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.

 Raymond & Louise wed at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com

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.

 Here come the boys Photo by www.crismatthews.com

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’…

 The Bridal Cottage at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews

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

 Boho bridal style at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com

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

 That dress at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com

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.

 Aisle Ready at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com

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.

 Here comes the bride at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com

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

 Just married at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com

… 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.

 Fun in the Sun at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com

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.

 Horsing around at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com
 Newlywed moments at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com

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.

 Where in the World at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com

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.”

 Photo place settings at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com

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

 Give a Gift at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com

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

 Gypsophelia at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com

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

 Time to Talk at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com

“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.”

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

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!

 First Dance at The Normans Photo by www.crismatthews.com
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

Tickled Pink at The Normans

Love was in full bloom here at The Normans at the end of May, when Marie and James's big day boasted blossom trees, pink posies - and glorious sunshine.  

 Love Blossoms at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

The colour scheme saw the prettiest of pinks, starting with the girls' bouquets, which exuded sugary summer hues, courtesy of York-based florist Once Upon a Thyme 

Tickled Pink at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography.jpg

The bridesmaids' dresses followed suit with dusky-floor length gowns from AX Paris at ASOS.com. Marie, meanwhile, looked the picture of elegance in Allure Romance, from To Have and to Hold 

Pretty in Pink at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography.jpg

Meanwhile, James and his groomsmen sported bold blue suits with matching dusky-pink ties, from Dobell menswear 

 Men of the Moment at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

Elsewhere in the venue, those dominant pink tones were punctuated with wild, English-grown garden flowers ...

 Wedding flora at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

... paying the perfect compliment to The Normans rustic vibes: as seen in our original Cow Stalls-turned-ultimate wedding snug!

 The Normans Cow Stalls Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography.

But it was Ceremony Barn where heads really turned - upward! Cue two towering blossom trees, which formed a breathtaking frame to the couple's vows. (Available to hire from Ambience Venue Styling York!)

 Wed beneath the blossom at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

Adding yet more romance to the occasion, were Endymion String Quartet, who serenaded guests as Marie stepped down the aisle - and during celebratory reception drinks too. 

 Play on at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

Officially husband and wife, James and Marie left the Ceremony Barn beneath a shower of petal confetti ... 

 Confetti moments at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

... before promptly joining guests in the Courtyard for traditional garden games - and champagne, naturally!

 Garden Games at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

After ample merry making outside, guests took their seats inside - this time heading to The Normans Grain Shed, where yet more floral displays took shape. 

 Feast beneath the fairylights at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

Centerpieces comprised flower-filled hurricane lanterns, while tea-lights added a touch of sparkle to table tops. 

 Fab florals at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

Rustic name tags served as guests' place names, tied to a simple sprig of aromatic lavender. 

 Lavender love at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

That lavender hue also appeared on our Chiavari chairs, courtesy of Ambience Venue Styling York, who added a mauve sash to each. 

 Pimp your chair at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

We just loved the top table display of real moss, offset with pastel-coloured candles, roses and succulents. 

 Take a seat at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography
 Light up The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

Even the couple's cake was dressed to thrill, with real flowers and yet more lavender finishing the vanilla sponge creation off a treat. (Layers included vanilla cream, sticky carrot and ginger and lemon drizzle.)

 Let them eat cake at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

The overall effect was a pink and purple haven, with plenty of rustic wooden signage to boot. 

 Purple reign at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

And with the scene so beautifully set inside, the couple were also sure to make the most of the rustic surrounds out, with those all-important newlywed shots... Congratulations, James and Marie!

 Rustic chic at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography
From our very first visit, we knew that The Normans was the one for our special day! The team were always on hand to make sure our day ran smoothly and was stress-free. The incredible backdrop of fairy lights coupled with the ambient light of the candles in the ceremony barn stunned us all. A perfect venue!
— the marvellous Marie
 Just wed at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

 

SUPPLIERS

BRIDE'S DRESS TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

BRIDESMAID'S DRESSES AX PARIS AT ASOS.COM

BRIDE & BRIDESMAIDS' HAIR ANNA STEPHENSON

FLORIST ONCE UPON A THYME

GROOM'S SUIT DOBELL

MUSIC ENDYMION STRING QUARTET

PHOTOGRAPHER CJ RODGERS PHOTOGRAPHY 

VENUE STYLIST AMBIENCE VENUE STYLING YORK

 Take time out at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

A decadent day at The Normans

Check out newlyweds Bec and Andy, sharing a love-struck moment in The Normans Cow Stalls! Their big April day was a showcase of decadent dresses, wedding-white blooms and warm lighting in abundance ... 

