I was delighted to photograph a surprise 60th birthday party held at the Grim’s Dyke Hotel in Harrow Weald in Middlesex. Most importantly, the country house hotel provided the perfect backdrop for capturing some memorable images of family, friends and former colleagues. In addition, it was beautifully decorated for the occasion. The Birthday Girl’s husband planned everything in advance. Pretending it was just a small family dinner, he arrived at the venue with his wife. Shortly after, the guests began to appear. Certainly, the Birthday Girl was moved to see so many people – some of whom had travelled from far away. What’s more, thanks to the handcrafted book of photographs – part of one of my larger events packages – she can revisit the memories of her special day whenever she likes.