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A Yorkshire / California Tipi Garden Wedding! Emily & Matthew

Today’s pretty wedding is a pastel hued garden wedding in Yorkshire with subtle influences of the grooms home state, California!

Emily & Matthew hired a sweet tipi for their wedding reception and married in Emily’s home county, Yorkshire – in an adorable traditional church.

Emily wore a lovely lace Annasul Y wedding dress and a pair of Jimmy Choo’s whilst her maids looked fabulous in their floaty pastel Coast dresses. Just perfect for a summer garden wedding!

Words by Emily. Images by Carly Bevan Photography.

I had always thought a classic wedding dress but with a modern twist would suit me, something with a high neckline and beautiful lace. This one just jumped out at me right away in the shop. It was so ‘me’ – my maid of honour said “it’s the one!” as soon as I put it on!

I think our wedding was influenced by America and particularly California where Matt is from. The chilled vibe, the BBQ style food, and the tipi. I think we married that perfectly with a traditional Yorkshire village wedding. Who would have thought the two would mix!

Matt andthe groomsmen all wore the same ted baker suits and shoes! They looked very smart.

We found all the bridesmaid dresses in Coast! I knew I didn’t want them all to be in the same dresses –they all have such different colouring and differing body shapes that one size would certainly not fit all. And they are all different and beautiful people so I wanted them all to have something they loved. Luckily in Coast we found four dresses in similar styles but with different pastel colours. They were all full length which I loved and very float-y with lace. Together they looked beautiful!

I wanted really fresh, natural looking flowers, with lots of different textures and shapes. Something that fitted in with the natural country garden theme. Also the ribbons! They were almost my absolute favourite part! They made the bouquets so so beautiful – and in the breeze it looked so romantic. The flowers were so important to me. I basically developed a colour palette and a style of bouquet and just said asked the florist to include which ever flowers were in season to fit that theme. And it worked out perfectly, I think I was most apprehensive and then most pleased about the flowers on the day.

It was a tiny village church we married in with a small organ as we wanted something traditional and classic – we had Pachelbel’s Canon to walk down the aisle. The music has particular resonance with me and my Dad so it was perfect!

Our wedding photographer Carly was so much more than a photographer! She was a total star the whole day, so helpful with the running of things and just a lovely calming presence on what can be a nerve wracking day! And the photos speak for themselves. She told the story of our day so perfectly, captured every important little moment and relationship. We couldn’t be happier with the results.

We sourced decorative items for the venue from several different places. A lot of the internal tipi decoration came from the tipi company itself. We then found some lovely pieces on and in a couple of small local shops.

Our wedding cake supplier was the Clever Cake company – just a local Yorkshire small business who did naked cakes!

From the moment I first saw a naked cake, I knew that was the style I wanted. Not only do I personally not like fruit cake or traditional icing but I just thought the more natural relaxed style fitted perfectly with the venue and the general theme of the wedding. We had three tiers of sponge cake with different flavours; one with lemon buttercream (our favourite!) one with vanilla and the top one had strawberry.

All so delicious!

Continuing the slight California in England theme we went for s’mores as our favours.

Plenty of people took them off home but we also had a camp fire going in one of the tipis as night fell so people could grab one and eat it right there. We sourced all the ingredients for the s’mores ourselves and had Matt’s mum bring over the labels we ordered from US Etsy as you couldn’t get them in the UK. She also bought over a load of Hersey’s chocolate to make them authentic!

What was your most memorable moment of the day / evening?

The weather in the morning was really bad! Driving Yorkshire rain, and really grey clouds. Given how much I wanted a summer wedding and for the guests and photos to be outside as much as possible, I was like “Oh well, it’s going to be a different day than I had hoped”. Then the sky gradually lightened throughout the morning and by the time we got to the church there was a slight breeze but it was beautiful bright sunshine. So the most memorable moment was later on, when we first got to the Garden. The moment we entered and it was warm and the sun was everywhere, that’s when I relaxed and just really stared to enjoy the day. Before then everything is so nerve wracking!

If you could impart any words of wisdom to future brides planning their wedding day, what would they be?

If you want to throw a good wedding, think about the day from your guest’s perspective. The day is yours but ultimately the guests are there because they love you and have often travelled miles to be there. Thank them by making sure they have a great time, with plenty of food and drink and music.

Thank you so much to Carly Bevan for sharing this pretty pastel garden wedding.

wedding credits / photographer: carly bevan photography / wedding venue: dalton estate, bou tipis / brides dress: annasuly / grooms suit: ted baker / brides shoes: jimmychoo / grooms shoes: ted baker / bridesmaid dresses: coast / hair & makeup: vicki suddaby / florist: glen holme florist / wedding cake: clever cake company / catering: cerrutis

  1. It is fabulous….

    I found every element of the wedding perfect including decoration, dine, dress, venue, the love between bride and groom and others. The invitations are also very elegant and beautiful enough to catch anyone’s eye.

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