This afternoon we are back with our regular feature ‘Advice from the Married Side,‘ real life wedding planning...
Today we have a sun filled summer wedding for you with this gorgeous Tipi wedding in Hertfordshire. Sarah and Adam held the wedding close to home, in fact it was the same church that Sarah’s parents were married in. Having known each other since they were children, it really is a truly romantic story of love and lifetime friendship. They chose a relaxed day with a tipi reception, filled with a neutral pallet and accents of blue. I especially love the bridesmaids’ floral dresses, all the same fabric but different styles. Thanks to CO Photography & Design for the images.
Sarah and Adam were married on 6th August 2016 at Holy Trinity Church, Northwood followed by Home Farm Glamping in Aldenham, Hertfordshire. ‘My parents were married in HT Church and Adam’s mum works at the primary school attached to the church, also where Adam went to little school! We had 120 day guests and another 20 evening guests. The wedding took 1 and a half years to plan.’
How they met
We were friends at school so have known each other for about 20 years now. We got together when I was back from Uni for a night out with friends – that was 10 years ago and the rest is history!
Again, totally relaxed – it was Christmas Morning and we were sat at home on the couch – Adam had made a bacon sandwich and a cuppa and we were exchanging gifts. One of mine was a box of tissues, I thought it was a pretty rubbish and random gift until he got down on one knee and I promptly burst in to tears!
How did you allocate your budget?
We threw some numbers in a sheet after doing a bit of research and then overspent at every turn!
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We splurged on the Tipis which is what we hosted the reception in – they were expensive but worth every penny! We saved by hand-making centre-pieces, decorations, seating plans etc. We also took advantage of friends’ skills e.g. Britta designed our invites, Oli made our Cake, Charlie did my hair and Hannah did my make-up.
Why did you choose your photographer?
Carrie was recommended by an old work-friend. I took a look at her site, had a chat with her and knew right away that she just got us.
The dress was from David’s Bridal, I don’t know the designer and wasn’t fussed, just wanted something that was comfortable and suited my shape. I wore flat sandals from Accessorize and a bracelet that had been gifted to me from Adam’s mum the year before.
Suits were Skopes @ House of Fraser, big Bridesmaids wore ASOS own and little bridesmaids BHS own.
Theme or Colour Scheme
We wanted everything very neutral but ended up with a few different shades of blue to brighten it up – the bridesmaids dresses were lovely bold blue floral prints.
I couldn’t tell you the names of them but I asked for a “wildflower” look. We had lots of gypsophila in the church.
BBQ buffet – Burgers, sliders, salads, salmon kebabs and wedges. Then trifle for dessert.
Naked cake with 3 tiers, decorated with flowers – 2 tiers were Champagne, strawberries and cream, 1 was passionfruit.
A local band called Five Fold Kiss who were AMAZING!
Who supplied the stationery?
We did it ourselves.
All our decorations – the centre-pieces were bottles wrapped with string and sheet music (which belonged to my grandmother May years ago so was lovely and old/rustic) with records for table names (our favourite bands).
Special Moments or Highlights
I couldn’t possibly pick – the whole thing was just so much fun and so perfect!
Advice for Other Couples
Don’t try to do too much – less is more! A lot of the things I had made/planned because I loved them on Pinterest just didn’t get used or didn’t happen – and it didn’t matter!
To find out that Peter (who married us – the curate at HT) did so in his swimming trunks – it was so hot that day that he didn’t wear anything else underneath his robes – he told us as we were leaving the church! Haa!