Photography Sarita White Photography
Venue Blackbrook House
Photographer Andy Saywell SaywellHQ
Good Morning! I hope you are all well and excited about what we are about to show you? Some of you may have already seen this stunning shoot as it was featured on Save The Date, but we have added a few more glorious images. So sit back, have a cup of tea to hand, and be transported into a beautiful wilderness elopement story.
Our Wilderness Elopement styled photoshoot was inspired by the dramatic effects Covid-19 has had on weddings in 2020.
Elopements and smaller intimate weddings are quite possibly going to be on the rise as strict restrictions continue to be in place for the foreseeable future. Because of this, an amazing group of wedding suppliers got together in a Derbyshire field to demonstrate just how beautiful and romantic an Elopement wedding could be. We wanted to demonstrate that just because its an elopement, or smaller wedding, doesn’t make your day any less special. You are still marrying the love of your life and that is the most wonderful and joyful commitment you can make. Love will always win!
The style inspiration for this shoot was also born out of COVID-19. The longing to get lost in nature after months of being in lockdown, and what a better place to get lost in than the Peak District. We wanted to reflect the beauty of nature and the nations newfound appreciation for the countryside. From the beautiful blooms locally grown in Derbyshire to the stunning organic design on the picnic napkins. We wanted to create a relaxed yet beautiful mood that was intimate, romantic and full of happiness.
The wonderful Nadia at Nadia Di Tullio, Ashbourne, Derbyshire created the most stunning wild bouquet and flower crown, full to the brim of texture and the colours of summer. They smelt utterly divine.
Heathy Lea as a wedding venue is utterly stunning. Backing on to the beautiful Chatsworth park, there are so many stunning locations for your wedding images. However, teaming that with the raw beauty of the Peak District and we just have major wedding goals right there!
I met Chris Smith a few years ago. He was the wedding photographer to one of our brides and I have wanted to work with him ever since. With a wonderful eye for light, Chris can really get the most stunning, stylish images. We have previously worked together on another styled Tipi shoot and he was really excited when I pitched the idea to him.
Photographer Chris Smith
Venue Heathy Lea
Flowers Nadia Di Tullio
Hair Sarah McCarthy
Accessories Love 2 Sparkle
Dress Elizabeth Malcolm
Cake The Pink Cake Box
Napkin Extra Special Touch
Model Millie McCarthy and Ryan Hunt
The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields was the perfect venue for Charlotte and Zaks relaxed wedding vision. The stunning English garden setting with the Victorian architecture created a beautiful backdrop for their wedding images. The whole day was stunning, full of emotions and love for a wonderful couple.
We have written a blog post all about their wonderful day.
Images were taken by Ian Dearman Media.
Venue The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields
Hair by Vicky Rodgers from The Strand Derby
Dress Bespoke version of Bea
A beautiful, quintessentially English, Derbyshire wedding venue. Throw in an amazing Tipi company and a swing and we have the most incredible setting for a wedding, at Heathy Lea.
Set in the breathtaking Derbyshire Peak District, on the Chatsworth Estate. Heathy Lea is known for being a luxury bed and breakfast, as well as offering gorgeous self-catering cottages. But that is not all, Heathy Lea is also a unique wedding venue. Offering couples exclusive weekend use for your special occasion.
With the stunning Peak District quite literary on the doorstep, there is no limit to the beauty of this venue. The garden’s summerhouse is fully licensed for marriages, so you could say your I Dos outside looking at that amazing view. However, if you’d prefer a church service, there is St Peters in Edensor and St Anne’s Baslow. Heathy Lea can then be used to hold your wedding reception in either a marquee or Tipi.
I first met Chris Smith a few years ago when he photographed a wedding that I had created the Bridal dress for and thought his work was wonderful. I was so excited to be asked to work with him again, and he did not disappoint as I am sure you will agree.
We started this shoot at 7 pm in the evening so we could make the most of that beautiful evening light and it was simply stunning.
The fabulous frock we chose for this shoot was our Bronte design. A gorgeous, relaxed yet elegant dress, created from beautiful layers of silk chiffon, and french corded lace. Perfect for this tipi setting.
So grab a cuppa and relax, as your in for a treat!
Location, Heathy Lea
Photographer Chris Smith
Tipi Prestige Events UK
We were absolutely delighted to have receive an email with Sarah and James’ relaxed, at home wedding album. And we could not wait to share this magical day with you.
