bride and groom walk away from front of notley abbey holding hands and smiling

Notley Abbey Wedding Photography – A Beautiful Autumn Barn Wedding

May 20, 2020 | Wedding


When I first met with Natassia and John and they told me about their wedding day I was so excited.  Notley Abbey is such a beautiful wedding venue and a photographers dream.  Plus Natassia and John were such a lovely couple and we hit it off straight away.  I was so pleased they chose me to capture their Notley Abbey wedding photography and I couldn’t wait for their special day

Natassia and John chose the beautiful St Mary’s church in Thame for their wedding ceremony.  Then it was on to Notley Abbey for their wedding reception.  Notley Abbey is a beautiful exclusive use wedding venue that dates back over 850 years and is part of the Bijou group. As soon as you arrive at the wedding venue and you drive along the stunning tree-lined driveway you will be captivated. The medieval building and beautifully landscaped gardens make for the most spectacular wedding, whatever the weather.  Set in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside Notley Abbey has to be seen to be believed and in my mind is the most perfect wedding venue

The Pub Beforehand

Natassia decided that she didn’t want photos of the bridal preparation.  She was quite happy for me to head straight to the pub to meet the boys.  John and his groomsmen headed straight to The six bells in Thame.  Right opposite the church where the wedding ceremony was taking place.  When we first arrived it was raining quite considerably, however, the gods were in their favour and this cleared up fairly quickly thankfully.  The six bells is a quintessentially English pub with oak beams and roaring fires.  The perfect start to a winter wedding

six bells pub in thame where the groom had his drinks before st mary's church wedding
six gold bells hanging underneath a fuller sign on the six bells pub in thame
two pints of london pride beer sitting on the bar inside the six bells pub in thame
man holding a pint of beer during welcome drinks reception at the six bells pub in thame
groom in blue suit in six bells pub thame smiling during welcome drinks
man standing at the bar in the six bells pub in thame and smiling at the camera
man stands in six bells pub thame during welcome drinks smiling at guests
female in six bells pub smiling at guests during welcome drinks before wedding
female and male in six bells pub thame during drinks reception before wedding
best man rubs shoulders of a male in six bells pub thame during welcome drinks before wedding ceremony
man holding beer in six bells pub thame speaking to another male during welcome drinks
woman in fur coat holding glass of wine talks to guests in six bells pub during welcome drinks reception
man at bar drinking in six bells pub during welcome drinks before wedding reception
two male guests drinking beer and talking during drinks reception at six bells pub thame
two woman talking in six bells pub thame before wedding ceremony
mother of groom puts white rose buttonhole in father of grooms navy blue suit
mother of groom puts white rose buttonhole in grooms navy blue suit inside pub

The Wedding Ceremony

The wedding ceremony took place in the beautiful St Mary’s church in the Oxfordshire village of Thame.  St Mary’s church was founded in 635AD and is a beautiful sight to behold.  Natassia was walked down the aisle by her dad with her three beautiful bridesmaids in tow.  The ceremony was a lovely mix of laughter (when John said his I do’s too early) and lots of love.  After the wedding ceremony the guests joined outside for the confetti shot in the stunning church grounds.  Who doesn’t love a confetti shot! I then managed to grab Natassia and John for a few shots of the two of them before they left for Notley abbey.  I couldn’t resist the beautiful autumn colours and picturesque lime trees.  I’m sure you will agree they look stunning!

front of st mary's church in thame before wedding ceremony
blue sign for st mary's church thame before wedding ceremony
bridesmaids stand outside st mary's church thame with umbrellas before wedding ceremony
father of bride opens car door for bride outside st mary's church thame before wedding ceremony
bride in white lace wedding dress emerges from wedding car outside st mary's church thame
bride enters church holding up lace wedding dress with father of bride smiling
bride in ivory lace wedding dress holds fathers hand and walks down aisle in st mary's church
bride and groom smile at altar in st mary's church thame during wedding ceremony
bride and groom smile at each other at altar in st mary's church thame during wedding ceremony
bridesmaids in blue dresses with diamante details sing hymns during wedding ceremony
bridesmaid in bright blue dress with diamante detail sings hymn during wedding ceremony
bride and groom at altar at st mary's church thame listening to priest talk during wedding ceremony
bride and groom at altar during wedding ceremony as priest talks
bride and groom hold order of service and sing during wedding ceremony at st mary's church thame
father of bride in navy suit singing hymns during wedding ceremony at st mary's church
bride and groom kiss at altar during wedding ceremony at st mary's church thame
female guest does reading inside st mary's church thame during wedding ceremony
bride in ivory lace wedding dress smiles during reading in st mary's church thame
bride in ivory lace wedding dress and groom in navy suit walk out after church wedding ceremony
bride in lace wedding dress greets best man outside st mary's church thame after wedding ceremony
father of bride shakes hand with groom after wedding ceremony at st mary's church thame
bride and groom walk through confetti holding hands smiling outside st mary's church thame
bride and groom hold hands and walk through confetti after wedding ceremony at st mary's church thame
bride in ivory lace wedding dress and holding lily bouquet holds groom hand in blue suit and walk through confetti
bride and groom smiling at they walk through confetti. bride holding white lily bouquet
bride and groom hold hands and walk away in autumn leaves outside st mary's church thame
bride and groom embrace in autumn trees smiling at each other. bride in lace wedding dress groom in navy suit
bride and groom embrace outside st mary's church thame in autumn trees after wedding ceremony
bride and groom walk through autumn trees. bride in ivory lace wedding dress groom in navy suit
bride and groom kiss outside st mary's church thame in autumn trees during couples portraits

