As I write this it’s a beautiful fresh but sunny day and I’m taken back to those brief warms spells last summer that this couple, M&C were lucky enough to have for their wedding day. This August wedding took place in the beautiful surroundings of Richmond, and to make the most of it’s incredible riverside location, the couple and their guests hopped in rowing boats to cross from the ceremony to the reception venue. Could there be anything more romantic than to be in a rowboat together on your wedding day?
This wedding is not only beautiful, but I love how M&C took their own twist on the day by having their first dance after the ceremony, donning wellie boots and enjoying a late afternoon intimate feast with their guests before whisking themselves away on the Eurostar to Paris. Proving once again just how amazing London is and that you don’t necessarily have to go all the way to the South of France to have a stunning rustic riverside day, although of course you may not always be quite this lucky with the weather…
From the Bride and Groom: “We wanted a day that would be chilled out and beautiful with just our closest friends and family around us. We loved Petersham Nurseries and planned the day around a long summer lunch there.
When we found Orleans House Gallery nearby we had the idea of rowing over the river from the ceremony to the lunch – this turned out a really fun part of the day (there was a wedding routemaster for those who preferred to stay on dry land!). Petersham totally surpassed our expectations with amazing food, service and gorgeous decoration – our memories of the day are filled with the heady smell of all the flowers. We were lucky to have the last really hot day of the year, and lots of our guests said they felt like we’d taken a day trip to the south of France.
We didn’t really care about lots of the traditional details of weddings, but loved having our own twist on things… Like we had our first dance at Orleans House Gallery straight after the ceremony, to an acoustic version of ‘our song’ played on the guitar by one of our really good friends. We also did a speech together instead of the traditional groom’s speech – we want an equal marriage and thought it was good to start as we meant to go on! Having our family and friends toast us was a sight we’ll never forget. Other special touches included having frames with old wedding pictures of lots of our family members – it was a lovely talking point, and a way to have those who weren’t able to be with us in body very much there in our minds.
We also really appreciated contributions from our families to the day – an aunt made our cake, a mum brought bowls of berries to symbolize a fruitful marriage, and so on. We opted not to have an evening do, and our guests went on to have a lazy evening in a pub garden while we got on the Eurostar to have our wedding night in Paris. It was a really dreamy summer day, and we loved it.
The day went beautifully, but beforehand we had moments of stress, even though it was a relatively low key day! My biggest tip is ACCEPT HELP from anyone who offers! Even if you don’t know what job to give them, ask for the help to be figuring out what jobs need doing!”
Photography: Dasha Caffrey / Ceremony Venue: Orleans House Gallery / Reception Venue: Petersham Nurseries / Bride’s Dress: Caroline Castigliano / Co-ordination: Lindy Dowling / Hair and Make-Up: Love Hair / Bridesmaids: Monsoon