We are starting a new month with a real bang today, courtesy of WWW readers Collette and Rich who are sharing their utterly magical tipi wedding with us. They tied the knot on the 18th May 2019 in a church ceremony followed by a tipi garden reception on Rich’s parent’s land. The day as a result was ever so relaxed with lots of fun touches too.
One of the moments I love most just has to be the confetti exit from the church followed by the quirky car trip. It looked really special, talking of special the readings and music sounded really wonderful too. Their nearest and dearest came together to help craft some lovely elements; the pretty flowers, the semi naked cake and the decorations. Wow.
Last but certainly not least let us discuss the outfits. Collette wore a sparkly and elegant gown by Made With Love Bridal, while Rich donned a navy suit teamed with a grey tweed waistcoat. So stylish.
Huge thanks goes to Esme Whiteside Photography for sending over these sublime images of a very gorgeous celebration.
Rich took me on a surprise weekend away to Edinburgh for my birthday. I had never been before but had always wanted to go! It’s such a beautiful place and very romantic! We went for dinner and some cocktails and a stroll around the lovely city at night time. We walked up to the castle and I was admiring the beautifully lit up city from the castle walls and as I turned around Rich was down on one knee with a ring! I was obviously in tears (happy tears obviously). It was perfect and very romantic…I didn’t know he had it in him!
Rich’s parents live in the countryside in Worcestershire on THE most beautiful land which I instantly fell in love with the first time I ever visited after we had been together for just a few months. I instantly knew it was the perfect place if we ever decided to get married! When he proposed we both instantly hoped his parents would be happy for us to have our special day there, which of course they were! I had a vision of lots of wild flowers, fairy lights and a very relaxed atmosphere with all of our favourite people dancing and having fun.
The Planning Process
As we knew what we wanted the planning was fairly straight forward. We both had the same vision which also made it easier. We made every single decision together and then I took care of most of the emailing and booking etc and Rich took care of the spreadsheets, budgets etc and making sure I didn’t get too carried away (he’s definitely the sensible one)! Our families were amazing at helping with the planning and coming up with great ideas too which was a major bonus!
As Rich’s parents land was the perfect place to hold a wedding reception all we had to figure out was where to do the legal part and also how to keep people dry if it rained! Luckily his parents live right next door to the most beautiful and idyllic little church – St Bartholomew’s Church in Bayton which was just big enough to hold our guests so it was perfect! We didn’t have to move location for whole day. We hired large the most amazing tipis from Marquees and Events to go on the lawn. This was the best decision we made, they really made our vision come true, with all of the fairy lights inside. Their staff came and set them up a couple of days before the wedding so we were able to decorate them with flowers and personal touches and they truly looked magical! They also provided the seating, dancefloor and extra decorations, as well as a firepit and seating outside for evening s’mores which was a hit with the guests! We even got small glamping tipis for guests to camp over for the night which was so much fun!
Your Outfits & Accessories
I had found a wedding dress designer online, Made With Love Bridal, and instantly fell in love with their style of dresses, I just had to find a stockist which wasn’t too far away, as it was an Australian brand. Luckily I found one in Altrincham which is just a short drive away from me and booked an appointment with the lovely Emma. I tried on five dresses, narrowed it down to three of the MWL dresses and then booked in again with my mum and sisters to make the final decision of which was the one. I decided on Harlie in Ivory which was the perfect amount of simple but unique! I tried on a lovely veil but it was quite expensive so I ended up buying a cheap one online closer to the time as I knew it would probably get wrecked. I didn’t think it would look great as I thought it would look cheap but actually it didn’t, I thought it looked just as good as the more expensive one.
Rich decided on his suit a lot later, he went for a navy suit and grey tweed waistcoat from Slaters. We tried to bring a bit of Manchester into our wedding (as this is where we met and live) so, as well as a few little decorations here and there, Rich got a burgundy tie with bees on from online retailer Ties Planet.
Hair and make up artist Louise Hood, who I met through a friend, did mine, my bridesmaids and my mums hair and make up for the day. She is so lovely so made everyone feel very relaxed and comfortable and did an amazing job! Everyone looked so stunning! As the wedding was in the countryside – literally in the middle of nowhere Louise kindly agreed to travel down to Bayton from Warrington which was fab as I was able to see her locally (as I’m based in Manchester) for a trial.
The groomsmen had the same suit as Rich but with the navy waistcoat (the suit came as a three piece) from Slaters. All the men wore brown brogues and burgundy ties.
