What is your most memorable wedding?
Helping Will and Sophie Phillimore put a wedding together at Will's parent's farm. We cleared out an old barn which we decorated, furnished and utilised as a bar space, the 8m yurt was used as a dining and late night dancing space, and our marquee used for the ceremony. A wonderful country feel.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Creative. Achievable. Realistic. Helpful. Different.
What about your business are you most proud of?
Creating a space that people thank us for and seeing our client's faces when we have finished.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Ask for advice and try not to fret.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Picnic hampers on tables. It ran with the Kentish farm and countryside theme, as well as the more informal approach to the wedding.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Talk, collate thoughts and recommendations and send an email with estimates and scale plans, conduct a site visit or meet couple if necessary depending on the depth of our involvement, recommend 3rd parties for catering, bar staff, toilet hire etc, confirm the client's requirements and the services they wish us to provide; if the clients are happy we then proceed with booking. Take a deposit. Provide our services on time, and with a good level of communication.
How do you create an ambiance in a marquee?
Our yurts create an ambience themselves, but along with the variety of furnishings we provide and the guests filling the structures, the atmosphere seems to take care of itself.
Where is the most exciting place that you have put a marquee?
We have set our yurts up on top of a 5 storey building in London, overlooking Liverpool street. We have also set our 8m yurt up in a marquee and indoors!
What is your record time for putting up your marquee?
The smallest yurt; 3.5hrs unfurnished. 5.5hrs furnished.
What is your favourite design of marquee and why?
Yurts, because they are predominantly wood and canvas. They don't clunk and clink about when you set them up which is reflective of their calming nature. The Mongolian designed yurts require no pegs because they are aerodynamically sound and solid structures, so can even be set up on hard-standing. They are just sociable round spaces and people love them.