Tipi Wedding Cornwall
Bees and Botanicals
Brydë and Chris' country tipi wedding “We were on a winter walk at Stepper Point off Padstow,” says Brydë, reminiscing about her surprise proposal. “Chris got down on one knee as we were setting up the picnic blanket for a hot chocolate. It was completely unexpected and he’d asked my mum for permission, which meant so much to me.”
With Brydë affectionately called ‘Bee’ by Chris, the couple’s shared passion for nature and saving bees made a fitting theme for the day, with features such as beehive postboxes for cards, a bee thumb print guest book, and honeycomb table plan alongside a host of other handmade décor.
“We hand-turned more than 50 candlestick holders, made firepits from farm oil drums, made outdoor games, a wigwam entrance, chalkboards, direction and welcome signs, a cider barrel for a cake table, and rustic benches and feast tables,” says Brydë.
Even her 1920s’ style champagne silk wedding dress was personalised with her mother and grandmother’s veil – and a delicate bee necklace – ready to wow the congregation during her grand entrance at St Conan’s Church. The ceremony was followed by another big reveal: three giant Nordic tipis that the couple had secretly arranged in a family field in the Camel Valley.
Local ivy, lily of the valley and other greenery and seasonal blooms featured in everything from the bouquets to buttonholes, milk churns, table garlands and flower-filled glass bottles. Meanwhile, fairy and festoon lights, a disco ball and a firepit created a wonderfully atmospheric party space.
Every element was considered to maximise both comfort and style, from flip-flops and blankets to a ‘pimp your gin’ drinks station and a plethora of food. Canapés of Thai spiced fish cakes, skewered chicken, arancini balls, bagel toasts and cocktail sausages were served alongside rustic boards of slow-roast pork belly, barbecued aubergine, courgette and halloumi, and classic knickerbocker glory for dessert, with an assortment of curries as an evening feast.
And with entertainment ranging from bell ringing after the ceremony to an acoustic drinks reception set and evening performance by live band, Over the Threshold – along with giant Jenga, a Polaroid photo booth, and wooden skittles – the day proved a fun-filled and sun-drenched celebration to remember.
After returning from their romantic minimoon in a luxury shepherd’s hut at Starbed Hideaways, Brydë reflects upon a day full of fond memories to share some advice to other nearly-weds.
“Do your research; don’t take on too much,” she says. “Pick an upbeat fun first dance, supply endless Prosecco and an honesty-only bar. And book a videographer – it’s wonderful to relive the day and see some bits you may not have seen.”
Photography Nick Bailey photobailey.com
Tipis The Cornish Tent Company thecornishtentcompany.com
Dress Maggie Sottero from Amanda K Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids’ dresses Maids to Measure maidstomeasure.com
Groom’s outfit Moss Bros moss.co.uk
Hair Vicki Hoskin Hair Artistry facebook.com/vickihoskinhairartistry
Make-up Makeup by Ione makeupbyione.com
Flowers Bruallen bruallen.co.uk
Catering Fee Turner Catering feeturnercatering.co.uk
Cake Miss V’s facebook.com/MissVsVintageHighTea
Toilets Cornwall Conveniences cornwallconveniences.co.uk
Entertainment Matt Hodge matthodgepercussion.co.uk Over the Threshold overthethresholdband.co.uk
Videography Sean White Wedding Films seanwhiteweddingfilms.co.uk
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