Oh my how you will LOVE this detail. The Bride's Mum is a wonderful florist, and has literally taken this wedding to the next level. The Bride, Maddie, Madeleine, wears Madeleine Roses in her bouquet, already lovely enough right? Well, they were from her mothers garden that had been given to her by her Midwife when Maddie was born. Gold! I mean how bloody lovely is that!!

This Tipi Wedding at the Brides family home in Cumbria is a prime example of how the Great British weather can try to ruin your day. It shows exactly how with good friends and family your day will still be wonderful even with rain, or thunder and lightning as this couple experienced.

Lot’s of pale, dusky pink, white and mocha flowers, handwritten details, festoon lights and of course rain! The beautiful Bride wears Essence of Australia from Angelica Bridal and her handsome Groom wears an olive Next suit and Tan Office Shoes. Photography is by the fabulous Claire Fleck who brought us the prop'tastic wedding of Lauren & Finlay.


Maddie the Bride: The day was made so special by the open-heartedness and generosity of our friends and family whom shared in our vision and showed their love for us by volunteering. My mum was the star of the show, making so much from scratch, giving 110% to make the day such a success. She did it with so much enthusiasm and always with a smile on her face.

The Dress

Maddie’s dress, by Essence of Australia was from Angelica Bridal, Islington, London and tailored by Richard Thompson. Maddie’s simple sparkly flat shoes were from ASOS.


Maddie’s Mum, Pauline Kelly, made a beautiful floral headpiece with David Austen roses and a small bit eucalyptus that clipped in above the silk veil, borrowed from Maddie’s sister Hannah Montgomery. The bridal bouquet was made with pale pink, dusky pink, white and mocha coloured David Austen roses and a few very special ivory roses from Pauline’s Garden, colloquially named the ‘Madeleine rose’, planted when Maddie was born, a gift from Pauline’s midwife. All the flower creations were arranged by Pauline Kelly, Rachel McLellan and their wonderful team of volunteers Abundance Flowers sourced from The Real Flower Company and from Pauline’s Garden.

Hair and Makeup

Maddie’s hair was washed and set in rollers the morning of the wedding by Helen at Shelly Knowles Salon in Kendal. Maddie then fashioned her hair by herself. Maddie's make-up was done by her cousin Anna Hall.

The Groom

Jacob's olive coloured textured suit was from Next fashioned with brown suede shoes from Office. The bowties Jacob and his groomsmen wore were handmade by Pauline Kelly out of a very pale pink pashmina Jacob found in TKMaxx. Jacob’s groomsmen all wore a grey suit of their choice, with coordinating bowties, brown shoes and lapel.

Bridesmaid Dresses

The bridesmaids wore floor length dresses of their choice. All dresses were a shade of opal grey, all differing in tone. The bridesmaids were coordinated with a small hair piece made from Yasmin, David Austen roses, Eucalyptus and bouquets made with David Austen roses, Astrantia, Astilbe, Fountain Grass, Wax Flower, Eucalyptus and White Heather from the garden. 

Venue and Decor, Tipi and Festoon Lights

The venue was a large tipi from Special Events Tipi’s. The tipi had a catering section and separate tipi to chill out in away from the music with sofas, poufs and a fire pit. The tipi was set up in the field adjacent to Maddie’s parents garden. The walk-way from the garden to the tipi was decorated with pots of tulips, planted by Pauline which she seemingly had to work hard to stop from blooming before the wedding by putting them in the shade and in the cellar. A hawthorn tree that fell down during the same year was chopped up and the stumps used as a platform for floral decorations within the garden and grounds. All the décor was very much floral festoon lighting outside and fairy lights inside. In the large tipi big hoops made out of twining and decorated with greenery from the garden were hung just below the three points of the tent. Table centrepieces were made from Eucalyptus and David Austen roses with slow burning candles and black lanterns. The tables were named and painted by Maddie after all the different types of flowers used within the wedding. The names of the tables were handwritten, displayed in a selection of photo frames found in charity shops, and hung from an old wooden door to display the table plan in the entrance to the tipi.

The Ceremony and Entertainment

Maddie’s Mum and Dad walked her down the isle. Maddie’s sister and maid of honour Hannah Montgomery gave an address during the ceremony based on Romans 12:9 and Psalm 23:1-6 from the Bible. The Zealots lead the worship during the ceremony and performed ‘Ever Glow’ by Coldplay during the signing of the registers. The Zealots then played in the tipi for the evening entertainment and dancing. Friend, Max Eaton sang the first dance song ‘Still’ by Jake Isaac. The order of service cards were envisaged by Maddie and designed by Single Malt Design.

Catering and Wedding Cake

David Dunderdale from Newfields Catring and his team served canapés, individual pies with seasonal vegetables, potatoes and gravy for main and a choice of puddings. Majestic Wine supplied the red and white table wine and Hawkshead Brewery supplied a couple casks of beer. The welcome drinks were a combination of gin, homemade pink elderflower cordial and soda water, named Elderflower Blush, invented by Maddie’s Brother David Kelly and sister-in-law Hattie Kelly. The cake was made out of cheese from the Cheese Larder and decorated by Maddie and Maid of Honour Jessica with flowers. Maddie’s Auntie Alison and friend Rachel made Jacobs favourite dessert; individual bake-well tarts, for the evening ‘grazing table’. 


Maddie the Bride: Our photographer was the lovely Claire Fleck and Patrick Phillips who captured our day beyond any of our expectations. Even though the wind blew and torrential rain came down, Claire and Patrick magically captured the joy amongst the commotion.
Amy Cooper

Written by Amy Cooper

Shoes: ASOS | Dress, Designer: Essense of Australia | Dress, Boutique: Angelica Bridal | Dress Alterations: Exclusive Alterations | Hair: Shelley Knowles | Make up: Anna Hall | Grooms Suit: Next | Grooms Shoes: Office | Order of Service: Single Malt Design | Flowers: The Real Flower Company | Floristry: Abundance Flowers | Catering: Newfields Catering | Entertainment: The Zealots | Wine: Majestic Wine | Beer: Hawshead Brewery | Cake: Cheese Larder
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