The Drinks Reception and Couples Portraits

Everyone headed off to the beautiful Notley Abbey for the wedding reception.  A little bit of drizzle didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits and they all came out for a big group shot.   Natassia and John were more than happy to hang around outside for their portraits while their guests enjoyed their reception drinks.  A Notley Abbey wedding is a real dream for me as I am spoilt for choice when it came to finding the perfect spot for couples portraits.  The tree-lined drive was a must, as was the front of the beautiful country house wedding venue

After the drinks reception everyone headed in to the main stone barn for wedding speeches and the wedding breakfast.  The speeches were incredibly funny and light hearted and also very touching.  Natassia spent the whole time beaming and the guests just didn’t stop laughing

After speeches was the wedding breakfast.  Guests were treated to a fish starter, pork belly and the most divine creme brulee I have ever experienced (well done Notley abbey, I am a creme brulee connoisseur!)

bride and groom embrace smiling outside front of notley abbey
bride in white lace wedding dress and groom in navy suit embrace smiling at front of notley abbey
bride in lace wedding dress puts arms around shoulders of groom outside front of notley abbey
bride and groom face notley abbey and turn back to smile at camera. bride in lace wedding dress
bride and groom face front of notley abbey in portrait as groom kisses bride on forehead
bride and groom walk away from front of notley abbey holding hands and smiling
bride and groom on tree lined driveway at notley abbey. Groom holds bride and kisses her forehead
bride and groom hold hands to dance on tree-lines driveway at notley abbey
bride and groom dance on notley abbey driveway. bride in ivory lace wedding dress groom in navy suit
bride in ivory lace wedding dress and groom in navy suit dancing on driveway at notley abbey
groom in navy suit kisses bride in ivory lace wedding dress on forehead on driveway at notley abbey
bride and groom on tree lined driveway at notley abbey. groom kisses bride on forehead while she smiles
bride and groom eating canapes outside the front of notley abbey during drinks reception
group shot outside the front of notley abbey. Guests raise arms in the air and cheer
groom and groomsmen with hands in pockets outside the front of notley abbey during group shot
groom and groomsmen at the front of notley abbey, hands in pockets and laughing during group shot
three men and woman standing outside notley abbey drinking and smoking during drinks reception
woman in red dress holding baby boy in white shirt during drinks reception. Baby boy smiling at the camera
close up of music being played by violinist inside the reception room at notley abbey for drinks reception
close up of waitress pouring champagne into guests glasses during drinks reception at notley abbey
table seating plan in stone barn at notley abbey on wooden board
stone barn at notley abbey ready for evening wedding reception
silver heart light on top table in stone barn at notley abbey for evening reception
silver candelabra with white candles on table in stone barn with fairy lights around
three hurricane lamps on floor of stone barn at notley abbey
star sign table name in silver stand on table in stone barn at notley abbey
bride in ivory lace wedding dress and groom in navy suit enter stone barn at notley abbey for reception
bride and groom sitting at top table smiling in stone barn at notley abbey during wedding speeches
father of bride in navy suit giving wedding speech in stone barn in notley abbey
bride in lace wedding dress at top table laughing during wedding speeches in stone barn
mother of groom laughing during wedding speeches in stone barn at notley abbey
groom in white shirt sitting next to bride inside stone barn at notley abbey, both smiling during best man speech
female at table smiling during wedding speeches inside stone barn
three guests stand to toast in stone barn at notley abbey during wedding speeches
groom standing up holding microphone inside the stone barn at notley abbey and giving speech
bride looks up at groom giving speech smiling in stone barn
female guest smiles during wedding speech inside stone barn at notley abbey
male guest laughs during wedding speeches during evening reception in stone barn
male guest smiling during wedding speeches inside stone barn at notley abbey
best man in grey waistcoat laughs during grooms speech in stone barn at notley abbey
mother of groom smiling during grooms speech in stone barn
female guest with blue facinator laughing during wedding speech in stone barn at notley abbey
bride in ivory lace wedding dress at top table laughing during grooms wedding speech in stone barn
groom at top table in stone barn smiling during best mans wedding speech
three guests stand to toast wedding speeches inside stone barn at notley abbey
back of the bride and groom sitting down at the top table in the stone barn at notley abbey during evening reception

