groom puts veil in place

Notley Abbey Jewish Wedding | Buckinghamshire Photographer | Jess & Simon

A Jewish wedding is a beautiful spectacle, with some amazing traditions, and for Jess and Simon Notley Abbey provided the perfect back drop for their special day. This Notley Abbey Jewish Wedding is a must see!

As i type this the evenings are dropping down to sub-zero temperatures and the cold rain is beating against the studio windows so I wanted to transport ourselves back to Spring, sunshine and new life. In Spring the tree-lined driveway at Notley Abbey with its tall poplar trees is a sight to behold and I always love taking couples there for some portraits during the day.

The venue notley abbey

Taking place on a Sunday, Jess and Simon were married in a marquee at Notley Abbey before a reception in the Monks refectory, a grand stone barn which has been lovingly restored.

Jess wore an elegant A line number by Suzanne Neville, which she found at Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique. Whilst the groom rocked a navy three-piece suit with maroon velvet bow tie! Simon had some amazing cufflinks made, with his initials in gold.

The traditions

The wedding commenced in true Jewish style, with the men of the family joining with the Rabbi for the Tisch, a male gathering (with whiskey!), where the marriage contract, The Ketubah, is read and signed.

Following this, one of my favourite of the traditions takes place, the Badeken. Often an emotional element of the day, in a quite side room with only close family and friends present the bride and groom see each other for the first time, and the groom places the bride’s veil in place for the ceremony. Then the bride and groom are all set! The couple were married under a beautiful flower laden canopy, the Cuppah, before Simon of course broke the glass – Mazal Tov! I must thank Jessica Jager who was the second photographer on this wedding, she helped to capture all these amazing traditions in their fully glory!

Notley Abbey’s tree lined avenue provided an incredible scene to capture some couple of shots, especially with the bright spring foliage looking so fresh.

The party

Celebrations continued into the night, with fabulous food and a traditional first dance with the band, and some rather raucous and incredibly fun Israeli dancing!

Its not often i have the need to use second photographers but special thanks go to the very talented Jessica Jager who was my second shooter on the day and captured a couple of the images here, not only a very talented photographer but a lovely person too, check her out at Jessica Jager Photography

Notley Abbey Jewish Wedding Photos

Tree lined avenue


wedding decoration

wedding decorations

bride getting ready

wedding dress hanging in window

bride having hair done

wedding perfume

wedding shoes

bride and her mother

wedding party getting ready

grooms cufflinks

groom getting ready

groom and page boy

groom and kippah

wedding cake

wedding favours

chair decorations

the cuppah

flower girl

page boy in suit

flower girl

groom tying bow tie

bride and family

bride getting ready

groom getting ready

bride putting dress on

bridal bouquet

wedding marquee

flower heart

bride in dress

bride close up

wedding bouquet

ceremony decorations


page boy


men celebrating

embroidered suit

Rabbi and groom

groom and whiskey

decorated Kippah

signing the marriage contract

celebrating the groom

father of the bride embrace

bride in veil

bride coming down stairs

bride at the Badeken

groom enters the badeken

groom puts veil in place

wedding band

ceremony essentials


bride entering ceremony

bride enters marquee

bride sees groom

couple close up

bride walks around groom

wedding guests


bride and groom

exchanging rings

wedding contract

couple at the alter

older wedding guests

young wedding guest

baby at ceremony

baby on aisle

father of the bride

breaking the glass

wedding dancing

band playing

bride and groom

leaving the reception

Notley Abbey

young guest

bridesmaid in pink

flowergirl playing

flowergirl playing

young guest

wedding car

bride and guests

wedding band

wedding guest

wedding guest

confetti shot

confetti shot close up

wedding guest laughing

wedding guest hugging

reception venue lighting

table decorations

reception venue

table numbers

wedding tables

couple shots

couple shots

couple in field

couple on bridge

bride enter reception

bride and groom


baby and mother

wedding guest

toasting the couple

grooms speech

first dance

first dance

bride on chair dancing

bride and groom chair dancing

Israeli dancing


band playing



  1. Charlie

    Amazing set of wedding photos, very inspiring.


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