Gemma and Daniel celebrated a sunny, September wedding ceremony outdoors in The Walled Garden at Notley Abbey, Buckinghamshire. Read all about their dream wedding day…
About the Couple
Gemma has worked in the wedding industry for the past decade and was on a work night out when she met her husband-to-be. A friend introduced her to her boyfriend and his friends…one of whom was Dan.
Several years later, and after realising that they truly were ‘meant-to-be’, Dan planned a surprise picnic, to take place on a boat in the beautiful Oxfordshire town of Henley. Dan had arranged for his brother and his fiancé to join them, so that his brother could drive the boat…but at the last minute he got called away to work (as a fireman) and luckily made it back just in time. Dan’s plan went ahead and on the gorgeous, sunny, September afternoon, he bent down on one knee and proposed to Gemma, with a ring he’d had designed especially for his beautiful bride-to-be. Gemma’s future sister-in-law took photographs and everyone enjoyed a glass of celebratory Champagne as they gently drifted down the River Thames. Celebrations continued further into the evening as Dan had arranged a family meal at Gemma’s favourite restaurant.
Finding the Dress
Gemma tried on around 12 different wedding dress styles before finding ‘the one’. Her mother advised her to buy a ‘proper’ wedding dress; one that was unique, stylish and unlike anything she’d ever worn before. Gemma followed her mother’s advice and fell madly in love with a gorgeous number from bridalwear designer, Ellis.
The bodice of Gemma’s dreamy dress was a delicate blush pink and was a combination of everything she’d loved about all the wedding dresses that she had previously tried on. The gown was originally strapless, but to make it her own, Gemma had straps added. Teamed with pretty wedding shoes, a stunning veil and beautiful bridal make-up, Gemma was ready for her fabulous outdoor wedding at her dream Buckinghamshire wedding venue, Notley Abbey.
Booking a Buckinghamshire Wedding Venue
Choosing Notley Abbey was a no-brainer for Gemma and Dan. Having worked with the Bijou Wedding Venues group for several years, Gemma was very familiar with the way in which Notley Abbey operates and the high standards that Bijou portray at every single one of their weddings. She knew she’d have complete faith in the Bijou team from the start of her wedding planning journey to the end.
Gemma said “The staff did an incredible job on our wedding day and it has been so lovely to hear such positive comments from all our friends and family even months after our wedding.”
Before her wedding, Gemma asked every married couple that she knew, what they would have done differently if they got married again. The response from almost everyone was the fact that they wished they’d hired a wedding videographer. Gemma and Dan made a point of booking the best wedding videographer that they could afford. “Seeing the photographs from our wedding has been amazing but the wedding DVD really captured the day and helped us re-live it all” said Gemma.