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Recent Weddings and Events at Vanstone Park

We’ve hosted a number of great events over the last couple of years at Vanstone Park, which borders a vast woodland just outside Hitchin in Hertfordshire. It is the perfect backdrop for anyone looking for a blank canvas tipi wedding, festival or party.

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Country Tipis

We’re Country Tipis and since setting up our base at Vanstone Park Garden Centre, we would use the adjacent parkland to host our open days and to showcase our giant tipis. Guests would always comment on how lovely the site was and that it should be a wedding venue. Once Abi & Dave asked if they could have their wedding onsite back in 2017, Vanstone Park Weddings and Events was born! 

The Garden Centre provides mains power, an 80 space dedicated car park and a pergola entrance decorated with wisteria and jasmine to create a gorgeous welcome for guests on to the site. You can even hire plants and trees from them to decorate the tipis.

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All the Essentials

Now with two very successful wedding seasons under its belt, we have created an all inclusive package in collaboration with Vanstone Park which provides you with all the essentials you’ll need to get started. Such as; three giant tipis, seating for up to 120 guests (adjustable), a dance floor and a luxury toilet block to name just a few. Then you can add on any extras to tailor it to your needs. What’s more, we offer exclusive weekend hire so there is plenty of time for all you DIY-ers to create the day you want!

Vanstone Park offers you the space and panoramic setting to create your bespoke wedding day just how you want. Personalise your special day by choosing your own catering, entertainment and styling suppliers or we can recommend some to get you started. Along with your choice of decoration, colours and theme, each wedding and event here is truly one of a kind.


The Hammered Peg

We also run our bar, The Hammered Peg, for your event. Providing a full bar service with a range of drinks and cocktails to suit any taste. We can also take care of your table and welcome drinks. Serving from our rustic pallet wood bar, our experienced and friendly staff ensure your guests are welcomed and watered throughout the day.

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Your tipi man will oversee the day and take care of the little extras like welcoming your suppliers onsite and lighting the gorgeous fireball, leaving you to enjoy your magical day. 

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Vanstone Park Garden Centre

Surrounded by an array of wildlife, greenery and a miniature railway ride, Vanstone Park is not just a field. Why not make use of all the space, just like Adele & Paul in September 2018. They ventured throughout the garden centre and its grounds to get some special pictures of their day.  

© Shoot it Momma
© Shoot it Momma

Situated next to the family run Vanstone Park Garden Centre, you arrive through the main gates and follow the winding grounds passed a hidden stone palladium and little bridge home to an assortment of wildlife. Once on site and in the tipis you start to realise how tucked away Vanstone Park is and appreciate the gorgeous setting even more!  

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© Shoot it Momma

Big thanks for our office queen Crystal for putting this blog post together, and to all of the photographers who have shared their photos with us, we’d highly recommend all of them and you can find their websites below:

Pike Photography

Shoot it Momma

Caroline Opacic Photography

Verman Photography

Nikki’s Moments Photography & Film


Want to take a look around?

Come join us on our open day on Sunday the 15th of September between 11am – 4pm! Message us to book a chat with a member of the team and discuss your ideas or simply swing by to take a look. We’ll also have some of our favourite suppliers on such as; 

Disco Nyts (DJ, entertainment & PA)

Plenty of Thyme (catering)

Hungry Hog BBQ (catering)

Fleur de Lace (styling & decor)

Lisa Lyons Bridal (bridal wear)

Pike Photography

Hobo Chic (music)


We hope to see you there but if you can’t make it, please get in touch and we can organise an alternative time for you to come by.


Real Wedding – Rachel & Ryan

A dream wedding

In late August last year Rachel & Ryan decided to tie the knot in the grounds of Lodge Farm House close to Hitchin, Hertfordshire. The ever stylish and creative Nicki Shea Photography captured their special day in this selection of beautiful snaps, enjoy!

Lodge Farm House in all its glory
The magician Lee Smith wowing guests with his tricks

It’s always great to see Lee Smith wowing guests at one of our weddings. He’s great at keeping everyone entertained, kids and adults alike!

This is the secret garden, where you can hold your ceremony, shhh!

