Zoe & Stuart - Botleys Mansion

Film agent Zoe Matthews married IT systems administrator Stuart Humphreys at Botleys Mansion on Friday 25th July 2014



We had originally planned to get married in a hotel in Warminster, Wiltshire and paid our deposit with the venue, but were let down after the venue promised us an extension was to be built that wasn’t given planning permission. After a few months of disappointment searching for other venues, we decided to look a little closer to home and found Botleys. After one visit we were both very taken with the venue and all it had to offer and could immediately picture our wedding happening there. After a follow up visit with the mother of the Bride we agreed to go with a wedding date of 25th July 2014.

The Planning Process: 

Overall the planning process went well, although the whole process was understandably stressful at times.

The Theme: 

Traditional but with a little bit of “us” thrown in for good measure.

The Day: 
Stuart: The ceremony was amazing, the most moving moment of my life and seeing my bride walk down the aisle looking beautiful was the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen. The music and the arrival of all our guests was an amazing feeling and sight to behold.
Zoe: The morning was very calm and I had the best people around me. The ceremony was everything and more, very personal and very special. I will never forget the moment I saw Stuart standing there at the end of the aisle, it was so emotional and perfect. In fact the whole day was perfect. The icing on the cake was being  able to have my horse “Spartacus” come along for photos and be a part of the day

The Reception: 

The reception was lovely, the sun shone for the photos and then we had a tremendous thunderstorm and downpour and everyone ran inside to shelter from the rain, this was actually a highlight of the day and everyone loved it.
The reception went very well we had speeches the grandfather of bride, mother of the bride, groom and best man.

The Evening: 

Our first dance was Fleetwood Mac’s  ‘I need your love so bad’ and we also had a band for our evening entertainment – they were a Stone Roses and “Oasis” tribute band, followed by a disco which was an iPod playlist which we had compiled from song requests selected by our guests.

The Honeymoon:

A road trip in Devon and Cornwall immediately after the wedding and then a trip to Bali, Indonesia over Christmas 2014.

Top tips for other Bijou brides:

Remember to save you a slice of your wedding cake, we never got to have a slice of this.

Life after Bijou:

We are both really enjoying married life and are actually looking to move house this year to somewhere in the countryside.

Who did what?

Photography:  Alec Whitby (Centaur Photographic)
Dress: Alfredo Angelo c/ol “Love Me Do Brides”
Accessories: N/A
Wedding rings: H. Samuel Jewellers
Bridesmaids dresses: Monsoon 
Hair & make-up:  Kerry September / Hanna Wildman 
Groom’s outfit: Impeccable Tailors Weybridge 
Stationery: StokeRipley Graphic Design 
Flowers: Julie Hennessey – Quality Flowers : Shepperton 
Cake: Marks & Spencer 
Venue dresser (if applicable): N/A
Transport: First Choice Coaches (Thorpe)
Videographer: N/A 
Entertainment: Ian Allcock (Bands = “Adored” & “Definitely Might Be”
Other:  GiggleBooth (Photo booth)