Sarah chose a bespoke version of our 1950’s inspired, tea length, Olivia dress. With lots of luscious layers of tulle for her skirt, a yellow flower and a few layers of yellow tulle in the underskirt. This dress certainly had Sarah’s individuality all over it.
Their day was full of relaxed fun where guests played connect 4, ate from Street Food vans and an Ice Cream Bike and danced the night away!
Not at all like the movies!
We were on holiday in Portugal travelling round in a campervan and had stopped in Cascais for a couple of nights. We had just worked out that we had a day’s gap between giving back the campervan and our hotel booking. After deciding it was James’ fault, I wouldn’t let him take us for a nice meal anymore because we now needed to pay for a hotel. I wasn’t expecting there to be a reason he wanted such a nice meal!
After dinner in an Irish bar (which was not what he had in mind) he took us to the port to see the sunset. Even then I hadn’t realised something was happening so when James proposed my first reaction was “Are you really doing this”?!
Not quite what he had in mind, but he got the “Yes” he was hoping for once I caught up.
Initially, terrifying! I’m not at all girly so suddenly being thrown into a world where everyone knows the name of fabrics and necklines was scary. My mum took me to see Lizzie and the first time we walked in to book an appointment I didn’t even touch the dresses. I did a lot of “Pintrest”ing and went to a couple of shops, but my dress turned out to be 99% the design Lizzie drew after our first appointment.
Go with your gut!
Lizzie’s design took my favourite parts of her dresses and made it “me”. I also really liked the atmosphere in Lizzies shop. It wasn’t pushy sales and I didn’t have to know the names of every material or neckline under the sun (thank god!!)
You will be in your dress all day it needs to be something you are happy and comfortable in – both because it “you” and because it fits you. Trying on the different styles, there were some that felt alien and others I started to relax in.
My underskirt!! My dress was made for twirling and as an added extra I had yellow added into my underskirt. It was amazing!
James bought my jewellery as my wedding present. It was from Clogau in their Past Present Future collection and matched my wedding ring which was made by Lou Lou Jewellery. I also had a tiny pin that belonged to my grandad which went in the flower on my dress. My shoes were from Rainbow Club – genuinely a pair of all-day heels.
Village fete/ Summer party. We wanted it to be a day everyone would enjoy no matter their age and something everyone could feel comfortable at even while we were doing the formal bits like family photography.
James had worked on bars at weddings in the past and really liked the Tipi weddings he had been to. We went to a couple of open days and spent a lot of time looking at supplier photos online to see what parts we liked.
Church wedding. Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue
Entrance of the bridal party to Canon in D, Pachelbel
One More Step Along the World I Go
Lord of All Hopefulness
Exit of the wedding party to Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring, J S Bach
The one – Kodaline
During the ceremony, the vicar asks the congregation to be seated. Well… James also went and sat down, with the best man! Leaving me stood at the front of church and the whole church laughing. It’s ok, it only took a moment for him to realise, but it’s certainly something we will laugh about for years to come.
Actually do the things you talk about! We were very laid back with planning. Once we had the Church and venue sorted, we took a back seat for a little longer than we should have. When people say things get booked a year in advance they really do! Lizzie kept me on track at our fittings with a few helpful reminders.
Remember, you are planning “your” day to celebrate your marriage and the rest of your lives. It may be hard but try to choose the things that you will enjoy.
When you pick up cards or see websites you like – write it down an write down why you liked it. By the end of planning you will have a million notes and business cards and trying to remember which one you wanted… easier said than done.
Who was your:
Photographer Bethany Howarth Photography
Venue All Saint’s Church, Mugginton and then we were very lucky to have the reception at home in a tipi.
Caterer Saffron Catering provided out afternoon tea with copious amounts of chocolate brownies. The Derbyshire Ice cream bike, well…. they did ice cream for the guests while we did the family photographs Kerb Bears did our evening food from their funky street food van (which people still talk about now!). Our bar was done by Shoulder of Mutton, Osmaston.
Hair and Make Up Amazing Grace Hair and Make-up Artistry
Shoes Rainbow Club. We had the same shoes for our bridesmaids but had theirs dyed in a yellow to match my underskirt.
