Real wedding: A tipi wedding in Cornwall with a Maggie Sottero wedding dress
Their decor for the day included blues and yellows, to mirror the coastline, while their tipi wedding venue was awash with fairy lights and suspended floral decor for a truly ambient and magical feel.
Katrina looked beautiful in an off-the-shoulder wedding dress, and Nick was dapper in his top hat and tails.
Photographer | Jo Clement
The Cornwall wedding venue
Katrina and Nick held their wedding ceremony at St Michael's Church in Rock.<br /><br />"The church is located on the water with views across to Padstow," says Katrina.<br /><br />"It was important to us to get married by the sea, and the location had particular meaning for us as my parents live in Padstow and Nick’s mother grew up on the Rock side of the estuary, in St Tudy."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/the-yandyw-guide-to-church-of-england-weddings/18628.html" target="_self">READ MORE: The Y&YW guide to Church of England weddings</a>
Church wedding flowers
<a href="http://www.bruallen.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Bruallen</a> created breathtaking <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/flowers/26-pretty-pink-wedding-bouquets/22909.html" target="_self">pink and white wedding flowers</a> to decorate the church with, filling urns with overflowing blooms.
The tipi wedding reception
The reception was held at Porthilly Farm, in a field right next to the church, which meant the guests could walk from one to the other.<br /><br />"We were originally planning to put a marquee on the site but then we discovered <a href="https://wildtipi.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Wild Tipi</a>, who provided three giant tipis and created a magical space, dressed in fairy lights and foliage," says Katrina. <br /><br /><br />
Tipi wedding decorations
Sam Moore from Wild Tipi was Katrina and Nick's wedding planner, and transformed their tipi into the glorious venue it was. <br /><br />"She worked tirelessly to create the perfect space for our wedding reception, going massively above and beyond in giving up her time and energy over many months,' says Katrina.<br /><br />"She made the planning process exciting and easy."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/questions-to-ask-your-wedding-planner/1446.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Questions to ask your wedding planner</a>
The wedding colour scheme
Katrina and Nick went with a blush, ivory and gold wedding theme and adorned their venue with <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/flowers/17-of-the-loveliest-hanging-floral-arrangements-for-your-wedding/22868.html" target="_self">suspended floral decorations</a>.
The local inspired table names
"We named the tables after our favourite local beaches," says Katrina.<br /><br />"After teaching herself calligraphy, my sister wrote the names on pieces of local slate in gold paint. She also created a welcome sign, an order of the day, a seating plan, and chalkboard bar menus."<br /><br />Yellow and white flowers were displayed in cobalt blue glass bottles to echo the seascape around the venue.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/24-unique-wedding-table-name-ideas/22479.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 24 Unique Wedding Table Name Ideas</a>
The name cards
"My mother Jackie spent far longer than I like to admit scrubbing 80 oyster shells to use as place card holders for the tables!" shares Katrina.<br /><br />"Our venue was a working oyster farm, and we wanted to pay homage to our surroundings."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/33-unique-name-card-ideas-for-your-wedding/22218.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 33 Unique Name Card Ideas for your Wedding</a>
Personalised wedding favours
Nick’s mother Sarah and aunt Renette created monogrammed napkins for the guests' favours. <br /><br />If you don't have family members you who can lend a hand creating favours, check out our gallery of <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/favours-and-thank-yous/personalised-wedding-favours-you-can-buy/20926.html" target="_self">personalised wedding favours you can buy</a>.
Wooden flower vase
We adore the little wooden vase these flowers are displayed in - such a beautiful rustic touch.
Wedding table plan
Katrina's sister also created this cool <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/diy-and-craft/wedding-table-plan-inspiration/19542.html" target="_self">wedding seating plan</a>, allowing guests to easily find where they were sitting.
The naked wedding cake
Katrina and Nick had a <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/cakes/lovely-naked-wedding-cakes-for-your-big-day/22192.html" target="_self">naked</a> orange and lemon polenta cake with almond, decorated with fresh flowers, and served with Cornish clotted cream and berries. <br /><br />The glorious bake was made by <a href="https://www.feeturnercatering.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Fee Turner Catering</a>.
The cheese wedding cake
As well as their <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/cakes/lovely-naked-wedding-cakes-for-your-big-day/22192.html" target="_self">naked wedding cake</a>, Katrina and Nick had a <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/cakes/cool-cheese-wedding-cakes/22114.html" target="_self">cheese wedding cake</a>.
The off-the-shoulder wedding dress
Katrina wore a pretty <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/wedding-dresses/42-elegant-off-the-shoulder-wedding-dresses/22366.html" target="_self">off-the-shoulder wedding dress</a> by <a href="https://www.maggiesottero.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Maggie Sottero</a>, purchased from <a href="https://pirouettethecollection.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pirouette</a> in Exeter. <br /><br />"The shop is housed in an incredible wonky Tudor building which gave bridal dress shopping an extra air of magic," Katrina shares. <br /><br />She accessorised the dress with a bespoke lace top, created by Pirouette.
The pink and white bridal bouquet
Katrina's pink and white bridal bouquet was created by Jen at <a href="http://www.twigsandgreens.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Twigs and Greens</a>.<br /><br />"It was my dream bouquet," she says. "Jen used the King Protea, the national flower of South Africa, in both my bouquet and my bridesmaids’ bouquets. My husband is South African and I was delighted to surprise him with them."
The ASOS bridesmaid dresses
The bridesmaid wore the ASOS Maya dress in shades of blush and mink.<br /><br />If you love these gowns, check out our gallery of <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/bridesmaids-flowergirls/21-gorgeous-sparkly-bridesmaid-dresses/22792.html" target="_self">sparkly bridesmaid dresses</a> to add a sprinkle of sparkle to your wedding day.
Mother-of-the-bride outfit ideas
Katrina's mum wore a gorgeous blush pink ensemble from <a href="https://www.phase-eight.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Phase Eight</a> that beautifully matched the bridesmaid dresses.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/mother-of-the-bride/mother-of-the-bride-outfit-ideas/20549.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Chic mother-of-the-bride outfit ideas </a>
The groom's attire
Nick wore a smart suit and top hat, courtesy of <a href="https://www.moss.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Moss Bros</a>.
The most memorable part of the day
"For me, the most memorable part was getting out of the wedding car at the entrance to the tipis, hearing folk music drift across the field as all of our guests were greeted by trays of canapés and glasses of fizz. A truly celebratory moment!"