Happy Friday wedding belles. With the weekend in sight, we thought we would bring you to the Surrey countryside for the sophisticated and completely gorgeous wedding of Nicky and Mike at Botley’s Mansion on the 20th of March last year. The couple met while working together in London and after a winter proposal in Rome set about planning their beautiful springtime wedding. After securing their dream venue, first on the wish list was the fabulous Helen Cawte, who was on hand to take these incredibly beautiful images. Helen has captured Nicky and Mike’s love and affection for each other to a tee and the rest of the details, particularly those lovely pastel blooms will have you swooning.
“We focused on a palette of pastels, with soft pinks, peaches and creams to compliment my sleek satin Amanda Wakeley gown and the mint bridesmaid dresses, taking inspiration from the surrounding mansion and Spring blossoms.”
Photography by Helen Cawte Photography
Nicky and Mike chose Little Book for Brides member Berin Made to craft their beautiful wedding stationery. Her distinctive designs are a big favourite of mine, these guys were super lucky to secure her services.
Nicky makes a very stylish bride in her Amanda Wakeley gown. Pairing it with a cathedral length veil and swept up hair keeps the look classic and glamorous.
“I found my dress in the first boutique that Mum and I visited and whilst it was not the style I had first envisaged myself walking down the aisle in (originally having set my sights on a lace number) as soon as I put it on it felt like a very special gown – it was glamorous and sophisticated with a gorgeous open back, but also light and perfect for twirling around the dance floor all evening.”
“We both fell in love with Botley’s Mansion from the moment we set eyes on the imposing driveway and stunning staircase up to the house, it was the perfect mix of beauty, glamour and grandeur with the modern feel that we wanted.”
The stunning blooms were courtesy of Mandy at Sonning Flowers. The beautiful bouquets and floral arrangements of delicate pastels included roses, blossom, ranunculus and gypsophila.
“We opted for a simple three-tiered sponge cake from Cake Bespoke by Bijou with carrot cake, victoria sponge and chocolate sponge with praline buttercream. We opted for an ivory frosting topped off with fresh roses supplied by our florist, Mandy.”
The gorgeous bridesmaids wore long dresses from London-based brand Maids to Measure.
“We selected the floor length Tybee dress in a light mint green colour and each of the girls looked incredible. They complimented their dresses with bouquets of gypsophila and Kate Spade bangles given as a huge thank-you for helping me so much in the lead up to the wedding.”
“My Dad walked me down the aisle to Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley played on the piano by our pianist Cornel Oprea supported by his cellist. It was a very emotional and overwhelming moment walking into a room packed with our closest family and friends.”
The couple chose two beautiful readings, ‘I Carry Your Heart’ by E.E. Cummings and ‘Love’ by Roy Croft to be read by two of their closest friends, Rob and Victoria.
“Choosing Mike’s suit was possibly the most relaxed part of the planning. We headed to Gieves and Hawkes on Savile Row and whilst I sat sipping on champagne Mike was fitted into a dark grey suit in a matter of moments.”
In choosing Helen Cawte Photography, the couple have got the most gorgeous, natural images. I love how the Nicky and Mike look so excited and thrilled to be together while the beauty of the surroundings just adds to the stunning images.
“After booking Botley’s and Helen Cawte, the band was the next priority. Having seen the I Do’s play at a friend’s wedding the summer before, we knew that they were absolutely brilliant. The dance floor was packed all night long.”
“Helen was recommended by a friend and as soon as we saw her incredible portfolio we contacted her straight away. Helen aims to capture your day in a relaxed and natural style and she put us at ease from the moment we met. Our wedding day was full of love, fun and celebration and thanks to Helen, we will be able to spend many hours poring over her fabulous photos to relive our memories from the best day of our lives. We are absolutely over the moon with the images she took.”
“The venue itself was beautiful and required very little decoration with the exception of our spring blooms, candles and ivy with fairy lights winding down the stairs. To finish it off we had a table with family wedding photos dating back several generations.”
“We chose ‘You and Me Song’ by The Wannadies for our first dance so that we could have a good spin around the dance floor!”
“The wedding itself was on a beautiful, sunny and crisp Friday. We could not have asked for a more perfect English spring day. After a ceremony packed with our closest family and friends we enjoyed champagne and canapés outside followed by a delicious wedding breakfast of smoked salmon, sticky-Hampshire beef and crème brulée, then danced the night away on the twinkling lights of the dance floor to our awesome band.”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“Enjoy yourself from the moment you get engaged to the wedding itself. It has been said so many times, but the day whizzes past so fast so make sure you get some alone time, just husband and wife, to reflect and take a look around.”
Thank you so much to Nicky and Mike for allowing us to share your stunning wedding with our readers. Thanks also to Helen Cawte Photography for the superb images of the day.
Love Caoimhe xx
Photographer – Helen Cawte Photography
Venue – Botley’s Mansion, Surrey
Wedding Dress – Amanda Wakeley from The Bijoutique at Botley’s Mansion
Veil – Bijoutique at Botley’s Mansion
Shoes – Rainbow Club
Accessories – Links of London Earrings + Tiffany and Co. Bracelet
Groom – Gieves and Hawkes Suit + The Maidsmen Accessories
Bridesmaids – Maids to Measure Dresses + Kate Spade Bangles
Florist – Mandy at Sonning Flowers
Cake – Cake Bespoke by Bijou
Entertainment – Cornel Oprea Pianist + I Do’s
Rings – Anna James Ltd
Catering – Bespoke by Bijou
Stationery – Berin Made
Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist – Charlotte Bligh