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A beautiful tipi wedding with sunshine and hay bales, with Jill Thorning-Jensen Photography

How many couples incorporate elephant poo into their big day, I wonder?! Today’s gorgeous couple Rebecca and Tom did just that… you’ll have to read their wedding report after the images to find out how! This is a wonderful wedding I know you’ll love… Rebecca had her wedding dress made for her by a specialist dressmaker, and it’s exquisite!

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I love how they made their wedding day very personal, welcoming and friendly. The tipis are fab (aren’t they always?!) and other decoration is kept sweet and simple. Tom and Rebecca chose not to have a wedding cake, which makes perfect sense to me as a) they don’t have a sweet tooth and b) if you’re not cake fans it’s a good way to save money for other things!

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Oh! And today’s bride and groom are a down to earth couple whose wedding report makes me happy, especially this bit:

What’s the best thing about being married?

That our relationship is exactly the same as it was before we were married!

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Images are by Cheshire wedding photographer Jill Thorning-Jensen, who gets a lovely review from the happy couple. Find her here:

www.jtjphoto.co.uk
www.facebook.com/WeddingandPortraitPhotographerCheshire
@JTJPhotography

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Our wedding report: Tom and Rebecca

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.jtjphoto.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Yes, she was excellent.

Wedding venue:

St Mary’s church in Nantwich followed by a Tipi reception at Bulkeley Hall Farm in Malpas

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A relaxed day with lots of laughing, food, sunshine and hay bales!

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

Even better than we had expected.

Your wedding style and theme:

Very natural (the paper we used for the wedding invitations was made from elephant poo!)

Any happy tears on the day?

More laughter than tears! We had a little cry at the wedding rehearsal but on the day we somehow managed to stay quite calm and just enjoyed every minute.

How did the two of you meet?

We worked in a restaurant together. We were friends for a couple of years before becoming a couple.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

18 months

Best bit of budget advice?

Don’t get distracted by what other people think you should have. For example, Tom and I don’t really have a sweet tooth so we didn’t bother with a wedding cake to save money, but there were a few people who thought we should have had one.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

I did all of this myself, with a little help from Tom.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I had my dress made for me so it was exactly what I wanted. I absolutely loved it.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Her name is Lindsay and her website is http://acswbespokecorsets.co.uk. She also made my mother-in-laws wedding dress for her wedding a couple of years ago. I’d really recommend her.

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

I didn’t really have a lot of accessories as I wanted to keep it quite natural. I did wear my Gran’s gold watch though and my Dad wore my Grandad’s watch (his Dad).

The groom wore:

A tailor-made blue suit. It was amazing.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

I got their dresses from Debenhams.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

I hired my hairdresser to do mine and the bridesmaids’ hair, and I did my own make up.

Wedding flowers:

I had cream Vendela roses with a raffia tie that matched Tom’s corsage. The bridesmaids had the same roses but tied with material that was cut off the bottom of their bridesmaid dresses (they were too long so they had to be altered, hence the leftover material!)

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

Our vicar did a really lovely and personal service, which we were really touched by. It was so lovely to have all our friends and family together in one room too.

Wedding readings?

We had one bible reading called ‘Song of Solomon’ which was read by Tom’s sister. My best friend, who was also an usher, also read a passage from Far From The Madding Crowd by Tomas Hardy.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We put ivy and bunting in the tipi and hay bales outside for guests to sit on. On the tables we had pots of basil because the wedding breakfast food was Italian. Other than that though, we kept it really simple.

Entertainment:

We just had music with a dance floor at night. We used a company called No DJ who supply you with speakers that you just plug your iPod into.

On the day tips and advice:

Have fun!

 

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

www.jtjphoto.co.uk

http://www.angelicweapons.co.uk

http://www.specialeventtipis.co.uk

http://www.nodj.co.uk

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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