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Outdoor Blessing & Tipi Reception

To be invited to document Laura & James’ Derbyshire Tipi Wedding was an absolute pleasure.  We first met around 18 months prior, and it was immediately obvious their creative vision for the day was incredible.  I made a mental note that it was sure to be one of the highlights of my 2018 wedding season.

I arrived at Bassetwood Farm early, to find three tipis shrouded in the morning mist.  James and his groomsmen were busy adding the final finishing touches, and Laura was in the Farmhouse getting ready.

Once the dress was on, Laura’s dad walked through to see her.  His reaction was just perfect.  Capturing those few moments between them even more so.

Jo from My Perfect Ceremony conducted their outdoor blessing in front of the tipis.  Taking time to talk about how Laura & James’ met and their life together, it was so much more personal than a traditional ceremony.

Mexican Food, American Trucks & English Countryside

Afternoon tea and speeches soon followed.  Then Mexican inspired street food by Smoqued Taqueria.  Let’s be honest, we’ve all been to weddings where the food was a bit ‘meh’.  This was the opposite of that.  If you need to hire a caterer for your wedding, go and book them immediately.  Purely for selfish reasons, of course.  I really want to eat that again!

As the sun was setting over the Derbyshire countryside, we decided to take a drive in the stunning American truck that Laura & James were using as their wedding car.  The location I had in mind was a ford I’d driven through earlier that morning.  These two had no hesitation kicking off their shoes and going for a paddle in the river, with James finding a rather unique way to cool down as you’ll see below!

Much dancing and tequila followed, as well as James using a blow torch to light 50 sparklers at once.  Just to see what happens.

I could go on about this beautiful, creative and slightly crazy pair, and the unique day they created to share with their friends and family.  But by now you just want to see the photos from this Derbyshire Tipi Wedding!  Enjoy the slideshow below or keep scrolling to see the day in more detail.

Wedding Slideshow

Click below to view all the highlights from Laura & James’s day.  Or keep scrolling to see more.

Wedding Suppliers

Laura & James used some amazing suppliers to pull everything together for their day.

Venue:  Bassetwood Farm

Hair: Liz Bond

Makeup:  L.H. Professional Hair

Dress:  Lori G Bridal Studio

Flowers:  Nadia Di Tullio

Cake:  Decorative Cakes by Donna

Band:  Deckheds 

Food:  Smoqued Taqueria

Celebrant:  My Perfect Ceremony


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