Tipi Wedding Style – By Big Chief Tipis & their Tribe of Suppliers.

Feesh of the back of out Tipi Styled shoot the other week. The lovely guys over at Big Chief Tipi sent us this lovely shoot to post up on our blog. Granted its in a woodland and not the city, but hey sometimes the city bride needs to get out the rat race. Hayley Harthern of Big Chief Tipis says: “Since we launched Big Chief Tipis we’ve had the pleasure to work with some incredible local talent in the North West who all have a unique creative flair. We wanted to bring our “tribe” together to create a dream wedding scenario, set within the woods in our tipis at Turton Tower in Lancashire.

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A Woodland Setting

We envisioned a spring summer vibe with the use of lots of natural flowers, supplied by Petal & Twig, which were creatively brought together with the use of props, crockery, cutlery and decoration from the talented Nina Marika.

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Styling and Props


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Styled wedding table


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Styling and Props

We set ourselves the difficult task to create four different looks in one day, all captured by Melissa Beattie Photography, to coincide with our choice of dresses from Ruth Milliam Couture and Lounge suits from Whitfield & Ward. Everyone on the shoot were blown away with the dresses, which were incredibly detailed.

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Wedding Gown Style – Ruth Milliam Couture

We were extremely lucky to work with such a stunning duo from Industry Models – Tom & Lydia – who were actually a couple in real life, which added such a realness to the shoot with those little romantic moments between the two. We wanted them to look stylish with a quirky twist to tie in with the tipis and the natural surroundings.

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Groom wears Whitfield and Ward

Their hair was styled by Vicky Millington in a number of styles to reflect the dress changes, while Lydia’s makeup was the creation of Maxine Smith who enhanced her stunning features in a subtle yet striking way.

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Wedding Hair & Make Up Style

During the daytime shots we embraced the forest, using the tipis as a backdrop for some images, while capturing interior shots of the styling and Marie Antoinnette cakes for other shots.

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Wedding Cakes

In the evening, we flipped the shoot 180 degrees and transformed the vibe with the use of clever lighting from Luminate Events. All in all, we were in love with every element of the shoot, all the way down to the gold leaf painted egg shells!

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Interior Lighting

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with Hayley Harthern, Managing Director of Big Chief Tipis – hayley@bigchieftipis.com

List of photoshoot suppliers

Tipis: Big Chief Tipis www.bigchieftipis.com

Venue: Turton Tower, Bolton www.turtontower.co.uk

Photographer: Melissa Beattie Photography http://www.melissabeattie.com/

Wedding Stylist: Nina Marika http://ninamarika.co.uk/

Flowers: Petal & Twig http://www.petalandtwig.co.uk/

Dress designerRuth Milliam Bridal Couture http://www.ruthmilliam.com/

GroomhireWhitfield & Ward http://www.whitfieldandward.co.uk/

Makeup:  Maxine Smith http://www.maxinesmithmakeup.co.uk/

Hair:  Vicky Millington  http://www.vickymhair.co.uk/

Male model       http://www.industrypeople.co.uk/men/tom-wylie/
Female model   http://www.industrypeople.co.uk/women/lydia/

Lighting: Luminate Events http://luminate-events.co.uk/

Cakes: Marie Antoinnette Cakes http://www.macakecompany.co.uk/

Giant copper love letters: Always & Forever Love http://www.alwaysandforeverlove.co.uk/

Dress selections:
From Ruth Milliam the following dresses were worn:

  • Fleur
  • Eliora
  • Iris
  • Esmerelda

Groomhire selection:
From Whitfield & Ward the following suits were worn:

  • Highgrove Lounge Suit
  • Hampton Lounge Suit