I met Emma & Simon last winter… They described themselves as outdoorsy, with a passion for horse riding and dog walks in the woods… so obviously this had a massive influence on the their venue and flowers choices…
We knew we wanted a church ceremony… our lovely local church is set in a beautiful location in the woods, it was perfect for us. The only challenge was the venue… we wanted something close to the church that fulfilled our brief for a country wedding… I ordered brochure upon brochure of local venues, but didn’t feel anywhere quite right for us. My mum mentioned Cain Manor, and as soon as we saw the images online, we knew we had to visit. This was the only venue we visited in person and we booked our date there and then. The venue offered us exclusive hire and bedrooms onsite for family, which was important to us, we also loved the country feel of the venue and the gorgeous grounds and views.
Flowers were the next big thing and very important to us… We knew that choosing the right look and feel would really help enhance our venue, and look amazing in our photographs. We had picked a very neutral colour scheme… I had a vision of our bridesmaids in nude and had already fallen in love with some personalised floral stationary and table settings in white and nude pinks, so the flowers had to follow this theme… We also knew we wanted to bring the outdoors in using lots of fresh greenery… We wanted to find a florist that loved foliage just as much as us, and really matched our vision for the day. We met with a couple of florists but didn’t feel they really understood our vision for the venues. When we came across Clair’s Instagram page with images of natural garden flowers and lots of foliage, we knew straight away she was perfect. After discussing our ideas in depth over the phone, we were so excited to have Clair producing our flowers. She was also very helpful in maximising our budget, suggesting we reuse flowers from the church at Cain Manor, which she took care of on our behalf, we didn’t need to think about a thing on the day.
My dress buying journey was pleasantly straight forward and enjoyable. I was slightly filled with dread at the thought of finding a dress, or in my case not finding a dress! I had watched many wedding programmes on the tv, and scrolled Instagram looking aimlessly at wedding dresses, so I knew what I didn’t want in a dress, but was no closer to knowing what I did want! I took my whole bridal party, seven of us, to my first dress shop with no intention of buying a dress – how could I get all of us to agree on one dress? After trying on a couple of dresses my sister pointed out a dress on display and told me to try it on. The minute I tried the dress I knew it was the one, I loved the fitted shape and the detailed lace design on the body of the dress, I felt elegant and confident walking around the shop. When I went to collect the dress 6 months later, I had an extra surprise that it came with a lace cape giving me a gorgeous long train, I love looking back at the images, seeing it cascading down the aisle!
This is question everyone has asked me since the wedding, and I am not sure its possible to pick a single moment from such a magical day. However, I think the ceremony will hold a special memory for me. This was the one part I was most nervous about and wanted to get it out of the way so I could relax and enjoy the rest of the day. As soon as I arrived at the church with my dad and bridesmaids, my heart started pounding and my legs turned to jelly… but once the doors opened and I saw everyone’s beaming faces, I immediately relaxed. The church looked absolutely beautiful with foliage wrapped round the pillars. floral jars lined the aisle with bright flowers, and there was fresh green foliage on every window ledge… Standing at the altar next to Simon was the perfect moment, he calmed my nerves and the service was full of laughter throughout. The wedding breakfast was also magical seeing all our family and friends enjoying the day and of course eating all the extremely tasty food. The speeches from Simon, my dad, and the best man were a great part of the day too. It was during the meal that I released how lucky we are to have so many wonderful friends and family who came to celebrate with us. We must say a huge thank you to Clair for creating such a beautiful wedding for us, we couldn’t have imagined it better, and it really was a pleasure to have you with us on the day! Also a huge thank you to the wonderful Linen and Lace who, alongside Clair, dressed Cain Manor for us and brought the whole look together!
Hampshire Photographer – DM Photography
Venue – Cain Manor – Hampshire
Venue stylists – Linen & Lace