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Notley Abbey wedding photography

If I could design my dream venue for wedding photography this might well be it.

I love how Notley Abbey is old and new at the same time. It's so full of character and palpable history (if walls could talk, hey?) but also thoroughly modern and neutral.

I don’t get the opportunity to shoot at Notley nearly enough … although, if I’m being totally honest, I could photograph a wedding there every week and it still wouldn’t be enough!

There's so much inspiration, for both documentary and posed photos, that you can't possibly include everything in just one wedding. Which is great because it keeps my work fresh and means every couple gets something unique to them.

Side view of Notley Abbey
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Five reasons you’ll love Notley Abbey for your wedding photography

  • 1 The mullion windows are a delight - I lust after their quirky handles! But most importantly, they let in lovely light which bounces around beautifully courtesy of the neutral cream interiors.
  • 2 And as for backgrounds for group photos and portraits ... Notley is your oyster.
  • 3 The secret pocket gardens at the back of the house are perfect for romantic portraits away from prying eyes.
  • 4 The fabulous front door is great to make an entrance for confetti photos after your ceremony.
  • 5 The tree-lined driveway, stone walls, and river offer amazing backdrops … lemme at it!
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My experience at Notley Abbey

I’m losing count of the number of Notley Abbey weddings I've photographed now! But I do know each one has been a pure pleasure. I’ve shot civil ceremonies (both indoor and outdoor), as well as church weddings close by in Thame. And many an elegant drinks reception and rocking party too!

Oh, and it doesn't stop with the wedding day... I've photographed pre-wedding shoots for some of my Notley Abbey couples and even a post-wedding shoot for a couple who ran out of time on their actual wedding day and wanted to get some extra photos.

I’d love to shoot there more, more, and more. So if you’re planning to tie the knot at Notley (oh, a pun and an alliteration #doublethelove) pleeeease give me a shout!

Bride and groom with the Notley Abbey tower behind them
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The gallery

Take a tour of Notley Abbey's most iconic locations with some of my favourite wedding photos I've taken at Notley Abbey...

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True love stories

Feast your eyes on these weddings I’ve shot at Notley Abbey...

Nadine & Rich

A civil ceremony & reception in June

Nadine and Rich’s wedding was full of classic, chic details. They created a magical atmosphere, complementing the historic stone and timber of the venue with the twinkle of fairy lights and a bit of modern sparkle.

Bride and groom walking at Notley Abbey
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Pre-wedding shoots at Notley Abbey

If you're planning a wedding at Notley Abbey, you can have your pre-wedding shoot there too. So another chance to spend time at this stunning place! What's not to love?

Here are a few photos from Jo & Tim's pre-wedding shoot, captured in the autumn to contrast with their spring wedding photos.

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Psst! Did you know *this*
about Notley Abbey?

  • 1 Notley was built as an Augustinian abbey in the 1100’s
  • 2 It was once owned by Hollywood royalty - Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh...
  • 3 ...And the Abbot’s Hall (where you can have a civil ceremony) was their sitting room
  • 4 The abbey church (now just buried remains) is in the walled garden
  • 5 The abbey was originally known as 'Nutley' - in reference to the abundance of nut trees in the area