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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
All pics courtesy of Stuart Howat http://www.stuarthowatphotography.com/
Land hire and tipi, caterer, bar and on the day coordination
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