Natalie and Luke - Cain Manor

The preparation:

We decided to keep open minded and visit a few venues. We knew we wanted a smaller venue style as wanted an intimate wedding. As soon as we visited Cain Manor we knew it was the venue for us. The lead up to the venue is incredible and it ticked all the boxes. The staff were very friendly and it just had the wow factor for us. My parents fell in love with it when they saw it and were over the moon for us to get married there. I felt so excited as soon as we booked the date which was only topped by sipping a glass of celebratory champagne in the garden  - such a lovely touch and one I’ll remember forever. 

The theme:

•    Traditional
•    Elegant
•    Fairytail 
•    Rustic 
•    Sophisticated 

The planning process: 

I am a bit of a control freak so I planned the wedding by myself. However, everyone at Cain Manor were so helpful and I think it’s fantastic that you’re assigned a wedding planning manager as this really does make life a lot easier! Natalie was extremely helpful from start to finish; I couldn’t have done it without her.  The only thing I let my husband pick was the food… we were not disappointed; from presentation to taste it was incredible!! 



The day: 

I remember being a lot calmer than I thought I would be. We got married at a Church and I remember feeling so sick and nervous as soon as I heard the Bridal March starting to play. I remember thinking, “please don’t throw up and “do not trip in front of all the guests!”… Thankfully I was fine. 
The stand out moment for me was seeing Luke’s reaction to me walking down the aisle; just wow! 


The Reception:

Everything was fantastic when we arrived; Cain Manor was extremely organised and put on an amazing service for my guests. My photographer took some amazing photos and as it was such a sunny day we managed to have the drinks reception outside, which was brilliant. We also had a Harpist which was a great addition and suited the theme of Cain Manor very well. The speeches were an emotional rollercoaster, my husband requested from the team that shots get bought out half way through his speech for his stag party; he wanted the last drinking game to be on them. 


The evening: 

We chose John Legend “All of me” for our first dance; we loved the words and only chose it two weeks before the wedding. We were sat eating dinner one night when it came on and we just knew it was the song for us.  

Where was your honeymoon?

Thailand and Maldives – it was incredible, highly recommend these destinations!  

Top tip(s) for other Bijou brides:

Organise everything well in advance of the wedding date – this saves a lot of stress and allows you to feel on top of everything.
Try to ignore outside influences that stress you out or make you doubt your decisions, go with what you think.
Delegate tasks for people to do on the day.
Most of all enjoy it……Cain Manor know what they’re doing and do a fantastic job of looking after everything.

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

I’m now pregnant and we are expecting our first child in May 2015!

Who did what?

Photography: Creative Image  
Dress: Sassy Holford 
Accessories: Gemma Sutton 
Wedding rings: We got these made by a private company 
Bridesmaids dresses: Rare London 
Hair & make-up: Nadine Ward 
Groom’s outfit: John Goodridge, Farnham 
Stationery: notonthehighstreet 
Flowers: Moutan Flowers 
Cake: Vanilla Cake & Co Company 
Venue dresser (if applicable): Ambience, Surrey 
Transport: Age Past 
Videographer: The Camera Chaps 
Entertainment: Cain Manor DJ
Other:  Photo booth – Rentabooth