Flowers Polka Dot
Any finishing touches We used a lot of ribbon to decorate inside the tipi. We also had matching flowers made for the bridesmaid dresses by Lizzie, which as a great touch to link things together.
For Charlotte and Zaks relaxed walled garden wedding, colour, music and plentiful celebrations were the order of the day.
It was October, the sun was beaming and The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields was a hub of activity when Lizzie arrived to dress Charlotte in her bespoke wedding dress. Charlotte’s wedding dress was based around our Bea design. To make it perfect for Charlotte we created a fuller skirt and sleeves so she would feel more relaxed, and hand appliqued all the intricate lacework on the bodice, sleeves and hem, to reflect her love of embroidery.
The Walled Garden at Beeston Fileds was the perfect venue for Charlotte and Zaks relaxed wedding vision. The stunning English garden setting with the victorian architecture created a beautiful backdrop for their wedding images. The whole day was stunning, full of emotions and love for a wonderful couple.
Every year we visit York for a few days for my birthday. On this particular birthday
I was woken at 7am to homemade mimosas! And my presents to unwrap. One of the
gifts he’d bought me was a polaroid printer which allows you to print photos from your
phone. Before we went away he’d taken a photo of himself holding up a sign saying ‘Will
you marry me?’ which he then printed from his phone once I had unwrapped the printer!
It was absolutely perfect and one of my most treasured memories.
Try and be flexible, if you can. Flexibility saves disappointment! Of course, we all
have certain elements of our dream wedding that we know are non-negotiable. But if you
can be flexible with others it saves so much stress as there is usually a way around most
wedding-crises that crop up!
Lizzie ensures that every step of the wedding dress process is calm and stress-
free, but most importantly enjoyable! Sitting in her beautiful boutique with my mum,
having a cup of tea and trying on beautiful wedding dresses, slowly building my own
dream dress, is one of my favourite parts of wedding planning. I wish I could do It all
I’m sure Lizzie will agree – I was not the easiest bride to dress!! Lots of girls know exactly what they are looking for when they begin wedding dress shopping, whereas I had no idea. I knew what kind of thing I liked, and more strongly than that what I didn’t like! But I found it very hard imagining those elements altogether. Because of this and because I can be so indecisive I knew I would never have that ‘the one’ moment when trying on a dress. But this is why I knew Elizabeth Malcolm was the perfect place because the dresses are tailored so perfectly to each bride. Lizzie was so patient and helped me work out which elements of each of her dresses I wanted to incorporate into my own, and even let me make changes along the way! But it meant that once it all came together, my dress was undoubtedly the one for me.
The beautiful embroidery. Once I’d settled on the style and fit I wanted for my dress, I knew there was still something missing, but wasn’t sure what. I wear a lot of clothing with embroidered flowers so Lizzie suggested we incorporate this and it was perfect! We had lace flowers and embroidery creeping across the chest and down the sleeves, as well as coming up from the hem of the skirt. It tied the whole thing together so brilliantly and made it even more ME.
I bought a matching necklace and bracelet set in a leafy design which wonderfully matched the style of the neckline of my dress. I then had lovely pearl earrings that belonged to my mum, and an absolutely beautiful hairpiece with flowers and leaves and pearls, tying everything together.
I was lucky enough to have my hair done by Vicky Rodgers who is my friend first and hairdresser second! Vicky and her colleague Rachael did my hair as well as my bridesmaids and my Mum, and did a brilliant job on all of us.
I think when it all came together; my overall look was very reminiscent of ‘me’ –
which is what I wanted for our wedding day. A day that encapsulated us as a couple and our personalities and styles.
Very relaxed. Lots of colours, lots of flowers and greenery, a little bit boho! FUN!
Here, there and everywhere. I knew I didn’t want a ‘theme’ to our wedding, but I did know that I wanted it to feel relaxed. Therefore I was able to include anything and everything that we loved! I took lots of inspiration from online and some magazines, as well as lots of wedding fairs. Especially those at our venue, The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields. This meant we had a bit of everything at our wedding – a magician, an ice cream van, sparklers, temporary tattoos! You name it. But all these different aspects meant it was tailored perfectly to us and our characters.
For our guest book, we had a polaroid camera to allow guests to leave a photo of themselves alongside their message which was a really nice touch. I love bees so we had ‘seed bombs’ in the shape of bees which when planted will grow wildflowers! And my husband has lots of tattoos so we put hundreds of temporary tattoos on the tables which went down very well with all the guests!
