India and Tom viewed 8 wedding venues before falling in love with Cain Manor; their romantic summer wedding took place on 29th July, 2016
Tom and India met when they were both in 6th form and made their exciting relationship official at the house party of a friend. Over 7 years, the couple became close and decided to take their relationship to the next level by purchasing a house together. Much to India’s surprise, on the day the couple got the keys to their new house, another exciting event was just about to happen. Whilst walking to their new front door, Tom ran ahead a little and bent down on one knee, before proposing to the love of his life. India was so surprised with Tom’s romantic proposal that it actually took her about 20 minutes to finally say YES; it turned out to be the most magical day ever.
Tom had chosen the most perfect engagement ring for his bride-to-be, India, and after a year and a half of planning, the couple tied the knot at Bijou’s Cain Manor, located on the border of Surrey and Hampshire.
Find the Wedding Dress
India had visions of what her dream wedding dress looked like before she headed to a handful of bridalwear shops; nothing fussy – lots of lace! She ended up trying on around 10 different gowns, and fell in love with a design by Pronovias – but wanted to add her own personal touch to the dress. The gown India had chosen was a strapless gown, but as she’d always wanted to wear a dress with lace sleeves, she had these added, in the same lace that covered the gown - it was perfect!
Instead of teaming her gorgeous lace wedding dress up with a pair of traditional wedding heels, India chose to wear a comfortable pair of Converse wedding shoes throughout the day and night. She hired Kelly Elkin to style her hair on the big day and opted to wear her hair down, with big, loose curles; she didn’t want to look too different from her everyday style.
Choosing the Perfect Country House Wedding Venue
India and Tom viewed 8 wedding venues on their hunt for perfection. When they had their viewing at Cain Manor they fell in love with the homely feel and the simplicity of the barn venue. They loved the beams and the fact that they could make Cain Manor their home for the day.
The couple, and India’s father, loved using the online planner to add extra items to their wedding day. They were able to see instant adjustments made to their budget and they loved the fact that they could contact their wedding planning manager to ask silly questions whenever they felt the need.
The Bridal Party
India had two adult bridesmaids and one flower girl to support her down the aisle. Her university friend Amila and Tom’s friend Rebecca wore long, light grey gowns and the flower girl, Olivia, wore white. The girls went dress shopping to Wimbledon and were delighted to find gowns that everyone approved of.
Tom and his best man Matt, a friend since secondary school, both wore bright blue wedding suits that had been bought from M&S.