Choosing the right venue

It’s so important to choose a venue that suits both of you. Location, facilities, accommodation options, style and size are all important factors to consider. Lodge Farm House is a B&B, so you have an accommodation option right next to the reception. It’s only a small house, so other guests can stay in nearby Hitchin or Stevenage. Their secret garden provides a beautiful quiet setting to hold a “show” ceremony and comes complete with an arbour. If you like the look of the venue get in touch with Maria who will be more than happy to show you around. If you’re looking for something a bit different from your venue send us a message or take a look at our interactive venues map.

Rachel & Ryan heading down the walkway
They opted for 3 Tipis in a triangle formation
We love this table decor, it suits our rustic tables so well
Time to party!

Rachel & Ryan hired the incredible beatboxers Bloxed Beats to perform in the evening, as you can see they provided some great entertainment!

Fairy lit Tipis at night, what more could you ask for?

Big thanks to Nicki Shea Photography for sharing these fantastic photos with us.

If you’d like us to feature your wedding or a wedding where you worked alongside us please send an email to hello@countrytipis.co.uk.


Real Wedding – Gemma & Kara

Gemma & Kara’s laid back bohemian style wedding was featured on the Rock My Wedding blog last year. We’re in love with it so much that we’re sharing it here too. The beautiful tones, special moments and soft light were captured by the brilliant Elena Popa. She coupled emotive portraits with party shots at the fantastic Lakeside at Tip Top Venues. Enjoy!

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Tipi, Wedding, Lakeside, Boho, Teepee, Bucks, Herts, Venue, Countryside

Wedding planning

Kara: “We were going for a relaxed outdoor wedding vibe. From creating our own retrographic invitations, salvaging wood and making our wedding bower, to lugging over hay bales for our fire pit seating. If you are planning on putting a lot of personal touches which require preparation or building make sure you check that the venue will allow you to get on site before the big day and we were lucky that Tip Top Venues let us do that. We managed to set up the site with plenty of hands to help decorate the Tipis and ceremony area with homemade shepherd hooks and vases, hanging homemade wreathes and the wedding bower itself all beautifully decorated with the bountiful flowers we got from the wholesalers.”

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The Ceremony

“After the ceremony the VW campervan took us for a private photoshoot with our very talented photographer Elena Popa, whilst the campervan served us ice cold champagne. Despite all the love overflowing from friends and family throughout the day and evening getting some time with my new wife was one of my most favourite moments.”

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Tipi, Wedding, Lakeside, Boho, Teepee, Bucks, Herts, Venue, Countryside

The Reception

“As we came back we greeted all of our friends with our bartender dazzling with his cocktail skills and headed into the tipi with the sides up to look over the lakes and sit down to our amazing feasting tables who pulled out all the stops. No ‘chicken or fish’ options here – just long wooden tables with smiling faces, grazing on breads, cheeses, seafood, cured meats and much more provided by Amazing Graze. Set out exquisitely in between decorations and our own nik-naks on the rustic furniture provided by Country Tipis. We decided that most people discard favours, so we ordered hand carved place names from Etsy, it was great and everyone kept them and had lots of pictures of people using them in their own homes!”

Top Tips

“Gem and I both loved our dresses (supplied by Wed2B), but as evening came we swapped them for our dancing clothes to party the night away. As silly it sounds all of the little things you could never think of made it go seamlessly. We had great toilets (which is important for an outdoor wedding!) friendly security to keep everybody safe, and enough drink to keep everyone satisfied!”

Tipi, Wedding, Lakeside, Boho, Teepee, Bucks, Herts, Venue, Countryside
Tipi, Wedding, Lakeside, Boho, Teepee, Bucks, Herts, Venue, Countryside
Tipi, Wedding, Lakeside, Boho, Teepee, Bucks, Herts, Venue, Countryside
Tipi, Wedding, Lakeside, Boho, Teepee, Bucks, Herts, Venue, Countryside

“It was the best day for us, whatever your wedding just make it your own because at the end of it you will look back and love every second with all the uniqueness of your love. And if anything does go wrong then smile because it will only make a great story.”

