Country Cool at The Normans

Meet newlyweds Emma and Ewan, taking a loved-up moment outside The Normans Barn - before joining all the wedding fun to be had beyond those doors: think cocktails, pig - yes, pig - racing and a brass band to boot. 

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But first, allow us to share a closer glimpse at those outfits! Emma looked like the ultimate balayage bombshell in Portia by Jenny Packham, from Eternity Bridalwear. While her bouquet - by Kate Mell Flowers - set the tone for a simple white and green colour scheme.

Emma wears Jenny Packham at The Normans Photo  by www.kategrayphotography.com.jpg

Man of the hour, Ewan, and his groomsmen cut a dash in smart/casual country wear, from Hammond & Co by Patrick Grant

The Boys at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

Not forgetting Emma's bridesmaids, who looked oh-so-lovely in lavender Dessy dresses, from Alison Burgess Couture

The Girls at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

The Normans was dressed for success too, with the help of the couple's super suppliers: case in point, Ace Pig Racing

Place your bets at The Normans Photo by Kate Gray.

Keeping everyone thoroughly entertained in The Normans Ceremony Barn, these little piggies (not real pigs, you understand!) got on their marks, with a commentator on the mic and race cards on sale, the proceeds of which went to Dementia UK

On Your Marks at The Normans Photo by Kate Gray

In The Normans Marquee, rows of trestle tables created a relaxed dining style - the length of which Kate Mell Flowers decorated with glass jars, filled with white roses and lisianthus and eucalyptus. 

Dining at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

Each place setting was set with a duo of favours: a packet of seeds for every guest to plant at home and a flower-infused lollipop. 

Lollipop place settings at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

The Hog & Apple Food Co. served up Yorkshire-style sharing platters to start (with pork pies, cheese, pickles, chicken liver parfait and chutneys) - a surefire way to get guests talking. 

Sharing platters at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

The rustic yet delicious dining style continued, with belly, carved and pulled pork served with apple sauce and an array of tasty salads (halloumi, broccoli and chorizo among them), plus Eton Mess and gingerbread to finish. 

Eton Mess at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

A generous cocktail menu ensured guests could have their fill of tasty tipples too... 

Cocktail Hour at The Normans Phoot by www.kategrayphotography.com

... while the 'Catch Up Club' treated evening guests to a complimentary shot on their way in.  

Catch up Club at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

A few fun props in the Barn allowed guests to get their phones out and create their own 'Photo Booth', taking snaps against our fairylight curtain - the ultimate photo backdrop!

DIY Photo Booth at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com
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But if there's one surefire way to get any party started, it's the impromptu arrival of The New York Brass Band. The New Orleans-inspired band paraded into the venue, leaving guests agog - before everyone promptly hit the dancefloor!

New York Brass Band at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

Despite so much going on around them, Emma and Ewan only had eyes for each other during the first dance - aah! Congratulations you two, from all of us here at The Normans!

First Dance at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com
The Normans is a truly unique place to get married. It was exactly what we were looking for; it provided us with beautiful space to plan our wedding exactly how we wanted to, surrounded by a scenic backdrop.
We really did have the best day of our lives, it was perfect from start to finish and we couldn’t have done it without the help of The Normans team.
— the awesome Emma & Ewan
Bride and Groom at The Normans Photo by Kate Gray Photography.

All photos are by Kate Gray Photography. To see more from Emma and Ewan's fun-filled wedding day, cast your eyes over our Gallery soon. 

Wild at Heart

Behold! The beautiful Yorkshire-born Amanda and her gaggle of girls, en route to The Normans Ceremony Barn where she wed Welsh hottie Ryan amidst a backdrop of wonderfully wild flowers.  

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

Opting for an 'Oh, I've just picked these flowers from a meadow' look, Amanda and Ivy Florist chose eryngium, small white roses, wheat, lavender, mint and eucalyptus nicolli; the thistles paying homage to her Scottish heritage and university and the white rose an ode to Yorkshire. 

Wild flowers at The Normans Photo by www.nataliepluck.com

But the flowers weren't the only aspect of the ceremony to garner guests' admiration: cue The Best Flower Girl Ever, Amanda's niece Eva, who began the bridesmaids' procession. 

Best ever Flower Girl at The Normans Photo by www.nataliepluck.com

After her adult bridesmaids strutted their stuff in knee-length Needle and Thread dresses, Amanda made her entrance in an ethereal Catherine Dean design and fabulous floral crown, made by Ivy Florist. Her mother, meanwhile, chose a gorgeous golden ensemble by Gina Bacconi at John Lewis.

Brides entrance at The Normans Photo bywww.nataliepluck.com

We just loved how Amanda attached a miniature framed photo of her late father to her bouquet, so he could accompany her down the aisle too. 

