I think this wedding is the perfect combination of rustic outdoorsy meets cosy and welcoming vibes. All with a pop of DIY multi coloured goodness thanks to the labour of love by the couple and their talented loved ones.
How lucky were Tamsyn and Neil to be able to get hitched at Tamsyn’s parents house? The setting was out of this world; woodland for divine portraits with Sally T Photography and gardens with a view for the tipi and outdoor humanist ceremony. It all worked out just perfectly on a wonderful summers day. The dogs (and honoury bridesmaids) loved the occasion and even had collars made by Tamsyn. Tamsyn also made Neil’s dashing waistcoat and kilt, teamed with a fun bow tie for a super cool look. Tamsyn meanwhile plumped for a short and swishy frock with a fabulous bow detail. Homegrown flowers, pom poms and illustrations all adorned the tipi perfectly too.
Enjoy these glorious images and the splendid report in all their glory, it’s a goodie folks.
THE VISION | Most importantly we wanted it relaxed and fairly informal surrounded by greenery! It was important to us for everyone to feel welcome and cosy. Inspiration came from our love of the outdoors and we wanted it as colourful and bright as possible.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We liked the idea of a marquee to be able to get married wherever we liked, but once we came across the tipis, we were completely set on having one and didn’t even visit any alternative venues. The inside provides the perfect base to decorate however you like and really put your personal stamp on it. We had joked about getting married at my parents house for a few years, as it is the perfect setting with a view, and where Tamsyn grew up. Luckily enough the landlord next to my parents house agreed to let us use the land for the day and it all fell into place.
THE VENUE | A Highland Tipi at Cranhill Steading, Aberdeen (Tamsyn’s parents house!).
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was by Naomi Neoh. Again, as soon as I tried it on, I loved it and it made sense to have a shorter dress for the venue… and to show of my shoes! I designed my shoes through Shoes of Prey and they were definitely the part of my outfit I was most excited about!
FINDING THE DRESS | I just wanted a dress that I felt comfortable in and had a bit of swish!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | I made Neil’s kilt and waistcoat. Neil had wanted something a little different to the regular, so we went for the flamingo print waistcoat back. We loved how it looked in the photos!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our music was just a very long play list made up of multiple family members music that took hours (last minute) to create. We worked together with our Humanist celebrant to find suitable readings. We’re not a super mushy couple so we focused on friendship, respect and life adventures!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | They all wore dresses from Karen Millen, randomly found as a bargain in a sale! I made them feather hair clips for their hair.
The dog bridesmaids wore collars by Bramble and Friends (shameless self promotion!). Neil’s flamingo waistcoat and kilt was also made by myself. I think I almost loved his outfit more than mine!
THE FLOWERS | Tamsyn’s amazing mum grew all the flowers in the garden and freshly picked the bouquets on the day!
THE CAKE | Our cake made by our super talented friend Sarah as a wedding gift (as well as the chocolate truffle favours!). It was made of three layers/flavours; red velvet, dulce du leche and vanilla. We enjoyed having cake for breakfast in bed the next morning, it was incredible.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We loved Sally’s relaxed approach and were exactly what we had been hoping for. The photos are absolutely gorgeous!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We didn’t get bogged down by a specific ‘theme’, we just wanted as much colour injected into the tipi as possible. The flowers took about a year of my mums hard work to produce just from her garden. Absolutely loved the result, and they made the tipi smell great. The dried flowers are still going strong decorating our house! I loved adding quirky details like the little parrots and origami cranes. Must give a special mention to my friend Jodie of Everlongart. Her prints were used as table settings and I love how they added to the rainbow! We had fun allocating guests to different animals to suit their personalities too!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Looking back at the amount of input and time given by our nearest and dearest is just amazing and overwhelming! A DIY wedding requires so much thought and organisation and there’s no way we could have done it without the help of many. My dad spent two months before the day regularly mowing the field in preparation for the tipi, my mum spent countless days organising decorations and gardening as well as making 50 fruit pies for pudding. Our dear friend Sarah made the most gorgeous and delicious cake in her spare time! Another amazing friend Olivia managed to do the entire bridal party make up as well as her own and I have to say we did look our best! The day itself is such a blur and goes by in a flash. What a wonderful feeling to see everyone you love in the space of a few hours! Stefan Boylan provided a very welcome breather in proceedings with his impromptu magic show, we literally had no idea that was going to happen! It was fantastic!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | If anything doesn’t go to plan, it really doesn’t matter! Quite a few things that were planned for the day didn’t happen or didn’t go as smoothly as hoped, but you really don’t care on the day, everything is a happy blur.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Sally T Photography
Florist | Tamsyn’s Mum!
Dress | Naomi Neoh (second hand)
Make up | Olivia
Almond Cake & Chocolate Truffle favours | Sara Clarke
Magician | Stefan Boylan
Caterer | Fresh Mex
Table Themes | Jodie, Everlongart
Such fun! It looked as though everyone had such a joy filled day.
Thanks so much to Tamsyn and Neil for sharing their story and to Sally for sharing these wonderful photographs xo Lou