Floral Perfection at Botleys Mansion for Harriet and Jon

A dream wedding with flowers galore at Botleys Mansion just before fireworks night 2018. 

Newlyweds at Botleys Mansion, a wedding venue near the M25

A Christmas Proposal 

Harriet met Jon on the dating app Tinder and the couple hit it off right away. Jon Proposed to Harriet on 29th December, 2016, after watching a Christmas Pantomime at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking. At the end of the show the actor on stage said ‘there’s a man in the audience that would like to ask his girlfriend something’. Then, all of a sudden, a spotlight was placed upon Jon, and he immediately got down on one knee in front of the whole theatre and asked Harriet to marry him. The proposal came as a total surprise as the couple had only been together for 2 years, but, Jon chose the theatre to propose as theatre is significant to the couple. They love visiting the theatre and their first date was a trip to London to watch ‘The Bodyguard’!

Botleys Mansion: The Dream Wedding Venue

Harriet had always lived locally to Botleys Mansion so therefore it had always ben a venue that she’d looked and dreamed about getting married in. She loved its elegance and how grand it looked, and when visiting a handful of different venues, just to make sure, nothing compared to the style of Botleys Mansion and it ticked ALL the boxes. 

“Jon and I both got emotional when we were both shown around Botleys Mansion for the first time, imagining all of our loved ones sitting and watching us walk down the large staircase to the atrium as we were announced husband and wife. What we also loved was that we had exclusive use for 24 hours and that there were enough bedrooms for our close friends and family to stay the night and have breakfast with the morning after the wedding. This this made our day feel more intimate and private. We loved the approach through the entrance gates and down the large driveway, passing the fountain and the sweeping stone staircase and entering the front door to the main entrance with the glittering chandelier; every detail is breath-taking. There is even gold leaf on the walls ceilings and doorways. We also loved how close Botleys Mansion is to London, yet feels like you’re in the middle of the country side.” explained Harriet. The couple wanted an autumn wedding close to fireworks night as it is their favourite time of year, and luckily Thursday 1st November, 2018 was available. The couple paid their deposit in mid-March 2017, giving them 20 months to plan their Botleys Mansion wedding to perfection. 

Harriet described the online planner provided by The Bijou Team as a 'life-saver'! It was a great way to stay on track and keep organised.

The luxury wedding cake featured in the atrium at Botleys Mansion in Surrey
The Atrium at Botleys Mansion in Surrey decorated with beautiful flowers

Unique Bridalwear 

It sounds cliché when people say ‘you will know when you find your dream dress’ but Harriet is a firm believer in this theory. She visited a bridal boutique in London ad as soon as she tried on a Galia Lahav design, she fell in love and was super excited to walk down the aisle in The Green Room at Botleys Mansion. The style she chose was totally unique to any other she had looked at, and it was in face a two-piece, giving her the flexibility to change her look during the evening reception. The shaping of the dress and the delicate Chantilly lace with detailed embroidery gave this gown a true princess feel. Harriet wore light, ivory satin Christian Louboutin heels and had her hair tied back in a low but long ponytail which looked sensational. Make up artist, Lauren Christy, made the bride look stunning and hair stylist, Rebecca Elgar, ensured Harriet’s hair-do stayed in place throughout the day and night. 

Harriet asked her sister to act as her bridesmaid and Maid of Honour during the wedding and bought her a stunning gown from Australian designer Portia and Scarlett. One little flower girl wore a dress designed by Harriet and a friend. 

The groom, Jon, wore a bespoke dinner suite in a French Navy shade from groomswear specialist Stephen Bishop Suiting in Woking. His jacket featured black lapels and trousers with black tape down the sides. He had personalised initials sewn in to the suite and wore patent Christian Louboutin shoes to complete his look. 

Fine Wedding Flowers 

The flowers featured on the wedding day were an important factor for Harriet and Jon. They wanted the venue to smell amazing and they wanted to fill large spaces around the venue with urns and floral decoration. The couple hired the team at The Fine Flowers Company to decorate the Surrey country house wedding venue from top to bottom; from the glamorous staircase leading down to The Atrium, to details in the ceremony room, the bridal bouquet, reception table centerpieces and more. 

Harriet’s large and gorgeous bridal bouquet featured a collection of roses in white and ivory shades to compliment the rest of the floral décor. The Fine Flowers Company team did an incredible job of decorating Botleys Mansion and designed a show-stopping flower wall to feature at the back of the aisle in The Green Room, which was later moved and used as a backdrop for wedding photography. 

An elegant table plan was surrounded by beautiful flowers and reception tables featured arrangements sat on trumpet-style vases. 