Personalised bouquet at The Normans Photo by www.nataliepluck.com

After a touching, personal ceremony, conducted by a Humanist celebrant, it was party time for the newlywed pair [Cue confetti!].

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

Tankards of fruity Pimms awaited guests as a thirst-quenching summer reception drink...

Pimms Tankards at The Normans Photo by www.nataliepluck.com

While timeless garden games proved a fun-filled way to pass some time in The Normans sun-drenched courtyard. 

Garden games at The Normans Photo by www.nataliepluck.com

With the reception party underway, the couple sloped off for a mini photo shoot around Normans Farm (which gives us another excuse to fawn over Amanda's Catherine Dean dress - that back!)

Bridal dress detail at The Normans Photo by www.nataliepluck.com

We're often asked where the best places are for couples to have their photo taken, but Amanda and Ryan didn't need any guidance - a backdrop of farm machinery provided a cool, industrial contrast to their gorgeous wedding outfits. 

Farmland photos at The Normans Photo by www.nataliepluck.com

Back inside the venue, the couple's caterers - The Hog & Apple Food Co. - readied the marquee for the wedding breakfast. Each place was set with a rustic wooden board, along with a touch of dried lavender and a hand-stamped name tag. 

Place settings at The Normans Photo by www.nataliepluck.com

Tables were named after the pair's favourite Yorkshire and Welsh phrases, while mismatching bottles (which Amanda spent a year collecting) were filled with wild flowers. 

Wild centerpieces at The Normans Photo by www.nataliepluck.com

The Normans Marquee was decorated with an array of rustic trinkets - from apple crates and suitcases to wooden pallets. We loved these cider flagons and stoneware pots, which were collected from car boot sales, or brought in from the couple's London flat! 

Rustic accessories at The Normans Photo by www.nataliepluck.com

The couple's hand-made photo guest board gets the thumbs up from us too - it came with a Polaroid camera for guests to 'Smile, Snap, Sign'!

Photo fun at The Normans Photo by www.nataliepluck.com

Sugar hit, anyone? Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple chose these colourful cuties! A Meringue Kiss for each and every guest, from London's The Meringue Girls

Mini Meringues at The Normans Photo by www.nataliepluck.com

With love and sugar-fuelled merriment in the air, the couple took to the dancefloor for their first dance - and some serious floor-fillers from band, Groove Anatomy. 

First dance at The Normans Photo by www.nataliepluck.com
After what felt like an eternity of searching for venues online we finally chanced upon The Normans - and knew instantly it was where we wanted to get married.
The beautiful setting and rustic environment blew us, and our guests, away. Oliver and Laura were a dream to work with and we couldn’t have asked for a more kind, supportive and professional team to help us arrange the best day of our lives!
— the amazing Amanda
Newlywed Amanda at The Normans Photo by www.nataliepluck.com

Sending big love to this super pair - photographed here, outside The Normans Cottage. All photos are by North Yorkshire-based Natalie Pluck Photography. To see more from Amanda and Ryan's splendid day, keep your eyes peeled for Gallery updates - coming soon!

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The only way is Yorkshire

Against the Grain at The Normans Photo by www.clairepenn.com

Yorkshireman Phil, our groom for the day, has attended hundreds of weddings. Not as a drunken guest, you understand, but as a photographer. Which is why he and wife-to-be, Melanie, wanted to create a unique, informal, and thoroughly Yorkshire day here at The Normans.

hrough the Ferns at The Normans Photo by www.clairepenn.com

First up: fabulous ferns! Melanie decided to do away with traditional wedding flowers, opting instead for green ferns, great and small...

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

While statuesque ferns paraded atop the barrels in The Normans Ceremony Barn, shorter specimens sat in bronze pots as table centrepieces...

Fern centerpieces at The Normans Photo by www.clairepenn.com

...not forgetting 80 mini ferns, brought in as wedding favours for every guest...  

Fern favours at The Normans Photo by www.clairepenn.com

The Cow Stalls were left in their natural state: relaxed and rustic, with bunches of pretty gypsophelia hung upside down using natural twine. 

The Normans Cow Stalls Photo by www.clairepenn.com

Since guests were sent Yorkshire tea-bags as Save the Dates before the big day - setting the tone for the couple's Yorkshire theme - a special tea station was set up in the Cow Stalls too. Fancy a brew?

A Yorkshire brew at The Normans Photo by www.clairepenn.com

Of course, there are some wedding traditions a girl simply can't forgo - a gorgeous gown being one of them!

