Sami Tipi Spring Open weekend 25th & 26th Arpil

Spring Showcase 25th & 26th April 2015

With just over one week to go until our Spring Showcase the excitement is really building up with ourselves and all the talented suppliers we have working with us to make this an open weekend to remember. Here is a little sneaky peek at some of the suppliers you will be able to meet over the course of the weekend, see their amazing work, hear about their bespoke services, taste their culinary delights, hear their musical beats – it really is going to tantalise all of your senses.

Benessamy Weddings & Events

Benessamy is an award winning wedding and event planning company led by Creative Director and Wedding Planner Val Mattinson.

At Benessamy, we create stylish and unique weddings for time pressed clients. Our wedding planning services range from full wedding planning (design, styling, planning and management) to partial planning, venue finding and on the day co-ordination. We also offer couples the opportunity to kickstart or restart their wedding plans with our fabulous Wedmin Assistance and to have fun with their planning with our Wedding Planning Party.

Bawdon Lodge Farm

When you are looking for a venue to host your tipi or marquee wedding what’s on your tick list? stunning views, acres of land, exclusive use, parking, supportive hosts?  Then Bawdon Lodge Farm is the perfect backdrop for your special occasion.  Hosted by Richard & Lynn Bailey, you’re in experienced hands and not just hiring a field on a farm!   With everything from electricity, water, luxury loos and lots of little added  touches; the Baileys and their team really have thought of everything to make sure you are fully advised and supported during your preparations and on the big day.  Bawdon also now offers a selection of bespoke hire items for you to style away to match your theme too.  So if you are bursting with ideas for your big day come and have a chat with Richard and Lynn who will provide a listening ear over a cuppa and cake!

Best Day Ever

Best Day Ever is the home of fun, quirky and vintage wedding stationery. Drawing from inspiration from days gone by, gorgeous colour palettes and beautiful blooms, we create wonderfully pretty designs with a contemporary twist that suite you, your personalities and your wedding style. Whether you want to personalise one of ‘ready to rock’ designs or work together to create something bespoke, we’re sure we can help you find the right way to let everyone know about your Best Day Ever!

“I cannot wait for the Sami Tipi Showcase, having already worked on the promotional materials for this amazing event, it’s fair to say I’m super excited! I’m currently working on two brand spanking new wedding stationery collections to complement the styling of the tipis and I’m really looking forward to launching them at the open weekend. From invitations to cake toppers, place cards to table plans, there’ll be a wide range of stationery on show to get your creative juices flowing. See you soon!” Mirlah @ Best Day Ever Wedding Stationery

Tineke Floral Designs


Tineke floral designs are a multi award winning floral design company, run and owned by Kerry. Kerry has been involved with flowers since the age of 11 years old, and absolutely adores weddings and flowers. Tineke offer a highly bespoke and luxurious service for the discerning bride, and have recently launched Tineke to go which offers a more simple and upfront service which pre-designed wedding flower packages.

“we cannot wait to be a part of the Sami Tipi open weekend, filled with the best of the best East Midlands wedding suppliers, We are also very excited to be offering a little workshop for DIY wedding flowers!”

Darby & Joan


Planning & organising your wedding can be a little overwhelming, very time consuming & it’s a big deal – Darby & Joan are here to help.   

They have created a unique wedding & event design service & will work with you from the first time you sit down with them to talk about your ideas all the way through to when they clear away the last of the cake crumbs from your wedding tables.  You will have the benefit of their award winning experience & expertise.  

They specialise in creating relaxed weddings – your day made with real love & personality & taking inspiration from a love of all things vintage, unique and fun. 

The White Bulb


 Benaberry Products

“My name is Gina, I am the founder of Benaberry Products, a gift company that specialises in Pyrography, the art of wood burning. Every single piece I make is unique, this is the beauty of wood and pyrography, no one piece is the same. At the show case weekend, I am showing just a glimpse of what I can do and how you can use my work for weddings.”

The Burgundys

The Burgundys are a Nottingham-based band who provide the very best in live music entertainment. With an extensive range of covers and a unique sound, The Burgundys are ideal for any kind of private function or social event.

Being one of the youngest and most exciting live bands on the scene, brimming with energy, fantastic stage presence and breath-taking harmonies, the boys will get you onto your feet, singing and dancing the night away!

