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Boho bride and groom

Wow, what a wedding we have for you today! Shohreh and Lewis invited their friends and family to join them for their beautiful relaxed wedding, in a small clearing in the woodland at Scraptoft Hill Farm.

We just love the way the couple (who are both designers) created such a cool wedding that oozes style (of course!) but was also really fun and informal.

Everything about this wedding shows how much fun and how stylish the couple are; from the ethereal backless wedding dress by Katya Katya Shehurina that Shohreh wore, and Lewis’ Alexander McQueen suit, to the personalised napkins and the picnics on the tables for everyone to help themselves to.

Rebecca Goddard captured the wedding beautifully; we hope you enjoy it…

“We chose to get married at Scraptoft Hill Farm, because we are local to the area and we wanted somewhere relaxed and informal, and not a ‘wedding venue’. It was the first place we went to see, and it was on a cold, wintery day in December. The field and surrounding areas were beautiful and the wood was exactly what we were looking for!

“My dress was by Katya Katya Shehurina, which I bought from their shop on Carnaby Street in London. I’d originally thought I wanted a vintage slip dress, so I tried a few on when I was in Paris for work., but they didn’t feel special enough. I searched the Internet, and after a few failed attempts I found my perfect dress! I’m not the most decisive person and went back seven times just to be sure! I had promised Lewis a backless dress, so had it altered at work.

“We decorated the marquee and field with the help of lots of friends and family. We wanted the flowers to look unfussy, like we’d picked them ourselves, and they did, and everyone we knew collected jars for eight months! A lot of time and thought had gone into it and we just had to hope that on the day it all came together – and it did!

“We wanted picnics on the tables and everyone to help themselves. We went to a lovely deli in Leicester called Deli flavour. We described what we wanted to Andy, and how we wanted to present it, and between us came up with a menu and a plan for the day. We collected jars, cutlery and mismatched plates from ebay, carboot sales and charity shops.

“We have lots of clever baker friends so we asked them to bring along a cake; it was like the great British bake off, and they all went down a treat! Lewis’ Nan’s friend made us the feature cake, it was delish and looked very special.

“Our photographer and videographer was the lovely Rebecca Goddard. She was brilliant! On the day she just got on with it; no awkward posing for ages, just natural, beautiful shots – exactly what we wanted. I cannot recommend Beccy highly enough!”

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Bride and groom about to kiss - Picture by Shah Photography

Image © Shah Photography



Bride holding purple heart umbrella

Earlier this year Val from Benessamy Weddings and Events had the pleasure of planning and co-ordinating an Open Weekend for Sami Tipi Events. The event was designed to showcase the fabulous tipi structures set within the picturesque setting of Bawdon Lodge Farm in Leicestershire – a perfect location to host a tipi wedding. Val told us about the event…

Tipis provide an atmospheric event space like no other event venue. Inspired by the Sami People of Lapland, tipis make for a fabulous outdoor celebration and provide a breathtaking alternative to a conventional marquee, and are just perfect for the increasingly popular festival style wedding.

Two brides



Bride looking down

Bride standing in front of tipis

Visitors to the event received a warm Benessamy and Sami Tipi welcome from our team and the team of fabulous suppliers.

The tipis were beautifully styled by Darby & Joan with gorgeous flowers by Tineke Floral Designs, pom poms and bunting galore by Pom Pom Studio and Emma Bunting, and lovely stationery by Best Day Ever.

The fabulous cakes and treats display was provided by Yummy Little Cakes (including Macarons to die for!).

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Bride and groom watching firework display - Picture by Keoma Zec Photography

Image © Keoma Zec Photography


Engaged couple laying on ground

Couple: Laura and Steve

Photographer: Karli Harrison Photography

Engagement Shoot Date: 16/05/2014

Location of Shoot: Grounds of Sizergh Castle, near Kendal, Cumbria

Wedding Date: 07/06/2014

Why did you have an engagement shoot?

The last thing we wanted was to look awkward and uncomfortable in our wedding photographs, so having the opportunity to spend some time getting used to having a camera pointing at us seemed like a good idea. Having the shoot also meant we could choose one of the photos and have it enlarged, so at the wedding reception all the guests get to sign around the border instead of in a formal guestbook (I never know what to write in those things!), which we thought was a really cool idea!

Engaged couple holding hands under tree

Engaged couple standing under tree

Soft toys tied to tree

Fabric apple hanging from tree

Felt bird in tree

Knitted owl in tree

Knitted beehive hanging from tree

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Bride gazing into groom's eyes during first dance - Picture by Holman Photographic

Image © Holman Photographic



Silhouette of bride and groom kissing in front of the sun - Picture by Ayesha Photography

Image © Ayesha Photography



Bride and groom kissing - Picture by Colin Murdoch Studio

Image © Colin Murdoch Studio



Engaged couple in hot air balloon

Today we are featuring our very first engagement shoot. Having an engagement shoot (sometimes called a pre-wedding shoot) before your wedding is an ideal opportunity to get used to having your picture taken, feel at ease with your photographer, and for your photographer to get to know you as a couple.

Of course, the best bit about an engagement shoot is you get some amazing pictures of the two of you, which you could use for your Save the Date cards, or even on your wedding stationery or as pictures on your wedding tables.

When choosing a location for your engagement shoot think outside the box. Where do you love to go for a walk as a couple? What do you love to eat? Where is your favourite location? A lovely walk in your local park or city centre, afternoon tea at your local boutique hotel, or even a hot air balloon! Try and be as imaginative as you can, and why not take some props along, or even your fury four legged friend!

Our first engagement shoot is a fabulous shoot captured by Shaun Menary Photography, with Lindsey and Jarrod going up, up and away in a hot air balloon…

Couple: Lindsey and Jarrod

Photographer: Shaun Menary Photography

Engagement Shoot Date: 24/03/2012

Location of Shoot: Private residence in Franklin, Tennessee, and downtown Nashville, Tennessee

Wedding Date: 19/05/2012

Why did you have an engagement shoot?

“My uncle lives in Franklin, Tennessee and owns a hot air balloon. Franklin is such a beautiful part of the country and we have always wanted to go visit. We thought, “Why not do it now, and why not take our amazing photographer with us?”. So we did! It was amazing. Such a fun adventure with people that we love so much. I wouldn’t change a thing about the entire experience.”

Engaged couple sitting on couch

Engaged couple sitting on couch

Engaged couple playing pinball

Hand on pinball machine

Woman with hand on man's shoulder

Engaged couple in front of map

Man lifting up woman in front of map

Engaged couple in front of map

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Bride and groom kissing in front of wedding venue with mist - Picture by Fiona Walsh Photography

Image © Fiona Walsh Photography