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Karen and Richard’s Wedding at Botleys Mansion

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Childhood Sweethearts

Karen and Richard met during their teenage years and were in the same circle of friends, who are still great friends to this very day.

After spending 12 exciting years together, Richard decided to propose on the couple’s anniversary. On 18th December, 2015, the couple took the day off to celebrate their anniversary, but ended up celebrating their engagement instead. Sharing the news with family and friends came as a lovely surprise (and a shock to some), but all in all, the couple were buzzing and couldn’t want to start the process of wedding planning.

Booking Botleys Mansion

The engaged couple commenced their search for the perfect wedding venue online and shortlisted 7 favourites. They visited Botleys Mansion first, but wanted to be absolutely sure on their decision, and therefore visited a further 6 wedding venues before securing a June date at the Surrey Mansion wedding venue, with a deposit.

What made Karen Richard fall in love with Botleys Mansion?
“The atrium! We absolutely loved that space in Botleys and the fact we could get married in there made it even better.” Said Karen.

The couple chose a summer date so that they could head straight off on a summer holiday/honeymoon and they found the online planning tool extremely helpful when it came to food orders, table plans and the instant responses they received from The Bijou Team, whenever they had a question.

Bridal Prep

Karen chose (after trying on 8 other styles) a traditional ballgown style wedding dress created by designer Stella York. The gorgeous tulle gown featured a voluminous skirt and an illusion neckline – it was perfect. She teamed her gown up with a stunning pair of Jimmy Choos and her hair was styled with curls by Faye Murray.

Karen’s 6 bridesmaids wore pretty gowns from a combination of Hayley Paige and Debenhams and the groom’s party wore suits in a midnight blue shade from Hackett.

Just married in Surrey

Jewel Coloured Flowers

Bijou Partner Sonning Flowers created stunning bouquets and displays for the summer wedding, following a jewel combination of colours. A combination of gerbera’s, Lisanthus, roses, peonies and hydrangea were used throughout Botleys Mansion and the pretty bouquets carried by the bridal party. Tall martini glasses featuring vibrant purples, pinks and greens looked fabulous on the round reception tables and the little bridesmaids carried wands with a magenta pink flower attached to it, as they walked down the aisle.

Wedding Canapé Selection

Baby shepherd’s pies


Honey and mustard chicken bites


Jacket potato with sour cream & chives


Lamb meat balls with spiced tomato dip


Smoked salmon mousse and lemon crostini

Wedding Breakfast Menu


Ham hock & tarragon terrine with quails eggs and piccalilli


Main Course

Slow braised sticky Hampshire beef with creamy mash, Root vegetable crisps and Olivette carrots



Chocolate pot with a melting middle, Jack Daniels ice cream and chocolate crumbs

The Wedding Cake

A team at The Cake Parlour created stunning, iced, 4 tier wedding cake for Karen and Richard featuring a cascade of edible flowers designed in the same shade as their overall colour scheme. The cake looked delicious and was filled with flavours of fruit, marble, lemon and Victoria sponge flavours. A further 20 guests joined the newlywed couple for their evening festivities, bringing the total guest number up to 160.

Wedding Suppliers

Wedding Venue: Botleys Mansion
Wedding Photographer: Richard Galloway Photography
Wedding Florist: Sonning Flowers
Wedding Dress Designer: Stella York
Bridal Beauty: Faye Murray
Bridesmaid Dresses: Hayley Paige & Debenhams
Groomswear: Hackett
Wedding Cake: The Cake Parlour
Jazz Duo: Kind of Two
Band: Happy Hour
Disco: Bijou DJ
Wedding Giftlist: Buy Our Honeymoon
Wedding Insurance: John Lewis

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