New Forest Tipi Wedding Photographs

We met Shelly & Chris back in February and were instantly taken with their enthusiasm for their dream wedding. They had ten months to organise a winter wedding from scratch whilst selling, buying and moving house. We love a bride and groom who are up for a challenge and couldn’t wait to create their New Forest tipi wedding photographs.

Bridal Preparation Photographs at New Forest Country Lodge

Our day started day at The White Buck in Burley, a stunning venue to start our New Forest tipi wedding photographs. We found a hive of activity in an upstairs bedroom where hair and make up were being styled. Shelly calmly sat right in the middle of it all. Shoes and dresses were laid out in preparation for the big day.

Custom designed fairytale wedding invite with festoon lights
Bridal wedding makeup hair styling photo on wedding morning in New Forest
Bride looks under wedding veil in ornate mirror on wedding morning in Hampshire
Bridesmaid brushes wedding hair in ornate mirror on wedding morning in New Forest
Bridesmaids and flower girl apply wedding makeup in mirrors on wedding morning
Pastel pink Grecian bridesmaids dress hangs with grey fur stole on wedding morning
Beautiful bridesmaid sits on bed during bridal preparations on wedding morning
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Bridesmaid in dressing gown takes selfie on wedding morning in New Forest lodge
Beautiful blonde bride in dressing gown is sprayed with makeup fixing spray
Bride and daughter toast wedding day during bridal preparations during wedding makeup
Row of silver bridesmaids wedding shoes with diamanté brooches
Ivory satin bridal wedding shoes with stiletto heel and shimmer trim
Mother of bride puts on white faux fur stole New Forest wedding preparations
Appliqué lace wedding dress satin buttons with diamanté detail photograph

First to be ready was Shelly’s daughter and flower girl Mollie. An in her own words” here come the super model” as she posed for photos on the staircase. The bridesmaids were one by one were getting ready in the dark room in front of a range of mirrors. They dressed in dusty pink bridesmaids dresses with faux fur stoles to protect them from the wintery air.

Blonde bride in dressing gown smells winter pastel wedding bouquet
Soft pastel roses and green foliage bridal winter wedding bouquet photograph
Bridesmaid looks in mirror on wedding morning during bridal preparations
Allure Bridals ivory wedding dress with lace appliqué and diamanté detailed sleeves
Flower girl in white dress looks at necklace present from bride on wedding morning
Bride and daughter Eskimo kiss in country lodge on wedding morning
Bridesmaid is tied into pastel pink Grecian bridesmaids dress on wedding morning
Ivory flower girls shoes with flower petals and shiny butterfly tights

Champagne was opened and the gorgeous pastel wedding flower bouquets arrived from No 17 Flowers. All the time Shelly’s stunning lace appliqué ivory wedding dress detailed with diamantés from Allure Bridal hung in the background. Before she knew it Shelly was helped into her wedding dress by her mother and bridesmaids. She looked stunning and as the girls held back the tears I could feel the anticipation for her New Forest tipi wedding in the room.

Bride in ivory wedding dress and bridesmaid crying together on wedding morning
Bride in ivory wedding dress and veil looks in ornate mirror on wedding morning
Flower girl in ivory fur stole and dress in mirror with pastel winter wedding bouquet
Bride and daughter in ivory wedding dress smell wedding bouquet bridal prep
Beautiful bride in ivory dress descends staircase with bouquet on wedding morning
Bride kisses her uncle in wedding car on way to winter wedding in New Forest

Outside groomsmen arrived in two 4×4 wedding cars for transport to the church.

Groom Preparation Photographs at New Forest Home

Meanwhile Murray met up with Chris and his groomsmen at the family house in The New Forest. The small army of groomsmen and friends were given jobs. They delivered things to the church and brought things such as flowers back after the ceremony, for instance. Chris’s mother was on hand for advice and to check that everyone’s outfit was in order.

Grooms grandmother laughs wearing blue wedding outfit with white wedding hat

Chris’s best man was on hand to assist him in fitting his Tiffany & Co cufflinks. Chris then took a moment with his best man to gift him a pocket watch complete with personal inscription.

