Emma and Tim planned a church wedding followed by a Christmas themed wedding reception at Botleys Mansion in December 2016.
About the Couple
Emma and Tim were introduced at a mutual friends housewarming party and spent the entire night chatting away in the kitchen, completely ignoring their other friends. Emma felt a spark and decided to leave her number with a friend to pass on…but disappointingly she didn’t end up hearing from Tim for several months. The friend she’d left her number with had forgotten to pass it on and ended up going on holiday…but eventually found it and gave the number to Tim, who got straight in touch with Emma.
Emma was late for their first date, their second date was interrupted by a work emergency and the third date was spent babysitting children who ended up being horribly sick throughout the night – needless to say, everyone was convinced that it must be true love!
The couple shared a wonderful, 9-year relationship before deciding to book a luxury mini-break to Dubrovnik, Croatia. Before their trip, Tim paid a secret visit to Emma’s father and carried the engagement ring with him, nervously, through airport security. On the day of their engagement the couple spent the morning Kayaking and then went for a meal during the evening, looking over Dubrovnik’s beautiful harbour. After dinner, the couple went for cocktails and then, as they were strolling back to their hotel along the cobbled streets, Tim suddenly got down on one knee and asked Emma to marry him. Emma accepted Tim’s marriage proposal with delight and the couple went back to their hotel with a bottle of champagne to toasted their engagement on the terrace until the early hours of the morning.
The couple completed on a property together just a couple of months later and spent the following 14 months planning their winter nuptials.
Find the Wedding Dress
Emma tried on 6 dresses before the emotion on her mother’s face made her realise that she’d found ‘the one’. Emma fell in love with an ivory, strapless, princess style wedding gown with a stunning sweetheart neckline from the designer, Allure. The bride-to-be made the dress her own by adding a diamante and pearl belt along with a lace bolero so that she’d stay warm at her winter wedding. For her ‘something old’ Emma wore her mothers veil but had it altered to a more modern style; it looked perfect on the day! To complete her bridal style, Emma bought a pair of Paradox wedding shoes online and when it came to her wedding hair, Satin Hair Design in Church Crookham styled the most beautiful up-do for Emma before putting in a glamorous diamante hair slide which complemented the belt on her wedding dress perfectly.
Booking a Winter Wedding Venue
The newly engaged couple spent their weekends doing research and searching for the right wedding venue to host their winter wedding. They went straight from an open day at one wedding venue, to their appointment to see Botleys Mansion. “As soon as we pulled through the gates and swept up the drive, we could imagine arriving there on our special day. The venue continued to wow us as we were shown around and the staff were incredibly attentive; we had no doubt our big day would be in very capable hands!” said Emma. The couple also loved the interactive table planner that comes as part of Bijou’s proprietary online wedding planner. Allocating guests to tables and tracking their dietary requirements was made simple and 24/7 access meant that Emma and Tim could plan their dream day around their busy lifestyles.
The Bridal Party
Emma and Tim had 4 bridesmaids and 1 flower girl in their bridal party, along with 7 ushers, a best man and a page boy! The bride-to-be and her bridesmaids went shopping as a group in hope of finding perfect dresses. They were lucky and found beautiful floor-length dresses in a wintry aubergine colour which worked perfectly for the December wedding. As a thank you to all of the ushers and best man, Emma and Tim bought each of them a suit from Ted Baker to wear at the wedding. They had a great time meeting up to get fitted; Ted Baker in Covent Garden laid on beers and champagne for the boys and the day inevitably turned into a ‘pre-stag’ party!