There was a definite festival vibe at Ruth and Chris’ tipi wedding at the stunning Red Welly, a rural retreat in Wales complete with it’s own beach.
A blank canvas for your unique day
I’ve had the pleasure of shooting wedding photography at Red Welly on a number of occasions and each one is unique. Red Welly provides the blank canvas for your wedding day. I say blank canvas but in reality, the beautiful landscape surrounding the venue is anything but blank. A former cottage, barn and dairy have all lovingly been converted to provide accommodation. There are 5 acres of land surrounding the property which the wedding party has exclusive use of. This provides a wonderful setting to erect a tipi and have a relaxed wedding with a festival vibe, just like Ruth and Chris did, and I has the pleasure to capture the day.
A festival vibe in a tipi
I spent the morning at Red Welly, dividing my time between the bridal and groom preparations as well getting snaps of their friends and family who were busily adding finishing touches to the tipi. I’m not sure about you, but as soon as I see a tipi at a wedding I know that I’m in for a fun filled and relaxed day, and this wedding did not disappoint. I love that you can have a really unique and bespoke wedding with a tipi. And I loved the details that Ruth and Chris had added to make their special day unique to them. The red welly plant pots were genius!
Going back in time
After the preparations, we headed over to Penarth Fawr, a gorgeous medieval house, dating back to the 15th Century, for the wedding ceremony. The building with its thick stone walls, high ceilings and beautiful carved timber work provided a lovely romantic setting. After some group and couple shots in the surrounding gardens we headed back to Red Welly. There could be no other way to arrive at your tipi wedding reception than in a vintage VW Campervan.
A stroll to the beach
We couldn’t let the day go by without heading down to the private beach for a few shots. It was shoes off and into the sea for the happy couple – only ankle deep though! The afternoon and evening were filled with fun and laughter and no detail was left overlooked. From the garden games for the kids (and big kids) to the camp fire and hay bail seating. I really felt like I’d been invited to an exclusive festival. Thanks so much to Ruth and Chris for letting me be a part of their tipi wedding.
A huge thank you to Nicola Arber for second shooting on the day!