Real weddings – Kirsty & Dan

Describe yourselves…

We both live and work in Penrith with our 10-month-old cocker spaniel Tali. I work in property management and Dan is a landscape gardener.

We both grew up in Penrith a stone throws away from each other, went to the same school, but didn’t meet until Dan smoothly slid into my DM’s one day during the first lockdown and the rest is history. We got engaged at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool, (it was meant to be on a beach in Greece but COVID had other ideas.) He said he was going to ask for the bill at the end of the evening, and I turned around and he was on one knee.

What made you decide on an outdoor wedding?

It was so important to us from the start that we had a really intimate, laid back wedding, we just wanted our closest family and friends together with plenty of prosecco flowing and felt like an outdoor wedding was the best option for creating the day we wanted. Although, there was plenty of sleepless nights thinking oh god what if it rains.

Tipi’s over marquee, how did you choose?

The moment we pulled up to the Tipis I was absolutely sold. They just created the perfect atmosphere and they definitely give a WOW impact when you see them. Having them for the whole weekend was so special.

How did you find Special Events Tipis?


Describe your wedding story?

We knew with it being outside we wanted a summer wedding, I got the list of dates available and 13th August was my Nana and Grandads wedding anniversary so it felt like a sign! We just had a small wedding of 52 guests all day.

I took so much inspiration from the Italian weddings with long tables under a curtain of lights. Our theme for the whole day was ‘soft and romantic’ which defiantly came from these kinds of weddings. We were very lucky that mother nature gave us sunshine and 30 degrees to match!

We kept all the colours really soft, all the flowers were soft lilacs, blues, blush pinks and whites. I had always wanted ivory bridesmaids’ dresses and Dan’s groomsmen had beige linen suits and navy blue trousers and bow ties.

We wanted lots of personal touches, one of which was Talis Bar, which was full of Talisker Whiskey and Cigars. It still sat in the corner of our living room, just with a little less whiskey on it! We DIY’d pretty much all of the decorations, which was mostly me showing Dan a picture I had found on the depths of Pinterest and him somehow making it. This definitely made the whole day feel really personal to us.

What did everyone wear?

Long summer dresses, and suits. With the exception of my brother in a kilt. Everyone did so well baring mind in was 30 degrees.

How did you feed and water your guests?

We had grazing boards for the middle of each table which were filled with all the good stuff, cheese, bread, meats. We were planning to have a BBQ in the evening, but everyone was still so full from the boards we didn’t need to.

For pudding we had profiteroles and Bruce and Luke’s Doughnuts.

For drinks we did the open bars of all open bars. We had a gin bar, prosecco bar and 5 big barrels filled wine and beers and it was help yourself all day. I’m truly shocked we had enough left for the BBQ the day after!

How did you entertain your guests?

We put out garden games, but I think beer pong was the favourite of the day!

Do you have any words of wisdom for future brides and grooms?

Enjoy every minute of it. It’s not a lie when people say it goes so fast but it’s the best day ever.

Supplier shout out – who made your day magical?

I could go on for hours about the suppliers but I could not recommend everyone enough. Our day would not have run as smoothly and been so amazing without such amazing suppliers.

Flowers – Fellside Flower Company.
Food – Lee Cooper from Greenwheat Fika
Crockery Hire – Lune Valley Crockery Hire
Hair – Hair at Bloom
Make up – Retreat Beauty.
Videographer – Apex Videography
Photography – Infinity Photography Events

Have a look at their full wedding album here.