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Real Peaktipis Wedding Victoria and Richard

Mr & Mrs Ward – Summer 2013 – Derbyshire 

We have a wonderful Friday treat and ‘throwback’ for you today of the beautiful Summer  Real Peaktipi Wedding of Victoria and Richard back in 2013 in Derbyshire.

Victoria and Richard live in Surrey but decided they wanted to come back to Victoria’s routes in Derbyshire to tie the knot. They got married on Victoria’s birthday in 2013 in a little, quaint Derbyshire village Church in Norbury and then back to Victoria’s parents house, where the Tipis were proudly waiting in the Garden for a huge celebration for them and their guests.

Their story is heart-warming to say the least, a chance meeting on the train in the busy capital {you could call it ‘Fate’ but as old fashioned romantics we prefer to think ‘True Love at first sight’} Enjoy Victoria’s very kind, incredibly detailed  and beautiful overview of their special day with some gorgeous shots she chose to share with us at the end.

Real Peaktipis Tipi Teepee Wedding

How did you meet?

Ha ha! On a train at St Pancras. Richard was already sitting at a random table seat by the window and I boarded the train and sat in my allocated seat right opposite him!

The proposal:

We had discussed the possibility of marriage beforehand and I was adamant that he was traditional and had my Father’s approval. We went to Paris and Switzerland for my birthday weekend. We woke up in Paris on my birthday (28 Sept 2012) and caught the train to Geneva, where Richard gave me my birthday present. I opened the box to find chocolates spelling out ‘Your Dad says it’s ok, what do you say?’ and a diamond ring in the box! I wanted to shout and scream with happiness, but I couldn’t as it was all quiet on the train (lol) so it was quite a special and secret moment between us. We planned our wedding in one year as we married on my birthday (28 Sept 2013)

Why teepee’s & Why Peaktipis?

After looking at a few venues, neither of us felt inspired, so we planned our wedding at my parent’s house. We’d heard of Peak Tipis as they were a local firm to my parents, so we asked for a quote and once we had started the conversations we felt really confident that it was definitely the right decision and didn’t need to look any further. From the initial meeting (in a field on a cold and wet day) to our wedding day (filled with sunshine, fun and love), Duncan and the team at Peak Tipis were on hand to help with every possible question that we had about our big day. Their laid back, yet professional approach was really refreshing, they pre-empted our questions (via phone, email and in person) and ironed out nervous worries as soon as they appeared. We have full faith in recommending Peaktipis for any event, they are flexible, honest and reliable. At the end of the day, their aim is the same as yours… to make your special day just that… special

How did you allocate your budget?

Well, anyone who knows Richard knows that he doesn’t plan things, we just go with the flow. I, on the other hand love my spreadsheets!! So it was a mixture of allocating, budgeting and winging it (lol)

The Ceremony:

As I had been baptised at Norbury Church in Derbyshire and attend services when I am visiting family, it was the natural place to marry. Rev Geraldine Pond who runs the network of Churches locally is just amazing, bubbly and fun so we chatted to her about everything we needed to know and arrange.

At the service, my Father walked me up the aisle as my Grandfather played The Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (R.Wagner) on the organ. After Rev Geraldine welcomed everyone we sang ‘Love Divine’ (as my Grandma told me she had that at her wedding) and then after the marriage blessing we sang WE PLEDGE TO ONE ANOTHER (To the tune of ‘I Vow to Thee my Country’). My Brother James read a beautiful poem called ‘On your wedding day’ and my friend Helen Grunwell read Philippians 4. 4-9. In Rev Geraldine’s address, she brought trains into the sermon, talking about life as a journey, and ended it with a bubble machine, to symbolise both the beauty yet frailty of life. The kids loved the bubbles and were jumping around at the front! After that, we sang Be still, for the presence of the Lord, and finally whilst we signed the register, Norbury Choir performed an amazing version of SING by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Dress:

One day, as I flicked through a wedding magazine, I was asking Rich what he imagined my dress to be like. He looked through the magazine and he was instantly drawn to one particular dress (but it only displayed the top half on the advert). So I Googled away and found that they were only available in the South East, and funnily enough there was a supplier in the next village, Horsell! So I phoned the shop, they had the dress in stock, I arranged an appointment the next day at 9.15am, walked in and tried it on and loved it! I tried on a few other to make sure, but I knew it was perfect.

A couple of weeks later I invited all my bridesmaids over to see the dress on – just to make sure, and they all agreed it was ‘The One’. So it’s lovely to think that Richard chose my perfect dress.

The Boys {groom & groomsmen}:

Being big fans of horse racing, we decided on a ‘Frankel’ theme for our wedding – for those not familiar with Frankel, he was a racehorse who won 13 out of 13 races – a superstar! The silks the Jockey wore were pink, green and white. So the male bridal party wore Frankel ties – from the Racing Post website ha ha!

The Best Man, Neil Spencer was Richard’s friend from primary school. Our driver, Mark Chapman is one of our family friends, and Robert Nutt, my uncle was in charge of lots of things on the day to make sure it ran smoothly. Little 4 year old Richmond, our ring bearer also wore a Frankel tie!

The Girls {bridesmaids}:

To continue the Frankel theme, the 4 bridesmaids wore pink dresses to match the ties, handmade by a lady in Milton Keynes. My flower girl, and God-daughter Evie Prince wore a very pretty white dress and had flowers in her hair exactly like mine. We spent a day shopping on Oxford Street for her dress to make it a really special dress that she couldn’t wait to wear.

