A Small Spring Wedding at Cain Manor for Pauline and Mike

Pauline and Mike tied the knot at Cain Manor on a spring Thursday surrounded by a small guest list of 60. 

A romantic wedding ceremony at Cain Manor in Surrey

A Romantic Destination Proposal 

Pauline and Mike had only been together for four years, before an exciting life-changing event was about to happen. As a birthday treat for Pauline the couple had ventured to Venice, and as it was so romantic Mike decided to pop the question. Pauline accepted without hesitation and the couple shopped for an engagement ring when they returned back to the UK. 

Searching for Barn Wedding Venues 

Pauline and Mike found Cain Manor online but looked a total of four wedding venues before putting down their first deposit. They loved the look of the barn wedding venue in Hampshire from the outside, but on the inside they fell even more in love. The intimate wedding venue had everything that the couple wanted for their guests; the ambience, the grounds and the 24-hour exclusivity. “We felt cocooned in our own wedding bubble” Pauline explained. The couple booked their dream barn wedding venue 14 months before their wedding day, giving them a little over a year to plan all of the details. Pauline and Mike found Bijou’s online planner very useful, and it was a great way for them to stay organised during the run up to their day, along with the budget spreadsheet that they’d created at home. 

A square chocolate wedding cake at the barn wedding venue in Hampshire Cain Manor
Cain Manor is one of many barn wedding venues in Surrey

Wedding Day Fashion and Flowers

Pauline opted to shop on the high street when it came to buying a wedding dress, and found a favourite design in Phase Eight. The cream, lace gown fit like a dream and Pauline felt comfortable in her dress all day. She’d bought a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes to go with her dress, but as they hurt to walk in, she decided to be sensible and bought a lovely pair from Mint Velvet. Two of Pauline’s friends work in the hair and beauty trade so were able to style the bride’s hair and do her wedding day makeup, in the spacious barn-style bridal suite at Cain Manor on the morning of the wedding. 

Mike’s daughter Emma was naturally chosen to be a bridesmaid and wore a heavily sequinned, mint-green dress that she’d chosen herself from ASOS. Mike wore a Ted Baker suit that he’d bought from House of Fraser and Pauline’s two sons walked her down the aisle wearing suits that they’d mixed and matched themselves. Pauline and Mike wanted their wedding to be all about bringing two families together and tried to involved their children as much as possible. 

Pauline designed all of the flowers for the spring wedding. “Pinterest was my best friend” said Pauline, who also designed the couple’s wedding invitations. She chose to use a selection of pale pink roses, hydrangea and peonies, in her bridal bouquet and for reception table centerpieces. Silver buckets filled with gypsophila lined the aisle as the bride walked down to meet her groom.  

The Big Day: Thursday 25thMay, 2017 

Pauline spent the morning getting ready in the spacious bridal suite at Cain Manor, and was ready to walk down the aisle at 2pm precisely. Her two sons, Jake and Ellis, walked her down the aisle to ‘Gentle Storm’ by Elbow and her sister read ‘I wanna be yours’ by John Cooper Clarke. Another friend did a reading ahead of the vows, and the ceremony was sealed with a kiss as Mike and Pauline became husband and wife. 

Choosing a spring wedding date gave the couple and their guests a better chance of being able to enjoy the wonderful grounds and gardens that Cain Manor has to offer. Thursday May 25th turned out to be a beautiful day - the sun was shining and guests could take advantage of the full grounds and giant garden games. After celebratory fizz, mingling and lots of group photographs, the wedding party ventured back in to The Music Room for a delicious, three course wedding banquet. Each wedding reception table was decorated with low florals, wooden LED light up letters and wild flower card seed favours. Chairs had champagne coloured sashes and the couple had hand-made over-sized P&M light up love letters for their evening reception. These now live in the couple's hallway at home; a constant reminder of their wonderful wedding at Cain Manor.

Pauline and Mike had tasted a platter of Bijou’s most-loved dishes, in order to select their own perfect wedding banquet menu. They chose: 

Starter ~ Red Onion Tartlets
Main Course ~ Pork Belly with Crackling 
Dessert ~ Melt in the Middle Chocolate Pot with Jack Daniels Ice Cream 

During dinner, Pauline had booked a big surprise for her guests and new husband. She’d hired singing waiters, which turned out to be a huge hit and loads of fun. Everyone was so surprised and were up, dancing and waving their napkins in the air. It was a memorable moment for everyone. 

By mistake, Pauline and MIke left ordering their wedding cake to the last minute, but were lucky enough to find Patisserie Valerie who was able to take a wedding cake order just a month before the big day. The tiered chocolate cake with fruit looked wonderful and tasted even better! 

The couple hired the Bijou DJ and gave him a list of all their favourite tracks. They dance their first dance song to ‘God Only Knows’ by the Beach Boys and the bride tossed her bouquet to all the single girls. 

For their honeymoon (or family-moon as they like to call it), the newlyweds and their children sailed around the British Virgin Islands for a week before spending a whole week relaxing in a Paradise Villa in White Bay, Jost Van Dyke. 

When asked if they could give advice to future Bijou wedding planning couples, Pauline and Mike said “Think about the flow of the day not just how it looks, add in little things that people won’t expect, everyone should feel special and have a good day, not just the bride and groom.”

Pauline and Mike’s Wedding Suppliers 

Wedding Venue: Cain Manor 
Wedding Photographer: Freeway Photography 
Wedding Dress: Phase Eight
Wedding Hair: HarveyMac Hairdressing
Wedding Makeup: Julie's Beauty
Wedding Cake: Patisserie Valerie 
Evening Entertainment: Bijou DJ
Wedding Gift List: Honeyfund 
Wedding Insurance: John Lewis

Wedding dress detailing in the bridal suite at Cain Manor in Surrey
A wedding dress by Phase Eight worn by the bride at Cain Manor
The bride opted to have her hair half up and half down for her Cain Manor wedding
Pastels are perfect colours for spring ceremonies in barn wedding venues like Cain Manor
Silver pots of flowers to line the aisle in the wedding ceremony room at Cain Manor
Champagne chair covers in the Music Room at Cain Manor
The bride on the oak stair case in the barn wedding venue in Hampshire, Cain Manor
Approaching the groom down the romantic Cain Manor aisle
The bride and groom saying their vows at the barn wedding venue in Surrey, Cain Manor
Wedding vows at Cain Manor a barn wedding venue in Surrey
The bride and groom celebrating their wedding at Cain Manor
Wedding champagne across all of Bijou's exclusive use wedding venues
A group shot in the beautiful wedding garden at Cain Manor
The newlywed couple in the lovely gardens after their wedding at Cain Manor
Garden games for your summer wedding at Cain Manor in Hampshire
Guests enjoying garden games at Cain Manor in Surrey
Cain Manor is the ultimate English Country Garden wedding venue in Surrey
Cain Manor is a perfect garden wedding venue in Surrey
A wooden table plan available to hire for your wedding at Cain Manor
LED light up reception table numbers featured at Cain Manor
Cain Manor is the perfect barn wedding reception venue in Surrey
Wedding reception table decor at Cain Manor in Hampshire
Wedding banquet at Cain Manor, a barn wedding venue in Hampshire
A surprise singing waiter at Cain Manor in Hampshire
Wedding entertainment in the luxurious barn wedding venue, Cain Manor
The bride and groom spending a moment alone during their wedding reception
Initial light up letters at Cain Manor, an exclusive use barn wedding venue
Flip Flop dancing shoes idea for your wedding reception venue
Keys and Bijou rock in the bridal suite at Cain Manor