Summer Garden Tipi Wedding
I love garden weddings; they are so unique and generally very personal to the couple. Often they are a family affair with many family and friends getting involved in the planning and the details. Felicity and Joe’s wedding was no exception, and their garden tipi wedding was a beauty.
Beautiful Boho Style
The couple live in Manchester but had planned to host their wedding in Felicity’s parents’ house and garden (read fields here!), which is very close to where I live. Leading up to the wedding, her mum and dad had spent a lot of time perfecting the gardens, getting it ready for the tipi and the guests.
I knew from the outset that this would be a beautiful boho style wedding with lots of flowers and handmade details, and it didn’t disappoint.
A Vintage Veil
One of the most important elements of the brides’ outfit to be photographed was the veil, a family heirloom and worn by many generations of Felicity’s family. It was very delicate and very beautiful and would be held in place in Felicity’s hair by her grandmother’s hatpins.
I arrived on the morning of the wedding to a house full of girls all getting ready. It’s always lovely to work with other wedding suppliers that I know well, and I was so happy to see both Harriet Rainbow doing Felicity’s makeup and Kate Beaumont on hair. Tropical pyjamas were the theme for all of the girls making some lovely pictures.
Vintage Wedding Transport
Outside, there were two vintage cars ready for the Ceremony. A family friend had brought a gorgeous Rolls Royce to ferry the bride’s mother to the church, and one of the brides’ cousins (also a bridesmaid) supplied a vintage VW Camper Van to take the bride and her dad.
Each of the bridesmaids wore dresses from Monsoon in complementary pastel shades, which looked beautiful with the pretty country garden style flowers from Jess Ferdinand of Bramble and Twine. We had time for some family and bridal party photographs before heading to the church.
The Old Church of St Peter Pembury is a small Grade 1 listed 12th and 14th-century church to the North East of Tunbridge Wells. Felicity and Joe’s 160 guests filled it to the brim and just about fitted in!
The couple emerged from the church and spent a while greeting all of their guests as they exited. These moments always make for some fantastic documentary photos as guests fling their arms up and congratulate the couple; it’s so wonderful for photo opportunities.
It took a while for all of the guests to file out, and after a few formal shots in the church doorway, the couple headed through the most magnificent confetti line I have ever seen. Felicity’s mum had spent the previous year collecting and drying rose petals for this exact moment. I have never seen so much confetti or ended up with so much down my back!!
A Garden Reception
The guests arrived at a beautiful bedecked garden for the wedding reception. The vintage cars parked on the lawn, and guests were able to enjoy the beautiful setting.
The gardens have a paved area set into a raised part of the grounds creating a perfect auditorium for the speeches. Apart from Felicity’s dad, both the bride and groom gave speeches at this point in the day. Following the speeches, I took some brief time in the garden with the couple for photos before heading into the tipi for the wedding breakfast, a hog roast!
As the sun was setting, the best men gave their speeches in the tipi, which was an absolute hoot and created much laughter. The cake, made by the brides mum, was then cut and soon after the dancing began. After the couples first dance, they were all treated to a live performance by their musician friend.
A Magical Evening Setting
The setting was stunning, and I couldn’t resist taking several tipi shots in different lights as the evening progressed. It was beautiful to see the hay bales and firepits with the tipi’s silhouette in the background and the guests enjoying the setting.
Felicity and Joe’s wedding was one I will remember for a long time; it was a stunner, and I was so grateful to be able to document it for them.
Venue – Old Church of St Peters Pembury and family garden.
Hairdresser – Kate Beaumont of Hero Hairstylist
Makeup – Harriet Rainbow Makeup
Florist – Jess Ferdinand of Bramble and Twine
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