Gloucestershire Teepee Wedding - a festival wedding for Roland and Emily
Teepees, vintage cars, marshmallows and beer! Emily and Roland’s Gloucestershire teepee wedding had a wonderful festival feel and was a joy to capture.
I first meet Emily and Roland for coffee during the Christmas holidays and was excited to hear their plans for their special day. Despite now living away from the area it was clear that Emily’s home village of Arlingham, Gloucestershire was important to her, including the village church and her childhood home would be as important as the guests that attended to celebrate Emily and Roland unique day.
Arriving at Emily’s parents house, the first thing I noticed was a stunning teepee decorated for a festival inspired wedding. With barrels of beer and homemade perry, glass tankards, long trestle tables, a small part of Gloucestershire was ready to celebrate a unique wedding.
Stunning flowers created by Louise Pritchard were used to decorate the wedding teepee and the church, Louise also created the exquisite bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids.
The morning was a mix of excitement and nerves as everyone prepared, hair and make up applied, dresses put on, shoes buckled up - it was time to go to the local church travelling in style in the Father of the Bride’s handsome vintage motor. Now I say ‘local church’, but it is much more than their ‘local church’, as it is the church where Emily was christened in, attended and now married in. It is in a way ‘her’ church, as it has so much personal history to it, which made the service even more special and personal.
The Church was full of people all waiting in anticipation to witness this loving marriage take place. The service was beautiful, enriched by the vicars personal knowledge of Emily and the lovely readings from the couple’s friends and family. After the service, a few group photos and it was time to go back to the bride’s childhood home and to the wonderful teepee.
The tepee complete with a dance floor, had plenty of space for the guests to sit down and eat, a relaxed cushioned area, a fire pit to roast marshmallows in and probably one of the most exciting things to any guest: a self serve bar crammed with real ale, homemade cider and perry. When the guests were arriving Pimms and canapes were served in the front of the teepee, which soon led into all the guests mingling together, talking to one another and the bride and groom.
The Gloucestershire countryside was a great location for the couple to spend some time together and provided a great backdrop for some beautiful photographs.
The evening celebrations continued long into the night with a dance floor in full swing, a bar far from dry, marshmallows being toasted.
Emily and Roland’s wedding didn’t have the normally atmosphere of a wedding. I mean this in the best sense, it didn’t feel like two families attempting to mix together. Weddings are a time for the families to get to know one another, but often the mixing can be more like oil and water. Instead, it just felt like one big family. Throughout the day family was mentioned a lot, in the speeches, in the readings in church, and after Emily and Roland’s announcement, of the couples upcoming family. The day was so beautiful, both aesthetically and atmospherically, as the lovely feeling of family simply radiated throughout the day.
If you would like Capture this Moment Photography to capture your special day in Gloucestershire please contact Kathryn to discuss your ideas and plans