Rich & Nadine’s summer wedding at Notley Abbey

February 20, 2019
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A wedding at Notley Abbey is always a highlight in my calendar

… so I was ridiculously excited when Rich and Nadine asked me to photograph their wedding there!

I love how Notley Abbey balances the old and new so effortlessly. I also adore that every nook and cranny is crammed with character. It’s a wedding photographer’s dream backdrop!

I like to rock up with plenty of time to spare on a wedding morning. I often use that time to take some photos of the venue. Rich and Nadine got married in July and were blessed with the most beautiful summer’s day. Imagine big blue skies, fluffy white clouds, warm sunshine, birds singing, the river burbling and the relaxing scent of lavender wafting up as I brushed past with my camera … It was a delight to spend a quiet hour just wandering around the grounds when I got there. Camera and coffee in hand, taking photos and soaking up the serene setting before anyone else arrived.

It was a completely wonderful wedding to witness and photograph

There were lots of great moments all day long, from Rich’s tearful reaction as he opened his wedding gift from Nadine in the morning to putting some serious effort into cutting through the cake in the evening!

With the exception of a few small group photos and some portraits of the two of them around the grounds, Rich and Nadine wanted to spend their day enjoying themselves. My documentary wedding photography is ideal for that. I spent most of the day blending into the background and capturing things just as they happened.

Rich and Nadine wanted photos of both of their preparations so they booked my two photographer service. Even though they were both getting ready at Notley Abbey, having a team of two meant nothing was missed. It leads to a greater variety of photos of the ceremony and drinks reception too.

It was also a day full of chic and classic details – such a treat for my magpie eye! Sunny yellow ties, a fabulous floral arch over the front door, dinner beneath thousands of twinkling fairy lights, blousy blooms, glittering Choos … oh my!

Side view of Notley Abbey
Front view of Notley Abbey
Floral arch over the front door of Notley Abbey
Details of architecture at Notley Abbey
A lawnmover and lavender at Notley Abbey
Groomsmen opening wedding gifts at Notley Abbey
Blue and yellow colour scheme at Notley Abbey
Groom reading wedding day card from bride at Notley Abbey
Groomsmen tying their ties at Notley Abbey
Groom opening wedding gift from bride at Notley Abbey
Close up photo of groom's wedding gift (a watch) from the bride
Groomsmen getting ready for the ceremony at Notley Abbey
Bride;'s dress and shoes at Notley Abbey
Bride having her hair done at Notley Abbey
Bride having her make-up done at Notley Abbey
Tori Harris doing the bride's make-up at Notley Abbey
Bride putting her wedding dress on at Notley Abbey
Bride getting ready at Notley Abbey
Wedding guests arriving at Notley Abbey
Wedding guests waiting outside at Notley Abbey
The ceremony room at Notley Abbey
Flower pedestal in the ceremony room at Notley Abbey
Bride walking down the aisle at Notley Abbey
Father giving the bride away at Notley Abbey
A civil wedding ceremony at Notley Abbey
Guests clapping after a ceremony reading at Notley Abbey
View from the back of the ceremony at Notley Abbey
Best Man about to hand over the wedding rings at Notley Abbey
Bride and groom getting married at Notley Abbey
Bride and groom kiss as they receive their marriage certificate at Notley Abbey
Close up of bride and groom's hands during signing of the register
Bride and groom walking down the aisle at Notley Abbey
Drinks reception at Notley Abbey
View of drinks reception from a bedroom window at Notley Abbey
Canapes being served during the drinks reception at Notley Abbey
Guests chatting during the drinks reception at Notley Abbey
Guests drinking pimms during the drinks reception at Notley Abbey
Group photos by the front door at Notley Abbey
Bride and groom walking at Notley Abbey
Bride and groom on the bridge at Notley Abbey
Bride and groom with their wedding cars at Notley Abbey
Portraits of the bride and groom in front of Notley Abbey
Bride and groom with a vintage wedding car at Notley Abbey
Bride and groom announced in for dinner at Notley Abbey
Everyone sat for dinner in the Monk's Refectory at Notley Abbey
The Monk's Refectory at Notley Abbey lit with fairylights
Wedding cake and table plan at Notley Abbey
Father of the bride joking about golf during his speech at Notley Abbey
Groom's speech at Notley Abbey
Speeches at Notley Abbey
Bride and groom laughing during the speeches at Notley Abbey
Bride and groom cutting their wedding cake at Notley Abbey
Bride and groom's first dance at Notley Abbey
Groom twirling the bride during their first dance at Notley Abbey
Bride and groom playing up to the camera during the evening party at Notley Abbey
Night time shot of the bride and groom in front of Notley Abbey

Are you planning a wedding at Notley Abbey?

You can read more about wedding photography at Notley Abbey here and see some other weddings I’ve shot there at this link. If you like what you see, please get in touch! I’d love to hear from you!

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