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As you know I love a Tipi wedding, so when Ian from Ian Shoots Weddings, sent in this 70’s style Tipi wedding I just knew I had to share it with you. Set on a farm this wedding is full of retro 60’s and 70’s decoration, as well as some gorgeous wild flowers, flower crowns and THE most gorgeous wedding dress. So much about this wedding I love including how much fun the guests are having in the evening reception! Happy Friday everyone!!
Ellie and Matthew were married on 29th June at High Chimneys Farm. ‘High chimneys is where my dad lives, and was previously my granddads farm. Matt and I both love spending time at the farm, which for me is full of childhood memories. I went to the school connected to St Alphege church, which again holds many memories for us both. We had 150 guests and it took 12 months to plan.’
How they met
We met 6 years ago at mine and a mutual friend’s birthday.
Matt proposed in Thailand, over dinner on the beach. It was a perfect evening and setting. I later found out that he’d tried to propose 3 times that holiday. This explained the previous nights, disastrous firework display, that nearly killed me.
Why did you choose your photographer?
Ian is one of my oldest friends and I wanted him to play a big part in the wedding. I also love Ian’s recent work and we are very lucky to have such talented friends.
Dress by Claire Pettibone and shoes were Rachel Simpson.
I choose to wear my mums diamond tear drop Necklace, my great grandmas sapphires and antique gold bangles.
The suit and bridesmaids
Matt’s suit was from Kooples and he wore Grenson brogues.
I designed each individual bridesmaid dress with my very talented friend and seamstress. She created the fairy tail collection that I’d always wanted.
Theme or colour scheme
Not particularly, I wanted the wedding to be fun and colourful, although I’m not a fan of matching colour schemes.
I started with the flowers and used the colours that I’d picked as a reference only. The bouquets and head pieces were pastel tones and the flowers at the reception were wild. The bridesmaids wore gold and dusky pink and the ushers wore black suits with different coloured socks.
The teepees were filled with candles and hundreds of eclectic vases and ink pots from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s that I’d been collecting for the last year. I always wanted a hippie wedding! My friends from urban made circus style signs to direct the guests into the farm, to the bar and the smoking area. We used gypsophlia to decorate the poles and flower pompoms to decorate the entrance to the chill out area. The chill out area was filled with Moroccan inspired printed cushions, large palm plants and a log fire.
The tables were named after spirits and we used the empty sprit bottles to hold candles in the centre of each corresponding table.
Thai and Moroccan inspired canapés and dishes including- Marinated Thai Gravadlax with Asian vegetables and chilli and lime dressing to start and slow roast rump of lamb with orange star anise jus, followed by lime and ginger cheesecake.
Our Best man Dan played (Swampmeat uk & low cut connie US) guitar and sang during the drinks reception, while other guests played badminton and hula hooped (another childhood memory at the farm) We had the Cedar house band (50s and 60s rock n roll) play in the evening, also good friends of ours. The photo booth was the highlight, we’re still giggling at the photos!
I chose calla lilies, lavender, roses and gypsophlia (in pastel tones) for the bouquet and flower crowns. For the table settings we added sunflowers and bluebells to brighten up the tepees and compliment the surroundings. We also sprinkled dried lavender and dried rose petals over the table linen which also scented the tents.
Personal / DIY touches
• The girls favours were handmade soaps with our initials embossed to add a personal touch.
• I bought little organza bags and filled them with lavender and dried rose petals.
• The boys had beers from around the world.
• We hand printed all of the name tags with a vintage letter press, and tied them to the boys and girls favours with brown string.
• We dripped candle wax over each spirit bottle, and grouped a mix of clashing coloured vases to create an authentic, effortless look.
• The directional signs from the creative team at urban, added personally and fun to the day.
Every moment! We have a lot of creative talented friends that were involved through the day and many during the build-up. The ceremony was a very special moment, in a church that has many happy and sad memories for both of us.
Enjoy the planning process, It’s all part of your big day that will go so fast. Take everything in and enjoy every minute! Try and spend some time just the two of you during the day, to reflect and take it all in.
Matt is a very talented musician but understandably decided not to play on our big day. He surprised me when he joined our friends band to sing our favourite song (Black lips and The Almighty defenders, Bow down and die) We were unable to have this as our 1st dance as it had never been recorded.
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