I just don’t know where to begin… the fabulous details, tipis stuffed with flowers and lanterns and soft, warm lighting? Or maybe the charming outdoor ceremony and nervous excitement shining from today’s couple’s eyes… There’s just so much romance and rustic charm in today’s tipi wedding I’m dying to show you!
Mark and Chris planned their wedding in just 6 months, and saved money by recruiting friends and family to help out: “Where you can make things yourself or find someone to do it for you, do… it adds a real personal touch and it’s half the price.” This meant they could afford a fabulous venue, wedding planner and photographer… and I’m so thrilled they did!
Images are by the fab Matt Brown Photography, who is based in Derbyshire. Find out more about him here:
With special thanks to wedding planner Val at Benessamy for introducing me to this incredibly beautiful and romantic wedding! Chris and Mark told me, “If you can, get a wedding planner… ours helped us think of things that we’d never have thought of and having her there on the day was the peace of mind needed to be able to relax and enjoy every moment.”
Our wedding story: Mark and Chris
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Absolutely, we knew from our first meeting that Matt would do a brilliant job and his photos were evidence of his amazing talent!
Lucas Farm, Swarkestone, Derby
24th August 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Quite simply our best day ever!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
They captured the day so well and brought it back to life again… we didn’t want to come to the end of them.
Your wedding style or theme:
Vintage outdoor tipi wedding
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Best bit of budget advice?
Whilst everyone has a budget try not to compromise on quality when it comes to things like photographers and venues, cut back where you can by asking your friends and family to get involved. My mum is nifty with a sewing machine so she made all our bunting and table runners, my Dad is good with wood so he made all our outdoor games, it saved us money and at the same time my Mum and Dad played a part. Where you can make things yourself or find someone to do it for you, do… it adds a real personal touch and it’s half the price.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We made all our own save the dates and wedding invites. We also made our own name cards and table names for the day.
Suited and booted – the grooms wore:
We both wore suits from Next and our groomsmen matched with the same trousers, waistcoats and ties.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Their dresses were made and each bridesmaid wore a dress and colour to suit their style. We wanted them to be comfortable so it was important they wore something they felt nice in.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
DIY for us of course and our bridesmaids too actually.
My brother is a florist (Simon James Floral Design) so he did all our flowers, they were amazing and matched the style of the day perfectly!! He has a real knack of knowing what will look amazing and worked with our style perfectly.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Yes, we had tipis from Sami Tipi which is great because they give you a blank canvas to work on. This means you can really personalise your whole day and I’d recommend using your event provider to help with your ideas…Jodie and Craig from Sami Tipi were invaluable in sharing their ideas and telling you what would and wouldn’t work. Darby and Joan provided the crockery and cutlery and did our catering which was totally amazing! We made our own table runners and bunting, outdoor games and our own table place names and name cards. We also used jam jars to drink pimms from on arrival and the farmer whose field we used provided us with some hay bales. A lot of the small touches and ideas we got from Pinterest…which I can’t recommend enough!!
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
Table runners and bunting courtesy of my Mum, outdoor games courtesy of my Dad, quirky quotes painted onto chalk boards throughout the tipis were from ideas on Pinterest. Our table names were old wine bottles with Audrey Hepburn films as the names (I love Audrey Hepburn) We also made our own save the date cards and invites. Arriving at the event some of our friends drove us there, coming down the aisle other friends sang and played the guitar and another friend did a reading, we involved as many people as we could. My late Grandma and Grandad’s welsh dresser was brought in and we decorated that with photos of people who aren’t with us anymore so even they were involved too in a way!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
It was a naked Victoria sponge wedding cake so we would say quirky!
Plastic Pantomime….I cannot recommend them enough…they absolutely ROCKED!!!! They should be at every party!
On the day tips and advice:
At one point my best friend took me to one side and walked me to the end of the field, she said “stand back and take this moment to take it all in!” As much as the alcohol had started to take effect I can still remember that moment as if it happened an hour ago! The day goes so quickly…do this one thing and spare a moment to take it all in!!!
Also, where you can personalise your day do so, get people involved and enjoy the lead up to it. It comes and goes so quickly, embrace every moment…even the stressful bits! And if you can, get a wedding planner…ours helped us think of things that we’d never have thought of and having her there on the day was the peace of mind needed to be able to relax and enjoy every moment.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Mark – I get to spend the rest of my life with my favourite person!
Chris – We’re a real team…. it’s us against the world!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Sami Tipi – www.samitipi.co.uk
Wedding Planner – Val at Benessamy Weddings & Events www.benessamy.co.uk
Outdoor Ceremony – The Ceremony Company www.theceremonycompany.co.uk
Flowers – Simon James Floral Design – www.facebook.com/simonjamesfloraldesign
Entertainment – Plastic Pantomime – www.plasticpantomime.co.uk
Photography – Matt Brown Photography – www.mattbrownphotography.co.uk
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