Bradley & Jenni’s music themed wedding at Notley Abbey

October 31, 2011

Bradley and Jenni are two of the loveliest people you could hope to meet. And as performing arts students very happy to be in front of the camera. As were most of their family and friends it turned out. Yay for that! I felt so welcome and had a ball photographing their day.

Bradley & Jenni had their wedding at Notley Abbey; which was once home to acting royalty – Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. I love how Notley Abbey pulls off history and contemporary at the same time. The interior is beautiful with neutral, clean lines and oodles of lovely natural light.

Jenni got ready in the bridal suite which overlooks the main entrance. She so enjoyed being able to look out of the window at everyone arriving as she had her make-up done

Notley Abbey is licensed for outdoor wedding ceremonies. It’s not something we see much of in the UK; we’re a bit behind the rest of the world in that respect. The rain threatened but luckily it held off.

As opera singers music is very important to Bradley and Jenni, so a group of friends from the Royal Academy sang as Jenni made her entrance, for the signing of the register and the walk back down the aisle.

Jenni’s parents shared the ‘job’ of giving Jenni away. Such a lovely touch.

Everyone enjoyed a drinks reception at the front of the Abbey which was kicked off with a stonking amount of confetti being thrown. Much of which is still in my camera bag. I always get covered!

The misleadingly named Refectory looked amazing. I had to negotiate the ricketyiest (real word?) tiny plastic spiral staircase to get the overhead photo looking down onto the dining hall. Worth it though. Bradley and Jenni used their musical background as inspiration for the table names. Favours were Mozart chocolates. Obviously.

Every moment of the day was full on fun. Everyone made lots of noise for Bradley and Jenni’s entrance into dinner – their very own wedding day standing ovation. Bradley and Jenni’s reaction was just as enthusiastic!

Notley Abbey takes on another feel at night when the fire lanterns are lit so Bradley and Jenni had asked me for some twilight photos to show it off. I thought we’d make more use of the beautiful garlanded front door for these flash-lit photographs…

♥ Ceremony & reception: Notley Abbey
♥ Jenni’s dress: ‘Ruby’ from the Dolce Vita Collection by Stephanie Allin
♥ Flowers: Martyn Crossley
♥ Reception & evening band: The Superlatives
♥ Cake & stationery: DIY

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  1. Martin on October 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Lovely images Sarah, particular favourites are the bride at the top of the staircase and also the tree-lined shots.

  2. Emma - Aphroditeswb on November 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Wow, this is absolutely stunning! What a great venue, and I love the dress – great photography Sarah!

  3. Sarah on November 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you so much Emma! I quite agree, Jenni’s dress was stunning, I loved the pockets and lace neckline, and she wore it beautifully.

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