Hair and make-up:

Two lovely ladies from Jarah Hair & Day Spa in Derby arrive at the house at 8am to do 4 bridesmaids, flower girl, mothers of the bride and groom and my hair. They were recommended by Emma Clarke, my bridesmaid.

The blooms {flowers}:

John Preston (and Dominic) from John Preston Flowers were amazing! They only needed the Frankel tie and a few questions answering and they knew exactly what I wanted. I love freesias, so they featured in my bouquet with white hydrangeas, the bridesmaids had pink hydrangeas and at the church were massive hydrangea plants at the entrance in pinks and greens. Evie and I had freesias and hydrangeas in our hair.

Wedding invites {stationery}:

The invites were made by Little Paperie in Derbyshire. They were bespoke, as we wanted them to look like train tickets! We didn’t have Save the Dates, we just wrote that in the Christmas cards that year. The service sheets were made by Little Paperie, as well as place mats with people’s names on and lots of little doodles and quizzes for our guests to do, with prizes to win.

Magically captured moments {photographer}:

Once we had met John Lennie in our coffee shop and seen his style of photos, we knew he would be amazing. We were really lucky that he was happy to  travel from Surrey to Derbyshire to take the photos. I surprised Richard as I ordered John’s ‘Still Film’ package, which is where he sets the moments of the day to music, so it feels like a DVD – the first time I watched it I used up 12 tissues in 12 minutes, it was just breathtaking! One of my favourite pictures, is the one of Norbury Bridge, kissing Richard with the tipis in the background… awww!

The style and theme:

The tables and chairs were long bench style, and my Dad cut up some old fences to make holders with moss on top ready for John Preston to add pink gerberas that he had wired to stand up – they looked great! Our friends Ravinder Atwal and Yvette Barker treated us to the hire of 100 metres of bunting, and that looked fantastic in the tipis. My brother James treated us to a photo booth hire, which was inside a mini tipi by the bar, and this had a wicked dressing up box!

The Cake {traditional or quirky}?

Cakes can be a big expense at a wedding, and guests don’t always eat it, so my Mum homemade a fruit cake, with lots of brandy, and when she iced it, she covered it in hundreds and thousands and she topped with with a plastic V&R in pink and green which she found on the internet – it was perfect, we couldn’t have asked for anything better.

The Food and drink:

Whilst Richard and I were on a day out at a wood mill, there were a few food suppliers there. Rich loves good quality burgers and we tried one from Garlic Wood Farm, where they rear the cattle and then make the burgers on their own farm down the road in West Sussex. We visited their farm and got on really well with the people there, ending up in the pub after the visit, and they were also happy to make the trip up to Derbyshire to provide burgers, salads and artisan breads for our guests.

The Entertainment:

We had local DJs The Nightcallers from Ashbourne, our first dance had to be ‘The Day we Caught the Train’ by Ocean Colour Scene! Then our very good friend Shay Stevens aka ‘Witney’ sang a mix of upbeat songs from different eras to get people up to dance – which was a real hit! Even her little boy Richmond got up to sing with her for a couple of songs, and then Richard surprised me by singing ‘Only You’ by the Flying Pickets (with little Richmond doing the ba-da ba-das lol!) I love that song now!

Any Special or Personal Touches?

A card & present received from your future husband / wife before the ceremony, special additions / effort made by a family member, someone in attendance from afar – or anything that is personal to your day that we don’t yet know or can example?

As it was my birthday, when Richard and I got into the car between the service and the reception, Richard gave me a beautiful watch with Victoria Ward and the date engraved on the clasp. Also, in my Dad’s speech he had a carrot cake made, put candles in and asked everyone to sing happy birthday to me, and reminisced about me being born 32 years before, which was so touching!

My bridesmaids were amazing on the day, they were up very early to make 120 eton messes for the drinks reception, and in the evening, they laid out all the buffet – not sure what we would’ve done if they weren’t so proactive and hands on!

A word of advice:

If you are after a unique wedding where you have a blank canvas to make it your own, then Peaktipis are perfect for that. Don’t think for a minute that they just put the tipis up and disappear until they need to be taken down (although I’m sure they would if you asked them) they are there every step of the way, especially with ideas about inspiration and suppliers, but also the practical things such as the best way to get electric to the tipi and whether you want cheap loos or posh loos!! ha ha

You are likely to find yourself waking up in the middle of the night a month before your wedding with a list of worries, as I did, so just chat to Peak Tipis and they will make sure that every worry you have has a plan. My main worry was ‘what if it rains???’ and Duncan created a wet weather plan for us so we all knew exactly what to do, luckily we didn’t need it in the end, but I was relaxed enough not to worry about it.

Even as they erect the tipis, they are asking and answering questions all the time to make sure that they make it just perfect. So my main tip is to provide them with plenty of cups of tea to help them to put the tipis up perfectly.

Supplier Shout out’s

Tipis – Peaktipis {of course}

Flowers – John Preston Flowers –

Photography – John Lennie Photography

Catering – Garlic Wood Farm

Stationery – Little Paperie

Hair & Makeup  – Jarah Hair & Day Spa

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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 0344 411 3460 and lets talk Tipis!


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