Alexandra Anne

Come on in…and relax. In the heart of Chatsworth Estate lies our inviting boutique known for brides looking for that little something different. The delightful experience at Alexandra Anne offers two-hour appointments with arrival drinks alongside high-end couture designers in a friendly and attentive environment. We welcome (with big open arms) mood boards, plans for stationery, styling ideas, hair style options – we love to hear about it all! We live and breathe this special day where above all, happiness and smiles are in abundance. All your favourite people (and of course your most favourite person) coming together to celebrate love.

Lovingly handpicked designs from Charlie Brear, Jesus Peiro, Lyn Ashworth, Pronovias, Eliza Jane Howell and So Sassi ensure all brides-to-be are offered a fabulously eclectic collection to choose from. This is about taking time to enjoy your special moment. No need to rush. Just get ready to see a rather beautiful bride staring back at you in the mirror. Happy tears are most welcome x

Matt Brown Photography

Hi, I’m Matt and I LOVE shooting weddings. I’m based in Darley Abbey (just outside Derby) and photograph weddings throughout the UK and internationally. My style is a combination of fun, creative images and natural, reportage. I look forward to meeting all you lovely couples at the Sami Tipi open weekend so be sure to pop over and say hello.

Doris Loves

Doris Loves have the UK’s original and only battery powered Light-Up Letters, with over 70 letters in stock there’s not much we can’t spell in lights! We courier our letters all over the UK, so no one gets left out!

When Karen for Darby and Joan Ltd asked us to get involved in the Spring Showcase we jumped at the chance, those tipis look AMAZING, we just wish we could be there in person to meet everyone. So free feel to send us some Instagram love so we can see our letters in action.

Green Kitchen Cakes with Clementine

Clementine Vintage cream teas

Clementine and Cake

Green Kitchen Cakes are very excited to be only days away from the Sami Tipi open weekend! we are especially looking forward to seeing our cream tea caravan Clementine set up along side the tipis in all her vintage glory. Clementine can be hired for weddings and special events to serve delicious cream teas to your guests, teh perfect accompaniment to a Tipi we think!

Looking forward to seeing you there to discuss all things cake and Clementine!

Mambo Mobile Bars

Thomas has worked his way around the world and up through the restaurant trade, and is now taking his skills out and about with Mambo Mobile Bars. Everything about Mambo shows Thomas’ skills and passion, from his unique mixology menus to his charismatic presence behind the bar. Thomas likes to reflect a bit of personality in his drinks, crafting them with quality ingredients as well as a bit of flair. It’s all about mobile mixing that raises the bar in cocktails.

Thomas The Caterer

Thomas decided to be a chef at the tender age of 7. He ate Spaghetti Carbonara for the first time and knew that food was his chosen path! He has been cooking professionally for over 15 years; and at 30 years old that’s officially over half his life in the Kitchen!

At Thomas Towers we do things a little differently, we don’t believe in Menu A, B, or C, we only work with Menu U. Every wedding we cater is completely different and the menu is designed (in the words of Kylie and Jason) especially for you. It works like this: you know that little idea you thought no one could pull off? That idea that everyone else dismissed as impossible? Well at Thomas the Caterer we believe in what the great Walt Disney said “If you can dream it, you can do it” Well in this case If you can dream it, we can do it.  Together, we can create the perfect menu designed around you. Your theme, your favourite foods and your venue,  we’ll fuse together all your ideas into an awesome wedding feast guaranteed to put a smile on the face of even the fussiest of guests. 

Having a chat with Thomas and the team, you’ll see firsthand the passion that we have for food and for creating new and exciting dishes. Any of our brides and grooms will tell you that we get a real buzz from delivering faultless events, serving up exciting dishes that are ultra tasty and truly loved by everyone. 

45 Gin School

Our Craft distillery housed at Bawdon Lodge Farm produces Burleighs London Dry Gin and is also home to 45 Gin School.

Our 45 Gin School Experience includes a tour of our working distillery, where you’ll discover the history of gin and the fine art of distilling. You’ll have the chance to meet our Master Distillers and find out what it takes to produce craft distiller Gin on our beautiful 450 litre copper pot still, Messy Bessy.

Whether you prefer floral, citrus, herbal or spicy notes, you’ll learn how to create your own unique gin using botanicals of your choice. Our Master Distillers will guide you through the process of weighing your ingredients and distilling your gin on your own mini copper pot. You’ll then bottle, cork and seal your own 70cl bottle before adding a personalised label ready to take home.

