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Kirsty & Iain's wedding

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The Proposal

Kirsty and Iain met online, dated for three years before booking a romantic break to Taormina Sicily. They stayed at a beautiful beach resort just 40 minutes from the foot of Mt Etna, just across from the stunning Isola Bella. The couple had gone on a romantic walk across to Isola Bella and when they reached a perfect spot, facing the ocean, Iain got down on one knee and asked Kirsty to be his wife. Iain had spent the 4 previous months designing and creating Kirsty’s engagement ring. He sourced the diamond and then worked on perfecting the clasp and the ring itself.

Choosing Cain Manor

Kirsty and Iain were given wedding venue advice from a friend who had recently been married at Cain Manor’s sister venue, Botleys Mansion. The couple, who were looking for a barn-style wedding venue, added Cain Manor to their list of 6 wedding venues to visit before booking an appointment to visit on a Sunday in August.

The layout of Cain Manor was ideal for the couple who were looking for an intimate wedding venue but with enough space so that their guests wouldn’t feel cramped. They also loved the fact that there was plenty of space for older guests to take some quiet time away from the party if they needed to. The theme and style of the venue were perfect and the outside space was exactly what the couple were looking for.

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The Dress

The bride-to-be shopped for her wedding dress locally and tried on around 10-12 different styles before falling in love with a simple, slim-line dress with a low cut, lace back, designed by Dando London. The gorgeous design reminded Kirsty of the wedding dress her late nan wore for her own wedding many years ago – so when Kirsty saw her own mother’s reaction, emotions ran high and she knew she’d found ‘the one’.

Kirsty splashed out on a luxurious pair of Jimmy Choo wedding shoes in a light gold sparkle which glimmered under her stunning dress. She knew that she wanted to buy a gorgeous pair of shoes that she could wear time and time again. When it came to her bridal hair and beauty, Kirsty wanted to keep everything natural and did her own make-up, but had one of her bridesmaids tie her soft curled hair up in a loose bun and added a glitzy hair vine to complete her bridal style.

The Big Day

Kirsty and Iain booked a 2pm ceremony on a Friday in May. The bride walked down with her father to ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christiana Perri, sung beautifully by a gospel choir who were positioned on the Minstrels’ Gallery, overlooking the barn. The Minstrels’ Gallery was draped with fairy lights and the white wedding ceremony chairs were decorated with elegant sashes and gypsophilia. The registrar’s table featured a stunning floral garland and over-sized vases filled with beautiful spring arrangements were positioned on either side of the altar. The couple had liaised with wedding florist, Rosie Orr, when it came to decorating Cain Manor with stunning floral décor.

After their exchange of rings and vows, the couple and their guests headed back out in to The Library and out in to the glorious grounds to enjoy a selection of sumptuous wedding canapés teamed with glasses of celebratory Prosecco. After group photographs around the grounds of Cain Manor with their wedding photographer, Helen Abraham, the couple and their guests ventured back in to The Music Room to enjoy a three course wedding banquet menu.


Photographer: Helen Abraham | Videographer: Bloomsbury Films | Wedding Dress: Dando London | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Florist: Rosie Orr | Gospel Choir: Vocal Works Gospel Choir | Suits: Moss Bros | Wedding Cake: Les Bouffant Cakes