This week we’re taking a look back at the gorgeous wedding of Charlotte and Ollie. They got married in August in their home village of Quorn, Loughborough and had five giant hat tipis in the garden of Charlotte’s family home. They went all out with stunning decoration and detailing through their whole day, from having their ceremony in the pretty church in the village, to having a tree as a centre piece in one of the tipis.
It really was a wedding full of inspiration, so read on and look at their stunning photos to fill your scrap book with ideas for your own outdoor tipi wedding.
What made you decide on a tipi wedding?
Charlotte and I always wanted to have our wedding at her family home, but also be different and not have it in a boring white marque. The tipis allowed us the freedom to be original, imaginative, and host the guests we wanted whilst also being suitable for the unpredictable British weather, reasonable cost and a stunning statement piece to have in the garden.
What did you both wear?
Charlotte wore a stunning Stella York dress. Ollie wore a traditional morning suit with a tweed waistcoat and floral tie.
What did the rest of the bridal party wear?
Ushers and other men in the bridal party wore the same morning suit and tweed waistcoat as the groom. This was paired with a coral tie to match the bridesmaids, who wore lovely coral floating floor length dresses.
Where did you choose to have your ceremony?
We had a very traditional ceremony in St Bartholomew’s Church, in Quorn. Charlotte and her father arrived by horse and carriage and the bridesmaids by vintage Rolls Royce.
Ollie and Charlotte have the added bonus of having The Great Central Railway close to their garden so whilst their guests were nibbling canapés and sipping bubbly, they disappeared off to have some photos with this historical station as their background. We think the photos were just amazing!
Horses are a huge part of Charlotte’s life as she rides and competes regularly, this meant that she wanted them to feature a lot in their big day. The decision was easy for them when they chose a horse drawn carriage to get to and from the church as well as creating some great photo opportunities with Charlotte’s stunning horses.
It just goes to show how flexible an outdoor tipi wedding can be, with pets large and small being able to be involved in the finer details of your big day!
How did you feed your guests?
Our guests were greeted after the ceremony at the tipis by a drinks reception and canapés. We had a formal 3 course meal with lovely roast lamb for the main course. The evening food was a smaller, bowl food style offering as well as a cheese table and wedding cake.
How would you describe your theme and styling?
Our wedding was a mix of a fair bit. We were fairly traditional with the table decorations, round tables, white table cloths and simple gyp/candle centre pieces with some more rustic style decorations in the tipi such as the pallet bar hand built by my best man, antique furniture from Sami Tipi and the mix of rustic and ornate details provided by Nerissa Eve.
Florals and nature also featured heavily throughout Charlotte and Ollie’s day. Flowers by Philippa created some gorgeous feature pieces, including large hanging floral displays and stunning arch’s over the entrance walkway. All matched really well with the coral colours running through the bridal party’s outfits and made for some really colourful splashes through the photographs.
They also had an amazing addition of a real life tree as a centrepiece in one of their tipis! This was something that we at Sami Tipi had never seen before and think it was such a clever way of bringing nature inside the tipis. It was absolutely stunning.
What are your Top Tips for planning an outdoor wedding?
Top Tip 1
Listen to Jodie…
Jodie and the team at Sami Tipi are always happy to answer as many questions as you can throw at us. We are here to help you through your wedding planning journey from start to finish, from hosting open days and VIP evenings for you to experience the tipis, to sitting down and talking through every detail of your day to help us understand how you want to use your tipi space. We do so much more than just turn up and put the tipis up.
Top Tip 2
Don’t feel that you have to have your wedding as a single style. We mixed traditional white wedding with rustic, outdoor wedding on so many levels and loved every second of it.
Top Tip 3
Have as much music, food and drink as you can afford. Our guests simply ate, drank and danced the night away until the small hours!
Tipis | Sami Tipi
Photographer | SMD Photography
Videographer | AmazingDayz
Catering | Dimblebee Catering
Florist | Flowers by Philippa
Band | Life in Stereo
Band | Soul That Swings
Prop Hire | Nerissa Eve
DJ | Eddy “Scissorhands” Underwood
Hair | Aqua Hairdressing
Make up | Jennifer Parker
Dress | The Wedding Room
Champagne Bottles | Champagne Occasions