Bride-to-be at The Normans Photo by www.clairepenn.com

Melanie looked magical in this intricate design by Needle and Thread, complemented by an Art Deco-inspired headpiece by Etsy.com. A 'brooch bouquet', made by Melanie herself, included part of her mum's wedding veil, as well as pearls and brooches that belonged to Melanie's two grandmas. 

Melanie and Phil wed at The Normans Photo by www.clairepenn.com

In The Normans Courtyard, Melanie and Phil joined their guests for Yorkshire Gin cocktails - with rhubarb and ginger - served in glass tankards.

Reception drinks at The Normans Photo by www.clairepenn.com

Alternatively, guests could pull-their-own Yorkshire pint;  a Wold Top Brewery ale. The perfect way to wash down miniature Whitby fish and chips, which replaced classic canapés. 

Time for a pint at The Normans Photo by www.clairepenn.com

Mel and Phil's caterers - The Hog & Apple Food Co. - worked closely with the pair to create a Yorkshire-themed menu that saw every morsel sourced from the county, including this hand-reared rare-breed hog from Thirsk. 

Hog roast in The Normans Courtyard Photo by www.clairepenn.com

Guests ate their way through sharing platters of Yorkshire charcuterie; the aforementioned handsome hog for mains; chocolate or lemon crémeux for dessert (made with the cream of Bore Lane Farm's dairy cows); and, finally, this tower of Yorkshire's finest fromage.

Yorkshire cheese at The Normans Photo by www.clairepenn.com

As for the speeches, these took place outside in The Normans Courtyard, adding to the relaxed vibe of the day (helped also by the 'How Yorkshire Are Thee?' quiz for added bants!)

Speeches in the Courtyard at The Normans Photo by www.clairepenn.com

Elsewhere, photographer Claire Penn - chosen to capture fellow photographer Phil's big day (no pressure!) - kept it real and rustic by shooting the couple against farm backdrops, creating the kind of quirky couple shots we love. 

Newlyweds at The Normans Photo by www.clairepenn.com

Who knew our Tractor Shed's roller shutter doors and harvested grain could look so good?!

Photos against the grain at The Normans Photo by www.clairepenn.com
Although we didn’t really know what we were looking for in a wedding venue, Oliver and Laura blew us away with The Normans.
The way The Normans team worked on the day was fantastic; the venue wowed everyone and we really would not change one single thing. PERFECT!
— the ever-so marvellous, Melanie
Ready to wed at The Normans www.clairepenn.com

Melanie and Phil's wedding photos are by Claire Penn. (More coming to our Gallery soon!)

Bring on the Bollywood!

Lillie & Zyen Bollywood style at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

We do love a good party, which is why we were thrilled when super-gorgeous Lillie and Zyen brought Bollywood vibes to The Normans, by the bucketload!

Bridal party power at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

By day, the lovely Lillie wore a bespoke silk dress, created by Liliana Dabic at La Novia Bridal in Edinburgh (the city where Lillie and Zyen met), while bridesmaids wore soft peppermint gowns from JJsHouse

Bridal bouquets at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

The colour scheme was deliciously decadent, with sage green, bold berry and peach-coloured flowers strewn across the venue, courtesy of Wild Floral Couture

Ceremony Barn displays at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

In the Ceremony Barn two tall showpieces marked the spot where Lillie and Zyen would say 'I do'...

Petal power at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

... while petals were scattered the length of the aisle, along with pretty jars as pew ends. 

Pom Poms galore at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

Over in the Cow Stalls, glass baubles were filled with striking flower heads, and the mangers were chock-full of candy-coloured pom poms... 

Arabian nights in The Normans Cow Stalls Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

... forming a vibrant backdrop to traditional English garden games - Jenga, giant dominoes, quoits and skittles - provided by Harrogate Wedding and Event Hire.

Photo booth at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

And let's not forget this fab DIY photo booth, complete with props for added wedding bants. 

Pom Pom Power The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

Pom poms made their way into The Normans Marquee, too - with yet more of the colourful cuties prettifying our rustic backdrops.

Candlelight and flowers at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

Tabletops were lavished with glowing tea-lights and delicate gold jars - each of which were hand painted by Lillie herself.

East meets West cuisine at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

Even the couple's cuisine - created by Friends4Dinner - was awash with colour and influences from both East and West. 

Bansuri live at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

But that's not all! By day, guests soaked up live music in The Normans Courtyard, in the form of the traditional Pakistani bansuri (flute) and tabla (drum). 

Beautiful Mrs Ubeid at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

As evening drew in, bride Lillie changed into a beautiful bespoke ensemble by Samsara Couture House, based in Lahore, Pakistan. 

The Boys at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

The couple's closest friends then followed suit - the gents each changing into a vibrant Shalwar kameez... 

