A Glamourous Tipi Wedding at Tros Yr Afon- The Burtons Photography

Rosie & Rob wanted a laid back festival vibe but with touches of old school glamour, glitter, gold, cocktails, candles and lots of flowers. I think you’ll agree they acheived that in spades! There are lots of gorgeous nods to family history within their wedding- Rosie wore her Mum’s vintage dress, which she had altered to fit her vision, along with absolutely stunning vintage Valentino shoes. They chose family heirlooms for their wedding rings, and selected their venue, the stunning Tros Yr Afon in Anglesey, Wales, because it was close to Rosie’s family home. Get ready for beautifully decorated tipis, oodles of beautiful blooms, and the most stunning couple portraits on the beach. Enjoy! Photography by The Burtons.

The Proposal

 

“Rob and I met on Tinder five years ago. We met for our first date on Pancake Tuesday; we couldn’t get in anywhere so ended up getting drunk and having a dance off with a bunch of students in Shoreditch, and the rest is history! Rob proposed in our local park close to our flat that we bought together a few years ago. It was a rainy Saturday, there was nobody around and we both cried like babies, it was really romantic! 

 

 

The Plans

“We decided pretty quickly that we would get married in Anglesey. My family have lived there since I was born and I really wanted my Grandmother to be there. We only planned the theme once we had decided on the venue. It is set in a forest so we immediately thought it would be great to have the recommended Tipi and go for a whimsical forest theme with a touch of old school glamour. We wanted the day to be very relaxed, with lots of opportunity for the guests to drink dance and be merry. Because we were also so close to the sea, we wanted to make the most of the surroundings by having a flexible indoor outdoor venue where guests could enjoy the surroundings.

The Venue

“We picked the beautiful Tros Yr Afon in Penmon, Anglesey. We felt this really met all of our needs- it was easy for guests to get to, with lots of accommodation on site and, crucially, we were able to do absolutely everything ourselves. Jen, the wedding planner, was fantastic at facilitating conversations with previous suppliers and giving advice on what has worked well at the venue. We loved that it was like having our own big house for the weekend and that the majority of our guests could stumble into their rooms from the party. The main house was perfect for getting ready and felt lovely and cosy. Tros Yr Afon is set in beautiful gardens and forest and is a five minute walk to the beach where we could have some beautiful pictures. Anglesey is very special to my family so it was wonderful to create another memory there.

 

The Suppliers

“Finding suppliers was relatively straight forward, as Anglesey is such a small island. We were very strict with our budget so we knew that we could only afford a couple of food suppliers- we wanted delicious but casual food so opted for Mark and his team at Chuck Wagon BBQ . He has crowd pleasing dishes with a touch of luxury. We then found out about Darren, a local bar supplier, Dazzling Mobile Bar, who had worked at the venue before- we needed someone flexible because we wanted our guests to make their own cocktails- Darren agreed to make the reception drinks and then provide everything else for the evening outside of wine and champagne. My Mother in Law made some delicious flavoured gin to serve on arrival.

“I went dress shopping with my Mum and quickly realised it was going to be a difficult task, I am 5ft so struggle with long dresses. We then realised that Mums wedding dress was very close to what I had pictured for myself and she allowed me to have it altered! I was absolutely over the moon with the dress, it had a 1920’s glamour vibe to it and fit like a glove. We used a local dressmaker for alterations. I opted to go veil free and have loose curled hair. I worked with Nina Wren to create the look and she also came up with a wonderful up do for the bridesmaids https://www.facebook.com/angleseybenllech/ I found my shoes on Vestaire- I knew I wanted a vintage pair to go with the dress and came across a beautiful gold pair of Valentinos. Absolutely in love! My Grandmother gave me a precious ring given to her by my grandfather to wear for the day and my best friend who is a jewellery maker created a bracelet for me to wear.

“My Husband got a wonderful Ted Baker dinner suit from Bicester Village which he wore with a pair of Ted Baker shoes from Selfridges For Bridesmaid dresses I wanted to the girls to have the freedom to choose something they loved and would wear again, I find it frustrating when you buy a dress once and never look at it again! We had a loose theme of the surrounding colours of the venue, Greens, browns, a touch of gold and sparkle and bursts of light blue and orange for the time of year. The girls picked from a palette of Gold to silver, each dress totally unique to them. It took a while to get there but we were all so happy with the end result. We all did our own makeup and we actually loved the process. We got lots of prosecco, stuck on some music and off we went! I bought lots of luxury products for us all to use including the all important waterproof mascara and of course, makeup setting spray! For the boys we opted for green suits from ASOS and For the flower girl and paige boy we bought outfits from John Lewis.

“I wanted to work with a local supplier for the flowers and found an amazing scheme that encouraged local growers, Hen Dy Garden Flowers. I went to visit Sandra’s garden the year before the wedding to walk around and pick some of the blooms that would be in season. It was a truly wonderful service and the bouquets and archway she produced were some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. “Our photographers were the wonderful The Burtons. They had a really nice collaborative approach to the day and it was great to have two people shooting to catch the natural shots throughout the day. “We had a friend DJ and we got all the equipment we needed from local suppliers recommended by the venue. We also had my sisters friends waitress for us which worked out so well. I had a huge master spreadsheet that my husband and I shared to keep track of the budget and all the actions we needed to do. Overall I loved the process!”

Wedding Planning Tips and Lessons Learned

“My advice would be to be as decisive as you can as early as you can. Try not to become overwhelmed with what others do and by what you see on Pinterest.  Ultimately the wedding should reflect you, so come up with a realistic budget that won’t break you and see what you can do within that to create a great day for you! Stick to your budget- the wedding is just a day and six months down the line you will miss that extra 10k that you could have put towards an awesome holiday together instead of favours that nobody remembers. Also, delegate as much as possible- friends and family would love to get involved and the pressure shouldn’t all be on you! Order your booze and then get more- we ran low towards the end of the evening and went over budget but it was totally worth it. If you are getting your own, make sure you over estimate. Be clear from the beginning about what you expect from all suppliers so there is no miscommunication on the day and so you don’t have to think about it Get a wedding planner if you can- we had Jen who was part of the venue fee and she was a true angel!