A Fitting Finale at The Normans

As we embark upon our 2019 season, we take one last glance over the shoulder at 2018 - to New Year’s Eve, to be precise - a fitting finale to a wonderful year of weddings here at The Normans.

So, where to begin with the wedding that had it all? With the couple, of course: Sasha and Tom, who knew exactly how to throw a New Year’s bash that will live long in Normans folklore.

Sasha & Tom - the stars of the show at The Normans on New Year's Eve. Photo by Bloom Weddings

Sasha and Tom certainly made the most made the most of The Normans’ environs for their New Year’s extravaganza. The Ceremony Barn was simply decorated with Christmas trees flanking the cascading fairylights, with hurricane lanterns lining the aisle.

The Ceremony Barn at The Normans dressed for one last outing in 2018. Photo by Bloom Weddings

And then there were the lovely personal touches - skis in the Cow Stalls…

Skis for that seasonal feel. Photo by Bloom Weddings

… a hot-chocolate station, complete with marshmallows and Maltesers - a warming welcome for guests coming in from the cold.

Winter warmers ready and waiting for guests

And we loved the order of the day, written on this beautiful, gilt-edged mirror.

A fantastic way to show guests the order of the day. Photo by Bloom Weddings

Then, of course, there was the dress code: black tie to see out 2018 and ring in 2019. Check out Tom’s Reiss suit (keep scrolling down for a close-up). His groomsmen, meanwhile, were decked out in Moss Bros tuxedos.

Tom and the guys hanging out by an old farm shed at The Normans. Photo by Bloom Weddings

Sasha, of course, stole the show in terms of style.

Sasha readying herself for her big day. Photo by Bloom Weddings

Her crystal-encrusted Jenny Packham dress sparkled with effortless sophistication…

Sasha's stunning Jenny Packham dress. Photo by Bloom Weddings

… we just loved how her look was finished off with these stunning blue shoes from Anthropologie.

Sasha getting ready for her Big Day at The Normans with the help of her bridesmaids. Photo by Bloom Weddings

The result, as you can imagine, was quite stunning. Here’s Sahsa, wedding ready, with her proud pa, clutching a bouquet crafted by Alison of Wild Floral Couture.

Stunning Sasah and her dad/. Photo by Bloom Weddings

As you might expect from a classy New Year’s bash held at an award-winning venue (ahem), a string trio greeted guests as they took their seats in the Ceremony Barn. Sublime sounds came courtesy of the lovely ladies of Simply Strings.

Simply Strings were on hand to greet guests as they entered the Ceremony Barn. Photo by Bloom Weddings

Sasha’s adorable flower girl set the tone for the ceremony, melting hearts as she scattered petals down the aisle.

Sasha's flower girl leads the way down the aisle in The Normans Ceremony Barn. Photo by Bloom Weddings

There followed the beautiful bridesmaids, seen here dressed in stylish black maxi dresses from Monsoon.

Sasha's beautiful bridesmaids, all in black. Photo by Bloom Weddings

But all eyes (and iPhones) were on Sasha as she graced the aisle with a smile to brighten even the greyest of December days.

iPhone overload as Sasha walks down the aisle. Photo by Bloom Weddings

And so began our last marriage ceremony of 2018…

The scene is set for a ceremony to remember. Photo by Bloom Weddings

… concluding with Sasha and Tom emerging from the Ceremony Barn into the Courtyard.

Sasha celebrates as she emerges from the Ceremony Barn,. hubby in tow. Photo by Bloom Weddings

Drinks, put on by Hog & Apple, awaited bride, groom and their guests…

Bubbly and beer awaited thirsty guests outside in the Courtyard. Photo by Bloom Weddings

… and the venue was filled with mirth and merriment - both inside and out. Guests who preferred not to brave the late December chill, opted to cosy up in our Cow Stalls…

Keeping cosy in The Normans Cow Stalls. Photo by Bloom Weddings

… while Tom and Sasha snuck away to gaze lovingly at one another… in an empty farm shed.

Sasha and Tom take a quiet moment away from their guests. Photo by Bloom Weddings

Back in the venue, the Grain Shed dining area has never looked better, with stars suspended from the ceiling and our new rustic banqueting tables being showcased for the first time.

The Grain Shed ready for food, drink, and merriment. Photo by Bloom Weddings

The table gantries added another dimension to the decor - below, you’ll see glass baubles and tealights hanging along the lengths of the tables.

Tables dressed and ready for the wedding breakfast at The Normans. Photo by Bloom Weddings

It’s safe to say Sasha and Tom received an enthusiastic reception from guests, as they took their place at the top table, alongside close friends and family.

All stand for the bride and groom

From here on, wine was taken, food devoured, and this stunning stack of macaroons didn’t last long after dessert…

Marvellous macaroons in place of the wedding cake at The Normans. Photo by Bloom Weddings

… and the party quickly began to heat up (read as: unravel) as guests wielding swords tried their hand at opening bottles of bubbly (sword courtesy of a guest cavalry officer; not included in venue hire).