 Andy & Rebecca The Normans Cow Stalls Photo by toastofleeds.co.uk

When it comes to bridal gowns, they don't come much more detailed than Bec's beautiful, hand-beaded Anna Campbell dress, Sierra 

 Here Comes the Bride at The Normans Photo by Toast

Snapped up from Coco & Kate bridal boutique, we were admiring its silvery hues and decadent detail all day long (those beaded shoulder loops!) 

 Bridal bliss at The Normans Photo by Toast

An equally sultry scene was set for Bec's arrival, with the Ceremony Barn dressed with elegant white floral arrangements - the handiwork of Stems Design - at the fore and hurricane lanterns lining the aisle. 

 Wed by candlelight at The Normans Photo by Toast

Bec's entrance was proceeded by a beautifully dressed bridal brigade: her friend Sarah in a white chiffon and sequinned maxi dress, by Goddiva

 Bridal Procession at The Normans Photo by Toast

And, cranking up the cute factor, their page boy and flower girl in Marks & Spencer ensembles

 Say cheese at The Normans Photo by Toast

After a seriously sparkling ceremony - not to mention a tear-jerking reading - Bec and Andy were officially wed, prompting a reception to remember ... 

 Newlyweds at The Normans Photo by Toast

The Normans Grain Shed set a sumptuous scene, thanks to winning floral arrangements by Stems Design, fine fare from The Hog & Apple Food Co. and our signature fairylights. 

 The Normans Marquee by Toast Photography

Centerpieces paraded atop tall vases, allowing guests to talk across the table with ease. Each display comprising blousy white roses, ranunculus, spray roses, white Veronica and hellabores for a 'simple yet elegant' look. 

 Take centrestage at The Normans Photo by Toast

Low-level arrangements spanned the length of the traditional top table, along with Bec's beloved bouquet - plus countless glass vases with floating tea-lights for added sparkle. 

 Let there be Light at The Normans Photo by Toast

Favours came in the form of a miniature Raspberry Gin - perfect for toasting the couple. 

 Tasty tipples at The Normans Photo by Toast

The Hog & Apple Food Co's cuisine proved a talking point, as always, kicking off with anti-pasta sharing platters, served on tall wooden boards.

 Hog & Apple sharing boards at The Normans Photo by Toast

The cake comprised a tier of lemon drizzle with lemon curd icing, another of Cherry Bakewell and a Salted Caramel praline top layer with Swiss meringue icing. Made by Andy's cousin, it was placed on the same cake stand used for Bec's great grandparents' big day.  

 Let them eat Cake at The Normans Photo by Toast

With the party in full swing, guests got down to the tunes of Hot Biscuit, while Espresso Martinis headlined at the bar. Here's to the happy couple, Mr & Mrs Preston!

 Espresso Martinis at The Normans Photo by Toast
We couldn’t have wished for anything more than what The Normans had to offer: from the breathtaking lighting in the Ceremony Barn, to the dancefloor and stage for our band - and everything else in between, The Normans has it all. The team were on hand to ensure that the timings were perfect, the guests were looked after and the day was as stress-free as it could be. An outstanding wedding venue.
— the beautiful Bec
 Bride Becci at The Normans Photo by Toast

 

SUPPLIERS

BRIDE'S DRESS SIERRA BY ANNA CAMPBELL

BRIDESMAID'S DRESS GODDIVA

BRIDE & BRIDESMAIDS' HAIR AMY AT OPTIONS

CATERING THE HOG & APPLE FOOD CO. 

FLORIST STEMS DESIGN

FLOWERGIRL & PAGE BOY OUTFITS MARKS & SPENCER

GROOM'S SUIT REISS

MUSIC ANDY FRENCH MUSIC

PHOTOGRAPHER TOAST OF LEEDS

 

Beauties and the beast (from the East!)

If you've been soaking up the sun lately, spare a thought for super-cool Catherine and Paul - whose March wedding was gatecrashed by the mighty Beast from the East!

But did they let the gale force winds and snow put their big day on ice?

Did they heck!

Snow storm at The Normans Photo by www.julesbarron.com

Bride-to-be Catherine arrived with a gaggle of gold-drenched girls and together they fought off the elements in these rather fabulous customised leather jackets... 

 And the bride wore leather Photo by www.julesbarron.com.

The bridesmaids' dresses were by Jenny Packham at Debenhams, while hair-dos were the handiwork of Emily Hawkes and make up artistry by Meg Lindow

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

And here's a better look at that dress: from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, the show-stopping Micah by Sottero and Midgley marries a bejeweled bodice and layer upon layer of tulle!

