Oh September, how quickly you’ve come around! Can you even believe the summer hols have been and gone…I for one am not a fan of Summer coming to a close, so excuse me if I’m not overly excited about the start of this brand new month! I am however, a big big fan of today’s real wedding for two reasons (well, lots of reasons but here’s just two). Firstly, it’s super cool, features a gigantic tipi and a bespoke printed vintage denim jacket, and secondly, it took place on a Welsh clifftop! Hurrah for Wales – home of the most beautiful headland views in the UK!
Katie and Sean actually live in Australia but decided to host a UK wedding for all of their friends and fam here too. The couple hired a giant tipi from Event in a Tent, which they put up in Katie’s mum’s back garden in Anglesey. They got married on the headland, despite the Welsh wind and mist and even braved a couple shoot on the cliffs in the rain!
Their day was super relaxed with a festival theme, wild flowers, bespoke designed stationary and an Aussie style BBQ – all captured by Preston based husband and wife team Zoe and Tom from About Today Photography.
We wanted the day to be a relaxed celebration where we would have time to catch up and celebrate with all our friends and relatives at home that we hadn’t seen for a while! As we had already had a wedding day in Melbourne, our budget was quite tight, so we drew on friends and family to help us with lots of DIY elements.
For a windswept, rained-upon bride, Katie absolutely rocks on her wedding day with a stunning, flared-sleeve, ruffled three-quarter length dress and an effortless style – she looks so natural and so pretty up there on the headland as she said ‘I do’ to husband Sean.
Let’s hand over to her to fill you in on her windy, Welsh clifftop tipi wedding!
Australian Outback Proposal
We live in Melbourne Australia. I’m originally from the UK and I met Sean, who’s Australian, when I was backpacking around New Zealand 9 years ago. Sean booked an impromptu weekend away for the pair of us and took us to a beautiful cabin out in the Australian bush. As we sat out on the deck, he opened a bottle of red wine, got down on one knee and proposed with a beautiful marquis diamond! I was so surprised and after lots of tears managed to say yes! The next day he had made an appointment at a jeweller’s studio in Melbourne so that we could design the ring together.
Welsh Wedding in Parent’s Back Garden
We were married at Rhoscolyn on the Isle of Anglesey with a ceremony up on the headland overlooking the sea and a reception nearby in a tipi in my parent’s garden. It holds a special place in my heart as it’s where I spent all my childhood holidays. We were actually married in Melbourne in February 2017 with our friends and family over in Australia, but we wanted to have a second wedding ‘ceremony’ and celebration back at home with all our friends and family in the UK. We wanted it to be a fun and relaxed celebration so my Mum and Dad’s garden was the perfect choice! We had lots of friends and family stay for the weekend camping in the garden in tents and motorhomes and hired a beautiful double Tipi from Event in a Tent with a fire pit at one side, long wooden tables and a dancefloor at the other end.
Vintage Lace and Ruffled Sleeved Gown
My dress was from Rebecca Vallance, an Australian designer who I love. I wanted something I would feel relaxed and comfortable in – I loved the vintage looking lace and the shorter length meant it was perfect for dancing the night away. The long ruffle sleeves were also great for the chilly Anglesey weather! I wore dusty pink suede heels from Jeffrey Campbell and a brass floral headpiece which was a commission made piece by Jen at Mignonne Handmade. My engagement and wedding rings were from Larsen Jewellery in Melbourne
Dusty Pink and White Flowers with Wild Meadow Greenery and Blooms
We ordered flowers that matched with our dusty pink and white colour scheme from Occasions Florist in Holyhead. We were on a tight budget and also wanted to incorporate some of the beautiful wildflowers and greenery from the surrounding meadows and hedgerows. Sean’s Mum and her friend Ree who had travelled over from Australia for the wedding put together our beautiful bouquets and table decorations in mismatched glass jars to reflect the relaxed country vibe.
Misty Headland Ceremony with Bespoke Vows
The ceremony was intimate and informal. As we were already officially married, we asked my Uncle Gary to play the part of ‘celebrant’. He read a story of how we met and we both renewed the vows we’d written for each other. We love the headland around Rhoscolyn and it was the most spectacular backdrop to stand up and declare our love in front of everyone we love, even if it was a bit chilly as the mist rolled in from the sea!
Beautiful Fairy-Lit Tipi with DIY decor
The tipi itself was beautiful, with its wooden beams wound with fairy lights. We called in lots of help with the décor and my mum made metres of white bunting which we strung with ivy from the beams. The long wooden tables and benches were kept simple with white table runners, (again made by mum) and we collected jars and filled with wildflowers.
DIY Cake and Stationery
I’m a designer so I put all the stationery together myself. We also had mini wooden clipboards with Australian themed colouring and activities to keep the kids occupied during the speeches.
The cake was made by my mum! We love her brandy soaked fruitcake that she makes every Christmas so she made a tiered wedding version for us which we decorated with flowers
Garden Canapes, White Russians and Late Night Cheese Table
Lucy from Bradley’s of Anglesey put together the most amazing spread which everyone loved! She used all local ingredients and served our guests with beautiful canapes in the garden after the ceremony, then fired up a barbecue with an amazing buffet of local lobster and steak, followed by the best chocolate brownies we’ve ever tasted! Lucy’s team also served our guests with White Russians, (our favourite cocktail), and set up an amazing cheese table which our guests tucked into as the night went on! It really added to the rustic feel of the day too.
Beautiful Rainy Photography!
Zoe and Tom from About Today Photography. We loved having them photograph our day! They were with us from the morning til we danced the night away in the tipi! Neither of us love having our photo taken but they made us feel really relaxed and totally at ease – we got some beautiful candid shots of all our friends and family enjoying themselves! The weather wasn’t particularly kind to us but Zoe and Tom encouraged us to brave the rain and go back out to the headland later in the day for some shots of just the two of us…they are some of our favourite photos from the whole day!
Our first dance was to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Home. This song means a lot to us – the lyrics ‘home is wherever I’m with you’ really sums up our relationship as we’re both from opposite sides of the world! We love the up-tempo feel of the song and it was such a great moment when all our friends and family joined us spinning around the dancefloor.
Walking back up to the tipi after having our photos taken together on the headland, and seeing all our friends and family inside, lit up in the firelight – it was such a lovely moment being home and having everyone together.
Call on the talents of your friends and family to help you plan the day, especially when you’re on a budget. Make sure you take a moment together on the day to step back and take it all in!
The Line Up
Photographer: About Today Photography
Tipi: Event in a Tent
Bride’s Dress: Rebecca Vallance
Hair: Sion at Halo Salon
Groom’s Outfit: Ben Sherman
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Zimmermann
Caterers: Bradley’s of Anglesey
Flowers: Occasions Florist
Headpiece: Mignonne Handmade
Rings: Larsen Jewellery