The Secret Garden

Written by Emma Hla
A secret garden themed styled shoot from Sami Tipi and Tickety Boo Events to celebrate the launch of a brand new wedding venue site – Lakeside Meadow.

Jodie, owner of Sami Tipi, kicks off todays inspiration…

Notes from Sami Tipi

Lakeside Meadow approached us at Sami Tipi to work with them to launch their new site. I popped along to see what I thought would be a field and was blown away by what I saw. Lakeside Meadow has very much a garden feel about it as it was once part of the original farm house, with mature trees, lush grass and a lake with scenic bridges over it.

A ‘Secret Garden’ immediately sprung to mind as you really would not know this space existed! It’s very beautiful.

The key suppliers involved with the shoot came along to see the site too so they could understand its natural beauty and we could work together to create the look of the tipis. Tara from Tickety Boo Events was instrumental in creating the vision and executing this, here she explains how she took the initial concept from mood board to tipis.

“The overall theme and direction for the shoot was relaxed, end of summer vibes” says Tara, “We wanted to catch the colours and diffent light that you get at this time of year, particuarly in a lakeside garden which was such a unique setting. As the seasons change so do the trees and flowers. Every season will be different there and that is an exciting prospect for a couple. It also felt like a very intimate setting and we wanted to capture this in the way it was shot.”

Tara continues “This shoot was captured at the beginning of September, the site itself gave a sense of calmness with its lake set within a beautiful garden. To compliment this we worked with a colour palette of white, green and silver this made the space inside the tipis feel fresh. The trees and greenery around the garden gave such a breathtaking backdrop that it enabled to capture different looks from various angles across the site.”

The design brief was shared with Ally from Alexandra Anne who opted for the divine ‘Beaumont’ v-neck dress and exquisite blossom-covered ‘Calla’ top by Charlie Brear. The rich colours and textures of both pieces lent themselves beautifully to the Secret Garden look.

The tablescape and décor complimented the theme and with fresh flowers and a hanging twig feature filled with greenery and lights I really felt that this brought the Tipi’s to life and gave a sense of a magical indoor garden. Each table had a bird box with flowers and small sprayed silver animals you would find outside. The stationery and signage worked beautifully with the styling with pops of pastel colours, florals and a watercolour effect. The style was effortless, more or less could be added in way of décor or table pieces.

The addition of the floral LOVE letters from Love In My Life made a change from the usual light up ones and also enhanced the dance floor area. We couldn’t resist having them outside for some of the shoot as they worked so beauitifully with the area. The cake was also in keeping, simple with florals on top and styled on a industrial galvanised trolley.

For the flowers we worked with Marianne of Frances & Rose. She used seasonal flowers for the shoot, centering around the colour of lush grey green and soft whites and blush pinks, the café au lait Dahlia and the Eucalyptus were the stars of the show. The tones were pastel to match the late summer softness of the venue and the stunning flowers on the dress.

To style a tipi for a wedding it is so important that it has not only has the right look but also the right feel. How you feel in a space can impact how you behave and for a couple planning a tipi wedding it is often a relaxed feel they are after. This is evident in the choices they make from cake to table runners.

The venue itself had a real sense of peace surrounding it. With two options to marry outside we had a weeping willow draping over one ceremony area and a hidden woodland area perfect to exchange vows. For potential couples wanting to marry there it provides a choice depending on the time of the year and the style concept they have chosen.

For couples styling their wedding, the colour palette used is so simple and soft that the additon of brighter or pastel shades would work. The water colours from the stationery could work in a darker or brighter colour and an injection of brighter flowers would add to it.

So whilst we LOVE this colour scheme, couples could certainly adapt it for their day.



Photography Emily Little Wedding Photography

Venue Lakeside Meadow

Tipis Sami Tipi

Styling Tickety Boo Events

Bridal Fashion Charlie Brear courtesy of Alexandra Anne

Flowers Frances & Rose

Prop Hire Love In My Life

Linens Executive Linen

Celebrant My Perfect Ceremony

Stationery Rose Press

Cake Hello Cake

Film Jimmy Knott

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