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Tipi, Wedding, Lakeside, Boho, Teepee, Bucks, Herts, Venue, Countryside

Aimee + Jonny // 07.04.18

This month we are handing the blog over to Aimee (& Jonny), who had their wedding reception inside two of our Giant Tipis back in April at the fascinating Chiltern Open Air Museum in Buckinghamshire. Check out their story, and some snaps from the wedding by the hugely talented fine art photographer (and Aimee’s sister!) Lori of Terri & Lori.

How did you meet?

We met through mutual friends when I (Aimee) was 17 and Jonny was 18. We both attending a DJ set in Hitchin where I was attending sixth form. I had to wear a wristband to state I was under 18, so Jonny bought me a diet Coke! We hit it off and met again the following week, becoming great friends and eventually a couple about a year later.

How long have you been together?

8 years! In that time, we’ve studied for our degrees, lived in three different cities, I’ve set up as a freelancer, and Jonny has embarked on his career as a primary school teacher.

Tell me your proposal story.

It was a couple of weeks before Valentine’s day in 2017 when Jonny announced one Saturday morning that he was taking me on a treasure hunt of sorts around London. I assumed it was an early Valentine’s day activity, so happily went along with it none the wiser.

Little hand-written notes led me to St Pancras train station, brunch in Soho, up St Paul’s Cathedral, and behind the scenes at the British Film Institute. Finally, we ended up in St Dunstan’s in the East, a church that was damaged in the Great Fire of London and then again in the Blitz. It’s now a Grade I listed building and has been turned into a beautiful open-air churchyard and gardens. Here, Jonny gave a lovely, heartfelt speech, got down on one knee, and produced a ring that he had created for me with the help of the brilliant designers at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery. I of course said yes!

Why did you choose Chiltern Open Air Museum for your wedding day venue?

We visited the Chiltern Open Air Museum on a Summer day in 2014 with my sister and brother-in-law. We were so intrigued by the idea behind the museum, and especially loved the grounds in which the buildings are situated. It was like travelling back in time! During our visit, we noticed that Skippings Barn (where our civil ceremony took place) was dressed for a wedding reception, with a marquee pitched up in the adjoining field. We thought it was such a unique venue for a wedding!

When we got engaged in 2017, our minds turned to venues and the Chiltern Open Air Museum cropped up in conversation. We only viewed one other venue before booking the museum but, after meeting with the events manager Caroline and talking through the venue, it was just a no-brainer for us! We knew we already loved it, and booked our wedding date about a month later.

What made you want to use tipis for your reception?

We knew we wanted to make a statement with our choice of structure to accompany our barn ceremony. We really wanted to go with something to compliment the barn’s rustic charm, but also something that would completely wow our guests. The tipis were a perfect fit. We also loved the option of having a wood-burning stove and fire pit to create cosy indoor and outdoor atmospheres.

Tell me about the vision you had for your wedding including your theme/colour scheme/styling/flowers.

The barn and the tipi were so full of character in their own right, that we didn’t want to add too many other details to our day.

We kept the decor simple and paired back, and added features such as wildflowers in jam jars, old books, paper lanterns, and rustic wooden items such as the school desk we used for cards and presents, and the amazing stepladder cake table, both hired from The White Emporium. For the flowers, we chose light peaches, subtle taupes, hints of pink and lots of foliage. They were all designed and arranged by Jonny’s very talented mum!

What were your favourite parts of the day?

For Aimee, the speeches, the cocktails, the dancing, and catching up with friends from afar. For Jonny, chilling out by the fire pit, and enjoying the relaxed, informal atmosphere.

Who was your wedding photographer? 

We’re incredibly lucky that my sister happens to be a professional wedding photographer at Terri and Lori, a Photography & Film studio she co-owns with her business partner. We were thrilled that my sister was willing to capture our day and be my bridesmaid as well – no small feat! We love their effortless, fresh and relaxed style, with not a single moment missed. And, not only do we have amazing pictures from our day, we can also relive it all over again through the beautiful footage.

What would be your best bit of advice to other couples planning their wedding?

Decide what is really important to you both as a couple, and don’t be afraid to stray away from the norm!

 

If you’d like us to feature your wedding or event please email ceri@countrytipis.co.uk

 


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