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Emily & Chris' wedding

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The Proposal

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.

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Choosing Cain Manor

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 Harper’s specialist Wedding Management Team.

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The 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.

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, Harper Partner Richard Galloway, to capture some incredible images in the fields behind the venue.

Later in the day, 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.


Photographer: Richard Galloway Photography | Florist: Sonning Flowers | Beautician: Charlotte Louise MUA | Harpist: Shelly FairPlay | Wedding Band: OJ Soul | Wedding dress: Stella York | Wedding Shoes: Dune Bridal Collection | Wedding Suits: Moss Bros | Wedding Cake: Cakeadelic