It’s hard to know where to begin telling you about our visit to Cornish Tipi Weddings because you really have to visit to get a feel for what this place is really like. You need to go and soak it up, all the beautiful photographs will only go so far in showing you what a special place it is.
I’ve supplemented my own photos with those from Cornish Tipi Weddings and Green Photographic as I think that seeing weddings happening on site gives you the best feel for what it would be like, short of visiting yourself.
Following our directions to Cornish Tipi Weddings (also Cornish Tipi Holidays) we pulled off the lane and headed down a bumpy track. We were greeted by Oggy, the warm and welcoming warden who takes care of the site, before following him down into the woodland towards our tipi. All the paths were just like this…
The site is set amongst 16 acres of secret woodland, each tipi nestled amongst its own woodland glade – ours was high up above the lake and aptly named ‘Overlake’. Cornish Tipi Holidays is just like camping, but you don’t have to take a tent or cooking equipment, these are all provided. This was our tipi…
You fling back you door flaps and into the tipi you head – it’s a gorgeous light space, with baskets of cooking utensils, a camping stove, and plenty of space to stand up – not something I used to when camping. Outside the tipi there is a picnic bench and campfire, where we cooked a delicious dinner one night.
After settling in, we spent the next couple of days on a few outings (biking the camel trail from Wadebridge to Padstow, eating cream teas in a village church, and holding a pasty taste off) and exploring the woodland site. If you’re interested you can read more about our holiday here.
The wedding site is set in a pretty clearing surrounded by woodland and streams. There is a beautiful wood, willow and canvas pavilion where the wedding ceremony is held, with the sunlight twinkling on the floor as it streams through the trees.
Although the law in England currently doesn’t allow you to get married outside, places like the pavilion are licensed for civil ceremonies, getting you as close to an outdoor wedding as possible.
Opposite the pavilion is the ‘Grand Lodge’ – a giant tipi with space for up to 25 people seated or 40 people standing – ideal for canapes or an intimate meal with your closest family and friends. Lit up at night I bet this is spectacular.
Once you’ve had your ceremony you’ll want to get some photographs taken, and Cornish Tipi Weddings has some spectacular locations for you to choose from (or use them all!). There is plenty of pretty spots amongst the woodland surrounding the pavilion, including benches and small bridges over the stream.
Then there’s the lake, a truly wonderful addition to the site. You could stand at the end of the wooden jetty, perhaps dangle your feet off the end, and if you want some really romantic photos you could get in a boat or canoe and head out onto the lake.
At our wedding we so enjoyed having some time to ourselves when we headed off on the horse and cart, so floating around the lake in a canoe, just the two of you, I would heartily recommend.
Cornish Tipi Weddings hire out the woodland wedding pavilion and Grand Lodge for both your ceremony and reception, with additional pavilions and marquees available to hire.
However, if you’ve already got your reception sorted but have set your heart on a woodland wedding, you can still get married here. Likewise, if you’re getting married elsewhere but want to have a night to remember, you can book it just for your wedding reception.
If you’re longing for an outdoors, rustic, woodland wedding go and have a look at Cornish Tipi Weddings, and soak up the atmosphere of the place. It’s ideal if you want your friends and family to be able to camp on site, staying in a tipi, and maybe even taking a refreshing morning dip in the lake the day of your wedding.
I’ll leave you with one of my favourite moments of the holiday…
If you’d like to discuss your requirements or would like more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.cornishtipiweddings.co.uk. A huge thank you to Lizzie for a wonderful weekend at this special place.