Rachael and Stig planned a perfect day at Cornish Tipi Weddings, with an outdoor ceremony, short stroll to the marquee reception and celebrating into the wee hours of the morning to the tunes of a mariachi band.

While on holiday in Tuscany, Rachael was sipping champagne, enjoying their picnic at a gorgeous viewpoint overlooking the valley, when James unexpectedly popped the question.  You can't get much more romantic than that!   Perhaps the outdoor wedding was inspired by James' al-fresco proposal.  They found their perfect venue at Cornish Tipi Weddings in Trellil.  A brave move with the temperamental British summer.

 

On the day before the wedding, the heavens opened and torrential rain battered as they set-up the marquee.  It wasn't looking promising!  Thankfully, the day turned out to be absolutely gorgeous and Rachael's wellies stood firmly in the sidelines.

They decorated the outdoor ceremony area with pretty bunting and a truly unique pair of flamingoes flagging the entrance!

James looking dapper in a Richard James suit, with his best men Frank and Charlie.

 

Rachael's gorgeous bridesmaids wore custom made dresses, from Brighton shop, Dig for Victory.  Dig for Victory is a sustainable fashion label that creates limited edition and one-off pieces from vintage and "end-of-roll" fabrics. 

 

Rachael found her beautiful, vintage dress on Etsy.  I loved her Dad's pink-spotted tie.

 

How delighted do they both look?!

 

The look of love... (also, the perfect shot to show off Rachael's hair).  Her instructions to the hairdresser were, you can never go too big with a beehive.  She wanted one to rival Amy Winehouse's signature 'do.

 

Friends and family watching the ceremony from the open clearing in front of the pavilion.

 

Rachael and James - the pin-up couple of happy couples!  I love this photo of Rachael looking over to her Dad, absolutely beaming, and James doing the same to his new bride.

 

The bridesmaids with their delicate daisy bouquets.  

 

Rachael, simply stunning!

 

Two of the reasons I was most excited about the venue, were the lake and the boats!  As you can see from the background, even though there was only one official boat for Rachael and James, a couple of the ushers were determined not to miss out on any of the boating fun!  

 

The ushers were looking sharp.  I felt like I was shooting a Ralph Lauren campaign!

Or instead of a Ralph Lauren campaign, perhaps a boating crew?!  I love to have fun with the bridal party photos, and this crew were game!

Pros!

The groom, father-of-the-groom and the glamorous ladies in their lives.  What a stylish family portrait!

...I couldn't resist sharing the one before!  I promise to make the formal portraits as painless as possible, but I can't promise the same for mischievous siblings!

Rachael and James had the fantastic idea of hanging a frame in the woods close to the ceremony clearing and arming their guests with a polaroid camera.  The photos were then stuck into a guest book, where guests could write a personal message beside their photos for the bride and groom.  That is definitely one idea I'll be pinching!

No-one missed out on the polariod action...

The marquee was completely decorated with homemade decor.  Lots of pretty pastel lanterns, discs, stung across the ceiling and the tables kept simple with flowers in coloured bottle vases, and homemade mini-bottles of gin as favours.

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The wedding cake was a delicious lemon curd cake, baked by James' mother.

Too cute!

The mariachi band were phenomenal!  Playing covers of all the current hits, they kept everyone going until the early hours.

    Action shot during the cover of Ernie K. Doe's, Here Come The Girls...

Congratulations to Rachael and James!  It was such a gorgeous day, with so much thought going into every detail, friends and family getting involved, and everyone having an amazing time!

I loved every minute of it.

The venue: Cornish Tipi Weddings

The dress: Vintage from Etsy

The suit: Richard James

Bridesmaid dresses: Dig for Victory

The cake, decor and favours were all handmade.

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