Tipi Vibes, Beautifully Bohemian

This wedding is dreamy – everything about it! From that gorgeous Grace Love Laces gown to the DIY elements and personal touches. In fact, almost every detail and decoration was created by the bride, Sarah and her lovely wedding helpers. With 12 bridesmaids in white, plenty of sunshine and some rather cool tipis, this wedding is bound to inspire your very own celebration. Captured by one of our faves, Rosie Kelly Photography, Sarah and Sam are here to tell us more…


The Need to Know
Tipis 4 Hire
Grace Loves Lace
The Flower Plant
Wild Feather
Rosie Kelly Photography


“We decided on our theme pretty much straight away. Feathered wings have always been an obsession of mine along with all-things nature and outdoors. Sam and I have known each other since we were 12, the day I walked back into his family home as his girlfriend a mere 12 years later, I had a single white feather attached to my back. Sadly, in the time we had been out of each other’s lives Sam’s dad Kimbo passed away and my lovely mother in law always says he is a white feather and visits us all whenever we see one. She said she knew the day she saw me with that feather on my back, that I was the one, he approved of Sam’s choice! She told me this after we got engaged and the wedding theme was settled. Feathers everywhere! The combination of our love of nature, being outdoors and our chosen theme meant there was no other choice but to have a tipi. This could only be set in my favourite place in the whole world. My childhood home. It works perfectly as the church is over the road, and we could walk straight from the church with all our wonderful guests to the reception.”


“I could not be happier with my choice of photographer! Rosie & Kye captured the day so beautifully and I will treasure those memories forever. I am pretty awkward in front of the camera and they managed to catch all the natural moments and all the details.”


“Thomas the Caterer is a culinary genius. From our first meeting, where we filled in a questionnaire about our lives and favourite food, I knew we would get along! We filled in this questionnaire, we then told him what we wanted on our menu and he kindly pointed out, you do realise you haven’t put any of your favourite foods on this menu! He was right, so we changed our menu to all our favourites! It is your day eat everything that you love!”


“When it came to the cake I knew I was in safe hands and didn’t give it a second thought. Liz Kelly, baker extraordinaire (otherwise known as mum), had my back and would create the most wild and whimsical cake beyond my imagination! The cake incorporated every bit of the theme, tipis, sugar feathers, flowers, long grass, twigs, leaves and butterflies. I might add she just whipped this up alongside a thousand other things I asked her to help. We had one crazy party! All thanks to Bahookie. They are a rock Ceildh band and they got everyone on the dancefloor.”


“There was only ever one dress maker in my mind. I first heard of Grace Loves Lace when living in Sydney. I wanted a beautiful, unique and comfortable dress. That is exactly what Grace Loves Lace have achieved. I wore the Hollie 2.0 dress, I tried this on in front of my best friend, mum and sister and there was no turning back! Obviously, I then tried on the longest veil in the shop and fell in love with the whole package and made the purchase then and there in the most gorgeous, relaxing showroom in London.

It is safe to say I had a ‘flock’ of bridesmaids, made up of my 12 of my nearest and dearest friends that I couldn’t have done the day without. After asking all the girls to join the flock came the realisation I needed to dress 12 girls! I asked my Aussie bridesmaid to do some dress hunting for me as she always looks incredible. Low and behold, a couple days later she sent me pictures of this beautiful, white lace dress, with an open back, in the sale at £40.

 As ever, the groom had one job! To sort the suits…naturally this was left until 3 weeks before the wedding! Luckily, Hockerty were able to whip up some custom-made suits for the 12 men that needed them! Racing green knitted ties were bought from M&S and the boys all looked extremely handsome!

For the flower girls, I bought lots of fawny coloured tulle and made some rather over the top (but in my eyes perfect tutus)! To finish off the outfit, I thought every girl needs a crown, so I whipped up some little feather headdresses.”


The Flower Plant prepared the most incredible wild bouquets, buttonholes and flower crown that fitted the theme beautifully, full of all things green and feathery. My flower crown was ivy, eucalyptus and feathers, it even withstood the dog jumping on my head!

My mum, sister and I got up at 4am a couple days before the wedding and went to Birmingham Flower Market to buy lots of foliage. We supplemented this with foraged foliage from the garden and fields at my parent’s house. My mum used the foraged foliage and market flowers to make a wild flower arch at the church as well.

 My mum liked to call our wedding ‘the wedding made from a ball of string’ and it really was!

I always dreamed of creating a whimsical and wild feel to our day and that is what I set out to do. I started early so not to overwhelm myself with the task I had undertaken and to enjoy each creation and the memories I made with my family and friends who I called upon to join the creative flock!”


“I decided I wanted my tipi to smell great, so in my teeny tiny kitchen wedding favours in the form of candles were conjured up. I made 10 or so each weekend, so I didn’t bore myself, all made from soy wax and mint and lemon essential oils. To personalise the candles I stuck our wedding logo that I designed on to the jar. At the same time I began to grow wild mint and bought tiny terracotta pots which I eventually planted the home grown mint in and also gave as favours.

The table plan was a family masterpiece! Mum and I spent hours together creating a papier-mache tree! We made it as life-like as we could adding moss and plants to the structure. We them hung all the names of the guests on the branches. We also made a hole in the tree so people could post cards on the day.”


“I made a large canvas sign to hang on the wall where guests arrived that said, ‘Come with me where dreams are made and time is never planned’. I decided to take the DIY a step further and even made the napkins! After seeing how much they were, we just bought a roll of fabric, cut it into squares and distributed them to all family and friends to fray the edges!

The list goes on, we made fine macramé nets with feathers and flowers to flank the walkway to the patio where canapés were served. We also created a gin bar from a horse box, my dad and now husband spent hours on it and it was worth it, a lot of gin was consumed! Bride and Groom thrones and a wooden tipi from odd pieces of wood we found for the photobooth background. We could go on forever…”


“Plan early, get all your friends and family involved it is a great excuse to get everyone together! Decide on a theme you are passionate about and roll with it throughout all your planning!”


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