Cattows Farm ‘Tuscan Romance’ Tipi Wedding Ideas
The Sami Tipi & Cattows Farm Open Weekend
This shoot for Sami Tipi and Cattows Farm involved an entire afternoon of shooting pretty things. That’s my definition of fun! I love working on editorial shoots like this.
Shooting details is one my guilty pleasures, in fact. I love pretty things but I also love seeing how different creatives interpret and contribute to a theme. The entire team involved pulled some amazing work out of the bag which was a treat to see, not to mention photograph.
The shoot was part of the Sami Tipi & Cattows Farm open weekend. Two beautifully styled tipis were set up for the event and I had the honour of photographing them, with models to bring it to life, the day before the opening.
Each of the tipis had a completely different look to show how versatile tipi weddings are. The two looks were ‘Tuscan Romance’ and ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ (I’ll share the latter in a separate post soon).
Tuscan towns, rustic villas and luscious landscapes
…were the inspiration for this shoot. It was the vision of Lesley from The Rustic Wedding Company. (If you’re looking for a stylist for your wedding then check her out!)
There were three things that I thought worked really well.
- There was something to see everywhere. And the more you looked, the more you saw, which really helps to lead your eye around the space and keeps things interesting.
- The sense of scale. Each element filled the space it was in and held it’s own. Not easy to get right in a tall tipi with unmoveable poles at odd angles!
- The combinations of new and old, classic and rustic; with so many great textures. The unexpected contrasts make it memorable
Topiary trees in terracotta pots lined the entrance to give the impression of arriving at a rustic Italian villa and two urns bursting with berries & blooms at the entrance set the tone for the abundance of florals inside.
A rustic take on classic and romantic
The tables are a feast for the eyes with swathes of pretty silk, masses of olive branches, romantic David Austen roses, dahlias the size of plates, multi-coloured candles, fresh figs and grapes, wooden benches and cross-back chairs…
Yet it’s modern too, with acrylic stationery and personalised chargers, which fit in perfectly because of the see-through minimalist look.
The table plan was a rustic take on the lush green lawn of an Italian villa and the contemporary stationery gave it a modern edge.
One of my all-time favourite bouquets
It makes a beautiful statement but the asymmetrical shape and wildness make it feel free and natural; like you’ve been foraging and put them perfectly together as you’ve gathered them.
The bridal looks are classic with a contemporary twist
Features like pockets and separates give the looks a modern edge. Hair and makeup are fresh and natural which fits well with a relaxed outdoor wedding.
This beautiful display really allows the cakes to shine
It’s a brilliant focal point and I love how the handpainted background keeps your eye on the display.
A hanging top table!
I love this unusual take on a sweetheart table. So romantic and I love the rustic feel of the wood, ropes and trailing greenery.
Venue: Cattows Farm, Leicestershire
Tipis: Sami Tipi
Stylist: The Rustic Wedding Company
Florals: Catkin Flowers
Cake & Sweet Treats: Belmont House Cakery
handpainted backdrop for cake table: Amy Bailey Design
Dresses: Alexandra Anne
Hair: Hair & MakeUp by Saskia
Make-Up: Sophie Downing
Models: Matti Louise Green & Freya Sharp