Charlotte Balbier
Luxury Wedding Fairs

making dreams into memories: big chief tipis

April 26th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon we’re delighted to introduce another of our talented Brides Up North Sponsors to the blog, the wonderful Big Chief Tipis.

There’s not much that the company’s team (aka the ‘Little Chiefs’) don’t know about staging a dream outdoor wedding under the protection and beauty of a fabulous event tipi having organised 50 weddings in their very first year of operation.

Among their clients is gorgeous celeb couple Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright, who hired a Big Chief Tipi for their lavish big day back in July 2015! Impressed? Us too! So much so that we’ve called upon Big Chief Tipis to showcase some of their stunning structures at our exciting WEDSTIVAL16 event at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire on 22nd May 2016 – which will be one of the UK’s first dedicated large scale festival wedding exhibitions!

To celebrate becoming a Brides Up North Sponsor, Big Chief Tipis are offering our readers an amazing 5% discount on bookings, just quote “Brides Up North”.

We’ll now hand over the blog to those knowledgeable Little Chiefs to explain what makes a tipi wedding so special…

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Can you give us a little overview of Big Chief Tipis and the services you can offer to our bride-to-be readers?

Here at Big Chief Tipis we specialise in hiring out large event tipis for weddings throughout the UK. The dream alternative to a marquee, our tipis create a breath-taking space for you to celebrate in the great outdoors. All of our tipis can be interlinked together endlessly to create a space big enough for any number of guests. They are perfect for both summer and winter weddings as you can raise the sides when the sun is shining, or you can lower them down and light a fire inside when the weather is…British!

Our aim is to turn your dreams into memories and we have a dedicated team of Little Chiefs on hand around the clock to ensure these memories are the happiest of your life!

We are a young company, with a vibrant team of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who absolutely love weddings. In our first year of operation, 2015, we organised 50 weddings – one of them being Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright’s wedding, after which we appeared in Hello magazine as they loved us so much!

Why do tipis make a great option for weddings?

When planning a wedding, we ask our brides – what do you desire? Do you want something unique, exclusive, fun, stunning, individual? If the answer is yes to any (or all) of the above, then a tipi wedding could be the answer you’re looking for.

Our tipis act as a popup venue that can be erected practically anywhere, so that you can enjoy your big day with friends and family in the great outdoors. Whether you have a large garden, your grandma’s field, a campsite with amazing views or a local venue with land, our team of Onsite Little Chiefs can work their magic within one to two days, to make your vision a reality.

Our motto at Big Chief Tipis is “making dreams into memories” and with your wedding, we’ll do just that. We know that your special day means the world to you and that you want to have the best time of your life within a space that brings fun, love and atmosphere. A wedding in one of our tipis is like no other party and we can guarantee that your guests will leave with smiles on their faces and their dancing shoes worn out! Even the most sceptical of guests who are expecting to walk into a ‘wigwam’ are blown away when they see our 21st Century version of what was a very traditional space.

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What types of tipis do you offer?

We offer three different sizes of tipis – our Big Hats (10.5m), Midi tipis (8.5m) and Baby tipis (6.5m). They can all be interlinked together to create different spaces. For a wedding, we tend to work off 50 people per tipi, which will leave enough space for a dancefloor. So if you have 80 to 100 guests then two Big Hats is perfect but you may want to add on a Midi tipi to act as the bar and chill out area. In addition, our Baby tipis can be linked to the main formation using a tunnel which creates the perfect chill out space with Moroccan styled furniture or children’s play area complete with multi-coloured bean bags and bunting.

How many guests can your tipis cater for?

The answer is “How long is a piece of string?” You can use one tipi on its own for a more intimate gathering of 50 people, or you can interlink a number of our tipis together to create an incredible space to accommodate a wedding in excess of 400 guests.

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Can the tipis be used for weddings all year round?

