Trees and Tipi’s – Nicola and Simon’s rustic festival inspired wedding at Arley Arboretum
Posted on February 27th, 2016
Awesome wedding alert!! As you’ll no doubt have noticed I’m a big fan of relaxed, rustic style weddings so when I met with Nic and Simon to talk through ideas for their tipi wedding last September in the beautiful setting of Arley Arboretum I was smitten straight away!
The natural setting was perfectly suited to using seasonal flowers and foliage, whilst lots of textural elements like seed heads and wheat gave a rustic, autumnal feel. They chose a subtle palette of soft pinks, peaches, silvery greens and creams but otherwise gave me a free rein to use my imagination and create wedding flowers which reflected their personalities and style.
For Nicola’s bouquet I included roses, hydrangea, lisianthus, astrantia, hypericum berries, waxflowers, lavender, scabious seedheads, dried wheat and fountain grass. The bridesmaids and flower girl had smaller versions of the brides bouquet and the flower girl wore a cute crown of dainty waxflowers.
The men had rustic buttonholes of silver brunia berries, scabious seedheads, waxflowers and wheat bound in twine with the addition of peach hypericum berries and a little sprig of lavender into Simon’s buttonhole which looked great against their grey suits.
The church at Arley was simply decorated with a few little pew ends of gypsophila and two big, loose arrangements in vintage milk churns framed the entrance.
Back amongst the trees at Arley Arboretum the tipi from Elite Tents was dressed in rustic vintage style with low table centres in wooden boxes, jam jars and jugs, a vintage bicycle basket filled with flowers, lavender and olive foliage on the cake and a heart wreath hung behind the top table. The couple made the most of the milk churn arrangements and their wedding co-ordinator Sian from Top Banana Weddings moved them from the church back to the tipi for the guests to enjoy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a peek at this laid-back and lovely wedding as much as I enjoyed creating the flowers. Thanks go to Nicola and Simon for having me play a small part in their big day and letting me share it with you all; huge thanks also to Richard Skins Photography for capturing such beautiful images of the day.
I’ll finish with a few more, simply because they are too gorgeous to leave them out!
All images* copyright Richard Skins Photography, please do do reproduce or use without permission.
*Except for flower girl posy, buttonholes and bicycle basket by Jenny Fleur.