Wow, I love being a Tipi Wedding photographer. Having the opportunity to shoot in the increasing popular Tipi venue is such a treat and what is more it was a beautiful Festive, New Year’s Eve Wedding. The cold outside was kept at bay by the log burners inside. Keeping the guest snug and delivering a traditional feel. Todays Tipi’s supplied by, Boutipi, a family run business, winners of the wedding industry awards for best marquee provider.
Where it all began for Ste and Kim was the very same church, where they got married today, at a friends wedding. Fast forward five years bringing us to the wedding proposal. Away for a glamping weekend in the Yorkshire village of Coxwold, Ste, romantically decorated their little tipi with rose petals and fairy lights. He then dropped down on one knee and proposed. Hence the desire for a Tipi wedding.
I first met Kim in 2009, when she worked for me in Leeds. The next year Kim brought her friend, Tash along too. We stayed in touch over the years and met up agin in 2016. When I was the photographer for Tash’s wedding. Kim told me to keep NYE 2017 free.
Whilst the girls were busying themselves getting ready and calming nerves with champers, I took the opportunity to shoot some bridal prep photos. Kim and her seven bridesmaids all in one room together, spirits were high and laughter was loud. I even managed capture, Ian, Kim’s Dad, shedding a tear as he caught a glimpse of his stunning daughter.
The transport from the hotel to the church was a double decker bus, brilliant opportunity for me to get some fun shots there.
A New Years Eve morning, typically it was cold but the skies were blue on arrival to the church. As Ste stood at the alter and Kim made her way down the aisle one of the bridesmaids, Maria, sang a beautiful rendition of, Ellie Goulding’s, how long will I love you. A real treat.
Making the most of the daylight and clear weather, with the assistance of my second shooter we photographed the bridal party and guests. Having a second shooter with me on the day is a real bonus as it enables me to get a varitaion of photos and set ups.
All the guests, transported in the two double decker buses headed over to the Tipi to continue the celebrations. The tranqil sound of a sax being played filtered out of the Tipi as the guests arrived. Wedding Breakfast was first up. Food was supplied by CGC catering and I can honestly say one of the best roast dinner’s going. Tasty and plenty of it. Keeping the guest entertained was Rich Reynolds, a magician. As he mingled with the guest, I snapped some shots of their reactions to his magic.
Before the party was in full swing I whizzed Ste and Kim off outside the Tipi to photograph them against the tinkling fairy lights and lanterns. On our return to the Tipi things were moving towards the first dance. For Kim it was Tequila time, she even let me get a sneaky shot of her tequila face, after the tequila courage her and Ste hit the dance floor for their first dance, played by local band, Relentless with lead singer, Gareth Yearsley, one of Kim’s old school friends.
Before I left for the evening the guests were filtering onto the dance floor. I took plenty of photos of them all partying. Yep they certainly know how to get the crowd going.
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