Jess & Tom's stunning tipi wedding at The Fox & Goose, Chesterfield
I first met Jess and Tom in January 2018. I had just returned from celebrating my 30th birthday in New York. Jess and Tom had got engaged in New York when they were there celebrating Jess' 30th, so we hit it off instantly. I knew from our chat that they were planning an epic wedding. The focus of their wedding was family and fun and they planned something that was a real treat for all their guests to be a part of.
Jess hired a lovely little cottage a short drive from the Fox and Goose (a short drive, that is, following Jess' instructions to get through a maze of Chesterfield country roads). It was a really chilled morning with her parents, bridesmaids, bridesman and flower girls, the bucks fizz was flowing and it was a lovely atmosphere. My second shooter, Becki, headed to The Fox and Goose to meet Tom and get some snaps of the guests arriving.
The ceremony took place inside the Fox and Goose. It was a lovely ceremony with tears! Everyone then came out into the courtyard where we could all admire the gorgeous Tipi standing in pride of place on the little hill at the back of the pub. It really was breathtaking! Lots of confetti was thrown on the happy couple and then they headed off alone in the VW camper for a little walk in the moors. Here we got some absolutely breathtaking photographs in the most gorgeous countryside. I did not envy them climbing the hill in the summer heat in their wedding attire (and in Jess' case, a broken flipflop) but they did it with big smiles on their faces.
Back at the Fox and Goose, it was time for some very emotional speeches (Jess' Dad did amazing at getting through the tears) and a yummy afternoon tea. It was a little too much for their flower girl, who had a nap on a beanbag just behind the top table. Jess and Tom and the team at Bar Events UK had done the most amazing decorations in the Tipi and it really was like an enchanted world.
The afternoon merged seamlessly into the evening with the celebrations continuing into the night. The highlight of the night for me was the 'rave' with light sticks and confetti canons at dusk. The cheers and laughter echoed into the night.
Here's a little bit more about Jess and Tom:
HOW DID YOU MEET?
Tom lived in the cottage on the same land where my horse (Shylo) was stabled. We passed most mornings and just said Hi. Until one day after work, I commented that I liked his hat. Next day I found a new hat similar to his on my car front seat (he broke into my car) that he had gone out and bought me.
DESCRIBE THE PROPOSAL:
We were away in New York celebrating my 30th, when Tom proposed in our room in the Archer Hotel.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR VENUE?
Surrounding environment suits our relationship, we are outdoor people who love the countryside .
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT YOUR WEDDING (APART FROM GETTING MARRIED)?
Celebrating in the amazing tipis surrounded by family and friends, to finish off with a good boogie & good food.
EPIC SUPPLIERS WHO MADE THE DAY POSSIBLE:
Venue: Fox and Goose, Pudding Pie Hill (what a street name), Chesterfield
Tipi - Bar Events UK (these guys were amazing!)
Dress: Jaynes Bridal Wear
Suits: Cupid connections
Bridesmaids Dresses: platinum bridal boutique
Make-up: ARL Makeup by Alex
Hair: Bamboo Hair and Beauty
Flowers: Stem Designs
Band: Mark Elliott
Transport: Vintage Camper Hire