Yurt Elopement at Flora Bora - Liv Hettinga Photography
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Yurt Elopement at Flora Bora, Northern Saskatchewan

Imagine marrying the love of your life with your closest friends by your side and camping in yurts all weekend. Flora Bora is the cutest yurt accommodation, situated in a forest sanctuary and overlooking a small lake. Only 2 hours north of Saskatoon and near the beautiful Emma and Christopher lake, Flora Bora makes for the perfect elopement getaway!

Jenna and Lee knew they wanted a fun, relaxed wedding day—as soon as they found Flora Bora they were hooked! Once getting engaged they experienced much stress from family members to have a larger wedding. Knowing that wasn’t what they wanted, they used the pandemic as an excuse to elope.

They rented 3 yurts for themselves and their guests to get ready in and hangout for a few days together. Activities included swimming, hanging at the beach, hammocking, card games, and celebrating the fact that they were getting married!!

Getting Ready

Jenna & Lee each got ready in a separate yurt with the help of their close friends. As anticipation for their ceremony started to build the girls celebrated with shots and the guys celebrated with cigars.

Cute yurt nestled in the woods where Jenna & Lee got ready for their intimate wedding on the lake
Lace wedding dress with a nude lining from lulus hanging in a yurt. Detail shots from elopement day while getting ready.
Elopement detail shots of wedding rings, engagement ring, grandmother's bible, earrings, necklace, flask, and cute pillow
Bridesmaid getting makeup done in a yurt by Jasmeet Dhillon of Beauty Himmel. Getting ready for elopement day.
Bridesmaid getting makeup done by Jasmeet Dhillon of Beauty Himmel. Getting ready photos inside a yurt before elopement ceremony.
Bride getting hair done by Hairstyles by Jess inside a yurt on her elopement day. Getting ready photos. Yurt elopement. Intimate wedding.
Girls dancing while getting ready for elopement inside a yurt.
Bride finds ways to involve her parents in elopement day by facetiming them while getting ready in the morning before walking down the aisle.
Bride celebrates with shots and her close friends before intimate wedding ceremony.
Bride putting on dress with the help of a bridesmaid inside a yurt morning of her intimate wedding. Getting ready photos. Intimate wedding at flora bora.
Bride getting hair done inside a yurt on morning of elopement day. Elopement at flora bora forest lodging. Getting ready photos.
Bride getting hair done by Hairstyles by Jess on morning of elopement day inside yurt. Getting ready photos. Elopement at Flora Bora Forest Lodging.
Bride getting ready photos. Putting on necklace. Lace wedding dress from Lulus.
Bride getting ready inside yurt on morning of elopement day at Flora Bora Forest Lodging.
Bride celebrates with shots on elopement day with bridesmaids before walking down the aisle.
Yurt at Flora Bora Forest Lodging nestled in the woods.
Guys getting ready morning of elopement day. Drinking beers and smoking cigars.
Guys getting ready morning of elopement day, drinking beers and smoking cigars. Very relaxed morning with the boys before walking down saying I do. Elopement at Flora Bora.
Groom getting ready for elopement day inside a yurt for his flora bora elopement. Tying his tie. Getting ready photos. Saskatchewan yurt elopement.
Groomsman getting ready inside a yurt at Flora Bora for Saskatchewan elopement. Black and white photography.
Groom and best man getting ready together. Getting ready photos at Flora Bora inside a yurt.

First Look

Ceremony

The ceremony was very important to both Jenna & Lee as this would be where they say “I do” and make things official. Both of them were looking forward to this part of the day, Jenna being slightly nervous as well. When I asked them both what their favourite memory from their elopement day was, this is the response I got:

“When I think back to our wedding day, I think of how much fun we had. I remember laughing so much that my face hurt the next day. My favourite memory is when Lee tried to play a game of slap hands in the middle of the ceremony! He knew I was nervous standing in front of everyone and was able to distract me while only embarrassing me a little!!” Jenna

“Watching Jenna walk down the isle was my favourite memory of our wedding day. She was stunning and looked so happy! She took my breath away.” Lee

