Self confessed jeans and trainer gal Clare, the Bride, is converted in not one but two stunning dresses in this teepee dream wedding at her parents house.
There is something pretty awesome about bringing the venue to your house right? PapaKåta has over 10 years of experience in bespoke event Teepee’s and Sperry Tents. They know just how to deliver an epic event and as RMW favourites are members of The List, our exclusive handpicked directory. Other members featured in this gorgeous wedding are Opaline Films and Tailored Entertainment.
This couple are relaxed, effortlessly gorgeous and super chilled out, so much so the groom had to borrow a tiefrom a friend on the wedding morning!
You will want to pinch sooooo many ideas from this wedding for your own so get reading.
Clare the Bride: PapaKatateepeesatmyparentshouse(Harston,Cambridge).I’dseenteepeeweddingsonPinterest/Instagramandgot in touch with Papakata who were a dream from the beginning and made everything so easy. It’s quite difficult to picture it all beforehandbutitcouldn’thavebeenmoreperfect.Itwasmoreinformalbutreallyintimate,shelteredusfromtheSeptemberrain.
I’majeansandtrainersgirlsoIwasreallynervousbeforehandbecause1.Idon’tweardressesand2.IwasworriedIʼdlook ridiculous.WewenttoonebridalshopandtheywerepullingouttheselacyCinderella-esquenumbersandIjustburstoutlaughing andweleft.Westoppedforsomechocolatecrepes(wouldn’tadvisethisactually,particularlybloated)andthenwenttoAngelica’s Bridal.IknewroughlywhatstyleIwaslookingforandIknewI’d‘foundtheone’whenmymumstartedwellingupbeforeI’deven looked in the mirror. So the search was pretty easy. The Dress – Martina Liana. My bridesmaids wore multiway dresses in moonbeam (sounds nicer than lilac?) with a cheeky slit up the side. We ALL ended up in ourtrainers….
For ‘localʼ advice anyone getting married in Cambridge should use Amy Claire FarringtonandJoeyandLuigiAltomonte from FratelliHairIwillneverlookasgoodagain(unlesstheyfancy sorting me out everymorning).
Eman didn’t want to wear a black suit as he didn’t want to ‘look like he was going to work’ and so we found a lovely navy bluesuitfromSuitSupplyforhimandtheushers.He’sprettylastminuteandwhenhestillhadn’torderedthem7weeksbeforeIleft it to my mum to nag him (because he’s scared of her). He went to order them with his best friend and they ordered a completely different suit (in what I refer to as shade of ‘dolphin’). Somehow a tie also got lost from London to Cambridge (!) and he had to borrow a tiefrom a friend on the wedding morning. Luckily, he looked great and I only realised half way through the ceremony.
Iknownothingaboutflowerssomyinstructionswere‘simple,whitesandgreensʼandotherwisegavethefloristsfreerain. The Flower Housedid not disappoint. We brought wooden lanterns (thanks eBay) for the flower arrangements instead of vases and had a differentlovequoteineach.
Iwasn’treallywowedbyanystationerydesignsandcouldn’tfathomthecostwhentheyallendupinthebin(slightly pessimistic,sorry…)soIdesignedandmadeallofthestationerymyself–savethedates,invites,tableplan,nameplaces,sweet bags,orderofservice,thewelcomesignsyounameit!Iwasstampingenvelopeswhilstonconferencecalls(oops)andhadmy whole family folding the order of service sheets the night before and hand-tying each one! The benefits of having a massive family…
Weweremarriedinmyfamilyʼslocalparishchurch,TheChurchofOurLadyandtheEnglishMartyrs,Cambridge.Itwas the most beautiful service. Big red buses collected the guests from outside the church to take to the reception. We actually beat theguestsbacksohadtodriveroundthevillageafewtimes.
Ithadjustaboutstoppedpouringwithrainwhenwearrivedbackatthehouseforthereception.Ourguestsbravedthe outdoor champagne and canapé reception and we all huddled under the car port! As a surprise Iʼd arranged for us all to let off balloonsinmemoryofEmanʼsfatherandsentthepartyuptohim.IntheprocessIʼdalsolentonthebalconywallduringthe announcementandmydressgotcoveredinblackmoss!Theheavensthenopenedagainandweallranthroughtothetentsto finishthedrinksreception.Wespreadthespeechesout–mydadbeforethestarters,andEmanandJamie(bestman)beforethe maincoursesotheycouldenjoytheirfoodafterwards!Imaybeslightlybiasbuttheywerethebest,funniestspeechesever.
Wehadamagicianduringthedrinksreception.MyparentshadmadephotobookswithmineandEmanʼs‘storyʼas asurpriseandleftthemonthetablesforpeopletoread.Afterdinnerwehadabreakbeforewecutthe(cheese)cakeandthenwe hadourfirstdance to DarylHall&JohnOates–Youmakemydreams whichwascompletelyimprovisedandtotallynotawedding dancebutitwashilariousandsofundespiteusdreadingit.Goldtrackbandplayed3livesetsandDJsetsinbetweeneachand theywerephenomenal!Wealsohadaphotoboothandthepictureshaveprovidedmanymanylaughssince(veryx-rated).(Music
Kat Hill. Absolute legend. I stumbled across her Instagram page and we met for a coffee near my offices and I knewinstantlythatwehadtohaveher!Ijustloveherstyleandeverysinglepictureshetakesandshehasthemostcalmingvibe abouther.Youdidn’tevennoticeherontheweddingdayyetshewasalwaysthere,doingherthing,managingEVERYONE.Ohand shephotoshoppedmyruineddress(butstillsavedsomephotographicevidence!)soI’llbeforevergrateful. Kat’s Instagram @kat_hill_photo)
StephanieandherhusbandEd from Opaline Filmswereequallyasfantasticandsuchakindandgentlecouplesotheywereperfectto have around on the morning of the wedding. We are over the moon with the film and speeches.
Amy works on The List as Rock My Wedding Supplier Development Co-ordinator and she also writes and produces ‘real wedding’ content. Amy lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, three children and two chickens.