Bell Bliss


Bell Bliss Luxury Bell Tent Hire

Bell Bliss is a Derbyshire based company offering luxury temporary Bell Tent accommodation for a variety of special events. They are very comfortable, spacious and beautifully decorated and offer a fantastic space to make any occasion special and unforgettable.

Our Bells are available in a variety of sizes and are the perfect alternative to a hotel to accompany that outdoor event, with a little imagination we can help to make a special event become a magical adventure and something that people will be talking about for weeks to come.

With a large open internal space they can be the perfect location for guests and friends to relax and socialise with each other in a large, quiet and cosy space.

Our Bell Tents are made from heavy canvas and offer fantastic shelter in the worst rain or from the heat of a hot summers day, while staying cosy they are the perfect place to hide away with a book while the rain pour’s or tie the doors open are use them as base camp to that big outdoor adventure.

Our aim is to offer a touch of something special to every occasion and by bringing all elements that Bell Bliss has to offer together this will provide a fun, relaxing, sociable time with a spot of luxury to make a positive lasting memory.

We are very excited to be a part of the Sami Tipi Spring Showcase along with a huge selection of other exciting companies, as we know that it is going to be the perfect place to get inspired and ready to plan every element of your own special day.

Bride Diva

Bride Diva have been designing and creating unique bespoke bridal gowns and fully co-ordinated accessories for over 16 years now.  Helping each bride to look and feel special with one-off designs tailored around your individuality.  We are looking forward to showcasing our latest ‘look’ at the Sami Tipi spring showcase.

I look forward to meeting you all at the show, Wendy, Bride Diva x

Emma Bunting

“Emma Bunting is becoming the north of England’s favourite bunting supplier – from bright rainbow cotton bunting to Designer Guild silk prayer bunting, Emma Bunting can provide beautiful bespoke bunting for your wedding or event. They use only the best fabrics, manufactured in Europe, and offer bunting to hire or purchase.”

Lara Elliott Film Maker

I specialise in modern, subtle and candid wedding videography. I live in the heart of England but work all over, where ever the pretty is I’ll go!

 I loved being involved in last years open weekend, I met some really lovely people and the atmosphere was really relaxed and informal. With an incredibly talented and forward-thinking team, and so much for guests to take part in I know this years Spring Showcase is also going to be something special.

Dennisson Classic Cars

“Husband and wife team Peter and Jo started Dennisson Classic Cars in 2005. During this time the business has gone from strength to strength to become one of the leading Classic Wedding Car suppliers in the country. Twice national winners of The Wedding Industry Awards, Peter and Jo have been able to draw upon a wealth of experience in other sectors to build an enviable reputation within the wedding industry by supplying their clients with a unique chauffeur driven experience using their genuine 1960’s Jaguar MK2 and Daimler V8 Cars. Working with over 90 Brides and Grooms annually and attracting clients from Europe, and as far a field as Hong Kong, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand, Peter and Jo have become highly regarded not only by their clients but also by wedding planners and wedding venues within their region.

Jo is delighted to be attending Bawdon Lodge Farm again on Saturday 25th April and being part of the Sami Tipi Event. She will be show casing Charlotte a 1965 Classic Blue Daimler 2.5 litre V8 and looks forward to meeting many Brides and Grooms to be.

Dottie and Love

Dottie and Love create incredibly gorgeous giant balloons. Teamed with a glorious hand-made tassel tail, or embellished with ribbons, they are certain to make an impact! Big, bold and beautiful statement balloons are here to stay. They are also available flat packed ready for you to inflate!

We can’t wait to showcase them in all their glory at the stunning Sami Tipi Open Weekend.

Paul Grundle Magician

Paul Grundle is an award winning professional magician who is in high demand all over the UK (based in the Derby & Nottingham area). He has performed at all types of events, from weddings and corporate events through to trade shows and street magic; his unique style of magic will have you and your guests stunned and amazed! Paul is not just a magician but also a first class entertainer, and with his years of experience he knows how to show people a great time. His sleight of hand and close up magic has won him numerous awards all over the country.