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And if ever this crowd needed a little extra encouragement to get on the dance floor (they didn’t, trust us), our friends New York Brass Band dropped in, to ensure 2019 was greeted with a flourish.

New York Brass Band set the night alight at The Normans. Photo by Bloom Weddings

While some were happy to shake it on the (designated) dance floor…

The guests get into the groove at The Normans

… the groom elevated proceedings by strutting his stuff up on the bar …

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… as well as showcasing his trumpeting skills - much to the amusement/shock/horror of musicians and guests alike.

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Of course, Sasha was never going to let Tom grab too much of the limelight and was soon up there with him. If ever there was a photo to sum up an after party at The Normans, it’s this!

Sasha and Tom ring in the New Year in style

Of course, no New Year - or wedding, for that matter - is complete without an impromptu appearance from a ‘stripper’/partially-clothed guest.

No New Year is complete without an impromptu appearance from a stripper/partially dressed guest. Photo by Bloom Weddings

And you know you’ve been to good wedding when you witness the bride (wearing Jenny Packham) give a piggyback to a half-naked man.

Sasha, Tom - we salute you.

Bride gives partially dressed man a piggy back. Standard procedure at The Normans. Photo by Bloom Weddings
From start to finish Oliver, Laura and Sharon were the A- team! The planning was easy and they were accommodating at every stage. On the day they were secretly running a very tight ship to keep the day to plan, but our guests commented on how the day felt relaxed and effortless. They consider every little detail of the day... We couldn’t be more grateful for these guys and their beautiful venue!
— Superstar Sasha
Sealed with a kiss at The Normans. Photo by Bloom Weddings

SUPPLIERS

BRIDE'S DRESS JENNY PACKHAM

BRIDE’S SHOES ANTHROPOLOGIE

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES MONSOON

HAIR/MAKE-UP LAURA MAC

CATERER HOG & APPLE FOOD CO.

FLORIST WILD FLORAL COUTURE

GROOM'S SUIT REISS

GROOMSMEN’S SUITS MOSS BROS

PHOTOGRAPHER BLOOM WEDDINGS

Videographer Mr & Mrs

RECEPTION MUSIC SIMPLY STRINGS

EVENING MUSIC NEW YORK BRASS BAND

The North Pole comes to The Normans

December feels like a long time ago (and a long way away - depending on how you look at it), but we’ve been overcome with festive cheer all over again, having seen the photos from Jess and David’s amazing Christmas-themed wedding here at The Normans!

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While this pretty little reindeer sets the tone for this blog post (more about these fantastic table centrepieces, later!), our focus was always going to be bride Jess. Here she is, getting ready at home, with the help of make-up artist Jaime Edwards.

Beautiful bride Jess at The Normans

Jess’s stunning dress was quite the talking point. “It was my absolute dream dress and definitely a challenge to find,” she says of this angelic Nicole Spose number. “I almost gave up hope, but eventually found the perfect fairy-tale Christmas wedding dress at Dotty Bridal boutique in Holmfirth.”

Jess’s bouquet - all ivory whites and seasonal greens - was the handiwork of Petals by Louise.

Jess's beautiful dress and bouquet at The Normans wedding venue

Meanwhile, at The Normans, David awaited Jess’s arrival with the support of his two groomsmen (and a couple of beers). Here he is (centre) in a King & Allen three-piece suit, embellished with a Louis Vuitton tie and Gucci pocket square. Our favourite detail, however, is out of shot - the Blackburn Rovers crest stitched into the lining of his suit jacket. (David’s a Blackburn Rovers fan, in case anyone’s wondering.)

David and his ushers looking the part at The Normans

As lovely as David and his groomsmen looked, they had to play second fiddle to these two gorgeous flower girls (wearing White Company), who melted hearts all the way down the aisle, ahead of Jess and her bridesmaids.

Flower girls get ready to walk down the aisle at The Normans

Jess’s entrance was as emotional as this below picture suggests - hats off to Dad who did well to keep his composure!

Stunning bride Jess turns heads as she walks down the aisle

Vows were recited, rings were exchanged, tears of joy were shed, and Jess and David left The Normans Ceremony Barn as man and wife. And were pelted with confetti by their giddy guests.

Confetti at The Normans

Outside, they were greeted by warming canapes, courtesy of our chums Hog & Apple

Canapes courtesy of Hog & Apple Food Co

… festive tunes, provided by Top Brass band …

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… and assorted hi-jinks and/or tomfoolery as guests made the most of The Normans’ cosy hideaways and contemporary Courtyard stylings.

Out in The Normans Courtyard

While all and sundry ate, drank and made merry, Jess and David stole themselves away to whisper sweet nothings (read as: pose for some photos) in front of the Ceremony Barn’s cascading fairy lights.

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But it was only when the doors to the Grain Shed were flung open that Christmas was turned up to 11. Where to start? Well, with the show-stopping centrepieces, which were all handcrafted by Jess’s dad, Tony. St. Nick would be proud.