Groom and laughing grooms man tie wedding ties in mirror on wedding morning
Grooms men pin grooms buttonhole on wedding morning at family home
Groom and best man belly laughing on wedding morning in family home Hampshire
Grooms wedding morning present of engraved silver pocket watch

The last thing Chris had to do was to open an envelope from his bride to be. He did this outside on the drive way. As it was opened confetti popped in the air with a preloaded photo square which he impressive caught. Chris and his groomsmen gathered themselves and walked to church through the brisk December morning air.

Groom and grooms man walk through New Forest village to Church wedding

Country Church Wedding Ceremony Photographs

After preparing for the New Forest tipi wedding the groomsmen arrived. They busied themselves greeting guests and ensuring everything was ready before the arrival of the bride. Shelly arrived fashionably late and took a moment to gather herself outside the church.

Eat drink and be married love heart sign with foliage in decorative jar at wedding
Wedding of the year custom designed order of service tied with string
Welcome to our happily ever after pick a seat not a side church wedding sign
Blonde bride in ivory wedding dress exits wedding car with winter low sun

Before any of the bridal party entered the church Mollie the flower girl rushed inside to deliver a message to Chris from Shelly.

Groom is overcome with emotion before church wedding ceremony

The four bridesmaids led the bridal party into church. Shelly’s daughter Molly followed the bridesmaids before her Uncle escorted her down the aisle. The happy couple made their wedding vows to each other, exchanged rings and were married. Guests were treated to readings from a grooms man and family friend before the newly weds came down the aisle as husband and wife.

Bridesmaids in soft pink dresses walk down church aisle at wedding ceremony
Flower girl in ivory dress leads bride and uncle into church wedding ceremony
Flower girl in ivory dress walks down church aisle at wedding ceremony
Bride in ivory wedding dress walks down new forest church aisle with uncle
Bride under veil and groom look into each others eyes during church wedding
Emotional groom and bride under veil at church wedding ceremony New Forest
Bride looks over her shoulder during church wedding ceremony in New Forest
Grandmother smiles at bride and groom during church wedding ceremony
Grooms man delivers reading during New Forest church wedding ceremony
Bride and groom smile at each other holding hands during church wedding ceremony
First kiss photography in New Forest church wedding ceremony
Pastel pink rose floral display on wedding pew decorations at church wedding
Happy family friend gives bible reading during church wedding ceremony
Bride and groom walk down church aisle together after becoming husband and wife

Family and friends gathered in the low sun outside on either side of the church path. They then showered Shelly and Chris with confetti as they made their way to the waiting wedding Range Rover before heading to the New Forest tipi wedding reception.

Bride and groom showered with confetti coming out of church into low winter sun

New Forest Wedding Couple Photographs

While the wedding guests headed to the family home I joined Shelly and Chris for some couple shots as the sun set in sentimental spots before heading to their New Forest tipi wedding.

Groom carries bride in wedding dress up hill in The New Forest at dusk
Bride and groom kissing with sunset in The New Forest countryside

New Forest Tipi Wedding Photographs

Wedding guests at the family home were welcomed into the tipis with hot mulled wine and small bowls of spicy vegi or meat stew. Close up magic was performed by wedding magician Alfie while everyone waited for the newlyweds to arrive. There were great cheers as Shelly and Chris arrived. They entered the tipi to be greeted with glasses of champagne and treated to more wedding magic from Alfie. In the warm glow of fairy lights guests congratulated the happy couple before they took their places for wedding breakfast. Everyone was in an extremely jovial mood because happiness seemed to eminate from the bride and groom.

Smiling bride and groom enter wedding tipi with glasses of champagne
Wedding magician makes grooms wedding ring appear on his car keys
Wedding candelabra with pastel flowers and foliage in wedding tipi with fairy lights
Groomsman chats to other wedding guests lit by fairy lights in wedding tipi
Wedding magician blows flower girls mind with card trick in wedding tipi
Grooms father portrait photograph lit by fairy lights in new forest wedding tipi
Bride strokes bridesmaids pregnancy bump outside wedding tipi
Please be seated wedding seating table plan on old map hanging in wedding tipi
Wedding table Studland place name in picture frame on wedding breakfast table
Mother of the bride and uncle sitting at wedding breakfast table in tipi

New Forest Tipi Wedding Breakfast and Speeches

To say the wedding breakfast was enjoyed would be an understatement. The wedding catering team were amazing. Nothing was too much for them as they fluidly worked the wedding. The French chef behind the moreish food helped with the fire and joked with wedding guests.

