Ffion & Sam had booked me as their photographer quite some time ago. I had only photographed a handful of Weddings at the time but they liked what they saw and boy, am I glad they did as this was some Wedding!
I love all Weddings. I wouldn't do this otherwise. But Weddings that are a bit different always appeal! Especially as my wife and I actually had a tipi Wedding ourselves. We even used the same tipi company - Wedding Tipi, based in St. Clears. We may have even got married in the exact same tipi, who knows!
In the morning we drove to Kidwelly from Pembrokeshire to photograph Ffion getting ready, along with her Mother and Bridesmaids. Before meeting them, we popped up to the field above their family home in order to check out the tipi which had been set up a few days prior.
Charlie and I were totally blown away by the festival-style decor with personal touches throughout. Festoon lighting, hay bales, old leather sofas, a self made tipi style photo booth, fire pits, blankets, family photos, old farm machinery; you name it, it was there! Most of which has been sourced second hand.
And flowers! My word there were some flowers (which I might add much of which were grown by themselves especially for the Wedding). How cool is that?! We had genuinely never seen anything like it at any of the Weddings we had done previously. The floral designs were arranged by Ffion's Godmother who owns The Flower Dell in The Cayman Islands who flew in especially.
We could talk about the decor all day, much of which was second hand from Facebook etc, but I will leave you to check out the photos below for yourself. Some of which was also sourced from Megan & Claude.
Ffion looked incredible in 'The One', which she fell in love with at Huw Rees Brides based in Llandeilo and also wore a custom made flower crown which was very inkeeping with the show stopping floral theme.
Following the church ceremony, the newlyweds drove off in their family owned MG. There was a quick stop off for photographs with the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen on the way back, at one of their favourite local spots, before being welcomed by their friends and family back at the farm.
The sun scorched down upon us all day and even warranted a change in to shorts. It was baking! This ensured the party got going straight away with singing and dancing to the music provided by The Polar Berries, creating a real festival vibe.
One moment that cannot go unmentioned is when I was asked to take the group shot of everybody from above in order to get the tipi in the shot aswell, meaning I had to go up in a man basket on the forklift. I'm not the best with heights at the best of times, nevermind being driven around by a man (who shall remain unnamed) who had been on the pop all day! You can see a bit of Behind The Scenes action at the end of this blog!
The party atmosphere continued throughout and long into the night, as will be a Wedding I remember very fondly!
Enjoy a sample of the photographs...
Tipi Hire: Wedding Tipi, St. Clears
Wedding Dress: Huw Rees Brides, Llandeilo
Wedding Props: Megan & Claude, Ammanford
Hair: Family Friend
Wedding Make-up: Elin Fflur Make-up Artistry, Newcastle Emlyn
Menswear: Chess Menswear, Llandeilo
Bar: Llystn Bars
Catering: Shindigz Catering, Haverfordwest
Band (Day Entertainment): The Polar Berries, Neath Port Talbot
Band (Evening Entertainment): Festival Heart (Music HQ)
Wedding Car: Family
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