Yorkshire Tipi Wedding with Bright, Bold and Colourful Décor
Oh how we LOVE a bold and daring bride here at Mr and Mrs Unique, and this one ticks all the boxes! Jess and Michael held their fun, happy and colourful church-to-tipi wedding at Loversall Farm in Doncaster, Yorkshire. The couple had just one main objective when it came to their big day – to make everyone smile and throw the best part in town! You can see from Hip to Heart Photography’s incredible documentary style collection that absolutely everyone at this bright and cheerful celebration was having the time of their lives and more – we just wish we’d been invited!
With stunning bold and beautiful floral bouquets, a bustling sunflower lined top table, heaps of scrummy comfort food and a bride that truly lights up the room (or tipi!), this wedding is overflowing with love and joy.
Here’s Laura from Hip to Heart with bride Jess to tell you all about the day….
Hip to Heart Photography
How did the couple find you?
I think Jess found me through a Google search! The first time we spoke she said she’d done an entire day of research, so to be chosen after she’d looked through all of the amazing photographers out there was a huge compliment!
What was your favourite part of the day?
I honestly couldn’t choose. It was amazing from start to finish and SO much fun to photograph.
What was your favourite shot of the day and why?
Again, such a tough question! My favourite shots are always ‘moments’, because documentary photography is my jam! So I love the hilarious photos of guests dancing or pulling faces. I love the shot of Jess being carried off the tractor. I’d also said to Jess that if we get a killer sunset I might grab them for a couple of quick shots. It happened, so I ran over to Jess and took her to the entrance of the venue for 5 minutes. I didn’t direct them or tell them how to stand or pose but at one point while they were messing around, Jess threw her head right back and it made for a super cool spontaneous portrait!
How did you meet?
We met on Michael’s sofa. I was visiting a friend who was renting a room from Michael in his flat in Leeds. Michael came home to find me there in my PJs ready for a cosy film night, but he decided to make us all do shots of fireball and go for a night out! 2 weeks later I’d quit my job in London and decided to move up north.
How did you get engaged?
Michael proposed in Cape May, New Jersey while we were visiting some of his American family. He got down on one knee in front of the marina with an upside down ring box (he followed this trend on the wedding day placing my wedding ring upside down on my finger).
Was there an overall theme to your day?
The theme in one word was…FUN! I wanted the day as bright, colourful and sparkly as possible! Michael and I do not take ourselves seriously and we wanted a day that everyone could enjoy and remember!
How would you describe your day?
Our day was absolutely bonkers! With the alcohol flowing and England winning the quarter-final during our canapé reception, everyone was on top form! We had vodka jelly shots to start the meal, people up and dancing during the feast of all feasts, all the lads with red lipstick England crosses on their faces, hilarious speeches, the groom pole dancing on the tipi and an epic outside party!
How was your day unique to you?
When you hit 30 you end up going to a hec of a lot of weddings, and I’ve loved them all! I would say ours was unique in that we encouraged mayhem. We didn’t just want a wedding but a massive party. I think we had the largest quantity of epic comfort food ever served at a wedding (all my friends will not shut up about the truffle mac and cheese). Everyone keeps telling us they loved how colourful and fun everything was.
How did you find your suppliers and why did you decide on them?
We found our caterers at a wedding fair and they were amazing. They have so much knowledge, totally organised and will make anything you want them to make – the quality is out of this world!!
I found all my other suppliers after hours and hours of online research. I wanted people that would fit our style and weren’t afraid to do something a little bit different. For the band it was important they would learn our first dance song and have fun with it. The jeweller had to be creative as I designed my wedding ring myself. And I wanted a photographer and videographer that would capture our fun filled vibrant celebration as it was. It’s so important to have a chat with all the suppliers and make sure they “get it” before choosing them.
Tell us about your wedding outfits and why you picked them
Michael chose a blue/grey tweed three-piece with chinos for the Groomsmen. The wedding was on a farm so he wanted a relaxed country feel to the outfits.
My first dress I went BIG. You only getting married once and I wanted a dress that would fill the aisle. I love a bit of sparkle so I had sequins under the first layer. I went for a dip dyed blue veil for my something blue which went perfectly with all the bright coloured flowers in my hair. The bridesmaids wore two-piece sequin crop tops and skirts to tie in with the sequins on my dress and add loads more sparkle!
For my second dress I went for a slinky and fitted but really comfy grey and white number that fit in with the bridesmaids. More importantly I needed a non-church appropriate dress that I could hit the dance floor in and party all night!
What was your budget?
What are your favourite details of the day?
The food (every last little bit of it from canapés to evening burritos), my hair, the beautiful bright flowers and cupcakes, my dog Stephen joining the party, the tractor ride, the meal dancing, the constant guest chanting, the speeches, the first dance and the epic party!
If you could relive one part of the day all over again, which part would it be?
The first dance…the band played a blinder learning our song and it got everyone on the dance floor. It made me so happy seeing all my friends and family having just the best time!
Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?
Ditch the things that are not important! We had no menus or orders of service and no one even noticed! People really don’t notice small details, they just remember if they had a good time so focus on that! And do not make 80 vodka jelly favours the night before the wedding because you will not sleep a wink worrying they won’t set! (They didn’t and I had to remake them at 5am on the wedding day haha).
Photography: Hip to Heart Photography
Videographer: Smooth Turtle
Church: St Katherine’s Church
Dress: The Yorkshire Bridal Shop
Hair: The Vanilla Rooms
Makeup: By Neeks (Annika Hussain)
Caterers: Aperyer Catering
Cakes: Terri Bakes
Florist: Flowers by Kay
Band: The Superlicks
Rings: Morris Bywater Ltd