Hello Gorgeous!

This month has been a very exciting one here at #FMTHQ. After nearly a year in the planning and hand crafting by the very talented yurt maker, Henry and a shed load of anticipation we finally received our new Grand Pavilion. We welcomed her by celebrating with friends and family in a themed cinema night screening of Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film “Modern Times”. It was a truly fantastic evening only made possible by the help and hard work of so many. The night was topped off with an electro-swing disco set by DJ Greg Love of Curious Yellow fame.

Two of our friends Sharon Cooper and Richard Stow, both professional photographers were kind enough to share some of the pictures of the night. If you’d like to see more taken by guests just look up #fmtgp on instagram, Facebook and twitter. Enjoy!


Photo credits:

Colour images – Sharon Cooper Photography

Black & white images – Richard Stow

Special thanks goes to:

Mama & Papa Stow – for use of the paddock.

Jamie Buchanan – for loan of cinema projector.

Jimi – for loan of the PA equipment.

Chloe Silvey of White Button Weddings – for loan of props & decor.

Lauren Wise of Tweelife – for donating chutneys to have with the cheese.

Garry Milne – for creating and printing the programme.

Greg Love – for the soundtrack to the night.

Jack & Tilly – for providing the opportunity, tireless preparation & outstanding hospitality!

All guests for their generous donations and of course for dressing in such an elegant and suave fashion!


A Fond Farewell

Sorry it’s been so long since the last post, but we have been very busy at FTMHQ. As things begin to wind down, the end of this season is even more of an emotional one than usual, as this year we are saying good bye to our beloved Grand Pavilion Yurt. She is moving into retirement and saw her final job at the wonderful fundraising “Elephantastic Weekend” for ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

I am probably being over sentimental, but this yurt was the turning point in our business and has given us the opportunity to work with so many wonderful clients. I think there is a certain type of person who wants to get married in a yurt and they seem to be pretty amazing people. So thank you, to all our past clients who toasted their new lives together within her arches, to everyone who danced the night away under her canvas canopy and to the few who even woke up inside her after partying until the sun came up.  We and she, have had a ball!

Thankfully though it is not all sadness, it does mean there is a new and exciting beauty on her way which we can’t wait to share details with you as soon as we can! Until that time however we would like to reminisce over some pictures of the old girl doing what she did best, stealing the show at celebration after celebration.

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Beautiful images taken by:

First hand photography images 2, 3 & 12

Sharon Cooper Photography images 4, 5, 6, 7 & 16

Tierney Photography images 8, 9, 17 & 24

Binky Nixon Photography images 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 27

Richard Stow image 26

All other images taken by talented clients, their guests or ourselves.

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Curiouser and curiouser…

Festival season has finally arrived, so I am really chuffed to be handing over this post to Greg Love, co-organiser of The Curious Yellow Weekend to tell you all about this fabulous festival. It is the kind which travels on those whispers that all great parties do and of course, some of our tents will feature so grab your tickets while you still can!

Now in our 4th year The Curious Yellow stands tall. A beautiful new site in amongst the wandering trees and glistening flowing streams of a beautiful sculpture garden and arboretum. A place to truly let go!

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Building on experiences from previous years we really want to hold on to that warm family vibe, so we have endeavoured to make this festival a place to not only enjoy some incredible music, but to also be able to grab a drink and wander around our stunning venue and leave the fast pace of everyday life behind as you unwind into your weekend. 
Please bear in mind there is a strict limitation on the number of attendees to which is 500 persons, this includes all crew and artists, therefore we’ve allowed for just 300 available tickets. This is our choosing as small more intimate events are always the best.
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Make sure you visit The Love Shack Tipi for a taster of our very own professionally brewed Curious Ale and Yellow Cider, there may also be a couple of cheeky cocktails available for those of you who enjoy a drink with a twist or pop into the mighty Hopper House for some day time fun and games come bouncy tea party by night and with Crew Salam catering for you all with their awesome wood fire pizza’s, you will certainly have a smile on your face.

