Susie and Jack's love story started over five years ago at a friend's house when they were introduced over drinks. The duo clicked and it wasn't long before they were arranging their first date, “We went to the cinema to watch the film 2012,” recalls Susie. “It was a double date with the friends who set us up, so it was quite relaxed, although Jack was very nervous, I could feel him shaking when he put his arm around me. I won't let him forget it to this day,” she says. It was during a trip to Brighton that Jack gave Susie the surprise of her life, “Brighton's one of my favourite places and Jack arranged for me to spend the day there with one of my best friends, Abi,” says Susie. “We were just about to get on the Ferris wheel on the pier when the doors opened and Jack was sitting there with a bottle of champagne. I was so shocked I cried,” she says.
The pair planned their big day in between renovating a new flat. “We really enjoyed organising our day and although some elements were stressful, we had lots of help from friends and family,” says Susie. Here she tells us more...
Hunton Park is beautiful with its dramatic long driveway and stunning gardens. We loved the idea of a marquee and this place had it all - it was a no-brainer for us.
I wore a traditional princess dress, with lots of sparkle. As soon as I stepped into it, I fell in love.
I thought I'd want to wear my hair down but once my hairdresser created the up do, I knew that was the style I wanted to go with, and it worked perfectly with my veil.
I tried on every style of dress and thought I'd never find the one until I was walking through Hertford one day and saw a beautiful gown in a boutique's window.
Our floral centrepieces sat in mirrored boxes and were surrounded by lots of candles, creating a truly elegant feel.
Our cake was surrounded by pastel-coloured sweets and desserts, which complemented it perfectly.
My make-up was quite natural but more glamorous than usual. I wore a tiara and delicate crystal droplet jewellery which complemented the sparkles on my dress.
My bridesmaids and I had matching bouquets of pastel-coloured blooms. I didn't actually choose the flowers, I told my florist the kind of thing that we wanted and she worked her magic.
Our naked cake tasted amazing with layers of cream and raspberry jam, passion fruit coulis and cream, and coconut.
The little details made our special day individual to us. We mixed things up a bit and that made it really exciting, not only for us but our guests too.
My bridesmaids and I planned a surprise dance routine for Jack, the ushers and all our guests. It went down so well and really got the party started.
Our DJ played a mix of old school hip-hop and R&B but towards the end of the night we had everything from rock 'n' roll to dance music; it was great.
Bride's dress and accessories
The Dress Room
Sugar and Spice Cupcakes
Pear Tree Weddings
Flowers, invites and planning
Flowers, invites and planning
Dress it yourself
Michelle Wiggett Photography
De Vere Venues Hunton Park