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Sally & Neil | An eco-friendly & vegan tipi wedding at Four Oaks Farm

Well, it’s official. Vegan weddings are our favourite 🌱

I’m also fairly sure that Sally is my spirit animal 😏

These two booked me as their photographer years ago when I longed to document vegan and eco friendly weddings. Since we re-launched our business we’ve been getting some incredible enquiries from vegan couples who long to get married but want to organise a sustainable and ethical day 💚 it may seem tricky to cater for 50+ people without creating tonnes of waste but it is definitely possible! Keep reading to steal some ideas from these two 😉

Sally and Neil. Ahhh these two are super friendly, hilarious and kind. They are kick ass parents too. Russell and I had been looking forward to this wedding for a long time. Ever since I met the two of them for their couple shoot at Sheffield Gardens and Sally and I chatted for what may have been hours (sorry Neil!) about planning a vegan and sustainable wedding, I knew their day would be incredible.

We all started the day at Sally’s Mum’s, just round the corner from the couple’s house where Neil was getting ready with their son Stan and his family. Sally had chosen Tia Bliss for her hair and make up as Tia uses 100% cruelty free products and is vegan herself. Sally’s lovely Mum had arranged a surprise VW camper van to take them all to the ceremony - so cute!

The couple chose to hold their intimate ceremony at Lewes Registry Office (Southover Grange), a quirky 16th Century Manor House in the middle of Lewes. We really liked that they chose to have a smaller ceremony followed by a party as this meant they got plenty of time with family 💛 just look at how happy Erin is to see her Mum and Dad get married!

After the ceremony everyone went to a cute little wine bar for champagne and canapés while Russell and I went ahead to Four Oaks Farm to meet their guests and await their arrival. Four Oaks Farm is such a lovely venue as you can pop a tipi up right by the lake and have lots of outdoor games. At least that was the plan until our English summer intervened 😂 the weather was absolutely terrible 😂. Due to heavy winds and rain Tentipi (the guys who provided the tipi) made the call to keep the sides of the tipi down permanently for the entire day (completely justified but I definitely did a big photographer cry inside when I found out!). Having said that, I’ve never met anyone who can take anything in their stride quite like Sally and Neil. They just didn’t care about the weather! #perfectcouple All they wanted was to have a great day with their friends and family and that’s what they did :)

The extra super Superdoux from Brighton provided a fantastic vegan buffet which went down well with everyone, even the non-vegans 😉 and the awesome vegan cakes were provided by The Cornish Pasty Shop yummmm.

It was important to both Sally and Neil that their wedding produced as little waste as possible, not only did they choose suppliers based on their eco credentials but they also asked guests to BYOB and drinking receptacle - they even had a prize for the most original. Guests brought mugs (my favourite of which is below modelled by Sally’s awesome sister Charlotte!) and ale tankards but oh my gosh…there were some very original ones 😂😂 see below! They also provided buckets for food waste and recycling.

The couple chose the band Shockwave to get everyone up on their feet and I defo recommend them, live bands at weddings are such a good choice if you want the dance floor to be packed!

A woman after my own heart, Sally isn’t too fond of traditions so there was no cake cutting 🙌 and her and her mum were the only ones who gave a speech. Love it.

Righto, I’m going to stop waffling now and let the photos tell the rest!

* I think I might use too many emojis…

Vegan and cruelty free make up artist Tia Bliss applies vegan make up to boho bride
Vegan and cruelty free make up and hair in Sussex
Small boy feeding the cat the morning of the wedding
Groom puts on tie with the help of son
Groom, his son and his father put on cufflinks on morning of wedding
Vegan bride puts on wedding dress with help of sister and mum
Bride smiles at her sister in reflection of mirror on wedding morning
Vegan bride wearing flower crown smiling
Southover Grange Lewes Wedding Photography
Vegan bride arrives at wedding in VW camper van
Southover Grange wedding ceremony
Vegan wedding at Southover Grange in Lewes
Wedding ceremony at Southover Grange in Lewes | Bride and Groom smile at their children
Bride and Groom exchange vows at Southover Grange
Bride takes wedding rings from her son
Bride laughs during wedding ceremony
Just married at Southover Grange
Vegan wedding ceremony in East Sussex
Vegan bride hugs her mum after wedding ceremony
Groom kisses his son on the cheek
Bride and Groom smiling at each other surrounded by flowers
Bride and groom laugh as family take photographs of them
Mother of the bride takes photograph of grandson after wedding
Vegan bride and groom walk through Southover Grange gardens after getting married
Bride smiling at groom as they walk through flower garden
Bride and groom walking through museum
Bride and Groom just married at Lewes Registry Office
Four Oaks wedding sign
Ducks crossing the road at Four Oaks Farm wedding
Rainy wedding in East Sussex | raindrops on car window
Vegan tipi wedding at Four Oaks Farm in East Sussex
Tipi and decorations at Four Oaks wedding
Order of the day on chalk board outside wedding tipi
Boho vegan wedding inside tipi
Brighton vegan chocolate wedding cake
Wedding guests arriving at tipi wedding at Four Oaks Farm
Guests drinking wine at Four Oaks Farm tipi wedding
Family taking photos at tipi wedding
Epic vegan wedding cakes
wedding guests pouring wine at tipi wedding
Wedding guests drinking wine
Wedding guest smiling while drinking wine with friends
Bride and groom arriving at Four Oaks Farm tipi wedding in cream vw camper van
Biodegradable confetti at vegan tipi wedding at Four Oaks Farm
Vegan wedding confetti at Four Oaks Farm
Wedding guests greet bride and groom at vegan tipi wedding
Smiling wedding guests at vegan wedding
Fun wedding guest using hat with straws
Fun tipi wedding where guests bring their own drinks | Guest drinking out of chemistry set
Bride drinks out of cup with 'mrs' on the side
Wedding guests smile as they pose for photograph
Bridesmaid holding 'Queen of Fucking Everything' mug
Wedding guests recording congratulations message on iPad
Bride and friends posing for photograph with large photo frame
Vegan bride hugging her best friend and smiling
Happy vegan bride with her friends in colourful dresses
Bride and her friends laughing
Wedding guests laughing outside tipi
Vegan wedding food in Brighton
Wedding guests sitting down to eat in wedding tipi
Eco friendly vegan wedding in a tipi | paper lantern wedding decoration
wedding guests laughing during speeches
Bride gives speech during tipi wedding
Guests laugh at speeches during tipi wedding
Vegan bride and groom at Four Oaks Farm tipi wedding
Windy tipi wedding in East Sussex
Bride and Groom just married at Four Oaks Farm
Groom kisses vegan bride on forehead
Vegan bride and groom walk through the fields at Four Oaks Farm tipi wedding
The night sky over Four Oaks Farm wedding
Wedding guests posing on the dance floor
Bride and groom first dance at Four Oaks Farm wedding
First dance during tipi wedding
Dancing wedding guests at Four Oaks Farm
Tipi wedding dance floor
Groom dances with daughter during tipi wedding
Four Oaks Farm tipi wedding dance floor