A SoulPad Wedding.January 19, 2009
We were delighted at the news that we'd be playing a small part in another SoulPad wedding, and Jonathan Pearce's plans just seemed so exciting. At the time (when he first contacted the SoulPad offices) Jonathan was torn between having the after party in woodland or meadows. Ah! What a lovely thing to be worrying about, we thought.
In his own words Jonathan describes the big day, and has chosen to share some of his wedding photos with us all. Our thanks go to Jonathan and his wife Claire for choosing SoulPad and taking the time to report back.
"A few people might agree that spending your wedding night in a tent is a wonderfully romantic idea. But when the wedding is in late-October, it does present some challenges. So for Claire and I, there was no option, other than a five-meter SoulPad (SoulPad 5000-lite™) and a wood-burning stove (Blaze™).
Our wedding was in a beautiful country house in a quiet part of Buckinghamshire. The only draw back was that we had to leave at 11.00 pm. With no other venue close by to carrying on the celebration our thoughts fixed on improvising an after-party in a nearby woodland. At first our plan seemed impossibly complicated, but one thing led to another and before I knew it I was surveying local farms for the best spot, renting a yurt, sorting out a battery powered music system and working out how to ferry 40 or more people to chosen site.
We set everything up the day before the wedding. The Yurt measred twenty-five foot in diameter, with wonderful wonky wooden beams and a gorgeous crimson felt roof lining.
But our pride and joy was the SoulPad, pitched 50 meters away and sheltered by a huge oak tree. We put in a double bed (the SoulPad ZonkPad™) with the best duvet and linen I could find, some nice wooden picnic chairs and table, a Moroccan rug, an array of matching cushions, and of course wall-to-wall coir matting.
My surprise for Claire was a funky painted vanity unit, which I snuck in late in the day while she was elsewhere.
On the big day, everything went perfectly in our country house. But as the hours went by I just got more and more excited about the after party.
I gave a detailed description of the SoulPad in my speech in the hope it would allay the concerns of friends and family who might have though Claire had married a mad man. Most seemed convinced, but not all!
By 11.00 pm everyone swapped their glam rags for wellies and jumpers and decamped to our spectacular Mongolian chill out zone. Of course most came to inspect the SoulPad as well, and where speechless when they saw how sumptuous it was inside.
By 3.00 am we had the place to ourselves. The lanterns flickered, the leaves rustled in the tree above, and the little stove filled the SoulPad with a sublime and constant heat. The perfect end to a perfect day."