Naomi and Nicholas’s Relaxed Autumnal Boho Tipi Wedding
For our first Real Wedding blog of 2022, we’re giving you a splash of warm summer happiness with Naomi and Nicholas’s gorgeous day. Their vision was bought to life by creating a relaxed autumnal boho styling throughout their day. Despite being in the July summer sunshine!
Celebrating in Four Giant Hat Tipis on their family land, it really was the perfect celebration. Bought to life with live music, and all their loved ones to celebrate long into the evening with. With an amazing glamping village to collapse into at the end of the evening.
Naomi talks us through the details, alongside stunning photos from Lauren Elliott.
What made you decide on an outdoor Tipi Wedding?
Nick and I wanted to celebrate our wedding in a place where we feel most comfortable. We are extremely lucky to spend most of our spare time hanging out at my parent’s house. Which incidentally has a beautiful big field with the most glorious views so it was an easy decision for us. Sami Tipi had been on my radar for long before Nick and I got engaged as they hold fabulous open days and I had been admiring pictures of their set up for years. Fortunately, Nick was also a fan of a tipi set up and it fit with the landscape so well it just looked like it was meant to be!
We had the fabulous Enchanted Bell Tents set up a bell tent village for us to have an epic sleepover in the field. We also had Karen set up a bell tent for my hen do which was gorgeous too!
What did everybody wear?
I wore a dress by Lillian West which was purchased from TDR Bridal in Halesowen. I also had a bridal jumpsuit for later in the evening which was from TDR too. The dress shopping was the hardest part as I was so indecisive which is really out of character for me! I must have tried on a good 30 dresses before I found the one. My bridesmaids wore mismatched velvet dresses as I wanted each of their individual styles to be celebrated. The groomsmen and Nick all wore suits from Moss Bros. Tweed
Rebecca Frances is an actual artist when it comes to make up and she made me and my girls feel sensational. When my Mum and I went for our makeup trials with Rebecca I was just trilled. She totally got my brief and I just wish I could have her do my make up every day!
Our hair was styled by Fallon who is such a pro at up do’s. My 30th birthday fell the month before the wedding so my girls and I went for our hair trials as a birthday celebration. Then out for a bottomless brunch to make the most of our do’s. It was so much fun and Fallon really got everyone’s personal style and just made us look the best version of ourselves.
Tell us about your ceremony
Our ceremony was at the local Church, Saint John the Baptist which is a small but utterly gorgeous Church and we were married by the lovely Father Jason who had an incredible calming presence throughout the service. One thing that made our ceremony even more special was that my Mum was able to do the address for the service and it was just wonderful! I cannot wait to receive our wedding video so I can see her do it all over again. We had the super talented Amy Francesca playing the piano for the ceremony, she was fantastic!
How would you describe your theme / styling?
The style we went for was a relaxed Autumnal boho theme. I love the colours in the Autumn so even though we had a July wedding we still went for beautiful burnt oranges and a rich colour palette.
Our florist was Louisa May Flowers – she’s amazing. She totally gets my style and is the sort of person that Nick can call up and ask her to whip up a bouquet for me and they are just perfect! The floristry really brought the tipi to life and it was exactly as I’d dreamed of.
As our favours we decided on home made gin which was lovingly made by my Mum out of sloes, elderflower and rhubarb from the garden. This went down an absolute storm!
During our drinks reception we had Roundabout Swing band playing which created the most glorious relaxed jazzy vibe and what made it extra special was my best friend performing a song with them. It was really personal and emotional.
Our evening band, The Flyaways were absolute gents! We wanted a Mumford and Sons style band that would fit with the feel of the day and these boys were flawless. Half of their set was a folk style and the second set was electric which was a perfect combo and all our guests still comment on how great they were.
How did you feed your guests? What influenced your choices?
Nick and I are both keen cooks and we love eating out so we wanted to create a really delicious wedding breakfast menu with a bit of a twist. We started with a pan fried hake followed by Marmite crusted feather blade of beef with a short rib pithivier and dauphinoise potato. To finish we chose our three favourite deserts, chocolate brownie, lemon tart and tarte tatin. For the evening we went for veggie chilli, an all round people pleaser but as I’m sure most brides and grooms do we didn’t get a look in as we were too busy dancing! We had a cheese wedding cake as Nick is not a big cake lover but we are both avid cheese lovers so this felt like the perfect option.
What are your Top Tips for planning a Tipi Wedding?
I would say for anyone planning a tipi wedding – do not stress about the weather! The tipis are so adaptable, and Jodie and Craig really do know their stuff! The day the tipis were erected it was about 30 degrees and it was honestly one of my favourite memories of the whole wedding. My parents, maid of honour, Nick and I spent the evening testing out the sound system and dancing around in the empty tipi. It was so hot but Craig had made sure there were extra gaps left in the tipi so it wasn’t unbearable.
Jodie and Craig are an absolute dream to work with. I found the supplier booklet really helpful and we used a lot of recommended suppliers. Also, don’t forget that you can lean on your suppliers to guide you through the process of wedding planning, they literally live and breathe weddings so they know what they’re talking about!
Another tip would be that you don’t have to buy everything. Wedding budgets sometimes feel like you’re dealing with Monopoly money as it’s so easy to lose sight of how much you’re spending on the day. We borrowed Nick’s stepdad’s car as our wedding car rather than spending loads of money on hiring something for the weekend. If you know someone with items you could use as props for the day, just ask them! And Facebook marketplace is a great way to find some bargains to get creative with.
Finally, if you are having a tipi in your field or garden check what supplies you will need for the day. We very nearly got caught without water for the wedding day which could have been rather stressful so just be super organised and check all your suppliers requirements well in advance.
Tipis | Sami Tipi
Photographer | Lauren Elliott Photography
Styling and On The Day Coordination | Boelle Events
Florist | Louisa May Flowers
Pianist | Amy Francesca
Reception Band | Roundabout Swing
Evening Band | The Flyaways
Cheese Cake | West Country Cheese
Catering | Caviar and Chips
Hair | Fallons Hair Emporium
Make Up | Rebecca Frances
Dress | TDR Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen | Moss Bros
PA System | JNR
Toilets | Knifton’s Mobile Toilets
Bell Tents | Enchanted Bell Tents