I’ve been following Peak Tipis on Instagram since my sister got engaged in 2014. I continued to follow them as I got engaged, and I still follow them now I’m married! Why?! Well because they’re a local business (Ashbourne based), their tipis look beautiful, and their weddings and events look so relaxed – right up our street really.
So when we saw that Peak Tipis were putting on a series of spring open weekends we were keen to go and see these Instagramable structures in person. A couple of Sundays ago we hopped in the car and road tripped (to the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack) to Swadlincote.
We rocked up at Beehive Farm, armed with our cameras, on the hunt for tipis and all things wedding. The event did not disappoint!
The first thing I have to say about the tipis – they are really warm. Now this might not seem like a big deal, but in my head I’d always thought “they look beautiful but I bet they’re cold, and noone wants to be cold on their wedding day” – nope! It was a clear but breezy day with a chill in the wind, but stepping in through the big open doorway was like stepping into a beautiful, cosy, yet spacious living room. The light in there was so warm too, all yellowy. With open real flame fire pits encircled by bean bags and sofas to snuggle up on, these tipis would be anything but chilly for anyone’s wedding day! Plus the styling by Nadia Di Tullio was perfect – long, chunky wooden tables with simple yet effective single stem flowers and the twinkle of fairy lights to add to the romance.
Outside we were delighted to find a vintage styled crepe van, The Little French Creperie, who served us both sweet and savoury crepes. As a genuine born and bred Frenchy I can officially say that these crepes were bloody delicious. We highly recommend the chocolate and salted caramel crepe – nom nom nom!
As if crepes weren’t enough to satisfy us, the Gin and Fizz Prosecco Van was also in attendance, a tiny vintage Italian vehicle that has been beautifully converted into a Prosecco and gin bar. Designed for the old winding streets of Italy’s cities it’s compact enough to appear in even the smallest of venue gardens, the perfect addition to any vintage or alternative style wedding. As a big lover of gin myself, it’s safe to say it was a shame I was driving! But we loved it all the same.
For the practically minded (thoughts of grandma in her finest attire squatting in a grubby portaloo anyone?!), the reassurance of luxury toilets off to the side of the tipis. Harry, Gemma’s son, sampled them and gave them rave reviews – a huge compliment from a six year old boy!
We were so blown away by the beauty of the event that we decided that our close friend Callie, who has been struggling to find wedding inspiration since getting engaged just over a year ago, had to see Peak Tipis for herself in real life! Luckily we got chatting to a lovely lady from caterers Black Peppermint, who (over delicious complimentary brownies and cheese straws) informed us that Peak Tipis were also going to be exhibiting at the Fox and Goose the following weekend. So we hatched a plan to attend that event too, with Callie in tow, to allow her to be swept up in the beauty of the tipi wedding. But that’s a story for another day….