Updated: Dec 30, 2020
We decided to take this second lockdown as an opportunity to plan another beautiful photoshoot! We currently have one of our Giant Hat Tipis up at the country pub, The White Swan, located in Ovingham. The White Swan is a charming pub nestled in the heart of Northumberland known for its rural charm and fabulous food and drink. They hired one of our Giant Hat Tipis to create more cosy space outside, with socially distanced tables, a fire-pit and a heater. The White Swan is certainty worth the visit once we graduate from tier three to two! Support local business and plan a visit to our Tipi!
Rustic wedding and wicker furniture
Now whilst we had the tipi up and ready we reached out to the team at Made Simply Perfect - a local, award-winning event-styling company with the most beautiful collections - and asked if they wanted to get together for a collaborative photoshoot inspired by rustic tipi weddings! Despite only having a few days to plan, the team were keen to get involved and of course we were delighted! I got to quiz them on a few questions too!
Traditional wedding top table inspiration
Firstly, introduce yourselves!
'Specialising in Wedding Floristry, Venue Styling & Stationery…we are Made Simply Perfect. A mother & daughter team who have a love of anything creative and a drive for making the perfect day, your reality. Susan being the Mama of MSP, is a self-taught florist and creative genius & joining her is daughter Glynis, who follows in the footsteps of her talent. Together we create beautiful weddings that are personal to each couple and individually designed to reflect their own unique style.'
Rustic outdoor wedding ceremony ideas
Where are you based? -how's the new studio going?
'Based in Amble, a small seaside town just outside of Morpeth, Northumberland. We moved here at the start of this year and it has been so great to create a studio that shows just what we can do. With a main showroom which includes sample table set ups, hire items available from our Venue Styling range, stationery options and stunning imagery of all sorts of weddings that we have had the privilege of being a part of. We are always adding and adapting the space to showcase current and future trends and ours is a creative space that is set to inspire couples for their big day.'
Outdoor Tipi and Marquee weddings
How did Made Simply Perfect start?
'Made Simply Perfect all started with Susan, being a creative person in general she would help friends and family with their weddings, creating anything from flowers to printed stationery. Receiving so many amazing comments for her work, the question then was “Why am I not doing this as a living?” and that she decided to do. Beginning in wedding stationery, Susan would create everything from beautiful wedding invitations right through to on the day stationery like table plans, signage etc. Previously coming from a floristry background, Susan evolved Made Simply Perfect over a couple years and with the joining of Glynis to the company in 2015, we have developed our Floristry and Venue Styling which now forms the primary options to our couples. We have so much love for creating such memorable moments for our couples and would not dream of being in any other industry.'
Floral inspired wedding decor
We wanted to have a set up a little less ordinary and opted for an intimate circle ceremony in the Tipi. Pictured are our cross-back chairs decorated by Made Simply Perfect with mauve cheesecloth and macramé hand-made by Susan. Our two new ceremony chairs are now available for booking too! They add a touch of luxe to your ceremony and can be used throughout your day for your top table too.
Rustic wedding and wicker furniture
Our newest favourite – our Peacock chairs! The Made Simply Perfect team dressed one of our wicker Peacock chairs with a mix of flowers and fairy lights. We think they’re perfect for a DIY photobooth background or hire the pair for the ultimate top table glam.
Peacock wicker wedding hire furniture
Could you tell me a little about the floristry and styling used for the photoshoot today?
'We had an amazing time setting up for The Unique Tent Company in their beautiful Tipi. Going for a Rustic/Boho styling using a mix of dried flowers in muted tones against the crispness of fresh foliage including Italian ruscus and the softer sage with a classic eucalyptus. When designing flowers in more muted tones, it is great to compliment that with a fabric that can add some colour to a styling. We chose to go with our new mauve cheesecloth fabric across all chairs, table and draping over the main wooden arch. The cheesecloth drops go with the wooden cross back chairs so beautifully, creating a more relaxed design that suits a tipi so well and is ideal for that less formal, more trendy experience. Not forgetting to add those little details that create such an impact, our macrame feathers on the backs of each chair, stoneware bottles/jars to bring more earth tones to our table dressing & using fairy lighting to add a stunning romantic atmosphere. We bespoke each styling to suit our couples and spend the time to really understand your style to create designs perfect for you and your venue.'
North East wedding styling
Here’s a behind the scenes picture of Lorna our Marketing and Events Manager during the shoot!
Boho wedding decor ideas
How does a client book with you?
'Before booking with us we will invite all potential clients to visit our studio for an initial consultation or we can organise a zoom or telephone call. This time is used for us to get to know each couple individually, to understand and go through their likes & dislikes, along with any styles they envisage for their day. We will go through your day from start to finish, offering options to suit to enable us to provide a quote that is accurate to be considered. Once a quote is reviewed, to book and secure your date we ask for a £100 deposit and that reserves your date. Couples have complete flexibility throughout their planning and can add, change, or remove anything up until we finalise their orders 1-2 months before their wedding. Understanding that plans do sometimes alter, and we are here to accommodate that to make the process as easy as possible for our clients. All set up is free when our couples spend over £400 with us and you also have the option of a hire only if preferred without set up. As well as that we offer a set up only service for any couples that want to get creative with their décor themselves but need us to set up on the morning of their wedding.'
Top table inspiration and decor
Top table glam! - We used two of our long wooden banquet tables and a mixture of our cross-back chairs with two ceremony chairs for the couple. We opted for a long top table with guests facing outward meaning Glynis and Susan could create the most spectacular set up!
We loved all the details from the coloured pampas grasses to the vintage glass bottles - it all came together wonderfully to create a rustic chic styled wedding set up.
Pampas grass boho wedding decor Northeast
Our new Wicker Chill-out Furniture Collection creates a cosy chic area for guests to relax and mingle.
With vintage cane furniture being seriously back in fashion, we have created this fabulous cane and wicker furniture collection for the ultimate boho chic style with a choice of beautiful cushion fabrics to create interchangeable colours and styles. Thank you Merchant no.1 and DC Upholstery for bringing our new wicker collections into full bloom!
Chill-out casual wedding corners
Our tipis are fantastic for creating a cosy atmosphere, you can even have a fire-pit inside a Giant Hat Tipi too. Our fire-pits come with logs to keep you cosy into the evening and plenty of marshmallows too! We created this magical set up which we think would be the perfect cosy retreat to rest from all the dancing! Add a bar in here and you’ve got yourself a beautiful hideout.
Fire-pit and outdoor weddings
What styling accessories do you think are a must in a tipi for making a magical venue?
'Foliage…foliage & more foliage is a must for a tipi in our opinion, filling each cross beam to really compliment the structure. A tipi being a very natural setting itself for a wedding means bringing the outside in, by using foliage in this way really sets the scene and creates a fitting styling to all weddings no matter what each personal style is. We must suggest including fairy lighting as well…it is just stunning!'
Wedding hire furniture for cosy set-ups
...and for a magical Marquee wedding?
'With such impressive height space in marquees, we always love to see stunning hanging decorations…this can be something simple like bunting or a beautiful display of coloured paper lanterns, but a favourite must be floral chandeliers in various shapes and sizes. Utilize every inch of space and that includes the height to really get that WOW factor.'
Wedding North East tipi and marquee styling
We can't recommend the team at Made Simply Perfect enough - they are fabulous! We think our tipis and furnishings blended perfectly with their styling!
Location: White Swan Ovingham
Styling: Made Simply Perfect
Film and film photography by Chris Anastasi Visuals
Photography by our own Marketing and Events Manager Lorna as well as local guest photographer Chris Anastasi.