Zoe and Stuart Celebrated a Traditional Summer Wedding at Botleys Mansion

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

Finding the Perfect Venue

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 - we immediately pictured our wedding happening there. After a follow up visit with the mother of the Bride we agreed to go with a Friday wedding date of 25th July, 2014.

Overall the planning process went well, although the whole process was understandably stressful at times. Our theme was traditional but with a little bit of “us” thrown in for good measure.

The Big Day

Stuart: The ceremony was amazing, the most moving moment of my life and seeing my bride walk down the aisle looking beautiful. It 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.

Highlights of the Day

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 four emotional speeches from the grandfather of bride, mother of the bride, groom and best man.

The Evening Entertainment

Our first dance was to Fleetwood Mac’s ‘I need your love so bad’. 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 and Our Top Tips

We planned a mini-moon road trip in Devon and Cornwall immediately after the wedding, followed by a romantic trip to Bali, Indonesia over Christmas 2014.
Our top tip to any future wedding couples would be, remember to save you a slice of your wedding cake! We never got to have a slice of ours.

Zoe and Stuart's Wedding Suppliers

Wedding Venue: Botleys Mansion
Wedding Photographer: Alec Whitby 
Wedding Dress: Alfredo Angelo 
Hair & make-up:  Kerry September / Hanna Wildman 
Wedding Flowers: Julie Hennessey – Quality Flowers 
Wedding Cake: M&S
Wedding Entertainment: Ian Allcock
Evening Bands: Adored & Definitely Might Be
Photo Booth: GiggleBooth