What a joy is was to be the photographer for Lucy and Simon's Notley Abbey wedding. In the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside, surrounded by beautiful, kind people - it really was the best of days.
Notley Abbey holds a special place in my heart. My mum, who died last year from Alzheimer's, had a wonderful memory of Notley Abbey from her childhood. Her dad, who had been a delivery driver, would often take her there on his deliveries and she would talk to Laurence Olivier, who apparently ruffled her hair! She remembers it so fondly and it was one of her only memories that she continued to remember in the later years. (Of course, it could have been completely made up but I'm going to choose to believe it as it's so wonderful!)
THE WALLS BREATHE ROMANCE
So when Lucy said she was getting married there and would I photograph it for her - I was absolutely thrilled. And boy it did not disappoint. After a couple of rearrangements (thanks Covid) Lucy and Simon finally got married in August.
Notley Abbey is everything you would imagine from a movie stars romantic countryside manor. Set in beautiful Buckinghamshire landscape (the county of my birth!), The tree lined entrance is just spectacular, and the manor walls breathe romance.
I joined Lucy while she was getting ready with her wonderful friends and family on hand. Her make up was expertly done by the lovely Sarah Thorne of Thorne Brides.
Why I love wedding photography at Notley Abbey?
Notley Abbey has a such a lovely feel and the staff are super helpful. It really is one of the loveliest places to get married in Buckinghamshire. The venue offers amazing food – and there are so many beautiful spots that are perfect for photos.
The ceremony was held in the Abbot's Hall - which has the most wonderful light - and that made me very happy indeed! Then into the grounds for photos, canapes and much laughing! Lucy and Simon organised a singer and guitarist, Bertie Taylor, to help proceedings and her dad even helped out too!
Speeches and dinner was held in The Monk's Refectory - a wonderful and apt setting! The speeches were hilarious, and emotional, everything you'd want.
Lucy and Simon chose not to do a first dance - but that was ok because Lucy's dad was awesome at keeping everyone on the dance floor for dancing! Along with the fab band who stepped in at the last moment when covid struck down members of the previously booked band.
All in all, it was a beautiful day filled with so much laughter, much hugging and crying. I drove away smiling. Happy days. And Lucy's review leaves me a bit speechless!
"SHARRON…..what can we say we have just looked at our photos and we absolutely LOVE them. I cried throughout the whole of the slideshow :-)). We can’t stop looking at them, you are bloody amazing and we are so grateful to you that you captured our wonderful day so brilliantly. The problem now is choosing which ones we get printed and put on the wall, that’s going to be tough as they’re all so fab!"
If you’re planning a wedding at Notley Abbey wedding, please do get in touch , I'd love to go back!!
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