Rustic Tipi Wonderland Wedding Filled With Sunflowers

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WWW readers Emma and Ashley are here today to totally brighten your day with their rustic summer nuptials, which were held on the 28th July 2018 at Cannon Hall in South Yorkshire. They plumped for a church ceremony followed by a tipi reception, which was decked out in festoon lights, lanterns and florals galore.

There were so many fab elements, from Ruby the Morris Minor to the sunflowers used throughout and the glitter station to name a few. Guests were treated to a vintage photo booth, live music and a fire pit complete with marshmallows to toast come evening. All in all it was a magical wonderland folks!

The outfits were totally on trend, many of the details were DIY and the atmosphere buzzing with festival vibes. We are just so grateful to be sharing these incredible images by Neil Jackson Photographic with you all. What a feast for the eyes.

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The Proposal

What can I say, he couldn’t have got it more perfect! We were in Jamaica at the time and I wasn’t expecting a thing! Day 5 into our holiday and we went on a trip to climb a waterfall followed by a private bamboo river raft through the jungle with a rum punch in our hands. At the most beautiful moment, just as the sun shone through the trees on to the calm turquoise water, he pulled out a box containing a ring I’d mentioned ages ago and asked if I’d marry him.

My initial reaction was to swear a bit, ask if he was being serious and start crying. Then I said YES! We kept it to ourselves for 48 hours and then told everyone back at home ☺

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The Vision

Boho / wedfest / fairytale wonderland.

Church ceremony.

Tipis to look like a magical corner of Glastonbury Festival with an informal, relaxed feel.

Fresh flowers and candles everywhere.

Loads of good food and drink and live music!

Woodland.

Slight Jamaican theme to remind us where we got engaged.

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The Planning Process

We (and by we, we mean Emma because it’s not Ashley’s thing…) absolutely loved researching; organising and coordinating everything for the wedding however, the planning process can take over your life if you let it!

We had a few bumps along the way which did test us but we’re both mega laid back and chilled about pretty much everything so we just got our heads together and came up with a plan B! To see the whole thing come together on the day and every single person with a smile on their face made it worth all the late nights replying to supplier emails or tears cried because someone cancelled at the last minute.

My tip would be to enjoy the planning process rather than stress over it because once it’s all over, you’ll wish you could do it all over again!

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Budget

We originally set a budget but didn’t stick to it. We just saved our every last penny to get what we wanted BUT, if we couldn’t afford it, we didn’t have it!

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The Venue

All Saints Church, Darton – Barnsley.

Boutipi (tipi supplier).

Cannon Hall – Barnsley.

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The Readings & Music

We kept it traditional in church so I walked down the aisle to The Bridal Chorus – ‘here comes the bride’ and we left to ‘The Wedding March’.

During the signing of the register, we played Masterplan by Oasis.

Reading was from the bible – ‘Eccles 4:9-12 The Value of a Friend’

First Dance was Bob Marley – One Love

We had a Caribbean Steel Band playing as we arrived at the tipis for our Jamaican themed welcome – CCC Steelband.

Our evening band were – The Fallen who were absolutely amazing! We both wanted plenty of live music and silly dancing so picked a band that did a mixture of genres but nothing cheesy! It’s not our thing to have any cha cha slides or YMCAs going on…

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Your Outfits & Accessories

Bride

Dress and veil by Pronovias and bought from Bridal Rogue Gallery (Harrogate).

Bride Shoes – Doc Martens

Jewellery – Le Vian rings and rest borrowed from my Nannan.

Flower crown – Wickham and Taylor

Groom

Tweed tailored suit jacket and waistcoat from Moss Bros / chinos, shirt, knitted bow tie all Moss Bros.

Groom Shoes – Base London

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Beauty & Grooming

Bride, Bridesmaids and MOB hair and makeup by Bow and Blush.

Groom – grooming and hair by JLG Jack Lodge Grooming.

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The Details & Décor

The details and décor are what makes a tipi wedding different and magical. You have the complete freedom to create your very own whimsical wonderland!

A lot of the décor in the tipis was through Boutipi and our florist Wickham and Taylor. We had a vision in our minds and built our dream through the extras and props catalogues of both these suppliers.

