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Real Peaktipis Wedding Sarah and Brian

Mr & Mrs Johnson – Summer 2013 – Derbyshire

As the dark nights are disappearing and we’re heading ever closer to Spring, we take a look back  on the blog today at a fabulously colourful ‘Wedfest’ inspired Real Peaktipis Wedding of Sarah and Brian from the Summer of 2013. A huge thank you to the super duper Simon Dewey for capturing this magical day and sharing his shots with us…Enjoy.

Sarah and Brian Real Peaktipi Wedding Summer Tipi Teepees

Real Peaktipis Wedding Sarah and Brian

Sarah and Brian married at St Mary’s Church in the little Derbyshire village of Tissington, before heading back to the pretty Bassettwood Farm for a Glastonbury-inspired Tipi reception full of colourful creativity and personal touches. The lovely pair met on a blind date and it was the lift home at the end of the evening {plus a bit of reindeer magic} that spelt the start of something special. After a decade long engagement, they became man and wife and here‘s Sarah’s fabulous overview of their special day, why they chose Peaktipis and a selection of superb images that she kindly shared with us at the end.

How we met

We met nearly 14 years ago now on a blind date arranged by a friends husband. We went out in derby and each took a couple of friends to make it a bit easier. That night should have been a disaster because we didn’t talk to each other at all but towards the end of the night Brian used his best line and asked “Do you fancy giving me a lift home”. I said yes straight away! As we got into the car my glove box opened and out fell a mini plastic reindeer. I asked him if he wanted a chocolate and pressed the reindeer’s head and a little chocolate fell out of its bottom. We both laughed – you had to be there – but it broke the ice instantly and the drive back was full of conversation and it felt really exciting. We both knew something special was about to begin.

The Proposal

After three years together, we were on a holiday in Cuba. We met two couples and one of the guys was a cocktail barman back home in Canada. Somehow he pulled a few strings and was allowed behind the bar of our hotel. We had a crazy night and ended swimming fully clothed in the pool. Little did I know that Brian had a ring in his pocket waiting for the right time to ‘pop the question’ but it never happened. The following night we had been to a beautiful restaurant and on our way back to our room we passed a waterfall. Brian led me over and started telling me what a great holiday we had had. He then said “When we get home, would you like to swap this ring for something you really want?” and asked me to marry him. I was completely gobsmacked and truly didn’t see it coming. He explained the ring was just a token and that he wanted us to choose a ring together. I ended up keeping that token ring for months, as it was special to me and reminded me of that night. Little did I realise it would be over ten years later before we made it to the alter!

Our choice of venue

The venue had always been our stumbling block when it came to getting married. Then one night we sat talking about our ‘to do list’ and we decided the time was right to make some plans. We started researching unusual wedding venues and then came across Tipis. We then found a company in Derbyshire called Peaktipis. I called them first thing the next morning and spoke to Matthew and Duncan who said they were setting up for another couple in Ashbourne and invited us along to have a look. Matthew and Duncan made an instant impression on us and we were sold. The next thing was to find somewhere to pitch these magnificent things, so we visited a few sites, including a farm in Tissington and asked if they would consider a wedding in their paddock. They had never had a wedding before but thankfully they liked our vision and agreed. Bizarrely they shared the same names as us too, so it was meant to be. Tissington is a beautiful village and we decided to see if it was possible to be married at the church there and to our delight it was.

They type of wedding we wanted

We were always put off by a hotel wedding anything that was too formal in fact. It was always going to be relaxed day involving lots of music and plenty of friends and family. This is when we decided to invent our own little WedFest. We decided against a DJ – we had an IPod full of music that we loved and decided to create our own play list. We are great fans of music and wanted to find a band that could play our type of music – from indie/rock to current chart – and we did. Facsimile are local to Derby and we went along to hear them play and booked them straight away. We also had a singer called Lindsay Caroline in the day who set the mood perfectly.

