Cath and Craig celebrated a rustic, country house wedding at Notley Abbey featuring a Beatles twist and a personalised wedding hashtag on April 22nd, 2016.
About the Couple
Craig and Cath met in Singapore. Craig was living out there at the time and Cath had flown over to visit a friend. After meeting, Craig and Cath hit it off straight away and Cath ended up moving out to the Far East to be with her love.
Craig proposed at the top of a mountain in the Alps during a family holiday. Cath loves snowboarding, so it was the perfect location to pop that all important question. Cath’s father had been skiing around all day with a bottle of bubbly in his backpack(as he knew the secret), and after Cath said ‘yes’ the family all celebrated with champagne on the slopes. Craig had chosen an engagement ring himself and it was an absolute stunner!
When it came to finding the perfect wedding gown, Cath tried on between 30 and 40 different styles of dresses, to ensure that she was 100% happy with her final choice. Eventually, Cath fell in love with a fitted lace gown by Enzoani at JS Couturue in London. She knew that this was ‘the one’ by the fact that she didn’t want to take it off once she had it on. The wedding dress was originally strapless, but a seamstress added lace cap sleeves and altered the back so that it featured a deep V; it looked sensational and Cath couldn’t have chosen a better design. She teamed her wedding dress up with a sparkly pair of Jimmy Choos and she hired Jo Penfold to do her wedding day makeup.
Cath’s hairdresser of over 20 years, Sarah O’Connell worked on perfect hair styles for the bride and her bridesmaids. Cath went for a half-up, half-down wedding day hair style with loose curls and gypsophilia florals to complete her look.
Cath and Craig only looked at two wedding venues after their engagement, but it was the romantic driveway, amazing building and the Bijou online wedding planner that persuaded them to book Notley Abbey for their spring wedding. Cath loved planning her wedding with Bijou as the online planner allows couples to keep up to date and communicate with the Bijou team 24/7. The couple also loved that they could hire Notley Abbey on an exclusive use basis, ensuring that they would be guaranteed complete privacy on their big day.
The Bridal Party
Cath and Craig’s bridal party consisted of Jenny (Cath’s sister) and friends Bronwyn, Alex and Sarah. The girls shopped together for their dresses and ended up with beautiful blush skirts with gold tops which made them all feel like princesses for the day.
Craig’s best man was Anton and the ushers were Jordan, Andy and Spencer, who also stepped in to be MC throughout the afternoon. Their suits all came from Moss Bros.
Cath walked down the aisle in The Abbot’s Hall at Notley Abbey to ‘Here Comes the Sun’ along side her father on April 22nd, 2016. 110 guests were invited to witness the wedding ceremony and a further 18 guests arrived at Notley Abbey to help the newlywed couple celebrate their nuptials later in the evening. The wedding ceremony was wonderful and emotional and everyone celebrated with fizz on the lawn outside the country house wedding venue before heading in to The Monks’ Refectory for a sumptuous wedding breakfast.