Autumnal outdoor wedding with quirky details and a tipi

Autumnal outdoor wedding with quirky details and a tipi - Kristian Leven Photography | Bonjour Bride

If you’re planning a wedding with no theme and imagine a day full of all the things you love, you are going to want to take some pointers from Fiona and Tim’s Autumnal outdoor wedding. These two tied the knot at Cadhay in Ottery St. Mary on September 13th 2014 (so, happy almost two year anniversary!) It’s a beautiful part of the country and the couple certainly made the venue their own with a host of quirky and personal fun details.

From the colourful origami cranes to gorgeous rich berry hues and a stunning Nicole Miller dress – every detail of this celebration is a treat. The photos from Kristian Leven perfectly capture the emotions and elements of this day. What I’m truly jealous of though is this couple’s surname – I mean how incredible would it be being Mr and Mrs Love!

I hope these two have something special planned for their second wedding anniversary, and that you have a wonderful weekend! x

Photography by Kristian Leven Photography

How we met

Fiona, the bride: Tim and I met on the dating website!

The dress

My dress was a Nicole Miller bridal creation. I bought it in February 2014 from Froufrou Bride in Tunbridge Wells. After LOTS of indecision, trying on and almost cancelling my order the ladies convinced me it was the one to go for!

The veil I wore was by Stewart Parvin, which I also bought from Froufrou Bride. My shoes were ‘Esme’ by Rachel Simpson and my floral & crystal headband was by Dolecka from Mirror Mirror in Angel, North London. I wore my mum’s opal ring and borrowed a gold bangle from one of my bridesmaids to tick off my old, borrowed and blue! My earrings and necklace were from Alex Monroe.


Tim’s suit and shirt were made to measure from Dress2Kill. His plum-coloured tie and pocket square were from TM Lewin.

Bridesmaids & ushers

The bridesmaids wore navy blue maxi dresses from Phase Eight. I chose a different Alex Monroe necklaces as a gift for each of them and they chose their own gold/nude shoes. The best man and ushers all wore their own suits but had matching plum-coloured ties, also from TM Lewin.

Wedding gifts

I gave Tim a new watch and he gave me a box of retro sweets to open in the morning. If you can’t have sweets for breakfast on your wedding day when can you?! He also booked a spa weekend for me at Ellenborough Park near Cheltenham after the wedding.


I looked at LOADS of blogs – both wedding and craft ones. At the time we were planning there were far fewer UK-based blogs showing more alternatively styled weddings and we wanted to try and create something that felt reflective of us, so the blogs were a great source of inspiration. Pinterest was also brilliant. I had boards for everything and used it as a way to collect and share ideas with my florist and hair & makeup person.

Autumnal outdoor wedding

We wanted to bring together ideas that felt like ‘us’. One of our favourite places is Japan, so I folded lots of paper cranes to hang in the tipi.  Tom is a big tennis and football fan and used sports themed table names. And as a nod to Tim’s parents who have lived in France for many years, we had an accordion player during the drinks reception.

In terms of colour I wanted to keep away from anything pastel or too ‘bridal’. Being September it felt right to have more of a late summer/early autumn feel to the flowers so we focused on richer colours like burgundy and bronze and had crab apples and hips in the arrangements. The bridesmaids’ dark blue dresses and groomsmen’s plum-coloured ties reflected this too.

The ceremony

We chose a civil ceremony and we wrote our own vows. We each asked a friend to do a reading, one of whom wrote a poem, especially for the day.

We’re lucky to have friends who are musicians and they kindly played before and during the ceremony. They played ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by the Beatles as I walked in, as my Dad had often played it for me on his guitar when I was little. As we signed the register they played a medley of computer games music as Tim is a retro game fan and we walked out to ‘All you need is Love’ by the Beatles, it’s one of Tim’s Dad’s favourites, and obviously a nod to our new joint surname!


Kristian Leven was our wonderful photographer. Kris is actually an old school friend of Tim’s brother and he was a natural choice to be our photographer. His style is relaxed and informal and we wanted to capture the day as it unfolded rather than have loads of staged portraits.


Laura Hingston created our beautiful flowers. From our first conversation she totally got what I was after and I couldn’t have asked for lovelier flowers (or nicer people to work with!).


We found our rings in New York during a visit to Tim’s brother and sister-in-law. They are by a Japanese designer, Satomi Kawakita. We went to her workshop to choose them which was a fun experience.

First dance

We had a DJ in the evening – our first dance was completely unchoreographed and to the Baywatch theme!


We gave everyone a fortune telling fish. It was just something fun that reminded us of a trip to New York.

Words of wisdom

Nobody but you will notice if you forget to hang up some pinwheels, or the paper table names get a bit damp overnight and won’t stand up straight, or you didn’t manage to fold as many paper cranes as you’d have liked. All these things bothered me in the run-up! – Everyone is there for you (not the décor) so relax and enjoy yourselves!


We went for a week to Sorrento straight after the wedding (which was much needed) and then to Japan for two and half weeks the following April.

Fiona & Tim’s Little Black Book

PhotographerKristian Leven
Ceremony venueCadhay, Ottery St. Mary
Reception venue – Tipis from World Inspired Tents
DressNicole Miller from Froufrou Bride
Bride’s shoesRachel Simpson
Hair & makeupNicola Pettitt
Bridesmaid dressesPhase Eight
Groom’s AttireDress2Kill
FlowersLaura Hingston Flowers
StationeryPirrip Press (invitations)
CateringLyons Catering
Entertainment – Accordion player – John Slater
DJ – Andrew S from Stylish Entertainment


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