The light in this afternoon’s wedding is simply beautiful and so Kirsty’s stunning bright colour scheme looks truly vibrant in the images from Eleanor Jane Weddings. Kirsty was inspired by the pretty prints of Caroline Gardner, and it just shows that you should always include the things you love in your decor as it ensures a stunning result.
The Pembrokeshire coast line is an amazing location and choosing to hold the reception in a tipi meant that Kirsty and Adrian’s guests could really enjoy the view.
The DIY and projects worked on by our lovely couple are amazing too – they even did up the cute VW camper especially for their big day! I’ll pass you over to Kirsty as her write up is a lovely read and full of great tips and advice…
The Best Find Ever!
Kirsty The Bride: Within a few flicks of my first wedding magazine, I had fallen in love with the simplicity and beauty of a tipi wedding! Unsurprisingly, it did not take much to convince Adrian – his only requirement was that the tipi must be positioned so that guests were immersed in stunning Pembrokeshire coastal views.
Celtic Camping was the first and only venue we visited, as it ticked all the boxes:
- Panoramic views of the stunning North Pembrokeshire coastline, set on a 250-acre farm;
- Affordable on-site guest accommodation;
- Weekend exclusivity;
- Free reign to be creative
- An extremely warm and welcoming owner, Ian Griffiths, along with farm dog, Jack.
With the venue booked, we were able to secure the beautiful and extraordinary Nordic tipis from World Inspired Tents. The team were fantastic to work with from start to finish. The planning was superb and the build team worked tirelessly to make sure we could access the tipis to prepare as soon as possible.
As with any adventure that Adrian and I embark on, there is always a story where things have not quite gone to plan! With 11 years worth of stories, so many of which included our guests, the theme ‘Our Story’ emerged. Each table was named after chapters and we displayed antidotes and photos of our many stories in vintage books as table centerpieces.
I loved planning the wedding with Adrian’s help, of course! Pinterest, Etsy and wedding blogs soon became my best friends! What I found was the more I looked the more I liked! With so many creative, inspiring ideas with varying colour combinations to be found on the web, making a choice on a colour became a dilemma! That was until the day I was in a card shop and spotted Caroline Gardner’s ditsy floral wrapping paper. I fell in love with it and it soon became a feature of the wedding. With so many bright colours, why limit to just one?!
I loved choosing my dress, not just because I could try on lots of pretty dresses, but it was a great excuse for my mum and sisters to go for lunch, relax and chat weddings! On our way back to the car from a day of dress shopping, by chance, we came across Timeless Elegance. With no appointment, we apprehensively approached the door to be greeted by a very friendly team of ladies. Searching through the dresses, my sister picked one up, which I rejected. Despite this, she encouraged me to try it on. As I admired the sheer lace detailed back of the dress, I noticed the tears in my mum’s eyes! That was it. Decision made. I had found my dress!
Bright, statement shoes were a must. A pair of Vivienne Westwood lady dragon shoes fitted the bill! My hair was styled by Kerri Mayhew from Andrew Price and my make up artists was Jenifer Mills.
Suited & Booted
Adrian chose an Italian Navy, three-piece suit for the groomsmen from Dyfed’s Menswear, teamed with Dune Sunbeam brogues and a Liberty Print floral tie. On the morning of the wedding we provided each groomsman with a little package, which included their tie, coordinated colour socks, personalised scrabble cufflinks, a cigar and a little thank you note. They scrubbed up nicely.
Pretty Dresses & Accessories
I wanted my bridal team to feel very special and show them how much we appreciated all their help, support and love shown in the run up to the wedding. As the pampering began, the girls wore their customised, bright floral kimono robes, which I sourced from an Etsy store, Just Cottons.
Choosing one statement colour for the bridesmaids did not feel right. I stumbled across Rosy Posy Designs. Kristen was able to take our colour palette and create beautiful handmade fabric floral sashes. With the pop of colour in the sashes, teamed with colourful, quirky Babysham heels we chose cream lace bridesmaid dresses from Monsoon. The bridesmaids’ hair was also accessorised with fresh flowers.
Bouquets & Button Holes
Our florist, Aimee, from Tussie Mussie, created our bright, beautiful bouquets and buttonholes. Working with Aimee was an absolute pleasure – as renowned for not being green-fingered myself, expressing my ideas was a little tricky. I couldn’t have been more delighted with the end result, but don’t ask me what flowers I had in my bouquet!
Mini Groomsmen & Flower Girl
We asked some of Adrian’s young family members to be our mini groomsmen and flower girl – they looked super cute in their outfits! They definitely made an entrance, giving our guests a giggle as they walked down the ailse with chalk signs just before I made my entrance!
Save The Date!
We created a ‘Save the Date’ scrabble themed video on YouTube and used www.appycouple.com to provide guests with advance wedding information on our personalised website. The website also allowed us to administer RSVPs, as well as record menu choices and any other special requirements.
Preparing For The Big Day!
We really wanted a relaxed and fun wedding, which was very personal to us and included lots of little touches. With colour pens, wedding magazines, pretty fabrics and mood boards, armed with a sewing machine, a sander, paint and glue I was in my element! But it soon became clear that to achieve our vision we would need some much needed help from our talented families and friends!
People helped in abundance, from Adrian’s aunt making personalised ‘A & K’ cushions for our chill out area, my brother cutting out a range of hearts and arrow shapes for signs, my mum searching for wooden pallets and logs, Adrian’s dad ordering (and tasting) the booze and Adrian’s brother making ‘Splat the Rat’, to name just a few!
