Special relationship

20 Mar 2014

Special relationship

Perry and Sarah treated their guests to a Great British day – including a trip on a Routemaster – at their Anglo-American wedding

Perry Hanson and Sarah Wilson

Where: Ceremony at St George’s Church, Hanover Square, followed by reception at Bumpkin, South Kensington, London

Photography: Indigo Images

When we moved in together Perry presented me with a large pumpkin instead of flowers, so having decided to marry in autumn, pumpkins were a natural focal point to our theme.

We’ve always wanted an intimate wedding, if we had a larger home, we would have invited everyone for a family meal – hence our choice of Bumpkin with its homely feel, rustic tables and traditional pies. Many of our guests travelled from the

USA, Perry is American and we met at a house party when I was visiting my cousin,

Rickie Lee Marker-Hoffman, in Idaho, so we wanted to give everyone a proper British experience. Perry had his heart set on wearing a blue bow tie, so our colours became orange and blue.

I was anxious about planning a wedding at the same time as starting a new job after moving to Britain and while Perry was fully occupied with his Masters degree. The best decision we made was hiring Zouch and Lamare. Together they kept the planning process fun, they kept us on track and on time and kept an eye on the budget, and would answer questions or reassure me whenever I called or emailed. They whittled down a shortlist of vetted suppliers tailored to what we were looking for, which made making choices so much less stressful.

Our planners, Zouch and Lamare suggested keeping our autumnal pumpkin theme a surprise for the reception, so we stuck to blue and white for the church.

On the morning, my mum Susan Watson, sister, Jenny Wilson (the maid of honour) and I got ready together. With our ‘MOB’,

‘MOH’ and ‘Bride’ Starbucks cups, we spent the day having hair and make-up done and photos taken. I didn’t start to feel nervous until an hour before the ceremony when I put on my dress, and my dad, Robert, arrived.

I was so focused on walking slowly I didn’t hear the organ music I’d spent so long choosing. I caught a glimpse of my mother-in-law, Polly and my grandmother, Jean Watson, who were welling up as I entered the church and I knew if I looked at anyone else I’d cry too, so I concentrated on looking at Perry who is always so reassuring. Once I reached the altar I felt fine again. When we got to the end of the aisle, we high-fived , which was so silly, and so ‘ us’.

My sister, Jenny, who was my maid of honour, knitted munchkin-sized pumpkins as favours, which each had a label with our names and wedding date.Jenny, and my cousin Whitaker Cohen, from America spent the day before our wedding baking our wedding cake, in keeping with our homemade feel.

We served Taittinger Champagne after the ceremony while we had formal photographs at the church and again on the Routemaster bus which took us to the reception. When our guests arrived at Bumpkin, they received fruity British Martinis.


Photography: Indigo Images, London, www.indigoimages.co.uk

Venue: Bumpkin, South Kensington, 020 7341 0802, www.bumpkinuk.com

Wedding Planner: Zouch & Lamare, London, 020 3697 1183, www.zouchandlamare.com

Dress: Mon Cheri, www.mon-cheri.co.uk

Accessories: Headband, www.ivoryandcotiaras.co.uk; bowties and ties, Charles Tyrwhitt, www.ctshirts.co.uk

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Les Trois Soeurs, London, 020 7987 2177, www.lestroissoeurs.co.uk

Hair & make-up: Bridget Kearney, London, 07553 931119, www.bridgetkearney.co.uk

Bespoke Wedding Bands: Lulu Kachoo, London, 07908 408138, www.lulukachoo.com

Stationery: White Knot, London, 07971 173413, www.whiteknot.co.uk

Flowers: Blue Sky Flowers, London, 07973 601045, www.blueskyflowers.co.uk

Transport: Routemaster bus, Traditional Travel, 020 8249 1992, www.traditional-travel.co.uk

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