Introduce The Canvas Tent Company…
Hi! We’re Mike & Holly, partners in business and pleasure and engaged to be hitched in the not – too – distant – future! Dan is our ‘brother from another mother’ and the third cog in our wheel. We are the team behind The Canvas Tent Company and manage our work around our family lives.
What are a few of your favourite things?
Family time, all the time; we love camping trips, festivals and the summer holidays – there is nothing that we enjoy more than a Great British staycation!
When we’re not adventuring or working, we relax by gardening, cooking and getting creative in the home with upcycling, crafting and salvage hunting.
Tell us about where the magic happens – where’s your HQ?
Our home. We live in a cottage in the heart of the Cheshire countryside so currently, everything that we do, we do from our makeshift office at the dining table. We have our heart set on a barn conversion office and workshop space but for now, we’re more than happy to make things happen from the comfort of our lovely little house, with BBC 6 Music as our soundtrack and a limitless supply of free coffee!
How and why did you start up your business?
We all agree that we have always yearned for a life outside of the 9-5. As creative folk, with a lust for the outdoor lifestyle, setting up a marquee hire company is the absolute dream. We are passionate about helping people to facilitate and accomplish their creative ideas and love that we are a huge part of our couples’ matrimonial adventure!
What do you love most about your job?
The metaphorical road it is taking us on and the actual roads that our jobs often take us on – seriously, we see so much of the country that we have never before seen! From stately homes nestled away in Snowdonia to the wide-open fields of the Cheshire plane; we have the privilege of working in some pretty spectacular settings.
What makes your work unique?
I believe our love for the countryside and the sites on which we work is apparent in what we do. We are extremely passionate about placing our beautiful structures in such a way that they become a part of the scenery. We want to get the very best out of each setting, venue and location so the land and canvas need to complement one another exceptionally well and we put a lot of work into planning the pitch of a tent.
What kind of couples are ‘your couples’?
Any couple with an idea or a dream – the bigger the better! We love to make stuff happen and it is our duty (and pleasure) to make their vision become reality.
What would be your advice for couples looking to plan a wedding totally unique to them?
Get creative and do it outdoors!
What inspires you?
The couples that we work alongside; this is often the biggest event of their lives and we love nothing more than to see the passion in their planning and watch their story unfold.
We are always inspired by location and love to explore nooks of the country that we have never ventured to before.
What’s been your proudest moment so far?
We’re extremely proud to be a part of the Will’s Marquees network.
We are lucky that we have had the privilege of seeing our beautiful marquees being handcrafted in the Will’s workshop over in Yorkshire.
Witnessing the design process and craftsmanship that goes into each structure is very exciting! We’re most definitely ‘homespun’ through and through.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt?
You can’t set up a business without Fibreoptic broadband! How anything was achieved in the days of dial up is beyond us.
In your opinion, what makes a great wedding?
The planning process – enthusiasm, creativity and a whole lot of personality!
Oh, and doing it all outdoors, of course!
What exciting bits are in the pipeline?
We’re currently in the early stages of planning our open day for September. We’ve already met some amazing suppliers and can’t wait to get out and about and meet some more. Details will follow, so watch this space!
Website Link: www.thecanvastentcompany.com