Stunning snowy table centrepieces greet guests at The Normans

The Grain Shed dining area was further illuminated by light-up letters (provided by Event Light & Sound), spelling out ‘Fairy Tale’. By her own admission, bride Jess is a Christmas fanatic, and wanted to bring as much holiday spirit to her wedding as possible …

Fairy tale ending for Jess and David at The Normans

“I - sorry, we - had a really specific vision for the day: a chic winter wonderland with elements of fun,” explains Jess. “My dad is really creative, so, over the course of 18 months, we'd sit down together and chat through what I wanted and he’s just go for it! I’d get a photo at 3am showing me what he'd made.”

Case in point: this amazing Coca-Cola truck …

Holidays a' coming at The Normans

… and not forgetting the magic, fairy tale, Christmas castle card box. No wedding is complete without one. Bravo, Tony. Bravo.

No ordinary card box

And Tony wasn’t the only one getting creative - caterers Hog & Apple brought the three course meal to a climax with these Harry Potter-inspired ‘golden snitch’ desserts.

Playful (and delicious) festive desserts courtesy of Hog & Apple Food Company

As the party heated up inside, it was a (relatively) silent night outside - a perfect December evening for the perfect Christmas wedding.

Not so silent night as the party continues inside at The Normans
The Normans team helped us bring to life the most magical day of our lives. I don’t think you could ever find a better venue for summer or winter - I’ve already started recommending it to all my newly engaged friends!
— The Queen of Christmas (aka bride Jess)
The bride and groom escape for a quiet moment at The Normans

SUPPLIERS

BRIDE'S DRESS Nicole spose from dotty bridal

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Boohoo.com

MAKE-UP JaIme Edwards

CATERER Hog & Apple Food Co.

FLORIST petals by Louise

GROOM'S SUIT King & Allen

PHOTOGRAPHER The Twins Weddings

RECEPTION MUSIC Top Brass

EVENING BAND The Viscounts

A Night to Remember in November

As the January chill sets in, we’re warming ourselves with memories of the wonderful winter weddings we had the privilege of hosting in the twilight of 2018 - none more so than Holly and Alex’s stunning soiree in late November…

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Holly and her bridesmaids descended on The Normans Cottage for the weekend, and it was here where they readied themselves for the Big Day, with the help of hair and make-up extraordinaire Julia Jeckell and hairstylist Lottie Haigh.

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Bridesmaids were dressed in simple yet stunning gowns by Issa at House of Fraser

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… while bride Holly looked amazing in a Diane Legrand design, from Paverly Bridal in Wimbledon, London.

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Outside, groom Alex ensured he didn’t let the side down, dressing in a snappy three-piece Hugo Boss suit.

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For all the giddy excitement reverberating around The Normans Cottage, Holly emerged, composed and wedding-ready, holding a bouquet of roses, clematis, eryngium, Veronica, lavender, dusty miller, clary sage and asparagus fern. Bravo, Clock Dandelion, for crafting this botanical beauty!

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And so, to The Normans Ceremony Barn, where Holly’s father walked his daughter down an aisle lined with verdant eucalyptus and solidago.

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Holly and Alex did the ‘I dos’ in a heartfelt ceremony, which featured readings from friends and personalised vows. The scene was framed by two striking arrangements of white roses, dill, delphinium, more solidago and eucalyptus (again, the handiwork of Clock Dandelion).

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The moving ceremony culminated in a kiss, which was greeted with cheers from guests - none louder than the bridesmaids, seen here wearing their eye-catching Issa gowns.

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Outside, chilly climes did nothing to deter guests from al-fresco merrymaking - all and sundry headed into the Courtyard for drinks and canapes…

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… served by those fine folk at The Hog & Apple Food Co.

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Bride Holly took time to raise a glass and bask in the adulation of her guests…

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… before heading out to explore Normans Farm with Alex in tow for photos (and a sneaky smooch).

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Inside the Grain Shed, olive trees imbued with (yet more!) fairylights served as table centrepieces. “I loved Jo’s [of Clock Dandelion] suggestion of olive trees instead of big flower displays,” says Holly. “They kept tables clean and crisp and, more importantly, there was plenty of space on the tables for the delicious winter barbecue boards served by Hog & Apple!” 

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Another notable feature on each table were the bottles of ‘Arblaster Ale’ (brewed by a guest and served at The Normans for one night only!).

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We absolutely loved the personalised table settings - a Lego alter ego for each guest. “Alex will tell you this was his only real contribution to wedding planning - and now it’s the main thing that our guests talk about and remember about the day!” laments Holly.

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Indeed, there seemed to be a handcrafted, personalised touch at every turn - take this copper arch from Little Deer, for example, which made for a unique alternative to a photobooth.

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And there was, of course, the cake. Not only did this stunning four-tier toffee sponge (by Iced Yorkshire) look and taste divine, its dissection heralded the start of a wild and wonderful night.

Congratulations to Holly and Alex - a beautiful couple!

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From start to finish The Normans team were accessible and easy to communicate with, extremely helpful, and genuinely a pleasure to meet!
And the venue really just speaks for itself. It’s got enough character to stand on its own - yet at the same time it can be an amazing blank canvas to make into whatever you want!
— our brilliant bride, Holly
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BRIDE'S DRESS DIANE LEGRAND FROM PAVERLY BRIDAL

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES ISSA AT HOUSE OF FRASER

BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR LOTTIE HAIGH

MAKE-UP (& BRIDE’S HAIR) JULIA JECKELL

CATERER THE HOG & APPLE FOOD CO.

