I’ve always been overly excitable in the run up to Christmas. It is, as the song goes, the most wonderful time of the year. It’s also a wonderful time to get married, as we discovered when we arrived at Notley Abbey on a crisp, clear December day for Alix and Matthew’s beautiful winter wedding.
Alix and Matthew told us they fell in love with Notley Abbey as soon as they drove up the long, tree-lined driveway and their decision to hold their wedding there was pretty much made at that point. You can see why. The house, steeped in history dating back to medieval times was once the home of Sir Lawrence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, and has welcomed the likes of Kirk Douglas, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe through its doors.
Notley’s glamour and elegance fit Alix and Matthew to a tee (see also: Alix’s stunning dress). They’re a charming and warmhearted super-team of two, and we were honoured to be there as they began their married life together. Seeing their little glances and smiles at each other through our lenses was a special privilege, and testament to the love and respect they have for each other. And if there was anyone who didn’t melt at a first dance set to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, we certainly didn’t see them.
We had so much fun filming this wedding. We were surrounded by Alix and Matthew’s wonderful families and friends, a magnificent location, a fabulous set of people to work with and a truly astonishing early-winter sunset as well. On top of all that, our dearest Tom manage to make his way over to England to work with us, which is always a massive plus.
We owe some big thank-yous, too: to all the team at Notley Abbey and Bijou Weddings who were so accommodating; to the super-talented Neale James, who was a pleasure to collaborate with (check out his gorgeous photography); and to both Sam and Bonnie for their hair and make up brilliance and adding extra smiles to an already happy occasion.