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A Tipi Weekend with Pom Poms and Bunting

Bride holding purple heart umbrella

Earlier this year Val from Benessamy Weddings and Events had the pleasure of planning and co-ordinating an Open Weekend for Sami Tipi Events. The event was designed to showcase the fabulous tipi structures set within the picturesque setting of Bawdon Lodge Farm in Leicestershire – a perfect location to host a tipi wedding. Val told us about the event…

Tipis provide an atmospheric event space like no other event venue. Inspired by the Sami People of Lapland, tipis make for a fabulous outdoor celebration and provide a breathtaking alternative to a conventional marquee, and are just perfect for the increasingly popular festival style wedding.

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Bride standing in front of tipis

Visitors to the event received a warm Benessamy and Sami Tipi welcome from our team and the team of fabulous suppliers.

The tipis were beautifully styled by Darby & Joan with gorgeous flowers by Tineke Floral Designs, pom poms and bunting galore by Pom Pom Studio and Emma Bunting, and lovely stationery by Best Day Ever.

The fabulous cakes and treats display was provided by Yummy Little Cakes (including Macarons to die for!).

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A ‘This Would Not Have Happened Without You’ Bridal Shoot

Bride laying down

Today’s bridal shoot is a very special one, and we are delighted to be able to share it with you, but there is a very sad story that was the reason behind this shoot…

In 2013, Tasha, owner of Ikonworks, learned that her mother-in-law Helen had been diagnosed with breast cancer, with secondary metastasis ultimately going to her brain and spine and, heartbreakingly, she lost her fight in August 2013.

After the devastating loss, Natasha did everything she could to keep herself busy and her mind off the recent events. One day while on Facebook she saw a post from a fellow wedding supplier, Kirstie Taylor of bridal accessory company Flo and Percy, asking if any photographers would like to borrow their new collection for a photo shoot. Tasha jumped at the chance…

“What would any normal bling-loving, wedding-mad photographer do? Um, dare I? Yes please… oh why not! For a split second I think maybe Mum had something to do with it; a cheer Tasha up intervention.”

At that moment the bridal shoot was born.

“Where the hell do you start planning a bridal shoot? Immerse yourself in everything that says bridal shoot. Revelation – ‘In Mum’s memory’ – I would base the shoot around her. I really believe that ‘this would not have happened without you’.

“I decided on the colours pink, peach and turquoise, as some of the last flowers I bought Mum were pink and peach, and one of the t-shirts she liked wearing was turquoise. These colours also fit quite well with an ‘Indian Summer’ theme which is the name of the new Flo and Percy collection.

“I met with Blooming Workshop (two ladies who I have wanted to work with for AGES) to discuss the shoot. One of the ladies used to be a cancer nurse, who suggested linking the shoot to a cancer charity in memory of Mum. Remembering having read about Naomi Thomas, founder of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, I found myself in a lay-by on the A303 writing on a receipt to contact her. At 4am I emailed asking her to be involved and model too… her response was hilarious, but she came along just after picking up her Daily Mail Inspirational Woman Award from Brucie, after not one but two trips to Downing Street.

“I stalked poor Ian Stuart on Facebook to see if we could borrow his amazing dresses for the shoot… I am sure he gave up in the end, loaning me the dresses to shut me up!

“What makes this shoot different? We deliberately used high street, affordable and high end luxury together; creating something elegant and beautiful.

“The Royal Suite at the Four Seasons is a DREAM! We wanted to create an intimate and romantic feeling in the room, and therefore chose not to set a large banqueting table, this could however easily be re-created on a table seating a larger number of guests.”

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A Bridal Beauty Shoot

Bridal beauty shoot

Today’s feature is a beautiful bridal beauty shoot, with a mix of luxury and glamour with a modern twist. Claire Salter created the luxurious make-up and elegant hairstyles which are very fitting of the 50’s, and we just adore the headpieces from Debbie Carlisle that the models are wearing. The photographer, Phil Drinkwater, captures the elegance of this shoot perfectly.

We hope you love this as much as we do…

“The intention of the shoot was to aim towards a mix of luxury and glamour with a modern twist, so the hair I created on the models had a 50’s yet modern elegance to it. I used a small curling iron to create the finger wave style on Verity and a larger curling iron to create the glamorous waves on Jen’s hair. The make-up needed to have a luxurious yet subtle feel to it, so I used gold, silver and metallic tones on the eyes and kept the lips neutral, and used highlighter on the cheek bones and kept the blusher minimal.” – Claire Salter

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A Steampunk Styled Wedding Shoot

Steampunk bride and groom in front of wall with Lets Get Lost written on

If you are not familiar with the term Steampunk we’re sure you will be shortly. Inspired by industrial civilisation around the 19th century, this style is going to be a big hit with couples who want an industrial and urban style for their wedding.

Today’s styled wedding shoot, photographed by Erin Johnson Photography, shows just how cool and creative a ‘Steampunk’ wedding can be…

“The inspiration behind Steampunk stems from mechanical gears, industrial light, tarnished metals and inventive eyewear, all juxtaposed against a more feminine, organic and whimsical atmosphere. The shoot featured five vignettes all designed around this theme.

“Our tablescape included materials of silver, cedar, and brass softened by blush floral, succulents, mustard linen, and curious magnifying glass, and the place cards were accented with miniature whiskey delights and skeleton keys. The lounge was a luxurious spread of mustard and rich browns surrounded by vintage trunks and cameras, complete with elegant sofas and wingback chairs.

“Organic and rich desserts sat sweetly atop mismatched platters, surrounded by draping floral and old bedsprings adorned with tantalizing tags… let them eat cake. Whiskey was poured from timeworn decanters by our charming moustached bartender, flowing into heavy glass tumblers garnished with pomegranate, citrus, and sprigs of rosemary and mint.

“Last but certainly not least, our ceremony featured a 6-foot chalkboard with an airy quote and majestic ship, framed by stacks of suitcases and more vintage trunks. Our bridal party was dressed to the nines, with the ladies in ethereal gowns and dramatic make-up, and the gentlemen in dapper suits and top hats.”

“Ships and sails proper for the heavenly air should be fashioned.” – Johannes Kepler

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A 1950s Styled Bridal Shoot

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Today we are featuring a really beautiful vintage themed bridal shoot. Styled around a stunning 1950s tea length wedding dress, we love the way the team involved have captured the beauty of the vintage style.

This simple styling is perfect for this shoot, as you will see in these gorgeous pictures taken by the talented David Wade of Vogue Shot Photography.

“The shoot took about a month to plan and came about when I met Heidi of Lace and Co. She had some amazing vintage dresses and the cogs in my head started turning – I knew I had to use one for a shoot.

“I started looking for some great locations and found them in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Hazlewood Castle. I wanted to give the shoot a vintage theme, and after talking with Natalie our hair and make-up artist I decided on a 50’s theme. We chose a shorter dress to fit the style, and with hair and make-up to suit we were on our way. It was all topped off by the talented Lynne of Stems Design who created a round bouquet to fit with the 50’s style.

“The day was perfect from start to finish. The sun was shining in all the right places and we had a fun and exciting day. These beautiful images are the end product of a fantastic and creative team…”

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