Evening Celebrations

The wedding breakfast and evening do took place in the simply stunning monks refectory. This elegant stone barn at Notley Abbey remains largely untouched since the Augustine monks dined there in the 13th century so it has an amazing history. The decor was warm and subtle with twinkling fairy lights everywhere. It was a really chilly day and was lovely and cosy inside the stone barn. Natassia and John cut their beautiful 3 tier wedding cake and then it was on to the evening party. The first dance was beautifully rehearsed and a real crowd-pleaser. Everybody else then joined the happy couple on the dance floor and spent the rest of the evening dancing away!

our big day wedding book with pen on top in reception room at notley abbey
personalised wooden bride and groom initials on top of fireplace in reception room at notley abbey
close up of logs on fire in fireplace during drinks reception
father of the bride and best man both in navy suits holding drinks and smiling at camera during drinks reception at notley abbey
woman speaking to two men and smiling during the drinks reception
father of the bride in navy suit sitting down and smiling during drinks reception at notley abbey
bridesmaid in blue dress talking to a woman and smiles at camera during drinks reception at notley abbey
man and woman laughing at something off camera during evening reception at notley abbey
groom in navy suit embraces another man and they smile at each other during the evening drinks reception
a man and a woman smile at the camera during the drinks reception at notley abbey
two ladies chatting during the evening drinks reception inside the country house
bridesmaid in bright blue dress drinking wine and smiling at the camera with a female guest during the evening drinks reception
father of the groom speaking with a male guest and drinking wine during the evening reception at notley abbey
a woman holding a baby in a white baby grow and a personalised bib with the bride and grooms names on it
bride in ivory lace wedding dress holding a shot glass during the drinks reception
image of the stone barn at notley abbey with an illuminated love sign on a table and a three tier white wedding cake on a cake stand with evening lights on
close up of the silver knife cutting into the second tier of a 3 tier white marbled wedding cake in the stone barn
bride and groom in the stone barn at notley abbey cutting into the second tier of their wedding cake and smiling
bride and groom in the stone barn at notley abbey cutting a three tier white wedding cake and laughing
bride in ivory lace wedding dress cutting a 3 tier wedding cake with her groom. Bride holding the knife and both laughing at each other
bride in ivory lace wedding dress holding her groom on the dance floor. Both holding hands and looking at each other smiling while guests watch on
bride in ivory lace wedding dress and groom in navy suit holding hands and dancing on the dance floor for their first dance
bride in ivory lace wedding dress and groom doing a choreographed dance for their first dance during the evening reception
bride in ivory lace wedding dress and groom in navy blue suit kiss at the end of their first dance on the dance floor at notley abbey
bride in lace ivory wedding dress and groom in navy suit posing for guests at the end of their first dance at notley abbey
mother of the bride and father of the bride dancing on the dance floor at notley abbey
best man in navy blue suit and his girlfriend hugging and smiling at the camera during the evening reception
groom and best man both in navy blue suits dancing and smiling at the camera during the evening reception
bride and a female guest on the dance floor talking and laughing during the evening reception
black and white image of the best man dancing with his girlfriend during the evening reception at notley abbey
two men on the dance floor drinking and dancing during the evening reception at notley abbey
guests on the dance floor enjoying the evening celebrations in the stone barn at notley abbey

It was such a pleasure to capture Natassia and John’s beautiful Notley abbey wedding photography.  I spent the whole day smiling and I was made to feel like part of the family.  Thanks for having me guys, I want to wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

The wonderful team who brought this amazing Notley Abbey wedding together were:

Wedding Venue – Notley Abbey

Dress – Butterfly bridal boutique

Suit – Lemmings menswear

Hair and Make-up – Elle au naturel

Cake – Wealden house kitchen

If you would like to discuss your Notley Abbey wedding photography please contact me here. I would love to hear all of your exciting plans

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