An Intimate Wedding at Cain Manor for Susan and Mark

Susan and Mark celebrated a small winter wedding on a Thursday at Cain Manor with 40 guests; their celebration followed a vintage theme with hints of burgundy throughout. 

Susan and Mark held a winter wedding at Cain Manor during December 2016

About the Couple 

Susan met Mark during their secondary school years. Mark was a friend of Susan’s brother and, at the time, she knew that Mark had taken a liking to her, but didn’t realise quite how much. Susan went on to marry someone else and raised her two boys, James and Alexander. Mark joined the Navy and the friends lost touch. Years passed by and then by chance, 6 years ago, Mark and Susan met up again. As soon as the couple laid eyes on one another, they knew they'd found their soul mate.  

The couple spent New Year’s Eve 2015 in Disneyland Paris. After the clock struck midnight and the magical firework display had come to an end, Susan wanted to head back to their hotel. Mark, however, persuaded her to walk up to the castle just one more time. Then, all of a sudden, he bent down on one knee and proposed with a beautiful platinum engagement ring featuring a unique heart shaped diamond. Susan was over the moon and of course accepted his proposal. As the couple headed back down Main Street ‘We Belong Together’ from Toy Story 3 played in the background, so the couple took that as a good omen. They danced all the way along the street and decided that they’d play the same song at some point during their future wedding day. The couple spent the next 12 months planning their cosy winter wedding at Cain Manor. 

A Cosy Winter Wedding Venue

Cain Manor was the second wedding venue that Susan and Mark viewed before making their important decision. “As soon as we visited we knew that was the place we would like to get married. There was a welcoming atmosphere, it wasn’t too big, the house and grounds were stunning” said Susan.

The couple found Bijou’s online wedding planner helpful when it came to communicating all of their wedding plans to Bijou’s Wedding Planning Management team.

Cain Manor is a beautiful wedding venue with grounds on the border of Hampshire and Surrey
The couple chose a luxurious four tier winter wedding cake to cut through at their Cain Manor wedding

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress 

Susan tried on 5 wedding dresses before feeling just right in a design by Sincerity, purchased at a bridalwear shop in Alton. The full length, A-line gown featured a low back, beaded lace all over with a hint of sparkle and a subtle blush tone. As she’d chosen a winter wedding date and knew they’d want to take outdoor wedding photography, Susan also bought a marabou feathered bolero which was perfectly fitting with the season and style of her wedding. 

Susan chose the girlfriends’ of her sons, Cat and Sammi, to be bridesmaids on the special day. The bride-to-be took her bridesmaids shopping for dresses together and ended up choosing beautiful burgundy, full length dresses that the girls teamed up with faux-fur boleros to keep them warm for the purpose of outdoor photographs.  

The grooms party wore grey tails, brown shoes and ivory waistcoats featuring burgundy and pink embroidered detail to tie in with the rest of the wedding colour scheme. These were all hired from Black Tie in Basingstoke. Susan adapted vintage luggage labels and put them on all of the buttonholes so that everyone knew what to wear; to be funny, Mark put his luggage label on his suit instead of his buttonhole for a moment.  

The Big Day: 22nd December, 2016 

Susan and Mark based their wedding around a burgundy floral theme with a touch of vintage. They invited 40 guests to witness their nuptials and decorated white chiavari wedding chairs with elegant lace sashes and hung a jar filled with wintry flowers on the chairs lining the aisle. The couple brought some very special touches in to the rustic barn wedding venue, including an old bicycle with flowers filling the basket at the front; lace bunting to line the banisters; and a selection of vintage suitcases and books to complete their unique wedding style. The main feature in The Music Room was the Christmas tree; a perfectly fitting accessory for a wedding which took place just 3 days before Christmas. 

Susan walked down the aisle to ‘I Promise You’ by Ronan Keating, on the arm of her father. She held a stunning bouquet filled with seasonal blooms and the couple had previously chosen a selection of readings and songs that meant something to both of them. They even walked back down the aisle as husband and wife to the very song they’d heard on Main Street at Disneyland, moments after their engagement the previous year. 

