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Today I have the most adorable tipi wedding to share with you. It comes surrounded with beautiful English countryside as well as beautiful jewel tones which really pop against the green of the countryside. Hannah and Jack wanted a totally blank canvas to work with to make their wedding their own and this they got with Rookery Meadow. The stunning colours work so well with their country glam theme, the candelabras mixed with the cascading ivy, the iced doughnuts and the rustic touches. The whole wedding is totally beautiful from their outdoor ceremony to their late night dancing. Big thanks to Sally Rawlins Photography for the wonderful photos.
Hannah and Jack were married on 7th September 2019 at Rookery Meadow near Norwich. ‘We wanted a blank canvas venue, we found Rookery Meadow. When we visited the venue we fell in love with the meadow and were bowled over by the helpfulness and kindness of the venue owners, Gemma and Rob. We had 90 guest during the day and an additional 30 in the evening. It took around 18 months to plan.’
How they met
We met at a supermarket where we both worked. We have been together nearly 5 years now, roughly 4 and a half when we got married.
It was our 3 year anniversary, we had gone to the salthouse harbour hotel where we had a nice meal and then went up to our penthouse hotel room. The room had a giant window overlooking the marina, it was dark and foggy but you could see the fairy lights around the marina. We had turned all our lights off to get a better view. When Hannah turned around from looking out the window I was down on one knee.
How did you allocate your budget?
We used the BrideBook app as it has a really good budgeting tool that gave us a good idea of how we should expect to allocate money to different parts of the wedding.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
Spurged on wedding dress, suits, tipi, bell tents and flowers. Saved on cake, transport, bridesmaids dresses. Hannah’s hair and makeup was done by her cousin as a wedding present.
How did you choose your photographer?
We found Sally through hitch.com. We liked her laid back, authentic style. Once we had made an enquiry and spoken to Sally we were confident she was the right photography for us and we were absolutely right.
Dress by Pure brides Norwich. Shoes were Bobbies accessories were vintage family loaned.
The suit and bridesmaids
Suits hired from Parker’s Formal Wear in Lowestoft. Bridesmaids dresses from ASOS, bridesmans suit from Slater’s in Norwich and flower girl’s dress from Monsoon.
Theme or colour scheme
Autumn jewel tones and country glam.
Colours inspired by the theme, design left to florist.
We had lots of jewel coloured glass on the tables along with candelabra and flowers to tie it all together as well as lots of ivy and fairly lights, plus we had an amazing venue that was a decoration in itself.
We had canapes after the ceremony, then a two course meal consisting of a main choice of camembert, duck or guineafowl and Jaffa cake mousse or raspberry shortbread tower for dessert.
In the evening we had a hog roast and ice creams.
We didn’t have one! We had ring doughnuts glazed with icing to match our colour scheme.
We had live music from a band called The Covers.
Who supplied the stationery?
Hannah made the table plan, place names, table names and order of ceremony.
Loads. Hannah made all the stationery. The coloured glass for the tables were collected over the 18 months whilst we were planning, by family and friends. Hannah’s granddad performed the ceremony and we also had a memory table for those who are no longer with us.
It was all amazing from start to finish, but hearing each others vows, the speeches, our first dance and an absolutely packed dancefloor in the evening were our highlights.
Advice for other couples
It’s your wedding, lots of other people will have opinions on how it should be, but it should be what you want, not necessarily what others expect.
Biggest surprise of the day
Because it was a blank canvas we had lots of moving parts from different suppliers and lots of ideas coming together. We were surprised that everything went to plan and that it all looked better than we could have planned.
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