A Happy Open Weekend!

We’re still buzzing from working with such a great little team of experts at our Spring Open Weekend, bringing a taste of our magical woodland events to everyone who visited  This Green Moon. It was a pleasure taking the time to chat to all of our guests, show them the quality of what we do and hear about their exciting plans for weddings, parties and events.

At Totally Tipi we’re not just about tents. Some rather impressive canvas and poles may be where a lot of our events start, but we’re passionate about the unique feelings captured through each and every one. So we were more than delighted to come together with this hidden gem of a venue and its enthusiastic owner Paul, to bring you a totally inspiring showcase. We’ve been bursting to share these beautiful images by Open Weekend collaborator York Place Studios who’s work we’re massive fans of.

This Green Moon is no ordinary venue. Walking up the winding, woodland path at Swillington Organic Farm in May, with its rolling banks covered in a stunning blanket of wild garlic, is enough alone to fill the senses and inspire the imagination. But then the ancient tree canopy opens up to reveal the enchanted clearing, complete with open fire pit,  inviting canopy bar and naked tipi (and who doesn’t love one of those?)

After sampling the Forest Cocktails and Yorkshire tipples at the bar then grabbing a hot slice of  pizza from Wood Fire Dine, our guests took a walk along the festoon-lit walkway to to enter our stunning Giants and styled banquet area, complete with floral-rain hanging installation.

As ever we were blown away by the talent of Faye at The Flower Shop and her colourful creations. Bright tulips and forest-green foliage cascaded down from our giant rustic hoop, hanging above the stunning, 6 tiered woodland creation from Zoe’s Fancy Cakes. Poised perfectly on our rustic cake table, it created a jaw-dropping focal point in our banquet-style layout, which showed the intimacy that our tipi events can create. Delicate, purple Aliums brought a seasonal element to the top table settings mixed with metallic, coloured glassware reflecting gently flickering candles. Our colourful in-house draping taking the eye to the sky and adding just a touch of the brights to the vast, airy space above.

As well as style and inspiration, we love our events to have an element of fun so we knew as soon as we clapped eyes on Viva la booth that we had to get them involved and give everyone chance to have a funny 5 minutes! Owner Dom was the perfect host, ready and waiting with their props for everyone to strike a comedy pose in front of their stunning camera and backdrop (for the record, we don’t like to call it a photo booth – it’s so much more!)

The pictures captured at our tipi events are so important in keeping those party memories alive. That’s why we loved having Dom and Matt from York Place Studios at our open weekend, to chat with our guests and inspire them with their unique style. They capture the true feeling of every event with their trademark look and innovative choice of angles which we absolutely can’t get enough of. Well versed in capturing the magic our tipi events create, they were on hand to show their stunning work and give help and advice.

Matt and Gemma of Aperyer Catering were full of creative catering ideas for our guests. Their rustic sharing boards and Bento boxes formed the perfect showcase as part of our rustic banquet area. Sun dried tomato and mozzarella sharing breads with roasted apple butter, and Gin-cured gravlax with Scandi pickles graced our rustic tables. Not forgetting the VERY addictive sweet treat platter with Salted caramels dipped in dark chocolate, Raspberry and Prosecco pastels and Portuguese tarts- which were all very well received whilst we chatted and planned many amazing events. We may have to admit to snaffling a few salted caramels away when they weren’t looking……

Yes – a lot of hard work had gone into the weekend, but it felt like a truly effortless showcase. We enjoyed working with all of our collaborators throughout and loved hearing the positive comments from industry friends and customers past and present who joined us. Thank you to everyone who came to visit and massive thanks to Paul and his team at This Green Moon. Here’s to working on more happy events together.

If you missed our showcase and would like another opportunity get inspiration or advice then visit us at:

The Great Yorkshire Show


11th to 13th July

More information here.