Nick and Billy Celebrated a Stylish Spring Wedding at Botleys Mansion

This glamorous, super fun Friday wedding at Botleys Mansion featured a song from The Lion King during the ceremony and tables named after roller coaster rides that the couple had been on together.

Nick and Ian celebrated a same sex wedding at Botleys Mansion, their dream wedding venue in Surrey

About the Couple 

Nick and Billy originally met through Facebook back in 2009 and planned a face to face meeting at The Function Rooms in Hemel Hemstead shortly afterwards. After getting to know each other for 6.5 years, the couple mutually decided that they wanted to get married and spend forever together. In late 2015, Nick’s mother was unfortunately diagnosed with terminal cancer. As Nick wanted his mother to be at the wedding, the couple decided to kick-start their wedding plans and told his mother that they were going to get married. Sadly, however, Nick’s mother passed away the very next day. The couple waited until the New Year before setting a date, choosing a venue and planning their perfect wedding. 

Choosing Botleys Mansion 

During their search for the dream wedding venue, Nick and Billy only looked at 3 locations in total before making their decision. The couple loved the grandeur of Botleys Mansion in Surrey. The amazing atrium and the fact that they could host their ceremony, banquet and evening party in one building seemed just perfect. The couple admit to knowing that Botleys Mansion was the venue they wanted to host their wedding, from the moment they drove up the long, winding approach. 

One of the boxes that their chosen wedding venue needed to tick, was the ability to allow a fireworks display at the end of the evening. The couple were delighted to find out that Botleys Mansion was able to fulfill their requirement.

Nick and Billy found Bijou’s proprietary online wedding planner easy to use and update during the run up to their day; having all of their wedding details in one place made their wedding planning experience much more enjoyable. 

A first dance at Botleys Mansion in Surrey
The grand atrium dressed for a wedding banquet at Botleys Mansion in Surrey

Wedding Attire and Groomsmaids  

The couple chose their teal coloured ties and pocket squares before buying their wedding suits. But after shopping around, they opted to wear very stylish, bright blue tailored suits from Next on the high street. The handsome men teamed their wedding attire up with blue leather shoes which really complimented their suits. 

Nick and Billy chose their sisters to be groomsmaids on the day. The couple let the girls decide on what dresses to wear down the aisle, and they mutually agree on grey maxi dresses with lavish embellishment.

The couple’s good friend Tracey acted as their Mistress of Ceremonies on the day and managed to do a great job of making sure that everyone was where they needed to be, at the right time. 

Stunning floral arrangements were designed by Sue at A Passion for Petals. Nick and Billy had discussed keeping their floral décor simple and classic and decided on white and blush coloured roses with green and grey foliage to compliment the grand Mansion wedding venue, and their stylish suits. 

The Big Day: 21st April, 2017

Nick and Billy were married on a Friday in The Green Room at Botleys Mansion at 2pm. The couple walked in to their ceremony together to a string quartet playing Pachelbel Canon in D Major. The couple walked down the aisle with Billy’s mother and sister Jenny, along with Nick’s father and sister Charlotte. 

2 readings were read during the ceremony; The Lovely Other Dinosaur and a segment from Winnie the Pooh. After saying vows in front of their 65 wedding guests, the newlyweds headed back down the aisle to the string quartet, Niche London, playing ‘Can you Feel the Love Tonight’ from the musical, The Lion King. 

After their beautiful wedding ceremony, the newlywed couple and their guests headed outside to enjoy a celebratory drink. While guests enjoyed mingling near the fountain, Nick and Billy spent some time with their wedding photographer, Nicholas Hill, wandering around the grounds at Botleys Mansion and soaking up the atmosphere of the Surrey countryside. It wasn't long before guests were invited back in to the mansion to start the wedding banquet part of the day. 

Nick and Billy wanted to ensure that their circular wedding banquet tables were kept simple and un-cluttered. They therefore decided to have floral centerpieces on their tables, which were each named after roller coasters that they had been on together in the past. Nick created the table plan which featured all of their guests riding in coaster trains. 

For wedding favours, each guest was given a heart shaped lollipop which tasted of champagne or cotton candy and guests dined on a carefully selected menu whilst listening to romantic music played once again by the string quartet, Niche London; they were even able to put in song requests. 

Wedding Banquet Menu

Starter: Peat-Smoked Salmon 
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Main Course: Slow Braised Sticky Hampshire Beef
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Dessert: Vanilla Crème Brulee 
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A further 30 guests joined the newlyweds during their evening reception. The couple cut through a 3 tiered, lemon sponge wedding cake, created by Nick’s aunt. It had been designed to look like a log flume that you might find at an amusement park. 

As Billy is a postman, the couple thought it would be funny and appropriate to hire Bijou’s post box as the perfect location for guests to drop their cards and well wishes.  

To end their wonderful celebration, Nick, Billy and their wedding guests were treated to a spectacular firework display, put on by Illusion Fireworks. Their guests haven’t stopped talking about this unforgettable moment of the day. 

