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Choosing Notley Abbey

Emma browsed the internet in search of the perfect wedding venue but as soon as she came across Notley Abbey, she knew it was where she wanted to marry James. “Notley Abbey is not only a beautiful building in a magical setting, but it has real history as well” said bride Emma. “We both feel really lucky to have been able to marry in such a wonderful place”. The couple also found the online wedding planner helpful and made sure that the couple didn’t forget anything during the run up to their big day.

Notley Abbey fairytale bridal gown
Bride pre-ceremony in Bridal Suite
Notley Abbey fairytale couple

The Dress

Having booked a fairytale wedding venue, Emma knew that she simply must don a fairytale wedding dress. She went wedding dress shopping in Thame and ended up trying on around 12 different styles before getting goose bumps at the sight of a truly glamorous gown designed by Justin Alexander. The strapless corset was adorned with sparkly crystals and the dress featured a ballgown skirt, fit for any princess. The wedding dress was in fact the complete opposite to the style that Emma had originally envisioned, but she was extremely happy with her choice and so were her bridesmaids!

Emma bought a pair of white, court-style wedding shoes from Rainbow Club and had her wedding day make-up done by the team at The Beauty Collective. She had her long dark hair curled and wore a glittering tiara to complete her bridal style.

When it came to their wedding cake, Emma and James chose a woodland themed cake unlike any that the team at Notley Abbey had ever seen before. Designed by Sara Allen, the gorgeous winter wedding cake sat on a log slice and featured real flowers and no icing. The three tiered wedding cake consisted of chocolate, Victoria sandwich and carrot and had a true woodland feel to it. The wedding reception also featured a woodland theme; lanterns sitting on slices of log, decorated with moss and fairy lights looked sensational.

A further 28 guests joined the newlywed couple for their evening celebrations and everyone danced the night away to music by a brilliant band called Teenage Kicks. The couple didn’t opt to have a first dance, but instead, their wedding photographer, Wendy Aldiss, took Emma and James out to the front of Notley Abbey to enjoy a private moment away from their guests; they had a quick dance alone, surrounded by the beautiful illuminations of Notley Abbey by night. It was one of the most memorable parts of the day and the couple are delighted with their wedding photographs from that very moment.


Photographer: Wendy Aldiss | Florist: Fullers Flowers | Wedding Cake: Sara Allen | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Wedding Suits: Moss Bros | Make-up Artist: The Beauty Collective | Wedding Band: Teenage Kicks