We always knew our wedding wouldn’t be very traditional. We had all the usual things like being walked down the aisle by my Dad, the traditional speeches etc. but we didn’t get married in a church, we didn’t do the welcome line-up, my husband had 4 best men! We weren’t concerned with tradition and instead simply went with what felt right to us. Chilled and relaxed.
We are big music fans and so getting this part right was important to us. We went with beautiful songs that either meant a lot to us or we felt fitted the occasion well. While guests were arriving and taking their seats we had The One by Kodaline and In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young. Me and my bridesmaids walked down the aisle to Bless The Broken Road by Rascal Flatts – the loveliest song. While we signed the registers we had Can’t see Straight by Jamie Lawson, She’s Everything by Brad Paisley and Whatever It Is by Zac Brown Band. Finally, we walked back down the aisle as Husband and Wife to Love Someone by Brett Eldredge. One or two of our guests commented on the music afterwards and asked if we’d picked it all ourselves as they fit so nicely together – so mission achieved!
Our first dance song was Spin Me Around by Patent Pending. This is a song we’ve always loved by a band we’ve seen live many times. The lyrics are wonderful and make it the perfect first dance song. But to make it even more special we had a version recorded for us by our friend’s band Waking Vegas. The best wedding band ever!
I can’t decide! Getting ready to walk down the aisle with my Dad, seeing my husband for the first time, looking around during the speeches and seeing everyone we loved in one place, right at the end after an evening of dancing and being so happy and content. There is too many to choose from!
Lists, lists, lists! Keeping everything in your head can make it seem so overwhelming as there is obviously so much planning that goes into your big day. Write everything down, split it into sections – “to pay” “to buy” “to finalise” etc and start ticking stuff off. Seeing it broken down into smaller sections makes it seem much less daunting.
Photographer: Ian Dearman Media
Venue: The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields
Caterer: The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields
Bridesmaid dresses: Asos!
Hair: Vicky Rodgers
Makeup: Amy at The Pout Parlour
Videographer: Ian Dearman Media
Cake: My Aunty did our cake for us!
Shoes: Dune London
“Lizzie could not have done anymore to put me at ease from day 1. She is kind, funny and patient, whilst being very creative and talented. She knew the style that would suit my figure, how to make it bespoke to my likes and made what seemed a daunting process to me, so easy and enjoyable.”- Helen
“Lizzie has a unique way of putting you at ease! Nothing is too much trouble to try, even if it means spending hours trying on all the dresses she has designed. Lizzie always went the extra mile to ensure our dresses were exactly what we wanted, even coming to the venue to on the day to make sure the dresses were perfect! Lizzie is ace!!!”-Lucy
The venue, The West Mill
Flowers, Twisted Willow
Photography, Becky Ryan
“Lizzie is quite simply amazing! She is friendly, patient and understanding as well as being incredibly talented! She worked too hard to make my vision come to life and designed me the most beautiful bespoke dress which was unlike anything I’d tried on. Lizzie cake to dress me on the morning of my wedding as well to make sure everything was perfect. Such an incredible service. The whole experience of seeing my ideas coming to life was really special.”
Images by Martin Urch
Hair by Harriet Harvey Hair Salon
Makeup by Josie Clarke
Venue and Flowers by Floral Media
We WON! we only went and won!
Every year since opening Elizabeth Malcolm we have entered The Wedding Industry Awards. These awards are basically the OSCARS of the wedding industry, set up to recognise excellent wedding suppliers. And if you are planning your wedding their website is a very useful tool to find very amazing suppliers too!
The reason that we only enter The Wedding Industry Awards is that they are the only regional and national client voted awards in the wedding industry, and above all the feedback we receive from our customers and judges is vital to us for keeping our standards at the highest possible level.
Every year we have entered the awards we have amazingly become a Regional Finalist. Last year however was slightly different. Last year we actually won the regional award and then went on to achieve the Highly Commended award at the Nationals. So this year I decided that we definitely needed to come back and defend our title!
We are just so ecstatic to have won the Regionals again and have been floating around in a bubble ever since. It is such an honour to be involved in every single one of our bride’s weddings and we are so thankful for them having taken their time to vote for us. The next stage is the London Regional Finals in January. Keep your fingers crossed for us!