9:20am Saturday 26th May 2012
A couple who run the village store in Clapham are set to have their nuptials featured on TV.
Terry and Sonya Jenkins, who fell in love at first sight, tied the knot - in front of cameras from Sky, filming the popular Four Weddings programme.
The show, on Sky Living's reality channel, features four brides attending each other’s weddings.
They then score the event based on how much they enjoyed it, with the winner being awarded a dream honeymoon.
Mr and Mrs Jenkins were married at St James’ Parish Church in Clapham and, for their reception, they hosted a vintage tea party at the village hall.
Mr Jenkins said they did not notice the film crew during the day.
“We hardly knew they were there,” said Mr Jenkins. “The other brides were very friendly and they seemed to have a good time which was the main thing.”
Mr and Mrs Jenkins, who are both aged in their early 50s, transformed the village hall with an array of vintage style decorations, from wall paper, rope lights, old crockery and lots of cake stands.
There was also a live band and hog roast.
“I was on one knee when I met Sonya as I was stacking the eggs, so it became a bit of a theme,” said Mr Jenkins.
“She came into the shop on her way home from Scotland and we got on like a house on fire.”
The newlyweds met last August and were engaged by Christmas.
Mr Jenkins, 50, said it has been a “bit of whirlwind romance”.
“We are totally perfect for each other, she's absolutely perfect,” added Mr Jenkins.
Mrs Jenkins, 52, thinks that Four Weddings was interested in them “because we’re a little older”.
But she is “really excited” about the programme and is hoping to win the luxury honeymoon, which she said would be a lot better than a “day in the Lakes”.
Jane Walden, of Clapham, provided the horse-drawn carriage that took the couple to the wedding.
The Jenkins’ carriage was driven by Jane’s son, Billy, 11, and was pulled by Mr Pickles, a traditional cob which is usually used as a stud horse.
Jane’s business, Turnerford Stables, also helped to organise two other horse and carriages that were used to take other guests to the wedding.
Casey Moor, 14, and Iona Lane, 13, who are also from the Clapham area, drove carriages pulled by Magnum the pony and Iona’s horse Blue.
“It was great for the children,” said Ms Walden. “They put loads and loads of work into it and had to train together four times a week to prepare.”
The programme featuring the Jenkins is due to be aired at the end of the summer.
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