Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous Gloucestershire Tipi Wedding at Bittenham Springs with pretty blue details.
The couple are Lizzy and Tristan who shared a meaningful and emotional outdoor celebration with family and friends back in summer 2019.
Images were captured by Terri Pashley Photography.
Terri says of the couples day…
Lizzy is a singer and I shot an album cover of hers a few years ago, after that we always remained in touch through Instagram so I was delighted for Lizzy when she got in touch to say she got engaged and wanted me to be her photographer.
Lizzy started the day at a gorgeous Air Bnb a short drive away from the venue with the bridal party.
Lizzy and her Bridesmaids then took a ride in a beautiful blue VW camper to the outdoor ceremony at Bittenham Springs, a stunning relaxed outdoor wedding venue to meet her Groom Tristan.
The outdoor ceremony was about 10 metres away from the beautiful tipi wedding reception and whole day just flowed beautifully.
Lizzy really put her whole soul into the wedding decor and it was incredible with handmade items everywhere complemented by the beautiful flowers by The Flower Factory.
The sunshine came out for the wedding breakfast, and after the truly emotional speeches the dancefloor came alive thanks to The Sip Smiths who worked with Lizzy to perform a hand written song for Tristan.
Bride Lizzy shares the couples love story, and tells us about their wonderful Gloucestershire Tipi Wedding…
How did you meet?
We met online – on a dating app called Hinge.
After matching we were texting on and off for a couple of months and then eventually decided to go on a date! Things just clicked.
Tell us about the Proposal…
Tristan proposed to me when we were on holiday in Sri Lanka, we’d been together for about 3 years by that point.
We took a 2-week trip across the country splitting our time between homestays, treehouses and the occasional luxury hotel.
We were swimming in the sea and Tristan just casually asked me to marry him, and I said yes! It was very relaxed and very romantic.
We celebrated with cocktails and a game of pool afterwards, before phoning our families back in the UK to share the good news.
I didn’t know at the time, but Tristan had booked us into a beautiful hotel called the Heritance Tea Factory high in the mountains for a 3 day surprise stay.
We drank a lot of tea, ate some brilliant food and just relaxed, excited for the future!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We were engaged for a year and a half before getting married in August 2019.
It was a year where some of my very best friends were also getting married and as a bridesmaid, I had lots of duties.
That meant I had to be super organised with our own planning and got most of it sorted sooner rather than later.
We split the duties after finding the venue, Tris would take care of music, food and booze, and I was more about logistics, decorations, invites etc!
We worked as a team and by the time our wedding was a couple of weeks off we were just able to be really excited as opposed to panicking over any last minute details.
Any special touches/DIY?
For our Gloucestershire Tipi Wedding it was all about the details and special touches, and it was a very DIY wedding because I love to craft.
I spent months and months making wreaths, wrapping lavender bundles, creating coloured candle lanterns, collecting old bottles etc…
We also had some very very personal touches (for example, my late Dad’s handprint wrapped around the stem of my bouquet, my late Mum’s silk hair flowers from their wedding in my bouquet, etc…), I wrote and sang a song for Tristan with the band, there were lots of childhood photos around, and fun photos of friends.
We also had some more silly things like pictures of Delia Smith (she owns our fave football club) in the men’s loo, speech sweepstakes, paper fortune tellers on the tables, and lawn games.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
The theme was ‘blue hues’ – basically anything that was baby blue, lavender, petrol blue, and navy fit in.
My bridesmaids all wore different colours, and I think they looked gorgeous. The boys were in navy suits, Tristan was in a lighter blue.
What was the best bit of your day?
For me it was the moment just after we got married and turned around to look at all of our guests watching us and smiling.
I think if someone had come along then and said sorry you can’t have the party and the reception now, I would have been ok because I’d just married my best friend and felt incredibly happy.
I think Tristan might say it was when we revealed the evening ploughman’s platters, as they were truly immense!
Is there anything you would do differently?
Not really – perhaps had a few more heaters as it got chilly towards the end of the night!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
The earlier you can get things organised the better, because the final run up can be more about looking forward to the big day as opposed to worrying about it.
I would also pass on some advice that we were given by a couple of our married friends which was to carve out some time for just the two of you in the day so you actually get to spend some time with each other. It sounds weird but it’ll be worth it.
Gloucestershire Tipi Wedding Suppliers
Venue – Bittenham Springs
Photographer – Terri Pashley Photography
Accessories – Donna Crain
Shoes – ASOS
Suit – Moss Bros
Cake Maker – Hannah Culley’s Cakes
Florist – The Flower Factory – Swindon
Illustrator – Sarah Smart Draws
Stationery – Oops a doodle
Make up/Hair stylist – Holly Andersen Make Up
Lawn Games – Pollyanna Party Hire
Transport – Wedding Day Wagon
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