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  • Writer's pictureTRIBECA TIPIS


On a beautiful September weekend, Kim and James celebrated their wonderful festival style tipi wedding down at The Party Field in Lewes.

Drawing on the natural rustic setting a tipi invites, Kim and James filled their wedding with rustic homemade touches included handmade wedding signs & stationery made by Kim, table flowers grown by family and friends, organic palm plates for guests, homemade bakes and cakes and an outdoor ceremony overlooking the South Downs. Catering included paella street food from Paella Fella and pizzas from Community Oven.

This was a relaxed, informal wedding with a nod to the traditional with homemade eco-friendly elements throughout, plus the couple were also blessed with an incredible harvest moon on Saturday night where guests danced outside to Ceilidh band - Ceilidh Tree. Magical!

Congratulations Kim & James x

Suppliers :

Food - Paella Fella

Bride bouquet - Gunns Florist

Power- Grizzly Bear

Flowers - grown by family and friends

Dress - second hand

Stationery & Signs- Kim Walker (bride)

Why did you choose tipis for your wedding?

The tipi complimented the surroundings so well and really added to the 360 views at our venue. It's also such a large, flexible and open space that allows you connect the outdoor and indoor parts of the day seamlessly.

Rustic tipi table splendor with homegrown flowers and palm leave plates.

Banquet style tipi tables.

Where did you source some of your wedding suppliers and where did you look for outdoor wedding inspiration?

I looked to work with as many local suppliers as possible as well as designing and creating as much as we could ourselves. We also managed to find lots of second hand things on facebook marketplace which helped keep our costs down.

As for outdoor wedding inspiration, I think that just came from thinking about how we like to spend our free time; camping with our friends and family, sharing great food and drinks around a campfire and dancing till we can't dance anymore.

Outdoor ceremony - festival style.

Just married.

Capturing those special moments by Jacques Lloyd Photography.

You incorporated lots of personal homemade elements to your wedding, which makes this unique to you and also very eco friendly. Was this easy to achieve?

Making a lot yourself is very rewarding as long as you enjoy the process. As a graphic designer by day, it was tricky being my own client, but it was a great chance to flex some different creative skills like sign painting. We tried to borrow and buy second hand as much as we could and made decisions based on "will this make the day more fun?" to help us focus our spending and planning. Ask friends and family to get involved in areas that they are already confident in. For example, our parents helped us by growing all the flowers on the tables because they were already keen gardeners. And our friends who were already excellent bakers were more than happy to offer their culinary skills for our cake stand.


Delicious homemade sweet treats

Ceilidh magic from Ceilidh Tree.

This looks like so much fun!


South Downs golden hour.

Even more dancing!

Magical tipi nights - crisp, clear and beautiful with photography from Jacques Lloyd.

What advice would you give to anyone planning a tipi wedding? You probably need less decor than you think - the majestic tipi structure and lights speak for themselves!

Kim & James - September 2022

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