Emma and James planned a stunning, woodland themed wedding at Notley Abbey which took place in early December 2016.
About the Couple
Emma and James didn’t meet in the most glamorous of circumstances, but the wedding they held four years later was a dream come true.
After having met at work and hit it off, the couple dated for three years before James decided to take Emma away to Crickhowell in Wales where he’d rented a small cottage by the river for a few nights. On the Saturday morning, in the pouring rain, the couple went for a romantic walk. In a field full of sheep and overlooking the beautiful hills, James proposed with a very special ring that featured a diamond that once belonged to his grandmother.
The couple spent the next year planning their dream winter wedding at Notley Abbey.
Choosing a Fairytale Wedding Venue
Emma browsed the internet in search of the perfect wedding venue but as soon as she came across Notley Abbey, she knew it was where she wanted to marry James. “Notley Abbey is not only a beautiful building in a magical setting, but it has real history as well” said bride Emma. “We both feel really lucky to have been able to marry in such a wonderful place”.
The couple also found the online wedding planner helpful and made sure that the couple didn’t forget anything during the run up to their big day.
Finding a Dream Wedding Dress
Having booked a fairytale wedding venue, Emma knew that she simply must don a fairytale wedding dress. She went wedding dress shopping in Thame and ended up trying on around 12 different styles before getting goose bumps at the sight of a truly glamorous gown designed by Justin Alexander. The strapless corset was adorned with sparkly crystals and the dress featured a ballgown skirt, fit for any princess. The wedding dress was in fact the complete opposite to the style that Emma had originally envisioned, but she was extremely happy with her choice and so were her bridesmaids!
Emma bought a pair of white, court-style wedding shoes from Rainbow Club and had her wedding day make-up done by the team at The Beauty Collective. She had her long dark hair curled and wore a glittering tiara to complete her bridal style.
The Bridal Party
Emma chose her two best friends, Hannah and Lucy to be bridesmaids on the day. The girls went shopping together and found perfect, plum coloured dresses which matched the wintry, rich purple colour scheme that themed the day. The bridesmaid also wore shoes by Rainbow Club, but Emma arranged for them to be dyed the same colour as their dresses.
James chose one best man, Dom and three ushers; their suits were all bough from Moss Bros.