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Kim & Scott's wedding

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Choosing Notley Abbey

Kim and Scott looked at only three wedding venues during their search, but knew instantly that Notley Abbey was for them! It had everything that the couple had dreamed of; from the perfect rural location to the beautiful, tree-lined approach and the stunning Abbey featuring the spacious Monks’ Refectory, ideal for entertaining guests in the evening. The couple found Harper’s proprietary online wedding planner a life saver when it came to communicating their wedding plans to the Harper team.

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The Bridal Party

Kim chose her oldest friend Jo to be her bridesmaid on the big day. The ladies shopped for the perfect dress together and found a perfect, floor-length gown in a burnt orange tone to match the rest of the October wedding colour scheme. When it came to dressing the groom’s party, Scott chose to wear a bespoke, charcoal grey suit so that he’d stand out. However, he decided to stick to British tradition when it came to his best man and two ushers; they wore black suits with tails that had been hired from Moss Bros.

The Big Day

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.


Photographer: Mark Bothwell | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville | Hair and Make-up Artist: Caroline James | Florist: Sonning Flowers | Wedding Décor: Party Lights | Wedding Band: Mister Kanish | Wedding Nanny: Tinies Childcare