A Pure Tipi Delight!
Welcome to the wedding of Emma & Graeme Roberts – a wonderfully personal celebration filled to the brim with fabulous people. A friend of a friend, Emma & Graeme very kindly invited me to their wedding reception and it was simply amazing – great friends and great company (not to mention the stunning tipi setting and gorgeous styling). Here’s Emma’s account of her big day;
“We went for a rustic, country style wedding and as I’m from a Christian background, I’ve always known I wanted a traditional church wedding. Fortunately for us our local church is in a beautiful rural location and is so full of character. For the reception venue we wanted something relaxed and a little out of the ordinary; the laid-back, outdoorsy nature of a tipi wedding suited us down to the ground.
I really can’t praise our caterers, Black Peppermint enough! The service they offered us was faultless from start to finish and the owner Adam was so personal in his approach. He pretty much managed the whole event on the day and ensured everything ran smoothly. The food was of course excellent too; we had a tapas, sharer style menu including pork belly with popcorn crackling, thai spiked fish, duck parcels, posh chips and salad. In the evening they served up pizza which was carried by the waiters on wooden blocks and dished out directly to guests. This was great because it meant there wasn’t a whole load of food left out going cold or being forgotten about.
Peak Tipis provided our tipis and an excellent, professional service to book! The atmosphere the tipis provided on the day was out of this world; the open fire, the rustic wooden furniture and the beams lit up with fairy lights all made for an amazingly intimate and cosy setting. It really gave a wow factor when our guests arrived at the venue, like our own little fairyland. Despite a biblical storm hitting us just as our evening guests arrived, the tipis didn’t leak or flood at all and we barely noticed the torrential rain outside!
Buster marquees saved the day when we needed to book posh porter loos and a catering tent last minute!
We had our tipis at Papplewick Pumping Station which (very surprisingly) has not had an outdoor wedding in its grounds for 7 years before ours! It was the perfect place for the country-style wedding we were after. We had cocktails in jam jars and canapes on the lawn before our photographer (www.neilhoyleweddings.com) took pictures by the lake and in the boiler house inside the pumping station (which is also a British heritage building).
Our florist saw my vision from the word go and provided stunning, country-style flowers, perfect for our summer wedding. The Mother/Son partners were so friendly and I just knew they would provide exactly what I wanted – www.twigsflowersnottingham.com
I began my search for ‘The One’ by simply googling ‘wedding dress’ for some ideas. I fell in love with the very first one that popped up in ‘images’ and proceeded to hunt the bridal shops of Nottingham for an exact duplicate. Needless to say, this was not as straightforward as I naively expected it to be! I found the ‘off the peg’ dresses to be far too fussy for me to ever feel comfortable in. Even the ones that had the style I liked at the top, were too full and heavy in the skirt, or covered in sparkly bits. I just wanted simplicity.
In the end I put all my trust in Angela Vickers who agreed to hand-make the exact dress I was after. This was an incredibly nerve-wracking time as I had no idea what the dress would actually look like on or if it would even suit me until it was too late! I had many doubts during the process, but thankfully it turned out perfectly. It was made from crepe and beautiful French lace. It had a sweetheart neckline, capped sleeves, a full lace back and a lace overlay that gradually tapered off halfway down the dress. I didn’t want a veil so I wore it with a floral, garland-style headpiece which gave the look a lovely, bohemian feel which I loved.
My bridesmaids wore very pale, pastel green dresses by Dessy in three different styles and my flowergirls were in simple, ivory cotton dresses with beaded detailing from a company in Australia www.teaprincess.com. They also wore floral headpieces to match mine. I think the whole look really suited the theme and style of the wedding and it all felt very ‘me’.
To any future brides out there, be ready to leave for your ceremony at least half an hour before you need to be. I was nearly half an hour late for our ceremony (very typical me) and I felt so rushed, I never had time to enjoy the ‘moment’ of putting on my dress in front of my bridesmaids, and didn’t get any pictures of us all together before we left. If I could do it all over again, I’d be ready and relaxing with a drink long before I had to leave for the church!
Another tip for the brides of Nottingham would be to have Amy Lee of Dillon and Lee style your hair. The looks she achieved for my day were just right and so beautifully done I couldn’t have asked for more! She is more than just a hairdresser, she brought such a wonderfully calm and laid back presence on my wedding morning that I would have been lost without her!”
Thanks again to Emma & Graeme for sharing their beautiful day with us. You can also view this wedding in our latest magazine issue on page 16 – 19
The fab suppliers involved:
The tipis http://www.peaktipis.co.uk/
The Photographer – http://www.neilhoyleweddings.com/
The caterers http://www.blackpeppermint.com/
Posh porter loos and catering tent http://www.bustermarquees.co.uk/
Wedding dress http://www.angela-vickers.co.uk/
Bridesmaids dresses http://www.rococoweddings.com/
Flowergirl dresses http://www.teaprincess.com.
The florist http://www.twigsflowersnottingham.com/about.html
The Photobooth http://www.vintagebooth.me/
Bride’s, bridesmaid’s and flowergirl’s hair http://www.dillonandlee.co.uk/
Evening band http://www.mellowrebellion.co.uk/
Day time brass band http://www.dgmusic.co.uk/hire-bands-artists/happy-jazz.html
The rings http://www.louloujewellery.co.uk/