It seems an age ago that I first met Georgina (George) and Andy over at Croots Cafe to discuss their plans for their Derbyshire festival-style tipi wedding, but the big day itself was well worth the wait. Anyone who knows this music-loving couple would have immediately recognised all the little details that made their wedding uniquely ‘them’; from the American-style brisket with mac ‘n’ cheese to the bourbon-based table names, to the incredible playlist (which I recreated as much as possible in iTunes the next morning), George and Andy’s day was a celebration of their lives together. It was perfect.

Even the venue was unique to them, based as it was in Andy’s mum’s field. The tipis were supplied by Peak Tipis (www.peaktipis.co.uk) and worked so well for the informal and fun feel that flowed throughout the day. When the heavens opened later in the evening, the festival theme was truly complete, and the tipis became a little oasis of light, warmth, and great music, nestled into the dark Derbyshire countryside.

Andy’s adventures in America inspired the menu for the day, supplied by Low and Slow Streetfood. Perfectly barbequed brisket was complemented by mac and cheese – a combination that was new to me, but I was instantly won over! Drinks were poured by Nelly’s horsebox bar, (which is exactly what it sounds like!), and hay bales were provided for those who wished to relax in the afternoon sun – and those (mostly under ten) who fancied flinging arms-full of hay high into the air!

Along with good food, good company and their good dog Barker, great music is a passion shared between George and Andy. So it was really important to them that they found the perfect musical accompaniment for their evening celebrations. Enter Michael Mulholland – a super-talented acoustic musician and virtual one-man-band. His performance of George and Andy’s playlist will live long in my memory; having great live music in the intimate setting of the tipi, while the rain poured outside in the warm evening air really capped off a perfect day.

George and Andy, what can I say? It was an absolute pleasure to spend your wedding day with you – I loved it from start to finish. If ever there was a wedding which truly reflected the couple who planned it, it was yours. You were clearly made for each other, and I’d like to wish you a lifetime of happiness together. Thanks for being ace!

I’m Jon and I’m a wedding photographer based in Derby, covering weddings across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and around the UK. I chose to specialise in weddings because each one is unique and special to the couple. If you’re getting married and would like to know more, get in touch!

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