Becky & William - Botleys Mansion

Occupational therapist Becky and her husband William, an engineer, chose Botleys Mansion as their midsummer-themed wedding venue on Saturday 21st June 2014.

THE STORY 

Preparation:
We knew we wanted to get married at Windlesham Church where Will’s father would be able to marry us, so our search started with venues in the area. As soon as we walked into the atrium at Botley’s Mansion, we knew that we couldn’t hold our wedding reception anywhere else – it was literally love at first sight! As we live in Falmouth, Cornwall most of our preparation was done online. We were also the first of our friends to get married, so had to search for our suppliers ourselves.  

The planning process:
We set aside many Sundays to sit in cafes around Falmouth and plan our day, referred to affectionately as ‘Wedding Planning Sundays’! Towards the end of the planning we made the 
decision to hire a Wedding Planner. We wanted to be able to enjoy the day ourselves, so having done most of the planning we handed over our plans to Rachael Corigliano.

The theme:
The midsummer’s theme correlated with our date. In the décor we combined beautiful pastel shades of dusky pinks, lavenders and whites, with floral arrangements of roses, peonies, hydrangeas, lavender and sweet peas. All the invitations, menus, cravats, ribbons, chair sashes and bridesmaid dresses were matched with the same shade of lavender. To further add to the theme, we had candles in lanterns on the entrance steps, and next to our guest book frame as well as Swarovski scatter crystals on the tables.  We also wanted to bring a bit of Cornwall to the day, so arranged a VW split screen campervan for our transport between the church and Botley’s.

The day:
The morning of the wedding we both got ready at our respective parents houses. At mine it was chaos as always, with two make-up artists, three hairdressers, florists, photographers, bridesmaids and family. Will’s dad met us at the door of the church along with our flower girl, and I can remember him saying ‘It’s going to go really fast’ and I was thinking ‘No way, I’ve got 12 hours to go!’ He was right though, and the day flew past in a fabulous whirlwind. 

The Reception:

The reception was perfect and sunshine meant that all our guests could fully enjoy the grounds with a glass of champagne on arrival at Botley’s. We also got some beautiful photos with the grand piano in the entrance hall. The food was an important part of our day and all the canapes, the wedding breakfast (especially the braised beef) and the evening hog roast were amazing. We had our cake in the evening for desert with the hog roast, which went down very well. It was four tiers: one chocolate, one red velvet, one carrot cake and a small fruit cake on the top with flower spacers in between. The boys were a bit nervous about their speeches, but after a few drinks it all went very well, fortunately the best men’s speeches weren’t as embarrassing for us as they could have been. 

The evening:
Our first dance was John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ and after the first verse everyone joined us on the dance floor. We used Jukebox
Entertainment, who did a fantastic job at
keeping everyone dancing all night long. My piano teacher from Falmouth also played on the baby grand after dinner. In addition, we had a 
photobooth, which went down a storm, and we got some absolutely fantastic shots.

Where was your honeymoon? 
It was a Mini-moon at The Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, a lovely eco spa hideaway on the coast. Then in September we took a three-week honeymoon first visiting Sri Lanka, followed by the Huvahendhoo Island in the Maldives. 

Top tip(s) for other Bijou brides: 
Make sure you’re really organised and confirm all your suppliers are ready the week before the wedding. We set up an email account solely for wedding related emails as well as a folder of paperwork and invoices. 

What are you both up to now?  
We are still living in Cornwall, but just after our wedding we completed on a house in Farnham. With the wedding over, our next project is extending this property and we hope to move back up country in June 2015.