Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids
An outdoor wedding in a tipi with autumnal colour scheme including golds and reds. Bride wears a bespoke embellished Berna Bridal wedding gown and groon wears a TM Lewin check shirt and a Harris Tweed bow tie with chinos and braces.
Stationery
Stationery
An outdoor wedding in a tipi with autumnal colour scheme including golds and reds. Bride wears a bespoke embellished Berna Bridal wedding gown and groon wears a TM Lewin check shirt and a Harris Tweed bow tie with chinos and braces.
Aisle
Aisle
An outdoor wedding in a tipi with autumnal colour scheme including golds and reds. Bride wears a bespoke embellished Berna Bridal wedding gown and groon wears a TM Lewin check shirt and a Harris Tweed bow tie with chinos and braces.
Florals
Florals
An outdoor wedding in a tipi with autumnal colour scheme including golds and reds. Bride wears a bespoke embellished Berna Bridal wedding gown and groon wears a TM Lewin check shirt and a Harris Tweed bow tie with chinos and braces.
Vows
Vows
An outdoor wedding in a tipi with autumnal colour scheme including golds and reds. Bride wears a bespoke embellished Berna Bridal wedding gown and groon wears a TM Lewin check shirt and a Harris Tweed bow tie with chinos and braces.
Bouquet
Bouquet
An outdoor wedding in a tipi with autumnal colour scheme including golds and reds. Bride wears a bespoke embellished Berna Bridal wedding gown and groon wears a TM Lewin check shirt and a Harris Tweed bow tie with chinos and braces.
Groomsmen
Groomsmen
An outdoor wedding in a tipi with autumnal colour scheme including golds and reds. Bride wears a bespoke embellished Berna Bridal wedding gown and groon wears a TM Lewin check shirt and a Harris Tweed bow tie with chinos and braces.
Cake
Cake
An outdoor wedding in a tipi with autumnal colour scheme including golds and reds. Bride wears a bespoke embellished Berna Bridal wedding gown and groon wears a TM Lewin check shirt and a Harris Tweed bow tie with chinos and braces.
Top Table
Top Table
An outdoor wedding in a tipi with autumnal colour scheme including golds and reds. Bride wears a bespoke embellished Berna Bridal wedding gown and groon wears a TM Lewin check shirt and a Harris Tweed bow tie with chinos and braces.
Sparklers
Sparklers
An outdoor wedding in a tipi with autumnal colour scheme including golds and reds. Bride wears a bespoke embellished Berna Bridal wedding gown and groon wears a TM Lewin check shirt and a Harris Tweed bow tie with chinos and braces.
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Gabriela & Matt

Get ready to gasp! The attention to detail at this outdoor tipi wedding is phenomenal, I honestly don’t know where to look, it’s such a feast for the eyes.

Bride Gabriela has the most exquisite dress made from champagne silk and has a beautiful intricate gold embroidery overlay; all of this was designed & made in Dubai and compliments her roots perfectly.

Their cake is another show stopping piece, with it’s 10, yes 10 tiers! all delicately iced & decorated to perfection; it was such a monumental piece it stood alongside the bride & groom as they said their vows under the most enchanting oak tree with hanging bark and trails of amaranthus.

If you pause and catch your breath for a minute before continuing to marvel at all this perfection, we know you’re going to go pin crazy…Enjoy!

The Cake

Gabriela The Bride: The cake was created by my incredibly talented mum of Just Genie’s Cakes. I thought it was absolutely beautiful and captured perfectly the glamorous boho theme I was trying to achieve with the wedding. I loved the autumn coloured peonies and the sequined tipis and the elements of art deco geometric shapes on the different tiers.

The Flowers

My mum and her talented and supportive friends all banded together to create the most beautiful floral arrangements, bouquets and buttonholes. I loved the big cloud of gypsophila trend for bridesmaids bouquet, and it made a lot of sense, in terms of budgeting, to go for that because of my 9 bridesmaids and 3 flower girls! We decided to spray paint them a terracotta- peach hue to tie them in to wedding colours better, and simply wrapped the stems in Hessian for a rustic edge. The buttonholes for the lads were one of my favourite designs! I just loved the pop of colour the yellow billy balls and the individual succulent provided against their burgundy braces. My bouquet was a work of art , designed by mum. I wanted rustic colours but exotic textures and I think we managed to get the right balance. We used burgundy proteas, black calla lilies, leucospermum, a bright succulent, wheat sheave , a couple of cream roses, eucalyptus seed bunches.
My flower crown was another DIY idea we saw on Pinterest; We used willow branches to create a natural crown and put in an orchid, a cream rose, orange and red hypernicum berries.

Bridesmaids

I really wanted my bridesmaids to have some individuality in their dresses, so when we got them made, we varied the cut between full length and a high low hem and a variety of necklines.
We picked the colours for the wedding by picking the dress material first. I wanted to stay true
to autumnal hues while making sure there was enough bright colours to reflect my culture and personality. The material was silk chiffon so the raspberry, mustard and rust dresses were in such rich jewel tones. I loved them. They were a bit too glam for a wedding in a field so we dressed them down with chunky jewellery, flats and some gorgeous flash tattoos.
The flower girls were in gorgeous gold sequined and tulle dresses that our friend Sue and mum made together. We crafted their flower crown with gold and ivory paper flowers.

