The great thing about a tipi wedding is that the atmosphere is much more relaxed than in most traditional venues. It creates a festival and camping vibe, and in this case a lot of the guests had also pitched tents in the field next to the tipi to stumble back to at the end of the night when the partying finished. Jack and Gemma had hired a bell tent to stay in, which certainly adds an element of glamour to camping.
This was the second wedding that I had work at alongside Wildflower Tipi Weddings and Events, and they are superb at providing a range of extra to create the perfect atmosphere. There was a full bar and they’d installed a fire pit inside the tipi, which the children immediately started toasting marshmallows on. There was also a fire pit outside with hay bale seating, and a lovely wild Ivy archway as seen in the family photos below. The amazing lemon tiered naked cake was surrounded by wildflowers, another great touch that added to the style.
I love it when family and friends are included in weddings, so Jacks cousin performing a guitar solo was a lovely gesture. He opened the set for the evening, and was followed by a floor-filling band. If you choose to have a tipi wedding I certainly recommend a live band over a DJ, the floor is always fuller when a band performs.
Jack and Gemma had also hired a converted fire truck to provide pizzas for the evening food. Food trucks are a must for festival weddings!
For more advice and ideas on how to create a festival Tipi wedding, click here for a blog post by Festival Brides.
I’m hopeful that summer 2021 will see normality return to the wedding industry, and couples can have the weddings they want (and with as many guests as they want!). If you are planning a Tipi wedding and want to chat about your photography, I look forward to hearing from you.