Such a beautiful Notley Abbey wedding with Claire and Sanil. Even a few raindrops didn’t dampen this joyous occasion.

It’s a truly spectacular location for a Notley Abbey wedding so I made my way to the Abbot suite where Claire and the girls were preparing. With a few drink and lots of laughter you could feel the excitement and of course a little nervous energy. Lots of hair and make up shots during this busy time. I popped over to see Sanil and the boys located in the cottages and found them in great spirits and we caught some relaxed images.

The Monk’s Refectory was set for the ceremony and is a grand old stone barn that’s so impressive. The transformation for a ceremony was stunning with beautiful natural light flooding in. Wedding guests began to arrive, the bridesmaids and bride eagerly viewed the action downstairs and some time for dresses. Plenty of lovely natural documentary shots of them all at this time before we headed downstairs.

The refectory was packed and a slightly nervous Sanil awaited. Finally the bridesmaids entered. This is a much longer walk than being in the Abbot’s Hall and halfway down they were bathed in golden light. Claire and her proud father graciously made their entrance and stunned the audience as they beamed all the way. I have met the Registrars many times and this made for a very relaxed ceremony allowing for expansive ceremony photography. The newlyweds exited and took some time away to catch their breath by the Walled Garden.

With a boisterous drinks reception underway and the weather holding we grabbed the all important family shots. As the guest were called for the wedding breakfast I ran for my car and drove Claire and Sanil back up the driveway so we could create some fun private moments of the two of them. Ten minutes later they walked into a cauldron of noise and the speeches began. Funny, tearful and heartfelt moments in a packed room gave me plenty of angles to capture this special time.

Onto dining and the cuisine here is always first class, so exquisite. The party had already started so this allowed for slightly more colourful image capture.

We exited and lined the pathway for the longest confetti throw I have ever come across – they were completely smothered. Just enough time for some more candid shots both inside and our before the cake cutting. Finally back in the Refectory for the evening to start the first dance surrounded by loved ones. The DJ changed the groove and the dance floor filled allowing me to slip away.

A very special Notley Abbey wedding.