With all sorts of sideshow entertainment throughout the day come and be amazed at the quite extraordinary interactive colouring clinic or have your face painted into an ultra realistic image, the only limits are your imagination.
With over  20 up and coming Bands throughout the weekend, ranging from solo artists singing with passion and emotion through to 10 piece ska reggae bands putting out a sound that has to be heard to be believed and as we hit sun down our stunning Sculpture Garden become’s a magical dreamscape as the night gives a perfect back drop for us to transform the trees into an avatar’esq fantasy land. Think Corinthian pillars and abstract sculptures to hidden woodland pavilion’s.

This is the weekend That Curious Yellow makes its mark!

Crew Salam is a team of forward-thinking artists and performers who are really making a name for themselves as the ultimate festival experience. With their café and performance stage, they have gained huge popularity on the UK and European musical festival scene in recent years and bring their unique set-up to a number of events this summer. Café Salam serves up delicious pizzas and sweet and savoury crêpes, as well as freshly-made spicedchai and a selection of hot and cold drinks. You can even add a shot of brandy, whiskey or Baileys to your hot drinks, then snuggle up on a straw bale and enjoy the entertainment.
Alongside the café, the large Salam tent houses a stage which features live performances from up-and-coming artists, as well as an eclectic variety of DJs which keep festival-goers partying throughout the day and night. Salam means ‘peace’ in Arabic and while Crew Salam certainly aim to provide a peaceful environment to relax in, there is always something going on in their beautifully decorated space, from film screenings to workshops. Their new black-and-white circus tent, affectionately named ‘The Zebra’, is now available for hire. Ideal for parties, festivals and more, this stunning 16-metre-diameter structure comes with a team ofstrapping boys and girls to rig and de-rig it, and can be hired with or without décor.
We hope to see you there to join us in our world, much love the CY Crew………x 

Tie the Knot – Unique & Eclectic Wedding Carnival

Just a quick one for you this month to share some wonderful images taken by Binky Nixon Photography. Binky and Erica from Mr & Mrs Unique team up to bring Hertfordshire one of the most amazing Wedding Fairs you can imagine, Tie the Knot. We were lucky enough to be able to be there this year to showcase two of our new Stretch tents.

Wedding Fair conjures up the wrong image in your head really, as Tie the Knot is something quite different. Instead of being a contrived sales ground of ivory this and ivory that, Hexton Manor Walled Garden sets the scene for the Unique and Eclectic Wedding Carnival. It is bursting with colour, talent and friendly people, who genuinely LOVE their jobs. It really shines through as these gorgeous images will show you.

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We shared our fab Stretch tent with:

Pop over to their websites to check them out.

Hannah x

The Seven Year Itch…

Having reached our seven year wedding anniversary I cannot help but reflect on the well known adage of the seven year itch: the idea that couples will be unfaithful after seven years of marriage.  For myself I can’t quite believe that I have been married to the monkey man for seven years today! Thankfully Mark and I couldn’t be further from this idiom and without getting all soppy on you, our relationship has definitely become stronger over the years.

The only reason I am able to write this actually on our wedding anniversary, is that running our own business often means that client needs come above our own. Mark is out de-rigging a tent after a beautiful wedding in Kent, and although it would have been nice to spend today together, it really doesn’t matter. And herein lies the key. We obviously became aware that we had a booking some time ago, so were able to arrange things around it. It may be a rather boring comparison, not to mention a cliché, but compromise and going with the flow is important, not just in marriage but in life too. Nobody would get very far by digging their heals in and kicking up a fuss when things don’t go as you would have liked. We had a lovely lunch date yesterday in St Albans enjoying good food, each other’s company and a few stolen hours without the children.


