Emma and Dwayne spent exactly 12 months (to the day) planning their wintry Wednesday wedding in December 2016 at Cain Manor.
The Destination Proposal
Every year, instead of giving each other a Christmas present, Emma and Dwayne put their money together and went on a special winter holiday. Emma happened to come across an amazing 3-night deal to Prague, so the couple booked it and Dwayne secretly started planning how he was going to propose. Having carried a custom-made ring through airport security, he then started to imagine how he was going to pop the question. His first attempt didn’t go to plan – he was going to propose on Charles Bridge, but as they were approaching it, by chance, Emma mentioned that one of her friends was proposed to on the same bridge. Dwayne’s second plan was to pop the question at a romantic dinner, but the couple weren’t given the best table and the restaurant refused to move them, so Dwayne decided against proposing without the view! Third time lucky and Dwayne pulled Emma aside when the couple were enjoying a brewery tour on their last night in Prague. The friends they’d known for just hours on their tour felt like friends they’d known for years; everyone celebrated the engagement and the couple couldn’t wait to get home the next day to share their happy news with friends and family.
After having been together for 8 years, Emma and Dwayne booked their Wednesday wedding at Cain Manor on their first proposal-versary! One year was the perfect amount of time for this couple to organise their dream day for 100 wedding guests!
Choosing a Winter Wedding Dress
Emma went wedding dress shopping in Knightsbridge and had always imagined herself wearing a floor length, fitted lace dress with a low back. However, when she started trying on wedding dresses, as beautiful as they all were, the style just didn’t feel right. She tried on a dress just for fun, and ended up falling in love. As soon as Emma stepped in to ‘Ballet’ by Suzanne Neville, she knew she’d found ‘the one’.
Emma loved every element of her wedding dress; from the low back to the lace and the jewel encrusted belt. But most of all, the dress was comfortable. It was the 6th wedding dress that Emma had tried, and even though she kept on with her search, nothing compared to ‘Ballet’.
Instead of wearing heeled wedding shoes, Emma went for the comfort feel and ordered a pair of white Converse pumps to don down the aisle. Little did she know that her husband to be had also ordered her a pair of white Converse, but he’d had them personlised with her new married name. A lovely wedding gift that was perfectly appropriate.
When it came to her wedding day hair do, Emma hired a consultant who had styled her hair in the past; Lucy from Hair that Turns Heads. She also hired Katie, a freelance make up specialist who used products that she was familiar with. “I’m not a hair and make up kind of person so I immediately feel self-conscious when I have either done. However, I felt so comfortable and it was probably the first time I’ve felt amazing in what I was wearing, what my make up looked like and how my hair was done. It all came together beautifully and I didn’t want to take any of it off at the end of the day” said Emma.
Finding a Cosy Winter Wedding Venue
When searching for the perfect winter wedding venue, shortly after their engagement, Emma and Dwayne visited just one other barn-style wedding venue before booking an appointment to visit Cain Manor.
Unfortunately, it was a very wet and dreary winter afternoon when the couple came to visit, but even seeing it in the worst weather, they still fell in love. “We loved it because it was like walking into a big cosy house; we love that it was natural, a tall ceiling in the main room with windows looking over the downs.” Emma also loved the open fires, the big wooden doors and the pillars; the whole house had the big country-home feel that the couple were looking for.