Charlotte & Rob’s Derbyshire Farm Tipi Wedding

Charlotte & Rob’s Derbyshire Farm Tipi Wedding Charlotte and Rob celebrated their Derbyshire Farm Tipi Wedding in April this...

Charlotte & Rob’s Derbyshire Farm Tipi Wedding

Charlotte and Rob celebrated their Derbyshire Farm Tipi Wedding in April this year.  Celebrating in Two Giant Hats and Chill-Out Tipi on their family farm, where they work as dairy farmers.  Their wedding day was a huge celebration of everything they do and love, with so many nods to the farm and the cows.

With cow themed stationery and seating plans, a tractor for their transport and laser clay shooting for entertainment! All alongside the beautifully styled tipis.  It is the perfect compliment to Spring and farming.

Charlotte talks us through the details here alongside photo from Laura O’Toole.

Derbyshire Farm Tipi Wedding

What made you decide on an outdoor Wedding?

When planning our wedding our most important factor to think about was being close to the farm as possible. As Dairy farmers, the cows come first even on our wedding day. We thought about where would be suitable on the farm to hold the reception and picked one of the highest points, with rolling views as far as the peak district and then started looking at what kind of set up we liked.

We both knew we wanted a relaxed feel to the day and we didn’t want the traditional ‘white wedding’. That’s where the thought of a tipi came into the mix. We looked around and sent out a few emails, Jodie and Abi were brilliant with answering emails and questions. The whole team worked so hard on set up day in horrendous winds and rain to set the tipi up. I don’t think we could have picked a better team to create the foundation of the best day of our lives.

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How would you describe your theme / styling?

The theme of the day was spring and farming. As I used to be a florist, flowers were very important to me but getting married the week before Easter we knew they weren’t going to be cheap. So my mum and I planted approximately 3000 spring flowering bulbs throughout October in various sized containers to go on the tables and around the tipi. Which we also offered out to guests instead of having favours as we couldn’t think of a favour every single person there would like and we didn’t want to create unnecessary waste.

I asked Yvonne, one of my very good friends, to do the flower arrangements. I gave her the criteria of “colourful spring flowers” which she did the most perfect job of and even decorated our wellies we had at the reception. We included some milk churns which belonged to the farm, further adding to the farm theme. And named each table after a different breed of cow. I pulled out my paint brushes for the first time in years and managed to paint the cows for each table.

We complimented the tipi fairy lights and my pots of bulbs by placing fairy lights and battery operated candles on the tables which looked amazing in the evening. We chose battery operated as we had invited children to the day and it felt safer than the traditional candles. They lasted the whole event from lunchtime to when we finished.

We were also really lucky that my mum can sew. She embroidered bunting with our names and the date on which we hung up around the tipi and then some other plain bunting which we attached to the outside. She also embroidered blankets which we gave out to guests to keep warm if needed.

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How did you feed your guests?

As we wanted a relaxed feel to the day we approached our local butchers A. Moss Butchers to put on a BBQ and Hog roast for the day. We also contacted Madame Crepe, who we had met at a street food event, to cater for the deserts. Both were impeccable and the guests said it was some of the best food they had had at a wedding. Especially as it was simple food done well and to everyone’s tastes.

One thing we did struggle with was a bar. We knew we wanted to have a free bar and wanted to keep costs down by providing our own drinks. But a lot of bar rental companies won’t allow you to provide your own booze, you have to use theirs. We wanted to include particular spirits such as milk vodka and gin. That’s where the fabulous team at Burton Town Brewery stepped in. We asked them if they could supply the beers and if they would run the bar with our wine and spirits for an added fee, which they did and they did an amazing job.

We were also very lucky that my sister in law is a fabulous baker and we asked if she could make our wedding cake. She made a whopping 23kg 4 tiered fruit cake, which I painted with gold paint and we decorated a bull and cow toy to sit on top.

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How did you entertain your guests?

Having children at the day meant we wanted to put on some entertainment for them and some of the adult sized kids. So we hired a big white bouncy castle and outside games from a brilliant company.

We also wanted something to entertain the guests as we changed the timing of our day to suit the milking of the cows. We got married at 12:30 and arrived back at the farm, had a few pictures outside of the tipi and then we sat down to eat. Which left time between eating and the evening guests arriving while the farm team milked and fed round.

That’s where we found a brilliant company who offered laser clay shooting. It was a real hit with the guests and we would definitely recommend them to anyone who fancies something different.

We also had an amazing DJ Pete who really listened to our preferences and played the perfect playlist, meeting everyone’s tastes. There was always someone on the dance floor. We had a fantastic singer, Lowri Ffion, who sang during the evening reception and our guests really enjoyed it, she complimented the relaxed feel of the whole day.

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What did everybody wear?

We didn’t want to specify what our guests should wear as that didn’t go with the relaxed feel we wanted including for us. Getting married in April we knew the weather could have gone either way and I think we had all several types of weather throughout the day.

We picked a dark blue tweed three piece for the men with accents of gold which matched my champagne gold sequin dress. I knew I didn’t want a traditional white dress but did struggle to pick what dress I wanted to wear. Then I saw this evening dress on an independent shops website and thought “thats the one”.

To finish off my look I was so fortunate to find an amazing local makeup artist Lauren who recommended Moira as a curly haired specialist. I didn’t have bridesmaids, so getting ready with these two incredible ladies and one of my close friends made it a lovely relaxed morning which started the day with the exact vibe we wanted.

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Other Supplier Shoutouts

For transport, Rob talked to his local tractor dealer and they supplied us a brand new McCormick tractor on demo for the day. My Dad booked for me and him and my mum to stay in a local pub just round the corner from the village church, so I walked with my parents to the church for the ceremony. We had a lovely ceremony held by one of our neighbours dad which made it really personal.

We were so lucky with our suppliers, especially with our photographer, we found Laura online. Her style was outside festival vibes with fantastic farmland shots and colourful venues, we knew she was the one. During our chats and the time at the wedding Laura definitely captured not only our love for one another and our family, but she also captured our hearts. We still remain in contact with her now and we feel very lucky to have found her.

Suppliers Involved

Tipis | Sami Tipi
Photos | Laura O’Toole
Catering | A. Moss Family Butchers
Deserts | Madame Crepe
DJ | Ultrasonic Events
Laser Clay | Laser Clays Entertainment
Flowers | The Flower Room
Make Up | Lauren Victoria Make Up
Hair | Moira Borg Bridal Hair Stylist
Drinks | Burton Town Brewery
Bouncy Castle and Toy Hire | Bouncy Kings
Dress | Bombshell HQ
Singer | Lowri Ffion

Further Inspiration

Farm Tipi Wedding

Two Giant Hat Tipi Wedding

Cattows Farm Tipi Wedding