In May I spent the loveliest birthday week down in Cornwall with my man. We walked the coastline, dined at Outlaws, explored magical villages and breathtaking landscapes… and I fell in love with Cornwall. But oh, it is such a long way from my part of the world!!

Photo credits: Sanshine Photography

I would be thrilled to feature more Cornish weddings on the blog, so do get in touch if you’re marrying in those parts! In the meantime, I have news which you’ll love if you’re tying the knot in Cornwall.Claire

Boho brides, whimsical couples and lovers of the outdoors will know and love outdoor events company PapaKåta, who’ve featured many times on the English Wedding Blog. We love their tipis and gorgeous Sperry Tents. Rachael from PapaKåta has just been in touch to tell me all about Sperry Tents South West – a new venture making the luxury tents more widely available across the UK.


I do love a wedding success story, and Big Chief Tipis are an inspiring example of an independent family business in the wedding industry. They’re all made in Britain too! At the heart of Big Chief Tipis is a father, son and daughter team – and I met Hayley at one of my Manchester calligraphy workshops this summer… she’s brilliant and funny, a character and a lovely person! I asked Hayley to tell us all about Big Chief Tipis just in time for their open weekend in October:

Big Chief Tipis wedding hire image credit Melissa Beattie Photography (7)

All image credits Melissa Beattie Photography

Big Chief Tipis is a large event tipi hire company, based in the North West (but we cover the whole of the UK) whose aim is to turn dreams into memories! We specialize in providing tipis for any type of weather – not only for when the sun shines, but when it is “British” too! We can cater for any number of guests, from small intimate gatherings, all the way up to a wedding for hundreds as the tipis are interlinkable. Our tipis offer a quirky and original alternative to your standard white-walled marquee and look even more incredible when the sun sets and the firepit is lit inside.


Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day so far. I have something very special to show you today… something I fell in love with a few years ago when I first began writing the English Wedding Blog. Wedding teepees were brand new, and I’ve always adored their rustic, eco style. PapaKåta is now the UK’s biggest supplier of gorgeous teepees and last year introduced us to Sperry Tents.


PapaKata wedding teepeeTrust me – once you’ve seen a PapaKata teepee or Sperry tent, you’ll never want to see a bog standard marquee again. Ever!

PapaKata_Teepees UK real weddingIf you want to celebrate in extraordinary style, look no further than PapaKåta’s teepees. The free-spirited teepees are glorious in summer and super cosy in winter.

Sperry Tents are huge in the US, always on the world’s top wedding blogs, and will be one of the hottest things in weddings for 2015 and beyond.

Wedding tipis and sperry tents UK PapaKata (9)Wondering how much a Sperry tent or teepee will cost you? Play with PapaKata’s new ‘Quote Me Papa’ online tool – it’s fun and takes less than a minute to get an idea of the price. http://quotemepapa.papakata.co.uk


Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a fab day. I’ve just discovered this tipi event and I really wish I could go! It sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Plus it’s at the gorgeous Bawdon Lodge Farm which featured on the English Wedding Blog in a country wedding styling article last summer.

sami tipi open weekend

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April 11am to 4pm

Are you searching for a unique personalised wedding venue? Perhaps you’re planning a festival style wedding. Then make sure you visit the Sami Tipi Open Weekend at Bawdon Lodge Farm on Saturday 19th April and Sunday 20th April.

Tipis provide an atmospheric event space like no other event venue. Inspired by the Sami People of Lapland, tipis make for a fabulous outdoor celebration and provide a breathtaking alternative to a conventional marquee.

Sami Tipi packages are personalised to suit your exact requirements and their friendly, professional staff are there to help you along the way.