Backyard Wedding - Real couple Yaël and Michael share their wedding story

You are forgiven if you feel like you have stepped into Narnia after seeing Yael and Micheal’s wedding at The Kilns, also known as C. S. Lewis House. Followed by a backyard wedding reception at their parents' house. They celebrated their marriage in true fairytale style. Read on to find out what made their day unique, along with their wedding planning advice and favourite wedding gifts.

What made your Backyard Wedding day unique? 

Well, we had it in the fairytale garden of CS Lewis' former house. And then walked across the street to have the backyard wedding reception in my parent's garden. We had our 30 people there and sat in the sun enjoying aperol spritz or old fashioneds and ate good food together. 

Some of our other friends and family that lived abroad/couldn't be there so they joined us on Zoom - it was so nice to have them 'there'. To end the night off we had Ben's cookies and Krispi Kreme donuts for everyone and sparklers of course. 

What truly made our day so unique was that each element of the wedding was created by someone we truly care for and love.  My dearest friend is a florist so she did the flowers. And her baby girl was our flower girl, one of my bridesmaids made our cake, my dad and brother built the arch under which we got married. My mom helped decorate and so on. Everyone that was there made the day happen and it was so special to feel so much love on our day.

Newly wed couple laughing for backyard wedding

What is your favourite wedding day memory?

Sitting at the head table and looking out over all our closest friends and family eating dinner together.

Pink blooms for garden wedding

What inspired the style of your big day?

We wanted nature to be included in our day because I adore it and am a florist so of course flowers played a big part. When we found out we were going to be having a micro-wedding we paired our plan back a lot but still kept it soft, magical and late summery tones.

Couple on their wedding day in a forest

Do you have any key wedding planning advice?

Your wedding is about you and the person you are marrying. Always remember that. So many people will have their opinions and advice and while most of this comes from a nice place, you have to go with what you feel comfortable with. What you find fun and what reflects you as a couple the best. Be unique and don't be afraid to break some of the 'traditions'.

Bridal party celebrating at outdoor summer wedding

What does love mean to you?

Love to us means putting ourselves second and always caring for the other person first. Its sacrificial knows no limits and it causes us to come up with the most thoughtful acts.

Backyard garden wedding bride and groom holding hands

What was your favourite wedding gift and why?

Definitely the Dyson sad but it's super handy and I love cleaning. We also love the bowls we got - they are perfect for yummy homemade ramen.

How did having a gift list help you to create or upgrade your newlywed home?

Our gift list really helped us furnish our first home together with so many nice items and it was all in one place so it wasn't stressful at all.

Backyard garden wedding

Were your guests pleased you had a gift list and why? 

Yes, as soon as we sent out our 'Save the Dates' so many people responded how excited they were and how they'd love to gift us something. And to let them know what we would like. That was what made us decide to have a gift list in the first place. We thought that a gift list would be super handy for them as well as for us.

Backyard wedding

Why is building a gift list a key part of wedding planning? 

It's so important to think of the future after your wedding when you are planning it. Because your wedding will be over in the blink of an eye. And then the real journey together starts. If you have a lovely home furnished by the people you adore, it makes it so much sweeter.

Newly wed bride and groom

Why did you choose The Wedding Shop? 

My hubby actually did, he came across the website and really liked it and owned this part of our wedding planning which was super helpful.

Newly married couple in garden

Looking for more backyard wedding inspiration? We think you might enjoy Olivia and Jamie’s September Garden wedding. Or Ellie and Stacey’s Floral Garden Marquee Wedding.  

Photography: Chamberlins