Today’s real wedding is a hand made dream. Not only did Sophia and Daniel produce all the handmade décor for their beautiful tipi reception themselves, they went wild with gorgeously modern rustic lawn games for their guests. They wed on the 2nd September 2017 in a church ceremony followed by the reception at Sophia’s dad’s home.
The planning process sounds ideal, thanks to Sophia and Daniel’s organisation, everything was done in plenty of time before the wedding and it was therefore a wonderfully relaxed lead up. Our pair fell in love with tipis after they had seen a few venues that weren’t flexible enough for them and they ended up with a day that was just so totally them. Think dried lavender, afternoon tea and bunting. The tipi looks just charming.
Sophia chose her beautiful bardot dress from Barn Bridal and Daniel and his groomsmen all wore matching tweed suits to complement the relaxed outdoor vibe. Gemma Giorgio is responsible for the wonderful images today, thank you ever so much for sharing them with us Gemma.
THE PROPOSAL | On holiday in Sardinia, on a secluded beach, Dan planned this before we left as we were staying at a family friend’s B&B, so was able to arrange dinner on the beach that evening, flowers and bubbly in the room.
THE VISION | Relaxed, outdoor family occasion, elements of traditional with a church etc, but more of a unique feel that meant we didn’t have to conform to the usual requirements of a venue.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We looked at multiple venues however did not like the restrictions on food, number of people etc. We actually went to a wedding fayre and that is where we first saw a tipi. The tipi was decorated lovely and cosy and just felt ‘right’. Once we decided this was something we were interested in doing, I had to get round to asking my Dad for permission to hold the wedding in the family garden. Once that was all sorted it was all go from there. We had nine months to plan and organise the wedding, which actually was plenty of time. We started with the large items and important elements of our day (tipi, church, photographer and food) and then went from there. We knew we wanted to do a lot ourselves, from making garden games, bunting, origami cranes etc I loved every second of the planning and seeing everything coming together! Loved all the fun bits like organising the ice cream van, camper van and all the little details!
BUDGET | Under £12k
THE VENUE | We held the wedding in my parent’s garden and had a tipi for our wedding breakfast and evening do. The tipi company was amazing, very helpful and let our dreams become a reality; it looked really magical in the evening with the fairy lights!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was amazing, so comfortable and was everything I wanted! It was Ophelia, bardot lace top with a slight blush under tone in the skirt! The veil I actually found on eBay, shoes were my something ‘old’ as they were comfortable I knew I could wear them throughout the day.
FINDING THE DRESS | Due to time constraints and hearing dresses taking over 9 months to arrive from a bridal boutique I brought from a ‘off the peg’ boutique (Barn Bridal Boutique) . The dresses were all gorgeous; the lady was really helpful and listened to all my comments to find a dress that had all the aspects I liked from other dresses that I tried on!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | We wanted suits that showed the relaxed vibe so went for more of a tweed look then smart suits, they were from Debenhams and had matching for all the men. The ties and cravats were from ASOS.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | As it was a Church wedding we needed to have one reading from the bible, we then found a reading that had words that really reflected us. (1 Corinthians 13 and The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach) The songs came down to what we enjoyed singing as children while at school, fun uplifting songs so that everyone could join in. (One more step along the world I go, Give me joy in my heart and He’s got the whole world in his hands)
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The maid of honour was my sister (Maria), and the two bridesmaids (Lizzie and Laura) were friends from school. They wore dresses from ASOS in the colour scheme, as Maria was maid of honour she wore a slightly different dress from Laura and Lizzie!
THE FLOWERS | Local florist ‘Florum’ did our flowers, Donna managed to get it spot on and had compliments all day on the flowers! We had a larger bouquet for myself and three smaller ones for the bridesmaids, five button holes for the men and the mums had a wrist corsage all matching the same. We wanted ‘greenery’ and some flowers in our colour scheme. We ended up having eucalyptus, other seasonal foliage, lilac roses, white double lizzy and wax flower.
THE CAKE | A work friend of my mum made the cake; she makes them as a hobby and wanted to make the cake. We had a three tier Victoria sponge ‘semi-naked’ cake decorated with roses and foliage in the colour of the bouquets.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Gemma Giorgio and her partner Phil, they were both amazing. Dan does not particularly like his photo being taken however they managed to get some amazing photos. We loved her style of less traditional posy shots and she managed to capture the ‘feel’ of the day. We had nothing but compliments on the photos afterwards!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We handmade the majority of the décor from bunting, garden games, cranes, pallet tables, table centres, confetti to pew ends. Anything we could make we made, loved seeing it all come together and the airing cupboard smelt amazing with all the roses we were drying in there! The tipi came with fairy lights which looked magical, the tables, fire pit and sofas all came from the tipi company. Having an afternoon tea finished the tipi off amazingly as the catering company used mixed crockery which just looked incredible in the tipi! We love the outdoors and wanted to capture that, so much time went into planning the garden décor, with the tipi we could decide how many sides we wanted up so that made the outdoor/indoor aspect easy to do. We also had lavender flower pot table centres and mixed flower seeds as our favours. Our guests absolutely loved the vintage ice cream van, as the weather was lovely and hot it went down a treat and the flavours were amazing!
THE HONEYMOON | We had a mini-moon right after the wedding and went back to Sardinia to were Dan proposed, we asked for money towards honeymoon as our wedding gift and have booked a honeymoon to the Maldives which we can’t wait for!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Maria’s confidence boosting quote outside the church…I had started to cry before I started to walk down the aisle, Maria came out with ‘You are a strong, independent, tanned woman, do not cry!’ even the vicar burst out in laughter!
Laura’s dance to single ladies in the evening, Beyonce moves right down to a ’T’!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |Try and do as much as possible before the wedding, then you aren’t running round getting things done days before, we can actually say we weren’t stressed the week before as everything was sorted!
Take a step back and enjoy the day, try not to make sure everyone else is okay and happy as everyone is there for you!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Gemma Giorgio
Tipi | Events Under Canvas
Hair | Amber French
Make-Up | A A MUA
Florist | Florum Flowers
Dress | Barn Bridal
Suits | Debenhams
Cake | Sarah Beard
Camper Van | Pearl’s
Ice Cream Van | Molly Moo Ices
Bridesmaid Dresses | ASOS
So beautiful! Thank you Sophia and Daniel for sharing your gorgeous day with us. Rachel x