Kim and Scott fell instantly in love with Notley Abbey and planned their autumnal wedding for 60 guests during October 2016.
Kim and Scott met in the town of Thame and dated for only two years before Scott felt ready to make Kim his bride. Whilst holidaying in sunny Madrid, Scott chose the perfect moment to propose to Kim, within the grounds of a palace! The couple chose an engagement ring together and the couple spent the next 17 months planning an intimate wedding in the autumn for 60 of their close friends, family members and their 2-year-old son.
Finding the Dress
Kim tried on around 10 different wedding dress styles before finding ‘the one’. The beautiful lace, slim-fitting gown by Suzanne Neville fitted looked truly elegant on Kim; the back featured miniature silk buttons and a stunning train. She knew that she simply had to have this magnificent gown from the moment she slipped it on. Instead of a traditional white wedding shoe, the bride-to-be purchased a smart pair of nude, Jimmy Choo court shoes; a pair that she’ll be able to wear time and time again!
Kim was lucky enough to have celebrity hair and makeup artist Caroline James attend to her on the day. Caroline James works with Irish band The Corrs and Katie Melua and ended up doing a wonderful job for the bride and her bridesmaid. Kim wore her blonde hair in a low chignon with flowers to match her autumnal colour scheme. She also wore a veil for the wedding ceremony but removed it later in the day for a more relaxed bridal look.
Choosing A Country House Wedding Venue
Kim and Scott looked at only three wedding venues during their search, but knew instantly that Notley Abbey was for them! It had everything that the couple had dreamed of; from the perfect rural location to the beautiful, tree-lined approach and the stunning Abbey featuring the spacious Monks’ Refectory, ideal for entertaining guests in the evening. The couple found Bijou’s proprietary online wedding planner a life saver when it came to communicating their wedding plans to the Bijou team.
The Bridal Party
Kim chose her oldest friend Jo to be her bridesmaid on the big day. The ladies shopped for the perfect dress together and found a perfect, floor-length gown in a burnt orange tone to match the rest of the October wedding colour scheme.
When it came to dressing the groom's party, Scott chose to wear a bespoke, charcoal grey suit so that he’d stand out. However, he decided to stick to British tradition when it came to his best man and two ushers; they wore black suits with tails that had been hired from Moss Bros.