Here we go, my first time at the magnificent Cain Manor in Surrey, and I’m with the equally magnificent Claire and Phil. Here we go indeed….
Let’s talk about the venue a little. Beautiful light, beautiful settings and run by a superb team. A thank you to Ella here for impeccable front of house, and to Jonny for his help. This is a venue where the people know what they’re doing, and do it quietly. Cracking job all.
Let’s talk about the people. Why we were there…..
We start with Claire and her bridesmaid Jess. Jess, thank you. Stellar job and all day laughs. You know what I’m talking about. Make-up by the lovely Suzy Blackley. The boys getting ready just across the way from the main house, and stolen glances down from the windows as guests arrived for the gorgeous outdoor ceremony. Warmth, sunlight and a breeze to take the edge off things. A lazy afternoon reception of great drinks and food, and laughter echoing around the courtyard. Speeches that had guests in stitches. Touching moments between speakers and listeners.
The perfect evening light. Soft, warm and enveloping us all in a blanket of summer calm. The Surrey hills falling away behind us. Heat lingering in the air as the coolness descends .
Claire and Phil. Just a lovely, lovely couple. Funny, caring and full of love. They come alive when they’re together and melt into each other. There were moments when I felt like they were all alone in the world. Just the two of them together with all else melting away into the distance. Real tenderness. Real love.
My first time at Cain Manor but not my last. If they’re all like this I’m a lucky man indeed.
Thank you both, thank you all. This is your day.