I first met Susie and Justin back in February 2018, whilst photographing a charity ball in memory of their son James who devastatingly lost his fight to Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). I instantly felt a connection with the couple and was absolutely thrilled to find out that they were getting married and that they wanted me to be there to capture their special day.
The sun rays were intense as I made my way to Sprowston Hall in Norfolk, and you would hardly guess that it was Autumn. I was instantly greeted with warmth from Susie, Gemma (her Bridesmaid), Susie’s twin boys and baby Katie along with a lovely glass of bubbly – time to get this show on the road. The bridal preparation was super chilled, the girls had this absolutely nailed. Gemma did a fantastic job of her own and Susie’s hair and make up, and a family friend produced beautiful bouquets and button holes filled with roses and gerberras.
The ceremony was filled with personal touches and it is not often that I fight back tears myself, but this couple have been through the worst of unimaginable times and were standing there before me so strong, defiant and wholeheartedly in love with one another. An absolute inspiration of a couple who can and will withstand anything thrown in their path.
Canapes and champagne awaited Susie and Justin and their guests, before we headed outside to soak up the sunshine. The guests were laid back and great fun and we captured a mixture of formal shots and informal shots – although sadly the human pyramid never materialised!
The late afternoon and evening saw speeches, a life size cut out of the groom (that’s another story in itself), delicious food (another three-course offering for which I cannot thank the bride and groom enough for), cutting of the cake (big shout out to Sarah’s Creative Cakes) and a flossing competition.
We just had to nip out and grab some last minute shots in front of an intense and surreal sunset – thank you to Susie and Justin for trusting me on this one – before the first dance to Coldplay’s “Fix You”. I did not stay for the after party but I suspect it was a corker – congratulations Mr and Mrs Thorndyke!