Gina and Ryan - Cain Manor

Yacht chef Gina Mendoza and Captain Ryan Baylis were married at Cain Manor on 27th September 2014.


The Preparation: 
We wanted a country house where family and friends could spend the night. As we live abroad we needed to find a venue that could help us organise everything as we couldn’t be there to do it. The planning website came in handy! My parents found Cain Manor online, as they were looking for somewhere midway between my family home and Ryan’s. As we are away all the time, my mum and dad actually went to see it without us first and sent lots of photos. When we got back we all went to see it together and loved it.


The Planning Process: 
The planning process wasn’t too bad as my mum and I pretty much planned everything a year in advance. There are also some great wedding blogs around to get inspiration and to find suppliers. I knew we wouldn’t be in England so we got as much done as we could before we went away. I think this turned out to be a brilliant idea, as I got first pick of the photographer and hair and make up artist I wanted as no one was yet fully booked. It was quite tricky picking our wedding menu and it is really difficult to know what 80 people might want to eat. Cain Manor were great though in catering for a whole array of food preferences and allergies.


The Theme: 
We had stars on our invitations so decided to give all the tables constellation names and the table plan was a star chart. 


The Day: 
I felt quite calm all morning until I put my dress on and then started to get nervous. I just felt really happy walking down the aisle and tried to remember as much as I could about the ceremony. I think what I will remember the most was standing outside the main room with my dad and my sister before walking down the aisle and listening to the string quartet play. It was lovely.


The Reception: 

The reception went by in blur of photos and talking to all our guests, some of whom we hadn’t seen in many years! We also had some great photos taken. Cain Manor has so many beautiful backdrops for photographs. The wedding breakfast was so well organised and the staff were very friendly and happy. My cake was probably the most magnificent thing I have seen! Neil at Le Papillon Patisserie did an absolutely amazing job – especially with the flowers! After the meal Ryan and I had our first dance, which admittedly was terrible, it was pretty embarrassing as we hadn’t practiced. However Albert, our photographer, managed to make it look as though we had actually danced, rather than just shuffled. We had a great band, The Lionels who played in the evening. Everybody got up and had a dance, plus they were so talented it was easy just to stand and watch and listen to their excellence. 

Where was your honeymoon?

We went to the Seychelles. It was very relaxing after the rush of the wedding. We spent the time remembering as much of the wedding as we could and looking through our photo booth photos! I tried to write as many thank you cards as I could too.


Top tips for other Bijou brides:

Try not to worry too much about getting round to see everyone. They will come to you. Just relax and enjoy yourself.


Life after Bijou – what are you both up to now? 

After our honeymoon we went straight back to work, but we get to spend everyday together as we work together. We are now planning our future and looking for our first house.

Who did what?

Photography: Albert Palmer Photography
Dress: Victoria Nicole from Wedding Atelier in New york. Alterations done by Judy Mott in Tunbridge Wells.
Accessories: Shoes from Emmy Shoes
Wedding rings: Wedding Rings Direct
Bridesmaids dresses: Two Birds bridesmaids
Hair & make-up: Gemma Sutton
Groom’s outfit: Fox Tailoring, Poole
Stationery: Hello Lucky and Chris Baker
Flowers: Bex at Blush floral design
Cake: Le Papillon Patisserie
Entertainment: Estilo string quartet and The Lionels in the evening
Other:  Trees from Palmbrokers. Lights from Oakwood events