CAKE ICED YORKSHIRE

FLORIST CLOCK DANDELION

GROOM'S SUIT HUGO BOSS

PHOTOGRAPHER BLOOM WEDDINGS

CEREMONY MUSICIANS STRATUS

EVENING Band SOUTHWEST BAND

Winter Wow Factor at The Normans

It’s been a while since our last blog update, for which we apologise. We’ve been busy hosting a flurry of fantastic festive weddings, not to mention training up the latest member of The Normans team - our baby girl, Violet.

But we’re back! And we’re starting 2019 with a firecracker of a blog, courtesy of Mark and Laura’s wedding held here back in November.

Mark & Laura lit the night up at The Normans

Okay, okay - we appreciate that November is technically an autumn month. But, for us, this was the wedding that truly kicked off our magical winter wedding season. Take, for example, Laura’s stunning Jesus Peiro dress from Andrea Bambridge, York. A timeless classic, which exudes class and sophistication. We just love the faux-fur trim that finishes off her look.

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Mark, meanwhile, kept the elements at bay (and looked rather dapper in the process) with a smart three-piece tweed suit from Moss Bros, embellished with a brown silk paisley patterned tie. A perfect example of how a groom’s attire can be understated, but still make a massive impact!

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As splendid as bride and groom looked, both were nearly (nearly) overshadowed by page boy Sebastian, who preceded them down the aisle wearing a natty suit by Next and a bespoke waistcoat by Kaye Hannabuss from KayeHtextiles.

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And so, to the ceremony, which provided (as always!) some truly memorable moments, captured here by supreme shutter-smith Luke Bell.

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The soundtrack to the ceremony and the reception thereafter was provided by talented Flo Duo

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… while the couple took time to light a candle and remember their loved ones who couldn’t be at the wedding.

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Guests explored the nooks and crannies and hidden corners of The Normans with glass in hand. Some even went as far as helping out behind the bar…

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The Cow Stalls - the perfect cosy hideaway for a winter’s day - was gently illuminated with lanterns and our filament bulbs, and decorated simply yet effectively with crepe paper fans.

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Guests were soon called into the Grain Shed for the wedding breakfast. As they took their seats, man and wife stole a quiet moment together in The Normans Courtyard.

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Inside, tables were adorned with elegant floating candles and seasonal centrepieces by Stems Design. “We wanted to embrace all the seasonal colours for a winter wedding, and chose complimentary winter berry,” recalls bride Laura. “Lynne had some amazing pieces and was able to create the rustic, natural look.” 

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Friends and family also played a hand in the decor of the Grain Shed - each contributing their own hand-stitched bunting triangle, combining in a remarkable, heart-warming keepsake.

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Not to be outdone on the wow-factor front, caterers Hog & Apple Food Co. capped off a fine three-course meal with this ‘smoking box’ dessert, shrouded in dry ice. We can confirm: it tasted as good as it looked!

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As night descended, guests chattered and small children toyed with glowing, mesmerising orbs (as is custom), until…

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… The New York Brass Band decided to crash the wedding, getting the party started (and guests on the dance floor) with another trademark high-energy performance.

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Guests danced…

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… and danced some more, until the evening was capped off with a firework display to celebrate Bonfire Night. A magical wedding for a magnificent couple. Congratulations!

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A gorgeous venue run by a fabulous team!
Our friends and families are still talking about the wedding!
Oliver, Laura and Sharon made our wedding planning really easy. They were so accommodating. We felt confident we were in good hands and were completely relaxed on the big day!
— the lovely Laura
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Falling for Fall at The Normans

Okay, okay - so we don’t technically refer to the third season as ‘Fall’, here in the UK, but it works for the title of this belated blog post, so we ran with it. What’s more, it perfectly sums up Rachel and Andrew’s wonderful wedding, which we had the privilege of hosting back in October.

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The bride and groom, seen here stealing a kiss under amid the autumn hues, decided to work the seasonal oranges, browns and greens into their Big Day’s colour scheme.

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Behold: the eye-catching rust-coloured ties and natty pocket squares worn by groom and groomsmen, which lit up their midnight blue Hawes & Curtis suits, and matched the stunning orange-rose buttonholes created by Jo Drake of Clock Dandelion fame.

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The bridesmaids, meanwhile, couldn’t help but share (steal) the groomsmen’s limelight with their simple, subtly varied, and effortlessly elegant dresses from the Maya Collection.

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But for all the beauty of the bride and groom’s besties, all eyes were on Rachel, who lit up our Ceremony Barn with a stunning Watters Wtoo number, imbued with intricate laced floral motifs. Her bouquet, again the handiwork of Clock Dandelion, brimmed with dahlias, roses, dill, snapdragons and achillea.

