Hannah and James planned an elegant civil wedding ceremony and reception at Botleys Mansion in Surrey during late October 2016.
A Romantic Proposal
Hannah and James met through mutual friends who were also dating at the time. Their first date took place at the Odeon Cinema in Guildford and the rest, they say, is history.
After sharing a relationship for a decade, James knew that it felt right to ask Hannah to be his wife. James prepared a surprise romantic picnic, with pink champagne, strawberries and a single red rose. He told Hannah that they were going for quick lunch at a restaurant in Farnham town centre, but before the couple got to town, James stopped at Farnham Park and Castle grounds. James then surprised Hannah with a romantic picnic and as soon as he laid the picnic blanket out, he bent down on one knee! Hannah was so surprised that she didn’t even say yes properly! The couple celebrated their engagement by going to a local pub and then spent the rest of the day sharing their exciting news with family and friends.
The newly engaged couple spent just over 2 years planning their dream wedding at Botleys Mansion in Surrey.
Finding a Dream Wedding Dress
When it came to finding her dream wedding dress, Hannah went shopping with her two bridesmaids and a close family friend. After trying on a number of different wedding dresses, from numerous designers, Hannah decided to try on an ivory, lace, A-line gown with a reasonably long trail, ¾ length lace sleeves and detailed embellished on the belt, designed by Essense of Australia. She knew that this gown was ‘the one’ by the reaction on her friends faces when she came out of the dressing room.
As she wanted to remain comfortable throughout her wedding day, Hannah opted to wear simple, white, flat wedding shoes with a hint of glitter to add a touch of glam. When it came to her bridal makeup, Hannah hired Bryony Holloway; her hair, styled by Sharon Roberts, was tied in a lovely up-do with a beautifully embellished slide and veil.
Choosing Botleys Mansion
Hannah and James viewed 4 wedding venues during their search for ‘the one’. Aside from viewing Botleys Mansion, the couple also looked at Cain Manor, Bijou’s luxury barn-style wedding venue on the border of Surrey and Hampshire, but after finding it a bit too small for their requirements, they fell in love with Botleys Mansion. Botleys Mansion is classic, elegant and ticked all the boxes that were on Hannah and James’s wedding venue ‘must-have’ list. They were keen to book a wow-factor wedding venue – and this became instantly apparent when they entered the large gates on the approach to Botleys Mansion. The couple chose to get married in October, due to the fact that they had met in the month of October, 11 years previously. They knew that choosing an October wedding date may not result in the best weather, but they knew that Botleys Mansion would be perfect for taking indoor photographs should the weather turn bad. As it turned out, that the 29th of October, 2016 was a lovely day and the couple were able to take advantage of both the inside and the beautiful grounds at Botleys Mansion for their romantic wedding photography.
The Bridal Party
Hannah chose her sister and two forever-friends to be her bridesmaids on the big day. The girls went on a bridesmaid dress hunt to Westfield in London and ended up buying the first dresses that they tried on. The pretty navy blue dresses featured lace, cap-sleeves and pretty silk bands around the waist. James chose 2 best men and his three brothers were his ushers. Their dark navy, Ted Baker suits were all hired Moss Bros.