Tipi Weddings

A Tipi Wedding on the Family Farm
Liz & Mark

Tipi Wedding in Lancashire

Casting my mind back to May one of the biggest weddings of the year was Liz and Mark’s. They live in Lancashire, and had their wedding at St James’ Church in Brindle with their reception in a Tipi on the family farm down the road.

I started at the farm with Liz and family getting ready, I took in the views across the country and spent some time initially with the details before heading off to Mark and the boys at their home 5 minutes away.

It was here that I met Ralph, their Welshie and as a dog lover I was a bit smitten, he even has his own Instagram page: Ralph the Welshie.

I spent some time here before going back to the farm, and then on to the church. Chorley Church is gorgeous inside, it has the biggest stained glass windows. It’s as if one side on the church is made up entirely of glass! Liz walked in with her dad and with Ralph watching they said their I-do’s before heading to the Tipi through a wall of confetti!

Once at the Tipi there was lots to enjoy and check out with Liz and Mark having their very own Honeymoon tent! During the reception we had some photos around the farm.

One minute we were in a field of buttercups (where we were visited by a chicken or two), the next, the sweeping views across the gorgeous Lancashire landscape.speeches were read with food served shortly thereafter.

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Shiplake Church and a Four Hat Tipi Wedding
Keli & Mark

Tipi Wedding PhotographyA massive party. That’s how I would sum up Keli and Marks tipi wedding.

They had a gorgeous four hat tipi which was only a couple of minutes away from Shiplake church ( in Henley on Thames ). There were two of us covering their wedding, I was covering Keli’s side and Greg the photographic Ninja was covering Mark’s.

We both had a lot of space to shoot in and there was lots of cool stuff surrounding us. The best wedding car I’ve yet to see, a classic american Thunderbird, blew my mind and as the prep was next to the Tipi it gave me the chance to look inside and imagine the awesomeness that was going to take place later on.

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I headed off to the church where Greg was waiting for me and I waited for Keli to arrive. After the ceremony Greg rode shotgun back to the reception with the other guests on a trailer pulled by a tractor!

While this was happening we made a brief detour to the waterside where Mark originally proposed and had some photo time there. We didn’t stay too long, enough to get the photos we needed and not too long their guests would miss them.
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From this point the party started, the formalities were over and we could all relax, (other than the speeches but they were handled with ease)!

A Tipi wedding is typically a relaxed and more informal one and dinner was a carvery per table, each with it’s own nominated head carver and as the night drew in their band ‘Tetris’ kept things going until past midnight when we also finished too.

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A Church and Yurt Wedding with A Bell Tent Village, Rickshaw…
Laura & Dave

Yurt and Tipi WeddingHere is Laura and Dave from late September, a visual treat if ever there was one.

Starting at the family home I found that there was not just a yurt for the evening but an entire village of bell tents for the guests. I’ve never seen anything like it and doubt I will again, at least not for a while anyway!

I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect it to be like this. Part of what I do is to get an impression of what the day will be like in advance of the wedding so I can sleep on what I ‘ve found out and build an image of the day with rough expectations of things to come. This one though, was beyond my imagination.

All the boxes were ticked, gorgeous weather, wonderful family, huge attention to detail with personal handmade touches everywhere.

Yurt and Tipi WeddingLaura arrived at Marden church by Rickshaw, (as you do) and after the ceremony we all headed back to Laura’s parents for the reception.

When we got back the Routemaster bus and Rickshaw were used for photos so we could go right in and party. Guests were playing games, using the Space Hoppers and generally enjoying themselves in the time leading up to dinner in the Yurt.

Yurt and Tipi WeddingSpeeches came first and dinner marked the start of a gradual slope upwards into insanity on the dancefloor.

We took some more photos at sunset and almost lost Laura head first into a ditch after a badly calculated lift but we survived and all that remained was a MASSIVE party.

St Enodoc Church Wedding Photography

St Enodoc Church, Daymer Bay and a Yurt
Dominique & Phil

St Enodoc Church Wedding

Certain parts of the UK have a special hold on my heart and Cornwall is one such place.

When my age could be counted in single digits Cornwall was a source of family holidays, tricking the Space Invaders machine to accept 2p’s at holiday camps in Camelford, pretending to be a rock climber in Tintagel and discovering jellyfish on Polzeath beach are moments that still hold a certain magic and nostalgia for me.

St Enodoc Church WeddingYet, despite this I’ve not been back to Cornwall since, at least not until Domi and Phil booked me for their wedding at St Enodoc Church in Trebetherick. From that moment I had been counting down the day to my return….

Their wedding started unusually with the boys surfing at Polzeath beach while Dominique got ready at her parents in Rock.

St Enodoc church is honestly the most beautifully located church I’ve ever shot at. The view of St Enodoc aligns perfectly with the Jurassic Cornish coastline that leads to Daymer Bay.

St Enodoc Church WeddingAfter the ceremony we headed back to Domi’s parents for a reception in a Yurt where the September sun kept us warm. The speeches took place outside followed by a Conga to the beach.