An October Wedding at Notley Abbey for Kim and Scott

Kim and Scott fell instantly in love with Notley Abbey and planned their autumnal wedding for 60 guests during October 2016. 

Kim and Scott celebrated an October wedding at Bijou's exclusive use wedding venue in Buckinghamshire, Notley Abbey

The Proposal 

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. 

Kim and Scott hired Party Lights to make their wedding reception venue look magical
Kim and Scott saying their wedding vows in the Abbot's Hall at Notley Abbey, licensed for civil weddings in Buckinghamshire

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.

The Big Day: 21st October, 2016 

Kim and her bridesmaid arrived at Notley Abbey at 11am on the day of the wedding and headed straight up to the bridal suite to get ready. Wedding guests, who were blown away by the beauty of Notley Abbey, gathered outside and then headed in to The Abbot’s Hall before the civil wedding ceremony was about to commence. The bride walked down the lantern-lit aisle with her father to the sounds of ‘A Day Like This’ by Elbow and two readings were read during the ceremony. Kim and Scott’s marriage was sealed with a kiss and the couple celebrated with their guests outside in the glorious autumnal sunshine.  

The couple took a walk down to the fabulous driveway to have some wedding photography captured of their first few moments as husband and wife, before inviting their guests to enter the wedding banquet which had been set up in The Monks’ Refectory. Bijou partner, Party Lights, had decorated the ceiling of the Monks’ Refectory with twinkly lights and the couple displayed tall candelabras in the centre of each table, surrounded by a ring of pretty flowers that had been provided by Bijou’s preferred florist, Sonning Flowers. Men were given a drink token as a wedding favour and women received a small hessian bag filled with a packet of ‘Party Feet’ to give them comfort in their heels throughout the night. 

Sonning Flowers also created Kim’s stunning bridal bouquet which featured a selection of roses, orchids, freesias and berries, all of which tied in to the burnt orange, autumnal wedding theme. 

At their Wedding Planning Wednesday session with their dedicated wedding planner Ann, the couple decided on a banquet menu consisting of the red onion tart to start with, followed by the Hampshire sticky beef and Bijou’s specialty chocolate pot with Jack Daniels ice cream for dessert. The couple ordered a four tier, naked wedding cake decorated with fresh fruit that was cut and distributed to guests after the emotional wedding speeches. 

40 additional wedding guests arrived to congratulate the newlywed couple in the early evening and a band called Mr Kanish played the slow version of Chaka Khan’s ‘Ain’t Nobody’ as the bride and groom danced their first dance surrounded by their nearest and dearest. The first dance set the tone for the whole evening and the dance floor wasn’t empty from that moment on, for the rest of the night. To keep the ladies comfortable, Kim had arranged for a basket of flip flops to be displayed in The Monks’ Refectory for guests to wear if they needed them. 

The Honeymoon 

Instead of creating traditional wedding gift list, Kim and Scott set up a gift list through Trailfinders so that guests could contribute towards their honeymoon if they wanted to. This gave the couple the opportunity to book a short trip to Florence immediately after the wedding, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon to South Africa; a trip that they could celebrate with their son.

When asked if there was anything further that they’d like to share with us, Kim and Scott mentioned that using Bijou’s preferred suppliers saved them an awful lot of time and stress. It was great to know that they were professional, reliable and the fact that the knew the venue was a huge benefit. 

“The staff at Notley Abbey were absolutely super from the minute we arrived to when we left the next day. They really made our day special! Barbara and Jack our event managers were fabulous!” Kim & Scott 

Kim and Scott’s Wedding Suppliers 

Wedding Venue: Notley Abbey 
Wedding Photographer: Mark Bothwell 
Wedding Dress Designer: Suzanne Neville
Wedding Hair and Beauty: Caroline James
Wedding Flowers: Sonning Flowers
Wedding Décor: Party Lights
Wedding Band: Mr Kanish
Wedding Gift List: Trailfinders
Wedding Nanny: Tinies Childcare


Notley Abbey is a delightful country house wedding venue in Buckinghamshire
Notley Abbey is surrounded by glorious Buckinghamshire countryside
The groom arriving at the country house wedding venue in Buckinghamshire with the couple's son
The bride getting ready in the bridal suite at Notley Abbey
The beautiful Suzanne Neville wedding dress hanging in the bridal suite at Notley Abbey
The bride having her wedding day makeup done by celebrity make up artist Caroline James
The bride wore a stunning pair of nude Jimmy Choo wedding shoes
Kim and Scott's wedding guest book table
The Abbot's Hall at Notley Abbey ready to host Kim and Scott's civil wedding ceremony
Wedding guests outside Notley Abbey
The bride chose a glamorous wedding up-do for her wedding at Notley Abbey
The bride putting her veil on in the bridal suite at Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire
Wedding flowers at Notley Abbey created by Sonning Flowers
The groom in The Hall moments before his civil wedding ceremony at Notley Abbey
The bride on her way down to her wedding civil wedding ceremony at Notley Abbey
The bride walking down the aisle in the Abbot's Hall at Notley Abbey
The first kiss at husband and wife in The Abbot's Hall at Notley Abbey
The bride and groom signing the register in The Abbot's Hall at Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire
Kim and Scott having just said their wedding vows at Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire
The newlywed couple enjoying some alone time on the approach to Notley Abbey
The beautiful Buckinghamshire grounds at Notley Abbey
Wedding guests enjoying a drink outside Notley Abbey
The groom with his best man and ushers at Notley Abbey
Kim's bridesmaid wore a floor-length gown in a burnt orange shade
The newlywed couple celebrating their wedding with their baby son
The Monks' Refectory at Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire decorated by Party Lights
The top table in the Monks' Refectory, decorated with flowers by Sonning Flowers
The table plan in the Monks' Refectory at Notley Abbey
Elegant chandeliers featured in Notley Abbey's Monks' Refectory
A four-tier chocolate naked wedding cake
Guests walking from Notley Abbey to the stone barn, the Monks' Refectory for the evening wedding reception
Guests making their way to the wedding reception at Notley Abbey
The bride and groom walking in to the Monks' Refectory for their wedding breakfast
A wedding banquet set up in The Monks' Refectory at Notley Abbey
The father of the bride making his wedding speech at Notley Abbey
The newlywed couple cutting their naked wedding cake
The couple mingling with wedding guests before the evening wedding reception begins
The scene is set for the evening wedding reception at Notley Abbey
A basket full of flip flops for women to change in to before hitting the dance floor
The newlyweds dancing their first dance in the barn style wedding venue Notley Abbey
The couple dancing their first dance in front of their guests
The first dance in The Monks' Refectory at Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire
The couple taking a wedding selfie with friends at Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire