Notley Abbey Wedding

Notley Abbey Wedding

Last year I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful Buckinghamshire wedding. I was second shooting for Kate from Juniper Green Photography and was very much looking forward to it. Notley Abbey is a beautiful historic wedding venue and Kate is always lovely to work with.

Faye and Toby were getting married in a traditional church ceremony followed by a reception at Notley Abbey. I was going to capture the groom preparations while Kate met with Faye at Notley Abbey for the bridal preparations.

Groom Preparations

Toby and his groomsmen stayed at The Mole & Chicken in Easington which is a gorgeous boutique pub-restaurant in the Buckinghamshire countryside.

I arrived early and began to photograph the details such as cuff-links and wedding rings as the boys got ready. The old knotted oak bar made a lovely surface for the ring shots and all the boys wearing their top-hats made for some great group portraits too. 

After capturing the groom and groomsmen photographs I headed over to the church for the arrival of the guests.

The Church Ceremony

The wedding ceremony was taking place at the church of St.Peter and St.Paul at Dinton which is situated on top of a hill and surrounded by the beautiful English countryside. It was just idyllic.

I took some natural photographs of the guests arriving and the groom greeting everyone before the bride’s arrival. The time before the bride arrives is always exciting and I love the atmosphere!

Once the guests were seated I saw the bridal party arrive and Faye was beautiful! She had an air of Grace Kelly about her and was so elegant, a classically beautiful bride.

Faye wanted some wedding portraits with her father in front of the church door before the ceremony and it framed them both perfectly. 

It’s a precious moment before the bride walks down the aisle and a special moment to record.
It was a peaceful morning but just as Faye and her bridesmaids were about to enter the church the wind whipped up and blew her veil dramatically in the air! It made for some truly stunning images and these are some of my favourites from the whole day.
Faye looked so elegant as she walked down the aisle and the ceremony was beautiful. Guests gave readings from “Under Milk Wood” by Dylan Thomas which everyone enjoyed.

The Reception

After the ceremony everyone headed back to Notley Abbey for the reception. The guests were greeted by Champagne and Pimms as they arrived at the lavender lined path to the house. Everyone gathered on the courtyard and gardens surrounding the house as Faye and Toby arrived.
This was a great opportunity to take a big group shot of everyone together and one of the bedrooms looking down onto the courtyard was the perfect position to take it from!
I looked out from the window and shouted down to the group “Three cheers for Faye & Toby!”, and on the third “Hip Hip Hooray!” all the top hats were thrown into the air! Perfect!

The wedding breakfast was served in the beautifully decorated stone barn where each table was named after a Shakespeare play in keeping with the theatrical theme of the wedding.
The atmosphere was one of real merriment and the speeches caused much laughter and tears. 

I love each and every wedding that I photograph and each one has it’s own “feel”. This Buckinghamshire wedding was traditional, elegant and beautiful and photographing it was an absolute pleasure.

The top table was named “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and it certainly suited this wedding!

To find out more about my wedding photography have a look at my wedding info page xx