Elegance and Charm at Notley Abbey

With elegant styling and unique personal touches, Kirsty and Simon’s wedding in the grounds of the medieval Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire was truly a day to remember. Taking advantage of the unexpected sunshine, the couple chose a romantic outdoor ceremony, beautifully photographed by the talented Sarah Critchlow, a valued member of our Premier Portfolio.

"The proposal was very romantic! Simon had asked my friend to act as a decoy and take me out shopping after work while he worked eagerly to set up the house. Simon had spent all afternoon setting the scene! When I finally arrived home and opened our front door, I was greeted with a pathway of candles and little notes. Simon had written down all the reasons why he loves me, these led me down the hallway and through the house to him, on one knee.

My wedding dress was lucky number 52! I tried on 53 dresses in total but it was definitely all about number 52! A beautiful lace creation by Lusan Mandongos. I had been searching for months on the Internet saving all the dresses I liked the look of but I had no real idea about what I wanted, other than of course, that I didn't want a lace dress! After a number of shops across the country I went back for a second visit to the lovely Ellie Sanderson in Beaconsfield. I was luck enough to be served by 'the' Ellie Sanderson and she was simply wonderful. Ellie made me feel like a true bride, so valued and special. After I told Ellie of my experiences and a dress that I had found, and loved, but loathed the £6000 + price tag, she picked out two Lusan Mandongos dresses for me. When I tried on my dress as walked out of the changing room I was greeted by loud tearful sobbing from my friend! That was it. I tried on the other dress (number 53) but it didn't come near. The relief that I felt once I had finally found my dress was amazing. I brought some earrings and a necklace that I had seen in Selfridges and they complemented the dress perfectly.

We were so lucky with the weather. When we planned an October wedding we had a lovely autumnal cold day in mind - think fires, blankets and mulled wine. However the reality was quite different. The weather had been amazing in the week leading up to the wedding and on a last minute shopping dash the day before I phoned the wedding venue and asked if we could move the ceremony outside. They agreed and we had an amazing civil ceremony in the gardens of the beautiful Notley Abbey.

Oh the beautiful Notley Abbey. During the daydream days of scouring the internet and looking for wedding venues I came across Notley Abbey. When we visited the venue we lost ourselves in the house for a few hours grinning the whole way round. Never did we think we would get married in such a stunning place. The Bijou team were sublime the whole way through. During the planning phase the Bijou team could not have been more brilliant. We were able to visit the house as much as we needed and they were just as welcoming on the fifth time round as the first! It was really special to be able to spend so much time there before the day and have that valuable time to show around our parents and generally soak in the experience of planning a wedding at such an impressive location. Bijou really made the wedding day the success it was, with their constant on hand help, professional staff and relaxed approach.

When it came to styling, we wanted to focus on what the day was about, Simon and I marrying one another and celebrating our relationship with our nearest and dearest, so we concentrated on simplicity. We chose hydrangeas as our flowers as I had always loved them since a child and they add hint of block colour without being to busy. For the finishing touches Simon had made some stickers for the favours, with Charlie our dog on for a bit of fun and to create a more relaxed feel with the grand surroundings and the beautiful glass candelabras on each table. We also made a crossword for the guests to complete and offered the first winning table a bottle of champagne to help get the night started!"

The Dream Team

Wedding Photographer – Sarah Critchlow Photography

Wedding Dress  – Lusan Mandongos

Wedding Dress Shop – Ellie Sanderson, Beaconsfield

Wedding Venue – Notley Abbey

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    24th April 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Wowee, our gorgeous Kirsty, you were such wonderful bride and so very happy that day, I can still remember that NO.52 Dress and whoops of excitement when we knew it was THE ONE.
    Many congratulations and thanks for sharing these amazing pictures.

    Ellie and the girls x

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