American girl meets English boy – Megan & Jake’s transatlantic love story began in 2017, when Megan spent a semester studying in London. They pursued a long-distance relationship while Megan finished her undergraduate degree in the USA and were finally in the same place at the same time when Megan returned to London to further her studies.
After completing her studies in London, Megan returned home to the USA in February 2020, and they had big plans to visit each other every few months. Like many, their plans were halted thanks to Covid and a global pandemic, and their long-distance relationship became somewhat of a challenge.
Finally, in Spring 2021, Megan was able to return to the UK for the first time in over a year to visit Jake and his family. On their favourite spot on the Thames, with a backdrop of Tower Bridge, Jake proposed, and Megan said yes!
After booking their dream venue and photographer, Megan & Jake decided they needed a Wedding Planner to help them navigate their way through the challenges of planning a wedding from abroad, during a Pandemic, and the pressures of daily life. They enlisted my help, and we worked together to plan their dream day.
We began their wedding planning journey with identifying their wedding vision and style – an elegant, timeless aesthetic filled with flowers, that would bring guests together from across the globe. Ticking all their boxes of light and airy, space to roam, beautiful grounds and exclusive use, they chose Morden Hall in London as their wedding venue.
The vision for their wedding was for an elegant, timeless and intimate gathering. An elegant colour palette based around neutrals, white and blush, with accents of dusty blue was present throughout all the décor and styling. Hints of greenery and accents of silver metallics complemented the colour palette.
On a sunny June day on the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, Megan & Jake tied the knot in front of 70 friends and family, many of whom had travelled from the USA. Guests arrived at Morden Hall by a vintage Routemaster bus, for the full London experience.
Before the ceremony, Megan & Jake took a moment together for a first look, and read letters they’d written to each other. Their civil ceremony took place in Willow, a charming light-filled space, full of architectural details. The magnificent sweeping staircase was the perfect entrance for Megan and her Bridesmaids. A harp and violin duo provided the ceremony music, a perfect choice for such a grand setting.
We filled the ceremony space with an abundance of florals – a deconstructed arch formed the backdrop for the ceremony; and the aisle was lined with flower filled meadow arrangements. The staircase was filled with florals, and a cluster of hurricane lamps graced the bottom of the sweeping staircase to complement the floral installation.
Following their ceremony, guests enjoyed drinks and canapes on the North Lawn, and were entertained by lawn games during the wedding party photos.
For the wedding breakfast, we transformed Mulberry, the dining space with high vaulted ceilings and instant wow factor. Elegant draping was hung across the beams, with a timeless aesthetic for the table styling with elegant accents of dusky blue. The florals featured white and blush blooms, with lots of greenery to give the feeling of bringing the outside in.
The tables were styled with silver beaded chargers and cutlery, with a complementing blue water glass to carry the accent colour through. The look came together with dusky blue napkins and elegant calligraphied personalised menus, that doubled up as place cards. Blue taper candles completed the look.
Guests were greeted with the floral arch from the ceremony, which was moved to frame the entrance to dinner. As a keen Fulham supporter, Megan & Jake named their tables after American soccer players who have played for Fulham. It was such a wonderful personal touch, fusing their two countries together, and was a great talking point with their guests.
Megan & Jake chose to be seated at a table for two (Sweetheart table), while their guests were seated at round tables. We moved the Urn arrangements that were part of the arch, to frame the sweetheart table, and the rest of florals featured white and blush blooms, with lots of greenery to evoke the feeling of bringing the outside in. A stunning 2 tier cake in dusky blue and white, featured silver details and fresh flowers.
As day turned to evening, guests were invited back into Willow, where the DJ had set up ready to get the party started. Megan & Jake kicked off the evening with their first dance, and the evening continued with a doughnut wall, pizza trailer and sparklers.
Megan & Jake’s wedding was filled with so much joy, love and laughter, and it was an honour to be entrusted to plan their wedding and give them the day of their dreams.
Creative team: Planning, Design & Styling – Georgina Alexander Weddings & Events | Photographer – Pinky Promise Photography | Floral Design – Johanna Pedrick Flowers | Ceremony & Reception Venue – Morden Hall | Bridalwear – Pebbles Bridal | Hair & Make up – Elle Au Naturel | Draping – Alexandrea Occasions | Tableware & Napkins – Duchess & Butler | Caterer – Kalm Kitchen | Cake Designer – Simply Irresistible Cakes London | Videographer – Storyboard Videos | Ceremony Musicians – Claire Jones Harpist Mirabelle Arts | Stationery – Papier Minted | Menus – Lynda Loves | DJ – We R DJs | Routemaster – Traditional Travel