 Here comes the bride at The Normans Photo by www.juliebarron.com

Not to be entirely outdone, groom Paul looked mighty dapper in an emerald-green suit by Paul Smith, teamed with braces from Mrs Bow Tie

 Man of the Moment at The Normans Photo by www.julesbarron.com

With everyone wedding-ready, The Normans Ceremony Barn welcomed guests with warm candlelight and white flora and greenery - ivy, eucalyptus and pampass grass among them - by Serendipity Floral Design

 Flowers by Serendipity Floral Design at The Normans Photo by www.julesbarron.com

For yet more greenery, the Pew ends were garnished with a simple sprig of eucalyptus.

 Eucalyptus pew ends at The Normans Photo by Jules Barron

After a heartfelt ceremony, the just-wed pair walked back down the aisle amidst a flurry of multi-coloured confetti, carrying their flowergirl and daughter, Róisín

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

As The Beast from the East continued to rage outside, guests inside were oblivious, and moved onto The Normans Grain Shed for the next stage of revelries... 

 Floating Table Plan at The Normans Photo by Jules Barron

We just love this floating table plan, just one of the creations made by Catherine herself (the lady behind CJ Designs), who also made all of the stationery for her big day. 

 Take a seat at The Normans Photo by Jules Barron

Mismatching table settings gave the couple's chic decor a modern feel, with flower-filled bottles and decorative books on some tables ... 

 The table is set at The Normans Photo by Jules Barron

... and tall floral displays, courtesy of Serendipity Floral Design, gracing others. 

 Chic centerpieces at The Normans Photo by Jules Barron

Menus - also the handiwork of CJ Designs - revealed the delicious dishes to be served up by The Hog & Apple Food Co, with Yorkshire Deli Boards to start, followed by a relaxed and meaty main of Tomahawk and Chateaubriand steak and triple-cooked chips ... 

 Fine Dining at The Normans Photo by Jules Barron

... and the couple's decadent red velvet chocolate wedding cake (courtesy of Marks and Spencer) for dessert. 

 Let them Eat Cake at The Normans Photo by Jules Barron

Happily, outside the weather proved no obstacle for some fabulous photos - indeed, we'd say the wind showed off Catherine's princess dress to perfection!

 Windy weddings at The Normans Photo by Jules Barron

While the Cow Stalls provided cosy - and romantic - respite from the elements.  

 Cosy moments in The Cow Stalls Photo by Jules Barron

Come nightfall drinks flowed while Pretty Little Faces performed festival-style face painting of glitter and jewels on grown-up guests: the party spirit was well and truly on!

 Shot o Clock at The Normans Photo by Jules Barron

Our hearty congratulations to the super Catherine and Paul!

 Party time at The Normans Photo by Jules Barron
From the minute we walked into the Ceremony Barn we knew The Normans was ‘our’ venue - it suited us perfectly. On the day it all went perfectly, even with The Beast from the East returning to give us a -6 chill factor and snow! I’ve never smiled so much and we can’t thank The Normans team enough for making it a day we’ll never forget.
— the fabulous Catherine

SUPPLIERS

BRIDE'S DRESS & VEIL THE HARROGATE WEDDING LOUNGE

BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES JENNY PACKHAM AT DEBENHAMS

BRIDE & BRIDESMAIDS' HAIR EMILY HAWKES BRIDAL HAIR STYLIST

BRIDE & BRIDESMAIDS' MAKE UP MEG LINDOW

CATERING THE HOG & APPLE FOOD CO. 

FACE PAINTING PRETTY LITTLE FACES

FLORIST SERENDIPITY FLORAL DESIGNS

GROOM'S SUIT PAUL SMITH

GROOM'S BOW TIE MRS BOW TIE

MUSICIANS SAM DOWNING

PHOTOGRAPHER JULES BARRON

WEDDING STATIONERY CJ DESIGNS

*PHOTOGRAPHER JULES BARRON IS OFFERING COUPLES WHO HAVE BOOKED THEIR WEDDING AT THE NORMANS A 10% DISCOUNT OFF OF HER PHOTOGRAPHY RATES! 

*SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. APPLICABLE WHEN BOOKING DURING 2018.

 Catherine and Paul at The Normans Photo by Jules Barron

Springtime vibes ... at The Normans

Spring has finally sprung here at The Normans (huzzah!) and the sun-kissed March wedding of Claire and Paddy is a vision to behold!

 Newlyweds at The Normans Photo by Tim Zolte

Bride Claire and her gaggle of girls readied themselves in The Normans onsite cottage, located a stone's throw from the venue ... 

