Bride holding purple heart umbrella

Earlier this year Val from Benessamy Weddings and Events had the pleasure of planning and co-ordinating an Open Weekend for Sami Tipi Events. The event was designed to showcase the fabulous tipi structures set within the picturesque setting of Bawdon Lodge Farm in Leicestershire – a perfect location to host a tipi wedding. Val told us about the event…

Tipis provide an atmospheric event space like no other event venue. Inspired by the Sami People of Lapland, tipis make for a fabulous outdoor celebration and provide a breathtaking alternative to a conventional marquee, and are just perfect for the increasingly popular festival style wedding.

Two brides



Bride looking down

Bride standing in front of tipis

Visitors to the event received a warm Benessamy and Sami Tipi welcome from our team and the team of fabulous suppliers.

The tipis were beautifully styled by Darby & Joan with gorgeous flowers by Tineke Floral Designs, pom poms and bunting galore by Pom Pom Studio and Emma Bunting, and lovely stationery by Best Day Ever.

The fabulous cakes and treats display was provided by Ruby Lou’s Cake Co (including Macarons to die for!).

Wedding tipis


Wedding cake

Love sign

Wedding table display

Wedding table

Wedding menu

Wedding table display

Wedding menu on plate

Glitter ball in marquee


Our lovely models wore beautiful Twobirds Bridesmaid dresses supplied by Giling and White Bridal on the Saturday, and bespoke wedding dresses by Timeless Couture on the Sunday, with hair and make up styled by Ben and David Peck-Whiston.

Bride holding out dress

Bride wearing leather jacket

Bridesmaid wearing blue dress

Bridesmaid wearing coral dress


Bridesmaid with eyes shut

Bridesmaid in coral dress


Bridesmaids in coral and blue dresses

Bridesmaids in coral and blue dresses

Bridesmaid wearing blue dress


Bridesmaid in coral dress standing in front of tree

Visitors were entertained by music performed by The Burgundys on the Saturday and Mark James on the Sunday, whilst sampling the delicious pork and banana salsa tortillas prepared by Thomas the Caterer. Cold beer and Pimm’s (and tea and coffee – given the chilly weather!) were made available to visitors at the bar provided by The Bespoke Bartender Company in the chill out tipi. The warm welcome was completed by the roaring fire in the fabulous fire pit!

Mark James guitarist

Open fire in marquee

Bar in marquee


“I wanted two distinct themes for the tables, the first an elegant and classic Tuscan theme, a glamorous affair with a very neutral palette. Hessian, white florals, crystal glassware and understated stationery were the key. We had hessian and lace bunting hanging from the rafters with white, pale green and cream paper lanterns.

“The second look was a complete contrast – a bright Kate Spade inspired table with bold stripes and bright tones of coral with navy accents. Bright festival style bunting helped to pull the colours together with masses of coloured pom poms. We had glassware, plastic animals and vases spray painted gold and masses of colour on the tables.” – Karen from Darby & Joan

Cake pops


Wedding table display

Wedding place setting

Wedding table setting

Wedding table display

“I just loved creating the stationery for these themes, both totally different but utterly gorgeous in their own way. Our Tuscan Romance Collection was perfect for the rustic, Italian look. Using the brown, recycled kraft card created a lovely texture, and the black fonts and olive branch illustrations really stood out. For the colourful theme, we used our Stripe Me Pretty collection. A mix of bold colour, vintage flowers and stripes worked so well with the vintage china and bright blooms. Which is my favourite? Oh, it’s so hard to choose. I am seeing a lot of colour used in wedding stationery recently; brides certainly are being more adventurous with colour and bold patterns.” – Mirlah from Best Day Ever

Wedding table number

Wedding plate

Wedding place setting

Eating cake pops

Team behind Sami Tipi Open Weekend

Photography: Matt Brown Photography

Tipis: Sami Tipi Events

Event Planning and Co-Ordination: Benessamy Weddings & Events

Venue: Bawdon Lodge Farm

Styling: Darby & Joan

Flowers: Tineke Floral Designs

Pom Poms and Paper Lanterns: Pom Pom Studio

Bunting: Emma Bunting

Stationery: Best Day Ever

Cakes and Treat Table: Ruby Lou’s Cake Co

Catering: Thomas The Caterer

Film: Lara Elliot

Hair and Make-Up: Ben and David Peck-Whiston

Bar: The Bespoke Bartender Company

Live Music: The Burgundys and Mark James Acoustic

Lighting: Premier Weddings and Events

Twobirds Bridesmaid Dresses: Giling and White Bridal

Wedding Dresses: Timeless Couture

Models: Jessamy, Chloe and Ben