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Jon & Kirsty - Real Wedding. Written by Fiesta Fields

Updated: May 8, 2018

For Jon and Kirsty, who had been to Glastonbury 23 times between them, there

could be only one theme. Their Glasto theme ran through the invitations, stationery,

wristbands, the epic cake and flowers. There was only one touch missing really and

for that I think everyone was grateful, the mud!


Kirsty and Jon are super busy with their jobs so Nikki from Fiesta Fields put them

together a package to include tipis, caterer and bar, along with their standard

package of loos, generator, security and on the day coordination.

They were certain they wanted tipis, so Nikki looked at the details of three different

suppliers for them. Stunning Tents were the choice with one giant hat and one

kungsornen to accommodate their 65 day guests.


On caterers, various informal street food options were researched, including; big

pan, Mexican, British before arriving at Pie and Mash. Chris from My Pie would

provide canapes, mains, dessert and evening food from his food van. (More on the

menu later).

To complete the package, Tipsy Goose would be providing the bar from their funky

converted horsebox. With tailor-made cocktails for welcome drinks, wine and fizz for

the meal and a pay bar in the evening.

Although couples are often keen to supply their own alcohol it can require some

extra thought about how drinks will be kept cool, what will they be served in and

from, who will collect the empties etc. It almost definitely will end with overbuying as

you of course don’t want to run out. Sometime the cost of a mobile bar can be well

worth the money to take the stress and logistics out of your hands.

There are bars that are available dry hire to stock and serve your alcohol. For pay

bars some will charge minimal hire fee in return for the bar takings and often the

deposit amount will be returned if a minimum fee is reached. When it comes to the

converted vehicles/horseboxes these are often charged a little more for, but what

you are gaining is a bit of theatre and something that will add to the theme or vibe of

your day.


So fast forward to 6th July and it’s tipi set up day. Demonstrating their love of gigs

Kirsty and Jon left tipi set up supervision to Nikki while they had their legal

ceremony, lunch with family and went to see Kings of Leon. Nikki face-timed them

from the field to show the set up and agree how many sides to lift. Early July if you

remember was a scorcher, so maximum sides were lifted in the dining giant hat to

allow as much breeze as possible. Stunning Tents also set up the hops on the

horizontal poles which looked really effective. Meanwhile, Beautiful Bells were busy

setting up a run of 8 bell tents down one side of the field, including their bridal bell for

Kirsty and Jon.

Friday was a day for family and friends to help dress the tipis and transport

everything to site. Kirsty and Jon had gone to quite a bit of effort to provide outdoor

games for their guests, young and old. The giant kerplunk was particularly

impressive!


For the tables, Kirsty and Jon were going rustic and leaving the solid wood tables

naked. Jon’s Mum had created super cute wellie boot flower displays as

centrepieces and table names, table plan and name cards were all in Jon and

Kirsty’s Glasto theme, to compliment the lanyard invitations that guests had

received.


The Big Day!

Wedding day arrived and Nikki was on site at 9am along with Jon. Hay bales for the

ceremony were delivered so they set these up, placing the bale covers on them. A

few finishing touches in the tipi and Jon left to get ready. My Pie and Tipsy Goose

arrived, and were soon all set up. As Jon’s Mum set up the most epic of all wedding

cakes. So amazing!

We went up to the gate when guests started to arrive to make sure all cars were

parked out of camera view. Family children were in position at the front of the

ceremony area to hand out Kirsty and Jon’s festival wristband which was a lovely

touch. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, as guests waited on the

haybales, taking in the views.

Kirsty arrived and walked down the aisle with her dad looking so beautiful in her blue

ombre dress from Lucy Can’t Dance. Jon also looked very dapper in his trousers and

waistcoat from Henry Herbert Tailors.

Kirsty told us about her search for her dress...…

"For my dress, I knew I wanted something ‘different’ and so I started with a google

search of unusual / unique wedding dresses, which led me to look at vintage / boho

styles as well.  This is how i discovered “Rock the Frock” a boutique specialising in

alternative wedding dresses from a variety of up and coming designers. With my

mum, sister and 1 year old nephew watching on, Rock the Frock helped me try on at

least 12 potential dresses.  But as soon as I tried on Lola, I knew it as the one. In

subsequent visits to the shop, Lucy (who designs and makes all Lucy Can’t Dance

dresses) was great at measuring and tweaking the dress until it fitted perfectly.  Lucy

even sent me samples of different blue dyes so we could get the dip dye perfect:."

Kirsty and Jon had a beautiful and informal ceremony and I love this pic of a little

game the guests were asked to play, answering questions with a pink heart for Kirsty

or a blue one for Jon. With a humanist ceremony like this you really can make it your

own.  

After the ceremony, guests followed Kirsty and Jon down into the valley and Tipsy

Goose got busy providing guests with their welcome drinks.  A choice of Negroni or

Margarita cocktails or some of the local ale’s Kirsty and Jon had sourced from

Langham’s Brewery.



Chris was meanwhile busy plating up wooden boards of tasty canapés which

included; corn fritters; sausage roll slices smoked cheddar mousse; quail scotch

eggs and macacini, which we helped to distribute among the mingling guests.

It was a glorious sunny day and some guests soaked up the sun sitting on hay bales

or mingling round the horsebox. Others made their way into the tipi for a bit of shade.

The team had judged it right on lifting all the sides in the dining end and the breeze was

perfect but did play havoc with the place cards. This is a common little problem so

we would recommend your name tags being attached to or place underneath

something a bit weighty to keep them in place.

After an hour or so of drinks and canapes guests were ushered in and asked to

make their way up to the van table by table to collect their pie and mash. Kirsty and

Jon had chosen a selection of; Chicken and smoked ham with tarragon; Venison,

Chilli and beer and Sweet potato, cumin and smoked mozzarella. Yum! Dessert was

chocolate brownie and ice cream.

Once the tables were cleared, Tipsy Goose delivered bottles of fizz to the tables and

it was speech time. Followed by cutting of the – “no don’t do it” - cake. The band

arrived and started to get set up, while Kirsty and Jon went away for some stunning

magic hour shots on their own.

By the time Kirsty & Jon got back, the band were ready. They kicked off with their

1960s set and worked their way through the years from there. 

Before Nikki left she lit the firepit, cut up the cake for evening munchies and Chris

laid out platters of cheesy chips and bacon sandwiches. The tipi was jumping and

Nikki left the party in full swing, so pleased that everything had gone so well for such

a lovely couple.






Supplier List

All pics courtesy of Stuart Howat http://www.stuarthowatphotography.com/

Land hire and tipi, caterer, bar and on the day coordination

http://www.fiestafields.co.uk/

Tipis – http://www.stunningtents.co.uk/

Bell tents – http://beautiful-bells.co.uk/

Caterer – http://mypie.london/

Mobile Bar –https://www.thetipsygoose.co.uk/

Wedding dress https://www.rockthefrockbridal.co.uk/

Grooms attire https://www.henryherbert.com/

Hay Bales - https://www.partybales.com/

Hops – The Hop Shop www.hopshop.co.uk

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