Gayle & Steve’s wedding day at Notley Abbey, was another v happy occasion at this splendid Bijou wedding venue, in Bucks. It was full of many lovely things, plus a couple of highly specialised, long distance guests…..

Its always a pleasure to work at Notley Abbey, with all its historic building qualities, amazing extensive grounds, little interesting corners and shady spots.

So we started in the romantic bridal suite, with the girls preparations. Big curlers for Gayle, who was wearing a v pretty dressing gown, with butterflies on the back. Her hair and make up were done by Maira O’Brien The arched window in the bridal suite offers a great view of the front of Notley Abbey and today, we also had glimpse of the 2 interesting, additional guests on guard (more of them later).

Gayle’s wedding dress was designed by White Rose. Absolutely beautiful, with all the lace and sparkly belt. Quite a few buttons for her mum and sister to do up, but hey, doesn’t happen often!  The bridesmaids dresses were from Lipsy at Next. All was coming together nicely, so I popped down to catch Steve and the guys completing their ‘sprucing’, with having their button holes fixed. Steve’s suit was from Impeccable, a shop in Hatch End and most impeccable he looked too!

It is a beautiful staircase at Notley, for the bride to descend, on her way to her ceremony and Gayle certainly looked a picture, complementing the overall picture. Their ceremony took place in the magnificent Abbot’s Hall. Vows and rings exchanged and it wasn’t long before our couple were married – yay!

Out into the sunshine, with the doorway flanked by our ever watchful 2 guards, everyone did their best to give the couple a goodly sprinkle of confetti. A nice relaxed time with drinks followed, with great options for group shots around the lawns. There they were again, the 2 stormtroopers, photo bombing around the place, a bit more relaxed, almost off duty, but nevertheless watchful for any invaders.

The wedding breakfast was served in the Monks’ Refectory. I haven’t yet mentioned the florist that Gayle & Steve hired, but this is a good moment, as you see the superb blooms decorating the dining tables, as well as the bouquets. All done by Flourishing Temple 
After dinner, the cloud had come in a bit, but this was a blessing, giving some lovely soft evening light, which we used for the couple’s ‘time together’ shots – by the wonderful tree lined driveway into the house. I loved Gayle’s reddish hair colour among all the lush greenery.
The couple undertook the traditional cake cutting, or to be precise, cheese cutting (it was a cake of CHEESE(s), as opposed to a cheesecake, let’s get this right). Cheese or cake, it was still just as symbolic and courtesy of Bijou.
Music provided by DJ Dan Blaze,  for the couple’s first dance and subsequent songs for everyone to do their thing.
All in all a wonderful wedding day at Notley Abbey.
Oh incidentally the friendly stormtroopers are available from The UK Garrison.
If you’d like to know more about how I can help with your wedding day at Notley Abbey, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.