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Happy Monday everyone and how are you all this fine Monday morning? With only 2 weeks to go before Christmas I am feeling well and truly festive, what about you? We had a lovely weekend, full of Christmas outings, Dexter got to meet Santa twice and is getting quite a collection of Christmas presents. We went to Derbyshire and rode the Christmas steam train, met up with friends and had a good catch up.
So now I am rarring to go with another week of wonderful weddings for you and this week is going to be a good one! Starting off with this gorgeous Tipi wedding from Roar Photography. I just love Tipi weddings, the rustic feel to them and this wedding is no exception. The flowers, the details, the gorgeous couple, the eco glamping, what a perfect looking wedding!
David and Carly-Ann were married on 29th August 2014.The Ceremony was at St Anthony’s of Padua Leeds and the reception was at The Hideaway at Baxby Manor, Husthwaite. ‘All of David’s family have been married in this church for years. It was really important to us to uphold this tradition. It was difficult to achieve, living in London and asking to be married in a Leeds Parish meant we had to obtain lots of permissions, but we got there and it was so worth it. I had always wanted an outdoor wedding. With the importance of the church for David’s family, I chose the reception theme. We wanted to use businesses and people we knew wherever possible, rather than give our money to large corporations or strangers where you are just another customer, after all it was the biggest day of our lives. That is how we decided on the Hideaway… David used to live in Turkey with the owner Barney, and on a visit to the site we absolutely fell in love with its remoteness and flexibility to be whatever we wanted. It also meant our entire wedding party could stay on site in funky bell tents and eco pods! The Hideaway had no curfew, so being able to have all guests stay with us was an added advantage. We had around 120 guests. There were no evening and daytime guests. We invited everybody to share the whole day with us. It took about 2 ½ years to plan. I’m sure we would have done it quicker but had a bit of a disaster when I lost my engagement ring cycling home. It was missing for six months and I truly thought it was gone. But then one day we received a call from Chanel in London saying a lady had been in trying to sell my ring back to them and checking if it was real. It was severely damaged. The lady who found my ring made us buy it off her, which I found very upsetting at the time, but we did because after all it was my engagement ring. Chanel sent it to France to get repaired, it then went to Switzerland for more repairs, but got lost again. All in all it was about a year before I had my beautiful ring back. Ying from Chanel in New Bond Street is my hero for making that happen!!! The service there is amazing and my little ring is now my wedding band, so to get it back on my wedding day really was a magical moment. I won’t let it out of my sight again.
How they met
I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, true story! That was also the number 1 song the day David was born. David at the time was the local drinks company rep and one day invited me out for Tapas food. I thought this was going out as friends at the time. Ten years later, the rest is history.
Also, On the night of our first date, David introduced me to a drink called Bulleit Bourbon and many cocktail variations including it. That is now the name of our pet dog!
About six months before the proposal, David took me to Harrods where I cooed (I thought discretely) over my favourite brand, Chanel. In particular this one ring, a white gold and black ceramic design with a beautifully inset diamond. I think I thought I could save up for the version without the diamond one day. I didn’t think in a million years that David would buy this for me as an engagement ring… or that he had even noticed how much I loved it.
David and I had been working some crazy hours, it was time for a holiday so we went to the beautiful Cape Verde. Despite being an All Inclusive we always explore. So I thought nothing of it when David had a table set up at the end of the pier in a restaurant in the main town. A cat started dancing next to the table on its back legs, it was so funny I was crying with laughter, David started crying too, dropped on one and knee and presented this beautiful Chanel ring. I didn’t expect it all and the tears of laughter turned to tears of joy. Of course I said yes straight away. The restaurant erupted in to applause and we enjoyed the rest of the evening sipping champagne, listening to beautiful local live music and watching the large moon next to the sea. It was perfect.
How did you allocate your budget
We were so busy with work that David actually picked up most of the planning and controlled the budget. I just pointed at pictures in magazines, blogs and Pinterest and David made it happen, negotiating with suppliers or finding cheaper alternatives.
The majority of the budget went on the large PapaKata Tipi. I chose a second hand dress and had the bridesmaid dresses made in China to a specific design that I loved, then had them altered in the UK.
Our table decorations were free using Haig Club bottles from David work. These were in our blue wedding colour and used the lovely extra flowers that the florist gave us for free.
We were also fortunate that one of my best friends owns a wedding styling company called All Grown Up. She styled the entire day with all of her beautiful vintage goodies, saving us a fortune.
How did you choose your photographer
I must have googled ‘PapaKata tipi wedding’ a thousand times before I saw a photographer whose style I liked. He wasn’t available on our day but put us in touch with a network of wonderful photographers who we had to whittle down. I don’t know what it was about Roar that we liked so much. Paul’s photos just seemed so relaxed, nothing was staged, which is great for people like me and David, he just caught these truly special moments that other photographers wouldn’t see. We met him, and his lovely family and were completely sold. I’d recommend him a thousand times over! As a bonus he gave us a wonderful engagement shoot in London.
After falling in love with a Jenny Packham on a day, wedding dress shopping with bridesmaids, I was distraught that she couldn’t justify £4k on a dress for one day. So little aspects of other dresses were picked up by my bridesmaids that suited me. This included a sweetheart neckline, spaghetti straps and tulle as the main material. I am definitely a sparkly kind of girl, but don’t like silver blingy bits or diamantes. So touch of subtle sparkle was also required. After spending every lunch break on ebay and similar second hand sites, I stumbled across a Maggie Sottero Jayla, I never would have picked this in a shop, but it had all of the features that the bridesmaids knew would suit me, and a whole layer of white sequins underneath the tulle for the subtle sparkle I required. It was perfect!!!
