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Emma and Tim’s Wedding

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Choosing Botleys Mansion

The newly engaged couple spent their weekends doing research and searching for the right wedding venue to host their winter wedding. They went straight from an open day at one wedding venue, to their appointment to see Botleys Mansion. “As soon as we pulled through the gates and swept up the drive, we could imagine arriving there on our special day. The venue continued to wow us as we were shown around and the staff were incredibly attentive; we had no doubt our big day would be in very capable hands!” said Emma. The couple also loved the interactive table planner that comes as part of Harper’s proprietary online wedding planner.

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Botleys Mansion couple dancing

The Dress

Emma tried on 6 dresses before the emotion on her mother’s face made her realise that she’d found ‘the one’. Emma fell in love with an ivory, strapless, princess style wedding gown with a stunning sweetheart neckline from the designer, Allure. The bride-to-be made the dress her own by adding a diamante and pearl belt along with a lace bolero so that she’d stay warm at her winter wedding. For her ‘something old’ Emma wore her mothers veil but had it altered to a more modern style; it looked perfect on the day!

Each place setting featured a cracker and a Christmas bauble place card holder to take home as a wedding favour. Tall vases filled with aubergine coloured lilys and floating candles made for glamorous table centerpieces and the round reception tables were all named after Santa’s reindeer. The couple hired a vintage, cream post box from Botleys Mansion along with faux ivy and twinkly fairy lights to decorate the grand stair case. They also chose to have a white carpet leading down the stairs to add extra glam to their winter themed wedding.
A further 21 wedding guests joined the newlywed couple in the evening. Emma and Tim hired a band called Hipster through an agency called Alive Network who were absolutely fantastic and kept the dance floor full all night. The new Mr & Mrs danced their first dance song to ‘Grow Old with Me’ by Tom Odell and their last dance was ‘The Wonder of You’ by Elvis Presley; all of the guests circled the newlywed couple on the dance floor and it was the perfect way to end the perfect day.

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Top Tip

Emma and Tim had a truly magical winter wedding, but if they had to give advice to future wedding planning couples, they said: “Create a spreadsheet which tracks your original budget, actual costs then your balance as suppliers get paid. You might want to create a programme with the running order, timings for the day and responsibilities for everyone down to the tiniest detail. Include suppliers contact details and mobile numbers for your wedding party and make sure this is issued to all key players. And finally, spend the day before the wedding doing something fun!”


Photographer: Neale James Photography  | Cake: Jeni’s Cakes and Flowers | Wedding Dress: Allure | Wedding Shoes: Paradox | Beautician: Hannah Maria Munn Make-up | Wedding Band: Hipster | Fireworks: Flashpoint Fireworks