Real wedding: Christina and Catherine
On Saturday 11th August 2018, Christina and Catherine celebrated a beautiful wedding at
The Petersham. Here they share with us their planning process and the highlights of their special day.
Q. How did you first meet?
A. In the pub! The Chequers at Eversley Cross, Hampshire.
Q. How many guests did you have?
A. Twenty-two for the ceremony, fifty-five for the evening.
Q. Tell us about your wedding outfits – where did you get them? Did they take long to find?
Being two brides meant that there was double the pressure to find the right dresses – and they had to compliment each other and suit our individual styles. We both had a fairly clear idea of what we wanted so we didn’t have to try too many places. Christina found her dress fairly quickly and easily but Catherine’s took a little longer. We were both really happy with our choices in the end and felt amazing in them.
Q. Why did you choose The Petersham as your venue?
We had actually seen and visited The Petersham before we even got engaged and it fit exactly with what we both wanted for our wedding. We knew from the outset that our wedding would be quite small and intimate and we wanted a venue that could provide the ideal space that is also beautiful and breathtaking.
The Petersham was the perfect venue. It is so beautiful in every way – for example the décor, the setting and the stunning views over the River Thames. So many of our wedding guests said how amazing the venue was!
Q. Did you have a theme or particular colour scheme?
We knew we wanted teal to be part of our colour scheme as we knew it would go really well with our ivory dresses and also because Catherine’s maid of honour had a teal dress to wear. We both love the colour too.
We were able to find ties for Christina’s dad and best friend to wear that were a perfect match for the maid of honour’s dress, and Christina’s sister Katharine who did the cake managed to incorporate some teal elements to it too.
Q. How did you feel on the morning of the wedding?
We were both really quite calm on the day! Catherine stayed at The Petersham the night before the wedding so all she had to do was get ready, whereas Christina stayed at her parent’s house and had to get ready and travel to the hotel. But it all went very smoothly!
Walking down the aisle was wonderful – we had our nephews, niece and best friends walk down first and then we followed, firstly Christina with her dad and then Catherine with her mum. It was perfect!
Q. What was it like after the ceremony?
The time after the ceremony was great – we went out onto the River Room balcony, took photos and chatted to our guests with a glass (or two) of Champagne! Then we went to Richmond Park to take some photos there with the London skyline in the background, which our photographer had suggested beforehand. By the time we got back everyone was seated for the wedding breakfast and we all enjoyed wonderful food together before heading back up to the River Room.
It was important to us that those arriving for the evening felt a part of the wedding itself, so we did the speeches and the cutting of the cake when everyone was there. The speeches were great – lots of laughing and crying, in all the right places!
Q. Did you have any evening entertainment?
For the final part of our reception we led everyone congo-style down to the Cellars for the first dance, with a disco following.
Q. What was your first dance?
Our first dance was to ‘At Last’ by Etta James – a really special song for us.
Q. Do you have any top tips for other couples?
Savour every moment – it goes so fast! Our tip would be to get a really good videographer to capture so many parts of the day that go so fast for you to enjoy again and again.
Q. Did anything go wrong on the day?
There were no disaster stories for either of us – everything went really smoothly and seamlessly. We were very lucky and Catherine’s maid of honour must be given a huge thank you as she was one of the reasons it all went so well.
Photography: Rachel Groom
Videographer: W4 wedding films
Outfits and accessories: David’s Bridal
Stationery: Wedding Programs designed by Christina
Flowers: A local florist
Cake: Christina’s sister Katharine