Beautiful Bollywood at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

... and the girls a gorgeous Lehenga Choli. (Even The Normans resident pug, Betty, got in on the act!)

Pakastani traditions at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

Once the remaining guests took their seats around the dance floor, the girls made their way into the marquee holding mehndi plates and tealights to cue the evening's entertainment!

Bollywood Dancing at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

The group - following the lead of Lillie and Zyen - treated everyone to a dance showcase, performed to a soundtrack of the bride and groom's favourite Bollywood hits. 

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

Oh what a night! Our heartfelt congrats to the wonderful Lillie and Zyen, aka Mr and Mrs Ubeid. 

We could not have imagined a more magical setting than The Normans for our wedding: every single space, from the Courtyard to the Marquee, had something unique about it, meaning that we were able to continually surprise guests with new settings and decor throughout the day. It really was the best day of our lives!
— the beautiful Mrs Ubeid
Mr & Mrs Ubeid wed at The Normans Photo by www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk

All photographs are the handiwork of York-based Olivia Brabbs Photography. Keep your eyes peeled for yet more shots from this superb day on our Gallery!

Hot Stuff at The Normans

Newlywed kiss at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

When Dubai-based duo Amanda and Danny booked The Normans for their June 17 wedding, we did our very best sunshine dance. And, do you know, it worked?! Cue the hottest day of the year for one red-hot couple!

Bridal squad at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

While a radiant Amanda wore a David Tutera gown from Bridal Apparel Leeds, her bridesmaids' shone in heather-hued dresses from the same boutique - each of the girls choosing a style they felt best suited them. 

Put your hands up if you dig The Normans! Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

As for the girls' gorgeous wild posies, they're the handiwork of florist Angie Walker Beautiful Flowers

The boys at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

Almost (but not quite!) usurping the girls' in the style stakes: the boys! Opting for classic tails, groom Danny's Cameron Ross ensemble also came from Bridal Apparel Leeds. (His friend and MC, meanwhile, donned a scarlet toastmaster suit, hired from Moss Bros in Harrogate.)

Mingling in The Normans Courtyard Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

Back inside The Normans' lavender-strewn courtyard, guests soaked up the day's generous rays...

Garden Games at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

...while those feeling less languid made the most of traditional garden games on The Normans' lawn. 

The Normans Cow Stalls Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

Anyone seeking respite from the day's heat found a cool retreat in Cow Stalls, where the mangers were filled with wedding-white hydrangeas. 

Against the Grain (Shed) at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

As the sun began to dip, top wedding photographers Kate Gray Photography took the bridal party to The Normans grain shed for some smokin-hot shots...

Take your seats at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

The rest of the guests, meanwhile, took their seats inside The Normans marquee for a three-course feast, courtesy of Friends4Dinner

Mega Martinis in The Normans Marquee Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

Inside, mega martini glasses formed glam centrepieces, each filled with seasonal blooms, from Angie Walker Beautiful Flowers

Table Name Bants at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

The tables were each named after - in Amanda's words - "household banter", with one-liners from the couple's funniest incidents or classic bickering.   

Delicious Dessert Trio at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

The wedding breakfast kicked off with sharing platters of Italian meats, cheeses, olives and sun-dried tomatoes, followed by steak and dauphinois potatoes, with a dessert trio of  Eton mess, lemon cheesecake and sticky toffee pudding. (Because choosing just one can be ever so trying!)

Cheese cake by Friends4Dinner Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

For 'cheese fiend' Danny, caterers Friends4Dinner created a cheese cake with accompanying chutneys and crackers. 

Naked Cake at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

As if that wasn't enough, The Flamingo Bakery in Harrogate created this Naked Cake showstopper: comprising Madagascan Vanilla sponge (filled with cream and jam) and two layers of Indulgent Chocolate and Sicilian Lemon, filled with lemon curd.

Cocktails at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.com

Following a feast of a wedding breakfast, the couple treated guests to 'Cocktail Hour' with two cheekily-named tipples to represent the Yorkshire-born bride ('Northern Monkey') and her London-born beau ('Southern Fairy'). 

Food Trailer fun at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.co.uk

Rather thoughtfully, the couple also arranged for street food truck Market Wraps to help soak up all those cocktails. Cue pulled pork (or halloumi cheese for veggies), served in a Yorkshire pudding 'wrap' - one way to introduce their international guest list to a taste of the county! 

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

After a truly sun-scorched day, our Dubai hotties headed for their first dance as man and wife. (Before party band The Modern Way pumped out some serious floor-filling tunes!) Our congratulations to a truly fantastic couple!

