artist with a background in fine art, created two stunning and thoroughly harmonious looks: one for the day scene, and one for the night scene.
I loved working with all these experts. It was a dream collaboration and I am thrilled with the results. Without the contribution of all the people involved in this shoot, as with all Wedding Yurts events, it would not have been possible to make this vision real. I love working with like minded people and creating beautiful, relaxed and inspiring spaces with a ‘WOW’ factor for our Wedding Yurt couples. They deserve the best and that is what we always strive to provide.
We are blessed to have the pleasure of working with many wonderful British craftspeople that do everything from building yurts to baking cakes, and they do with such skill, style and grace that is second to none.
The team beautifully interlaced their skills in order to create the dazzling scene captured in these photos; I hope you like them. I would love to hear your thoughts, so please do send them in.
The summer wedding season may be coming to a gentle close for 2013 but our nomadic wedding adventure is far from over, so stay with us via our blog and we’ll make the magic of the summer love last together.
Photo Shoot Contributors and contact details:
Lizzie Jones Owner of Wedding Yurts, Stylist and photo shoot concept www.weddingyurts.co.uk
Helena Rose, Aerial artiste and performer.
Lucia Silver, The State of Grace. Dresses and Accessories, www.thestateofgrace.com
Louise Holgate, Photographer, www.louiseholgate.com
Saffron Dodds-Smith, Florist, www.bath-flowers.com
Emma Hibbs, Hair Stylist, Basement 7 Hairdressing
Katy Elizabeth, Make Up Artist, www.bristolmakeupartist.co.uk
Location, Maisemore Court Farm, www.maisemorecourt.co.uk