“How did Jacaranda help make your day special? How didn’t they?!”

Suzie & Neal Rushton-King – 28th May 2016

How did you both meet? / Your ‘story’ you would like to share?

I was working in fashion and Neal in the city, and we were struggling to meet people. We both decided to embrace the online age, got on Match.com and found each other. Growing up, we had both played tennis internationally and realised that we knew lots of the same people. His manners were impeccable, and the fact that he had a place in Spain didn’t hurt either.

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Where did you hold your wedding reception and why did you choose this venue?

At our family home in Surrey. I grew up there and have always dreamt of having my wedding reception within the walled garden.

Where did you hold your wedding ceremony (if different from above) and why did you chose this venue?

At our village church; St John the Baptist, in Windlesham, where I was Christened and Confirmed.

If you had to sum up your wedding in one sentence, what would it be?

Beautiful, intimate and filled with love

How many guests did you have?

80 – I only wanted my very closest friends and family as I wanted it to be a really intimate affair and to be able to provide the best of everything for them.

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Were there any notable speeches/music/readings or particularly memorable moments?

It was really important to me that this was a family affair and not just all about Neal and myself. I wanted all my immediate family to be involved in the wedding, so in addition to my Dad giving me away and doing a fantastically thoughtful speech, my Mum did a reading in church, and my sister was made of honour and also made a speech! The best man’s speech was hilarious but also filled with love and pride for his big brother.

Were there any funny and/or embarrassing moments you would like to share?

My mother-in-law had made us the most beautiful wedding cake possible. I wanted it to have a perfectly smooth finish, with sharp edges, so I was informed that royal icing should be the icing of choice. Unfortunately, it made it pretty difficult to cut as it had set pretty hard, and after a good deal of effort, the cake cut, but the cake stand couldn’t take the strain and broke. The three tears of wedding cake went flying and luckily the speedy reactions of my husband and my sister just managed to save the cake from disaster! I just burst out laughing and was completely useless! All luckily caught on camera!

What did you choose to have on your menu and why?

We chose filet of bream to start, filet of pork with a ham hock pie for mains, and chocolate chip brioche with warm chocolate sauce with cappuccino semi-fredo ice-cream for dessert. We wanted to serve the tastiest food possible, and not the predictable roast beef or chicken breast (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). For me, I wanted to be excited about the food and look forward to it on the day, not just play it safe. We also wanted food that would fill people up as there was unlimited booze and bubbles!

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Were there any special comments from your guests about your menu?

Without exception, our guests said that it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. In particular, they couldn’t get over how the beef canapés could all have been served medium rare! They were blown away, and I was so proud of Jacaranda. The dietary requirements were all catered to beautifully and without any fuss, and left no one feeling as if they had to compromise.

What was your favourite part of the day?

Saying my vows to my husband in front of all the people I love.

How did Jacaranda help make your day special?

How didn’t they?! Minty was beyond doubt the most fantastic wedding co-ordinator I could have wished for. From erecting a make-shift easel for my mirrored seating plan at the last minute, to decorating and displaying of the cake of cheese and wedding cake to perfection. Minty was my point of contact for everything and everyone – even for coordinating the band, the musicians and the photographer, who weren’t anything to do with Jacaranda! Everything had been thought about, from the tiny touches of the beautiful canapé trays, to the absolutely stunning food and the kindness and curtesy of the all staff. Anything and everything I asked for was delivered and I was never made to feel that I was asking for anything over and above. When Neal and I were whisked off as soon as we got back from the Church for photos, Minty was an angel and came and found us with a couple of much needed glasses of champagne and beautifully served canapés – just one of the many examples of her thought, care and kindness.

Special thanks go to all the main suppliers:

Photographer: Michelle Lindsell

Florist: Sophie Canarozzo at Long Acres Nursery in Bagshot, Surrey

Band/DJ/Entertainment: Pianist: Christopher Langdowne (at Romantic Piano), Band: Milo Max

Cake (flavour of the cake and designer): My mother-in-law Jo Rushton! Traditional fruit cake

Stationery: Gary Woodford at Camberley Printers, Surrey

Hair/Makeup: Hair Advice Centre, Englefield Green, Surrey. Make-up; I did my own

Props/furniture/linen rentals: Marquees and Pavilions

Bride’s outfit: Pronovias at Windsor and Eton Brides

Bridesmaids’ outfits: Coast, and altered/fitted by Elegant Stitch in Wimbledon

Groom’s outfit: Moss Bros

Ushers outfits: Moss Bros

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