We knew we wanted to get married in Yorkshire, but, after months of looking for a venue, and nothing grabbing us, we were pretty close to eloping - and then we chanced upon The Normans!
Planning a wedding from abroad has its difficulties but we absolutely lucked out with the dream team of Laura and Oliver. We couldn’t wait for our guests to see the venue, but even we were blown away by how incredible it looked on the day. The Normans showcased the very best of Yorkshire and the finest of Yorkshire hospitality.
— the amazing Amanda
Newlyweds at The Normans Photo by www.kategrayphotography.co.uk

All photographs are courtesy of the ever-so excellent Kate Gray Photography To feast your eyes on more photos from Amanda and Danny's awesome day, head to our Gallery soon!

Shine on at The Normans

Confetti time at The Normans Photo by www.nicolaphotography.co.uk

Here at The Normans we love a confetti shot (who doesn't?) and this one has to be an all time favourite! Cue an elated Mark and Jenny - aka Mr and Mrs Zaki - being showered in petals after a candle- and fairy-lit service in our Ceremony Barn. 

Silver Birch in The Normans Ceremony Barn Photo by www.nicolaphotography.co.uk

Decorative lighting and a wedding-white colour scheme formed a timeless look for the day. The Ceremony Barn was privy to a parade of delicate silver birch trees, each of which had glass baubles, filled with tea-lights, suspended from their branches.  

Cow Stalls in bloom at The Normans Photo by www.nicolaphotography.co.uk

Over in the Cow Stalls, eucalyptus clung to every inch of our mangers, with scented leaves interspersed with twinkling lights... 

Tulip parade in The Normans Cow Stalls Photo by www.nicolaphotography.co.uk

...while the troughs were filled with pretty white tulips and foliage (the very same tulips were used for Jenny's bridal bouquet.)

Dining among the trees at The Normans Photo by www.nicolaphotography.co.uk

Over in The Normans Marquee, cherry blossom trees formed statuesque centrepieces, with trailing ivy weaving its way over trunks and along branches. 

Silver birches inside The Normans Marquee Photo by www.nicolaphotography.co.uk

With floral wonder abound - all courtesy of the uber-talented Caines of Harrogate - it's hard to think of anything beyond tulips and trees - but allow us to share yet more details to fawn over!  

Table names at The Normans Photo by www.nicolaphotography.co.uk

The tables! For rustic table centre inspo, check out Jenny and Mark's hessian-wrapped centrepieces, offset with tree trunk-style table names (and plenty of lovely plonk).

Bridesmaids celebrate at The Normans Photo by www.nicolaphotography.co.uk

The outfits! Jenny's elegant bridesmaids' each wore floor-length navy gowns from Whistles - and carried wild white and green posies. 

That dress at The Normans Photo by www.nicolaphotography.co.uk

Bride Jenny literally sparkled from head to toe in the gorgeous Beatrice by Jenny Packham, purchased from decadent Harrogate boutique, The Bridal Collection. (Swoon!)

Shoe goals at The Normans Photo by www.nicolaphotography.co.uk.jpg

And don't even get us started on these feather-strewn Jimmy Choos, Vivien 85 - the ultimate #shoegoals!

String Quartet at The Normans Photo by www.nicolaphotography.co.uk

Outside one of Yorkhire's finest ensembles, Trio Vivo, set the classiest of tones, with music for guests to sup champagne to in The Normans sun-scorched courtyard... 

Arrive to applause at The Normans Photo by www.nicolaphotography.co.uk

While inside one of our favourite caterers, Friends4Dinner, served a stunning sit-down meal to the couple and their guests inside The Normans marquee. 

Cheese cake at The Normans Photo by www.nicolaphotography.co.uk.jpg

And let's not forget this tasty tower of fromage! Namely, Gorwydd Caerphilly, Vignotte, Cornish Yag, Swaledale Blue and Godminster fromage, decorated with figs and flowers. 

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

Sated - and ready to party - the couple took to the dancefloor, to get down to the dual beats of a Jonny Ross Music DJ and live saxophonist. Floor-filling sound guaranteed. Huzzah!

Holding our wedding at The Normans was a magnificent 10-star experience! From the very beginning of sending our parents to visit the venue to picking up our belongings after the wedding day, we received nothing but kindness, helpfulness and utter professionalism. We are absolutely over the moon that we chose The Normans to marry in front of our loved ones. (All of our guests told us over and over again how much they loved the venue too!)
— the ever-so elegant, Jenny
Mr and Mrs Zaki at The Normans Photo by www.nicolaphotography.co.uk

Heartfelt congratulations to these beautiful people from The Normans! All photos are by Nicola Denby Photography - more of which to be posted on our Gallery page soon!

