If you are pondering an outdoorsy summertime tipi wedding, let me confirm this for you today. You’re going to fall hook, line and sinker for this festival style celebration filled to the brim with magic and love.
Phil and Daisy were hitched on the 2nd September 2016 and plumped for an epic tipi reception provided by Holmsted Events. They went for three tents with different zones, kitted out in festoon and fairy lights, which looked amazing in the evening and rustic décor. Instead of a traditional wedding cake they decided to host a bake off and their guests went all out on their scrumptious creations. Talking of food, Phil and Daisy wanted to appeal to all the senses including taste and decided on an afternoon tea followed by food trucks offering pizza and burgers. There was glamping accommodation for guests, live music and a fire pit to complete the festival feel.
Daisy chose to wear an elegant Suzanne Neville dress, which fitted her like a glove, she accessorised her look with a pretty flower crown and dreamy veil. Wow indeed. Phil and the boys wore mismatched jackets, chinos and bow ties for a country gent look.
Many thanks to the brilliant Jackson and Co Photography (photographer Michael was also best man) for sharing these sensational shots.
THE PROPOSAL | Phil proposed whilst we were away on holiday. He planned it so well I had no idea it was coming. He had prearranged to hire a beach front cabana and deck it out with candles and rose petals with bubbly on hand. We sat eating the most amazing Chateaubriand. He threw me a low baller claiming it was a surprise for our five year anniversary which I totally bought. It was only when he nervously stumbled over his words and fiddled with his pocket anxiously that I realised what was happening. I gracefully accepted after blurting out some expletives which would make your grandmother blush. We followed this up with some Moet, with our newly made ‘holiday friends’ who later came to the wedding!
THE VISION | We had discussed options very early on after the proposal and loved the idea of having a tipi wedding, Daisy’s side of the family work in farming and produce so they are quite outdoorsy. We both love festivals so we decided to make it loosely festival themed. We planned the wedding around the senses so that it had to look great, people had to have great food and drink, great music and tactile décor and surroundings. We even threw in the fire pit to add a real out doors kind of smell.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Phil took the lead arranging all the important aspects: Tipi, electrics, toilets, bands, etc. Daisy was chief décor executive having the vision and giving the feminine touch. We researched and took advantage of Pinterest to give us decorative direction. One great help was the use of a complex spreadsheet to log all our costs / guest list / keep track of our payments.
BUDGET | We aimed for £10K originally but the tipi pretty much blew that fantasy out of the water in the early stages. We had one year to save and we put plenty aside each month. In the end I think we spent around £25K – around £8K of that was on the tipi hire and all the décor.
THE VENUE | We hired three big top tipis from Holmstead Events. They created a fantastic venue. They also provided some wonderful furnishings including a heap of wooden tables and benches, plus all the lighting, which helped build a wonderful atmosphere and really augmented the photos. We created a festival feeling by arranging the food vans and the tipis to create a large arena feel. We laid out hay bales and festoon lighting to encapsulate the space. We utilised one tipi space for seating, one for the stage and dance floor and the final one for a bar area and fire pit. Our brother in law also provided a Glamping option, and purchased some really smart bell tents dressed each with their own double bed, tactile rugs, lanterns and cute bunting. They went down an absolute storm and he is now offering this out as a side-line business.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Daisy chose a Suzanne Neville gown from Pantiles Bride in Tunbridge Wells. Shoes were by Aquazzura sourced through from Net-A-Porter. Daisy borrowed an antique pearl bracelet from her mother and her ‘something blue’ was the in tow bridesmaids.
FINDING THE DRESS | Daisy visited three bridal shops in total with her chief bridesmaid and mum for the initial visits. Followed up with a rally of support from the mother in law and her friend Hannah too for the fittings.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Phil wore a brown herringbone bespoke jacket made by Summer Couture. It was tailored for him as he has a muscular physique. Worn with stretchy chinos and Brown Hudson Chelsea boots with matching belt. This was topped off with a matching bowtie and pocket square from Mrs Bow Tie in pink and royal blue.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Entrance music: Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More.
Reading: Pam Ayres – Yes I’ll marry you plus Biblical readings. At the reception we had two bands, one local to Maidstone – The Mofo’s who were great and played Indy music from the 90’s which was awesome. Later in the day we had Bounceband International who played contemporary dance music in a band format they were literally amazing, so talented and friendly, they joined us in our celebrations and people have been raving about them ever since.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We had two wonderful young ladies who are dear to our hearts. Dressed in ASOS royal blue multi-way dresses, to their own methods to suit their figures. We also had three little flower girls and a page boy from our family who Daisy’s mum dressed in bespoke outfits, which matched some of our bunting.
THE FLOWERS | Jodie Blades made the most beautiful displays and Daisy’s flower crown using gypsophila, sunflowers, thistle, hydrangeas and cabbage roses. The flowers were displayed in relaxed structures using jam jars and vintage buckets.