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Rachel walked down the aisle to the mellow sounds of trio Free to Roam, who performed from our Ceremony Barn’s newly renovated mezzanine. It makes for quite the stage, if we don’t say so ourselves!

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We loved the little details from this wedding. Case in point: the orange dahlias tied to the end of each row of chairs in the Ceremony Barn. A small, thoughtful touch, which created a big impact.

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Much to the jubilation of their guests, Andrew and Rachel were pronounced man and wife in front of our iconic fairy light cascade, flanked by pedestals of liquid amber, beech, roses, dahlias and carrot flower.

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The stunning colour scheme, created by Clock Dandelion, was rounded off in the Cow Stalls, where the mangers were lined with yet more dahlias, beech, oak and liquid amber.

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After drinks in the Courtyard, guests were shepherded into the Grain Shed, where long, rustic dining tables, hired in from All Things Borrowed, set the scene for the wedding breakfast.

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Guests were wowed, as always, by the fine fare served by Hog & Apple, but special mention must be made of the three stunning cakes baked by Rachel’s friend Gayle. The three flavours were lemon and elder flower, white chocolate and orange, and good ol’ Victoria sponge. And even the boards upon which each cake was served had significance: the wood platters were crafted from wood chopped at Gayle’s boyfriend’s family farm. (By Gayle’s boyfriend, we hope.)

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As is customary in these parts, Rachel and Andrew engaged in a 'first dance’ and were duly mobbed by over-excited friends and family members - signifying the start of the evening’s merrymaking and…

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… providing ample opportunity for obligatory selfies.

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We fell in love with the venue when we first saw it but it was even more magical seeing it on the day when it looked so beautiful and twinkly! Oliver, Laura and Sharon were amazing throughout our planning and on the big day. We had the most wonderful day at the Normans and our family and friends loved it too.
— Autumn bride, Rachel

SUPPLIERS

BRIDE'S DRESS Watters Wtoo 

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Maya Collection

HAIR Jules Daniels

MAKE-UP Craig Parkinson

CATERER The Hog & Apple Food Co.

FLORIST Clock Dandelion

GROOM'S SUIT Hawes & Curtis

PHOTOGRAPHER Lumiere Photographic

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Thanks to Lumiere Photographic for these wonderful shots of this autumn wedding with serious wow-factor!

Laid-back Love at The Normans

Seasoned travellers Louise and Ray knew they wanted a relaxed vibe for their big day. What’s more, they wanted to marry in a place that would suit the Aussie groom’s chilled-out character and Louise’s Yorkshire roots. And here we find them, at The Normans.

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Luckily the weather was more Australian than Yorkshire, meaning the men of the moment could don their shades en route to the ceremony - dressed in suits from Peter Posh.

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Meanwhile, bride-to-be Louise and her bridesmaids readied themselves in The Normans onsite cottage, but a stone’s throw from the spot where she would soon say ‘I do’…

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As soon as she stepped out we fell head over heels for Louise’s boho bridal dress - Luca by Rue de Seine

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A show of fine soft mesh, beading and fringing - and that low back detail…

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The girls, meanwhile, wore mismatching gowns from super-cool bridesmaids’ brand, Rewritten. Meanwhile, flowers, by the mighty Kate Mell, were kept wild and pretty: gypsophila, grey lavender and eucalyptus among them.

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One of Louise’s enduring memories of walking down the Ceremony Barn aisle, was how the scent of eucalyptus and lavender filled the air: “I wish ‘smellivision’ was a thing - the fragrance of the ceremony barn was everything!” she says.

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Once wed, the happy couple left the Ceremony Barn amid a flurry of rose-petal confetti …

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… heading out into the sun-soaked Courtyard to make merry with guests who had travelled far and wide to join them right here in Yorkshire.

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But the couple enjoyed some all-important alone time, too - heading out into The Normans farmland for some ‘just-married’ shots, featuring our resident horses Heidi and Ben and rolling, sun-kissed fields.

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Back inside the venue, a world map set the tone for the couple’s wedding breakfast - with each table named after the couple’s favourite destinations.

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Each person’s place setting comprised a Polaroid photo, individually picked to show a favourite memory with that person. “Favours were a little bit from our homes,” explains Louise. “Yorkshire Tea from me, Australian biscuits ‘Tim Tams’ from Ray.”

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Their gift and card table paid a final tribute to their travels and life overseas, featuring rustic boxes, a globe and a vintage suitcase.

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Table-top centrepieces, meanwhile, were kept simple with tall vase displays of gypsophelia …

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… a look that was echoed on the top table, which was lined with low, hessian-covered pots.

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“Our incredible friend and ‘birthday cake queen’ Sonia made our cake,” recalls Louise. “The flavours of each tier were Ginger, Lemon, White Chocolate and Raspberry.”

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Sated - not to mention deliriously happy - our loved-up couple kicked off the night’s dancing with their own first spin about the dancefloor as newlyweds. Congratulations!

