Courtney and Dan held their wedding celebrations at Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire, in August 2013
I’m an American and Dan is English. We knew that as we were looking for venues and planning our big day we wanted a great blend of American and English tradition, plus to incorporate our own ideas as a non-traditional couple. When we visited Notley Abbey for the first time and glimpsed the grounds, I couldn’t hold back tears! Notley feels like everything you’d want as a foreigner coming to an English wedding - a beautiful country manor with a perfect blend of elegance, comfort and charm without being too stately or imposing.
We wanted our ceremony to be personal, quirky and with just enough weight so we signed our legal paperwork at the Register office the day before, and had our good friend reside as the celebrant on the day. It also helped prolong the festivities for overseas guests.
I walked down the aisle to “In My Life” by The Beatles, and as die-hard Liverpool FC fans the recessional music was “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Our table names were designed by our friend, Stef Stefaniuk and represented landmarks near places each of us had lived. Our delicious, bespoke succulent cupcake tower was designed by Foxy Cakes in Eton, flowers by Sonning Flowers, Hair & Make-UP by Claire Hanson, and photography by Lorenzo Photography.