The shoes I had had for about five years, they are the only heels that are comfortable for a girl who loves flats and had the same sequins and tulle detail so were ideal for the dress and ‘something old’.
Jewellery was the same blue colour as our wedding theme and purchased in Selfridges in London. A vintage ring from the 1600’s was also worn on the day from my mum who couldn’t actually be there on the day.
David’s suit was from Reiss. We also brought the two best men matching suits from Moss Bros that they could keep forever. The bridesmaids dresses were full length midnight blue with lace detail on the neckline.
Theme or Colour Scheme
The original idea was midnight blue and gold glitter. Whilst experimenting with decorations David developed a phobea of the gold glitter aspect, he kept finding throughout the house, sticking to everything. So we settled for just a beautiful midnight blue (with gold glitter nail polish for me)
I was so lucky, I found a local florist to our venue who specialises in wild flowers from her walled garden This is exactly what we wanted and I was even more delighted when she offered a vintage bike full of flowers in the basket for decoration. Better still, when she came to deliver them, she bought along her friends, some local people from the area with special needs who were excited to meet the next bride in the village. They helped her unload the van and honestly made my day, I got a massive hugs and kiss from the guys along with their best wishes. Blooming Yorkshire, I love you!!
All of the decoration was done by my friend Madeleine; she had got married in France the year before and had since set up her own wedding styling business. She provided hessian bows on the tables and gave us all of her lovely props, such as vintage suitcases and boxes that really made our day unique. It was amazing.
I’d also been collecting vintage cameras for a while so we incorporated these in to our day, and David works for a drink company and got hold of these beautiful dark blue Haig Club bottles that we used for flower vases.
On arrival to our site we had afternoon tea, with smoked salmon or cucumber sandwiches, more cake than you could imagine and tea and Pimms, all served from a vintage caravan.
For the main meal, we wanted to fill the tipi with delicious food smells and a chilled out vibe, so had a paella chef cook up an enormous pan of chicken and chorizo paella with multiple vegetarian goodies and an enormous salad.
Later in the night we had a hog roast outside to enjoy around the fires and watch the stars.
The Wedding Cake
We couldn’t pick our cake, cheese or chocolate, fruit cake or sponge, so we just got them all. I had won an award at work giving me an M&S voucher which paid for our cheese tower and sent David on the hunt for the other cakes which he thoroughly enjoyed. The cake toppers were lego, they were fab. We forgot to cut the cake so at the end of the night both ended up taking a bite out the side. Not classy!
WOW! So for months we were posting to twitter asking our friends to find the perfect band when a great frind of mine suggested Tom Rocks and the Replicants. Not only did they learn two new songs for us, our wedding Song your Love Gets Sweeter Every Day by Finley Quaye and Reet Petite, David’s favourite song, but they stayed on site with us, singing around camp fires until the early hours of the morning. Everybody danced ALL night, they really made the day!
Buy or DIY Stationery
One of our best friends and the wife of our best man has a fine art degree. They came along for the trial night at the Hideaway and picked lots of beautiful aspects of the site including the tipi, bell tents, apple trees and the white horse in the hill that she integrated in to the design. These were printed and gifted to us as the invitation as our wedding present. They were really personal, really special and beyond beautiful. We are lucky to have such talented friends.
The bunting was by far the most personal touch we had, we cut out hundreds of pieces of bunting that we posted with our invitations and our guests decorated and sent back with their RSVP’s for personal bunting that they could find on the day. My friend Madeleine from All Grown Up spent hours lovingly sewing it together. Poor thing, but it looked amazing and we’ll keep it forever!
Additional items created for us by All Grown Up with our names in floral letters. Hessian bows were added to the end of each table to continue with the country festival theme. Jars were also delicately wrapped in hessian and lace and decorated with the beautiful wild flowers and tea lights.
A crash on the M1 meant the guests were stuck on the motorway and I was phoned on my way and told not to come yet, so after we had heard that the guests had arrived safely, including David’s Dad! I finally arrived… an hour late. David genuinely thought I wasn’t going to come, this was his favourite moment. He also absolutely loved Tom Rocks and the Replicants take on the Artic Monkeys. So did I, so did everyone!
Mine was both leaving the church as Mrs G as people threw petals in our faces, which is quite surreal and magical by the way. Later on in the evening, David took me outside of the Tipi to take a breath and look inside at all of our favourite people there for us, smiling and laughing and dancing like clowns. Above our heads the sky was clear so we could see the milkyway. Then we went back in to dance away the rest of the night. That was really special too.
Advice to other Couples
On the day itself, David taken me outside and making me take a breath and take it all in was really special. I took a mental snapshot at the moment, I’ll never forget how I felt, so please take a moment, just the two of you, to take a breath and look on at the celebrations.
For planning the big day, it’s all about Pinterest for money saving ideas! Also, don’t ever think it is too cheeky to ask for a discount, we did with every single supplier and we got it!
The speeches were definitely the biggest surprise, my brother and Uncle covered my dad’s speech as he was too ill to attend the evening. They outed me fantastically like it was a best man speech. The pictures of our cringing reactions to my childhood antics were hilarious.
The best men also did an amazing job with David and had him doing a flare show (juggling bottles) on the middle of the dance floor which was hilarious.
As we were next to a light airfield a paraglider also came out and was circling above our heads, which was amazing to see too. We all waved and got a wave back
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