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The Normans had everything we could have wanted and more. We had the opportunity to do as much or as little as we wanted - in our case it was the latter, because it’s perfect as it is. The whole team made the entire process easy from start to finish. We are still wondering what people are talking about when they say that weddings are stressful! Our guests were as blown away as we were.
— the lovely Louise
Sunset at The Normans Photo by Photo by www.crismatthews.com

SUPPLIERS

BRIDE'S DRESS LUCA BY RUE DE SEINE

BRIDE'S HAIR CARINA AT THE HARROGATE HAIR & BEAUTY CLINIC

BRIDESMAID'S DRESSES REWRITTEN

CATERER THE HOG & APPLE FOOD CO.

FLORIST KATE MELL FLOWERS

GROOM'S SUIT PETER POSH

PHOTOGRAPHER CRIS MATTHEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

Ray & Louise at The Normans Cottage Photo by www.crismatthews.com

Check out more photos from Louise and Ray’s day, by Cris Matthews Photography, on our Gallery!







Countryside Cool at The Normans

Arriving at The Normans in a 1950s Chevy, wearing a Jesus Peiro bridal gown, Phoebe ensured her wedding day was the epitome of ‘countryside cool’.

Love at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

Phoebe’s glorious leafy bouquet - by Lily Pearls Floral Boutique - was broken up with fluffy white peonies and hydrangeas.“I just love it when [a bouquet] looks like it’s been scooped up from a hedge row and isn’t too tightly packed together!” says Phoebe.

Fabulous foliage Photo by www.esmemai.com

In the Ceremony Barn, simple olive trees (purchased from Aldi!) lined the aisle - each placed in a rustic, hessian-covered pot.

The Normans Ceremony Barn Photo by www.esmemai.com

Elsewhere, simple arrangements of jars filled with tea-lights and encircled by olive branches were placed atop the barrels.

Barrels on display at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

“I wanted the same simple theme for the rest of the venue because it’s just so beautiful on its own,” says Phoebe. “We opted for plain foliage hoops in the Cow Stalls, made by the lovely ladies at Lily Pearls Floral Boutique.”

Finishing touches at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

Matt and his ushers looked the part in their tweed suits from Moss Bros at York’s McArthur Glen Designer Outlet. “Matt also had a lapel pin, made by Harrogate’s Vinegar and Brown Paper that I gave to the best man to surprise him with on the wedding morning,” says Phoebe.”

Man of the moment at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

The bridesmaids headed to the high street, choosing blush-coloured gowns from H&M, while the flowergirls wore gorgeous yellow and green floral dresses from Monsoon.

Girl power at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

But its bride Phoebe who really stole the show in this Jesus Peiro gown from Andrea Bambridge Bridal in York. Phoebe added a bow around her waist for ‘a touch of sparkle’…

Dress by Jesus Peiro Photo by www.esmemai.com

… and the back looked equally photogenic, with covered buttons and unique cut-out detail.

Gorgeous gowns at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

After exchanging vows in our Ceremony Barn, the pair headed outside to toast their newlywed status in the Courtyard…

Husband and wife at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

… where guests looked on as an impromptu first dance took place to the tunes of guest and guitarist Mike Johnson.

First dance at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

When dinner was announced, the entrance to The Grain Shed was marked with this fab DIY table plan. “I think it was previously some sort of garden planter,” says Phoebe, who found it at Country Baskets. “We stained the wood darker and filled the shelves with jars of foliage.”

Garden table plan at The Normans Gorgeous Photo by www.esmemai.com

Printed stationery cards - the handiwork of Stephanie Davies - were secured using string and miniature pegs.

Take your table at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com.

Inside, table centerpieces fused fauna, terrariums and tea-lights for a simple yet pretty effect.

Table centrepieces at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

Each place was set with a cookie favour, made by Nice Icing “I sent them photos of our two cats Millie and Obi and she replicated them, so all the men had an Obi and all the women had a Millie!” says Phoebe.

Fond favours at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

The newlywed Mr and Mrs Plant joined their guests - to rapturous reception, naturally - for a wedding breakfast rustled up by the marvellous Hog & Apple Food Co.

Step this way at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

… before cutting this four-tier creation - made by Phoebe’s mum - filled with no less than four flavours - vanilla, lemon, carrot and chocolate!

Have your cake... at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

And so that ladies could ready themselves properly for party time, Phoebe arranged for a pop-up make-up bar to be set up in The Cow Stalls.

Make up bar at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

All make-up was by Amy George who, after beautifying the bridal party on the wedding morning, returned to host the evening beauty bar, complete with face glitter for the little ones!

Time to shine at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

With the night still young, Phoebe and Matt kicked off the party with their first dance as husband and wife…

Congratulations from all of us here at The Normans!

