May 9, 2019
Natural unposed wedding photographer based in London | Katrina&Stuart's rustic laid back DIY back garden yurt wedding in Leicestershire
We are so happy to share Katrina & Stuart's yurt back garden wedding, they really nailed the idea of a laid back DIY outdoor reception, definitely our cup of tea!
Katrina and Stuart wanted to have a warm, intimate day with their closest friends and family. They were lucky enough to have a wonderful back garden, big enough to accommodate a yurt in which they could have their reception. They wanted the whole atmosphere to feel as home and as laid back as possible, so they got their whole family to help with every detail of the day, filling it with personal touches. Also, they had easy access to the fields next to their house, which served as a perfect backdrop for their couple pictures. What’s more, we got blessed with a wonderful golden hour that simply made the whole day even more right.
Katrina and Stuart decided to get married at All Saints Church Somerby, in Leicestershire, in Katrina’s parents village and then have a countryside wedding. It was really important to them to have a fun party and a relaxed day, so it felt only natural to organise the reception in their parents back garden and have family and friends closely involved in making every little detail of the day, it whole felt extremely personal and homemade.
The colour scheme got inspired by a bridal bouquet that Katrina saw when browsing Pinterest and she chose white, pale pink and dusky blue.
Katrina’s mum and sister created the buttonholes, bridal and bridesmaids bouquets using a mix of roses, larkspurs, tweedia, gypsophila eucalyptus and peonies. While the stunning flower arch above the church entrance was made by the wonderful hands of the local florist Sophie.
In the garden they had a mix of bunting (which Katrina’s cousins spent hours stringing!) and fairy lights. They decided to keep things simple in the yurt as the woodwork was so beautiful with hops garlands winding around the poles in the middle.
On the tables they had a mix of silver and coloured glass tea light holders with candles inside and they used little vases containing flowers and herbs to hold their name cards. Katrina’s cousin designed the name cards with hand-drawn little flowers to mirror those in the bouquet.
Their naked cake was made by Stuart’s mum, we just couldn't believe it! It looked so professional!
As we mentioned already, it was quintessential for Katrina and Stuart to have their friends and family involved in different aspects and details of the day, to make it feel as homemade and as “theirs” as possible. As well as the flowers, cake, pudding and stationary, they had a sloe gin wedding favours that Katrina’s sister made from scratch from sloes near their house. The signage around the wedding was created by Katrins’s other sister, while the flowers that were used to decorate the tables and the church were handpicked by Katrins’s mum, who had them grow in her garden. Katrina’s godmother created a flower arrangement for the church and a friend of hers designed their seating plan.
Katrina and Stuart wanted their day to be documented in the most natural and relaxed way and that is why they decided to choose us as their wedding photographers: Benni Carol have a documentary and relaxed approach to wedding photography and a natural, unposed way of documenting a day as it unfolds. You can read more info about our style and approach here:
And finally, a huge shout out to our new friends Laura and Lukas at Laura&Lukas films, if you are looking for a great couple of wedding videographers, we couldn't recommend them more!
Benni & Carol xx
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