Groomsmen

The groomsmen wore brown chinos and linen pale rust shirts from ASOS. We happened to get some burgundy braces on clearance at Tesco and mum sewed some tweed bow ties for everyone.
The page boys were in mustard shirts, brown trousers, burgundy braces and the same bow ties. Groom
Matt wore some brown chinos from Zara, a checkered shirt from TM Lewin, a rust Harris Tweed bow tie and the same Tesco braces as the groomsmen. We got his herringbone blazer on sale from Massimo Dutti in Dubai.

Bride

I tried on quite a few dresses before coming to the decision to get one made. My roots are in Dubai, so we knew the good lace markets and good dressmakers. But Berna of Safia Ladies tailoring outdid herself. I knew I wanted an unstructured dress in warm tones and gold shades. And that was about it. Berna created a design with my input and the result was beautiful. I loved the champagne silk underneath and the peachy net with gold embroidery overlay. Berna’s clever designs with the intricate lace at the bottom gave it an ethnic feel that I wanted.
My earrings were from Kate Spade bridal collection and added the finishing touch to my outfit. Thanks to hours of Pinteresting and the amazing ladies at The Look, I had the soft hair down style I wanted. I wore a veil for the ceremony that we made out of leftover pieces of net and gold embroidery.

The Entertainment

A few of our extremely talented friends got together the band – and they set the mood for the whole day. We had a few sets throughout the day and whether it was chilled out indie or funky soul, they rocked. The evening party was well and truly started by the band and had everyone up on their feet for the rest of the night. The atmosphere was incredible and the music (and the flowing signature cocktails) ensured a crazy dance floor.
I put a lot of thought into kids entertainment, because so much of my family either was a kid or had kids to entertain and I wanted them all to have a great time. A couple of lovely ladies manned a face painting table and a cousin did some glitter tattoos that went down pretty well! Yet some more people provided some crafts at the kids corner, where we had built some mini tipis for the kids to play in. I had so many comments from friends and family grateful that their kids were thought of and surprised to be at a wedding their kids didn’t want to leave.
We also set up a photo booth that our friend Sam of Sam Hunt Media manned. And although photo booths are done all the time now, I thought it was a really useful and fun way to capture all the guests.

The Food

Matt and I wanted to source everything as local as we could. So a neighbour of the family who ran a farm provided the hog roast- and it was delicious. Mums friends made some spicy Indian BBQ kebabs that were barbequed by Matt’s football friends. You just can’t go wrong with a good hog roast and BBQ for an autumn outdoor wedding.
Desserts were provided by many generous guests and tanged from Welsh mountain, to brownies and Indian Mithai (sweets).

Stationery

Our invites and orders of service were designed by Matt’s brother Jamie. And he did a great job of creating a modern but rustic design. He incorporated chevrons in the colours of the wedding and even got a tipi logo in there. We loved the design so much, we painted the bar with it and even stuck it on all our favours.

Decor/Styling

Doing a tipi wedding was a bit nerve wracking, not just because our daring layout plan meant the bride and groom were under an oak tree instead of an actual tent which would have been disastrous if it rained, but also because I didn’t have a clear idea of dimensions until the tipi was set up. My team of relatives did an amazing job. Between all of our talented family and friends, pretty unique styling ideas emerged. I loved the hanging bark all over the oak tree with trails of Amaranthus and sprays of blackberries from our hedges. On the top table we had a gorgeous twig garland that we filled with leftover roses and other sprays of flowers. The Hessian aisle was lined with short stick posts with a giant bloom on top and wisps of ivy curled around it. With the sun shining down on us, some ethereal Birdy playing, and that majestic oak dripping with flowers, it felt pretty magical walking down that aisle.
Matt and his brother Tom created some lampshade chandeliers that were so dramatic hanging from the peak of the tipi. They also built a pallet bar that just oozed rustic charm.

Photographer

Alexa was amazing! Efficient but warm and friendly and she put up with a lot. She followed the bridesmaids around in the morning. There was some impromptu line dancing and a slumber party photoshoot- because what else do you do on the morning of your wedding? I highly recommend her because she really captured the day with creativity and style.

Author: Lorna Shaw
Lorna loves a new posh frock, is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to be living her ‘happily ever after’ with her wonderful husband & three beautiful babas.
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9 thoughts on “Gabriela & Matt

  1. What a wedding, looks like their heart and soul went into making it! beautiful couple. The bride and the brides dress!! Stunning! congratulations

  2. WOW WOW WEE-WAH. That is one talented Mum doing all the flowers and that show-stopping cake! This is a real feast for the eyes, thank you for sharing!

  3. What a lovely looking wedding. I think outdoor wedding look like such a lot of fun. I particularly liked the night time shots and interesting use of lighting. Well done to all involved.

  4. Very nice wedding happy to attend, The cake was unbelievable. Congrats to all who worked so hard for the blessed day.

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