Jennifer and James celebrated their wedding at Notley Abbey in May 2016 with a quirky, lavender and Polaroid theme.
About the Couple
Jennifer and James met back in 2004 whist both working as ushers at the Windsor Theatre Royal. Whilst watching pantomimes and eating ice cream the couple became great friends, which continued through their university years and the start of their working careers, until they decided to ‘give it a go’ in 2010. Since then, the couple have been two happy peas in a very happy pod.
James proposed in the couple’s front room on Christmas morning in the middle of eating a festive scrambled eggs on toast. Jennifer was taken completely by surprise and made James wait a whole week before she gave him an official ‘yes’. James chose an engagement ring all by himself and the couple started to plan their wedding for the following spring.
After a Christmas Day proposal, Jennifer and James decided that they didn’t want to wait too long before getting married, so they started looking at wedding venues straight away. The couple looked at 2 other venues before falling in love with Notley Abbey as soon as they started driving down the magnificent driveway. Everything about Notley Abbey fitted the vision of Jennifer and James’s dream wedding; from the barn-style features to the stately home feel and the option to have pie & mash for their meal! They also loved that they could hire the wedding venue on an exclusive hire basis for 24 hours and that they didn’t have to lift a finger when it came to the preparations for the day. The venue, it’s staff, the professionalism throughout and the online planner made booking their wedding with Bijou an all-round fantastic experience.
Giving herself only 4 months to find a wedding dress, Jennifer knew that buying a gown from a traditional shop, where she may have to wait up to 6 months for the delivery, may not have been possible. Therefore, the bride turned to eBay and ended up finding an un-altered and un-worn, Justin Alexander wedding dress that had been bought as a ‘spare’ dress by a bride who got married the previous August. Jennifer fell instantly in love with her beaded lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress and felt like a million dollars as soon as she put it on.
Jennifer teamed her wedding gown up with a pair of Kate Spade Keds that were covered in glitter and a bird cage veil on a jewelled headband that came from Lily Bella. The bride had been growing her hair out for 8 months, so was able to wear it in a braid to one side on her wedding day.
When it came to her bridal beauty, Jennifer felt uncomfortable at the thought of anyone applying lots of make up as it just didn’t feel natural – so over a few months the bride-to-be learned tricks of the trade and managed to do her own make up on the day of her wedding. She also had a bridal emergency kit full of provisions, just in case she needed anything in a hurry on the big day!