Kirsty and Chris: An up-cycled chic tipi wedding

On Saturday 9th September 2017, at the picturesque Mapperely Farm in Derbyshire, our tipis became the reception for Kirsty and Chris’ beautiful countryside wedding. After tying the knot at the venue's licensed wedding barn, the love birds made their way to their private tipi reception nestled amongst the rolling fields and peaceful woodlands. 

On 8th September at the picturesque Mapperely Farm in Derbyshire, our tipis became the reception for Kirsty and Chris’ beautiful countryside wedding.

Kirsty and Chris selected a structure of two giant tipis linked with an 8m kung tipi, which had been very carefully positioned towards the woodland area, making the most of the gorgeous scenery and stunning backdrops. The happy couple also chose to pitch up our Boutique Tipi Hotel for their wedding night, and created their own glamping village surrounded by loved ones, who were also able to bring along their own tents.

With guests numbers totalling over 100, Kirsty and Chris had to ensure that their tipis could comfortably accommodate everyone. One of the giant tipis become home to the wedding breakfast, enabling Kirsty and Chris to have a total seated capacity of 112 guests predominantly in that space, with a couple of tables running into the linked section - a huge benefit of having multiple structures as gives extra room!

The second giant tipi was the designated reception area, kitted out with a large rustic bar (provided by the venue), and our soft chill-out furnishings. We talked to them endlessly about the configurations and layouts inside the tipis, and also advised for a zip door to be positioned behind the bar for ease of bar staff. It was so important for Kirsty and Chris to have a spacious bar area, as it would be both a stunning area to welcome guests, and a focal point for people to relax and enjoy making new memories. 

Our kung tipi was used as an innovate and effective party area, complete with a 15ft dance floor and room for the band. We are always super happy when a couple think to use our kung as a dance floor/entertainment space, and by offering the ability to stand 50+ guests it is the perfect addition to our giant tipis. By using our kung Kirsty and Chris maximised their space and kept different areas separate, therefore achieving their desired atmospheres and transforming the tipis from daytime to nighttime.

After revealing that’d she been planning her wedding on Pinterest for the last 11 years, we knew that Kirsty had a keen eye for the styling of her tipis, and that she’d make them look incredible! We adored the colour schemes of sage green, blush pinks and pale blues - an elegant and in keeping combination with their simplistic boho-esque celebration. 

Kirsty and Chris’ unusual choice of décor perfectly reflected their taste and originality. Throughout the tipi guests could find travel inspired details, such as slate table settings dedicated to various places across the USA that had been explored by the couple.

The second tipi was the designated reception area, kitted out with a vary large rustic bar (provided by the venue), and soft chill-out furnishings. We talked to them endlessly about the configurations and layout inside the tipis, and advised that a zip door was positioned behind the bar for ease of bar staff.

We completely fell in love with Kirsty and Chris' passion for creating DIY statement pieces from vintage ale bottles/cans, in particular the beer bottle tree - soooo cool! The couple also incorporated more fun, non-traditional elements to their wedding in the form of reclaimed lightbulbs to present the 'Pimp your Prosecco' area. Other striking items included toadstool solar lights, DIY wind chimes, and a personalised drum kit (later frequented by non other than the groom himself)!

Chris became the 'Director of Fun', ensuring that there was enough to keep guests occupied, be it with the ping pong table or by supplying them with plenty of ice cold alcohol from the beer barrows.

Kirsty also brought in some scandi-inspired finishing touches from her home décor, including a quirky set of antlers, and handmade wooden wedding signs. Trust us when we say that up-cycled chic will certainly be a trend to look out for in 2018!

Upcycled chic will certainly be a trend to look out for in 2018!


Kirsty and Chris’ unusual choice of decor perfectly reflected their taste and originality. Throughout the tipi guests could find travel inspired details, such as slate table settings dedicated to various places across the USA that had been visited by the couple.

To make their wedding that extra bit unique, Kirsty and Chris along with fab photographer Sarita White, captured some incredible shots by using smoke bombs and setting off red flares. We just love this idea as it makes for gorgeously romantic photographs and is another quirky way to celebrate such an important day.

This was definitely one of our best-loved tipi weddings, as it celebrated everything we are passionate about - love, happiness, partying with those who mean the most, and creating a day that is both personal and unique. 

All moments in this post were captured by Sarita White Photography, who we cannot recommend enough!

We wish Kirsty and Chris every happiness and all the best for the future.  

Tipi Unique x

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