Dahlias and Douglas (the Pug)

Dahlias and Douglas the pug at The Normans Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

Dahlias! Delphiniums! Douglas the Pug! There's so much cheery stuff to love about Danielle and Andy's big July day that we can't wait to share it with you!

Douglas the Pug at The Normans Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

First up, a Pug named Doug. As proud owners of Betty the Pug, we have a lot of love for squashed-faced pooches here at The Normans. But, we think you'll agree, Douglas looked every inch the dapper chappy in his dusky pink bow tie, awaiting his human's arrival down the aisle.

Flowers galore at The Normans Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

Next up, the flowers! Bright and bold was the look of the day, with jewel-coloured hydrangeas, peonies, delphiniums, dahlias, from Manchester's Northern Flower.

Floral Hair dos at The Normans Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

We just love Danielle's choice to adorn her bridal hair do with flowers too. (What a babe!)

Pretty in Pink at The Normans Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

And just check out these dramatic bouquets! The bridesmaids' dresses - from ASOS.com - tied in with the pretty pink theme too, while Danielle's gorgeous 'dress' was actually separates by Martina Liana from Ava Rose Hamilton Bridal, near Leeds. 

Bridal shoes at The Normans Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

Even Danielle's shoes had a floral feel - available from her fave shoe shop, Moda in Pelle

Just wed at The Normans Ceremony Barn Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

With an intimate guest list of 62, Danielle and Andy said their 'I do!'s in front of our cascading fairylights, before heading out into The Normans courtyard, where plenty of treats awaited their nearest and dearest.

Bride & Pugsmaid at The Normans Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

And, while Dani managed to keep Douglas away from the bar... 

Live music in The Normans courtyard Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

...other guests supped drinks in the sunshine to live music by funky acoustic duo, Colour Blue. (Who doesn't love a bongo on a Saturday afternoon?!)

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

Stylish wooden garden games also kept guests amused - Giant Jenga, anyone?

Photo moments at The Normans Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

After much merriment, guests moved into The Normans marquee, perusing photos of Danielle and Andy as they went. 

Newlyweds on The Normans farmland Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

Meanwhile, the couple of the hour headed out onto The Normans' farmland to capture more memorable moments for their photo album. 

The finer details at The Normans Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

After tucking into a delicious wedding breakfast - with rustic, flower-filled milk urns as table centrepieces - sweet treats awaited guests outside in the courtyard... 

Ice cream carts in The Normans courtyard Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

Cue retro ice cream cart, Scoop n' Sandwich from York. But this isn't just your average scoop in a cone, oh no... 

Ice cream carts in The Normans courtyard Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

...think myriad ice cream flavours, sandwiched between giant cookies and garnished with all sorts of sauces and toppings, from mini marshmallows to M&Ms. 

Let them eat cake at The Normans Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

But for those craving for yet more sugar, behold this rustic lovely from York-based White Rose Bakes: tiers of elder flower or lemon-infused sponges, with a white chocolate and raspberry filling. 

Time to disco at The Normans Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

After savouring so much loveliness, all that was left for the couple to do was party hard - on this occasion to top tunes from Jonny Ross Music.  Our hearty congratulations to the newly wed Mr and Mrs McCulloch - and, of course, a big shout out to Douglas the Pug!

From the moment we first viewed The Normans, we knew it was our ideal wedding venue (helped by the fact our Pug Douglas made friends with resident Pug, Betty!)
The Barn allowed us to have a ceremony in an original and beautiful setting and the Courtyard was a perfect space to celebrate with our friends and family in the sunshine. But the thing we loved the most was that The Normans offered us a stunning venue to create a wedding that was personal to us.
— The marvellous Mrs McCulloch
Party on brides of The Normans Photo by www.mjhstudio.co.uk

All photos are courtesy of talented Leeds-based wedding photographer, Mark Hillyer. Stay tuned for yet more snaps of the couple's day - coming to our Gallery soon!

Here's to you, Mrs Robinson!

Mrs Maheshi Robinson at The Normans Photo by www.edpereira.com

Now, we realise we've left this week's groom out of shot (apologies, David!), but we think you'll agree that bride Maheshi is a vision to behold! David and Mesh married at The Normans on a merry May day, when our farm fields were ripe with yellow rape seed - and what a backdrop it made!

Newlywed Mesh and David at The Normans Photo by www.edpereira.com

The couple were wed in The Normans Ceremony Barn, where they said 'I do' against another rather superb backdrop: floral displays in chic white and green by Simply Flowers and, of course, our signature cascading fairylights.

Confetti moment at The Normans Photo by www.edpereira.com

Huzzah! Officially wed, the newly-declared 'Mr and Mrs Robinson' emerged to a flurry of white petal confetti, in keeping with the day's colour scheme. 