Wine box as a memory. Unique ceremony traditions. Ceremony design with eucalyptus.
Wedding guests waiting for ceremony to start.
Wedding party walking down the aisle. Blue bridesmaid dressed. Groomsmen in jeans and suspenders.
Groomsman hugging the groom during ceremony.
Groom waiting for bride to walk down the aisle at flora bora. Ceremony overlooking the lake.
Bride walking down the aisle with best man. She carried her grandmothers bible with her as a special memory during their ceremony.
Elopement ceremony at flora bora with only 10 guests. Macrame arbor. Overlooking the lake and in the gorgeous forest.
Groom reading his vows during their elopement ceremony. Personalized vows. Flora bora intimate wedding. Macrame arbor.
Elopement ceremony at Flora Bora overlooking the lake and with a macrame arbor. Bride and groom holding hands framed between two groomsmen. Saskatchewan elopement photographer.
Black and white photography. Groom holding ring during ceremony. Exchange of rings wedding tradition.
Groom showing off his new ring during elopement ceremony. Beautiful macrame arbor as the backdrop for their ceremony design. Saskatchewan elopement photographer
Bride and groom first kiss during ceremony. Macrame arbor as backdrop. Overlooking the water. Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Bride was wearing a lace wedding dress with tan lining from Lulus and groom was wearing blue tie with grey vest.
Flora Bora elopement ceremony. Groomsman cheering.
Those we just got married look. Wedding ceremony at flora bora with only 10 guests. Beautiful handmade macrame arbor. Lace wedding dress from lulus and grey vest with a blue tie.
Elopement ceremony design at Flora Bora. Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Intimate wedding with only 10 guests.
Groom and groomsmen have a beer to celebrate him getting married during ceremony
Bride and groom walking down the aisle together after elopement ceremony. Photos taken by Liv Hettinga Photography, Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Ceremony design included a gorgeous macrame arbor. Wedding party was in blue mismatched dresses and jeans and suspender. Bride wore a lace wedding dress with nude lining from lulus and groom wore jeans and a grey vest with a blue tie from Lamlees.
Groomsmen walking down the aisle after elopement ceremony at flora bora
Bride and groom champagne pop photo. Saskatchewan elopement photographer.
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Bridal Party Portraits

Jenna & Lee only had 10 guests at their elopement, all who were very important to them. We took some fun group portraits while everyone goofed off. There was no pressure or strict timeline we had to stick to which allowed everyone to relax and just have fun.

Bridesmaids walking through forest. Flora Bora Yurt Elopement. Wedding party portraits. Bridesmaids wearing mismatched blue bridesmaid dresses with bride in a lace wedding dress from Lulus. Groomsmen wore jeans, cowboy boots, and suspenders from Lamlees. Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Creative bridal party photo ideas.
Bridesmaid portraits with faces squished together. Flora Bora Yurt Elopement. Wedding party portraits. Bridesmaids wearing mismatched blue bridesmaid dresses with bride in a lace wedding dress from Lulus. Groomsmen wore jeans, cowboy boots, and suspenders from Lamlees. Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Creative bridal party photo ideas.
All the girls from wedding showing off their slit in their dresses. Elopement guest portraits. Flora Bora Yurt Elopement. Wedding party portraits. Bridesmaids wearing mismatched blue bridesmaid dresses with bride in a lace wedding dress from Lulus. Groomsmen wore jeans, cowboy boots, and suspenders from Lamlees. Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Creative bridal party photo ideas.
Bridesmaids holding groomsman for photo. Flora Bora Yurt Elopement. Wedding party portraits. Bridesmaids wearing mismatched blue bridesmaid dresses with bride in a lace wedding dress from Lulus. Groomsmen wore jeans, cowboy boots, and suspenders from Lamlees. Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Creative bridal party photo ideas.
Bridesmaids back of dresses and hairstyles. Flora Bora Yurt Elopement. Wedding party portraits. Bridesmaids wearing mismatched blue bridesmaid dresses with bride in a lace wedding dress from Lulus. Groomsmen wore jeans, cowboy boots, and suspenders from Lamlees. Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Creative bridal party photo ideas.
Flora Bora Yurt Elopement. Wedding party portraits. Bridesmaids wearing mismatched blue bridesmaid dresses with bride in a lace wedding dress from Lulus. Groomsmen wore jeans, cowboy boots, and suspenders from Lamlees. Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Creative bridal party photo ideas.
Customized wedding flask. Unique bridesmaid gifts for wedding.
Flora Bora Yurt Elopement. Wedding party portraits. Bridesmaids wearing mismatched blue bridesmaid dresses with bride in a lace wedding dress from Lulus. Groomsmen wore jeans, cowboy boots, and suspenders from Lamlees. Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Creative bridal party photo ideas.
Groomsmen portraits with arms around each other. Flora Bora Yurt Elopement. Wedding party portraits. Bridesmaids wearing mismatched blue bridesmaid dresses with bride in a lace wedding dress from Lulus. Groomsmen wore jeans, cowboy boots, and suspenders from Lamlees. Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Creative bridal party photo ideas.
Groomsmen poses for group portraits. Flora Bora Yurt Elopement. Wedding party portraits. Bridesmaids wearing mismatched blue bridesmaid dresses with bride in a lace wedding dress from Lulus. Groomsmen wore jeans, cowboy boots, and suspenders from Lamlees. Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Creative bridal party photo ideas.
Wedding party portrait poses. Flora Bora Yurt Elopement. Wedding party portraits. Bridesmaids wearing mismatched blue bridesmaid dresses with bride in a lace wedding dress from Lulus. Groomsmen wore jeans, cowboy boots, and suspenders from Lamlees. Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Creative bridal party photo ideas.
Wedding party portrait poses. Flora Bora Yurt Elopement. Wedding party portraits. Bridesmaids wearing mismatched blue bridesmaid dresses with bride in a lace wedding dress from Lulus. Groomsmen wore jeans, cowboy boots, and suspenders from Lamlees. Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Creative bridal party photo ideas.