THE CAKE | We decided that although Daisy loves cake, we wouldn’t have a wedding cake made, so instead we invited guests to take part in a wedding bake off. We had some outstanding efforts. We should really credit them now. Our friends Paul and Leiyla made the most enormous Reeces cake. It was in three tiers with a protein shaker moulded on top, pouring miniature Reeces onto the cake – great effort guys. We also had someone make a life size cake in the shape of our pet bulldog with his identical markings! It was professionally made and left us speechless. Other great efforts were an amazing four-tiered naked Victoria sponge, cakes in the shape of kettlebells and biceps and those which were simply laden with gooey wonderfulness.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We’ve been friends with Michael & Hannah from Jackson & Co Photography for years and were really lucky they were available on our date. Michael was also Phil’s Best Man for the day so they really had their work cut out on the day to do everything! We love their style and whole ethos. They aim always capture real moments, the laughs, the smiles, the tears of the day. The frames they caught will last for generations to come. We couldn’t have asked for any more from them. They arranged our guests for the formal shots with minimal fuss and produced an amazing record of the day. You can see from the pictures what a wonderful job they do of capturing the day as it goes along, rather than wasting lots of time with formal ‘everybody posing’ shots, which we feel is much more contemporary and natural.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | This started at the invite stage, where Phil designed festival passes with all the wedding info, printed onto laminated cards and put them together onto a lanyard which we sent out as our invites. We wanted a shabby chic theme so we collected jam jars from a well known jam company to use as glasses and dressed them with red white and blue twine to give them some flare. We also filled a number of zinc tins with ice to make beers available on the tables. We obtained a number of rustic apple crates to add to the outdoor theme which we dressed with the flowers and added blankets to, for people as the evening set in. Mainly we dressed the tipi with bunting and paper lanterns. We stuck with hessian table runners to keep it feeling relaxed and from feeling too posh. For the wedding breakfast we opted for an afternoon tea, we hired around 200 tea cups and saucers from a wonderful local hire company. We laid out the benches with cakes, finger sandwiches which Phil’s parents and their friends slaved over.
We decided early on that the food would be a big part of our big day as we both train hard throughout the year and have both competed in physique competitions, so having great ‘cheats’ are really important to us. We decided to have our favourite cheats on the day, pizza and burgers. We researched extensively and found two vintage food trucks that would come to site, adding to the festival theme. The burgers were provided by ‘eat the farm’. These guys were so friendly and put themselves out so much we were truly humbled by their efforts. We had visited them twice prior to the wedding and their burgers were literally heaven! They came in their yellow VW camper and provided their signature dishes, ‘the dirty cow’, ‘two pigs and a cow’, and the ‘skinny cow’ which all melted in the mouth. ‘Well Kneaded’ on the recommendation of ‘eat the farm, provided the pizza which was to die for too and Bridget and Carl turned up in the vintage Citroen van with stone baked pizza oven inside and churned out food all evening. To compliment both the food vans we also had a classic Asquith from The Splendid Coffee Company, come and provide hot drinks which were invaluable, especially when Richard the father of the bride got a little too enthusiastic about the barrel of ale, prior to his speech.
THE HONEYMOON | We had a very quick minimoon break to Turkey where we got engaged, not especially creatures of habit but it was a lovely quick break from all the madness. We hope to have a full honeymoon in California in 2017, but as yet, we’re replenishing our funds and getting ready for that.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | One of our guests brought her car down near to the tipi and decked the boot out with a secret bar named ‘Becky’s bar’ – it wasn’t that secret, but people found out about it by word of mouth and it was one of those little festival things which added to the day.
Bounceband – Got everyone so hyped up, we had a full dance floor throughout the 3 hours they were on.
One of our friends had a little too many bubbles and lap danced for Phil’s dad, at the delight of Phil’s mum and friends. Sadly he too enjoyed the Ale a little too much and can’t remember it.
There was so much cake!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | 1. Make yourself a multi page spread-sheet! 2. Ask around widely for ideas on what makes a great wedding. People who go to a lot of weddings make a great source of information. 3. Don’t be afraid to be less formal, we had a lot of feedback that the relaxed atmosphere made the day that much more enjoyable.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographers | Jackson and Co Photography
Tipi Hire | Holmsted Events
Tea Cups Hire | firstname.lastname@example.org
Gormet Burgers | Eat The Farm
Vintage Pizza Van | Well Kneaded
Coffee and Tea Providers | Splendid Coffee Company
Bell Tent and Glamping Hire | Kent Bell Tents – email@example.com
Generator, toilet hire | Four Jays
James’s Land | James Dearing, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridal Gown | Pantiles Bride
Grooms Bespoke Jacket | Summer Couture
Hair for Bride and Bridesmaids | Carlos Fernandez – 01892 519472
Evening Band | Bounceband International
Afternoon Band | The Mofo’s
Flowers | Keep Vintage Floral
Ahh I love it ALL.
Phil and Daisy, thank you both so very much for sharing your stunning celebration here on WWW xo Lou