The main features were:

The lantern walkway up to the tipis – Boutipi

Kung Tipi (included fire pit, blankets, furniture etc.) – Boutipi

Woolly Mammoth hanging flowers – Wickham and Taylor

Candles (and lots of them!) – Starchild Glastonbury

All other décor and detail was DIY. We added to our collection over 18 months, buying bits along the way, which really helped us in the end. We had dream catchers, empty gin bottles and jars, a dressing screen with polaroid photos for our table plan, a glitter station, lots of fairy lights, bunting, ribbon hanging from trees, handmade wooden signs, blackboards and marshmallows for toasting on the fire pit!

We also had multi-coloured, vintage deckchairs provided by ‘Sophie Likes’ – Harrogate.

Vintage photobooth provided by Viva La Booth.

Our car was a convertible Morris Minor called Ruby ☺

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The Flowers

Our flowers were one of the most important things to us and our request was for everything to look wild and freshly picked from a meadow. We didn’t want anything that looked neat, tidy and too arranged.

The main flower we wanted incorporating was the sunflower. We had a single sunflower on every pew in the church, part of our bouquets and on the woolly mammoth…

The woolly mammoth was a huge hanging hoop that was created specifically for us by Boutipi and dressed to perfection by our florist. It was a real talking point and hung beautifully in the middle tipi making it an epic centre piece.

We had milk churns, crates and jars full of flowers all over the venue, which made it completely magical. It was a hay fever sufferer’s nightmare though so we did provide antihistamines that went down a treat with the guests!

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The Cake

We only ever had one idea for the cake and that was a white chocolate drip cake with chocolate sponge, decorated with white chocolate skulls and blue roses for Sheffield Wednesday… the words ‘Til Death Us Do Part’ were written across the front of the cake. Again, a real talking point with the guests, not to mention DELICIOUS!

Made by Ashley’s sister, Vicki.

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Bridesmaids

Bridemaids – All dresses from ASOS

Jewellery – Thomas Sabo

MOB – Dress, shoes and accessories from Snooty Frox Harrogate

MOB Hat – Ian Stuart

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Groomsmen

Dads and Best Men – all same as groom except no jacket worn.

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Your Photographer

Neil Jackson Photographic – his photos speak from themselves, I’m sure you’ll agree!

We didn’t want any staged photos or a photographer that didn’t capture raw emotion well. We weren’t having a videographer so it was important that our photos would tell a story of the day and document every moment and emotion.

We spent agessss researching photographers but immediately fell in love with Neil, his style and his photos.

We can’t put into words how thrilled we are with our photos. AMAZING!

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The Honeymoon

We wanted to go somewhere we’d never been before and experience culture but also relax and take a well-deserved break!

Audley Travel arranged us the most amazing trip to Bali with 5 nights in the country’s cultural capital Ubud and then 9 nights at the other side of the country in a Spa Village.

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Memorable Moments

Oh dear, there’s so many but here are a few of our favourites:

Seeing my Dad’s face when I walked in with my dress on for the first time.

Standing just outside the church door with my Dad just before we walked down the aisle and hearing the organ inside playing ‘here comes the bride’. I’ve never felt so many emotions in one go but kept it together!

Seeing Ashley crying as I walked down the aisle.

Getting to the tipis as new Mr and Mrs and having a rum punch, some jerk chicken (tofu for Emma and the veggies) and listening to the steelband play ‘you’ve got a friend in me’ from Toystory (our request)…

The downpour of rain and then dancing in it!

Sitting back at the top table and just watching what we’d organised and seeing everyone enjoying themselves.

The surprise green smoke bombs – captured in the photos!

Our first dance together to Bob Marley and the party that followed!

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Advice For Other Couples

Don’t compare yourselves to others. This is your day and should be everything you want rather than what you think other people would want. You can drive yourselves mad trying to please everyone – it’ll never happen!

Don’t worry about the last minute drop outs, just make sure you have a guest reserve list but if you can’t fill the space, it doesn’t matter! It doesn’t change how happy and in love you feel on the day.

For anyone having a tipi wedding, don’t forget toilets, power generator, land hire, insurance, catering equipment, security, glass and tableware can all be additional costs so make sure you factor in all these bits when budgeting ☺

Have the best day ever!

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Emma and Ashley, thank you so so much for sharing your epic wedding celebrations with us xo Lou

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