Big Chief Tipis is open all year round as our tipis are perfect for both summer and winter weddings alike. We can lift the sides while the sun shines for you to enjoy the weather and views, or we can lower them to protect you from the elements and light a fire pit inside to create a magical and cosy vibe. The bonus of booking with Big Chief Tipis is that our sister company is The Tipi Company, which manufactures the tipis for the tipi hire industry, and as a result we have a few additional extras that set us apart from the rest – such as our weather-proofing kits complete with doors and clear view windows!

Do you offer extras such as toilets and heating to make hiring a tipi a simpler option?

Yes, we can take care of all the ‘boring bits’ for you, including generators, toilets and heaters, and plan the timings of arrival / collection of them all to coordinate with the set up and break down of the tipis and the layout of the site, so that you don’t have to worry about any of it.

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diary date: totem tipi launch

April 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We’ve just concluded an absolutely fabulous month of #AprilINSPO here at Brides Up North HQ, hosting our branded events across three regions.  We’ve met so many beautiful brides and gorgeous grooms and packed venue upon venue full of sensational styling inspiration.  All eyes in the office are firmly on May now, and our epic wedding festival events, WEDSTOCK’16 in Yorkshire and WEDSTIVAL’16 in Cheshire, that will round off what’s been a stunning season.  You can find out more about those huge shows by clicking on the pretty banner above, and bride to be registration is now open. Whoop!

For now though – and if you can’t wait till next month to get your planning fix, we’re bringing you news of a local event that our Sponsor totem tipi are running on Saturday 30th April at County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AE from 11am – 3pm.

Totem Tipi was born in 2015 and was developed by the Connecting Youth Culture (CYC) team which is part of North Yorkshire County Council. Totem is a business with a social purpose and proceeds from Totem feedback into the delivery of vital services across North Yorkshire.

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totem tipi say: Our event tipis are Stratus 72 tipis, also known as a Kata tipi or Giant hat. The stratus 72 is based on a traditional Scandinavian design. Due to their unique interlocking features, the kata tipis make stunning intimate venues for a small wedding party or can be joined together to create larger scale structures to cater for the largest of wedding parties. The structures are built to withstand harsh weathers. With strong sustainable timbers and waterproof fabrics, we can cater for all events in all seasons. So… whether you want to create a summer celebration with the sides up, or you fancy a winter wonderland with an open fire pit, indoors heaters and warm blankets then the tents can accommodate all ideas, seasons and tastes!

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As well as launching Totem Tipi‘s lovely tipi tents, local wedding suppliers will be at the event to showcase a range of products,  including cake decorators, videographers, photographers, bridal gowns and more.

Totem will also be using the event to kickstart their new competition: Win A Tipi Wedding. The free wedding giveaway will include the use of 2 kata tipis, flooring, tables and benches for up to 80 guests, fire pit and a dance floor. Pop along and sign up to be in with a chance to win the perfect outdoor wedding venue!

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For more information contact Totem at info@totemtipi.co.uk or 01609 535758. 

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boho beauty: a styled shoot under canvas in east yorkshire

December 15th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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This morning the blog is brimming with pretty boho wedding inspiration thanks to this gorgeous styled shoot, put together by a group of talented suppliers from East Yorkshire.

Headed up by photographer Jemma King, the shoot offers brides dreaming of a boho-style big day ideas on everything from the décor and blooms to the dress, hair and makeup.

With more details on the pretty, here’s Jemma…

With images by Jemma King Photography.

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jemma says: Our original theme for the styled wedding shoot was ‘Indian Summer’, however our great British weather had other plans for us on the day of the photoshoot with torrential rain and wind, which was just typical. Ideally we would have rescheduled, but the tipis we used from Boutipi were only available on that day so we had to tweak things a little and change the look to represent a more autumnal bride.

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I first met with the owners of Boutipi, sisters Sam and Michelle, at their wedding open day a few weeks prior to the shoot and they instantly saw my vision for the styled shoot. They were so accommodating and on the day offered a handful of the styling vendors they work with to help out with the décor. The interior of the tipi was styled beautifully with items including vintage china, paper pom poms and 4ft illuminated ‘love’ letters. This was a combined effort by H2B, Pretty Yorkshire Vintage, Cherry Williams and the Pom Pom Studio, who were all really keen to be part of the shoot.

