Camilla and James
“We chose St Mary’s for so many reasons. Apart from the strong family ties to the parish, the building itself is just beautiful – the way the light streams through the windows and slants across the altar is magical, and the airy dome is gorgeous and acoustically useful!
We were keen to have a central London wedding anyway, to keep things simple for our families and friends, and it was close to a number of excellent reception venues (we ended up using The Landmark Hotel, but considered The Amadeus Centre, London Zoo and Lords Cricket Ground). But more than anything we chose St Mary’s for Father Gary Bradley. Having been an actor in a previous life (which appealed to us, being in the business ourselves), his sense of performance and occasion are magnificent.
He wrote his sermon based on detailed conversations with us, designed to appeal to the large atheistic contingent in our congregation, and it was funny and moving in equal measure. Both he and Karen, the administrator, handled the organisation wonderfully, and put us completely at ease, and they were so accommodating, from having canapes on the lawns outside, to facilitating our choices of readings and music, and in letting us use the facilities flexibly.
Hopefully you can tell from the photos what a joyous day it was, and this was in huge measure down to Gary, Karen and St Mary’s. We’ve since moved away from the area, but have had both of our children baptised there – it couldn’t have been anywhere else, so dear to us is the place.”
Their photographer was Benjamin Walker