M&R's festival wedding at Cuttle Brook, derbyshire

I’m looking back today at M&R’s jam-packed festival wedding day held at Cuttle Brook, Swarkestone in Derbyshire. All captured by Darren Cresswell Photography,  Lion Island Media and Midlands Drone.  A gorgeous, tipi wedding (set up by the awesome team at Sami Tipi), which the couple jammed full of everything that they loved. I talk a LOT about expressing yourselves as a couple on your wedding day.  M&R did just that, and more! 

This is also one of my favourite wedding days due to horizontal rain shower which happened during the drinks reception. Read more about that below and why you should ALWAYS have a wet weather plan. 

The outdoor wedding of your dreams

M&R’s wedding day was pretty planned about one year in advance of the big day. Lets take a scoot through all the different things that they had throughout the day – there was a lot! On of my personal favourites was the glamping village set up by Bell Bliss together with a log fired hot tub from The Log Company.  Come on a hot tub!!! 

To welcome the guests, were large wedding signs (from The Two Hummingbirds who styled the wedding throughout) and a Pimp Your Prosecco Bar! 

There was an awesome scalextrix track outside the tipi set up by the groom – it even had personalised wedding cars! 

Of course, there was a lap time scoreboard (aka Top Gear) so guests could compete against each other throughout the day 

Evening food trucks including Wood Fired Pizza (Biddulph’s Pizzeria), Mexican street food (Habaneros – the veggie one was EPIC!) and the best waffles and ice cream ever from (Tilly’s Ice Cream Parlour / Van).

Live music from the award winning Chromatic Band (these guys rocked the place – pictured) together with DJ Luke Nukem. 

They were also joined throughout the day by May: Girl on Sax  who played sets throughout the drinks reception and for the evening PARTY! See picture above! 

Also in the evening, there was a 2m high wooden doughnut wall , taxi photobooth (Taxi snaps), sparklers, and, of course, fireworks (Rave fireworks).  The groom also set up a uber cool photo feed where the guests could send their photos in to get them played on a big screen. The following day all the photos were delivered in a book to the couple.

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We had the pleasure of Linzi and team helping us with our outdoor wedding. Linzi was fantastic at helping us relax and enjoy the planning of the wedding. She took care of dealing with all the suppliers which meant that we had nothing to worry about on the big day. Linzi brings a wealth of industry experience which means she always has the answer and was always available to answer any questions or give us a helping hand. Her calming and reassuring approach is a must have for any unique or unconventional wedding! Thanks so much for making our day extra special.
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Outdoor weddings and your wet weather plan

A wedding planner should always talk to you about your wet weather plan. After all, you can’t always rely on the british weather to play ball.  On M&R’s wedding day, I was busy watching the weather radar (and the skies). There was a rather mean looking rain cloud which delayed the outdoor wedding ceremony (led by My Perfect Ceremony). After the outdoor wedding ceremony, a quick change of plans meant that the wedding breakfast was moved inside the Tipi. This meant the start of operation ‘move the haybales’. All good so far! 


Now for my moment … I was walking around the back of the Tipi in my rain jacket when it started to rain, and gust, very heavily. At this point, I noticed that the tent over the scalextric track was starting to lift off the ground. You can imagine me running inside to grab some groomsmen to help out. Five minutes later we were all drenched from holding the awning down while it tried to lift over the Tipi! Horizontal rain is no fun! Now to my amusement I had no hairbrush in my kit (I usually have one!). So my wet hair turned into a curly mop for the rest of the day! 

Want more advice on how to deal with wet weather – check out our blog here

More highlights from this festival wedding day

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Other suppliers involved in this festival wedding day

Make Up – Bettie Lottie Beauty 

Hair – Rock n Roller Hair 

Catering – Green’s Catering 

Cake and Flowers – Groom’s mum