Victoria and Ben celebrated a Jewish wedding ceremony in The Temple Garden at Botleys Mansion surrounded by 185 wedding guests on a sunny Sunday in July.
Victoria was introduced to Ben over brunch with mutual friends. The couple clicked instantly and after several years of dating and when the time felt right, Ben whisked Victoria away for a belated birthday surprise to Venice. After dragging her around the whole city in under three hours (due to his nerves), Ben finally plucked up the courage to pop the question whilst the couple were enjoying a private water taxi ride on their way to dinner. Ben had secretly designed an engagement ring for his bride-to-be with a jeweller friend of his. Ben got down on one knee, asked Victoria to marry him, then opened up a box to reveal a sparkly diamond ring inside.
The Wedding Dress
Victoria went shopping for her wedding dress in Essex and tried on only three gowns in the same shop and instantly found ‘the one’. The design that she chose made her feel like a bride from an Estee Lauder advert. The classic, white satin gown, designed by San Patrick made Victoria think that this particular style of gown would never date; she never wanted to tire of looking at her dress in her wedding photographs in the future. To complete her bridal style, Victoria bought a sparkly pair of Jimmy Choos – to match the sparkle in her fabulous engagement ring. The bride felt like a true Cinderella on her wedding day.
When it came to her bridal hair and beauty, Victoria hired her most trusted hair dresser, Leigh-Anna Marcus; the bride opted for a simple yet elegant, half-up half-down style. For her bridal makeup she commissioned ELISA Drummond who made Victoria feel absolutely beautiful.
Choosing the Wedding Venue
During their wedding venue search, Victoria and Ben looked at around 15 different properties before falling in love with Botleys Mansion. They loved the fact that Botleys Mansion could comfortably cater for their 185 wedding guests; the venue felt like a home for Royals – a place where they could be lord and lady for the day. They also found the Bijou online planner really useful. The couple felt in control of everything during their planning experience and could keep on top of all of their wedding plans with ease.
The Bridal Party
When it came to the bridal party, Victoria chose five bridesmaids; Jenny, Anna, Holly, Daniela and Kay. The girls shopped for bridesmaid’s dresses together, with the bride, and ended up choosing a dusky pink gown which tied in with Victoria’s natural wedding theme perfectly.
Ben chose to have not one, but two best men on the big day, and four ushers. Alex, Martin, Ross, Darren, Adam, Elliot and the groom Ben all hired their stylish wedding suits from Dapper Formalwear.