The Normans Bridal Party Photo by www.edpereira.com

Both Mesh and her bridesmaids carried classic white roses for a timeless look. And while Mesh wore a designer gown from London's Paverly Bridal, the girls wore champagne-coloured dresses by BL Couture, available at Etsy.com (A big shout out too to the girls' make-up artist, Ravita Pannu!)

Classic white roses in The Normans Cow Stalls Photo by www.edpereira.com

The Normans Cow Stalls received a simple yet effective florish of white roses too....

The Normans Cow Stalls Photo by www.edpereira.com

...while eucalyptus ran the length of the Cow Stalls mangers, forming a cosy spot for the newlyweds and their guests to take time out from the revelries. 

The Normans Photo Wall Photo by www.edpereira.com

Over in The Normans Marquee, Mesh and David added plenty of personal touches. Guests' heads turned as they entered, with Polaroid snaps of the pair, from past to present pinned to the wall...

Personalised Touches at The NormansPhoto by www.edpereira.com

Personalised crates formed a fittingly rustic place for guests to pop cards and presents...

Instagram at The Normans Photo by www.edpereira.com

...while a chalkboard sign pointed guests to the right place to post all their best wedding snaps.

Pimp your prosecco at The Normans Bar photo by www.edpereira.com

But if there's one way to wedding guests' hearts, it's the opportunity to 'Pimp Your Prosecco!'

Teenage Kicks perform at The Normans Photo by www.edpereira.com

As a Prosecco-fuelled party commenced, guests got their groove on to tunes by Teenage Kicks, and struck a pose in a prop-filled photo booth, courtesy of Booth Revolution.

Night falls at The Normans Photo by www.edpereira.com

Meanwhile, the couple's photographer, Ed Pereira, took the opportunity to further demonstrate his talents with some smouldering night-time shots, both outside in our courtyard...

Newlyweds at The Normans by nightfall Photo by www.edpereira.com

.... and back in the very spot where David and Mesh tied the knot. (Wowee!)

Having toured what felt like the length and breadth of the country looking for the right venue, we knew as soon as we arrived at The Normans that it was the one.
Oliver, Laura and Sharon were incredibly helpful from the moment we booked, through to the moment we left the cottage on the morning after the big day - we can’t thank them enough!
— the ravishing Mrs Robinson
Maheshi Robinson marries at The Normans Photo by www.edpereira.com

All photographs are courtesy of the ever-so excellent Ed Pereira Photography To feast your eyes on yet more fabulous photos from Mesh and David's big day, head to our Gallery.

Rock On at The Normans

Newlyweds Mr & Mrs Malia at The Normans. Photo by www.sevenpoints.uk

Here at The Normans, we like to think of ourselves as being a bit rock 'n' roll. But we felt positively dorky in the company of actual rocker Lee Malia - lead guitarist of Bring Me the Horizon - who wed the beautiful Deni here last month. (Oh, and their dog Blue got in on the action too.)

Ceremony Barn at The Normans  Photo by www.sevenpoints.uk

The couple decorated the barrels in the Ceremony Barn, with two rather awesome displays of succulents, peonies and eucalyptus. 

Glass Lanterns in The Normans Ceremony Barn. Photo by www.sevenpoints.uk

The length of the aisle, meanwhile, was strewn with white petals, as well as tall candles in glass hurricane glasses. (Beware brides with big dresses!)

Baby's Breath Pew Ends at The Normans. Photo by www.sevenpoints.uk

Gypsophelia (aka 'Baby's Breath') formed pretty pew ends, tied to chairs with rustic hessian string. 

Candelabras in The Normans Marquee. Photo by www.sevenpoints.uk

Over in The Normans marquee, vintage-style peonies in a soft peach hue were paraded on candelabras, with trailing greenery giving a modern edge. 

Bridal Bouquet by Kate Mell Flowers at The Normans. Photo by www.sevenpoints.uk

With the scene set, a rather stunning Deni sauntered to The Ceremony Barn to meet her man, carrying this dramatic cascading bouquet - the handiwork of the talented Kate Mell Flowers

Girl squad! Bride and bridesmaid at The Normans. Photo by www.sevenpoints.uk

Feeling some fishtail envy coming on? (Us too!) Deni wore Morilee by Madeline Gardner, which she found at Bliss boutique in Doncaster.  Her bridesmaids oozed glamour too, dressed in glittering rose gold gowns from Goddiva

Wedding ceremony at The Normans. Photo by www.sevenpoints.uk

Deni and Lee were wed before our cascading fairylights by cool and quirky celebrant Louisa Starr - she of Starr Gazing Ceremonies (see our recommended suppliers for deets!)

