The Woodland Wonderland Wedding of Emily & Ian…

Woodland Tipi Reception…

Today we’re bringing you a gorgeous outdoor wedding full of homemade details, set in Emily & Ian’s very own garden!

From a traditional church ceremony to a personal back garden reception, all in a breath-taking tipi from World Inspired tents – one of our amazing suppliers! These tipis are an awesome alternative to a traditional wedding marquee which also look absolutely magical when the sun goes down, and they are lit up by beautiful lights.

Name of the couple: Emily & Ian

Ceremony venue: St. Swithun’s Church, Litteham

Reception Venue: World Inspired Tents

Richard from Richard Murgatroyd Photography…

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Why you love this wedding…

Emily & Ian’s wedding is one I won’t forget in a long time. The day started with epic views out to sea as Emily got ready. I was then spoilt with a stunning church, a beautiful setting for the reception, handmade details, contributions of friends and family from the transport to live music, heart-warming and hilarious speeches and then an epic dance-off.

I knew how hard Emily & Ian, with the help of family and friends, had worked to get their house and grounds ready ahead of the wedding. I think the camaraderie forged during the build up contributed to the incredible atmosphere of celebration on the day.

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What were the couple’s requirements…

Apart from discussing the timings and agreeing a couple of group shots I don’t ever recall being given any instructions – from the moment they booked me, Emily & Ian placed complete trust in me to go and do my thing. On the day they treated me as one of the family and I think I had a huge smile on my face from start to finish.

Favourite details of the day…

Emily has a great eye for detail and made lots of the wedding finishes herself. Emily had managed to obtain photographs of all their guests as children to be used as table setting name cards and had put together montages of family photographs through the years. I’m a sucker for old images and the way they can transport you to another place.

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Favourite moment of the day…

The father of the groom speech was truly unforgettable. Emily’s father had recently returned from a trip to India with her brother. Towards the end of his speech he turned around and revealed, in the most literal of senses, a message wishing luck to the bride and groom – much to the surprise of everyone including his wife. I managed to get wind that something was about to happen and managed to capture the entire thing, including some priceless expressions.

Emily and Ian…

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Tell us how you got engaged…

In the Red Sea, quite literally. On the first day of our holiday, we were out snorkeling in the Red Sea when Ian spotted something, called out to me and dived down to the seabed of coral. As I looked on from the waters surface, he swam back up towards me with the ring in the box. After a lot of coughing, spluttering, screaming and almost drowning, I managed to say ‘yes!’ followed swiftly by ‘…if I’d have known, I’d have worn a better bikini!’

What were your main hopes and plans for the day…

That there wasn’t a downpour (there was no back up plan!) ;)

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What was your favourite part of the day…

Staring into each other’s eyes making our vows in front of family and friends.

Walking down the winding brick path Ian had built in our garden that lead down to the tipis (the path was my Valentine’s present!), as husband and wife, with all our guests cheering – and then being handed a glass of champagne!

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How was your day unique…

It was in a venue that no-one else had had, or will ever had, that was incredibly personal. Our blood, sweat and tears, and pretty much every evening and weekend, of not only us but our friends and family’s time, had gone into felling trees, pruning the garden, replanting, building, mowing, moving and more… to create the very special space that would become part of our special day. It was tough going, but so so worth it. And meant so much to us that we could share our marital home for such a wonderful day with our guests.

What was your budget…

Around £30k

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How did you save money…

The M&S wedding cake was a steal at under £300 (we still have 2 tiers in our freezer!) Hand made decorations made from natural materials from our garden (eg the table centre pieces were hollowed out tree trunks from a tree we’d cut down, the hearts lining the path were hand cut by me and family and friends and inserted into twigs from the garden to stick into the ground). It also helped I work for an advertising agency and could get cheap printing and production for invitations, table plans and signage!

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What was it like working with your photographer…

 

Fabulous! We loved Richard’s style from the outset as neither of us are particularly comfortable or enjoy being in front of the camera. Richard’s style and way of working was exactly what we wanted. We hardly noticed he was there snapping away, and yet we had all the shots we ever wanted. He made sure we were happy throughout and didn’t take us away from our guests for too long. We’ve lost count of the number of compliments we’ve had about how amazing our wedding photographs are. The tricky part now is choosing the select few to put up at home!

Advice to any couples about to get married…

Keep it about you. We were keen to ensure our wedding represented us – from the food (Ian’s favourite and my favourite!) to the music (our band went through the eras to appease our eclectic taste).

Use your friends and family to help out with the finer details. We had so many offers from people to help – from cutting out hearts to organising car shares, they were incredible.

Spreadsheets! Even the vicar mentioned my love of Excel in our ceremony. From timings to budgets to guest lists to suppliers. They ensure you can keep a track of your spending.

Congratulations to Emily & Ian! If you’d like to find out more about what World Inspired tents have to offer, check out their website here.

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The Team…

 

Ceremony venue: St. Swithun’s Church, Litteham

Reception Venue: World Inspired Tents

Wedding Dress: Frilly Frocks, Barnstaple

Brides Accessories: Earrings – Hey Jules

Brides Shoes: Kurt Geiger and Boden

Grooms Attire: Marc Wallace 

Bridesmaid Outfits: Kaliko

Transport: Family friend’s Rolls Royce

Flowers: Catkin Blooms

Cake: M&S

Décor: Handmade

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