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Natasha and Samuel’s wedding at Cain Manor

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Natasha and Samuel's story began when they met at work. After 5 and a half years together, Samuel decide that it was now time to pop the big question.

Together, the couple planned a last-minute trip away to Barcelona and on their first night, they went for dinner at beautiful beach front restaurant. Following their romantic meal, they went for a stroll along the beach and to Natasha’s complete surprise, Samuel got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.

The newly engaged couple were so caught up in their own little perfect bubble, that they didn’t realise the crowd of people who had seen the proposal and even managed to get a picture of their special moment together.

Booking a Dream Wedding Venue

Natasha and Samuel viewed a total of 5 wedding venues before deciding that they wanted their big day to happen at Cain Manor. From the moment they entered the driveway, they described the woodland scenery as “breathtaking”.

As soon as they were welcomed into the oak-beamed Library inside Cain Manor, Natasha and Samuel loved how homely the country house wedding venue felt. They especially liked The Music Room and loved the grand, cathedral length window at the end of the aisle, which overlooked the gorgeous, perfectly manicured gardens at Cain Manor.

During their visit, Natasha and Samuel were introduced to Bijou’s bespoke online planning system. We asked the couple if they found this to be a useful tool during their 14 months of wedding planning. They mentioned that they don’t know what they would have done without it!

Choosing the Ultimate Wedding Dress

Natasha tried on about 40 different wedding dresses before deciding on a relaxed fishtail style dress with delicately embellished cap sleeves, designed by Essence of Australia.

From the moment Natasha arrived at ‘The Secret Dress House’ in Reigate, she knew that this was going to be the shop where she would find her wedding dress. The helpful and friendly sales assistants made her feel very comfortable with a ‘Welcome Natasha’ sign on the front door and the shop furniture which created a lovely homely feel.

Whilst looking through the dresses, Natasha and her niece spotted this beautiful gown and when looking closer, noticed that this dress was called ‘Isabella’, which is the name of her nan and also her niece’s middle name. This must have been a sign because Natasha instantly knew that this dress must be the one!

Sticking to tradition, Natasha’s ‘something old’ was her pair of Kurt Geiger shoes, which went perfectly with her dress. A good friend, Jade Johnson created her make-up look for both herself and her bridesmaid’s and Natasha’s look was perfectly finished with a stunning relaxed, boho hair style, created with soft curls, braiding in her hair and her good friend and hair stylist, Candra Nowacki of Wild Rose Bridal Hair, added a last-minute surprise gift of a gorgeous hair vine which looked absolutely divine.

The Big Day: Friday 28th July, 2017

At 12.30pm, on Friday 28th July 2017, Natasha walked arm in arm with her father, down the aisle to ‘Kissing You’ by Des’ree. Surrounded by 90 of their closest friends and family, Natasha and Samuel said their vows and became husband and wife in The Music Room at Cain Manor.

naked sponge wedding cake with pink cream rose gypsophila bunting cake topper

Their ceremony room was perfectly decorated with gypsophila on the back of the aisle seats; they had two big vases which were placed at the end of the aisle, also filled with the same stunning gypsophila. To finish off their look, petals were delicately scattered down the aisle.

Their pianist, Michael G Moore, who played during the romantic wedding ceremony, continued to fill the house with music during their drinks reception where the couple enjoyed time mingling and having photos taken in the gardens at Cain Manor.

Once the drinks reception had come to an end, everyone was invited back into the Music Room again for a wedding breakfast hand-picked by the couple in the months leading up to their big day.

Natasha and Samuel decided to decorate their reception tables with a floral centrepiece, on a mirrored plate surrounded by tea lights and scattered crystals. Their table names were after iconic movie couples and they chose to have a photo of the famous couple placed on each table.

Continuing to enjoy music from their pianist, the wedding party sat down and enjoyed a three-course meal.

The Wedding Breakfast

Starter

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

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Main Course

Trio of Lincolnshire, Olde English and pork and leek sausages with creamed potato, roasted shallot and baby leek and red wine gravy

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Dessert

Blackberry and apple crumble with caramel ice cream and crème Anglaise

Following on from their banquet which was filled with singing and laughter, Michael G Moore, continued to play requests which were on post it notes stuck to the piano.

Surround by all of their guests, Michael played ‘Something about the way you look tonight’ by Elton John for their first dance. This was then followed with music from the Bijou DJ and the newlywed couple and their guests enjoyed an evening of dancing together.

Natasha and Samuel mentioned that their most memorable moment of the day was when all of their guests were singing and dancing through the banquet whilst the pianist played songs that were requested by the guests.

Advice for Future Bijou Couples

Natasha and Samuel’s wedding planning advice: “As much as you stress about all of the little details it really doesn’t matter on the day. It will be the best day of your life with all of your favourite people around you.”

Natasha and Samuel’s Wedding Suppliers

Wedding Venue: Cain Manor
Wedding Photographer: Charlie Davies
Wedding Florist: Tracy’s Florist
Wedding Hair Stylist: Wild Rose Bridal Hair
Bridal Beauty: Jade Johnson
Wedding Cake: Vintage Cakes and Bakes
Wedding Musician: Michael G Moore
Wedding DJ: Bijou DJ
Wedding Dress Designer: Essence of Australia
Wedding Dress Shop: The Secret Dress House
Bridesmaid Dresses: Monsoon
Groomswear: DKNY from Moss Bros

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