Charlotte and Bradley planned a beautiful wedding reception at Botleys Mansion to follow their romantic church nuptials which took place in late October 2016.
About the Couple
Charlotte and Bradley met at a friend’s house party when they were just 16 and 18 years old. 7 and a half years later, Bradley found himself wanting to ask Charlotte to be his wife, and, as her birthday was coming up, he thought it would be the perfect time to propose. He surprised Charlotte with tickets to see her favourite pianist, Ludovico Einaudi, perform at Blenheim Palace, combined with a romantic weekend away. Bradley bought a bottle of Champagne, as part of his big birthday surprise, and then found a spot away from the crowd of 6000; he wanted his proposal to be just right. As the couple sipped Champagne, over looking the River Glyme, Bradley proposed with an ethically sourced ring that he’d bought from an American company called Brilliant Earth. Charlotte was both surprised and delighted, and of course accepted the proposal from the love of her life. The couple immediately started planning their romantic mansion wedding in Surrey which took on a navy blue, blush and gold theme.
Caroline Castigliano Wedding Dress
Charlotte knew that she’d want to look back at her wedding dress in 50 years’ time and feel like the gown she’d chosen could still be worn in the present day. After having tried on 16 different designs – 6 at a local salon, 5 at The National Wedding Show and 5 at the Bijoutique, she fell madly in love with Caroline Castigliano’s Hepburn design. She loved every element of this stunning A-line design; from the classic style to the clean lines and low, playful back. She also loved that the dress had bonus pockets! Charlotte teamed her wedding dress up with a pair of sparkly high heels from Faith and when it came to her bridal hair and beauty, she hired Clare Pinkney and Hanna Wildman.
Choosing a Grand Wedding Venue
The couple looked at around 5 wedding venues before falling in love with Botleys Mansion before they’d even stepped foot in to the grand, country house wedding venue. As they walked through the double doors and in to the Hall, they fell more and more in love with what Botleys Mansion had to offer. They loved the balance of traditional country house combined with a modern twist when walking down in to the glass-roofed Atrium. The couple knew that they wanted a church wedding, but couldn’t wait to invite their 120 day guests back to their dream wedding venue. Charlotte and Bradley found the use of Bijou’s online wedding planner extremely helpful and couldn’t imagine planning their wedding without it.
Instead of sending out paper invites, the couple chose to be environmentally friendly and created a wedding website that guests could RSVP on and find out plenty of information about their wedding – including details about their Prezola wedding gift list.