Susie & Orlando Drake-Brown
Saturday 20th November 2021
Photographer: Camilla J Hards Photography
Venue: Swynford Manor
Flowers: Gin House Flowers
Hair & Make-up: Hair- Emma at Studio Nineteen, Make-up-Leanne Marie Make up & Beauty
Decor: Styled by Lulabelles
How did your love story begin?
We met over a glass of wine and instantly clicked. A few dates later and he couldn't get rid of me.
What was the proposal like & was it a Surprise?
Orlando got down on one knee at the Trevi Fountain in Rome. It was a complete surprise and a memory I will never forget.
How would you describe your wedding style?
Monochrome, lots of candles and a room full of love.
What was your favourite & most difficult part of your wedding planning process?
My favourite part of planning the wedding was finding my dress, finding dresses to make all my bridesmaids feel as fabulous as they all are and adding all the little details, that made our wedding ours. The most difficult was the dreaded table plan!
Tell us about your experience with finding your dream dress at Brides by Solo & How did you find out about us?
I took the closest women to me, My Mum, Nan and Sister to a wedding event at Swyford Manor, the venue we had chosen. We all met Grace who couldn't have been more welcoming. As much as I was excited to find my 'dream dress' I think there is always the worry of finding one too, but Grace reassured me and put me at ease. Grace was welcoming, not 'pushy' in the slightest like some I had come across and always had a smile on her face. I booked an appointment and couldn't wait to get to the boutique. When I arrived at Brides By Solo, I had the absolute honour of meeting Sadie. Sadie was an absolute diamond from the day I met her. I tried on every style dress possible, there were so many beautiful ones!! I found my dream dress on my first visit and I was over the moon. Sadie saw me at all my appointments, made me feel so comfortable and most importantly made me feel beautiful in my dress. Sadie did all my alterations and even added in part of my Grandad's jumper into my dress in the shape of a heart. Something I will forever be grateful for and a memory I will treasure forever. The girls couldn't have been more accommodating, They always put a smile on my face and knew how to make me feel a millionaire dollars. I am so lucky to have found Brides By Solo. I wish I could do it all again, just to go back to the boutique!!
If you had to choose your favourite memory from your day, what would it be?
My Dad's reaction when he saw me in my dress for the first time.
What advice would you give to future brides planning their wedding?
Always listen to what you would like to do, enjoy every second because it really does go as quick as everyone says it will.