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Wedding with Sunset Tipis

Wedding with Sunset Tipis

Festival Fever

Faye and Ben’s personality-packed tipi wedding

Faye and Ben met through friends over a decade ago, when Faye was living in Sennen Cove after completing her studies at Falmouth University and Ben had returned home to Cornwall after a couple of years in Canada. “Our first few dates were centred around good food – fish barbecues on the beach and cosy café breakfasts,” reminisces Faye. Returning to the location of one of their first dates, Ben proposed in the woods leading to the beach at St Loy. “I had a sneaky feeling when we arrived but it was private, picturesque and perfect!” she says.

Outdoor wedding ceremony in front of tipi with guests sitting on wooden benches

Bride with a floral head crown walking hand in hand up the outdoor aisle with her groom

Continuing to embrace the great outdoors, the couple began to plan a festival-style wedding with three giant Nordic tipis in a friend’s field. "We wouldn't say we had a theme, it was really just a collection of things we like," explains Faye. Ben, a garden designer, created a relaxed garden within the space, with rugs, hammocks and lots of plants and trees, including an arbutus, olive trees, lavender and herbs.

Olive trees, lavender and herbs decorating the outdoor venue

“The overall look ended up being quite bohemian, with macramé lampshades, antique rugs and plenty of meadow flowers,” says Faye. “We also filled the space with fairground games like a coconut shy and hook-a-duck.”

Guests enjoying the sunshine outside the tipi with the airstream bar

Bride and groom kissing on a swing seat outside the tipi

Dog with a collar made of flowers enjoying the wedding

The couple had travelled to the west coast of Scotland the year before, officially tying the knot with just their parents present. “It was important to us for this ceremony in Cornwall to feel like a continuation of what we had already promised, but at home with all of our family and friends,” says Faye. "Our celebrant, Kim Baker, was the perfect person to lead our ceremony – she is highly organised and had so many ideas to create a beautiful and personal ceremony.”

Hand drawn table plan

Bride and groom smiling cutting their wedding cake made of cheese

Bride's bouquet made of wildflowers

After their love-filled ceremony beneath the naked tipi, which saw Faye walk down the aisle in a boho-luxe gown and flower crown – “You don't often have the occasion to wear a crown of flowers but being a bride is one of them!”  she says – it was time to celebrate with cocktails from The Buffalo, a converted Airstream bar. Settling inside the tipi, where the tables were dotted with pretty blooms and foliage hung from the beams, everyone tucked into a sumptuous meal of low and slow beef brisket or fire-roasted squash, before a dessert of beaten mascarpone, yogurt, honey, lemon, raspberries, mint, almond and praline.

Wooden trestle table adorned with the tiered cake of cheese, baguettes, butter and water

The couple’s first dance, So We Won’t Forget by Khruangbin, was “really special”, thanks to them being joined by their 18-month-old son. As the dancing kicked off, the newlyweds’ guests were treated to a cake of cheese – for the simple reason that “we really love cheese!” – as a DJ played their favourite tunes. 

Drone footage of the wedding venue with the tipi, airstream bar and the wedding party and guests

The tiered cake of cheese, with grapes around it

Cocktail menu

When looking back at their beautiful day, Faye and Ben are filled with joy. “We underestimated what it would be like to have all your friends and family in one place,” says Faye. “That was really special!” And when it comes to advice for others organising their weddings, Faye’s is simple. “Try to enjoy the planning it as much as you can; the day will happen and it will be amazing!”

Wedding tapas served on a gold platter

olive tress, lavender and herbs used to decorate the venue

Photography Katie Goff Photography
Tipis Sunset Tipis
Dress Indiebride London
Hair by Teagan Ruby Hair
Nails & brows Phoebe at Brow Babes
Catering Woodfired Weddings
Flowers Rose Valley Farm Flowers
Planting design Ben Rigby Designer Landscaper
Celebrant Kim Baker
Entertainment DJ Atgani

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