David's proposal was the ultimate sweep-you-off-your-feet surprise. <br /><br />"We flew to my parent's home in Atlanta for Thanksgiving, and as we disembarked the plane I saw my parents in the terminal waiting to meet us," Sarah-Jane recalls. "My mum shoved a tote bag into my hands and said, 'Alright, let's get you to your next flight'!"<br /><br />David had planned a whirlwind weekend in the Turks and Caicos islands, where he proposed to Sarah-Jane. "My parents were so pleased to be in on the surprise," she adds.
Despite being all the way in San Francisco, Sarah-Jane knew where she wanted to get married: St Mary's church in Ufford, where her mother was christened. Wedding planner Holly Poulter of <a href="http://www.jointherevelry.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Revelry Events</a> was on the ground to help the couple organise their day. "She handled everything with grace and humour!" Sarah-Jane says.
Sarah-Jane's advice for brides is to make sure you have around 30 minutes after getting ready before you need to head off down the aisle. "Just to sit with your wedding party and enjoy being gorgeous, nervous and just with your ladies," she says. "It's a rare and precious moment."
The groom's suit
David cut a dapper figure in a Japanese chambray suit from <a href="https://www.jcrew.com/uk/index.jsp" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">J.Crew</a>.
Meanwhile, Sarah-Jane looked stunning in her <a href="http://www.verawang.com/EN/UK/wedding/bridal-collection/spring-2017-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Vera Wang</a> gown. "If Odette from Swan Lake wore a dress, this would be it," she says.
Sarah-Jane let her bridesmaids choose their own dresses. "I gave them so few directions, thinking that would make their lives easy," she says. "Obviously, this was a crazy-making set of instructions! But look how lovely they turned out."
The moment after you have tied the knot will always be a memorable moment. "Coming out of the church after we were just married, all of our family were cheering and throwing flower petals," says David. "Then we got in the get-away car and had a moment to let it all soak in."
The get-away car
Then it was off to the reception in this rather glamorous vehicle..
The couple chose the nearby <a href="http://www.bruisyardhall.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Bruisyard Hall</a> for their reception. "I really wanted a place we could use for the entire weekend," says Sarah-Jane. "Most of our guests traveled a great distance to be there, and I knew Bruisyard Hall would wow our international guests."
The tables were decorated with vintage vases and candles, in keeping with the venue's rustic tone, and featured stone-grey table runners. For the flowers, a soft palette of white, pink, yellow and orange was used.
"All our stationery was from <a href="http://huckleberrypaper.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Huckleberry Paper</a>," Sarah-Jane explains. "She's an illustrator based in Utah. Even though she is located much closer to us, our wedding planner Holly found her!"
Sarah-Jane dug into her childhood memories in search for the right cake maker. "We spent many summers in the UK and <a href="http://www.cakeshopbakery.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Cake Shop Bakery</a> in Woodbridge was my favourite stop for jam donuts!" The cake was a lemon mascarpone naked cake, decorated with sugared fruit.
With guests travelling from afar, David and Sarah-Jane planned a whole weekend of events to keep everyone entertained. "My bridesmaids created little wooden Sarah-Jane and David trivia games for the tables," Sarah-Jane says. "And we stocked the garden with croquet and a Swedish lawn game called Kubb."
"My favourite moment was being back at the manor house with my new husband, my siblings and my best friends," Sarah-Jane remembers.