I’ve certainly got that Friday feeling today thanks to this party style tipi wedding set in the gorgeous Welsh countryside.
Wedding pros Richard and Charlotte are caterers and run the Jones Pizza Co, so they had the expertise and experience to know exactly want they wanted to create for their own wedding. They plumped for a large celebration at Charlotte’s father’s home in North Wales. They didn’t stick to tradition by any means with the priority being on a fun and relaxed atmosphere for all.
Choosing to wed on the 10th June 2017 gave their day a beautiful summery feel with the meadow and countryside in full bloom around the tipis. The clear skies ensured the party spilled outside, which was lit by twinkling festoon lights come evening. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen wedding guests having such fun, but why wouldn’t they with a rodeo bull, incredible food, beer pong, cocktails and games? Then there were the DIY vibes, with loved ones contributing to the flowers and cake, not to mention the bring your own ‘pot luck’ buffet, such a great idea! It all helped them to keep to their impressive £11 500 budget.
Charlotte chose to wear Daughters of Simone’s Winnie gown, I totally love the off the shoulder bohemian feel to the gown. It fitted her perfectly too. Richard was suited and booted in Next while the bridesmaids donned floaty pale blue dresses. What a stylish wedding party!
These sensational shots are courtesy of Mike Plunkett Photography, thanks so much Mike.
THE PROPOSAL | Rich proposed in a hotel room in Portmeirion village, a picturesque model Italian village on the North Welsh coast. The plan was to do it on a romantic walk in the gardens there but Rich chickened out because of fears someone might see!
THE VISION | Having catered a lot of weddings ourselves, we had a good idea of the type of wedding we wanted. The priority was relaxed, fun, lots of alcohol and without too many traditions getting in the way. We couldn’t decide on whether we wanted a small or large wedding to begin with and after a lot of deliberation we decided to go big! We 100% made the right choice!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We booked the tipis, picked my dress, and then forgot about organising for quite a while. The huge task of organising it seemed too daunting, so we both buried our heads in the sand for a long time!! We decided to look for a photographer at the end of last year, and found Mike Plunkett – what a find! We were very fortunate that he was available on our date! We really got going with organising around 2 months before the wedding, we picked groomsmen outfits, decided on flowers etc. It was a bit of a mad rush at the end to get everything organised, especially considering it was a DIY wedding.
BUDGET | We originally had a very modest budget of £7k. But this soon went out of the window… we ended up spending around £11.5k.
THE VENUE | We had the ceremony in our local church where we both grew up. The evening do was held at Charlotte’s father’s home in North Wales in a little village called Llandwrog, close to the sea. His home is a Grade 2 listed welsh cottage surrounded by fields where we hired two big tipis. Charlotte’s auntie and uncle leant her their own smaller single tipi (which was used as the cocktail bar and beer pong tipi!!), which can be seen in a lot of the photos.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Daughters of Simone ‘Winnie’ dress. A New York based company. Bought the dress and veil from Jean Jackson Couture in Manchester.
FINDING THE DRESS | I spent hours on pinterest looking at different dresses, unable to decide on a style I liked best. I knew we were having a laid back wedding so one thing I was sure of was that the dress had to reflect this. I’m a girly girl at heart though and love lace, so wanted a good blend of relaxed but girly. My sister sent me a photo of the Winnie dress by Daughters of Simone very early on in my search and I kept on returning to it. I decided I needed to find a shop which sold this designer and found Jean Jackson Couture. Jean Jackson Couture is an amazing bridal shop in Northern Quarter in Manchester, which specialises in bohemian, free spirited bridal dresses. Felicity the co-owner is so good at her job! I bought the Winnie dress along with my two tiered veil from there.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Next navy suit. Tie and shoes from Topman.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Walking down/up the aisle songs Catfish and the Bottlemen and Ed Sheeran. Hymns were Calon Lan and Amazing Grace.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Wore ASOS dresses, faith heels, and cowboy boots later.
THE FLOWERS | Tesco, arranged the night before the wedding by Charlotte’s mum and sister.
THE CAKE | Naked cake. Joint effort from one of our bridesmaids (Rebeca) and her mum (Angela).
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Mike Plunkett
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We decorated ourselves using bunting, borrowed jam jars and borrowed table clothes. Charlotte and her sisters made the signposts and table signs out of old bits of wood.
THE HONEYMOON | We had a mini moon in Portmeirion immediately after the wedding. We’ve booked Ibiza for a few days this September, staying in a romantic little hotel close to the old town.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The best man’s speech was incredible… Seeing so many lovely faces… Pot luck buffet food was immense… rodeo bull was a great crowd pleaser!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | If you’re going DIY, get organised in advance and be prepared for a LOT of work! It is so rewarding though, and gives friends and family a chance to really get involved too. We would highly recommend it!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE | We have our own catering business specialising in Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas. We had some of our staff come and run our retro converted horse trailer, which suited the outdoor DIY style of the wedding perfectly. The horse trailer is a lovely feature for a wedding of this kind. Our guests helped themselves to a pizza buffet during the late afternoon/early evening. This was accompanied with a pot luck buffet, where guests brought a dish. Both were a huge success, we were overwhelmed with so much unbelievable food!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Mike Plunkett Photography
Pizza | Jones Pizza Co
Richard and Charlotte, I cannot thank you both enough for sharing your wedding here at WWW today xo Lou