Barrister Bella Morris and financier Richard Webb married at Notley Abbey on Sunday 23rd March 2014
We didn’t have a specific venue in mind but wanted somewhere with character within the Oxfordshire area where we could have both the ceremony and reception at one venue. We started by having a look at local venues online and decided upon a few to visit – one of which was Notley Abbey – and which we loved as soon as we saw it in the flesh! Richard’s brother in law to be is a skilled DJ and keen on mixing music and helped us compile the music for the ceremony.
A family friend also offered to make the bride’s tiara.
The Planning Process:
The planning process was more fun than stressful. We were lucky to have great support from family and friends, who helped with advice when sought. We also made an early list of the things that needed to be done, and worked through it in a methodical way.
The process really appealed to the bride’s creative and artistic side, and so we particularly enjoyed sourcing and liaising with providers of the flowers, lighting and cake, as well as engaging in a bit of DIY for the place cards, table numbers and seating plan. The menu was, for us, fairly easy to choose. We wanted a vegetarian/fish menu, and after an initial look at the helpful pictures and descriptions in the Bijou planner, we thoroughly enjoyed our tasting.
We went for a fairly natural theme with seasonal flowers which were not too structured and pretty lighting.
It was really weird to think that eleven months of planning for this date in the future had finally arrived. The process of getting ready with all the people we loved the most around us was great fun, although it was strange being followed around by photographers all day (especially as neither of us like having our picture taken). The entire day was so lovely that it is difficult to pick out just one part that we will remember forever. Every detail is etched into our minds, from the beautiful floral arch at the ceremony to the twinkling fairy light canopy in the barn. Of course, the ceremony was very special and solemn but it was truly wonderful to have all of our friends and family, some from as far afield as the U.S, Israel, France, Cayman and Dubai, at our sides.