Today’s real wedding is country charm and welcoming tipis – the loveliest rustic backdrop for a pretty, romantic wedding day. I love Nikki’s Claire Pettibone gown, her bouquet, and the party atmosphere the beautiful images capture at the reception. The tipis look amazing and I really hope you enjoy this wedding as much as I have!
“The tipis are so dramatic themselves full of fairy lights they don’t need a lot of extra decor – lots of family and friends helped and it was lovely to see the bits they had done. A friend made personal table names based on the horses we have at home, another produced our table plan and many pitched in the couple of days before. That was one of the loveliest parts of our wedding.”
Images are by East Sussex based Samantha Pells Photography. Discover more beautiful weddings by Samantha here:
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The English Wedding Blog interview:Will and Nikki
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How did you choose your photographer?
Through recommendation – we had left a lot of things fairly last minute so I put a request on Facebook and a friend came up with Sam. I rang her and she was so lovely on the phone I didn’t ask anyone else.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Yes – Sam was brilliant from start to finish. Approachable, unobtrusive and incredibly easy to have around on the day. Sam has a gorgeous documentary and natural style that fitted perfectly with our rural wedding. We had stacks of comments on both our beautiful photographs and her professionalism. We would definitely use Sam again for parties or future events.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Utterly thrilled!! They were a perfect reminder of the day – and captured so many moments we hadn’t even seen.
In one of the fields at our home.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Beautiful, rustic and laid back
Your wedding style or theme:
Rustic, simple and country.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Mostly recommendation from friends. We weren’t particularly set on anything and as we asked friends for advice it evolved fairly naturally. My mum is amazing with flowers so she did all the flower arranging.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
I don’t think we really did bother trying. We spent the money we could afford, stuck to our budget, and viewed it as a one off day we wanted to enjoy and remember. We splashed out on wine and food….& the dress of course!!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The food and wine! Everyone remembers our supper and LOVED our cocktail bar!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We didn’t – we built an online website and had everyone RSVP through that. It cost peanuts and is still lovely to look at now!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I did, then worried about it the few days before. I suppose that’s normal?!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Claire Pettibone from Leonie Claire in Brighton
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My husband bought me a gorgeous tennis bracelet on the morning of our wedding(hints were made!) and I had antique diamond earrings I treated myself to! My shoes were from a shop on Bond Street in London, not expensive, I just loved them because they were so sparkly!
And what did the groom wear?
Morning suit from Oliver Brown in London and Charles Tyrwhitt shoes.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Dresses from Coast
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
DIY – my lovely photographer was giving advice an hour before our ceremony!!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
My mum. I carried a bouquet of orchids and the table/marquee/church flowers were all green and white based. Also put together by mum.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
The cake was part of our dessert table and was a ‘cheese cake.’ We had seen it before and preferred the idea to lots of cake left uneaten.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Our band was incredible – the A Listers!!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
It goes by so fast relax and enjoy. Don’t sweat the small stuff either – genuinely nobody notices!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Nothing has really changed! We already lived together in our ‘forever home.’ I guess there’s an added sense of security and calling each other husband and wife seems to carry more weight with the rest of the world!