An outside ceremony and terrific Tipi wedding at Claverley Farm, Staffordshire

the-dignums-wedding-photography-claverly-farm-events-tipi-steph-bec-0Rolling around in the grass, giant Jenga, tents, tipis, “Wedfest” wristbands, LED light shows, handmade decorations, and saying “I do” in the sunshine when moments before it had been pouring with rain. These, and many other elements were what came together to make an unforgettable wedding day for Steph and Bec.

The place for all of this was Claverley Farm: a beautiful blank outdoor wedding canvas. It comes with stunning views out over the Staffordshire countryside, a gate, loads of grassy open space, water, daylight, air, and gravity.

You bring everything else.

Steph and Rebecca rose excellently to the challenge. They'd brought along a huge tipi from Event In A Tent, with separate spaces for eating, dancing, and chilling out. They’d hired great caterers, and a mobile bar that was kept busy all day and night! They had made a lot of the decorations themslves, including amazing glass table centrepieces, the wedding signage and seat reservation labels, and a wire cloche with clay mice for their cake of cheeses!

The day started with both brides getting ready at their respective family homes. Phil and I compared notes afterwards, and we both agreed that these were two very relaxed bridal preps, with just the minimum of pre-ceremony nerves.

After prep had concluded Phil collected me in the Dignumobile, and we drove straight to Claverley Farm to make sure we were in time to get shot of guests there, and Steph and Bec arriving. Actually, that’s a tiny bit of a lie: as is often the case with these country venues, a postcode in the satnav may not take you to the precise spot. Fortunately we were only delayed by a minute or so before we spotted the sign that said “Wedding ”!

As we pulled onto the field and caught sight of the hard-to-miss tipi, it was hard not to also notice the great British weather doing its thing in the form of rain. Best men were scurrying hither and thither, doing their utmost to bring the seating, front table, and decorative arch under cover. It did seem as if the outdoor hay bale seating was not going to be needed, and I was rapidly planning an off-camera flash setup to illuminate our ceremony pictures.

But then the magic happened. It’s a cliche we’ve all heard, about the clouds parting at just the right moment, as if it was simply meant to be. But that’s exactly what did happen! The sun came out and the clouds dissolved away to leave blue skies, all in the space of a few minutes! Everyone mucked in to bring that ceremony back outside, just in time for Rebecca’s arrival!

Rebecca was escorted up the green grassy hay bale delineated aisle escorted by her dad, just as Steph arrived with her father, to follow suit. The ceremony was ably led by civil celebrant Ruth Graham, who presided over the exchanges of vows, promises and rings. Right at the end of the ceremony we all joined in singing Gabrielle’s “Sunshine”, with Steph and Rebecca holding up large boards with the words to help us along! My singing was awful, but fortunately that’s not what I was there to do. I still belted it out anyway: “SUNSHINE THROUGH MY WINDOOOOWWWW!!” Apologies to any animals in the adjoining fields that may have suffered.

The weather stayed great for the rest of the day, for lots of fun in the sun and some really competitive giant Jenga! Entertainment, and model balloon hats were provided by the very talented Flambé Circus.

We were treated to an amazing sunset, so we coaxed Step and Bec to a quiet spot in the field with the glorious sky behind them. I think both of them wouldn’t mind us admitting that by this point they had enjoyed a few drinks from the folks at The Vintage Bar Company, which we’re convinced fuelled the ‘dance of the seven veils’ we were treated to whilst photographing them. Albeit just the one veil, provided by Steph.

Flambé Circus also put on an amazing LED list and dance show at the end of the evening. Plus there was lots of dancing on a packed floor, presided over the excellent DJ Karlton: a true pro. He even held off with the smoke machine until we’d got our shots, as he knows smoke doesn’t always look great with the camera flashes… thank you!

This was a dance floor we definitely didn’t want to miss being a part of, so after it was time for me and Phil to put our cameras away we made absolutely sure we had a beer and a boogie with the brides!

All the Dignum congratulations to you both, Steph and Bec! There’s so much more to come, but here’s a taste of the pictures from your fantastic wedding day!

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CREDITS
Venue: Claverley Farm Events - https://www.facebook.com/claverleyfarmevents/
Hair: Revive Hair Artists - https://www.revivehairartists.co.uk
MUA: Callie-jo Makeup Artist - https://www.calliejomakeupartist.co.uk
Tipi: Event In A Tent - https://www.event-in-a-tent.co.uk
Celebrant: Ruth Graham - https://www.westmidscelebrant.co.uk
Enterainment: Alice Styles - https://www.facebook.com/alicesingsasong/
Enterainment: DJ Karlton - https://www.facebook.com/djkarlton/
Enterainment: Flambé Circus - http://www.flambecircus.co.uk
Flowers: Steph's mum
Cake - The West Country Cheese Co - https://www.westcountrycheese.co.uk
Bar: The Vintage Bar Company - https://www.vintagebarcompany.co.uk
Catering: Plymhill Catering - https://www.plyvinecatering.co.uk

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