The Honeymoon 

Instead of choosing a traditional wedding gift list, the couple asked guests to contribute to a honeymoon fund. The day after their super stylish wedding at Botleys Mansion in Surrey, the couple flew to Ibiza for a mini-moon and stayed in an amazing spa hotel for some rest and relaxation. The couple will celebrate their marriage by heading off on a longer honeymoon to Orlando later in the year. 

The newlywed couple said that they couldn't praise the team at Botleys Mansion enough for their help on the day. "Lisa, Guy and Sarah made our day run so smoothly" said Nick. The couple also advise future Bijou couples to "stop and take in as much as you can". They truly had a wonderful wedding day at Botleys Mansion. 

Nick and Billy’s Wedding Suppliers 

Wedding Venue: Botleys Mansion 
Wedding Photographer: Nicholas Hill 
Groomswear: Miss Bowtie & Next
Groomsmaids dresses: Little Mistress 
Wedding Florist: A Passion for Petals
String Quartet: Niche London
Wedding Favours: The Little Lollipop Shop
Fireworks: Illusion Fireworks

The luxurious entrance to Botleys Mansion, a grand Mansion wedding venue in Surrey
The grooms both wore bright blue suits for their Mansion wedding in Surrey
The groom getting ready in the bridal suite at Botleys Mansion
Getting ready in the bridal suit ahead of the same-sex wedding
Both grooms wore bright blue suits to the luxury wedding in Surrey
The grooms putting each others cufflinks on
The grooms wore stylish bright blue suits to their grand mansion wedding in Surrey
Both grooms preparing for their same-sex wedding at Botleys Mansion, a grand, exclusive use wedding venue in Surrey
Luxury wedding shoes for the wedding in Surrey
The grooms getting ready in the grand, luxurious bridal suite at Botleys Mansion
Beautiful button holes for the grooms to wear to their mansion wedding in The Green Room at Botleys Mansion in Surrey
The grooms with their best girls, the groomsmaids
The grooms ahead of their same-sex wedding at Botleys Mansion in Surrey
Beautiful wedding rings sitting on a luxury bouquet of flowers
Wedding rings in wedding ring boxes
Botleys Mansion is a grand, exclusive use wedding venue located in Chertsey, Surrey
A luxury same-sex ceremony set up in The Green Room at Botleys Mansion
An extravagant floral display featured in the The Green Room at Botleys Mansion
The luxury Green Room inside the grand and exclusive use wedding venue
Elegant mantle piece wedding decor
Nick and Ian's same-sex wedding ceremony in The Green Room at Botleys Mansion in Surrey
Nick and Ian saying their wedding vows in The Green Room at Botleys Mansion in Surrey
The couple saying their wedding vows in The Green Room at Botleys Mansion in Chertsey
The grooms at the altar in The Music Room at Botleys Mansion
The couple saying a kiss at the altar after having said their wedding vows
The newlywed couple signing the register in The Green Room at Botleys Mansion in Surrey
The newlywed couple walking down the aisle after their civil partnership at Botleys Mansion in Surrey
The wedding guests gathered outside Botleys Mansion, a luxurious wedding venue in Surrey
The grooms with their groomsaids outside the exclusive use wedding venue in Surrey, Botleys Mansion
All of Nick and Ian's wedding guests near the fountain at Botleys Mansion
The grand, elegant entrance to Botleys Mansion, a beautiful wedding venue in Surrey
Elegant chandeliers hanging in The Atrium at Botleys Mansion in Surrey
The newlywed couple on the bridge outside their grand, exclusive use wedding venue in Surrey, Botleys Mansion
The two grooms spending a moment alone within the grounds of Botleys Mansion in Surrey
The two grooms in The Library in the Surrey wedding venue, Botleys Mansion
The grand entrance hall at Botleys Mansion features a self-playing piano
The couple on the grand staircase at Botleys Mansion
The red post box is available to hire from Bijou Weddings
Every table on the unique table plan was named after a rollercoaster
The Atrium is the ultimate space in which to host a luxury wedding reception in Surrey
Still and sparkling water placed on wedding reception tables
The couple gave their guests sweet lollipop flavours in champagne and candy floss flavours
Gorgeous floral wedding decor featured at Nick and Ian's same-sex wedding reception at Botleys Mansion in Surrey
Elegant floral wedding centrepieces featuring candles
The couple decided to decorate their wedding banquet tables with elegant florals
The top wedding reception table in The Atrium at Botleys Mansion in Surrey
The Atrium decorated with luxurious florals for Nick and Ian's same-sex wedding
Nick and Ian had a super stylish wedding reception at Botleys Mansion
The couple gave their guests a champagne lollipop as a wedding favour
The couple chose to name their wedding reception tables after rollercoasters
The couple had a bespoke wedding cake designed to look like a castle with a log flume ride
The newlywed couple cutting through their unique wedding cake
The two grooms celebrating their first dance together
The couple enjoying time alone on the dance floor
The same-sex couple dancing to music at the evening disco
The couple treated their guests to a wonderful firework display at the end of the evening
The couple hired a company to put on an incredible fireworks display at their wedding venue in Surrey, Botleys Mansion