I feel incredibly lucky with the life I have and by no means feel an authority to counsel on marriage, but if a friend ever asked how we do it I would probably say…

Find time anywhere – working as we do, we try to find time to spend together wherever and whenever we can. This often means us all piling in the car to meet a client for a site visit or, teaming a tent hire with a weekend away. It’s the little things that count.

Be best friends – we laugh, cry and share everything with each other. I have never been able to relate to couples who don’t talk about their feelings. To me that would result in a very lonely world and ultimately lead to unhappiness and a breakdown of the relationship.

Respect the fact you are different – even though we do a lot together and are similar in many ways, we are definitely our own people. I believe this is true of everyone and no matter how many years we are married, this should never be forgotten. You can’t stop someone being themselves and shouldn’t (in my opinion). We all need time to be ourselves, whether that means doing things with friends that you know your partner wouldn’t enjoy, or just having a little alone time. I think what I’m trying to say is you can’t change someone. If you don’t love watching rugby and he doesn’t love shopping don’t neither of you should do these activities: it will only cause friction.

Be in it for life – the most important. Mark and I got engaged after just six months of knowing each other and were married within a year. It is easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of romance and feelings, being head-over-heels in love. Embarrassing to say, but it’s happened to me a couple of times. Luckily for me though, when Mark came along I knew it was for life. Marriage these day can sometimes be taken for granted. With online divorce now an option, it is all too easy for people to step in to such an important commitment without longevity in their minds. It may be easy to undo things, but it will hurt and stay with you far longer than an unmarried split. So don’t do it unless you are happy to put up with their quirks for 30, 40, 50+ years.

Here are a few shots from our blustery wedding day back in 2008. We opted for a simple day surrounded by the ones we love. Organised in three phone calls, the vicar, a minibus firm and restaurant. Job done.

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If you fancy a night in snuggled up on the sofa together, why not try the 1955 romantic comedy The Seven Year Itch, staring Marylin Monroe and Tom Ewell. It’s a classic!

The Seven Year Itch (1955)


V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition

As my first ever blog post I was truly excited to share with you something I have been wanting to do for a long time. The exhibition comes to a close at the V&A on March 15th so I made sure I booked in before it was too late. Fully loaded with enthusiasm and anticipation I met up with an old friend to catch up and soak in some of London’s charm.

It really didn’t disappoint, but then how could it? Such an eclectic mix of dresses the collection spans fashion over the last two centuries. We were able to view iconic dresses up close and personal; such as the purple Vivienne Westwood dress worn by Dita Von Teese for her marriage to Marilyn Manson and Kate Moss’s Galliano dress. All the careful craftsmanship you just don’t get to see in a pages of a glossy magazine.


We were treated to creations from designers including Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, Christian Lacroix and Vera Wang. Even though we took a mid-week visit the popularity of the exhibition is still high and we bustled past others obviously eager to immerse themselves in this final opportunity to see such an amazing collection.

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There was so much to tantalise our senses and hard to choose a favourite. The exquisite detail in the sequin work of Kate Moss’s Galliano dress is hard to ignore along with it’s effortless elegance. Ian Stuart’s Flowerbomb dress is so far from anything I imagined that I could like, but somehow it lures you in with its abundance of tule and the promise of a fairytale. If I had to choose and do it all again…I think Kate Moss’s gets my vote. Saying that if you ask me the same question again in five years time my choice would probably be completely different. This point illustrates what the exhibition was really about; all these amazing gowns being the hight of fashion of their time. New fabrics, techniques or styles illustrating wealth and notoriety. It is like stepping into a fabulous little bubble filled with detail beyond your wildest imagination. I urge you to book yourself in if you haven’t yet visited. It will undoubtedly shake-up all the preconceived ideas you may have about what sort of dress you like. Tickets start at £12.00 and weekend visits are all now sold out. Book Tickets

We topped off the day with a cheeky visit to Anges de Sucre on Holland Street, as you do! Hmm I feel a new blog post coming on…Anges-de-Sucre-1-Anneli-Marinovich-Photography