Autumn Civil Partnership at Botleys Mansion
Autumn is a fantastic season for weddings and civil partnerships and I was very fortunate to explore the Autumn theme a bit further for John & Ross’ civil partnership in September. Part of their initial brief was the fact that they wanted to use seasonal products and be as ethical and green for their wedding as can be, resulting in stunning floral displays but also encouraging me to consider greener ways to organize their big day.
John & Ross chose Botleys Mansion, near Chertsey, for their venue, which provided a magnificent backdrop for their big day, especially as they were greeted by a beautiful blue sky.
Reds, oranges, browns, mossy greens, were the dominating colours and the flowers arrangements made the most of seasonal products, using berries, rosemary and English hydrangeas in magnificent displays. Their berries & foliage buttonholes kept the theme going as well as tree leaves added to the seating plan boards, whilst the traditional wedding cake was replaced with a tower of cheeses surrounded by figs and grapes.
Tables were names after places that mattered to John & Ross, and instead of using printed numbers or names, I sourced from charity shops books called after each location and displayed them on the tables for sign-posting. It also acted as an easy way to get the conversation rolling on each table, and guests were invited to take and keep any of the books as a present (the remainders were given back to a charity organization). Their invitations and other stationery were printed on FSC regulated paper, whilst the two grooms also designed their own website to provide travelling guests with additional information.
The day was even more special thanks to some very talented friends of John & Ross, whose songs and music made the day even more personal and bespoke. Tea lights framed the staircase as the evening drew in and the DJ kept the guests dancing into the night. A fabulous day for an amazing couple. John & Ross, congratulations!