The Big Day: Thursday 1st November, 2018

At 11am on Thursday 1st November, Harriet and her family arrived at Botleys Mansion to prepare for an unforgettable day. Suppliers did what they do best across the Surrey mansion, and the bridal party got ready in the bridal suite ahead of the 1pm ceremony. 

Harriet’s grandfather gave her away as her proud mother watched her daughter tie the knot with the man of her dreams. Harriet’s two cousins and Jon’s sister each did readings during the ceremony and after romantic wedding vows, the newlyweds headed back down the aisle in front of their 80 guests as husband and wife. 

Celebratory reception drinks were served on the Piano Nobile level of Botleys Mansion while Nick from Nick Rose Photography captured picture-perfect images of the newlywed couple with the venue as the back drop. 

At 2:45pm guests were invited down in to the luxurious Atrium where they were wow’d with the stunning floral décor and glamorous ambience. Gold and champagne coloured tea light holders illuminated the room and chocolate pegs were placed at each table setting as a play on words as the couple’s new surname was Pegg. Guests found their seat via the florally decorated table plan and once everyone was sat, the following wedding feast was served: 

1st November Wedding Menu 

Starter: Baked French brie parcel, served warm with a bacon, redcurrant and caramelised orange salad    
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Main Course: Slow braised sticky Hampshire beef with creamed parsnip mash, Root vegetable crisps and Olivette carrots
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Dessert: Chocolate pot with a melting middle, Jack Daniels ice cream and chocolate crumbs
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At 5pm The brother of the bride, two best men and the groom, Jon, read their wedding speeches as tea, coffee and truffles were served. A further 40 guests arrived to join the evening party and celebrate with the newlyweds. The couple thought it was important for their guests to remain entertained throughout the day, as weddings can be long and tiring for some. They spent a while decided on the style of entertainment but “throughout the day but were confident on one thing - the musician for the ceremony and reception. We had seen Stephen Cornwell on BBC1 ‘the voice’ and loved his voice. We approached Stephen to ask if he would perform on our wedding day which he was more than happy to. He played acoustic guitar as the guests arrived, as I walked down the aisle and throughout the drinks reception. He then later sang for our first dance – James Arthur ‘Say you won’t let go’. We also had a magician that performed during the drinks reception, wedding breakfast and stayed into the evening so that our evening guests could enjoy the magic. We had a lot of guests saying he was the best magician they had ever seen! For the evening entertainment we had an electric violinist called Nino who recently got through to the semi finals of ‘Britain’s got Talent’. Nino managed to get everyone up on the dance floor with his Ibiza classics. To end our wedding with a bang we had a large firework display. We wanted a large display and high impact fireworks and some were heart shaped! Even our fireworks were in our colour scheme; we asked for white and pink explosions.”

The stunning 6-tier wedding cake designed by Gifted Heart Cakes, offered guests a choice of three different flavours; chocolate with salted caramel, carrot cake and lemon drizzle whilst an evening buffet of mini burgers and bacon butties was served as guests were on and off the dance floor. After bidding farewell to their guests and enjoying a night cap with their overnight friends and family members, the bride and groom drifted up to bed to chat about their incredible day. 

Harriet and Jon’s Wedding Suppliers

Wedding Venue: Botleys Mansion 
Wedding Photographer: Nick Rose Photography
Wedding Dress Designer: Galia Lahav
Bridal Beauty: Lauren Christy 
Wedding Hair: Rebecca Elgar 
Bridesmaid Gown: Portia and Scarlett
Groomswear: Stephen Bishop Suiting
Wedding Florist: The Fine Flowers Company
Wedding Videographer: Minty Slippers
Wedding Cake Designer: Gifted Heart Cakes
Wedding Magician: Unbelievable Magic 
Guitarist: Stephen Cornwell 
Evening Entertainment: Bijou DJ
Electric Violinist: Nino Nikolov
Fireworks: Illusion Fireworks 

Wedding hair styling for the bride at Botleys Mansion
The lovely mother of the bride at Botleys Mansion in Surrey
A unique wedding dress worn by the bride at her Surrey wedding venue
Luxury wedding accessories for the Botleys Mansion bride
Granddaughters with their grampi at Botleys Mansion in Surrey
Walking down the dream aisle at Botleys Mansion in Chertsey
The mother of the bride wearing a light grey, neutral dress
Wedding suiting hire by Stephen Bishop
The bride with her sister and husband outside Botleys Mansion
The stunning bride and groom on the stone staircase at Botleys Mansion
A floral table plan idea by Fine Flowers
A stunning floral wall for a wedding at Botleys Mansion in Surrey
Wedding flower ideas displayed at the Surrey wedding venue Botleys Mansion
Table centrepiece displays from The Fine Flowers Company
Moments alone at Botleys Mansion
The bride and groom spending time alone before their banquet
A wedding close to fireworks night