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Sophie & Richard’s Norfolk Yurt Wedding

by:   on: 2nd July 2014

Sophie and Richard spent months planning their beautiful wedding in Holy Trinity Church in West Runton followed by reception on a common in Mongolian Yurt in West Runton. Think unique cups and saucers, grandmother’s veil from the 20’s, croquet and giant jenga. Think beautiful. 

“We decided early on in the wedding planning process that we didn’t just want a standard white marquee next to a country house. We were granted permission by my parent’s village Parish Council to use the common land in the middle of the village and looked at a lot of interesting tents before falling for a handmade Mongolian Yurt. We wanted the day to feel like an old country garden party, with lots of flowers, beautiful fabrics and elegance. We set a black tie dress code and added an element of fun by requesting original bow ties. My sister is a textile designer and so designed and made individual bows for the wedding party that reflected the colours we had chosen for the flowers and the location – we are near to the beach so there were sea shells and ice cream cones was used for inspiration! She also made the bridesmaid dresses and printed all of the personalised bunting and table runners to help to tie everything together.

I was also very lucky to be able to wear my great-Grandmother’s 1920s veil. There were so many tiny details that added to the feel of the day, such as the confetti cones made from pages of our favourite book which was also reflected in our table names -books that have meant a lot to both of us. We spent months collecting unique tea cups and saucers for the wedding favours – all of the guests got one to take home. The tea bags within the cups had personalised tea tags that we made – each was printed with the guest’s name, along with a name place to match the design of our invitations.

I bought our flowers wholesale and created the bouquets and table decorations with help from my bridesmaids and Mums. It worked very well for us having had the relaxed wedding and not having to rely on florist for our wedding flowers.

We had croquet, giant jenga and quoits for guests to play with during the day, and lit outside the tent with jam jars of candles so people could carry on into the evening.

The inside of the tent was covered with a full lighting system designed by a friend so it was beautifully soft during the day but had a real party feel for the band.”

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  • FLOWERS: Bought wholesale from Sweet Briar Flowers and constructed by the couple
  • MAKE UP: Dominique Stone
  • HAIR: Oscar’s Hair in Sheringham
  • CATERING: Roland at Expresso in Norwich
  • BAND: The Matt Hodges Jazz Band
  • STATIONERY: Designed by us and a friend, printed by the couple
  • TENT: FM Tents
  • WEDDING CAKE: Richard’s mum
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Tatum Reid Photography

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Dalia Courridge

Founder and managing director of Norfolk Brides. Social Media and Marketing consultant by day. Obsessed with all things creative and beautiful - form eclectic weddings, to stunning interiors and abstract art. Addicted to working out and weightlifting. Cannot start the day without a strong coffee.

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