Anna and Ben tied the knot after having taken just six months to plan their barn-style wedding at Cain Manor.
About the Couple
Anna, a television publicist and Ben, who works in financial services, met and fell in love. After a whirlwind romance and a proposal, the couple started planning their wedding, knowing that they were looking for a wedding venue with a barn-style feel to it. “I fell in love with Cain Manor immediately” said Anna and therefore the couple booked their wedding date for April 18th, 2015, giving them just 6 months to plan their special day!
Anna was absolutely terrified on the day of her wedding. She got ready at her family home with her bridesmaids and parents. “I had been so calm the whole time, even getting ready that morning. Then on the car ride over to Cain Manor I was so scared. I remember clutching my dads hand and before we were about to walk down the aisle - I was breathing so fast!!” However, as soon as Anna saw Ben she felt better and truly enjoyed the rest of her romantic wedding ceremony.
Ben and Anna chose to have a civil ceremony rather than get married in a church so Cain Manor was perfect in the fact that everything could be held all in one place. The couple loved the beautiful gardens and patio outside Cain Manor and as the UK weather is so unpredictable they weren’t going to rely it being sunny, so it helped to have great indoor space at Cain Manor too.
Anna just wanted her wedding to be very classic. She wasn’t 100% sure what sort of theme she wanted when the couple started looking for barn-style wedding venues, but their theme ended up being classic with a rustic twist. Anna chose blue and cream flowers with little bits of yellow dotted to add a bit more colour and because it was a spring wedding. All of the wedding decorations were shabby chic style birds and hearts and the name places and favours were made with brown kraft paper and lace.
As she’d grown up in Guildford, Anna always knew that she wanted to get married in Surrey. So, shortly after their engagement Anna and her mother went hunting for the right wedding venue! The couple had originally started their wedding venue search by doing a google search for “barn wedding venues in Surrey”. They saw about 7 different venues, one of which was Bijou’s very own Botleys Mansion, which she loved. However, after a recommendation, Anna went and saw Cain Manor and the rest is history...!
The low beams, fire place, cosy sofas gave Cain Manor the homely feel that Ben and Anna were after. Plus, the fact that the venue also had 14 bedrooms on site meant that everyone could have breakfast together the following morning. Anna really wanted their wedding to have a fun relaxed feel to it and that is how she felt when she walked in the entrance of Cain Manor – comfortable and relaxed. The couple were very lucky on the day that the sun was shining; guests could mingle and truly enjoy the luxurious landscaped gardens surrounding the venue. The barn was used for the wedding breakfast but then transformed into the dance floor in the evening purely by pushing some tables back and adding disco lights.