The bride walked down the aisle with her father to the sounds of Etta James ‘At Last’ before the couple said their vows in front of 71 guests. A reading called ‘A Fable of Love and Time’ was read by a friend and the couple were able to celebrate their marriage with a glass of bubbles within the beautiful gardens that surround Cain Manor. A vintage country theme with subtle shades of pink and cream was apparent throughout the day. The chairs lining the aisle had been decorated with beautiful floral arrangements featuring the same flowers that the bride carried in her bouquet; hydrangea, garden roses, astilbe and corn flower. All of the floral arrangements, centre pieces, bouquets and button holes had been created by Phillippa’s godmother who does floristry as a hobby.
At their menu tasting session at Cain Manor earlier in the year, Phillippa and James had chosen to serve their guests a smoked salmon starter, followed by sticky beef for a main and a blueberry and almond cake for dessert. It was all absolutely delicious!
Reception tables in The Music Room had been decorated with tall floral displays placed on mirrors with tea light candles to add that touch of sparkle. The table names were mounted on handmade cork stands and each glass had a paper lace hummingbird resting on the lip. Instead of individual wedding favours, Phillippa and James set up a box full of Wispa bars next to their display table, with a sign that read “Wispa is our favourite treat, write a note and take a sweet”.
For their wedding cake, the couple ordered a trio of simple, white iced cakes from M&S but had them decorated with a dusty pink ribbon and some hand-tied silk flowers which sat in clusters between each tier. The couple cut through their cake before performing a pre-rehearsed, choreographed ballroom style dance to L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole. The couple had practiced their first dance over and over again before the big day, but managed to pull it off perfectly on the night. A wedding band called The Martinis kept the wedding party on the dance floor throughout the evening.