Leanne & Kieron’s Priory Meadows X Sami Tipi Wedding

Written by Caitlin Hoare
A rustic, romantic celebration for L+K who were married a mere four months ago, on the early May bank holiday weekend.

Not only are Sami Tipi top tipi suppliers, they’re also outdoor wedding experts, unofficial wedding planners and their little black book of vendors could rival any wedding directory! This is demonstrated perfectly in Leanne and Kieron’s stunning tipi wedding which took place earlier this year.

Their day was relaxed, fun and supported by a team of incredible industry experts including Supplier We Love, Flowers by Breige, who brought the wow-factor to the tipi’s interiors with her seasonal florals and stunning hanging flower bombs. Keep scrolling for all the gorgeous details.

Notes from the Bride

Leanne says…

We were both in total agreement from the very start that we wanted a wedding with a relaxed, fun feel to it and nothing too stuffy or structured. We thought about marquees and tipis and very quickly fell in love with the idea of a tipi, as it’s something a bit different and is perfect the festival/party vibe we were looking for. Seeing our guests’ faces when they walked into the tipi for the first time brought us so much joy.

I really struggled with dress shopping. The first few places I went to just didn’t feel like my style at all. Eventually I went to Temperley London in London and completely fell in love with their ‘Mimi’ dress – the sequin ruffles really came alive in the twinkly tipi lights.

I chose my dress back in 2018 and with 3 failed attempts over 2020 and 2021 I was lucky that I still adored my dress when the day finally came around! I wore a pair of pearly Jimmy Choo’s for the church, with a more sensible chunky heel for dancing later on. Kieron wore a dark navy suit from Reiss.

The bridesmaids wore dresses from Monsoon, which worked amazingly even with a pregnancy bump! The groomsmen were in suits from M&S, and all their ties were from Reiss.

We never really had a ‘theme’ as we didn’t want things to be too matchy matchy, but instead went for lots of spring tones and English seasonal florals. We left the decoration of the tipis very much in our wedding stylist, Tara Knott Styled Events‘ hands who was so good and worked closely with our florist, Flowers by Breige. The flowers took our breath away when we walked into the tipi for the first time. We had two hanging flower bombs with fairy lights weaved through that were just magical.

For our food, we went with Thomas the Caterer (on Sami Tipi’s recommendation) and they were completely brilliant. They totally listened to what we wanted and came up with amazing Italian influenced sharing dishes, including antipasti boards, meatballs & polenta, sliced steak salads, garlicky prawns and so much more. The food was a highlight and all our guests were raving about it.

In the evening, we had cheese toasties – perfect after a few drinks! And we also had a crepe van by Old Manor House Bakery.

We also had a giant cookie wall inside the tipi which went down amazingly and was something a bit different, as well as marshmallows to toast over the fire pit in the evening. All in all, we had very well fed guests!!

From one couple to another…

Our top tips for planning a tipi wedding would be to not sweat the small stuff and have total faith in your supplier (in our case, Sami Tipi) who had everything covered… you’re in very safe hands!

We’d also say to go with suppliers that Sami Tipi recommend / work closely with, because it’s very different catering or capturing photos in a tipi, so make sure they’re well used to working with it.

We couldn’t rate our suppliers highly enough. Due to Covid, we had to rearrange our day 4 times and all our suppliers were so flexible and supportive and really showed their true colours.

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