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A Tipi Weekend with Pom Poms and Bunting

Bride holding purple heart umbrella

Earlier this year Val from Benessamy Weddings and Events had the pleasure of planning and co-ordinating an Open Weekend for Sami Tipi Events. The event was designed to showcase the fabulous tipi structures set within the picturesque setting of Bawdon Lodge Farm in Leicestershire – a perfect location to host a tipi wedding. Val told us about the event…

Tipis provide an atmospheric event space like no other event venue. Inspired by the Sami People of Lapland, tipis make for a fabulous outdoor celebration and provide a breathtaking alternative to a conventional marquee, and are just perfect for the increasingly popular festival style wedding.

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Bride standing in front of tipis

Visitors to the event received a warm Benessamy and Sami Tipi welcome from our team and the team of fabulous suppliers.

The tipis were beautifully styled by Darby & Joan with gorgeous flowers by Tineke Floral Designs, pom poms and bunting galore by Pom Pom Studio and Emma Bunting, and lovely stationery by Best Day Ever.

The fabulous cakes and treats display was provided by Yummy Little Cakes (including Macarons to die for!).

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Getting to Know – Benessamy Weddings and Events

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Interview with: Valerie Mattinson

Company Name: Benessamy Weddings and Events


Location / Coverage: Based in Nottinghamshire. Ideally placed to cover the East Midlands and further afield on request.

What does Benessamy Weddings and Events do?

Benessamy is a wedding and event planning company based in Nottinghamshire, creating stylish and unique weddings and events for clients across the East Midlands and further afield.


From proposal to I Do, first dance to honeymoon getaway, we work closely with couples to make their wedding day special and memorable for all the right reasons. Our clients usually have a demanding job or busy lifestyle, and the idea of spending every spare moment meeting wedding suppliers and visiting venues just does not appeal. We can help with all or as much of their wedding planning as they need.

Parties and Events

We provide design, planning and organisation support for the full range of party and celebratory occasions – Charity dinners and other fundraising events, birthday parties, anniversaries, baby showers, proms and other special occasions.

How did Benessamy Weddings and Events come about and how long has the business been going?

I launched Benessamy in 2011 after a career in the public sector in legal and corporate affairs. The name ‘Benessamy’ is a combination of the names of my two children and daily inspiration, Ben and Jessamy.

Have you always been interested in weddings and wanted to be a wedding planner?

I guess I got “the bug” for organising events when I worked in the Chief Executive’s Office at Nottingham City Council and then became the Head of External Affairs. In this role I was responsible for the planning and co-ordination of ministerial, royal and other special visits to Nottingham. I stayed in that role for three years before taking up the position of Director of Corporate and External Affairs at New College Nottingham, where my responsibilities included PR, communications and marketing.

I have enjoyed organising many special occasion events over the years, but I think the one which helped me to realise that it was time to put my energy, passion, organisation (and list making!) skills into the wedding business was my brother and sister in law’s wedding in Barbados a few years ago. My initial curiosity and interest in the detail of their plans turned into the need to literally roll my sleeves up (or kick off my rather stylish flip-flops!) and assisting in the on the day co-ordination to ensure that their dream wedding ran smoothly and in accordance with their plans. I loved every minute of it!

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