Amazing husband and wife duo Toby and Hannah from Red on Blonde Photography have not only nailed the captures of this tipi wedding, but also the introduction. So much so we couldn’t have put it better ourselves, so over to them…
Red on Blonde Photography: Bride and Groom, Philly and Josh threw the ultimate, super personal, mega-fun tipi wedding, with a tropical twist & an immense party. The ceremony setting was idyllic – in Josh’s Auntie’s field amongst the huge oaks, with giant balloons, guests on wooden benches and pallets creating a stage for the bride & grooms’ hand-penned vows.
The official crew pulled up in a black Land Rover Defender, driven by the MOH and five gold-gowned bridesmaids clambered out the back. Then the bride rolled up in a Citroen DS, looking all grecian-boho, with a crown of green leaves and an elegant, low-backed, lace gown.
The celebrant was their best friend, which added to the personal feel and then the groom’s brother, Rory (lead singer of Infinite Bisous) led everybody in a chorus of ‘All you Need is Love’.
Philly and Josh created a feast of fun for the guests (and our cameras) in and around the tipis. There was a tropical theme, with potted palms, natural wood and splashes of gold decoration (lots of pineapples!) and garden games to keep everybody entertained. Not to mention fish tacos, mac n cheese, signature cocktails, glitter paint, a VW camper van photo booth, a bathtub of beers and a crisp station (with Pickled onion Monster Munch!)
This was one of those weddings that was pure joy to shoot and left us buzzing & we’d love to share it with the RMW readers.
Louise & Oliver are one of the smiliest couples we’ve ever featured, but when you’ve got a lot to smile about it’s easy to be beaming all day.
They share their laid back London wedding with their seven month old little boy Otis who is off the chart adorable, and the images captured by Miss Gen Photography of them as a family unit will make mouth a big ahhh.
The fashion is fabulous, the detail on Louise’s Cymbeline gown is truly exquisite, the flowers by Bloom & Burn are breathtaking, and everyone looks like they are having the best time. This is definitely a wedding to dive into and let the love and pretty wash over you.
This wedding may be in the city at The Baltic by the River Tyne but it looks like a delicate blush and gold country wedding with its fabulous blooms, dreamy dresses and gorgeous ombre cake.
Lorna’s couture Portifino Gemy Maalouf gown from Mirror Mirror Bridal is heavenly. Wait until you see the exquisite beaded detailing on the back. You are undoubtably going to swoon with delight. Then there’s her fabulous Rachel Simpson shoes.
Plus the giant balloons and tissue tassels carried by the Bride a Groom really add a fun element to the stunning portraits captured by RMW fave Sarah-Jane Ethan Photography.
Did I mention the festoon lights and light up letters too? Come see. All of the details are just lovely.
Alison and James married in June 2012 at The Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire.
The grey and navy colour scheme of the fashion and the pastel ice cream hues of the florals and decor really set this wedding apart. It’s luxurious, individual and very easy on the eye.
Loving the inclusion of hessian table runners too… Anyone who has seen any of the photographs from our recent Pretty Naughty party will be down with the fact that this material is a current RMW fave.
Photography today is by the stunning picture maker Eliza Claire.
I booked 3 appointments to try on dresses in different London boutiques; all had a large selection of designers which I had admired online. The first shop I visited was Mirror Mirror Bridal in Angel, the first dress I tried on by Pronovias, Pergola was the dress I chose to wear on the day.
I knew the minute I put it on that it was “the one” but it was such a strange feeling looking at myself in a wedding dress! I still tried on other dresses but after visiting the other boutiques nothing compared to this dress. Before I tried it on I envisaged I would end up with a smaller dress without a veil but once I had it on it dawned on me that I would only ever get to wear a veil once so I chose a long plain ivory style to ensure it wasn’t too fussy with the detail on my dress.
Simple But Elegant
I don’t normally wear a lot of jewelry so I wanted to wear something simple but elegant. James told me not to worry too much about earrings “as he was sure someone would surprise me”, so I waited until the day and James did surprise me with some beautiful white gold and diamond drop pearl earrings, they were just perfect! James had them made at the same Jewelers in Hatton Garden where he had my engagement ring and our wedding bands made, Holts.
Platform Peep Toe
James is 6ft2” and I am only 5ft1” so I knew I needed some skyscraper heels, I searched and searched for “non wedding shoes” and couldn’t find anything I loved until I wondered into Pronovias in Mayfair to have another sneak peek at my dress and that was when I found some beautiful, ivory saturn, platform, peep toe shoes so I purchased them on the spot.
A Fabulous Job
My friend Ida did my makeup, we worked together a few years ago and she promised me then she would do it for me… One day. As Ida is currently living in Sweden we were unable to do a trial but I knew she would do a fabulous job and she more than delivered touching my make-up up for me throughout the day. I chose Chanel Make-up as I liked their shades of eyeshadow and their bronzer is beautiful!
