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Rachel & Nathan's wedding

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Choosing Botleys Mansion

For Rachel and Nathan, Botleys Mansion in Surrey ticked all the right boxes. In their words: “what’s not to love about Botleys?” They wanted to capture the warmth and cosiness of winter, and The Atrium at Botleys Mansion was the perfect space to create their dream theme. For Rachel and Nathan, Harper’s Online Planner was what really set Botleys Mansion apart from the other 8 wedding venues they viewed. This tool allowed the couple to plan every detail of their wedding so that the day itself ran seamlessly.

Rachel and Nathan had found a local band the Kick Thrills to play during their drinks reception. The couple discovered them at their local pub and knew that they were a wedding day must-have straight away. Benjamin Wheeler, the wedding photographer, took the bride and groom around the grounds of Botleys Mansion to enjoy some private wedding photography, before they made their grand entrance ain to the Atrium for the wedding banquet. The spectacular staircase they walked down had been decorated with fairy lights and ivy and a host of candles.

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The Styling

The styling of their wedding reception tables were particularly memorable, as the couple chose gold sparkly table cloths to add extra wow-factor and sparkle to their celebrations. They reflected the candlelight and chandeliers to create a magical winter atmosphere. Each table featured a hurricane vase wrapped in a floral wreath (a subtle nod to Christmas), surrounded by a variety of tiny candles. As Rachel and Nathan love visiting Las Vegas, their tables were all named after the city’s most prominent hotels. Each guest found a favour at their table setting: a miniature Lego box (Nathan’s favourite) wrapped in gold ribbon and bells, filled with personalised M&Ms.

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The Reception

After some emotional speeches, the couple cut their stunning wedding cake, designed by Gina’s Cakes in Shepherds Bush. The cake was white, black and gold – and of course sparkly – finished with gold painted candies. Rachel and Nathan wanted a cake that everyone would like, so it included layers of red velvet, chocolate, lemon, Victoria sponge and finally a fruit cake made with rum, which they would recommend to everyone!

For their evening entertainment, the couple chose to have Harper’s DJ. Their choice of song for their first dance – ‘My Kinda Woman’ by Bryn Christopher – was particularly special for Rachel and Nathan, as they had seen Bryn Christopher on one of their earliest dates together at University. While the DJ kept the party going all night long, the couple also chose to hire Openbooth – a photo booth style camera, but without the booth, which kept everyone together. At the end of the celebration, the couple handed boxes of sweets to their guests, so that they could enjoy a late-night treat on their journey home.

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The Bridal Party

Rachel chose her sister Laura as her Maid of Honour and her 3 closest friends, Emma, Alice and Colette, as her bridesmaids. Their dresses were certainly one of the most stunning details of the day; gold sequin gowns complemented the day’s glittering theme perfectly, and Rachel was even a little bit jealous that she didn’t get to wear one of the sparkling gowns herself! For Rachel, her make-up was done by Sarah Hale, and her hair was styled by Nina from Blo Bar in Chiswick. They were the perfect company for Rachel to get ready with on such a special day. Rachel’s hair was curled and finished with an intricate beaded hair vine, and her sister Laura cleverly added Rachel’s “something blue” with a secret blue hair pin. Her look was completed by a bouquet created by Harper Partner Sonning Flowers, featuring white and bush roses, gypsophila and grey brunia, expertly designed to match their elegant theme. The groom’s party all arranged their own tuxedos – they were either custom made or hired from from Moss Bros or Suit Supply. All of the suits were finished with white or blush rose button holes

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Top tip

“Don’t stress. You’ll have the day you have and you’ll treasure it regardless.” – Rachel & Nathan


Photographer – Benjamin Wheeler Photography | Cake – Gina’s Cake | Balloons – Fancy Pants Parties | Flowers – Sonning Flowers | Makeup – Sarah Hale| Hair – Nina from Blo Bar, Chiswick | Wedding Dress – Caroline Castigliano | Wedding Band – The Kick Thrills | Entertainment – Harper DJ