Bride and groom applaud MC sitting at top table at New Forest Tipi Wedding
Groomsman master of ceremonies makes announcement at tipi wedding
Rustic wooden wedding bar with edison bulbs and wicker hearts fire pit tipi Wedding
To have and to hold in case you get cold wedding blankets in wood crates
Mr & Mrs letters in wedding Christmas tree with fairy lights
Personalised love hearts diamanté champagne flute with wedding ivy foliage
Wedding guest listens to dinner conversation at tipi Wedding breakfast
Wedding chef with frying pan full of fire and sparks at New Forest tipi wedding
Personalised diamanté champagne flutes for bridesmaids, bride and groom
Bride with veil talks to wedding guests during tipi wedding breakfast

I think the best man’s speech was the most prepared we have ever seen. In a “This Is Your Life” style it was packed full of jokes, photographs and even short video and audio clips. The guests at this New Forest tipi wedding were taken on an emotional roller coaster as the best man spoke about the bride and groom and their shared experiences. Chris then followed with a heartfelt speech full of thanks and praise for everyone involved in making the day special.

Bridesmaid and wedding guests laughing at wedding speeches in wedding tipi
Best man speech with red book and microphone pointing in wedding tipi
Bride and groom laughing at best man's speech video in New Forest wedding tipi
Best man makes emotional wedding speech in wedding tipi
Best man delivers this is your life wedding speech with video in wedding tipi
Grooms children watch wedding speeches at New Forest tipi wedding
New Forest tipi wedding party watch best man's speech video presentation
Bride and groom watch wedding speech video presentations in wedding tipi
Groom gives wedding speech in front of projector screen with fairy lights
Bride listens to groom giving wedding speech in rustic wedding tipi
Bride laughs during grooms wedding speech at tipi wedding
Photograph of flower girl in white dress laughing at wedding speeches
New Forest tipi wedding guests toast grooms speech

New Forest Tipi Wedding Evening Reception

During the speeches the incredibly talented Charlotte Campbell singer/songwriter/busker arrived and a setup. She sang a mixture of covers and some of her own songs much to the enjoyment of the newly weds and guests. There was a pause and after the stunning wedding cake from Suephisticated Wedding Cakes was moved to the centre of the tipi it was cut. The guests then gathered around the tipi for the first dance.

Tearful best man hugs groom at tipi wedding in New Forest, Hampshire
Wedding guest stands outside New Forest Tipi Wedding venue at night
Tipi Wedding venue photograph at night in The New Forest, Hampshire
Three tier naked sponge wedding cake with soft pastel flowers in wedding tipi
Bride and groom cut wedding cake at tipi wedding in The New Forest
Relaxed wedding guests chat on sofas in wedding tipi
Charlotte Campbell busker musician at New Forest tipi wedding

As Charlotte’s ethereal voice echoed into the starry night the newly weds performed a choreographed number at the centre of the dance floor. Friends and family joined them as Charlotte continued to play this New Forest tipi wedding.

Bride and groom dance with arms in air at New Forest tipi wedding
Bride and groom first dance under glitter ball at tipi wedding
Bride and groom intimate dance at tipi wedding with light reflections
Charlotte Campbell busker performs at New Forest tipi wedding
Bride hugs son goodbye at tipi Wedding evening reception
Groom and grooms man laughing at Tipi Wedding

We stole Shelly and Chris away for five minutes to meet a challenge they had presented to us. They asked us to include a ‘Happily Ever After’ image in their New Forest tipi wedding photographs. Just outside the tipi we used our trusty light wand and a couple of sparklers.

Bride and groom happily ever after painting with light at New Forest tipi wedding
Brides sons carry wedding dress train outside New Forest wedding tipi

The wedding day finale was a sparkler exit that had been planned with plenty of sparklers to go around. Everyone formed a guard of honour to signal the exit of the newly weds and the end of a very special New Forest tipi wedding day.

Wedding guests dance as bride hugs bridesmaid in wedding tipi
Sparkler exit for bride and groom at New Forest tipi Wedding

 

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