I can’t believe it’s that time of the week again! It can only mean one thing….Festival Brides’ Real Weddings! We absolutely adore our brides and feel incredibly honoured that they share the intricacy of their weddings with us and all of you. What better way to spend your first day of the week than to spend it here with us, as we bring you the cream-of-the-crop boho, festival-inspired weddings. Today we bring you the gorgeous outdoor tipi wedding of Sara and Sam. They were married on a hot, sunny June day at Low House, Armathwaite, in the Lake District, in a love-struck outdoor walled-garden ceremony overlooking the river. A pom-pom strung tipi reception filled with fairy lights and an admirable effort of DIY followed the ceremony with lawn games and canapés. The couple had a horse-cart gin bar and a ‘help-yourself’ local beer stand – As you can imagine, this quickly ran out! Sara wore a 2-piece crop-top and long skirt with a racy high slit, by French designer Rime Arodaky, matched up with studded Valentino shoes and a big bunch of colourful flowers. The beautiful bursts of colour and traditional Pakastani jewellery really accentuate the heritage of the bride in such an organic and mesmerising way. We love this wedding….Enjoy!

I really wanted to do as much of it as possible. We utilised our own talents and those of our very talented friends. We wanted something rustic but also really colourful and playful as well.

Antique Ring Proposal

Sam proposed at home 10-months after we met, with an antique ring that we found together. We were married last Summer at Low house, Armathwaite, Cumbria in a beautiful festival, tipi wedding supplied by Special Event Tipis. We found our venue by searching for it locally. We wanted something different to the usual bigger venues in the area. We loved the owners and the setting – very laid back and beautiful – perfect for us! We had a camp site next door for our guests to stay over.

French two-piece gown

I really wanted a two-piece rather than an all in one dress, inspired by my Pakistani heritage. I wanted something A-line with a lace top and silk skirt which I eventually found from a French designer called Rime Arodaky. The outfit really complemented my jewellery style also. I wore Valentino’s rock studs, a full-length veil with a train and simple jewellery with scattered pearls. The traditional Pakistani jewellery (tikka and bracelets) were gifted to me by her mother.

Sam wore a straw-coloured, three piece tweed suit, dark green polka-dot tie from Mr Porter and leather brogues by John Rocha. The bridesmaids wore mid-length, duck-egg blue, lace dresses from House of Fraser with golden strappy heels, and their own choice of jewellery. My friend Nicola is make-up-artist friend from Manchester, and she did all the make-up. I did my own hair!

Ceremony led by friends

We had a short ceremony outside in the grass courtyard behind the venue, led by our friends who were acting as celebrants.  We asked them to say a few words about us as a couple and individuals before we read traditional vows in front of our guests.

Recycled Wine and Beer Bottles

Everything other than the tipi was set up by ourselves with the help of our friends and family. We bought the paper lanterns ourselves and strung them across the tipi roof with fishing line. Twine hung between wooden posts with polaroid pictures of our friends and family that we had printed and hung. I collected all the wine and beer bottles over a few months, stripped the labels and decorated with twine in order for them to hold our flowers and candles as centrepieces for the tables and aisle ends during the ceremony. We made our own sweet jars for each table and ordered small glass, corked bottles for our wedding favours which were 50ml measures of sloe gin for our guests. We also had personalised wild-flower seed packets for each guest.


Superb Photographer

Natalie J Weddings is an amazing photographer who captured the spirit of the day exactly how we wanted it, despite the short notice that we gave her. Josh Donaldson was our videographer and he created a beautiful 5-minute clip which really summed up the day.

Dalston Flowers

Roseberry Floral Design are based in Dalston and they provided all of our flowers. We wanted something simple but also really colourful. Lots of gyp, whimsical flowers and colours around. Gypsophila hair-pins fro the bridesmaids were also provided by the florist.

DIY Stationary and Sloe Gin

All the stationary was done with the help of my good friend Lucinda (also one of the celebrants who married us). She is very talented in design and produced all the invitations, name cards, order of service, seating plan, menus and A1 signs for the wedding after being given some ideas of what we would like.

As mentioned before, for our wedding favours everyone was given a small bottle of sloe gin to enjoy as well as personalised wild-flower seeds.

Horse Box Prosecco Bar….

Lee Scrimgoer from Stone House Smokery near Carlisle catered for our wedding. We had two spit-roast lambs – one with Indonesian spices and one Indian style with a range of accompaniments. Our cake was home-made by two good friends; Three-tier Victoria sponge with fresh strawberries and raspberries.

Low House provided various canapés and puddings and drinks were provided by Helen at The Tipsy Filly, which is a gin and prosecco bar served from a converted horse-box. They served beautiful concoctions of drinks at a great price.

A good friend Sean with a microbrewery provided beers for the wedding as a gift. These were from a self-serve bar which was built by him and Sam in our garage. It had four different beers on tap and looked great.

Wild and Fun Mariachi Band

We asked our guests to send in two song choices with their RSVPs. The songs were collated and made in to a playlist with the help of our good friend Danish (Spotify playlist – ‘brooke wedding’ by danishahmed22). Sam’s brother is in a Mariachi band who play raucous pop covers and they were our main entertainment for the evening. They were outstanding and kept everyone on the dance floor all night! They are called Mariachi El Pinche Gringo, based in London.

Any Advice?

I was really happy we had a short engagement and really enjoyed planning everything in the six months we had. There are loads and loads of ideas you are given or see on Pinterest or in magazines – just stick to the one you know you really want, you can’t have every idea/theme! Utilise the skills and kindness of the people around you. We couldn’t have pulled off this wedding without our amazing friends and family. This also made the whole day very personal for us and our guests. And finally – enjoy the planning! When it gets to the day – there’s nothing more you can do – stop worrying, relax and enjoy!

The Line Up

Photographer: Natalie J Weddings
Venue: Low House
Tipis: Special Event Tipis
Flowers: Roseberry Floral Design
Catering: Stone House Smokery
Entertainment: Mariachi El Pinche Gringo
Drinks Cart: The Tipsy Filly
Bride: Rime Arodaky
Bridesmaids: House of Fraser


Wedding beauty on its way!

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