Lauren and Joe left no detail unturned when it came to planning their lavish celebration at Botleys Mansion. Their glamorous day took place on a summery Saturday in August...
About the Couple
Lauren and Joe met by chance when they both attended a pub-crawl for a mutual friend’s birthday back in November 2009. Lauren, who was dressed in a home-made Spice Girl outfit, stood out like a sore thumb, as she’d originally been on her way to a fancy dress party. Joe instantly made Lauren feel comfortable and the couple just clicked. Joe was Lauren’s first ever boyfriend, so Lauren puts their relationship down to beginner’s luck!
After having dated for 5 years, Joe proposed to Lauren whilst on a huge family tour of Australia. The couple had been travelling around the country, hopping on and off internal flights to see as much as they possibly could in the time they had. The romantic proposal took place at a Bush BBQ at Ayres Rock in the middle of Australia. Joe chose to propose in a very carefully selected location; a place where the sky was open and clear and the stars felt close. It was magical!
Lauren and Joe returned from their incredible adventure to spend the next 18 months planning their dream wedding at Botleys Mansion.
Finding a Dream Wedding Dress
In Lauren’s mind, a typical wedding dress is a strapless, princess style cut - but being 4ft11 and fairly petite, she instantly knew that she wanted nothing like that, but something truly unique. She wanted something that would be true to her day-to-day style; form-fitting, feminine, and a timeless gown that she could look back on and still love in years to come. Whilst pinning madly on Pinterest, it became clear that Lauren was also looking for a wedding dress with an illusion neckline.
Lauren tried on around 15 different dress styles, but fell in love with lucky number 5. Her chosen Mira Zwillinger wedding gown ticked all of the boxes; timeless, feminine and elegant with a touch of drama.
Lauren teamed her glamorous wedding dress up with a pair of Rachel Simpson wedding shoes, but had them customised by bespoke shoe designer, Baboucha. Her wedding day hair was styled (after three trials) by Rosie Vincent from Michael Van Clarke and her make-up was done by Laura from Laura Dexter Make-up Artist. On her third hair trial, Lauren decided to go for an up-do, having previously thought she’d wear her hair down, as normal. Her up-do was fairly loose and feminine, but had an un-done look and lots of volume; it worked perfectly with the rest of her bridal style.
Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue
Lauren and Joe did a lot of research when they came to finding ‘the right’ wedding venue to host their lavish celebration. They were looking for grandeur, light and space and most importantly, a Surrey location. They were also looking for an exclusive wedding venue with accommodation and a late license as they knew they’d want to party on late in to the night with friends and family.
The bride-to-be admitted to crying when the couple drove down the winding approach to Botleys Mansion on the day of their venue visit. The over-sized chandeliers, huge windows and pristine look of the building made Lauren and Joe fall even more in love with Botleys Mansion - they knew they’d found ‘the one’.
Lauren was a super organised bride and spent many hours communicating with their dedicated wedding planner at Bijou, Ann. Ann helped Lauren and her family plan the order of the day perfectly, but during the evenings, they also had 24/7 access to communicate their thoughts and ideas via Bijou's proprietary online wedding planner. The couple found the catering communication and table planning elements of Bijou’s online wedding planner extra helpful.