A Wow-Factor Wedding for Victoria and Michael at Notley Abbey

Victoria and Michael planned each and every elegant detail of their October wedding at Notley Abbey to perfection.

The newlywed couple with oversized LOVE letters

About the Couple 

Victoria and Michael had known each other for three years, before Michael decided to pull out all the stops to create the ultimate surprise proposal abroad. The couple flew out to Las Vegas, with Michael surprising Victoria with first class tickets and a luxury limo ride to the Bellagio Hotel. Little did Victoria know, but Michael was about to propose with a ring made specially in Dubai, as he knew exactly the style Victoria would like. Once up in their luxurious room, Michael got down on one knee and surprised Victoria with the beautiful ring in front of the backdrop of the stunning fountains outside.  

Finding the Dress 

Victoria’s gorgeous Maggie Sottero gown was in fact the first dress she tried on and she completely fell in love with it. The lace and diamond details, the sweetheart neckline, and the long train were all perfect for her vision of the day and suited the elegance of Notley Abbey perfectly. The look was finished with a matching lace veil, and a stylish pair of Jimmy Choos. 

When it came to her bridal beauty, Victoria hired Louisa Day to create the most stunning half-up, half-down hair style with loose curls.

Notley Abbey, exclusive use wedding venue in Buckinghamshire, is full of historic features
The Monks' Refectory at Notley Abbey, decorated for an October wedding

Choosing Notley Abbey 

As well as falling in love with the first dress she tried, Victoria also fell in love with the first venue the couple visited; the enchanting Notley Abbey. As they drove up the spectacular tree-lined drive way, they both new that this wedding venue was truly special. The house continued to charm them and its unique character was exactly what they were looking for. What’s more, Bijou’s proprietary online planning tool took all the stress out of their two-year planning experience, allowing them to get excited for their special day. 

The Bridal Party 

Victoria had a host of bridesmaids to lead her down the aisle, so had plenty of dresses to shop for. The bridesmaids all wore matching grey gowns, with her chief bridesmaids having an embellished sparkly belt added to complete the look. An additional three flower girls were dressed in adorable ivory dresses. The bride’s bouquet was made up of gorgeous avalanche roses, hydrangeas, peonies, and gypsophilia. The groom’s party also wore roses and gypsophilia in the button holes of their morning suits from Country Men, again matching the smart and sophisticated theme of the day. 

The Big Day – 8th October, 2016

Victoria and Michael chose to get married in October 2016, and, after getting ready at Notley Abbey, the bride and her bridesmaids were whisked away to Church in a limousine for their ceremony. Victoria walked down the aisle as the Church organ played, accompanied by her father. Victoria’s mother and Michael’s brother both gave readings during the ceremony, giving the occasion a special family feel. 

Their party of 109 guests then returned to Notley Abbey to enjoy glasses of Prosecco whilst listening to a classical string trio. Victoria and Michael added a real “wow-factor” element to their day by returning from Church in a helicopter - they looked the height of sophistication as they stepped out on to the lawn to join their guests. 

After celebratory fizz and a chance to congratulate the newlywed couple, guests were called through to The Monk’s Refectory to enjoy an incredible wedding banquet. The theme of elegance was clear in the couple’s choice of table decorations, as tall, white floral arrangements stood on round mirrors surrounded by smaller flowers and Swarovski candles, which added a magical light to the refectory as the sky turned to night. Each guests’ place at the table was finished with a creative favour: different flavour shots complete with special quotes tied to each. After brie parcels as the starter, the couple chose (much to their guests’ delight) to have their favourite dish of sausage and mash for main course. To complete a delicious meal, everyone enjoyed crème brulée for dessert. 

Wedding Reception Details 

Victoria and Michael’s wedding cake was simply stunning. Five tiers of lemon and chocolate sponge were decorated with roses in between each, finished with lace and diamond detail. The décor of the room complimented it perfectly, with fairy lights and giant white “love” letters adding shine to the Refectory. 

The couple hired The Jetters as their band for the evening, who performed Shania Twain’s ‘From This Moment,’ for the couple’s romantic first dance. After tossing her bouquet to her single friends, Victoria and Michael’s guests were later treated to a spectacular finale to their wedding celebration. An incredible fireworks display provided by Pyromania was performed on the lawn; the ultimate conclusion to a truly wondrous wedding day at Notley Abbey. 

The Honeymoon 

A week after their wedding, Victoria and Michael moved house, and were fortunate enough to receive a beautiful gifts from their guests to fill their new home. After a whirlwind year of wedding planning and moving house, the couple are now looking forward to a relaxing honeymoon together, where they will travel to Hong Kong, the Maldives, and Dubai. 

Top Tips for Future Wedding Planning Couples

The couple had been given some particularly useful advice before their big day, which they wanted to pass on to other couple’s getting married in the near future: “If something doesn’t go to plan or goes wrong, it will only be wrong to you, as the guests will know no different - so don’t worry about it! Just enjoy every moment, and take a moment during dinner to just watch your guests enjoying the day you have spent so long planning.” 

The couple also commented how the staff at Notley Abbey “were just brilliant and so helpful in ensuring our day went just as planned.” 

Victoria and Michael's Wedding Suppliers 

Wedding Venue: Notley Abbey
Wedding Photographer: Maria Scavetta
Wedding Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero 
Bridal Beauty: Louisa Day
Wedding Flowers: The Daisy Chain 
Wedding Cake: CC Cakes 
Fireworks: Pyromania Displays 
String Quartet: Ear Candy 
Wedding Band: The Jetters
Decoration: Party Lights

Victoria's stunning wedding dress hanging in the window at Notley Abbey
Flowers for the bridal party displayed in the grand bridal suite at Notley Abbey
The grooms party outside Notley Abbey before the wedding
The Groom walking to his wedding ceremony at Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire
The grooms party standing along side a Limousine outside Buckinghamshire's historic wedding venue, Notley Abbey
The newlywed couple enjoying the grounds at Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire
The newlywed couple enjoying the grounds with their wedding photographer at Notley Abbey
A place setting at the wedding reception at Notley Abbey
The wedding cake at Victoria and Michael's wedding which took place at Notley Abbey
Victoria and Michael's stunning five-tier white wedding cake
Victoria and Michael's first dane as husband and wife on the dance floor at Notley Abbey
Over-sized LOVE letters in the Monks' Refectory at Notley Abbey
The newlywed couple enjoying the outdoor grounds at Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire
The newlywed couple with Notley Abbey in the background, at night