With a groom who is a musician, and a mutual love of music and festivals, it was a natural choice for this couple to host a festival inspired tipi wedding. Their day was just glorious from beginning to end too.
Kathleen and Ben were married on a beautiful hot day in August and held their tipi party in a field in Hampshire. An informal day was key to them both, along with live music and an outdoor party. I love the relaxed vibes, with the band playing outside, guests seated on hay bales and the sun beating down. It must have felt oh so dreamy. They infused colourful flowers, a naked cake, bake off contest and stylish attire into their day too.
Take Kathleen’s dress for example. I am totally coveting her embellished slinky gown by Sottero Midgley, meanwhile Ben went for a blue tweed ensemble. Didn’t they look just perfect?
Many thanks to Cotton Candy Photography for sharing these magical images.
THE PROPOSAL | Ben proposed whilst on a weekend away in Bath. We went for a lovely walk just outside of the city when he popped the question. We spoke about marriage often so although not totally a surprise it was still very special.
THE VISION | Ben and I are both pretty relaxed and wanted this reflected in our day. Ben is a musician and we both love music and festivals so we knew that this would be a big part of the day. We knew from the beginning that we didn’t want anything to formal or twee.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | So getting engaged at the end of September 2014 and then getting married on the 1st August 2015 it didn’t leave us much time! It was pretty full on from the beginning but we both knew what we wanted so it was easy to stay focused. Saying that we couldn’t be too picky over certain things and just had to go with what was available!
THE VENUE | Four tipis from Beautiful World Tents. We first got the idea of the tipis after Ben played a gig in one, we then went along to an open day and absolutely fell in love and knew that we had to book them. We next had to find a location for them! I grew up in a village in the Meon Valley and knew that we would get married in the local village church (Holy Trinity Church, Newtown) and then my dad’s friend offered us a field!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | It was by Sottero Midgley and was called Renata.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Suit was from Victor Valentine. Ben wanted something different that he wouldn’t normally wear so went for a tailored blue tweed 3 piece suite and a pair of tan Barker Brogues.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My four best friends. As we didn’t have a colour scheme the girls wore long grey dresses that complimented the beading in my dress perfectly.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers were from Kate Mawson Floral. I had a few meetings with Kate and she really understood the vision I had of ‘just picked’ wild garden flowers. They were just beautiful.
THE CAKE | Neither Ben or I are fans of icing so we had a naked cake. A family friend who works in the industry made the cake for us and when it arrived it was huge. It was amazing. We also had a bake off, guests all brought cakes, which Ben and I judged.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Gemma Allaway – Cotton Candy Photography. I have know Gemma for a few years and once we started planning our wedding I knew that there was no one else that I wanted to capture the day. We loved the relaxed style of the photos and how well Gemma captured the best parts of the day.
THE HONEYMOON | Thailand – we went 6 months after the wedding! It was nice to have something to look forward to.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Cotton Candy Photography
Dress | Sottero Midgley
Flowers | Kate Mawson Floral Design
Suit | Victor Valentine
Tipi | Beautiful World Tents
Kathleen and Ben, thank you both so much for sharing your splendid day with us xo Lou