Unique Tipi Wedding at Broughton Hall in the Yorkshire Dales
“Both our ceremony and reception were held at Eden at Broughton Hall. We chose Eden because we wanted a venue that would be as relaxed as possible and that we could put our own stamp on. With Adam being from Sunderland and myself from Barnsley we felt Eden was a perfect place in the middle. We stayed at Eden in the week running up to the wedding with our close family and friends.””We spent the days leading up to the wedding decorating the house and gardens with the help of our wonderful family and friends. We set the living room up for the ceremony and then we hired a Papakata Teepee for the reception outside. A lot of the guests were able to stay at Eden and some guests camped in the grounds to add to the festival vibe of the day.”
Tell us a little bit about your bridesmaids & groomsmen
10 beautiful bridesmaids and 10 handsome groomsmen! My extremely talented mum made our bespoke bridesmaid dresses! The polka dot dresses were made to measure and I absolutely loved the final touch of the cut out heart in the back of the dresses! I couldn’t have asked for more perfect dresses!
Did you have a specific theme for your day?
We didn’t have a theme for our day and everything was a little mismatched and homemade but it just worked. We were so lucky to be surrounded by such talented people who helped to craft things and decorate the venue.
Were there Personal Touches?
Everything about our wedding was personal and that’s what made it so unique! Having three older brothers came in handy and they really helped to get the venue ready. Making signs and stringing lights up. My mum and her friends made 250 woolen Pom-Poms to decorate the venue!! We even made the serviettes and hand stamped everyone’s name on them! We had collected over 20 mismatched lanterns which were dotted around the venue and created a lovely ambiance when lit at night. My brother Joe and his wife Lucie made the most beautiful wooden signs which were dotted around the venue! We had personalised festival wristbands to add to the festival vibe. Our favours were homemade spirits. Lemoncello made by my Uncle Mark and we picked sloes and my mum made sloe gin! Our whole wedding was handmade and we are so grateful to everyone who helped make our day so perfect!
With help from the best bridesmaids ever and family we made all our own stationery. The invites, table numbers, menus, ceremony program, wooden signs and lots more were all made by us! My brother Chris and his wife Beth made a quiz for our guests to complete at their tables.
Tell us a little bit about your dress and its details
I had the most amazing experience at The White Yard when I found THE ONE. I fell in love with my Louise Bentley gown as soon as I tried it on. I just wanted something that was ‘me’ and that I felt comfortable in and of course I knew I wanted a bit of lace too!
Who was your Florist?
Myself, my mum and a couple of the bridesmaids went on a flower arranging course and we did our own flowers including 11 bouquets and lots of button holes! We sourced the flowers from local florists, supermarkets and picked wild flowers the day before the wedding!
Could you describe your ceremony and details?
The ceremony was relaxed and we were surrounded by all our favourite people.
We had cleared out all the living room furniture and made an aisle up the centre of the room. We decorated the white washed room with brightly coloured fans and handmade woolen pom-poms! My mum’s friends had made a huge arch of lush greenery out of their gardens which provided the perfect backdrop to our ceremony. The room looked out onto the garden of Eden and the beautiful surroundings of Broughton Hall. It was perfect! We walked down the aisle to the band playing ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and were played out to ‘Send Me on My Way’ by Rusted Root from Matilda!
Did you have any specific readings?
We wanted something a bit quirky for our readings. During the ceremony we got the whole wedding party to sing The Beatles’ Obladi Oblada. My brother Joe read a quote from one of our favourite Rob Ryan paper cuttings: ‘Can We? Shall We? One day very soon, let us go away together just you and me. Can We? Shall We? Call in sick one day and travel to the sea and hold hands all day. Can We? Shall We? Eat our sandwiches on the train, get drunk on fresh air and come home tired and never tell anyone…. Ever.’
Adam’s friend Dave read the lyrics to the song All I Want Is You by Barry Louis Polisar.
We both wanted an outdoor aspect to our wedding and Eden provided the perfect balance of indoor and outdoor space. We set up garden games such as swing ball and my brother Joe made a coconut shy! The garden had a fire circle with a bonfire which was lit at night and enabled our guests to sit out until the early hours. We were so pleased with the Papakata Teepee and couldn’t recommend Papakata enough! We had our meal and the dance floor inside the teepee – I just loved the festival vibe that the teepee created and also the giant disco ball!
What did you do for entertainment?
I am so pleased we had a band – it really did make our day! Rock My Reception played all day from us walking down the aisle, to relaxed background music and a live set at night! We particularly loved the ukelele set and how they just moved round the venue seamlessly throughout the day!
The band played our first dance song live: Hall and Oates – You Make My Dreams.
What did you do for food?
Food was very important to us as we are both foodies!
We designed our own Mexican menu for the sit down meal and hired caterers. GFS were brilliant and prepared and served a delicious three course meal in the teepee. We bought all our own alcohol in the weeks running up to wedding and the caterers served it for us. We designed our own cocktails which were also served to our guests. For the evening we hired the pizza guy who served delicious wood fired pizzas!
Tell us a little bit about the proposal
Adam proposed in New York on my parents 40th wedding anniversary! It was lovely!
He had contacted the most amazing jewelers in Brooklyn and booked a private appointment for us in their Wedding Annex. We went and picked out a perfect black diamond and rose gold ring together. I’ve always known I wanted something a bit different and fell in love with this jewelry store straight away – it had a real vintage vibe!
What was your cake like?
The cake was pretty special and was a heart felt collaboration between family members!
My mum, Adam’s mum and my sister in law Lisa all made a tier – my mum also made a special ‘egg free’ tier for me and my other talented sister in law hand painted our cake toppers!
Who was your photographer?
Ryan – Shutter Go Click
Choosing Ryan as our wedding photographer was THE best decision as he captured our day perfectly! We were overwhelmed by the photographs. From the initial meeting to the engagement shoot and then the wedding he made us feel so comfortable and everyone commented on how professional yet approachable he was on the day. His innovative, artistic style is like no other and we can’t recommend him enough! If you’re getting married then Ryan is your man.
What were your three most memorable moments from the day?
– Walking down the stairs to my dad stood at the bottom looking up at me.
– Having all our favourite people together singing obladi oblada during the ceremony.
– Dancing the night away under the stars to the band playing our favourite songs.
What are your top tips for other couples getting married outdoors?
Don’t worry about the small stuff and just go with what you feel is best.
WOW… what a beautifully unique and personal wedding Jeni & Adam managed to create! I cannot thank you both enough for letting us share you special day. We wish you a lifetime of happiness together. Not forgetting Ryan from shutter go click photography who is nothing short of Brilliant!
Hair: Jess at Dollz https://www.facebook.com/jessicaroystonedollz/
Make up: Beth at Blush https://www.facebook.com/thebeautyroomthetreatmentrooms/?fref=nf
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