Lakeside love

A Tuscan styled tipi wedding

If you’re planning a tipi wedding at Deene Park, or anywhere else for that matter, maybe you’ll find some ideas in this editorial shoot. It’s full of chilled but classically elegant ideas that would look right at home in the hills of Tuscany.

Any flies on the tipi walls, would have been in no doubt as to which country we were in for this shoot.

Actual quotes:

“Today is not a pencil skirt and tights day.”

“I’m going to look more like a dog walker than a hairstylist.”

“Even my Hunters are leaking.”

Yep, good ol’ England and her merry weather!

But in the spirit of gratitude, I got to experience Deene Park in all four seasons. Which is handy ahead of my upcoming wedding bookings there!

We had the joy of galeforce winds, the most painful hail, and biblical rain. But we’re hardy English wedding folk, so after discussing the weather as if it’s never been bad before, we got on with it. And as it turned out, it made the glorious golden hour and stunning sunset all the more delightful. Every cloud…

Shooting around the house and gardens was a dream. So much inspiration and so many great backgrounds. This was my first time shooting there and it’s going to be a while before I run out of new places to use. There are some iconic spots – like the bridge, the lake, and the courtyard – but there’s so much more and there’ll always be something different for everyone.

And then there’s the lakeside tipi. A tipi is a perfect place to shelter from the elements but a lovely location in its own right. And on the water’s edge too. We were shooting in the winter and before the grass was laid, so it was kinda muddy (hence no exterior photos!) but this is now a spectacular spot to pitch a tipi.

And inside? Talk about transporting yourself somewhere else. We went to Tuscany – and had a top time shooting amongst lemon trees, drooling over a crostini grazing station with olives, cheeses, rustic bread, and dipping oils, resisting lemon-infused desserts, ogling an Italian tile-inspired cake, heart-eyesing (I’m declaring this a verb) over stationery with hand-drawn olive sprigs … and so it went on.

I’ll shut the lovestruck up and let you see the highlights for yourself …

Craving more of this eye candy? Watch this fab video by Zade Film Co – and do check out Zade’s website if you’re looking for a UK wedding videographer.

Creative team

Venue: Deene Park | Tipi: Teepees and Tents | Styling: Nerissa Eve Weddings | Props: More Production | Video: Zade Film Co | Florals: Julia Dilworth Flowers | Stationery: Jenna Claire Stationery | Food: Portfolio Events | Cake: The Greenhouse Cakerie | Macarons: Maison Des Macarons | Suit: Scotneys of London Road | Dresses: Courtyard Bridal Boutique | Hair accessories: Vivi Embellish | Hair: Love Laura | Make-up: Courtney Jayne | Dancefloor & lighting: Strobe Disco Roadshow | On the day management: Hannah Rose | Models: Adele & Jamie via Mustard Models

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