Charlotte and Jon spent just 7 months planning their September wedding at Botleys Mansion. Instead of holding out for an available Saturday the following year, the couple took the plunge and booked a sunny Sunday wedding date.
About the Couple
A mutual friend decided to bring two of her single friends together. They agreed to meet for a dinner date one Friday evening in Covent Garden and just under three years later the couple announced their engagement.
Charlotte used to live out in Japan teaching English. After falling in love with the country, people and culture, she continued to work with Japanese people for 6 years after returning to the UK. She would, however, travel back to Japan every other year for a holiday. As Jon had never been to Japan, the couple planned a 2 week trip during February 2016. On the final night of an amazing trip, Jon got down on one knee and popped the question!
Jon proposed with a beautiful and very special ring that he'd bought in Japan, knowing how significant it would be for Charlotte. They then chose and designed an official engagement ring together once they were back in London ahead of planning their wedding in just 7 months.
Choosing a Mansion Wedding Venue
Charlotte had always wanted to get married in September and loves a good challenge, so the couple decided to have a 7-month engagement and get married in September 2016. After visiting several wedding venues in Surrey, they fell head over heels with Botleys Mansion. It was perfect! Due to booking their wedding at such short notice, Botleys Mansion couldn’t offer the couple a Saturday wedding date, but seeing as they didn’t want to wait, and they really wanted a September wedding date, the compromised and booked a Sunday. They definitely chose a good date, because Sunday 25th September, 2016 turned out to be a beautiful sunny day.
During the run up to their wedding at Botleys Mansion in Surrey, Charlotte and Jon found Bijou’s online wedding planner really helpful. They referred back to it a lot during their planning and also found their wedding co-ordinator a great encouragement; Aly was available whenever they had any questions or queries, from the day they booked, right up until the day before the wedding.
Finding a Dream Wedding Dress
Charlotte tried on approximately 30 wedding dresses ahead of her Mansion wedding at Botleys. She was encouraged to try on as many different wedding dress styles as possible before saying ‘yes’ to a stunning lace, A-line design by Sophia Tolli. The bride had the dress adapted slightly to suit her bridal style and teamed her gown up with a glamorous pair of shoes from the Rainbow collection which she found at John Lewis.
One of her bridesmaids, Rachel Louise, was a professional Wedding hair stylist, so she did Charlotte’s hair as well as her bridesmaids on the wedding morning. It was lovely having someone she knew so well help her prepare for the big day. Charlotte’s bridal beauty was done by a lovely freelance make up artist named Katie Basquil.