This was no ordinary wedding. An enchanting tale of two dresses, one barefoot bride and the award for Best Button Hole. This was one wedding which would make Cath Kidston, the Queen of shabby chic, green with envy. A lovely intimate wedding at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond, followed by a relaxed picnic reception on blankets and rugs in Richmond Park, attended by close friends and family. It sounded to me like a dream brief, but and it was a very big BUT, only if the weather behaved itself. With a week to go until the big day the forecast did not bode well. Wet weather provisions were made only for the forecast to change again dramatically a few days before the big day arrived. Dry, warm weather was headed in our direction. Hoorah! If we’d had rain we would of course have had a fabulous day, albeit under shelter, though the dry weather helped to create the most extraordinary wedding reception I have ever seen. Each guest had their very own picnic lunch box which had been carefully wrapped and thoughtfully put together by the brides parents. After champagne and strawberries, we all headed down into Richmond Park where together we dined under the canopy of an ancient oak tree as we witnessed rabbits hopping about, squawking parakeets in the trees and a lone stag munching on grass. It was indeed a memorable day which I will for one will never forget, especially the excellent father of the bride speech with extracts from Paris and the Golden Apple from Greek mythology. By the way, divine home made rose water wedding cake from chief bridesmaid Vanessa’s Mum, stunning hair and make up with thanks to Nicky Mowat at Beauty Call and an exceptionally beautiful headpiece courtesy of Dinesha Mendis. A truly wonderful day.
Written by Jay Rowden