Sky News presenter Sarah-Jane Mee and Ben Richardson marry in enchanting woodland setting – exclusive






Sally Morgan




In a magical wooded setting, under a canopy of trees, Sky News anchor Sarah Jane Mee says “yes” to her fiancé, Ben Richardson.

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The enchanting nuptials, which the couple playfully dubbed ‘The Wedding in the Woods’, took place in the garden of their country home in East Sussex, and among the celebrity guests at their celebration was friend Common Autumn Phillips – ex-wife of the Queen’s grandson Peter – who played Cupid introducing them three years ago.

Also on hand to witness the happy union were Sarah-Jane and Ben’s closest friends, including Natalie Pinkham, Zoe Hardman, Kirsty Gallacher, gethin jones, Eamonn HolmesLady Ainslie and Jacquie Beltrao.

The bride looked breathtaking in an exquisite off-the-shoulder bespoke creation, with button detailing at the back and a floor-sweeping skirt at Miss Bush’s bridal boutique, overseen by dressmaker Suzanne Neville.

And, as she walked down the aisle to the sound of her friend, musician Sam Calver, singing Beyond by Leon Bridges, she smiled and gently wiped away tears of joy.

Marriage was a true family affair, with the couple’s adorable two-year-old daughter, Rae, as maid of honor, while Ben’s 43-year-old nieces Marlie and Isla served as bridesmaids and Sarah-Jane’s sister Victoria served as matron of honor, with her son Theodore as page boy.

Ben’s cousin, Warren Moore, officiated at the ceremony and the couple exchanged vows they had written themselves.

perfect day

“It was about us, family and friends being at the heart of it all,” says Sarah-Jane, 44. HELLO!.

“Love and fun was the main focus – with us cutting out all the paperwork. It was a really special day to celebrate getting together and a perfect way to start the rest of our family journey.”

It’s certainly that, as the eight-year-old son of brand agency managing director Ben, Teddy, from a previous relationship, joined his dad and Sarah-Jane, and sister-in-law Rae, to a group hug.

The couple hosted a tent wedding breakfast, where Sarah-Jane gave a speech describing the three most important people in her life – Ben, Teddy and Rae.

“Teddy, I didn’t give you the gift of life, but life gave me the gift of you,” she said. “I am proud to call you my son. Rae, you are the best of us two. The four of us are so in love and you made it, Ben. This is the home and family you always deserved .”

Sarah-Jane’s best friend at school, Marianna Corbett, read Guess How Much I Love You, the first book she read to Rae, while family members Aunt Pat and Chantel Pepperrell shared stories marriage counseling and read a poem they had written themselves.

There were laughs too, as Ben’s friend and business partner Will Pepperrell raised the roof with his best man speech, including references to famous Ben lookalikes – Ant McPartlin, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Alfie Boe.

Natalie Pinkham, who was emcee for the day, read a poem she had written herself, in hip-hop form, to a captivated audience.

“Pinky knows me inside out and gave our guests a snapshot of my life that made them laugh and cry,” says Sarah-Jane. “A multi-talented woman, even I didn’t know she had that one. I’m going to have her lyrical genius framed.”

As the sun set, the glow of the garlands created mystical forest vibes, and guests mingled with hay bales and fire pits dotted around the garden, while sipping cocktails named after the couple’s best friends. , including an autumn negroni.

The main bar was nicknamed “Lynda’s Bar” after Sarah-Jane’s mother and the fish and chip van was called “Sarah-Jane’s Catch of the Day”.

first dance

Confetti rained down on the newlyweds as they took the stage for their first dance – to George Ezra’s Hold My Girl – while the groom also twirled Rae and Sarah-Jane danced with Teddy.

Heart FM’s Zoe Hardman and Loop VIP boss Nick Stear held the DJ decks and, to the sound of a band playing club classics, the wedding crowd danced the night away.

“The one thing I wanted was for our family and friends to have the best time,” Ben says. “We wanted to see big smiles on their faces and I’m so happy to say it was mission accomplished.”

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Sarah-Jane and Ben have donated the cost of using their photos to the charity Childline. Guests also made donations rather than giving gifts. Visit childline.org.uk.

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