The florist, W Flowers, also arrived at 11am to start setting up a truly impressive display of floral décor throughout the Mansion and on both internal and external staircases. As the ceremony was about to commence, a wonderful gospel choir prepared to sing during the ceremony.
Wedding guests walked up the grand stair case at Botleys Mansion ahead of the 3pm ceremony which took place in The Green Room. The page boy and a flower girl walked down the aisle first and the bride walked down the aisle at 3pm on the arm of her father, to Songbird by Eva Cassidy. After the ‘I dos’ and a kiss to seal the deal, the newlyweds walked back down the aisle and out to the front of Botleys Mansion where they were showered with confetti by their 130 guests. Their wedding photographer Bill Sykes took some wonderful photographs of the couple and their guests, while a brigade of banqueting chefs were busy preparing an exquisite three course meal for the wedding party. Beautiful white wedding balloons added a special touch to the venue decor and a cream coloured post box was placed in the elegant entrance to Botleys Mansion so that guests could post their cards and well wishes to the couple during the drinks reception.
The Atrium had been decorated perfectly with a combination of vases, candles and candelabra centerpieces. Napkins were rolled and tied with blush coloured ribbon and for wedding favours, the couple made a donation to St. Francis Hospice in memory of Russell’s nan and auntie.
After tea/coffee and truffles, the newlywed couple hit the dance floor. They’d hired a band and a DJ to entertain their guests throughout the night and enjoyed every moment of their mansion wedding.
Instead of buying presents from a high street wedding gift list, guests contributed money towards Gemma and Russell’s incredible honeymoon to the Maxx Royal Belek resort in Turkey.