In the Summer of 2019, Nicola & Sinead had their tipi wedding in the stunning grounds of Sinead’s family home. Boll Cottages is in the town of Alva in Clackmannanshire and it was a perfect setting for a wedding. There is so much space to set up the tipi next to the little duck pond in the garden. The Wallace Monument & the Ochil Hills provides a stunning backdrop. I was able to nip between the cottages to photograph Nicola and then in to the main house to catch up with Sinead. As guests arrived, there was a lovely buzz in the air. Everyone was hugging and laughing.
For their couple shoot, we even kept things simple and went round the garden to take photos. I mean, it was already a beautiful backdrop so it made perfect sense and we weren’t away from the guests for long at all. We also had to race against the rain as well. As soon as we were in for the speeches, it poured down.
The dance floor was packed and then just as guests started to relax, have a drink and roast a marshmallow over the fire pit, Nicola got up to sing a bit of AC/DC. Nicola is the frontwoman of the band When We Were Dead. If you’re a singer and it’s your wedding day, then you’ve got to get up with the band!
The benefits of having your wedding in your garden.
The benefits that I can see is that everything is on your doorstep. There isn’t a mad rush to get to another venue so that you can have the ceremony. A humanist ceremony is the perfect solution as well. With a humanist ceremony you don’t need to get married at a registered venue.
You can bring in a caterer
Sinead & Nicola opted for the fantastic Bespoke catering. They are local to Stirling, and their food is incredible. I have been at a few weddings now where they have catered. They are always super friendly and everything always looks perfect.
You can party in the wee small hours
I’m sure that there will be a limit for when music has to stop so that your neighbours don’t fall out with you, however, you can still hang out with your guests. The sensible thing to do if you have arranged for buses is to make sure someone in your wedding party makes sure that anyone that should be on the bus, is on the bus. You don’t want anyone to get stranded. But if there is space for guests to stay, you can wile away the hours, without the worry that they won’t have a bed for the night.
I had the best time being Sinead and Nicola’s photographer. If you’re looking for a bit of tipi inspiration then here are a few photos for you.