Bronwyn and John Marry at Notley Abbey with a Stunning Floral Wedding Theme

Bronwyn and John celebrated a florally decorated summer wedding at Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire with 85 guests joining them from near and far.  

Newlyweds at Notley Abbey, an exclusive use wedding venue in Buckinghamshire

The Proposal

Bronwyn and John met through work and after realising that he didn’t want to go live without Bronwyn by his side, John planned a secret proposal which was to take place in the most romantic city in the world. Bronwyn had just returned from a trip to Australia, visiting her family, when John announced a surprise weekend away. It was only when they arrived at the airport that Bronwyn knew they’d be visiting her favourite city, Paris. John had arranged a room at a beautiful hotel at Place Vendome and during a romantic walk along the River Seine, the groom-to-be got down on one knee at the Pont Neuf and popped the big question.

John didn’t propose with a ring, but instead thought that they could choose the perfect engagement ring together whilst in Paris. Unfortunately for John, but fortunately for Bronwyn, it transpired that the only jewellers open in Paris on a Sunday was Tiffany & Co. on the Champs Elysees! The couple went back to Paris on the anniversary of their engagement to buy matching wedding bands.

The Dress

Bronwyn hand-picked three bridalwear shops to visit on her hunt for the perfect wedding dress. However, after having tried on a lace gown by Pronovias, the bride-to-be was sold and nothing else compared to the stunning strapless a-line number which featured a detachable illusion, lace bolero. The bride completed her elegant look by wearing a pair of glittery Jimmy Choo wedding shoes. The team from Make-up by Elisa helped Bronwyn perfect her bridal style. Sherry creatively tied the bride’s hair up in a beautiful bun before adding her long lace veil, and Elisa herself did Bronwyn’s bridal make-up. 

The bride and groom at Notley Abbey, a country house wedding venue located near the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire border
A bridal bouquet created by Joanna Carter flowers

Choosing the Wedding Venue 

Bronwyn and John looked at 7 wedding venues at the start of their wedding planning process. Once they’d visited all seven, they individually wrote each venue name down on a piece of paper, in order of their preference. They then swapped lists and were excited to realise that they both had Notley Abbey in pole position. They loved the drive way, the grounds, the buildings, the history and the staff. They also felt that everything was very personalised when it came to planning a wedding with Bijou and they liked the fact that the venue was available on an exclusive hire basis. The couple also found Bijou’s online planner incredibly useful.

The Bridal Party 

Bronwyn chose her three sisters who had flown over from Australia, to be her bridesmaids. They went shopping for the perfect bridesmaids dress out in Australia by themselves, knowing the colour scheme, theme and style of wedding that Bronwyn had in mind. They fell in love with a versatile dress by Twobirds Bridesmaid that Bronwyn had actually seen here in the UK and already loved herself! The blush gown was a winner and all three bridesmaids looked wonderful in their own unique way, along side their sister on the big day! 

John chose his twin brother Michael to be his best man and had three ushers to support him during the run up to the special occasion. Their stylish wedding attire was hired from Hugh Harris.  

The Big Day: 25th June, 2016

Bronwyn and John celebrated a civil wedding ceremony in the Abbot’s Hall at Notley Abbey. The bride walked down the aisle with her father to Le Onde by Einaudi and three friends read beautiful readings during the romantic ceremony. The Abbot’s Hall was decorated beautifully with white Yorkshire roses and eucalyptus to match Bronwyn’s sensational bridal bouquet. All of the floral décor, which followed a blush colour scheme, had been created by expert wedding florist, Joanna Carter. 

After celebratory fizz on the lawn outside Notley Abbey and the traditional ‘confetti shot’, the newlywed couple and their 85 guests walked down The Cloisters Garden walk and in to The Monks’ Refectory where long rows of banqueting tables had been elegantly decorated with sensational floral accents. The bride and groom had previously chosen a menu of the Bijou brie parcel as a starter, followed by pulled pork and crackling for the main course. For dessert, the berry crumble went down a treat, followed by a delicious slice of wedding cake. 

Guests were excited to watch the newlyweds dance their first dance to ‘Your Song’ by Elton John, and everyone danced the night away to the sounds of the Bijou DJ. 

The Honeymoon 

Bronwyn and John celebrated their marriage by going on a Honeymoon to the Far East. They visited Burma, Bali and Singapore before returning back to the UK to start their married life as husband and wife. 

Bronwyn and John’s Wedding Suppliers 

Wedding Venue: Notley Abbey
Wedding Photographer: Barker Evans Wedding Photography
Bridal Hair and Make-up: Make-up by Elisa 
Wedding Flowers: Joanna Carter 
Wedding Dress Designer: Pronovias 
Bridesmaids Dresses: Twobirds Bridesmaid
Groomswear: Hugh Harris 
Wedding DJ: Bijou DJ


The bride had her hair in an up-do and wore a long lace veil
The bridesmaids wore blush tone dresses by Twobirds Bridesmaid
The bride wore a wedding dress by the bridalwear designer, Pronovias
The bridal party walking down the stair case to the Abbot's Hall at Notley Abbey
The groom waiting anxiously for his bride at Notley Abbey
Beautiful floral decor in The Abbot's Hall at Notley Abbey, exclusive use wedding venue in Buckinghamshire
Joanna Carter decorated Notley Abbey for Bronwyn and John's summer wedding
The groom with his best man and ushers in the grounds of Notley Abbey
Walking down the aisle in The Abbot's Hall
Bronwyn and John saying their vows in The Abbot's Hall at Notley Abbey
The bride and groom exchanging their first kiss as husband and wife
The traditional confetti shot after the wedding ceremony, outside on the lawn at Notley Abbey
Notley Abbey is a country house wedding venue available for exclusive hire in Buckinghamshire
The full wedding party outside at Notley Abbey
Paper pompoms are a great, affordable way to add colour to your wedding reception
Walking in to to the wedding reception in The Monks' Refectory at Notley Abbey
The Monks' Refectory was lined with banqueting tables from wall to wall
The banqueting tables were decorated with stunning floral accessories
Toasting the bride and groom in The Monks' Refectory at Notley Abbey
The bride and groom cutting their wedding case in The Monks' Refectory
The bride and groom outside Notley Abbey after a wonderful wedding celebration