Beautiful fresh flowers and leaves, including Miss Piggy roses, dahlias, wax flowers, eucalyptus and astilbe, were used to add further colour to the shoot. These were supplied by Rachael at The Daisy Chain in Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire, who also created an outstanding floral head garland and matching bouquet for our models.

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under the awnings. amanda wyatt for a beautiful tipi wedding under canvas

November 27th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Today’s couple are based in New Zealand but bride Rosie and her fiance Nick headed home (to her Grandparent’s back garden no less!) to say their “I Dos”. Keeping things super relaxed but seriously pretty, Rosie and Nick had their perfect English wedding (with lots of Kiwi touches) under canvas.

With images by Miki Photography.

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rosie says: Nick proposed on my 30th birthday (May 2014)! We were about to head out to meet my friends for drinks, when a tuk-tuk turned up on the driveway (we met taking part in an adventure rally, racing tuk tuks the length of Indonesia) and I just thought it was a cool birthday surprise. We were driven around my home town and out into the countryside, then we pulled up at a church in a tiny village called Alveston – the church that my parents were married at. We went for a walk around and Nick got down on one knee to propose. I don’t think I even looked at the ring (!) I just said yes and we hugged and cried for what seemed like hours. Then we got back in the tuk-tuk, he put on a song that he played to me on guitar when we first met, and we drove back to the bar where my friends and family were waiting for us. It was definitely the best birthday to date!

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We got married on 28th August 2015. Nick wanted to get married on a Friday and I wanted to get married on a significant date. We both wanted to have a summer wedding and choose a date close enough to the Rugby World Cup that any Kiwis coming over from NZ could catch the first games.

Our wedding day would have been my dad’s 60th Birthday (he passed away when I was 15) and so it was really special. And it fulfilled all of the criteria above!

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big hats & high jinks. a papakata wedding in york – hazel & adam

August 3rd, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Hazel and Adam stamped their personalities all over their unique & beautiful wedding under canvas, and that’s just the way we like it here at Brides Up North.

What better way to start the week than a wedding involving lots of pretty touches, vintage finds, brilliant blooms and a first night spent sleeping in a chicken hat… oh, yes.  Read on, read on…

With images by Brides Up North sponsor JB Creatives.

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hazel says: We got engaged in a wine bar in London, the day before we went on holiday. My sister had just come back from a year in Canada, and as hard as Adam tried to get rid of her, we hadn’t seen each other in ages, so in the end he had to tell her to go and wait in the toilets while he proposed!

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We were married on October 4th 2014 – we wanted to get married while Adam’s sister who lives in New Zealand was back in the country. We got married in St. Helen’s church in Escrick, just outside of York. We absolutely loved the church, and it was close to where we held our reception. Helen at Escrick Park was absolutely fantastic, as were Papakata who provided the teepees. They both did such a great job of making our day so special, perfect and unique to us.

Our venue was a field – this meant that we could choose absolutely every detail ourselves and make our day exactly as we wanted. It meant some very long days in the run up, and I never expected my wedding to include a lesson in how to run a generator or heavy lifting of fridges, but it was 100% worth it!

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We didn’t want a strict style or colour scheme – just things that we liked. I guess you could say that we went for a vintage theme, but really we just picked the things that we thought looked nice! We deliberately avoided a strict colour scheme, and just went with pastels where colour was required.

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I chose a lace wedding dress from an outlet in Northallerton. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a dress I knew would inevitably end up covered in grass and mud – which it did!

Adam wore suit trousers, a shirt and waistcoat from Next. He tried on a couple of suits but they looked too formal and we wanted a more relaxed style.

The groomsmen wore the same as Adam, but with different coloured ties, and I only had my sister as a bridesmaid. This made it much easier, and she just picked a dress that she liked!

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We hired VW campervans to sleep in at the teepees, and ended up using one to transport me to the church too. They were from The Campervan Company in Thirsk.

