A styled wedding shoot at Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire, based around spring
Notley Abbey lends itself beautifully to any season, so to show you exactly how incredible this historic wedding venue in Buckinghamshire is, we teamed up with Ambience Venue Styling Buckinghamshire and Laura Anderson Photography to create a styled shoot based around spring, summer, autumn and winter weddings. Ironically, we did actually get four seasons worth of weather at Notley Abbey on the day of the shoot; the crisp sunshine warmed the spring inspired shoot at the front of the Abbey and towards the early afternoon an autumnal feeling breeze flew over the gardens, welcoming a sprinkling of un-expected late-April snow!
Our styled photo shoot illustrates the natural elegance and beauty that Notley Abbey can provide, along with venue styling inspiration to give you some ideas when planning your own wedding, whether it be in the spring, summer, autumn or winter.
The chosen location for our styled shoot was Notley Abbey, our exclusive use wedding venue located on the Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire border. Both rich in history and oozing character, Notley Abbey is versatile enough that it can host a stunning wedding, regardless of the season. With the beautiful barn-style doors that open into the Monks’ Refectory at Notley Abbey, you’re able to let the outside in, which in spring is simply delightful. The Cloisters Garden Walk that leads up to the Monks’ Refectory is blooming during March, April and May and is the perfect way to introduce your guests to a spring themed celebration.
Good weather enables you to decorate the outside of your chosen wedding venue, as well as in and, as we were reasonably lucky with the weather on the day of our shoot, we took advantage of the pretty metal benches that sit outside the front of Notley Abbey.
Spring Styled Wedding Shoot
For our spring wedding theme, Ambience Venue Styling introduced a rustic twist, featuring hessian, freshly cut daffodils and a twist of lemonade-inspired accessories.
The reception tables were laid with a white table cloth base, covered with a combination of yellow organza runners over-laid with hessian. Hessian was also used to decorate the backs of the chairs, pulling the rustic theme together. Chunky sliced logs were a great base for medium-sized terracotta plant pots and wire-encased glass vases which overflowed with greenery. Each individual place setting featured a neutral coloured napkin tied with twine and enclosing a yellow straw along with an individual, freshly cut miniature daffodil. Small terracotta pots with living plants were dotted around the table, a vintage lemonade holder added a touch of fun and a jar full of celebration stirrers pulled the lemonade theme together perfectly. Hiring a lemonade table could be a great idea if you are considering adding a lemonade twist to your day.
What We Loved About Our Spring Styled Photo shoot
In the past, hessian has been seen as a decorative item for autumnal weddings, but the stone walls and large open ceiling in the Monks’ Refectory at Notley Abbey welcomed this accessory beautifully. Yellow is the perfect colour palette to use for a spring wedding; mix and match tones from pastel yellow to deep yellow shades for a stunning display.
The chandeliers raised above the reception tables in the Monks’ Refectory added a touch of glamour to our spring theme and the depth of the room allows you to get super creative on every table, including the top table which features a grand piano behind it.
We also loved that the big barn-style doors of the Monks’ Refectory opened up into the garden, letting air and light flow through the reception room beautifully. Surrounded by peace and quiet, Notley Abbey is the ultimate country house wedding venue location for a spring wedding.