My hairdresser from London traveled to Bibury to do the bridal party hair. I decided I wanted plaits in my hair as part of a relaxed up do, I hadn’t really thought about what we would do with the bridesmaid’s hair until the day as I wanted them to choose a style that they felt happy with so we ended up doing different variations for the bridesmaids with plaits also which looked gorgeous.
Whites And Pale Pink
The moment we met Sara from Aqua Wedding & Event Flowers in her Cotswold Stone workshop on a cold March morning we knew she was going to do our flowers before we even got started. Planning our flowers with Sara was such a lovely experience, she was so friendly and excited about our wedding, and she listened and interpreted everything we discussed so well and on budget.
We chose a selection of white, fuchsia and pale pink roses, peonies, camomile, hydrangeas, alcheamilla, sweet peas and rosemary. Sara created a breathtaking display over the 12ft fire place in the barn with pillar candles, 2 Balls of flowers suspended form the ceiling, loose posies in raised glass comport dishes for the tables, bridal and bridesmaid’s bouquets, a pale pink rose with rosemary button hole for the groom and white roses for the best men.
Breaking Away From Tradition
We knew we didn’t want traditional wedding attire as it was not the style we were looking for and after discovering that we couldn’t hire the best men suits in a more slim fit style in Grey we decided to purchase them from Ben Sherman.
A Simple Design
Bridesmaids wore a strapless French blue dresses from Coast called Tanya, with two bridesmaids living in Australia we decided to go with a simple design that would suit them all and as one of my bridesmaids was pregnant it was a great choice as they only tried them on for the first time 5 days before the wedding!
Our colour theme was French Blue, Hot Pink, Aqua, White and mute shades of these colours, which we used throughout our stationery, decorations and flowers.
A Good Start
James decided to wear a suit from Start, he chose a french blue 3 piece suit, he also purchased his shirt and tie from here also. I wanted to buy James something special to give him on the day of the wedding so I gave him a new watch, which he wore on the day of the wedding.
Love At First Site
We booked Eliza Claire to shoot our wedding before we even met her, we immediately loved the style of her photography on her website and the passion in which she spoke about each project, we were not disappointed when we met her for our pre-engagement shoot in St James’ Park where we got engaged and were even more pleased when our wedding photos arrived.
We also chose to have a photo booth at the reception and it was really popular with our wedding guests as the night proceeded!
We both love chocolate so it was an easy choice when it came time to choose a cake flavor! We had our cake made by The Hummingbird Bakery and it was delicious! Sara from Aqua Wedding & Event Flowers designed some sweeping flowers to display on the cake.
James has a real sweet tooth so we incorporated the cake onto a sweets table with retro sweets.
The Hummingbird Bakery
A Real Celebration
We made different play lists for the drinks reception and the meal which we played on an iPod and then we had a DJ later in the evening and our guests danced into the night, it was the first time since James and I had been together that all of our Australian and British friends had met so it was a real celebration.
We chose Jack Johnson, Better Together, as it was the first concert we went to together in London and we listen to it in the car when we go on a road trip.
We had striped candy bags on the table for guests to take home our retro sweets and on each place setting we gave guests a scratch card and a penny in an envelope we made from old library book pockets that we stamped with “For Richer, For Poorer”. There were quite a few winners but no one hit the jackpot!
Our decor included the following:
Paper Balls in pale pink, mint and white hanging from oak beams from Cox & Cox.
The venue also arranged hanging lanterns in the trees, a bonfire, flares around the lawn, an open fire in the barn and tea lights throughout to create a warm, romantic feel.
Relaxed And Rustic
We wanted a relaxed country setting in a rustic, romantic venue and we definitely both felt that it all came together to exceed our expectations on the day, the team at Cripps worked seamlessly to make it a memorable day for us and all of our guests who are still raving about it! It was amazing to see months of planning all come together so well on the day.
It is easy to get carried away with the planning because it is so much fun! My biggest tip would be to make sure you set a budget and stick to it! Learn to compromise on the things that don’t matter to you as much, we really felt that good food, flowers and photography were important to us so we budgeted more money in these areas. Oh, and the biggest thing is to make sure you take a moment to sit down together, look around and take it all in because it is over in a flash!
I am a real sucker for wedding stationery designed by the bride or groom, I find it fascinating. As a designer myself I know how hard it is to design something when the client essentially is yourself… But I Love the table plan and the other paper based bits and bobs rock too – James did a good 😉
A gorgeous vibe and an equally gorgeous colour scheme made this particular rustic beauty an absolute joy to put together.
Thanks to Alison and James for sharing and what a marvellous job a Eliza Claire did with the old picture box too.