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Jane Beadnell from JB Creatives was our photographer, she was absolutely fantastic from start to finish and she takes brilliant photos. She did an amazing job and captured our day perfectly in a style that really suited the wedding itself. We had so many lovely comments from our guests about how hard she worked and the lovely photos.

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My bouquet was made up predominantly of roses, hydrangea, and freesias. The flowers were provided by another friend – Sarah Richardson at Leafy Couture, she also did an amazing job, with our very limited knowledge of flowers and vague descriptions of what we liked!

The flowers for the reception were also provided by Leafy Couture – again lots of roses and freesias – in mini milk bottles on the tables. We also decorated with lots of home made bunting.

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Adam was in charge of the favours – he had a boy’s night in and made them all! Everyone had a big bag of marshmallows to toast on the open fires, and a jar of hot chocolate to take home and help them through the morning after!

We had an afternoon tea, so rather than more cake we had wheels of cheese provided by Love Cheese in York. We are both big cheese fans, and we served it up after the afternoon tea with a glass of port (or 3!) – so it was great to see the guests tucking into it.

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Katie & Maz at The Flax & Twine in York provided our catering – they were amazing, providing solutions to Adam’s crazy ideas and stopping him when they got out of control – he desperately wanted to make and serve crepes to all 130 guests personally!! In the end we settled for afternoon tea, followed by the cheese from our “cake” then later in the evening we had a hogroast provided by The Hog & Apple in York, and finally a waffle station – dreamt up by Adam and spectacularly brought to life by Katie & Maz from their vintage caravan… amazing! We provided all of the drinks, the wine was Cono Sur Bicicleta because Adam works in a bike shop and all of the bottles had a bicycle on them, and then we put on four beers – two from North Wales where my dad’s family is from, and two from the local York Brewery!

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We tried to have lots of special touches – we painstakingly collected all of the crockery for the afternoon tea, and it included a set my granny was given as a wedding present over 60 years ago! We made lots of things too, all of the bunting, the bar, the photo booth, the coconut shy, the table plan was made of ladders covered in things that were important to us both, and the typewriter we used to write the invitations and sewing machine that made all of the bunting made an appearance too!

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In the evening we had a ceilidh provided by the Dark Horse Ceilidh Band from Harrogate – they were great fun, then we hooked up the ipod for the rest of the evening.

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The whole day was amazing, but the end was our favourite. We waved off our last guests on to a coach at 1am, and then had the teepee all to ourselves to reflect on the day. We were meant to sleep in the campervan, but Adam forgot to bring the duvet and the keys went home with a guest. By this point, it was pretty cold in the teepees, so I slept in my wedding dress, Adam slept in his suit, and then we raided the fancy dress box from our photo booth for extra warmth. I’m pretty sure there are no other brides that can claim to have spent their wedding night in their dress, an army camouflage jacket and a chicken hat!

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Straight after the wedding we spent a week in the Dales in the camper van we had hired – mostly catching up on sleep and recovering from doing so much in the run up to the wedding. We then had 2 weeks in South Africa in January which was absolutely fantastic – the highlight of which was a 2 night stay in a tree house.

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t leave too much to the last minute! The night before the wedding I was up late refining the ipod playlist, and Adam arrived at the church with the decorations after the guests did! Ooops!

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bohemian beauty. a tipi wedding styled shoot at delamere manor

July 13th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Brides Up North, you are in store for a very pretty treat this afternoon as we share this stunning styled shoot led by Big Chief Tipis and featuring some of Manchester’s finest wedding suppliers.

Based in Manchester, big chief tipis was launched in 2015 by Hayley Harthern, alongside her father and brother. Even though the company is less than a year old, Big Chief Tipis has 40 weddings booked for its first year and Hayley recently supplied Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright with tipis for their wedding at Hengrave Hall! Impressive, huh?

As Hayley has worked within the events industry for more than a decade she’s built a great network of fantastic suppliers and saw this photoshoot as an ideal opportunity to bring together a handful of such companies to create some incredibly beautiful imagery – and boy have they done good!

