A Whimsical Wedding in the Woods

Written by Emma Hla

There is so much to love about this styled shoot by Big Chief Tipis & their tribe of talented suppliers. If you’re currently coveting a possible tipi wedding day then this really is all the inspiration you need – You’ll be booking that canvas before you’ve even got to the bottom of this blog!

Hayley Harthern of Big Chief Tipis is here to guide us through their creativity…

Notes from Big Chief Tipis


Since we launched Big Chief Tipis we’ve had the pleasure to work with some incredible local talent in the North West who all have a unique creative flair. We wanted to bring our “tribe” together to create a dream wedding scenario, set within the woods in our tipis at Turton Tower in Lancashire. We envisioned a spring summer vibe with the use of lots of natural flowers, supplied by Petal & Twig, which were creatively brought together with the use of props, crockery, cutlery and decoration from the talented Nina Marika.

We set ourselves the difficult task to create four different looks in one day, all captured by Melissa Beattie Photography, to coincide with our choice of dresses from Ruth Milliam Couture and Lounge suits from Whitfield & Ward. Everyone on the shoot were blown away with the dresses, which were incredibly detailed.

We were extremely lucky to work with such a stunning duo from Industry Models – Tom & Lydia – who were actually a couple in real life, which added such a realness to the shoot with those little romantic moments between the two. We wanted them to look stylish with a quirky twist to tie in with the tipis and the natural surroundings. Their hair was styled by Vicky Millington in a number of styles to reflect the dress changes, while Lydia’s makeup was the creation of Maxine Smith who enhanced her stunning features in a subtle yet striking way.

During the daytime shots we embraced the forest, using the tipis as a backdrop for some images, while capturing interior shots of the styling and Marie Antoinnette Cakes for other shots. In the evening, we flipped the shoot 180 degrees and transformed the vibe with the use of clever lighting from Luminate Events.

All in all, we were in love with every element of the shoot, all the way down to the gold leaf painted egg shells!


Tipis Big Chief Tipis | Venue Turton Tower, Bolton | Photography Melissa Beattie PhotographyWedding Stylist Nina Marika | Flowers Petal & Twig | Dress designer Ruth Milliam Bridal Couture  | Groomhire Whitfield & Ward  | Makeup Maxine Smith | Hair Vicky Millington | Models Tom & Lydia | Lighting Luminate Events | Cakes Marie Antoinette Cakes | Giant Copper Love Letters Always & Forever Love.

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