Botleys Mansion
Zoe & Ricky

February 3, 2022

So…now that 2020 and 2021 are behind us and we all hope for  brighter things, 2022 will be (with all things crossed) the light at the end of the tunnel. Zoe & Ricky’s wedding at Botleys Mansion was the perfect way to start off a fresh year. With so many weddings on the horizon for me, it’s always nice to get the year rolling with a really friendly crowd at a location that I know and love.

It was a belter of a day from the off, and having walked into the Bridal Suite and met everyone at the start of the day, you’d never know that Botleys also played host to a very special birthday for Zoe only the night before. The Bridal Suite was buzzing with activity all morning with regular appearances from Zoe & Ricky’s daughters, and their son who probably thought better of it and looked for more familiar territory to occupy. After a very friendly and relaxed couple of hours, it was time to head downstairs.

After a wonderful ceremony, the gods of wedding weather decreed that confetti outside would be permitted, so everyone lined up to pelt the new Mr and Mrs. Shortly afterwards everyone headed inside for drinks and canapes. Zoe and her Dad both made speeches halfway through reception which most certainly pulled on the heart strings. The Best Man would have to wait a little longer before ripping the Groom to shreds…

A little while later, everyone headed downstairs for dinner which was kicked off by two speeches by the Best People. As I said before, a bit of Groom ribbing is all good and we weren’t left wanting. Ricky was served up in the appropriate manner.

With dinner and speeches complete, it was time for the band to set up whilst the bar kept everyone entertained and topped up with party-fuel. The band were as AWESOME as they were loud. I mean really, really loud…and I’m not just saying that because I’m somewhere north of 40. I should have taken the hint when the lead singer very kindly offered me some ear plugs before the party started. Note to self, next time take up an offer like this. 🙂

What a day, what an absolutely brilliant day! Thank you Zoe and Ricky for having me along and congratulations to you both.


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