The biggest project was the camper van. This was an old Volkswagen T25 in need of TLC, which my sister had purchased on eBay a year prior to the wedding. My brother was juggling his final university exams with a complete van rebuild and it was touch and go as to whether Daisy would be ready in time for the wedding. As you can see, he made it! We laugh so much when we look at the photo of Adrian about to drive the van, as having just received specific instructions on the use of the accelerator, he was about to attempt a hill start in the family’s new pride and joy – the first time he’d drive it and in front of a lot of excited wedding guests!
There was one group of lovely crafty ladies who helped us every step of the way! My bridesmaids and ‘bridal team’ were responsible for helping us paint the many signs, make the invitations and sew the bunting and hearts, with the accompaniment of Prosecco and chocolate!
With many of our friends and family offering their help and the need to dress the farm, the tipis and the church in one day, the idea of a wedding workshop (the day before the wedding) was born! Dressed in their personalised ‘Bridal Team’ t-shirts the girls set to work with ‘The List!!’ Other family friends met at the barn where I had set up a few stations. They folded napkins, attached the name cards, made cake decorations and any other little jobs we had not quite achieved.
We were absolutely buzzing with excitement on the Friday. It was such a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by the people you love, who are all helping you achieve your vision for the biggest day of your life. Some of our guests even had time to go Coasteering with Adrian and his instructor Uncle who organised it. We completed the day by meeting at separate pubs in St Davids for a drink to thank everyone for their help!
A Few Little Touches
Personalised Messages: On each name tag we wrote personalised messages to each of our guests just to let them know how excited we were to have them share our day with us.
Doing Our Bit: Adrian’s parents’ wedding gift was the broad range of drinks on offer behind the bar. We set up and honesty box, where guests made donations to use the bar. As a result, we raised a fantastic £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Secret Tie Message: I sewed a love heart with ‘I love you’ inside of Adrian’s Tie as a surprise, which I placed in a box full of little essentials and treats for Adrian to open on the morning of the wedding…his own something new, something borrowed and something blue.
Sweet Travel Treat: As the guests had a thirty-minute drive from the church to the reception venue, they were given a little Welsh sweet treat (Made by Adrian’s mum) to enjoy in the car. To make sure they all knew where they were going the postcode and venue details were printed on the paper bag.
Activity Bags: For the children, we made little bags which included pencils, notepads, play-doh and bubbles, which kept them entertained through the speeches!
Rewards Ceremony: As so many of our family and friends had supported us in creating the day of our dreams, it only seemed right to provide them with awards! So, we created our own ‘A & K’ reward ceremony, awarding the cake winners and giving medals to the main helpers.
Hangover Bags: As many of our guests were staying at the farm, either in tents or basic accommodation, we wanted to ensure they had the essentials for the morning after! The bags included, water, sweets, chocolate and the much needed paracetomol!
Chill Out Area: Within our tipi chill out area, we provided a box of blankets, flip-flops and card games to satisfy the guests’ needs!
Our ceremony was in St David and St Patrick Catholic Church. It was very special, as this is my family’s parish church and the mass was made very personal – the priest has known my family for many years and the registrar was Adrian’s aunt.
We spent a long time deciding on readings and hymns. We asked Adrian’s family friend to play the organ and the readings were read by my mum and our aunts. The second I stepped into the church, the feeling of excitement was overwhelming! The church looked beautiful. It was adorned with tea lights and jam jars filled with pretty vibrant flowers. Hand sewn hearts and framed photos of our parents and grandparents’ wedding days hung from the pew ends. Beyond all the smiling faces of our nearest and dearest I could see Adrian and at that point one of guests informed me that I looked at my Dad and said ‘Lets’ do this!’.
We were flicking through the wedding brochure and there we saw Eleanor Jane’s Wedding Photography Advert. Her photography style stood out as something a little different! I looked up her website, browsed her photos and instantly knew she was the photographer for us! Eleanor Jane is superbly talented in capturing the magical details and moments and I love her unusual and creative group shots. We were thrilled with the photographs both Eleanor and her assistant, Simon, captured of our wedding and unsurprisingly many of them now decorate our home (and others’)
Whilst we had some photographs with Eleanor we were at ease knowing that our guests would be entertained as the canapés and drinks were flowing, the photo booth camper van was open, the sun and views were breath-taking, they could take a sneak peak of the beautiful tipis and if all that failed we have provided a range of games for people to play, including ‘Splat the Rat’, a coconut shy, skittles and much, much more!
We were so lucky to have grown up with many talented, musical friends! So, with a phone call and a brief chat, the band was sorted and our friends’ acoustic band The Hilltop Fling followed by an electric set were to play at the wedding. The band was amazing and ensured that our dance floor was full into the early hours of the morning!
Photography by Eleanor Jane Photography
- Boutique Timeless Elegance Bridal
- Shoes Vivienne Westwood
- Hair Andrew Price
- Make up Jennifer Mills
- Suits Dyfed Menswear
- Bridesmaid Dresses Monsoon
- Custom Sashes Rosy Posy Designs
- Flowers Tussie Mussie
- Venue Celtic Camping
- Large Tipi’s World Inspired Tents
- Small Tipi Tents (accommodation) Not Just Any Tent
- Caterer Holdens Catering
- Entertainment The Hilltop Fling