Mmm such a delicious palette of mint green and gold for this afternoons classic country wedding. All inspired by the gorgeous decor & furnishings of the ceremony room at Botleys Mansion. The Atrium reception is pretty spectacular too. Decorated with the sweetest DIY gold spray painted safari animal place settings and truly spectacular tall big bloomsey centrepieces. Talk about WOW factor. Alice wore a stunning lace and jewel encrusted Ellis Bridals gown that twinkled in the glorious summer sun. Just. Perfect.
The DressAlice The Bride: I wanted a lace dress, nothing too big and found a lace dress that fitted really well with added straps and belt.
The Grooms FashionWe wanted to keep Gareth's suit simple. We'd always liked blue as found it to be more of a summery shade.
The VenueOur venue Botleys Mansion in Surrey, near Otthershaw is large country manor based in landscaped grounds and parkland surrounding it. We held our ceremony in the green room and the wedding breakfast and dancing took place in the Atrium. We always wanted to have the ceremony and reception at one venue. We managed to organised the wedding in 7 months. Bijou are brilliant as they have in house suppliers, great recommendations and can assist with a lot of the planning.
Colour Scheme/DecorOur colour scheme was mint and gold, to compliment the ceremony room and venue. We added handmade small gold safari animals for name places as Gareth is South African.
FlowersI liked the idea of having elegant flowers, whites and pale pinks with lots of Gypsophila to make it soft.
The Wedding Party FashionThe bridesmaids wore mint green dresses from True Bridesmaids to go with the theme as they were the perfect colour match.
CeremonyWe had two readings which were, May be (unknown author) and On your wedding day (unknown author). Gareth's sister read one reading and my best friend read the another.
EntertainmentWe hired a band called Groove Addicts. Two time slots were agreed, outside during the reception in the afternoon & then in the evening and to play for our first song (Ben E. Kind – Stand by me). The acoustic afternoon set was play by two band members and the evening set was played by the full 5 piece band. They were full of energy and got loads of people on the dance floor.
FoodThe food was all provided for by Bijou weddings. We opted for a summery menu of canapés were served outside during the reception drinks and the Wedding breakfast menu was as follows:
AppetiserPeat-smoked salmon, pea shoots & beetroot with charlotte potato salad & edible flowers Red onion tart, spinach & saffron shallot, mascarpone, redcurrant & balsamic (V)
Main courseRoast breast of guinea fowl, confit potatoes, caramelised onions & green beans with sauce chasseur
SweetNo dessert was served as we had a vintage sweet tricycle out all evening provided by the venue which everyone loved