Two Giant Hat Tipi Wedding
Today we are sharing with you the gorgeous wedding of Tori and Jamie. Having the tipis in a field behind their family home gave it a real personal touch. Tori has also been kind enough to share some of her top tips to planning an outdoor wedding, so grab a cuppa and have a look through their stunning photos and brilliant advice below.
What made you decide on a tipi wedding?
An outdoor wedding was not what we necessarily thought of originally but a local and personal wedding was what we wanted. We both wanted something more exciting than a typical marquee, using Sami Tipi gave us the perfect vision and ability to achieve everything we wanted for our day.
Instead of having a date we wanted for the wedding day, we actually chose the date of our wedding on when the tipi was available. Once this was confirmed the church ceremony was the next thing we ticked off of our list.
What did you both wear?
Jamie, my husband, LOVE saying that, is an officer in the British Army so he wore for the ceremony his No.1 uniform. For the reception, he changed into his mess dress. How can anyone say no to a man in uniform?!
My wedding dress was a bespoke Sassi Holford dress. She is such a talented British designer. I wanted a dress that was comfy to wear all day, so I chose one that had no boning or corset. This meant I could happily eat all the great food. The gorgeous Sarah of Sarah Elizabeth Bridal in Cheltenham, helped me to pick out and design my dress. She made the process so enjoyable and calming.
What did your Bridesmaids wear?
I did not have “official” bridesmaids but allowed my four friends the freedom to wear whatever they wanted. They didn’t walk up the aisle with me as it was a small wedding, I didn’t want to overload the church with people but also didn’t want to limit the choice on who meant something to me. My Maid of Honour wore a pale blue Reiss maxi dress with floral patterning and bleach pink shoes.
Where did you choose to get married?
We always wanted a local wedding, not too big and very relaxed. It all happened in the village where I grew up. We had the ceremony in the local church which was a five-minute walk from my family home. The ceremony was beautiful, the reverend made it so personal for us both.
The floral arrangements including a magnificent hanging archway above us, made my dream come true of a church smelling of flowers and the colours highlighting every angle.
How did you decide to feed your guests?
We were the caterers for the day! Everyone thinks we were mad when we told them we were doing the food, it allowed us so much more flexibility and was also one less supplier to communicate with.
Having the house and kitchen close to the Tipi allowed us to create whatever we wanted. My parents bribed their friends with wine to be chefs for the day and their grown children were the waiters. It made it a fun and local event for the whole village.
What was your Wedding Menu?
We made simple cold canapés for the drinks after the ceremony.
For the sit-down dinner:
The starters: chicken liver pate and mackerel pate served with baguettes and chutney
Main Course: A marvellous hog roast with a selection of salads
Dessert: The wedding cake
We didn’t stop there though, to keep everyone going through the night there was a cake of cheese for everyone to help themselves to. At 9.30pm we started a BBQ, everyone was very well fed.
What style of wedding cake did you have?
The wonderful Claire Williams, who lives opposite my family, made our wedding cake. A four-tiered naked cake that had two Victoria Sponge tiers and then two raspberry and lemon tiers. Dreamy!
How would you describe your styling?
We were very relaxed about the look of the wedding. My love of flowers translated into every possible area and bought the countryside into the day. It naturally took on a kind of village fete theme with plenty of bunting strung everywhere. Outside we created additional seating with straw bales covered in sheepskin rugs.
The tipis are large but with the help of Jodie and the team, they made it feel cosy and intimate inside. This was exactly what we desired.
How did you feel about having your photo taken?
Our photographer was magnificent. He let us have our space as a newly married couple but was able to capture such intimate moments that we will never forget.
What are your Top Tips for planning a tipi wedding?
Tip One | Be creative
You can make the day whatever you want it to be. Just because it’s outside, does not mean it has to morph into the boho/rustic theme. Make it your own!
Tip Two | Use Sami Tipi
The Tipis are spectacular. More importantly, though, use the team! They are a resource with so much knowledge. The number of times I would call or email the team with questions hit the hundreds and they all gave me a great answer and ideas to help me create our day.
Tip Three | Plan for the weather
It is always nerve-wracking when Mother Nature comes into question but if you are prepared then you have nothing to fear. Our day was planned to be overcast but warm, however, while we sat for the meal it absolutely poured with rain. We luckily we had prepared with umbrellas and blankets if it got cold. After the pour down we were given the most incredibly beautiful orange and red sky for the rest of the evening. Which in turn gave us the most creative and memorable wedding photos.
Tip Four | Enjoy
Take the time to enjoy your day and take in what you have created.
Final Words from Tori
The wedding day was not the only day the tipi was utilised. While my husband and I had the joys of the Tipi for our special day on the Saturday, my parents then used it to the full on the Sunday.
Since we enjoyed a small and intimate day of only 80 guests, my parents wanted to celebrate the special occasion with all of their friends and the families I had grown up with. On the Sunday they invited…basically the whole village of 200 people and all our wedding guests to a BBQ and drinks, and the tipi was key to fitting everyone in.
I could not have wished for a more perfect day to enjoy after the wedding!
Photography | Dotty Photography
Tipis | Sami Tipi
Flowers | La Belle Floral
Music | Blue Lion Band
Wedding Cake | Clare Williams
Wedding Dress | Sarah Elizabeth Bridal
Wedding Dress Designer | Sassi Halford
Crockery Hire | Oxford Event Hire