Olie & Kelly’s gorgeous creative travel themed wedding, with Libra Photographic
Today’s wedding will lift your Monday – I promise. Kelly and Olie are amazing, their Dorset tipi wedding is gorgeous and they look incredible – Kelly in an exquisite dress with lace detail sleeves and a stunning plunge neckline with lace overlay, and Olie in a bespoke tailored suit. The florals are full of rich autumnal foliage and the tipis look warm and cosy with all the magic we’ve come to expect from weddings under canvas.
It’s been wonderful hearing all about this lovely wedding, and reading Olie and Kelly’s review for Dorset wedding photographer Libra Photographic made me happy! Nathan at Libra Photographic is a great guy, and his new wedding photography website is looking absolutely beautiful – do go take a look (and use the widget on his home page to check your date!)
Now, shall we have a look at their cake first?! This is awesome…
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How did you choose your photographer?
We met him at a wedding fair and fell in love with his documentary wedding photography style. We’re not ones to pose for photos (especially the groom) so the natural style was a must. He had also photographed a few tipi weddings.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We loved him. He instantly clicked with everyone and made us all feel at ease. He seemed to be effortlessly everywhere (although he was spotted running with his two cameras). He took us to one side a couple of times for some more intimate shots. This was a welcome break from the dance floor and provided some beautiful night shots. We had loads of great feedback from guests. This was all before we’d even seen the photos. We absolutely love them. He really captured the feel for the day and we can’t wait to frame a few.
Videographer details if applicable – and any thoughts for other couples about having a wedding video?
We couldn’t afford a videographer as well so I asked my brother to film a bit of the ceremony and speeches. He was amazing and ended up filming most of the day. My dad then edited it to make a lovely video for us. We also displayed some old video cameras, inviting our guest to capture the day.
Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?
The celebrations took place in an amazing tipi on the paddock of Dairy cottages. Olie’s parents renovated the barns on their land to create beautiful holiday homes. We had planned to get married on the paddock during construction, using one of the completed cottages to host my family. The silver lining of postponing our wedding (twice) was that all the cottages were complete and we got to welcome our guests onto a lovely courtyard. The tipi really wowed the everyone as it came into view.
Did you love wearing your outfits? How was the dress / suit shopping experience?
Bride: loved my dress. It was everything I dreamed of. In an attempted to save money, I searched the sale racks and came across the beauty that is my dress. I bought it pretty early as I wanted my mum to be in the country. Due to postponing, I ended up owning it for two years before it was even altered. Extremely cliché but I felt like a princess.
Groom: Not quite as much time choosing (or money spent!) on the grooms suit. I decided to get a custom suit fitting whilst we were on our travels in Vietnam. Browsing Hoi-An’s equivalent of Savile row, I chose a really nice chequered suit. I had to lug this around Asia for the following 4 months. I lost a bit of weight during my travels and, despite the seamstress reassuring me that she had left wiggle room, it quickly became a little snug. I had to cancel my gym membership to avoid bursting a button, not that I minded. On the day it still fit perfectly though.
Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness
We were wowed by the flowers. You obviously discuss what you want and your colour scheme but you don’t actually see them until the day. The flowers definitely surpassed our expectations. My lovely brother preserved a few petals in resin coasters for us.
Did you hire a wedding planner?
Nope, we had the pleasure of planning our amazing day ourselves…We loved it so much we planned it 3 times.
As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?
Olie’s amazing step mum, Lisa, made our cake. She is incredibly talented and even made it vegan for me. It was beautiful and delicious and so very special.
Tell us about any special personal touches, or creative projects you made yourselves
Our wedding had a travel theme so I had a lot of fun with that. The seating plan was a map and each table had a framed polaroid of us on our travels. The guest book was a globe and we had a big Budha at the entrance of the tipi. Everything was set up by Olie and I, with a lot of help from our families. It made the whole day even more special.
Did you personalise your vows or have any wedding readings? What were they?
Regular vows but the readings were very special. My 11 year old brother and 12 year old niece did a shared reading, Ruth 1:16-17. Olie’s sister chose a reading herself called love is a temporary madness and Olie’s step dad wrote a beautiful poem about our relationship.
What was your first dance song? Why did you choose it?
We chose a cover of “Shut up and dance” by Kina Grannis. We met at uni and spent a lot of our relationship on the dance floor. We considered “Can’t help falling in love” but we didn’t exactly rush in so it just wasn’t us.
How did the pandemic affect your wedding plans? Do you have any advice to share with couples planning their weddings right now?
We had to postpone twice and making that decision was really tough. It took a brave family member (first Olie’s mum and then my dad) to mention the idea of postponing, producing many tears, before we realised it was the right choice for us. It became quite stressful when we were planning for all possibilities and even when the day was in reach we still had the fear of a vital wedding goer catching covid. This whole process did mean that on the day I was weirdly calm. The worst had already happened…twice, so why stress about the weather or the food. My advice is to enjoy every moment. Plan what you want and don’t worry what others think. In the words of Olie’s dad, “It’s your wedding, do what you want.”
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