Party time in The Normans courtyard. Photo by www.sevenpoints.uk

With the duo officially wed, it was celebration time in the courtyard, where guests got their party on to live tunes from the fantastic Got It Covered (When he's not hanging out at The Normans, the lead singer can also be seen performing on Broadway, don't you know!)  

Rustic table plan at The Normans Photo by www.sevenpoints.uk

The rustic table plan was stood on The Normans' very own easel (yes, you can use it for your big day too!), showing guests where to take their seats for a mouthwatering meal by one of our fave caterers, The Hog & Apple Food Co. 

Beef and Pulled Pork at The Normans. Photo by www.sevenpoints.uk

While Thai Tom Yum Broth was served to start, meat-eaters were treated to beef and pulled pork for their main course (and a pepper tian-style burger for the veggies.)

Dessert time at The Normans. Photo by www.sevenpoints.uk

Dessert, meanwhile, came in the delicious form of a salted caramel cheesecake, served upon a fittingly rustic board. 

Newlyweds at The Normans. Photo by www.sevenpoints.uk

With the party in full swing, the newlyweds took a little time out for photos on The Normans farmland. Well, almost alone... (spot the photo-bomber!) Congratulations, Mr & Mrs Malia!

The Normans is by far the most amazing venue we have ever seen. It’s so stunning and has a really rustic and classy feel to it. If we could do it all over again we would - and we wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you all so much for everything, we had the best day of our lives!
— Mrs Malia, rock babe
Mrs Malia at The Normans Cottage Photo by www.sevenpoints.uk

Loving Lee and Deni's wedding photos? Then go ahead and check out the rather awesome Seven Points - and keep eyes peeled for more snaps from this duo's day on our Gallery soon... 

Pure & Simple at The Normans

Fairylights Galore at The Normans Photo by www.lukebellphotography.co.uk

Now, we realise Pure and Simple was a hit for pop band Hear'Say, but once we had the song in our heads we simply couldn't think of another title. Happily, there wasn't a hint of pop-tastic nineties style about Anna and Jonathan's wedding. Not a jot. Rather, pure elegance and simple style, creating an effortlessly timeless look for the London duo's day. 

Arriving in Style at The Normans wedding venue Photo by www.lukebellphotography.co.uk

After tying the knot at St Wilfrid's Catholic Church in nearby York, the dapper newlyweds rolled up to The Normans in style - and photo ready, naturally!

Bridesmaids at The Normans Photo by www.lukebellphotography.co.uk

While bridesmaids' wore elegant floor-length lavender gowns by Biba (bought from House of Fraser, in case you were wondering) ...

Bride in The Normans Cow Stalls Photo by www.lukebellphotography.co.uk

... Anna looked every inch the lady in a chic Mikaella Bridal gown (a design that also lends itself well to reclining in our Cow Stalls when things all get a bit much).

Chillax in The Normans Cow Stalls Photo by www.lukebellphootgraphy.co.uk

Take note, too, of the white and green flowers that filled the Cow Stall mangers. Jonathan's mother not only grew said flowers, but went on to create these very arrangements - forming the prettiest of backdrops for a good chinwag. 

Rainy Days at The Normans Photo by www.lukebellphotography.co.uk

While outside the rain fell, it didn't dampen revellers' spirits - they simply supped their champers beneath The Normans courtyard parasol, or inside the 18th-century threshing barn, before dinner was called. (In your face, rain.) 

Farmland Smooch at The Normans. Photo by www.lukebellphotography.co.uk

As luck would have it, the dove-grey sky created a rather romantic atmosphere for wedding photos on The Normans farmland.

Newlyweds at The Normans Photo by www.lukebellphotography.co.uk

In fact, we can't resist sharing another similarly splendid shot from Luke Bell Photography (more well-deserved plugs for him at the end of this post).

Top table style at The Normans. Photo by www.lukebellphotography.co.uk

As evening drew near, guests were called to dine inside The Normans Marquee. Inside, tables were set in the couple's trademark timeless style, dressed simply with white flowers and cream candles, placed in glass and punched silver holders. 

Party Hard at The Normans Photo by www.lukebellphotography.co.uk

And with dining and speeches complete, all that was left to do was, well, party hard. And party they did! Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Anna and Jonathan - a class act. 

The Normans provided the perfect contemporary space for everyone to enjoy themselves. We weren’t particularly lucky with the weather, but The Normans went above and beyond to make sure that both our preparation and the wedding day itself went as smoothly as possible. We couldn’t have asked for more.
— the ever-so elegant, Anna
Anna Laverty weds at The Normans Photo by www.lukebellphotography.co.uk

The photographer responsible for capturing Anna and Jonathan's day is one Luke Bell Photography. To contact the man himself, click on our list of recommended suppliers (he's really very good.)