An outdoor Tipi wedding infused with rich Indian colours in the stunning hills of Wales at the wonderful Ceridwen Centre.
I absolutely love colour and when I first spoke to the Tara (a.k.a the bride) and Selwyn (a.k.a the groom) they had me at 'our wedding is going to have rich Indian colours' nevermind the awesome Tipi venue they had chosen in south-west Wales. It was themed around a boho relaxed style and it also reminded me of a mini festival full of happiness.
The bride had planned the wedding with lots of fresh vibrant flowers in mind and that idea came to life; the wild rustic flowers from the Woodland Farm for the bridesmaids, the brides hair band, the ceremony decorations and the tipi set up were stunning, all blended together with the couples hard work including painted jam jars for the centerpieces. You walked into the Tipi and said WOW!
Tara had a very special, beautiful bespoke wedding dress made by Indrani Keeley and it suited the feel of her wedding - as she was surrounded by her vibrant pink dressed bridesmaids; it really was a pretty picture. The groomsmen all looked handsome of course with the flowers pulling all the colours together.
The ceremony was in the most beautiful garden, an oak pagoda set up for all guests to see the marriage. Tara and Selwyn were joined by multinational guests and have travelled to many beautiful places, they said their own personal vows in French and English and were very similar showing their love for each other and the fond memories. Selwyn brought a tear to his bride’s eye by quoting one of their favourite songs to her, to sum up his vows; 'I'm so in love with you, whatever you want to do is alright with me. Cos you make me feel so brand new, and I want to spend my life with you'. Which was so sweet and moving.
Walking through guests as the new Mr & Mrs, family and friends showered them in confetti and bubbles - how amazing is this!!!
They celebrated, enjoying drinks and canapés with family and friends. We photographed a few chosen group photos before heading off around the venue for couple shots. Tara and Selwyn are so in love and comfortable with each other it was easy to photograph them enjoying their special day.
The wedding party made their way up to the Tipi which everyone was in awe of. Walking through the beautiful flower arch was such a pretty touch overlooking the wild-flowers in the fields all around. For those from the city, this setting is amazing and to have such pleasant weather was the cherry on top - we were so lucky it stayed dry so thast we could all enjoy the Welsh countryside views. Check out the quirky accommodation dotted all over the site. So cool!!!
As mentioned the Tipi looked incredible, also the cake looked divine. Again a real personal touch, on their first date these amazing ‘Goobers’ brownies from Outsider Tart made an appearance - peanut butter, chocolate fudge and peanut M&Ms…. Mmmmmm!!! Sounds delicious!!! The groom to be then ate all of Tara’s brownie that she bought… for herself, haha! Very brave Mr Jans - It must’ve been love! A shared peanut butter obsession it was definitely meant to be.
They had their speeches and dinner and enjoyed a very relaxed afternoon. They danced the night away with guests also enjoying catching up and sharing stories sitting around fire pits outside - it really was idyllic.
I’ve been keeping in touch with the newlyweds since their wedding - seems like I've known them for a long time - it’s lovely seeing the odd Instagram post being posted reminding us all what an amazing day it was. To keep the wedding memories going I asked the fab couple what were their thoughts and best moments;
I asked Tara what her favourite photo was, she chose this and said; This is my favourite photo, everyone is laughing at the ceremony when I'm dabbing my eyes! I was so happy and emotional and glad that it wasn't too serious when I inevitably started blubbing!!
Selwyn's favourite photo is this…. He said, "it's this one because I'm carrying Tara and we're laughing because we are both so happy and relaxed."
A few other questions I asked;
What was your favourite moment of your wedding?
Bride a.k.a Tara - “My favourite part of the day was seeing all our friends and family together and smiling when we sat down in the tipi as it filled me with such happiness to have Selwyn (my new husband) by my side and the people we cared about the most sharing in such a beautiful setting, and looking as if they were really enjoying it after we had taken so much care in arranging it. In fact, seeing our guests enjoy the beautiful scenery on such a gorgeous day (so when everyone was lounging outside after the meal) meant a lot as we knew that they were as impressed with Ceridwen as we had been.”
Groom a.k.a Selwyn - “My favourite part of the day was sitting down in the tipi surrounded by my new wife, friends and family and looking around me seeing nothing but smiles and laughter.”
(see super cute and def soul mates as they replied with the same answer!!)
Why did you choose your wedding venue?
We chose Ceridwen because it was so beautiful and green (my favourite) in its scenery and setting and quirkiness with all it's different glamping accommodations; we knew our guests would have a really fun time over the weekend. We also loved the fact that it was family run and environmentally conscious; not only that, but the Broome family and their staff were so friendly and accommodating and the food from Rob was outstanding so all the prep in the lead up to the wedding merely confirmed our choices. Our guests loved it.
What advice would you give future couples planning their wedding?
Bride a.k.a Tara - “My advice to future couples is just enjoy yourself and don't stress about small things; the best thing is marrying your best friend with all your favourite people around so just soak it all up!”
Groom a.k.a Selwyn - “My advice to future couples is get married! And that your future wife is always right in planning decisions!” ;-)
As I left the wedding and drove home along the west wales cost it did make me feel very proud to live in such a wonderful country and also I am one lucky lady to work with some fabulous couples. Tara and Selwyn - you are beautiful inside and out - thank you so much for choosing me to capture your amazing wedding.
Wishing you lots of love and happiness xXx
Here are a few wedding photographs from Selwyn and Tara's wedding.
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Venue: Welsh Green Weddings / Ceridwen Centre
Florist: The Woodland Farm
Dress: A bespoke design by Indrani Keeley
Cake: Outsider Tart
Hair & Make up: Sophie Hamedani Hair and MUA