Showing how a blank canvas can be transformed into a fabulous setting for a wedding, this shoot features gorgeous blooms, twinkling fairy lights, amazingly styled brides, oh and a large feathered headdress (that will be the Big Chief reference we imagine). We’ll let Hayley explain the rest…

With images by Melissa Beattie Photography.

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hayley says: When we were pulling together ideas for the photoshoot, it was really important for us to use local Manchester-based suppliers who delivered a five-star service or product. We really wanted to shout out loud how fantastic the region’s suppliers can be and work with the crème-de-la-crème to create a beautiful whimsical photoshoot within the surroundings of Big Chief Tipis.

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The shoot took place at Delamere Manor. Based in the heart of Cheshire, the manor (which is Gary Barlow’s previous residence) offers 100 acres of rolling gardens complete with its own six acre lake, luxurious ensuite bedrooms and private nightclub, making it the perfect setting for both weddings and events. The stunning grounds were ideal for our Big Chief Tipis to be erected and were a sensational backdrop for the photoshoot.

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Working together as a team, we took inspiration from both the awe-inspiring giant tipis and the beautiful grounds of Delamere Manor, to create a free-spirited, bohemian theme, to celebrate the beauty and creativity of the North West. The décor inside the tipis was also themed accordingly to give the main tipi a really bohemian, rustic feel, with the baby tipi providing a different look and feel with its Moroccan hues and furnishings – the perfect place to sit back and relax with your guests.

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The beautiful images were captured by Melissa Beattie Photography. Melissa focuses on fine art weddings and lifestyle photography – capturing natural interaction, expression and moments of happiness. Her style was exactly the look we wanted for the photoshoot and complemented the style of the tipis, dresses and theme perfectly.

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Our models from Boss Model Management were styled by the fabulous Maxine Smith on makeup and Vicky Millington on hair. With over twenty years of experience in the fashion and beauty industry, Maxine has made a real name for herself, from high end clients to editorial work with the likes of Grazia and Vogue. Vicky is a professional freelance hair stylist specializing in bridal hair styling, styling shoots and events, making her a perfect choice for the shoot. The hair and makeup was styled to represent a natural and relaxed-looking bride, channelling a boho-chic vibe.

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The gorgeous dresses were supplied by Jean Jackson Couture, a family run business providing Manchester with the most exclusive bridal experience from their boutiques in both Urmston and the trendy Northern Quarter. They offer bespoke services to design and make bridal dress from scratch, but they also stock a range of beautiful designer dresses and are the only UK stockists of Anna Campbell. Jean Jackson Couture brought with them a selection of vintage inspired gowns and accessories to adorn the models.

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Springbank Flowers provided the stunning florals. I have worked with Springbank for many years and I’m always blown away by their creative flair and attention to detail. Their expert floristry combined with their imagination takes them to a new level. A selection of wild flower bouquets and table centres were provided – the mixture of multi-coloured jars and flowers flown over from Holland were simply stunning and worked beautifully in the woodland setting amongst the trees, the lake and tipis. The bouquets and floral head pieces they created complemented the style of the shoot perfectly.

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Finally the fab light up letters were supplied by The Word Is Love. They provided the ‘DANCE’ letters for the shoot but offer the full alphabet to spell any configuration you like.

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The shoot went really well on the day – everything came together beautifully and we were so pleased with the overall results. The one thing we couldn’t control was the weather and unfortunately the sun didn’t come out but it didn’t rain, so we were still able to get all our outdoor shots with a lovely ‘moody’ style!

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This was our first photoshoot for Big Chief Tipis and we were really keen to work with suppliers in the North West – there is so much talent up here and it was great to see everyone come together and produce such beautiful images.

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Though in our first year it’s very exciting times for Big Chief Tipis – we’ve just provided the tipis for Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright’s wedding in Suffolk and as a result, have been featured in Hello magazine’s coverage of the wedding which we are really pleased with! We are also providing tipis for a range of festivals this year including Glastonbury, Festival No.6, Love Supreme and We Are FSTVL.

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