Gina and Ryan Celebrated a Flawless September Wedding at Cain Manor

Bijou's Online Planner allowed Yacht chef Gina and Captain Ryan to plan their wedding at Cain Manor from abroad with ease 

Choosing the Perfect Country House Wedding Venue

We wanted a country house wedding venue 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 online planner certainly came in handy! My parents had originally 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.

Planning the Details

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.

Stars featured on our invitations so we decided to name all of the wedding reception tables after constellations and the table plan was a star chart. 

The Big Day: 27th September, 2014

I felt quite calm all morning until I put my dress on - it was then that I 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 Music Room with my dad and my sister before walking down the aisle and listening to the string quartet play. It was lovely.

A Memorable 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. 

The Honeymoon

We went to the Seychelles for our honeymoon. 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.

Advice for Future Bijou Couples

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

Gina and Ryan's Wedding Suppliers

Wedding Venue: Cain Manor
Wedding Photography: Albert Palmer Photography
Wedding Dress Designer: Victoria Nicole 
Accessories: Shoes from Emmy Shoes
Bridesmaids dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaids
Hair & make-up: Gemma Sutton
Groom’s outfit: Fox Tailoring, Poole
Stationery: Hello Lucky and Chris Baker
Flowers: Blush floral design
Cake: Le Papillon Patisserie
Entertainment: Estilo string quartet and The Lionels in the evening
Decoration: Trees from Palmbrokers
Decorative Lighting: Oakwood Events