Dance beneath the stars at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com
We didn’t have to look far to find our dream venue - one look at the twinkling fairy lights and we were sold! The Normans really does tick every box and we fell in love more and more with every returning visit. Oliver, Laura and Sharon were the absolute dream team ensuring everything ran smoothly before and on the day itself. The whole setting and experience couldn’t have been more perfect.
— The fabulous Phoebe
Let your hair down at The Normans www.esmemai.com

SUPPLIERS

BRIDE'S DRESS JESUS PEIRO AT ANDREA BAMBRIDGE BRIDAL

BRIDE'S HAIR ABI HARLAND MOBILE HAIRDRESSER

BRIDE'S MAKE UP & beauty bar amy george

BRIDESMAID'S DRESSES H&M and MONSOON

CATERER THE HOG & APPLE FOOD CO

COOKIE FAVOURS NICE ICING  

FLORIST LILY PEARLS FLORAL BOUTIQUE

GROOM'S SUIT MOSS BROS YORK

PHOTOGRAPHER esme mai photography

STATIONERY STEPHANIE DAVIES

Against the Grain Shed at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

Yorkshire Rose at The Normans

Born and raised in North Yorkshire, Amie felt it was only right to go back to her roots on her wedding day - tying the knot in her village church before heading to The Normans, with husband David in tow, for the classiest of receptions. 

Kiss me quick at The Normans Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com

The handsome couple arrived at The Normans in style, cruising up in a Beauford Tourer - courtesy of The Yorkshire Wedding Car Company

Just Married at The Normans Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com

Stepping out of the car, Amie looked the picture of elegance in a bespoke Suzanne Neville bridal gown, from her Knightsbridge boutique. (Swoon!)

Suzanne Neville  at The Normans Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com

Inside The Normans Courtyard, the men of the moment sported traditional morning suits from Moss Bros with a Yorkshire twist: tweed flat caps. 

Men of the moment at The Normans Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com

The venue was imbued with a simple yet chic colour scheme of white and green - from the duo of milk churn displays (made by Amie's aunt) were filled with roses and delphiniums... 

The Normans Courtyard Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com

... to the pretty tubs that filled the Cow Stall troughs (the handiwork of Amie's green-fingered father, no less).

The Normans Cow Stalls Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com

The white rose of Yorkshire was the central theme of the bouquet arrangements, which were punctuated with a touch of pink to tie in with the bridesmaids' Jenny Packham dresses. 

Wedding ready at The Normans Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com

Aside from the white roses, the bouquets featured astrantia, eucalyptus, gypsophila - all from Flowers by Joanna Keely.

Yorkshire roses at The Normans Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com

That symbolic Yorkshire rose reappeared at the entrance of our Grain Shed, framing the couple's table plan, which was perched upon The Normans' potato sack hoist!

Take a seat at The Normans Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com

Roses also cascaded down the side of the sumptuous cake, designed by Happy Tiers Yorkshire. Once cut open, the cake revealed itself to be a combination of fruit cake, chocolate and Victoria sponge. 

Cut the cake at The Normans Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com

As "absolute National Trust geeks" (Amie's words, not ours!) the couple named their tables after trust properties, with the top table 'Fountains Abbey' - where the pair got engaged. 

Table talk at The Normans Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com

Joanna Keely's floral touches formed centrepieces too, surrounded by pretty tea-lights... 

Floral touches at The Normans Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com

... while dinosaurs - David's childhood love - were used as place settings for the groomsmen, after David says he feared "everything was getting a bit too girly". 

Dinosaurs at The Normans Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com

And to ensure everyone could capture the day on camera, the couple constructed a DIY photo booth in the Cow Stalls - all the better after a glass or two of celebratory champers. Cheers!

Say cheese at The Normans Photo by Wynn Davies Photography
We felt so lucky to have had our big day at such a special and unique venue. The Normans team were amazing with any queries or questions from day one, up to the big day. Our guests are still talking about what an incredible venue it was… Thank you!
— the awesome, Amie
Wellies at the ready at The Normans Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com
Newlyweds at The Normans Photo by www.wynndaviesphotography.com

Love from Down Under at The Normans

Bold colours, music from New York Brass Band and plenty of love and laughs made Rachel and Matt's big day at The Normans the most glorious of summer shindigs!

Beloved blossom at The Normans  Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

Rachel and Matt travelled all the way from Australia for their wedding at The Normans, with Rachel completing the last leg of the journey in her father's MGA 1958. Meanwhile, bridesmaids and mother- and brother-of-the-bride followed in a snazzy peppermint VW Camper Van.

Arrive in style at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

The girls made a statement, carrying larger-than-life bouquets of bright pink peonies, Yves Piaget roses and orange pin cushion proteas, by Maryssa Dowe Floral Design.

Bright & Beautiful at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

The bold bouquets looked gorgeous held against the sunshine-yellow bridesmaids' dresses, worn with royal blue shoes for that 'something blue'. 

Colour me happy at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

And let's not forget the happy couple! Matt's blue suit, from The Vintage Suit Hire Company, packed a colourful punch - finished with an aromatic buttonhole of Lolita Lempicka rose, corn flower, lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus. 

So Happy Together at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

And for those of you dreaming of a Jenny Packham bridal gown, here's a closer look at Nashville, featuring the designer's signature lace detail and intricate beading. Beautiful! 

The bride wore Jenny Packham  Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

The couple started the celebrations from the get-go, with the New York Brass Band announcing the girls' procession down the aisle - playing Happy Together by The Turtles.  

The New York Brass Band at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

A personal ceremony followed, conducted by humanist celebrant Louise Burns - against a colourful backdrop of tall urns displaying yet more rich textures and bold blooms. 

