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A Peach Village Fate Inspired Tipi Wedding…

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Photos by Binky Nixon Photography

A Stylish Peach Wedding…

Now I have to say its been a long while since Ive appreciated the colour peach… It just throws me back to the early 1990’s and my friends peach bedroom walls… and I’ve never used it since!

Then something happened… The wedding of Mandy and Chris, photographed by Binky Nixon Photography, dropped into my inbox and I literally swooned over all the pretty photos. From this day on peach isn’t dead but its pretty damn cool in my books! Along with the tipi (supplied by Mr & Mrs Unique suppliers Tipis4Hire,) the utterly gorgeous bouquet, honeymoon yurt (supplied by Funky Monkey Tents,) cool VW camper and beautiful venue, this wedding is truly stunning.

Here Mandy the bride tells us more about their day…

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How you met and got engaged…

We grew up in the same village, so met at primary school, Chris is a few years older than me and was in my older sister’s friendship group. 20 years later, Vicky, my sister and Nick, one of our mutual friends, decided we would be just right for each other so nagged and nagged at us to get together, we both dismissed it (both being quite shy) but then got chatting on a night out and decided we did actually quite liked each other after all!

4 years later Chris Proposed to me in our home on Christmas morning, anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE Christmas so he picked the perfect day, and made it the best Christmas yet.

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What was your theme for the wedding day…

Our biggest inspiration came from the numerous festivals that we’ve been to and enjoyed together over the years, we love the music, the atmosphere, and the amazing street food, we decided pretty early on that we wanted a Tipi, it fit with the festival feel and was the blank canvas that we needed to be able to make the wedding our own. Having both grown up in a village, we also thought it would be in keeping to tie in a slight village fate/country feel to it too.

What was your favourite part of the day…

Its so hard to pick, but I would say my favorite part of the day was the speeches. Particularly hearing Chris do his speech, for a long time he wasn’t going to do a speech (public speaking was his biggest fear,) I don’t know what happened but something took over him and he absolutely nailed it, to the point when I (and I think most of our guests) thought he was never going to get off the stage! It made me very proud.

Special details from the day…

We are both keen DIYers, I love to make things, Chris loves to save money and we both love a project! We got pretty keen about making things, we wanted to give our wedding the personal touch so anything we could make, we did. Blackboard signs, Marquee letters, large M&C letters to hang from one of the cross bars, easel for the table plan, LOADS of bunting, pom poms, photobooth area, with chalk board signs to hold up with messages on as well as a load of other stuff.

Chris made up some large planters for the entrance of the Tipi, they were bare rustic wood, he then made a stencil with our initials on and the date of the wedding, which he used to spray onto them. We were so pleased with the outcome that we asked my Dad to knock up some longer ones to have on the window cills of the church, we then planted both of them up with lots of flowers. We still love them, one of the larger ones now sits in our front garden and is still blooming away, a great reminder of the day.

We had a firepitt which was lit outside in the evening, so for our favours we made up s’more kits, me and Filiz (one of my bridesmaids) spend a day making biscuits for them, the kits went down a  treat, people really enjoyed toasting their marshmallows over the fire, it was something a bit different, and made making all those biscuits (and two of my bridesmaids putting them all together) feel worth while

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We didn’t want to go down the formal 3 course dinner route as didn’t think it was fitting for our day, so we decided to give our guests the option to choose from 4 different pie’s from the Pieminister Range, which our Caterers served up with mash and pea puree, with peas and gravy on the side. We’d enjoyed Pieminister at many festivals in the past and was looking to do something down to earth but still good quality and well presented, so Pieminister fitted the bill perfectly

We wanted to involve as many people as possible so asked any close friends and family that wanted to, to make a dessert for our dessert table, we loved the idea of the table looking like a cake table from a village fate, it fitted with the theme, looked amazing, and became a real talking point of the day (although gave the guests a tricky decision to make, they were all awesome!)

After years of festival going we have become big fans of silent discos so we booked a silent disco as a surprise, and put it on during the bands intervals and it literally couldn’t have gone down better! All the guests old and young LOVED it! We had three different playlist which you could switch between so there was something for everyone, and it was so funny to take your earphones off and hear everyone singing at the top of their voices and not realising!

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What was it like working with your photographer…

Binky shot my sister’s wedding two years ago, so I was well aware of her work. We knew we wanted her to do our wedding from the beginning so she was the first person we booked, we knew we’d have to get in early, she’s kind of a big deal!  When we found out she only had one weekend in May left we bagged it, so we actually owe her one as the weekends either side of our wedding were terrible weather and our day could not have been more beautiful and sunny.

On the day Binky and Sally were as awesome as ever, They were both so discreet, our guests were hardly aware of them all day and when it came to our couple shots they made us feel really relaxed.

We were so pleased with our wedding pictures, she pickup up on every detail that we had spent months planning and catured the whole feel of the day, she is very talented

Advice to any couples about to get married…

Weddings are a perfect reflection of the type of people you are, if you are fun and relaxed, then you’ll have the same type of wedding (same goes for if your uptight and tense!) so don’t take it too seriously and stress yourself out over it, just have fun with it and be yourself.

Thank you so much for sharing your big day with us… we love it! Xx

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