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Row Boats and Wellies – A Petersham Nurseries Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Pretty Petersham Nurseries Wedding Richmond by Dasha Caffrey

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…

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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

Summer Romance Petersham Nurseries Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal

Tony and Jess were married in August with a meaningful ceremony at the Church just at the end of their road, followed by a relaxed reception at the beautifully unique Petersham Nurseries. This wedding almost looks like the most amazing dinner party. Ever. The romantic setting with the warm summer sky above them from within the glasshouse which is twinkling with lights, encased in foliage, with red wine flowing and live music to entertain. Perfection. It certainly looks like everyone had a good time judging by the images at the end of the night, and the whole day has been fabulously captured by Kat Hill.  

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“Our vision for the day was to keep the day as relaxed and fun as possible, we chose to keep things local by getting married at in a church the end of our road, with our reception only 10 minutes away from our home at Petersham Nurseries . Our main vision of the day was to ensure all our guests had great fun from start to finish.

The service was very meaningful to us both, we chose a church at the end of our road, and put a lot of thought into it, although we kept the service short and sweet it was very personal with our brother in law playing the organ, Tony’s Uncle singing  for us and with a vicar we both came to know very well. It was very emotional and after the service we made a bee-line for the door to get into our car and enjoy a glass of champagne together to calm our nerves before the rest of the day began, it was really nice to have that time out away from everyone to take it all in!

“Petersham nurseries is a stunning location set in a nurseries we had our rose Prosecco cocktails  outside around a water feature with jazz trio and  a magician which got everyone chatting and laughing. The meal was in the Restaurant, which was decorated with chilli plants and sunflowers everywhere, we chose 2 long tables so that guests could all chat across to each other.

“After dinner we had the speeches followed by a brass band perform classics such as “gangam style” and Britney spears which energized everyone straight after dinner and got everyone dancing. Our evening reception was set in a second greenhouse which was decorated with candles,  fairy lights, plants climbing up every wall and mud floors which was breathtaking. It felt like you were in another country and so romantic. We fished the night off with a fab covers band which kept everyone dancing. The fancy dress box got great use and to look around the room seeing everyone in wigs, strange hats and masks, even one of our guests who was 90 got dressed up!

The cake was from Choccywoccydoodah, I fell in love with one I saw online but when we want into the shop it cost the same amount to deisgn your own, I spent 2.5 hours in there with my mum and came up with our creation! It looked absolutely amazing on the day, but in the excitement of everything (and the non stop dancing from everyone) meant that we forgot to cut it and eat it! Luckily we had a family party the next day and we managed to polish it off!

The venue arranged all the food and drink food, everything was incredible with the food so beautifully presented with edible flowers and lots of fresh colours. The venue didn’t have an alcohol licence so it was only wine and beer, we managed to get around this by having Processco cocktails on arrival, and after the meal we moved to Sangria.

The most memorable part of the day was walking down the aisle, I just wanted to be next to Tony and the aisle seemed such a long way, as soon as we stood together I felt relaxed and just wanted to enjoy the day as much as possible. People told us to take in the day as it goes so quickly, and it really really does, The best advice I could give a bride to be is just enjoy every single second and not get too caught up in the smaller details, everything will just click together on the day and anything minor that goes wrong wont even be noticed! We forgot to arrange a first dance so just had to go with the flow on the day!

Thanks to Tony and Jess, and congratulations on their imminent arrival to the family which is due on their anniversary! Thanks also to Kat Hill for sharing her lovely work again.

Photographer:  Kat Hill / Venue: Petersham Nurseries / Bride’s Dress: The Bridal Chest / Bridesmaids: Two Bird Bridesmaid / Cake: Choccywoccydoodah 

Chris + Laragh – A Sunshine Wedding at Petersham Nurseries

WEDDINGS, Informal

Chris and Laragh were engaged in March this year and decided to get married just a few months later in July. The whole wedding was planned in a matter of weeks, and once the date was set, they booked the registry office at Chelsea Town Hall for the ceremony and then found the beautiful Petersham Nurseries in Richmond for their wedding reception venue. “We wanted a small London summer wedding that would be casual and fun without being overly formal with just close friends and family.”

Beautiful atmospheric photography from Si Quinn.

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They chose to hold their ceremony at the Brydon Room at Chelsea Old Town Hall, a beautiful room full of atmosphere for their intimate wedding of just 40 guests. Laragh chose a stylish modern gown by Amen from their Spring Summer collection, not overly fussy but she looks every inch a very chic bride. She teamed her dress with pretty pearl drop earrings, and a bouquet of oyster pink roses and peonies.

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Petersham Nurseries is one of those places that is just such a treat to visit, and you absolutely wouldn’t know you were in the suburbs of a bustling city. The couple were incredibly lucky with the bright blue skies and warm summer air for their meal on the beautiful covered terrace as they tucked into gastro delights such as scallops, duck, melon parfait and cheeses. They also had a delicious sounding cake by Nina Lomax which was pistachio and rosewater adorned with fresh peonies.

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Congratulations to Chris and Laragh on their beautiful Petersham Nurseries wedding, especially that it was planned in such a short time, an inspiring story for those planning a London wedding in a short period of time! Thanks also to photographer Si Quinn for sharing his lovely work on the blog.

Photography: Si Quinn / Ceremony: Chelsea Town Hall / Reception Venue: Petersham Nurseries / Bride’s Dress: Amen / Hair: Goges Hair / Make-Up: Madonna McNamee