Say I do at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

Smiling from ear-to-ear, the newlywed pair left the barn to a sun-soaked courtyard, where the revelries began ... 

Just Married at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

The New York Brass Band took to their instruments, once again, to get the party in full swing.

Party time at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

While garden games - the ever-competitive Jenga among them - kept guests entertained ...

Jenga at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

Over at the pop-up bar, meanwhile, ice-cold beers and fruity Pimms quenched guests' thirst.

Raise a glass at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

Flanking the entrance into The Normans Grain Shed were two urn displays (manoeuvered from the Ceremony Barn), which stood beside large hurricane lanterns. 

Be bold at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

As guests stepped inside, a mosaic of black-and-white photos of the happy couple lined the entrance for all to see. 

Walk this way at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

Table tops were each treated to a bright centerpiece, and the table numbers and place names kept fuss-free with bold, monochrome stationery. 

Bold centerpieces at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

As guests took their seats to make merry and dine on fine fare served by The Hog and Apple Food Co., Rachel and Matt headed into surrounding farmland to capture a few moments alone... 

Rachel & Matt at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk
Everything about the day was perfect: The Normans looked amazing and Oli and Laura were great both leading up to the day and on the day itself. Thank you!
— the radiant Rachel
Romantic evenings at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk
Field of dreams at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

Chic and unique at The Normans

Faye and Dan's July wedding was a glorious symphony of wedding whites, seasonal flowers and a gown chic enough to rival Meghan Markle's in the style stakes!

Just wed at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

Faye's delicate bouquet summed up the day's decor: native flowers and lush green foliage, styled by The Gathered Garden.

British bouquets at The Normans Photo by Just www.hamishirvine.com

As the clock ticked towards the ceremony, guests arrived and mingled in The Normans' lavender-strewn (and sun-soaked!) courtyard ... 

Mingle amidst the lavender at The Normans Mingle amidst the lavender at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

Meanwhile, Faye readied herself for the aisle with the help of her bridesmaids - all of whom were dressed in full-length, off-the-shoulder summer gowns, imbued with the softest of lavender hues.  

Here come the girls at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

But the bevy bridesmaids couldn't hope to compete with Faye's flower girls - both of whom were the epitome of summer style, dressed in angelic Zara Kids cotton dresses and floral crowns. 

Flower girl power The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

Dan and Faye were soon married in The Normans' iconic ceremony barn; their first kiss as man and wife illuminated by cascading fairylights and warm candlelight. 

You may kiss the bride at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

As the love-struck couple made their exit in a shower of confetti, we couldn't help but pause for thought and admire groom Dan's dapper three-piece number, procured from Reiss.

Just wed at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

Outside, little ones basked in the sunshine, amusing themselves by The Normans water feature ... 

Summer time at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

... while the big kids made the most of garden games - hoopla and a fiercely competitive game of limbo (sets purchased from Marks and Spencer).

Limber up at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

It was soon time for guests to their seats to in The Normans Grain Shed, and welcome the newlyweds. We just love the white balloons by The Little Balloon Co that lined the entrance!

Step inside The Grain Shed at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

Inside, the pair created a stunning setting for dining, drinking and dancing thereafter! 

The Normans Grain Shed Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

For the wedding breakfast, the couple took their place at the centre of a traditional top table, dressed with a garland of weeping pear, dusty miller and apple, by The Gathered Garden.

Dine in style at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

Place settings were kept simple and rustic, with wooden boards and crisp white napkins. (If you love the look, just ask Hog & Apple Food Co. for the very same!)

Take a seat at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

Guests' tables were each dressed with a low centerpiece of white candles and a foliage wreath.

Dinner is served at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

The couple kept it classic with a three-tiered traditional fruit cake (with one sponge layer), made by Faye's step-mum. 

Have your cake at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

Once dinner was done, Faye & Dan kicked off the evening with the first dance - showing their guests how to rock The Normans' illuminated dancefloor ... not that the crowd needed any encouragement! 

First dance at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com
The Normans was the first and only venue we viewed! It was exactly what we wanted: rustic yet modern and beautifully simple. One of the highlights of my day was waiting to walk down the isle and watching the swallows flying in and out of the barn - priceless!
— the fabulous, Faye
Picture perfect at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com

SUPPLIERS

BALLOONS THE LITTLE BALLOON COMPANY

BRIDE'S DRESS ST PATRICK, BRIDAL ROGUE GALLERY

BRIDESMAID'S DRESSES OASIS

BRIDE & BRIDESMAIDS' HAIR WEDDING HAIR BY HANNAH TAYLOR

BRIDE & BRIDESMAIDS' MAKE UP DAN WOOD WEDDING MAKEUP

CATERER THE HOG & APPLE FOOD CO. 

FLORIST THE GATHERED GARDEN

FLOWERGIRL DRESSES ZARA KIDS

GARDEN GAMES MARKS AND SPENCER

GROOM'S SUIT REISS

MUSIC APOLLO SOUL

PHOTOGRAPHER HAMISH IRVINE PHOTOGRAPHY

Kiss me quick at The Normans Photo by www.hamishirvine.com