The Dress

I am lucky enough to have a best friend who owns a Wedding Dress Shop in Derby. I am always popping in for a coffee and one day tried on a dress and felt I had that moment of finding ‘the one’. At that point we weren’t even getting married but I had always said that if I planned a date then it would be that dress. I was calling her to say we had finally set a date but before I had a chance, she told me the dress I loved was being discontinued. So I broke my news and after a bit of girly screaming she asked me to go in and try it on again to make sure I still liked it. It was very plain but suited me as a person as well as my shape. I also needed something that would allow me to get on that dancefloor! I loved it and felt beautiful in it.

The Bridesmaids

Brian and I are lucky enough to have a beautiful 3 year old daughter called Isla, she along with my brother’s 7 year old daughter, Megan, were our flower girls. Megan was really excited about wearing a beautiful dress, whilst Isla was insistent on coming as Spiderman! After a gentle push from Megan, Isla was happy to wear her dress to the ceremony but quickly changed into her super hero character one we got back to the tipis. They both did a wonderful job, and looked gorgeous in their dresses.

The Flowers & Colour Theme

We didn’t have a colour theme. We just wanted to make it a really colourful affair so when it came to flowers we had family and friends growing them for us – all different colours and types. The day had a very home-grown feeling. Our Friends and family had been saving jars and bottles for the vases and managed to collect more than 160. It was like walking into a meadow on the day. It was full of colour, from the church to the tipis and even the portable toilets. Everyone did an amazing job and they loved seeing the flowers they had grown.

The Food

My parents run a catering business within a golf club so when it came to deciding on who was going to do the food it was a no brainer. We opted for something really simple in the day which was a posh ploughman’s. We had some delicious cheeses, pickles, meats and a bakery load of fresh bread which we picked up on the morning of the wedding. The desserts were being made the morning of the wedding by a local we had a trio of strawberry, chocolate and lemon mini desserts. We were keen to avoid a buffet for the evening so decided to set up three different cooking stations, we had a choice of curry, noodles, and gourmet burgers.

Your Photographer

We didn’t want a starchy photographer or have guests huddled together for formal group shots. Instead we wanted to capture real moments and real emotion. We looked into journalistic photographers and came across Simon Dewey. We met Simon and explained what type of day we were planning. He totally understood what we wanted and was excited by our ideas. He did an amazing job and we couldn’t have been happier. The results are amazing, as you can see!

Why Peaktipis?

As suggested previously, we both wanted something a little different from the norm. Our first priority was our venue, which lead us in search of “unusual” wedding venues, when we stumbled across PeakTipis. To our delight we contacted them, and they were planning on setting up for a wedding that weekend, and were happy to invite us along to take a look. On arriving we were met with the most fantastic view of three Tipis, with a backdrop of the Peak District and we were taken straight away. Matthew and Duncan came and introduced themselves and in an instant we knew that they were the company we wanted to use – It really was that simple! The Tipis speak for themselves, they are beautiful, unique and so versatile, but what made it for us were Matthew and Duncan. Their dedication to bringing our vision to life was unquestionable. They were professional, informative, helpful and above all else, fun to deal with. We very much wanted a home grown affair, and with their help we managed to achieve it. We can’t praise them and their team enough. A massive thank you to Peaktipis, we’re looking forward to our 10 year anniversary when we will be booking them again!

If you are recently engaged or planning your special day, event or party, why not get in touch and let us help create a memorable and unique day that you and your guests will never forget. Drop us a email on [email protected], or call us on 0844 411 3460 and let’s talk Tipis!

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Supplier shout-outs

Tipis: Peak Tipis – www.peaktipis.co.uk

Venue: Bassettwood Tissington – www.bassettwood.co.uk

Photography: Simon Dewey – www.simondewey.co.uk

Catering: Classic catering – www.classiccatering.co.uk

Wedding dress: The Wedding House – www.theweddinghouse.org

Band: Facimilie – www.facsimileband.com

Singer: Lindsay Caroline – www.warble-entertainment.com/hire/lindsay-sings

f you are recently engaged or planning your special day, event or party, why not get in touch and let us help create a memorable and unique day that you and your guests will never forget. Drop us a email on [email protected], or call us on 0344 411 3460 and let’s talk Tipis!

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