Tracy and Anthony celebrated their gorgeous autumnal wedding at Notley Abbey in October 2015
About the Couple
Tracy and Anthony met on a blind date, set up by a mutual friend. Tracy is an accessory stylist and one of her hostesses arranged an accessory party so that both Tracy and Anthony could meet; the rest they say, is history!
After a two year relationship and realising that they were perfect for each other, Anthony proposed at sunset on a beach in Mallorca, on Tracy’s birthday; a double celebration was in order! The couple had all of their rings designed by a jeweller in London’s Hatton Garden; they were created using platinum - and diamonds of course. Their beautiful wedding took place at Notley Abbey near Thame in Buckinghamshire on October 3rd, 2015.
When choosing her wedding dress, Tracy shopped around and tried on three different gowns, but after having tried on ‘Rachel’ designed by Sassi Holford, she fell instantly in love. Her aim was to look sophisticated yet elegant on her wedding day and ‘Rachel’ ticked all the boxes. The dreamy wedding gown was also named after one of Tracy’s new step-daughters, so it really was a must-have dress. Tracy teamed her wedding gown up with a pair of ivory satin shoes featuring a sparkly diamante trim.
When it came to her bridal look, Tracy opted to have her hair curled by her regular hair dresser and had a pearl and silver comb on the side to complete her glamorous style. She hired Make-up by Jodie to give her a beautiful bridal make-over.
The Colour Scheme
Tracy and Anthony chose a plum and dusky pink colour scheme with cream; a perfect pallet for a wedding taking place in the autumn.
The Bridal Party
Tracy chose her 4 step-daughters and step-granddaughter to be her bridesmaids on the big day. One bridesmaid lives in Singapore and two live in Yorkshire so co-ordinating their bridesmaids dresses wasn’t the easiest task on Tracy’s wedding to-do list, but they got there in the end. The girls all wore long, luxurious dresses that featured a sequined bodice in an oyster shade. They looked absolutely gorgeous on the day and really enjoyed getting ready with their new step-mother.
The grooms party, which included Tracy’s two sons, wore black tie tuxedos that were hired from Moss Bros.
The Wedding Venue
Notley Abbey was the only wedding venue that Tracy and Anthony looked at when they started to plan their special day. It was SO perfect that they had no need to look any further. They loved the fact that they could hire Notley Abbey exclusively for 24 hours, and felt that it had the perfect, intimate atmosphere that they’d been hoping for. The couple filled all nine bedrooms with members of the wedding party, so for their family, Notley Abbey was a perfect fit. Tracy and Anthony also found the use of the online wedding planner provided by Bijou Wedding Venues ‘BRILLIANT’; they used it to organise and plan their wedding at Notley Abbey with ease.