Wedding guests, who were blown away by the beauty of Notley Abbey, gathered outside and then headed in to The Abbot’s Hall before the civil wedding ceremony was about to commence. The bride walked down the lantern-lit aisle with her father to the sounds of ‘A Day Like This’ by Elbow and two readings were read during the ceremony.
Harper partner, Party Lights, had decorated the ceiling of the Monks’ Refectory with twinkly lights and the couple displayed tall candelabras in the centre of each table, surrounded by a ring of pretty flowers that had been provided by Harper’s preferred florist, Sonning Flowers. Men were given a drink token as a wedding favour and women received a small hessian bag filled with a packet of ‘Party Feet’ to give them comfort in their heels throughout the night.
40 additional wedding guests arrived to congratulate the newlywed couple in the early evening and a band called Mr Kanish played the slow version of Chaka Khan’s ‘Ain’t Nobody’ as the bride and groom danced their first dance surrounded by their nearest and dearest. The first dance set the tone for the whole evening and the dance floor wasn’t empty from that moment on, for the rest of the night.