The Organic Wedding Cake Company

I have been passionate about organic and ethically sourced food for over 13 years now, and have been baking for over 35 years since my Granny taught me to bake at a young age.   The Organic Wedding Cake Company came about at the end of 2012 when I realised there was a niche market for organic wedding cakes, around that time naked wedding cakes had started appearing in magazines and social media and they fitted in perfectly with what I was doing as an organic baker.  I feel the best way to showcase the delicious organic ingredients I use is to keep my wedding cakes as simple as possible.  Whilst I love making classic wedding cakes covered in sugarpaste with handmade decorations and wired flowers, I love the simple and understated look of a naked wedding cake, oozing with freshly made organic buttercream and homemade jam, then decorated with fresh summer berries and organic edible flowers.  As well as organic I also specialise in gluten free, dairy free and vegan wedding cakes, the special nature of my business lends itself perfectly for those wanting a ‘free from’ cake due to a food allergy or lifestyle choice.

Demand for my organic wedding cakes has been huge and I have customers all over the country, my cakes have been featured in many magazines and last year I appeared as a guest on ITV’s hit lunchtime show ‘Let’s do lunch with Gino and Mel’ where I talked about the growing trend for naked wedding cakes.

What can you expect to see from The Organic Wedding Cake Company at the Sami Tipi Spring Showcase?

Definitely one of my signature naked wedding cakes, most couples have only seen a naked wedding cake in magazines so they are always surprised to see a full size cake at an event like this, they are always a talking point!  I will be using organic edible flowers for individual desserts and treats, showing how these beautiful flowers can be used in a simple and creative manner.  I will be on hand to chat to couples about the organic ingredients I use, about the wonderful range of cake flavours and fillings available and to give advice for anyone looking for a special diets wedding cake.

Disco Prophets

Vintage Booth

Vintage Photo Booth

Vintage Booth provide quirky alternative photo booths.  Currently offering vintage, shabby chic, living room and caravan booths, Vintage Booth try to offer stylish alternatives to those shiny, plastic, corporate pods to really ‘wow’ your guests.  Instant prints are available as standard, as is a password-protected gallery and/or USB stick.  Think fabulous gentlemanly moustaches on sticks rather than hideous blow up neon guitars.  Vintage Booth are looking forward to the Sami Tipi Showcase immensely where they will be showcasing their fantastic Caravan Booth – perfect for a tipi wedding!

My Perfect Ceremony

”We write and conduct bespoke ceremonies that can take place anywhere and at anytime, so you can have your perfect outdoor wedding ceremony designed especially to suit you.

The company was founded by Jo Clarke, an experienced celebrant and former Deputy Superintendent Registrar who has a wealth of knowledge , having conducted hundreds of ceremonies over the past 10 years.”

Natural Favours

The rolling green hills of Derbyshire where we are based have inspired our range of beautiful British real flower petal confetti. In customised packets, envelopes, cones or simply by the litre, we can supply something to fit your needs.  We have also designed a unique range of wildflower and bird seed favours which are fully customisable. An eco-friendly, novel and memorable memento of your special event.  Let love bloom!

Me and Mr Jones

Beautiful original Songs, made with love. Nostalgic for another time but very much for today, have a listen here;

The Hanging Lanterns Company

“We are The Hanging Lanterns Company with a specialist Wedding & Events Team with over 700 styles of paper wedding lanterns and a bespoke creative studio to create almost anything from fine papers and cards!

Put your trust in us on the most important day of your life, and our team can guide you through any lantern look and assist you every step of the way, tailoring our suggestions to your venue, wedding day theme or colour scheme. We can also offer professional wedding lantern set-up & installation services, working with experts across the UK with all products made in our own factory or on site studio.”

 “We’re so looking forward to seeing the different ways of using paper lanterns in tipis as they are becoming more and more popular as wedding venues! The collaboration of so many wonderful wedding suppliers is surely going to give brides-to-be inspiration for every aspect of their wedding”

The Rainbow Paperier

“I am thrilled to be part of the Sami Tipi Showcase and look forward to the event. There is a great team working on it and I’m confident it will be spectacular .”

The Rainbow Paperie specialises in handmade paper garlands. With a range of colours to suit your theme, the paper garlands add a simple but elegant pop of colour to events and celebrations. Made by Shaz from her home studio in Milton Keynes these lovelies can be used as backdrops or decorations for weddings, birthdays, baby showers, shop displays and for gift wrapping. Available at

Charnwood Forest Alpacas

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Sami Tipi

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