Jess & Max’s Groby Pool Tipi Wedding
Jess and Max celebrated their Groby Pool Tipi Wedding back in August 2021. Their wedding ceremony was held on family land, with the backdrop of Groby Pool, Leicestershire which was just gorgeous, and their Three Giant Hat Tipis right next to them.
With the Tipis filled with tonnes of DIY styling touches, and the magic sunshine that shone just as their ceremony started, it was the perfect day for them and their loved ones.
Jess talks us through the details, alongside photos from the brilliant Jenny Appleton.
What made you decide on an outdoor/tipi wedding?
When we got engaged, we knew we wanted something a little bit different, and we already had tipi’s in the back of our minds. We loved the fact that having a tipi wedding in Max’s parents garden would mean our wedding was completely ours and unlike anyone else’s.
It also meant we had a blank canvas that we decorate to really show our personalities and tell our story. Sami tipi were an obvious choice with their fantastic reviews, but once we spoke to them, we were absolutely certain we would be in great hands.
What did everybody wear?
I wore an embellished Sottero & Midgely gown, Max wore a Ted Baker Suit from Suits Direct (after a terrible experience with Hockerty- in case that’s relevant! The suit came only one week ahead of the big day, and about 4 sizes too big!). Groomsmen were from Next & Bridesmaids were from ASOS.
Tell us about your Ceremony.
We had our ceremony overlooking Groby Pool in Leicester, on the lawn. It had rained ALL morning and we were worried we would have to move it into the tipi as it showed no signs of stopping. Despite this, the Groomsmen had ultimate faith and set up outdoor seating anyway. Lo and behold, five minutes before our ceremony time of 1pm, the sun came out and off we went!
Our ceremony was a humanist celebration, which told the story of us in the most joyful and wonderful way. It also included beautiful readings from our friends, lyrics to ‘The Wonder of you’, Hand tying and personalised vows. Louise of Kickass Gatherings created and led our bespoke ceremony and everyone commented on how unique and special it was.
How did you feed your guests?
Caviar and Chips catered our wedding and they were PHENOMENAL! We looked at a few different options for catering, but stumbled upon C&C at the NEC wedding fair. We were dazzled by their hand painted chocolates and despite thinking they might be a bit out of our price range, we put in an enquiry. That turned out to be one of our best ever decisions, as from start to finish they were fantastic. The process started with telling them all our favourite things, they then put on a fabulous tasting evening at their pub in Kenilworth.
For the wedding itself we had chosen amazing canapes (including their namesake, caviar & chips!), beef, mac and cheese, triple cooked chips and sticky toffee pudding followed by the beautiful hand painted chocolates and cocktails. The menu was inspired by our first date and subsequent engagement dinner. Their level of service throughout the whole process, particularly on the day was second to none!
In the evening, we had Alpine Pizza- it was absolutely delicious (and much needed after all the cocktails).
How would you describe your theme / styling?
Our styling was very much DIY. We took inspiration from images we had seen, but put our own stamp on it. Our colours were pink and green, and we adorned the tipi with lots of coloured honeycomb decorations which was really impactful.
We had lots of other nice touches such as terrarium table centrepieces, a floral whiskey barrel bar, photos on each table, light boxes, a fully loaded smores table and a polaroid photo hanging line.
An area in which we invested in was the flowers, and we are so glad we did! The Flowerplant in Sileby created the most fabulous arrangements which tied together all of our styling choices and made the tipi look even better. They also decorated our homemade moon gate arch with our chosen flowers which acted as a backdrop for our ceremony.
What are your Top Tips for planning a Tipi wedding?
Top Tip 1
Make it all about you- the best thing about a tipi wedding, is that you can make all the decisions on how you want it to look and really personalise it. Tipi’s really lend themselves to telling your story, so prioritise reflecting your personality and making the day yours!
Top Tip 2
Plan for bad weather but don’t worry about it. Whilst we all want to avoid the showers on our big day, it cant be helped- and it REALLY doesn’t matter. As long as you have a back up plan and some big clear brollies, it will all be okay!
Top Tip 3
Enjoy creating the little details that make the day about you, but remember, only you know what is supposed to happen so don’t worry if some things don’t work out!
Top Tip 4
Don’t let pinterest make you think you NEED professional styling. Whilst they can make tipi’s look absolutely gorgeous, if you don’t have the budget- it will still look absolutely gorgeous. Tipi’s look great already so it doesn’t take much to make them shine
Tipis | Sami Tipi
Photos | Jenny Appleton Photography
Catering | Caviar and Chips
Evening Pizza | The Alpine Pizza Co
Flowers | The Flowerplant
Celebrant | Kickass Gatherings
Evening Band | Synergy Live Band
Daytime Band | Parallel Lines Band
Crazy Golf | 9 Hole Event Hire