Cute & Kooky Pastel Pink & Mint Tipi Wedding With Lanterns & Bunting: Natalie & Tom
Happy Thursday lovelies!
Today I’m sharing something a little different to the norm here on WTW. A cute and kooky pastel pink and mint wedding with white lanterns and bunting. It’s filled with diy detailing home-made by our lovely bride and groom.
This sweet tipi wedding has a slight hint of retro 50s and a touch of shabby chic…
Words by Natalie. Images by Darren Mack Photography.
My wedding dress was from honeypieboutique.co.uk – it was the “betsey” dress with sleeves and a mint green petticoat from Hell Bunny
My headpiece was from a stall in Spitalfields market in London, I also wore a quirky pair of pink / rose gold irregular choice shoes.
I knew in my head exactly what I wanted from the moment we got engaged and came across honeypie boutique searching the Internet for dresses with sleeves.
I never tried any other dresses on because I knew that I couldn’t have found another more perfect dress, it was exactly what I would have designed for myself!
I really recommend honeypie for those who want something a little different without paying a ridiculous price, the quality and service were wonderful.
I did my own make up and one of my friends who is a hairdresser just blow dried my hair to try and get a nice 50s style wave in it (but the wild wind managed to blow it out whilst walking down the aisle!).
We chose the venue after looking round so many and not particularly liking them and not really finding anything that suited us!
We’d almost signed a contract with a marquee company but the contract had the wrong date on and while we waited for them to send us the replacement a flyer came into my work advertising a new venue.
We visited it and I got goose-pimples when we pulled up and knew that this was the place to marry Tom! It was stunning with the tipis and the jetty into the lake where the wedding ceremony was to be held.
I’d been mulling over the fact I’d quite like my mum to join my dad in giving me away for a while as I feel like they’ve both been there for me my whole life and have been supportive and I think sometimes the “mother of the bride” gets no real role in the day.
My mum is not very confident and I didn’t think she’d agree but when I asked if she’d contemplate it she said of course she would! So I had my lovely pops on one side and my mum on the other (double protection in case I fell!).
I’m a bit of a McFly fan (happy to admit they’re my guilty pleasure) and I fell in love with a cover of one of their songs “Love is on the Radio” which Tom Fletcher (from McFly) did with his wife, Giovanna, for his YouTube channel.
I thought it was such a beautiful version and the words of the song just fit perfectly to how I feel about Tom (my Tom, not the one from McFly haha) it gives me goosebumps and makes me well up whenever I hear it!
Tom always said he wanted the day to “be like a party not a wedding” so we wanted everything relaxed and easy going and one thing we really wanted was to be outdoors as much as possible.
I love anything vintage and shabby chic and the colours we chose were pastels of mint and pink.
The tipis were decorated with bunting and paper lanterns and didn’t really need anything else as they were beautiful on their own, I’d bought some wicker hearts from Primark and put a few of those up and some wicker heart fairy lights.
I also saved jars for a few months (and asked ladies at work to do the same for me!) from pasta sauces, olives and coffee and decorated them with twine, ribbon and fake flowers to put flowers in for the table decorations, I wanted things quite simple and pretty.
I also made my name cards myself and the table plan board, it didn’t turn out quite how I had envisaged but I liked the fact it looked “homemade”!
For favours we just did a sweet stall with some of my favourite sweets (black jacks, love hearts, drumstick lollies, sour cherries…) with personalised sweet bags.
Like most of the things I got for the wedding I got the sweet bags from ebay and the personalised love heart sweet wrappers from there too (I then spent 2 evenings painstakingly sticking them on the love heart rolls!).
Tom wore a Harris Tweed jacket and waistcoat with black skinny jeans, a white cotton shirt, ties and brogues – all from asos.
For my wedding flowers, all I knew was I wanted gypsophila as I love it and I like roses so the lovely lady in Orange Blossom said she would save us anything else “pretty and delicate” that she thought we might like.
The day before the wedding we went to collect the flowers she’d put aside and then myself and my bridesmaid took them and arranged them in the jars that I’d made for the tables. We were very proud of our flower arranging skills!!
Our wedding photographer Darren Mack is an absolute gem of a human being, one of the nicest people we’ve ever met!
He has a way of making you feel like you’re just having a laugh with a mate and then you forget you’re having your picture taken so his shots are natural and relaxed and then your mind is blown when you see his final product.
What was your most memorable moment of the day?
One of the most memorable parts was probably one of Tom’s best men doing one of our readings of “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News (you know the one, from Back To The Future, one of our favourite films).
It took us a while to decide on readings as we didn’t want anything cheesy and as a joke Tom said what about turning the song into a reading and we laughed and then after reading the words we thought it was quite pretty really and decided for a bit of a laugh we’d get Lewis to read it during the ceremony.
It made lots of people laugh when it dawned on them what it was (we also walked back down the aisle to the song).
If you could impart any words of wisdom to future brides planning their wedding day, what would they be?
Make sure you get your groom on-board with everything and do all the planning together! Tom and I planned everything together and we stuck to the ideas and plans we wanted without having our minds changed by other people’s views.
It’s your day so do what makes you happy, there are no rules as to what you should or shouldn’t do, so do what makes the both of you smile.
Also, take time to appreciate the amazing day that you’ve put together and have 5 minutes with each other to give each other a high 5 for putting together an awesome wedding!
Absolutely stellar advice from our bride Natalie! Thanks so much to Darren Mack for sharing this cute and kooky wedding.
wedding credits / photographer: darren mack photography / wedding venue: oaklands / brides dress: honeypie / grooms suit: asos / brides shoes: irregular choice / grooms shoes: asos / hair & makeup: bride and friend / florist: orange blossom