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This wedding had been on my mind as one of the key highlights of the year. A tipi wedding? How awesome is that? With the couple booking about 6 months prior, I was left in excitement for the whole summer. We’ve had some amazing weddings this year, and this one was no different. 

For Madeleine and Ian, straight from the off, the emphasis for them was on the video but for us, knowing we were going to have a tipi, we were never going to short change them on the photography side of things. So we arrived bright and early raring to go as we started capturing Madeleine, her bridesmaids and family getting ready. It was a great chance to get some lovely natural shots and the whole family were so laid back it made our jobs infinitely easier from the get go. After capturing Madeline getting into her dress and heading downstairs to put her veil on, we headed over to the church in West Rainton for the ceremony.

A lovely ceremony followed with laughs and smiles aplenty. After this there was some time outside for some photos of our newlyweds while everyone else headed over to the tipis. The setup for the tipis was in a scout centre in Rainton that literally had a field enclosed by trees. It was perfect and couldn’t have been a more apt location. First thing we did when we arrived was get cracking on the group shots. The couple had made clear that they wanted to get the photos done so they could spent the rest of the day chilling and relaxing with their guests. I can understand why. With the sun shining it truly was the perfect day to sit out in the field and have a drink surrounded by loved ones.

We got the photos over with in a timely fashion and not long after the guests were taken inside and the bride and groom introduced. There wasn’t a traditional sit down meal as such. What they had was servings of bread and cheese to keep everyone ticking over for the afternoon until the hog roast later. We had the speeches which gave us a great opportunity to walk around and snap everyone laughing and smiling. The whole day went very quickly and before we knew it we were losing light. Quickly thinking, we grabbed the huge couch and headed down to the bottom of the field. What we captured was amazing. I’d said to the couple that with how compact the day was, we didn’t get chance to capture a huge amount of photographs of the two of them together on their own, but I’d sacrifice 10 average shots for one shot like that one of them on the couch. That will live in wedding infamy.

After that there was just enough time for the band to start up and let the couple have their first dance before everyone else joined in. We stayed a little later to capture some shots of the tipis lit up at night before heading home to cap off an incredible day.

Wedding Details

The photographs you see above were taken on two Canon 5D mk iii cameras using a variety of different lenses.

The couple booked our Combine Photography and Video Package which gave them one photographer for the whole day.

Wedding Date: 13th September 2014
# of Photographers: One
Location: Rainton, Sunderland

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