A Midsummer Themed Wedding for Becky and William at Botleys Mansion

Becky and William choose Botleys Mansion in Surrey as the perfect venue for the midsummer themed celebrations

Finding a Luxurious Wedding Venue

We knew we wanted to get married at Windlesham Church where Will’s father would be able to marry us, so our search started with wedding venues in the area. As soon as we walked into the Atrium at Botleys Mansion, we knew that we couldn’t hold our wedding reception anywhere else – it was literally love at first sight! As we live in Falmouth, Cornwall most of our preparation was done online. We were also the first of our friends to get married, so had to search for our suppliers ourselves.  

A Unique Theme

We set aside many Sundays to sit in cafés around Falmouth and plan our day, referred to affectionately as ‘Wedding Planning Sundays’! Towards the end of the planning we made the 
decision to hire a Wedding Planner. We wanted to be able to enjoy the day ourselves, so having done most of the planning we handed over our plans to Rachael Corigliano. 

The midsummer’s theme correlated with our date. For the décor, we combined beautiful pastel shades of dusky pinks, lavenders and whites, with floral arrangements of roses, peonies, hydrangeas, lavender and sweet peas. All the invitations, menus, cravats, ribbons, chair sashes and bridesmaid dresses were matched with the same shade of lavender. To further add to the theme, we had candles in lanterns on the entrance steps and next to our guest book frame, as well as Swarovski scatter crystals on the tables.  We also wanted to bring a bit of Cornwall to the day, so arranged a VW split screen campervan for our transport between the Church and Botleys.

The Big Day: 21st June, 2014

On the morning of June 21st we both got ready at our respective parents' houses. At mine it was chaos as always, with two make-up artists, three hairdressers, florists, photographers, bridesmaids and family. Will’s dad met us at the door of the Church along with our flower girl, and I can remember him saying ‘It’s going to go really fast’ and I was thinking ‘No way, I’ve got 12 hours to go!’ He was right though, and the day flew past in a fabulous whirlwind. 

An Elegant Reception

The reception was perfect and sunshine meant that all our guests could fully enjoy the grounds with a glass of champagne on arrival at Botleys. We also got some beautiful photos with the grand piano in the entrance hall. The food was an important part of our day, and all of the canapes, the wedding breakfast (especially the braised beef) and the evening hog roast were amazing. We had our cake in the evening for dessert with the hog roast, which went down very well. It was four tiers: one chocolate, one red velvet, one carrot cake and a small fruit cake on the top with flower spacers in between. The boys were a bit nervous about their speeches, but after a few drinks it all went very well. Fortunately the best men’s speeches weren’t as embarrassing for us as they could have been. 

Our first dance was John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ and after the first verse everyone joined us on the dance floor. We used Jukebox Entertainment, who did a fantastic job at keeping everyone dancing all night long. My piano teacher from Falmouth also played on the baby grand after dinner. In addition, we had a photobooth which went down a storm and we got some absolutely fantastic shots.

The Honeymoon and Wedding Advice for Future Wedding Planning Couples

We celebrated our wedding with a mini-moon at The Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall; a lovely eco spa hideaway on the coast. The following September we took a three-week honeymoon first visiting Sri Lanka, followed by the Huvahendhoo Island in the Maldives.

Make sure you’re really organised and confirm all your suppliers are ready the week before the wedding. We set up an email account solely for wedding related emails as well as a folder of paperwork and invoices. 
 

Becky And Williams Wedding Suppliers 

Wedding Venue: Botleys Mansion 
Wedding Planner: Rachael Corigliano
Wedding Band: Jukebox Entertainment