The Readings & Music
We asked one of my best friends to do a bible reading; Corinthian 13 which is about love; being patient, kind and always trusting and the words meant a lot to us. We also asked my sister-in-law (Rich’s sister) to choose a reading she would like to read. She chose inserts and quotes from Winnie-the-Pooh which had us all in tears, it was so beautiful.
We walked down the aisle to Canon in D (Arr. For Guitar) by Dylan Ryche. We love acoustic guitar and this version is beautiful! We then signed the wedding register to For Lovers by Wolfman with Pete Doherty. It’s one of my all-time favourite songs which I introduced to Rich and he loved it too. It’s such a gorgeous song! We then had a mix of a few more of our favourites playing in the church which made it really lovely and personal!
My aunty Linda Palmer is a florist based in Cardiff, so she kindly offered to do the flowers for us and I am so glad she did as they were so perfect. She went above and beyond what we had expected. I don’t know much about the names of the particular flowers she used but she chose the most perfect arrangements, as I don’t know much I asked her to do what she thought would look nice and she got it absolutely spot on. She and my mum even decorated the tipis with flowers and decorations to make it look extra magical! It really was perfect!
We didn’t need a car as everything was in one place but as Rich’s Dad and his Brother have a family business of building the most incredible little cars they got one ready for us outside of the church so we could go for a little spin on our own which was fab! Although we had to drive super slow to not mess up my hair haha! They decorated it with ribbon and a ‘Just Married’ sign which was awesome and we got to go and join all of the guests once they had a drink in hand!
The cake was gifted to us from my Nan and it came all the way from Cardiff. It was amazing to look at and tasted delicious. It was a three tier semi-naked cake with gold leaf on the outside and was decorated with berries. Inside was lemon and elderflower on two levels and Victoria sponge on the other layer.
As my dress had a bit of subtle sparkle I wanted a bit of sparkle in the bridesmaids dresses too. They found their own dresses from ASOS and they looked just gorgeous in them! My nieces, the flower girls, also had a bit of sparkle and their dresses perfectly matched the style of mine, and were bought from John Lewis. They also had the most gorgeous pair of gold sparkly shoes from Monsoon. I also bought the three nephews matching outfits. I originally bought a three piece from Matalan; shirt bowtie, tweed trousers and waistcoat but then decided to get navy chinos for them from Next to match Rich’s outfit. Thye looked super cute!!
Esme Whiteside was our photographer and we could not have asked for a more amazing person to capture our day, as you can see the photographs are just stunning! She also gave us a pre-wedding photoshoot to get us used to the camera as we’re both a bit camera shy and she made us feel so relaxed, plus we have some more beautiful photos to keep of a place which is local and special to us. We wanted our relaxed day to be captured in a super relaxed way so lots of natural pictures of everyone having a good time which Esme captured perfectly. I still cannot stop looking at them!
The Details & Décor
My mum and my aunty kindly offered to do the decorations. I had been collecting small cut glass vases and little decorations which I had been buying from carboot sales over the months so we had lots of little flowers and candles on tables. I made the seating plans, the table numbers and the place cards with some help from my friend and my sister and my other sister made the little shots with labels for wedding favours. Most of the décor was DIY which saved us a tonne of money and our friends and family were all really willing to help which we were so grateful for!
We also had the most amazing bar company Take A Sip and the staff brought their own lovely decorations to put up around their solid wood bar which looked lovely. We also had the most incredible food, we had a BBQ and buffet which was supplied by a local pub The Fighting Cocks at Stottesdon and again the staff were amazing. Everyone raved about how lovely the food was, as well as the staff! We so were overwhelmed by how amazing everyone was and how much people wanted to help.
We went off on a private Safari the week after the wedding to Kenya. It really was the holiday of a lifetime, the safari was incredible, we saw so much we couldn’t believe it and got to see so much of the Kenyan culture. We then flew to Zanzibar and chilled on the beach on the most amazing white sands. It was the perfect mix of adventure, sunshine and relaxation.
- Us both holding back the happy tears when I was walking down the aisle.
- Rich’s speech…at that point I couldn’t hold back the tears, it was such a lovely speech.
- Watching all of our favourite people having so much fun together. There wasn’t a moment when the dancefloor was empty which is credit to having such a fab band!
Advice For Other Couples
Get creative, DIY where you can, go to carboot sales for decorations, try and make it as relaxed as possible and have fun together with the planning. Pause and take in each moment on the day as it goes so quickly!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Esme Whiteside Photography
Marquees and Events
The Fighting Cocks Stottesdon
Hair & Make up Artist
Made with Love Bridal
Love Bridal Cheshire
Just sensational. What a day.
Collette and Rich, thank you both so very much for sharing your amazing wedding story xo Lou