Natassia and John’s beautiful Notley abbey wedding

When I first met with Natassia and John and they told me about their Notley abbey wedding I was so excited.  Notley abbey is such a beautiful venue and therefore a photographers dream.  Plus Natassia and John were such a lovely couple and we hit if off straight away.  I couldn’t wait to photograph their wedding

Natassia and John chose the beautiful St Mary’s church in thame for their ceremony.  Then on to Notley abbey for their reception.  A Notley abbey wedding is a thing of beauty from start to finish.  Set in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside Notley Abbey has to be seen to be believed.  The stunning tree-lined driveway, medieval architecture and perfectly landscaped grounds make for the most picture perfect wedding venue

Getting ready

Natassia decided that she didn’t want photos of her getting ready.  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 cermony 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 quintessentially English pub with low beams and roaring fires.  The perfect start to a winter wedding

The Ceremony

 

The wedding ceremony took place in the beautiful St Mary’s church in the Oxfordshire village of Thame.  St Mary’s 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 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!

The Reception

 

Everyone headed off to the beautiful Notley Abbey for the wedding reception.  A little bit of drizzle didn’t dampen anyone spirits.   Natassia and John were more than happy to head outside for their portraits.  A Notley abbey wedding is a real dream for me as I am spoilt for choice when it came to finding the perfect spot.  The beautiful tree lined drive was a must, as was the front of the historic building

After the drinks reception everyone headed in to the main barn for 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!)

Party!

 

While the room was being turned around and the band seeting up,  the guests had tea, coffee and chocolates in the main house.  A lovely slideshow of images of the happy couple over the years was playing and that caused lots of laughter and smiles.  The guests mingled and then the shots started, the party was beginning!

The band were ready and the cake all ready for cutting so everyonme headed back to the barn.  As you can see from the cake cutting photos, Natassia and John just smiled and laughed all day, it was wonderfully infectious.  Their first dance was a rumba and they carried it off perfectly, to lots of ooooo’s and aaaaaa’s

It was such a pleasure to be part of Natassia and John’s Notley abbey wedding.  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 all together were:

Venue – Notley Abbey

Dress – Butterfly bridal boutique

Suit – Lemmings menswear

Hair and Make-up – Elle au naturel

Cake – Wealden house kitchen

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