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Summer Love at Pentney Abbey

Real Life Weddings - 05.06.19

The Venue

The happy couple looked at a staggering 23 wedding venues before choosing Pentney Abbey! It had everything they were looking for, from the beautiful countryside setting to the magical ceremony space, original features, reception barn and accommodation.

“Every time we visited it made us smile and we felt as if we’d arrived home! We knew it was the one when we climbed the staircase in the Gatehouse and saw the ceremony space. We even discovered a stream under a bridge that was perfect for photographs. Pentney brought the best of everything together for us.” – Rose

The Decor

Rose and Mark met over their passion for Sci-Fi and Winston the Dalek from Doctor Who, so it was only right to reflect this in their wedding! The Dalek featured alongside a Tardis cut out photobooth backdrop and a 3D Hogwarts model.

Alongside that, Rose wanted to draw upon the beauty of Pentney Abbey with candlelight and beautiful flowers. Purple was the main colour and combined beautifully with pinks and blues.

Stunning flowers included table centrepieces in jars on log slices and a fabulous arrangement on the registrar’s table that was then moved to the top table.

“Our bouquets were made from faux flowers by Brides Bouquet so we could have them as keepsakes.”


The Look

After initially buying a bridal dress from a charity shop, Rose had second thoughts and secretly went dress shopping again!

She found her dream gown in The Frock Spot, a stunning lace dress by Alvina Valenta, which she wore with a bolero. Finally, the beautiful bride accessorised with a string of pearls and shoes by Pink Paradox.

“I felt every part of the dress suited me and I felt so incredibly lovely when wearing it.” – Rose

Meanwhile, Mark looked the part in a charcoal grey morning suit with tweed waistcoat and a purple tie. Finally, the bridesmaids were stunning in maxi dresses from ASOS in a lovely shade of blue.

“All the dresses needed altering to fit perfectly but our seamstress was amazing and sorted them out for us!” – Rose

The Food

After their romantic ceremony in the Gatehouse, drinks and canapés were served in the rose garden while a harpist added to the ambience.

“We also had archery for guests to take part in on the lawn – something fun in between the drinks reception and the wedding breakfast.”


Moving in to dine, Unique Norfolk Venues delighted with an exquisite menu, starting with butternut squash soup, moving on to prosciutto-wrapped loin of pork and, for dessert, sticky toffee pudding.

As the sun set, the Joe Ringer Band played, beginning with the first dance for the newlyweds, ‘Earth Angel’ by Marvin Berry & The Starlighters. Their sets included requests before they moved on to play a DJ playlist for the rest of the evening. When it came to evening dining, pulled pork rolls with apple sauce proved so popular that several guests had more than one!

The Highlights

“There are too many to choose. Getting ready with the girls, hugging my dad, reaching Mark and seeing his reaction to my dress, listening to the harpist, the speeches and the hilarity of happy friends dressed up in photobooth props and posing for selfies!”

If you’re looking for more real wedding inspiration from Pentney Abbey, we hope you’ll also love the autumn wedding of Alexie and Marcus.

Your Love Story Starts Here

The embodiment of romance, Pentney Abbey is exclusively yours on your wedding day. Prepare, marry, dine, dance and sleep here, creating memories that will last a lifetime with your closest friends and family. Dating back to the 12th Century, Pentney Abbey, a unique barn wedding venue in Norfolk, invites you to become a part of its history.