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The Proposal

Charlotte used to live out in Japan teaching English. After falling in love with the country, people and culture, she continued to work with Japanese people for 6 years after returning to the UK. She would, however, travel back to Japan every other year for a holiday. As Jon had never been to Japan, the couple planned a 2 week trip. On the final night of an amazing trip, Jon got down on one knee and popped the question!

Jon proposed with a beautiful and very special ring that he’d bought in Japan, knowing how significant it would be for Charlotte. They then chose and designed an official engagement ring together once they were back in London ahead of planning their wedding in just 7 months.

Bridal Staircase Before Ceremony at Botleys Mansion

The Dress

Charlotte tried on approximately 30 wedding dresses ahead of her Mansion wedding at Botleys.

She was encouraged to try on as many different wedding dress styles as possible before saying ‘yes’ to a stunning lace, A-line design by Sophia Tolli. The bride had the dress adapted slightly to suit her bridal style and teamed her gown up with a glamorous pair of shoes from the Rainbow collection which she found at John Lewis.

One of her bridesmaids, Rachel Louise, was a professional Wedding hair stylist, so she did Charlotte’s hair as well as her bridesmaids on the wedding morning. It was lovely having someone she knew so well help her prepare for the big day. Charlotte’s bridal beauty was done by a lovely freelance make up artist named Katie Basquil.

Couple shot in Botleys Mansion grounds

Choosing Botleys Mansion

After visiting several wedding venues in Surrey, they fell head over heels with Botleys Mansion. It was perfect! Due to booking their wedding at such short notice, Botleys Mansion couldn’t offer the couple a Saturday wedding date, but seeing as they didn’t want to wait, and they really wanted a September wedding date, the compromised and booked a Sunday.

During the run up to their wedding at Botleys Mansion in Surrey, Charlotte and Jon found Harper’s online wedding planner really helpful. They referred back to it a lot during their planning and also found their wedding co-ordinator a great encouragement; Aly was available whenever they had any questions or queries, from the day they booked, right up until the day before the wedding.

The Big Day

The bridesmaid dresses were from David’s Bridal. They each wore a stunning, Cadbury purple dress, which matched the overall wedding colour scheme perfectly. The groom, Jon, wore a tailored suit from Ted Baker and accessorised with purple ties from John Lewis. The couple had booked The Fine Flowers Company to decorate their wedding with purple hues throughout. The bridal bouquet was simply stunning and the wedding ceremony was decorated with large pedestals of flowers at the altar and small arrangements attached to chairs lining the aisle. The Fine Flowers Company also decorated the tables in The Atrium ahead of the wedding ceremony.

The couple had two readings during the ceremony by family members and then Charlotte’s Uncle David who is a minister, held a short spiritual blessing directly after the civil ceremony which was really special to the couple. After the exchange of rings and a kiss to seal the deal, the newlywed couple and their 80 wedding guests enjoyed canapés and drinks outside the front of Botleys Mansion. The sun was shining and a saxophonist from Saxophonic played live music to set the tone.

When everyone walked back in to the Mansion after the luxurious drinks reception, they were greeted with a stunning purple and silver decorated Atrium and a delicious menu that had been hand-chosen by the couple during their menu tasting session at Botleys Mansion several months before.


Photographer: Bill Sykes | Florist: The Fine Flowers Company | Videographer: I Do Productions | Wedding Dress: Sophia Tolli | Beautician: Katie Basquil | Saxophonist: Saxophonic | Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes, Bexhill | Wedding Band: Doppelganger | Hair Stylist: Rachel Louise