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A wild-flower filled wedding in southwest London

A wild-flower filled wedding in southwest London

Written by Katie Byrne

Sarah and James tied the knot in a spring celebration with a mint-green colourscheme


Sarah Williams, 31, a primary school teacher, and James Campbell, a lettings director, 32, were married at St Mary’s Church in Wimbledon, with a reception at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park, Richmond.

Budget: £25,000

Flower budget: £2,000

James and I originally met at Loughborough University, where we were both studying. After a few failed attempts to ask me out, we bumped into each other a few years later in a bar in Clapham and started dating.

We really wanted a relaxed, informal and natural feel to the day. We were so pleased that our photographer Anneli managed to catch this in the photos. We looked at a few London venues and fell in love with Pembroke Lodge straight away – the views from the terrace were amazing! I remember being ecstatic about the look and feel of the church and venue – it was just how I had imagined it and the flowers were perfect.

The milk churns, blackboards, shelf units, crates, log slices, mini vases and wild flowers really added to the atmosphere. I also tied twine around the serviettes with some bunches of lavender in to add to the table decorations. We are both pretty competitive and into sports, so we had table tennis and table football for the terrace, which both went down well.

I loved our flowers. They were wild and informal; a real mix of rustic blooms, which was exactly what I had asked Sam and Rachael at Vanilla Rose for. I really do think that flowers add so much to the atmosphere and vibe of a venue, particularly when the theme is natural and rustic-inspired like ours.

One of my favourite moments was walking into our reception with all of our family and friends cheering, it was a truly unforgettable moment.

Another one was just after we had had our photo taken, just the two of us, and we looked over the terrace in the glorious sunshine. We could see and hear our nearest and dearest, accompanied by our singer’s amazing vocals and guitar. It was so special!

As we got in our car to go from the ceremony to the venue, we remembered that we had forgotten to sort the music to play while dinner was being served (despite my endless lists!). James downloaded a playlist really quickly and Nelson at Pembroke Lodge sorted it for us. Pretty minor, but funny how these things suddenly come to you. 

My tip for brides-to-be: There are so many amazing magazines, blogs and websites to help you with ideas, but that makes it hard to not constantly change your mind. Try to keep calm and trust in your decisions that you have made. If you’re not great with lists – delegate to someone who is! 

Steal their style!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Anneli Marinovich FLORIST: Vanilla Rose CEREMONY VENUE: St Mary’s Church RECEPTION VENUE: Pembroke Lodge DRESS: Charlie Brear BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: ASOS GROOMSWEAR: Reiss CAKE: Cakes by Robin

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