After celebrating their marriage with drinks and canapés in The Library at Cain Manor, the couple ventured out to the cold with their wedding photographer, Susan’s son James, to capture some memorable moments. Guests were welcomed back in to The Music Room for a wonderful three course wedding breakfast and were able to find their table numbers by looking at a hand-made display featuring a wooden crate filled with flowers with the table numbers printed on vintage luggage labels. 

During their Wedding Planning Wednesday meeting at Cain Manor during the lead up to their big day, the couple had tasted and chosen a menu consisting of a red onion tart, spinach & saffron shallot, mascarpone, red currant & balsamic for a starter. Followed by roast breast of free range chicken, seasonal vegetables, duck fat potatoes, sausage meat stuffing with Yorkshire pudding topped with gravy, and for dessert, a blackberry and apple crumble with caramel ice cream and crème Anglaise; a perfect winter wedding menu.

Susan and Mark’s beautiful four tier wedding cake was covered in intricate iced flowers and followed a burgundy colour scheme to match the rest of the day. The cake, designed by Little Cottage Cakes in Fleet, was filled with four different flavours; lemon drizzle, chocolate, cappuccino and Victoria sponge. For wedding favours, the couple gave their guests small pillow gift boxes filled with chocolate and vintage key bottle openers; wedding reception tables also featured white vintage jugs wrapped in hessian and filled with theme fitting flowers. 

The couple hired the white vintage post box from Bijou and Susan decorated a guest book which sat on a table with tea lights for guests to sign. An additional 26 guests joined the happy couple to celebrate at Cain Manor during the evening. A cheese board along with a tray of bacon butties were offered to everyone and the couple danced their first dance to ‘Everyday I Love You’ by Boyzone, played by the Bijou DJ. 

The Honeymoon 

The day following their wedding the couple and their families drove down to Cornwall to say in a National Trust cottage over the Christmas holidays. The cottage had been booked before their wedding date, so they used it as a great excuse to double the festive break up as a mini-moon. The newlyweds are looking forward to their official honeymoon which will take place at the end of May 2017 – they’ve booked a trip to the Sandals Resort in Antigua which should be absolutely wonderful. 

Susan and Mark’s Wedding Suppliers

Wedding Venue: Cain Manor 
Wedding Photographer: James Taylor-Meme 
Wedding Flowers and Christmas Tree: Longacres, Bagshot
Wedding Suits: Black Tie, Basingstoke 
Wedding Cake: Little Cottage Cakes
Wedding Props: Vintage Your Day

The bride chose a wedding dress designed by Sincerity to wear to her winter wedding at Cain Manor
Susan's pretty wedding shoes worn to her barn-style wedding in Hampshire
The groom wore a quirky, hand-made buttonhole based around a vintage luggage label to his barn wedding at Cain Manor in Hampshire
A sneak peek in to The Music Room at Cain Manor in Hampshire
Jars filled with pretty flowers and hung on chiavari chairs during the wedding ceremony at Cain Manor
Romantic decor displayed at Cain Manor for a winter wedding
The couple hung vintage bunting in the barn-style wedding venue, Cain Manor in Hampshire
The couple brought an old-fashioned bicycle in to the wedding venue for decorative purposes
The Music Room at Cain Manor in Hampshire set up for a winter wedding ceremony, featuring a Christmas Tree
Susan and Mark saying their vows in The Music Room at Cain Manor
The bride and groom exchanging rings at Cain Manor
The bride and groom standing on the staircase at Cain Manor in Hampshire
The winter wedding at Cain Manor had a burgundy colour scheme running throughout
The newlywed couple posing for a photograph outside Cain Manor, their barn wedding venue in Hampshire
The couple added personalised touches to their wedding guest book table
The Library at Cain Manor dressed beautifully for a winter wedding
Susan added personalised touches to her wedding guest book
The couple used vintage suitcases to decorate their rustic barn wedding venue in Hampshire
The bride looking out of the window on to the driveway at Cain Manor in Hampshire
The table plan had been hand-made using flowers, a wooden crate and vintage luggage labels
The couple entering their wedding banquet in The Music Room at Cain Manor
The bride hand-made all of the place cards for her wedding banquet at Cain Manor in Hampshire
The couple cut through a luxury four-tier wedding cake which followed a white and burgundy colour scheme