A Pretty Barn Wedding at Cain Manor for Emily and Chris

After a perfect proposal, Emily and Chris devoted three years to planning their dream summer wedding.

Chris and Emily celebrating their marriage in the country grounds at Cain Manor

A Romantic Marriage Proposal

Emily and Chris met when they were both enrolled on the same course at Chichester University.

Four years after they became a couple, Chris picked Emily up from the train station after she had met friends in London earlier that evening. He was wearing a hoodie and tracksuit bottoms, so Emily didn't suspect a thing. They drove to Goodwood Hill and walked right to the top under the beautiful nights sky. At the top Chris asked Emily to put a blindfold on.

Five minutes later, when Chris asked Emily to remove her blindfold, he was in font of her on one knee, now in a full suit and surrounded by candles, offering a beautifully designed engagement ring.

Emily accepted the proposal and the newly engaged couple spent the following three years planning their perfect country house wedding in Hampshire.  

A pretty wedding welcome sign at Cain Manor, a country barn wedding venue in Hampshire
Cain Manor features a stunning barn in which to say your wedding vows

Choosing the Ultimate Barn Wedding Venue 

Cain Manor wasn't the first barn wedding venue Chris and Emily visited. After looking through magazines, searching online and taking recommendations from friends, they shortlisted 6 unique styles of wedding venues to visit.

The couple had actually been to Cain Manor before, but as guests to a friends wedding. When they visited with their own day in mind they fell in love with the open ceremony room and beautiful surrounding grounds; being able to enjoy the venue exclusively for 24 hours was also a huge selling point for Chris and Emily. The couple loved the idea of getting married during the warmer months, and in the end chose a Thursday wedding date to secure and look forward to. A Thursday wedding meant that they could spend the rest of the weekend celebrating their marriage with friends and family.

Emily and Chris paid their deposit for Cain Manor 2 years before their actual wedding date, giving them plenty of time to visit the luxury barn wedding venue for their TimeLine Meeting and menu tasting with Bijou’s specialist Wedding Management Team. 

A Stunning Stella York Wedding Dress  

Emily wanted to make sure she wore a truly perfect wedding dress as she walked down the aisle in the Music Room at Cain Manor, and therefore she enjoyed trying on no less than 20 different styles of wedding dress during her search. Emily finally fell in love with dress a semi-fitted, all lace gown with an elegant long train, designed by Stella York. It fitted like a dream and she teamed her lace gown up with a pair of wedding shoes from Dune. 

Emily and her four bridesmaids had spent time searching for perfect pink bridesmaid dresses. After shopping around, they all agreed upon beautiful pastel pink dresses by an independent designer in London. 

Chris proudly wore his military uniform and his grooms men wore smart black suits from Moss Bros.

The Big Day: Thursday 24th August, 2017 

After a morning of getting ready, guests were seated and Chris waited at the end of the aisle. At 2pm on Thursday, August 24th, Emily made her entrance arm in arm with her father, to Canon in D played live by harpist Shelly Fairplay.

The bright barn-style Music Room at Cain Manor was beautifully decorated with dainty gypsophilia and roses, to match Emily's bouquet and also fitting perfectly to their rustic country garden theme. Creams, sages, pastel pinks and pops of bright raspberry filled the venue; the couple had worked closely with Bijou Partner Sonning Flowers in order to bring their floral dreams to life. 

Their romantic wedding ceremony was followed by reception drinks and photographs on the lawn at Cain Manor. 80 wedding guests enjoyed the outdoor space as the newlywed couple were able sneak off with their photographer, Bijou Partner Richard Galloway, to capture some incredible images in the fields behind the venue.

Later on in the afternoon, just ahead of their wedding banquet, the couple entered the Music Room from the balcony; a memorable moment for everyone. Reception tables were decorated with a rustic theme, featuring floral filled jars, perched on logs. 

3 Course Wedding Banquet Menu 


Red onion tart, spinach & saffron shallot, mascarpone, red currant & balsamic


Slow braised sticky Hampshire beef with creamed parsnip mash, Root vegetable crisps and Olivette carrots


Blackberry and apple crumble with caramel ice cream and crème Anglaise

As the banquet and afternoon came to a close the newlywed couple kick-started their evening celebrations with their first dance to ‘Lets Stay Together’ by Frank Sinatra, played by OJ Soul, a live Soul and Motown band, who performed throughout the evening celebrations. A further 20 evening wedding guests joined the party and the couple cut through a glamorous tiered lemon and white chocolate ganache wedding cake, designed by Cakeadelic. Emily and Chris jet-setted off to British Columbia for their honeymoon shortly after their wedding.

Wedding Planning Advice for Future Couples 

When asked if they had any advice to other couples for their special day; Emily said that organisation before the day is key to ensure that you aren’t worrying about it during the day itself and can finally relax and just enjoy the day with friends and family. 

Chris and Emily’s Wedding Suppliers 

Wedding Venue: Cain Manor
Wedding Photographer: Richard Galloway Photography
Wedding Florist: Sonning Flowers
Bridal Beauty: Charlotte Louise MUA and Kerry (family friend)
Wedding Harpist: Shelly Fairplay
Wedding Band: OJ Soul
Wedding Dress Designer: Stella York
Wedding Shoes: Dune Bridal collection
​Groomswear: Moss Bros
Wedding Cake: Cakeadelic 
Wedding Gift List: John Lewis
Wedding Insurance: Dreamsaver


Cain Manor is a dream country house barn wedding venue on the Surrey and Hampshire border
The bride and her party enjoying the quiet, countryside atmosphere in the bridal suite at Cain Manor
The Stella York wedding dress hanging, just before being worn at Cain Manor
Pretty floral decor on wedding ceremony chair at Cain Manor in Hampshire
Bridesmaids dresses in a shade of dusky pink
The groom getting ready for his big moment
The grooms party gathering at The Stable Block at Cain Manor
The back of Emily's stunning Stella York wedding dress
The bride getting ready in the luxurious barn style bridal suite at Cain Manor
The Music Room at Cain Manor awaiting the bridal party
The final moments before Chris and Emily's wedding at Cain Manor
The entrance of the bridesmaids down the aisle at Cain Manor
The bride approaching her groom down the aisle at Cain Manor
Wedding vows in the barn-style country house wedding venue, Cain Manor in Hampshire
The bride and groom getting married at Cain Manor in Hampshire
The newlyweds celebrating their marriage with a kiss at Cain Manor
The bride and groom running under a shower of confetti at Cain Manor
Cain Manor boasts beautiful country gardens with stunning Surrey views
The bride posing with her bridesmaid in the gardens at Cain Manor
A traditional wedding photograph taken in the gardens at Cain Manor
Garden games played at a summer Hampshire wedding at Cain Manor
Details of a typical wedding menu at Cain Manor in Hampshire
Wedding banquet in The Music Room at Cain Manor
Pretty table planner at Cain Manor
The tiered wedding cake in the corner of The Music Room at Cain Manor
The bride and groom entering The Music Room at Cain Manor
Guests enjoying a three course banquet in The Music Room at Cain Manor
Wedding speeches at Cain Manor on the Hampshire and Surrey border
A piano sits on the gallery at Cain Manor in Hampshire for musicians to play
A stunning floral wedding cake at Chris and Emily's Cain Manor Wedding
Cain Manor offers beautiful grounds and gardens for romantic wedding photography
The bride, posing in her Stella York wedding dress
The bride and groom taking some time to be alone after their wedding ceremony
The bride and groom enjoying the approach to Cain Manor
The bride and groom on the dance floor at Cain Manor in Hampshire