Bride & Groom Portraits

Jenna & Lee have such a beautiful love story. They met in grade 7 if you can even believe it! They were good friends all throughout high school and didn’t start dating until the summer before grade 12.

When Jenna first met Lee she thought he was a troublemaker but she’s now fallen in love with his personality and the way he can become friends with anyone.

Lee’s first impression of Jenna was how beautiful she looked but also how great at sports she was. Now Lee’s favourite thing about Jenna is the way she pushed him to better himself every day, no matter the circumstances.

These two have always been inseparable, even their parents told them that while they were still in school together. Many of their friends call them “mom and dad” because of how long they’ve been together. Their relationship is looked up to by many, with friends telling them that someday they want a relationship as strong as theirs.

Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Couple snuggling on the steps.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Couple walking through the woods.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Couple walking out to the dock.
Bride portraits standing on the dock in front of the lake.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Bride and Groom hugging.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Couple hugging and giving neck kisses.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Bride and groom dancing in the trees.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Couple sitting in the grass and relaxing.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Bride and Groom walking through the trees. Lace wedding dress. Blue tie and grey vest.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Black and white photography.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Groom hugging bride from behind and giving her neck kisses.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Sunset portraits holding hands and walking through the trees.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer.  Sunset portraits walking through the trees.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Sunset portraits standing on the dock looking out over the lake.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Bride and groom hugging, sunset portraits.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Sunset portraits.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Sunset portraits kissing.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Sunset portraits close up kissing.
Flora Bora yurt elopement in the forest. Bride and Groom wedding portraits. Posing ideas. Couple photos by Liv Hettinga Photography a Saskatchewan elopement photographer. Couple walking through the trees.

Celebration Dinner

After the ceremony and some fun photos, Jenna & Lee celebrated with a taco dinner. All their guests helped prepare the food throughout the day allowing them all to relax in the evening and celebrate the newlyweds. They ate food, had drinks, played cards, and Jenna even arm wrestled the best man. It was the perfect end to the perfect day.

Cupcakes from Crave. Resin cupcake platter. Reception dinner at Flora Bora. Saskatchewan yurt elopement. Tacos for elopement celebration dinner. Card games, beer, and twinkle lights.
Congrats wedding sign and drinks. Reception dinner at Flora Bora. Saskatchewan yurt elopement. Tacos for elopement celebration dinner. Card games, beer, and twinkle lights.
Groomsman barbequing spring rolls. Reception dinner at Flora Bora. Saskatchewan yurt elopement. Tacos for elopement celebration dinner. Card games, beer, and twinkle lights.
Facetiming friends who were not present on elopement day. Reception dinner at Flora Bora. Saskatchewan yurt elopement. Tacos for elopement celebration dinner. Card games, beer, and twinkle lights.
Playing card games at elopement. Reception dinner at Flora Bora. Saskatchewan yurt elopement. Tacos for elopement celebration dinner. Card games, beer, and twinkle lights.
Reception dinner at Flora Bora. Saskatchewan yurt elopement. Tacos for elopement celebration dinner. Card games, beer, and twinkle lights.
Reception dinner at Flora Bora. Saskatchewan yurt elopement. Tacos for elopement celebration dinner. Card games, beer, and twinkle lights. Bride drinking.
Bridesmaid playing cards during reception. Reception dinner at Flora Bora. Saskatchewan yurt elopement. Tacos for elopement celebration dinner. Card games, beer, and twinkle lights.
Groom changes into regular attire. Reception dinner at Flora Bora. Saskatchewan yurt elopement. Tacos for elopement celebration dinner. Card games, beer, and twinkle lights.
Groom and best man. Reception dinner at Flora Bora. Saskatchewan yurt elopement. Tacos for elopement celebration dinner. Card games, beer, and twinkle lights.
Reception dinner at Flora Bora. Saskatchewan yurt elopement. Tacos for elopement celebration dinner. Card games, beer, and twinkle lights.
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I’m your elopement hype girl and a photographer for the goofball lovers + those who want to make their wedding day an adventure. I’m also the owner of a converted camper van and love exploring the outdoors. You’ll find my heart on this blog. Whether it’s documenting my real life couples or giving my brides + grooms the tips + tricks they need to plan their best elopement, I’ve poured my heart out for you here. 

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