A Cosy + Relaxed Tee Pee Wedding

tee pee wedding

Happy happy Monday lovelies :-) i hope you had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Lets get cracking shall we?

Gill and Will were married in September at their local Church followed by a reception in a beautiful PapaKata tee pee. They wanted their wedding to be relaxed and fun without any kind of theme.

Gill looks stunning in a bespoke dress made by Andrea Bambridge and pretty headband, while Will wore a classic navy suit. I adore the pretty blooms they arranged themselves, the pretty cake Gill’s mum made, the stripey straws, the mini olive trees, the sparklers and the cosy fires and blankets. How perfect.

Thanks so much to Vivid Impact Photography for sharing his beautiful images with us today.


rustic wedding decor place setting

Names…. Gill and Will

Wedding Date…. 1 September 2012

The Proposal…. We got engaged in Verona – Will got down on one knee down by the river. It was 4 July 2011 – independence day!

The Vision for the day…. We didn’t want to have a theme; we just wanted to mix traditional elements with something slightly different – most importantly we wanted everyone to have a fun and relaxed day.

The Planning process…. On the whole we enjoyed planning the wedding, in particular, the small details as we got closer to the day. The most difficult part was choosing a venue at the beginning – we looked around a lot of places but we wanted something a bit different that was both natural and quite stylish, with stunning views – I think we achieved that with Natural Retreats.

The Venue… Our ceremony was held in St Michael and All Angels Church in Barningham – this was my local church growing up which is why we wanted to get married there.

Our reception was at Natural Retreats, Richmond. We chose Natural Retreats for the reception as we wanted somewhere where our guests would be able to stay for the weekend and we loved the stunning views and the surrounding trees as a setting for our tepee reception.

The Dress + Accessories….. My dress was a bespoke dress made by Andrea Bambridge in York. I knew I wanted a dress with sleeves and lace and I couldn’t have been happier with the end result.

I wore cream peep toes for the Church ceremony and then changed into my Vivienne Westwood jelly heels for the rest of the day. I also wore a simple veil with tear drop crystals on the edge. My hair piece was a headband from Glitzy Secrets.

Groom’s attire… We chose classic navy suits for the men and Will wore a navy tie, whereas the other groomsmen wore grey ties. All the men wore tie clips engraved with their initials.

The Readings + Music…. We had two hymns during the wedding ceremony – Love Divine and Lord of all Hopefulness. Val Jones was the Organist. My brother in law kindly read our reading which was an adaptation from Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.

At our reception, we had a string trio – ‘Music Students for Hire’ from Leeds – they played during the reception drinks/canapés.

We also hired the most brilliant band from York for the evening music – they are called Undercovered and they played to a jam packed dancefloor all night!

Beautiful bridesmaids….. My matron of honour was my sister, Joanne. My other bridesmaids were my friends Gill and Angie. I also had a beautiful flower girl – Chloe.

The bridesmaids wore Oyster dresses from Coast. They also wore coast necklaces and cream pashminas.

The Flowers… We bought the flowers from Hutton Flowers florists in Northallerton but we did the flower arrangements ourselves as we didn’t want any formal arrangements. My bridesmaid, Gill, and I made the bouquets which consisted of British Scabius, Thistles, Gyp and Asparagus Fern. The night before the wedding me, mam, and dad assembled the flowers for Church. We also had Olive Trees and Wisteria Trees in Church and Cherry Trees and mini Olive Trees for the reception, which we hired from Ravensworth Nurseries.

The Cake… My mam made my cake for me and it was perfect – the top tier was fruit, the middle tier was lemon cake and the bottom tier was victoria sponge. It was simply decorated with lace, flowers, hearts and a bride and groom on top!

Your Photographer…. Our photographer was Rhys from Vivid Impact Photography – Rhys was fantastic to deal with throughout the whole process – he was so enthusiastic from day one and totally ‘got’ all of our ideas. The end result is that we have an amazing set of photographs that we couldn’t be happier with – they really capture the essence of the day

The Details + Decor…. Our welcome drinks were cans of ready mixed drinks with stripey straws – gin and pink grapefruit, pimms and san Pellegrino. We gave everyone their own menu which we made ourselves. Our table names were star constellations. Each table had a mini Olive Tree on and people could leave us a message on a paper leaf and hang it on the tree. Our favours were a sparkler and a face mask for each guest – these were so much fun throughout the day and night. We wanted something that people could have fun with on the day rather than something that people felt they had to keep / take home. As a surprise for Will, I (Gill) arranged a fireworks display – none of the other guests knew about it either. We had the open fire in the tents which was really cosy. We also had lots of candles dotted around. I gave my bridesmaids Links of London ‘Team GB’ bracelets on the day, as a gift, given that my initials were, and still are, GB, even with my new surname. Transport – we used my parents’ cars – Dad and I travelled to Church in their Range Rover vogue (my Uncle Carl drove us) and Will and I later went from Church to the reception in this too. The bridesmaids also travelled in a Range Rover and we had one of our buses known as ‘the Leopard’ to take the guests from the Church to the Reception.

The Honeymoon…. The day after the wedding, we went to The Midland (art deco hotel) in Morecambe for one night. We then went to a ‘pod’ hotel in Birmingham (nite nite hotel) for one night and flew to Santorini in Greece early the next day.

When we got home, we had a few days here before we had to go back to work so we had some days out and squeezed in a last minute break to the Lake District.

Memorable moments… Our favourite part of the day was definitely the ceremony but it was also great to see everyone on the dance floor having a really good time and having fun with the different face masks!

Advice for other couples… Try not to lose track of time in the morning and leave plenty of time to get your dress on and relax before heading off to the ceremony. Try and take in the whole day and enjoy each part of it.

Credit where credit is due…

Venue / site for tepee – Natural Retreats – www.naturalretreats.co.uk/

Tepees – Papa Kata – www.papakata.co.uk/

Photography – Vivid Impact Photography – vividimpactphotography.com/

Videographer – Simon Manning – www.weddingvid.co.uk/

Caterers – Clive Wilkinson Catering – www.cwcevents.co.uk/ We can’t recommend these guys highly enough – absolutely amazing food and the service from the team of staff was fantastic – very friendly and professional.

Transport – Burrells Coaches – no website

Band – Undercovered – www.undercoveredband.com/

String Trio – ‘Music Students for Hire’ – www.musicstudentsforhire.co.uk/

Flowers – Hutton Flowers – www.huttonflowers.com/

Trees – Ravensworth Nurseries – no website


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  • I love those tipis. My sister wants one for her wedding. I can’t wait!
    We have done a few weddings with Tipis in some beautiful locations in the countryside. One venue also had woodland area to the side for pictures and a treehouse for bride and groom to sleep in after the reception. Love it!

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