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Chloe & Matt Notley Abbey blog

Chloe & Matt Notley Abbey blog

On the beautiful first day of August in two-thousand fifteen, these two absolutely charming people became one in marriage. To the delight of the family and friends who joined them in celebrating this very special day, the day’s weather was absolutely gorgeous. Chloe and Matt tied the knot at the elegant and historic Notley Abbey Buckinghamshire, a venue which is not only steeped in history but which sets a beautiful tableau for a wedding. Marilyn Monroe even visited Notley Abbey, but had she visited on this day she wouldn’t have held a candle to the beauty of the bride. Chloe, with her dark hair in long wavy ringlets and flawless makeup, looked exquisite as she stepped down the stairs to make her way toward her husband-to-be. In her hand, she clutched a tidy bouquet of peachy-pink roses by Sonning Flowers. Her wedding dress was by Essense of Australia, and she wore Christian Louboutin to glide down the aisle toward her fiancé. The bridesmaids and flower girls wore dresses of the same pink-tinted peach and all of the very handsome groomsmen had ties, pocket squares and boutonnieres to match. Matt looked slightly nervous but tremendously dapper in his morning suit, waiting for his blushing bride at the end of the outdoor aisle. All of the touching and emotional moments were brilliantly captured by the photographer, Sarah Critchlow. This fabulous couple exited the ceremony to the exciting sound of confetti cannons which showered them with glittering gold, and then celebrated their new marriage by joining their guests for a fun-filled reception. Their first dance was performed to a live singer and band singing “I wouldn’t have nothing if I didn’t have you”. They were soon joined by their loved ones, and even the young ones danced together. It was a day of celebration, love, life and laughter with those closest to them. You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful or well-coordinated wedding. The bright and lively reception was appointed with tables named after a wide variety of birds, and the bird-loving couple released a pair of beautiful white doves. The ‘tweeting plan’ indicated where guests should sit, and there were even owls that joined the party! No detail was overlooked, and the day was brought to a wonderful close when everyone released matching pink balloons. Congratulations to Chloe and Matt, you make a beautiful couple, and we wish you every possible happiness!

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David & Nichola Notley Abbey Wedding Video

David & Nichola Notley Abbey Wedding Video, 20th of June 2014

In all my years of creating wedding video Oxfordshire I’ve yet to find a venue I like more than Notley Abbey. This Bijou run hotel offers a bride and groom an amazing setting for a special event, and David and Nichola McDonnell couldn’t have hoped for more perfect conditions when they tied the knot on an unforgettable summer’s day.
The couple exchanged vows under a brilliantly blue sky in an outdoor ceremony in front of their closest family and friends, with the rustic brick arbour and serried rows of white wooden chairs accenting the immaculately manicured gardens. Nichola looked gorgeous in a strapless Berketex dress with sweetheart neckline. The waterfall effect of the tiered ruffles on her skirt was echoed in the full, flowing bouquet created by Murphy’s Lilies. Her bridesmaids wore regal purple NABBD gowns which reflected the colour of the lavender lined paths. It was a very traditional English garden wedding for a couple who met while travelling in Vietnam, and everything was ideal for me to get the shots I needed for their wedding video Thame.
After the register had been signed, guests tucked into sparkling wine and canapés while wedding photographer Anne Butcher and I did our stuff. With giant chess on the lawn and loads of space, there was plenty to keep the youngest guests occupied. Once the remains the delicious meal had been cleared away it was time for David’s speech in honour of his bride. His voice cracked as he described how he didn’t think he was the settling down type until he met Nichola, and it was clear to everyone exactly how important she was to him. Energetic dancing ensued with guests partying late into the afternoon.
Nichola and David’s garden wedding had a warm friendly feel: elegant without being pretentious and formal without being stuffy. It was a delight to film them on such a wonderful occasion.

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Sarah & James Notley Abbey Wedding Video

Sarah & James Notley Abbey Wedding Video , 19th of April 2014

Sarah and James sensibly held their wedding over the Easter weekend, giving every one the chance to relax into the festivities without the pressure of work knocking on the door. Notley Abbey has hosted luminaries of the likes of King Henry VIII, Katherine Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, but I am fairly certain none of them were more excited to be there than James and Sarah. The picturesque setting was complemented by wonderful sunshine. It was ideal for shooting a wedding video Buckinghamshire.

The bride looked incredible in her romantic lace dress which was subtly embellished with crystals, and it wasn’t just me who thought so. Sarah’s father’s reaction was a treat when he caught sight of his daughter for the first time. Though the spring flowers were in bloom, they paled in comparison to Sarah’s English Rose beauty.

There was a rustic yet stylish vibe to Sarah and James’ wedding, from their choice of location with its crunchy gravel drive and soft weathered stone, to the bright yellow flowers by Fiona Bissett Powell, chalkboard signs, and alternative wedding cake made from tiers of different cheeses. It fit this romantic couple to a T. The ceremony was simple yet touching, and as guests threw rose petal confetti in the path of the newlyweds, photographer James Davidson and I got some fantastic shots.

In a clever touch I’ve never seen before, tables at the reception were named after years of important dates in history, culminating with 2014 for the bridal table. Speeches were as beautifully sentimental as I had come to expect from the pair, and Sarah wasn’t the only one welling up as her proud dad, Geoff, paid testament to her.

You would think that after so many weddings I’d be immune, but I never fail to be touched by a romantic celebration of love like this. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Slingerland!

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Eilir & Lee morning wedding video Notley Abbey nr Thame Oxfordshire

Eilir & Lee morning wedding video Notley Abbey nr Thame Oxfordshire, 16th June 2011

The wonderful Notley Abbey nr Thame in Buckinghamshire, steeped in history and a gorgeous backdrop to Eilir & Lee’s big day in July 2011