Boho Tipi Wedding – Adele & Phil

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Its rather shameful that I’ve not blogged this awesome Boho Tipi Wedding!  Not only was it was a fantastic wedding day but it was also my sister’s and brother in law’s wedding!  To be fair, it did feature on the website gallery area until I did a little bit of a re-fresh of the website.  So… here it is – Adele & Phil’s Tipi Wedding which I had the absolute honour of photographing and Adele is going to tell you about now.

“Myself and Phil had a year of going to small festivals and decided if we ever got married we would love a mini festival of our own. We’re not religious so planned to do the official marriage in a registry office and have a Celebrant to conduct the day. This basically meant we could get married were we liked. We just wanted a big party to celebrate our marriage with friends and family. After he popped the question in Venice we set about finding the perfect Tipi and the land to put it on and along with vendors. We didn’t want to be dictated to on who and what we could have.

At first sight we fell in love with the Secret Garden in the small village of Wymington, Northamptonshire. The lady that owns it only hires it out 6-7 times a year as it is literally her garden. With tall conifer trees, small seating area’s, a secret log cabin and flower patches, it was the perfect setting for our Scandinavian Tipi from Tipis4hire.

The dress this was surprisingly easy to decide on. I kind of knew what I wanted and already knew of a lovely boutique in Weedon called Serendipity Brides. I tried on 6 dresses and fell in love a tulle number with embellished caped sleeve dress by Watters.  I wanted something that would fit the theme and this had that vintage pretty vibe. I think the sleeve detail really pulled it together and actually made the dress, and I’m normally not one for fussy details.  I didn’t want to wear jewellery so decided that I wanted an oversized flower crown to complete the look, my specification was editorial and I didn’t take it off all day and night, I loved it!

The flowers were insane! I wanted peonies but they were out of season by a long way so the talented Siouxzie at Sioux Phillips Floral Design came up with some beautiful in season roses that over took my expectations.

The final touch was my pair of Valentino blush rockstud ballet pumps brought as my gift from the groom and my bridesmaids, lucky girl.  Speaking of the bridesmaids I didn’t want  them in traditional bridesmaid dresses and I definitely didn’t want them all in the same thing. They are all so different and I wanted to reflect that and for them to feel comfortable so they could just enjoy the day. I set a £50 budget and headed straight for ASOS. Although I wanted them in different dresses I didn’t want them to look disjointed. So they had backless floor length fitted dresses except for the maid of honour who had a one shoulder tulle dress which made her stand out. We completed the look with gypsophila head crowns and little bouquets.

Phil is into fashion so actually was pretty excited about looking for his suit, he found a slim fit navy suit and white shirt on ASOS and teamed it with a tweed waist coat and navy bowtie, the other boys had the same slim fit navy suit, white shirt, navy waistcoat and bowtie. Luckily for Phil I work for a shoe brand called Grenson so the boys were decked out in tan brogues.”

more after some photos…


“On to the vendors. Sticking to the festival vibe we had a hog roast for the main event. Phil is a hairdresser and one of his clients owns an event company that do hog roasts so that was easy. They provided a fantastic feast and the waitresses they took care of the fizz pouring after the ceremony and cleared up before the speeches. You take that for granted when you have to organise everything yourself.

For the bar we had a fantastic old converted horse box called Heston from Tipple and Toast. It was their first year in business and i think we drank them dry, it just looked perfect. In the evening we had a vintage fish and chip van rock up from Howe and Co, they went down a treat, actually best I’ve ever tasted!

For the entertainment we had music requests on our wedding invites so had our iPod plugged in playing everything from music of the 1940’s through to the current charts. It was lovely when people noticed their song was on. In addition we had a guy called Patrick Currier from Oxfordshire who played a few sets on his acoustic guitar. It gave it the festival feel we were wanting. In the evening we had a really cool Ska band called The Meanies. They got the place jumping!

We did most of the detailing ourselves. I had a friend at work come up with our own logo. I used this for the invites and paper cups. I collected jam jars from friends throughout the year which I used to put the candles and flowers in. My dad made the swivel direction sign. I wrote all the signs, made the table runners, confetti and painted the succulent pots for the wedding favours. My friend made the A & P lightbulb letters which now sit in our dinning room. Another friend made the cake toppers to go on the amazing 4 tiered naked wedding cake made by Natalie at Manvell Farm Tearoom & fishery. We had a cool 1973 Rolls Royce silver shadow called Bella which was used in the film RUSH, basically Thor AKA Chris Hemsworth sat where I sat, from Deans Wedding cars.

Our little fun touch were the pink flamingos roaming by the entrance, I think kids took them the next day!”

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If you’re planning your own awesome Tipi wedding then I’d love to hear from you.  Get in touch via my contact page and lets get chatting.

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