A fabulous tipi celebration in the height of summer. A gorgeous, relaxed and head-over-heels in love couple. Rustic styling, tons of florals, vibrant colours and a party atmosphere. It really doesn’t get much better than this! Howard and Rowena’s wedding venue was the village field in Iwerne Minster, the village where Rowena’s mother lives. By day the field is a football pitch and on a sunny day in August it was transformed with the addition of tipis into their wedding venue! I hope you love this one as much as I do. Huge thanks to Rowena and Howard, and to our fabulous friend and Dorset wedding photographer Robin Goodlad Photography. Do read the groom’s interview below – the story of their day is fantastic! (click the ‘Continue Reading’ link for the full feature)!
The biggest change in weddings in the last five years has been in venues. Back in the day, you hired a big country house hotel and / or a marquee. Now it seems half of our weddings in the UK are in barns and fields – and I LOVE that! It gives you so much more creative freedom to style your day – and fits perfectly with three MAJOR wedding styles: barn weddings, festival weddings and tipi weddings.
I’ve worked with some fabulous planners and stylists who really come into their own for planning ‘blank canvas’ weddings – and one thing I’ve learned is that logistics is a pretty big deal. You need to hire everything from loos to generators, flooring to hay bales and benches for your wedding guests.
Often tipi and marquee companies can help. And sometimes you just stumble across a brilliant idea on Pinterest which fits perfectly with your relaxed wedding style!
Happy Friday my lovelies! After a pretty full week on the blog we have one of those wonderfully relaxed, countryside tipi weddings to share with you today. Beautiful bride and gorgeous groom Lucy and Ian, along with their guests, simply walked from their ceremony to the reception in the charming village of Singleton, in the Lavant valley near Chichester. Their five month old daughter Maisie is the star of the show – how adorable is this tiny human?!
Images are by a great friend of English Wedding, Sussex wedding photographer Martin Beddall Photography. Martin’s reportage style images have an exceptional quality and capture moments and memories in such a thoughtful way. This pic (below) is an absolute favourite for me – and huge respect for the brilliant vicar (“Rev Kev”, I believe!) who was happy for Martin to be close in for some amazing ceremony shots. (Those two curious little faces peeping around Ian’s legs!! So cute!)
I am desperate for summer to kick in! I know it’s only the 4th of February, but still… I can taste spring in the air, I’m sure I can. Maybe it’s these sunflowers…
Katie and Richard are gorgeous. Katie’s dress is just divine, and (as I think I mentioned yesterday!) I do love a couple who choose outfits with something just a little different. Honestly – this is such a personal and individual wedding and I think it’s fabulous. The day is bright and summery, their smiles are infectious, the styling touches they chose for their tipi reception are fabulously colourful and creative…
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We met Becky at a wedding fair at Knebworth House. We were so pleased with everything. She made us feel so comfortable throughout the day. She was super chilled out and relaxed which is very much like me and Richard. Her photos were super relaxed and natural. She was so easy to have around which I think added to why her photos were so good as people were relaxed and she was never invasive with the camera. She managed to get some lovely natural photos of the kids who are very camera shy but you wouldn’t know it looking at the pictures. We couldn’t have been happier.
Nothing quite beats the warmth of a tipi wedding – and Sarah and Matthew used theirs as the focal point for a festival-style celebration on the family farm. The little touches and flowers are gorgeous; but the loveliest thing about today’s wedding is Sarah – she’s so beautiful in a blush pink gown which just suits the day perfectly (and is amazing for dancing in!)
We opted to have fairy lights within our tipi and we didn’t want to distract too much from how beautiful the tipi and more importantly, the view from the field was. We used lots of items from the farm including milk churns, troughs, tractor tyres and hay bales to add to the rustic farm feel. We were lucky to be able to find a tipi company for our bank holiday weekend in County Marquees East Anglia. They were great and also helped us with outdoor furniture sets, a bar front, outdoor fire bowls and were on hand with generators and mobile toilets should we have needed them
Canals have a romance all of their very own, don’t you think? If you’ve ever strolled along a canal before sunset you’ll know how wonderfully tranquil those towpaths can be. The adventure of drifting through England’s hidden waterways is one I dream of experiencing, one day. So Heather and Michael’s day has my heart: their photos by the locks are beautiful; their tipi reception is full of character and quaint old English charm – it’s perfect.
“The ceremony was held in a very low key structure next to a canal in Leicestershire with the reception in the tipi next to it. The venue is fairly new and quite quirky with narrow boats passing by and a bar that looks like a moored up boat.
Heather made all the decor herself and it was lovely. Heather and Michael are expecting a baby so the day was full of lots of lovely emotional moments, which wedding photographer Helen King captures beautifully in the images.
This wedding is so pretty – I LOVE the bouquet and all the flowers, the stationery and the little handwritten signs for Sarah & Simon’s outdoor games. They’re a gorgeous couple, the images are lovely – it’s perfect! And you’ll find tons of inspiration here… DIY was a major part of today’s fabulous English wedding. Enjoy!
They had a relaxed outdoor wedding with lots of personal touches – both Simon and Sarah are ecologists and work in the great outdoors, so it had to be an outdoor nature themed wedding! “It was very important to use local suppliers. Most of them we found through word of mouth and recommendations from others.”
Images are by Hampshire wedding photographer Jenny Owens, who you can discover more from here:
Your Wednesday just got a whole lot more AMAZING… because we have the most beautiful boho wedding for you to get all inspired by this morning. I love everything – Abigail’s dress and her stunning plait, Mark’s super cool look (and his first dance story!), the flowers, the tipi, the wedding bake-off… and I very much think you will be as bowled over by this stunning wedding as I was!
“We aren’t a particularly traditional couple, so we knew from the off that a castle or a fancy hotel wasn’t for us. We knew we wanted a real earthy, bohemian feel so after seeing an advertisement on a magazine we just knew we had to have a tipi. Pitching it at our local cricket club was the ideal place.
“Over the year of planning, my initial earthy theme started to morph into a more Country Garden feel. I sourced some great watering cans and Mark painstakingly cut wood slices for my centerpieces. My florist then filled these with a beautiful arrangement of garden flowers.
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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I’m head over heels in love with Josie and Gareth’s countryside wedding… the photos are fabulous, the location is stunning, I think every detail is perfect. Josie is just so beautiful and Gareth looks fantastic. I adore the heather, the bouquet is amaaaaaazing, the orders of service are gorgeous…. what’s not to love?
The theme for the day was rustic countryside with spectacular tipis and local flowers and food. Josie told me she got a lot of inspiration from wedding blogs and pinterest but choose wedding suppliers through research and recommendations.
Images are by lovely Emma at Freckle Photography. Discover more from her here:
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:
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!
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!
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!