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We are half way though the week, which means we are only 10 days away from Christmas day! How exciting is that! This morning I am off to a Christmas party with Dexter, I can’t wait – party food and a disco are on the menu, so I know we are going to have lots of fun!
Today we are taking you to Northumberland for this beautiful Tipi wedding. This wedding shows that Tipi’s don’t just have to be about rustic chic, that they can also make the perfect backdrop for an elegant and glam wedding as well. Jamie-Lee is a wedding co-ordinator, so she knew exactly what she wanted and that was a colour pallet of white and gold. The results are this super stylish wedding with gold plates, dip dyed feathers and lots of love and laughter. Big thanks to Andy Hudson Photography for the wonderful images. His second time on the blog in two weeks!
Jamie-Lee and Daniel were married on the 28th May 2016 at Brinkburn Priory in Northumberland with a fabulous tipi reception. ‘I went to visit it on cold wet October night and even on the worst day it was amazingly beautiful, I cried and decided there was nowhere else I could see us getting married. We had 75 daytime and 120 Night time. It took us around 2 years from booking to the day to plan.’
How they met
We both worked in a bar called the Three mile, I originally thought he was a lot older and enquired if he had a wife & kids, turned out he was only 19 just looked 40. We’ve been together 7 years.
Daniel Proposed on Christmas day, obviously, all our family already knew and after he got down on one knee they were armed with bottles of fizz and hugs.
How did you allocate your budget?
I’d say all in all we spent about £27k to £30k. Our most expensive was our venue at £17000, then my dress was £3000.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We splurged on the venue & My dress as they were the most important things to us. I wouldn’t say we saved, we had the mentality that we were only doing it once if we wanted it we had it.
Why did you choose your photographer?
We met Andy at a wedding fayre, we just got a good feeling about him. He wasn’t pushy or overly sales like. It felt like it was his passion and not just his money-making job. His books & website were beautiful and were the style we wanted.
My Dress was Yolan Cris bought at Katherine Trumans. Shoes were Stuart Weitzman and I had some Adidas Stan smith for dancing the night away. My veil was from David Bridal and I changed into a head piece from ASOS in the evening.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
The suits were from Slaters and the bridesmaids dresses were from Virgos Lounge. My maid of honour wore Andrea Parpella and the flower girl’s dress was from Debenhams.
Theme or Colour Scheme
I wanted to stay with a clean palette, white and gold where my focus with grey and nude accents in the bridesmaids.
We had Hydrangea in fishbowls on tables & bridesmaids flowers. I had peonies for my bouquet. We used gypsophila for the flower girl and in a few dishes and there were Rose petals scattered…I wanted all white flowers everywhere.
I was lucky as a wedding coordinator as I get to see a lot and know where to source it. I had lanterns to layer the paths and to go under my ladders, I had 2 sets of ladders with tealight holders, letters and picture of our parents wedding days. I had gold beaded charger plates on each table with a gold glitter dipped feather. I adored our mirrors, we had a welcome mirror and our table plan on a mirror
We were so lucky with our food – Brinkburn work with Wilkins fine dining and the food was amazing and our guest raved about it. We provided our own Cheese table and Dessert table.
The Wedding Cake
The cake was just from M&S it was an amazing find. Chocolate sponge with chocolate and gold rings.
We had the beautiful Jessica Avison Sing at our drinks reception, her voice is so beautiful and soft it just set the mood. We then rounded off with a DJ, we had asked people to request a song on our RSVP so our playlist was made up of all our guests favourite songs, it got everyone up dancing.
Our invites, menus and order of service all came from Not on the Highstreet. Our name cards, table plan & welcome mirror were done by our perfectionist friend Tanya.
I got all my bridesmaids beautiful grey throws that had their initials embroided on and I was so jealous I bought myself one. I wanted to be one of the girls. I also loved my guest book which I made myself. I got a large ornate mirror and attached string across. Guests had to take a polaroid add a little note and peg it up, it was amazing to see all the funny picture and now it hangs in the house. My dad also made 75 gold paint animal stirrers, for each person’s glass.
Special Moments or Highlights
My sister did a reading at the wedding, I had no idea what she was going to say her opening line was “He’s not perfect” quickly followed by “You aren’t either, it ended with “Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.” The Bob Marley poem just hit the nail on the head and completely described us, it just made me feel so special that my sister our friends and family totally get us.
Advice for other Couples
I put so much pressure on myself before the wedding thinking about every detail over and over again. When the day came I completely forgot everything I had been thinking about and just enjoyed myself. I would say take a second to enjoy bits, I didn’t eat any of the evening food, or see our dessert table because I was so busy having fun. I wish someone had taken me to see it.
My Maid of honour had hidden away sparklers around 11 o’clock we were invited outside; I was so confused and didn’t know why we were being brought outside. Everyone was handed a sparkler, everyone started singing and it just was a touching moment I wasn’t expecting.
I’M BASED IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE AND SHOOT ALL OVER THE NORTH EAST, MY STYLE IS EXTREMELY RELAXED, ROMANTIC AND ABSOLUTELY NO CHEESE AT ALL. I BELIEVE WEDDINGS ARE ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC OCCASIONS IN LIFE AND AS SUCH I WANT TO CAPTURE THE CLOSENESS AND EMOTION IN ALL ITS NATURAL GLORY, I DON’T SET UP SHOTS AND ALMOST EVERYTHING IS SHOT CANDIDLY AND AS IT REALLY HAPPENED. I TRY AND FOCUS ON THINGS THROUGH THE EYES OF A GUEST.