Rachel & Sam - Cain Manor

Management consultant Rachel Turner married roof tiler Sam Dixon at Cain Manor on 28th March 2014.


The Preparation: 
I used to be an event planner, so for me finding a venue I had 100% trust in was so important as I am very particular with detail and know what could go wrong! I had heard good things about Cain Manor and I also wanted a self contained venue that was exclusive to me.  I knew I wanted a particular style of dress so finding an older style venue that matched was key. On visiting Cain Manor I knew as soon as I arrived I could trust Bijou; we were greeted with bubbles and and canapés and the staff knew who we were. The meeting was great and the bonus was I could build my own event sheet for the day and be in control of all of the details and could always keep an eye on the cost!

The Planning process: 
The event sheet is amazing! It gives you guidance if you have never arranged an event before, but also gives you the freedom and control if you have.  The planning meetings were good and at the right point of planning, your personal planner was always on the end of the phone if you needed help. Selecting the menu and wines was great, the tasting was perfect and personal and taking six bottles of wine home to try at leisure was a bonus. 

The Theme: 
It was a vintage style wedding; with Cain Manor less is more and I love it in Spring with the roaring fire. 

The Day: 
I was so calm for the build up to the wedding, but on the day I was so nervous, funnily enough Sam was the opposite! When I arrived and saw my florist and the team at Cain Manor and I instantly relaxed.  The team were great, letting me know when Sam had arrived and keeping me up to date. The moment I will always remember was being on the landing by the bedrooms meeting the registrar and feeling so nervous, but then hearing Sam laugh in the main room with our guests relaxed me instantly and I just wanted to get to him. Walking down the aisle as soon as I saw Sam I just cried, it was such an emotional experience, in such beautiful surroundings with our friends and family watching. 

The Reception: 
The reception was amazing, the day was dry and a bit chilly but the lounge and courtyard worked perfectly for drinks and photos, and the canapés flowed and so did the drink. We had some quirky entertainment called Dance Heads which went down a storm and worked really well in the lounge and kept every body entertained while the change over happened. 

The Evening: 
Our first dance was You’re My Star by Stereophonics which is really personal to us and my dance with my dad was Alive and Kicking by Simple Minds, all I remember was seeing my mum crying her eyes out. We had an awesome band which worked well and the bar and main room flowed well which meant everyone was in the same place which is what you want. 

Where was your honeymoon?

We went to the Maldives which was incredible.

Top tips for other Bijou brides:

Less is more with Cain Manor, it was truly a perfect venue in every way.  

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

We have had a busy year since being married and bought a house local to Cain Manor in Fernhurst, West Sussex. We are loving the countryside location and making a family home. 

Who did what?

Photography: Greg Kingdon 
Dress: Mojgan Bridal Couture 
Accessories: Mojgan Bridal Couture 
Wedding rings: Goldsmiths 
Bridesmaids dresses: Monsoon and House of Fraser 
Hair & make-up: Philippa Miles
Groom’s outfit: Stephen Bishop 
Stationery: Homemade 
Flowers: Wild about Flowers
Cake:  Fondantly Yours 
Videographer: Greg Kingdon
Entertainment: Flat Pack Panda and Dance Heads