 Show time at The Normans Photo by Tim Zolte

And, with flowers abound inside the venue, the girls decided to add a floral touch to their own wedding look - with a single rosebud for the bridesmaids ...

 Flower Girls at The Normans Photo by Tim Zolte

... and a full and fabulous floral crown for the lady herself, created by the couple's wedding florist, Clock Dandelion

 Floral Crown by Clock Dandelion at The Normans Photo by Tim Zolte

Indeed, Claire's crowning glory and verdant bouquet reflect the look of the day perfectly;  a fusion of elegant white roses with wild ferns, thistles and rustic foliage - to name a few. 

 Bridal bouquet by Clock Dandelion Photo by Tim Zolte

Clock Dandelion's fresh, country creations could be found in each of the venue's key spaces: over-sized vases took pride of place in the Ceremony Barn, marking the spot where Paddy and Claire would say 'I do'. 

 Ceremony Centerpieces by Clock Dandelion at The Normans Photo by Tim Zolte

In the Cow Stalls, miniature Yorkshire ferns and white orchids were suspended from beams, creating a magical, botanical backdrop. 

 The Normans Cow Stallls Photo by Tim Zolte

While guests entered The Normans Grain Shed beneath this show-stopping archway ... 

 Walk this Way at The Normans Photo by Tim Zoltie

Not to be outdone, the bridal party were equally well-dressed from head to toe. The bridesmaids chose mismatching blush-hued dresses from ASOS.com

 Here come the girls at The Normans Photo by Tim Zolte

Man of the hour, Paddy, donned a bespoke suit, handpicking his fabric and lining from Huddersfield Fine Worsted's before Raymond Andrews Tailors created the finished article. Groomsmen, meanwhile, wore brown wool suits from Slater Menswear

 Men of the Moment at The Normans Photo by Tim Zolte

Claire's gorgeous bridal look comprised a Stella Yorke gown from Celebrations Bridal in Ossett and a faux fur wrap from Reiss to take off the March chill. 

 The Normans Bride Photo by Tim Zolte

And let's not forget the shoes ... Barkers brogues for him and Manolo Blahnik's for her. 

 Stylish steps at The Normans Photo by Tim Zolte

When it came to the cake, however, the couple decided to do away with tradition, opting instead for a tower of chocolate brownies - created by friend, Catherine. As delicious as the big day itself!

 Chocolate Brownie Tower at The Normans Photo by Tim Zoltie
We couldn’t have picked a more perfect venue for our wedding. From the meticulous attention to detail by The Normans team to the flow of the venue, both ensured success. The bar being by the dancefloor keeps people on the dancefloor all night, while the beautiful courtyard - where we had our photos - meant we could be with everyone all day. Thank you for providing the perfect venue for our perfect day!
— blonde bombshell, Claire
 Kisses in the Cow Stalls at The Normans Photo by Tim Zoltie.

SUPPLIERS

BRIDE'S DRESS CELEBRATIONS BRIDAL SHOP

BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES ASOS.COM

FLORIST CLOCK DANDELION

FOOD TASTE CUISINE

GROOM'S SUIT HUDDERSFIELD'S FINE WORSTEDS (FABRIC); RAYMOND ANDREWS TAILORS (TAILORING)

MUSICIANS DR FUNTIMES

PHOTOGRAPHER TIM ZOLTIE PHOTOGRAPHY

 The Normans Courtyard Photo by Tim Zoltie

All that glitters at The Normans

Here at The Normans we like to party. And what better time to let one's locks down than New Year's Eve?! Cue Victoria and Martin, our NYE couple, who welcomed 2018 in style ... 

 Confetti celebrations at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell

The outfits! Bride Victoria dazzled guests in this gorgeous gown, from Accent Original Bridal Boutique - with the kind of trail a bride-to-be's dreams are made of...

  That Dress  at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell

Her bevy of bridesmaids, meanwhile, were dressed perfectly for the occasion, pairing floor-length navy gowns from Coast with glam-yet-cosy faux fur wraps. 

 Bridal Party Goals at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell

The chaps cut a dash in three-piece suits - the grey and blue tones tying in with girls' garb to a tee.

 Groomsmen Goals at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell

Of course, it's not a party without an abundance of decor - cue local florist, Clock Dandelion who dressed every space of The Normans with originality and flair. (The grey accents in Victoria's bouquet make it one of our favourites of 2017!)

 Clock Dandelion Bouquet at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell

Over in the Cow Stalls, the partitions were given the royal treatment, wrapped in the thickest foliage, interspersed with wedding-white roses 

 The Cow Stalls at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell
 All in the Detail at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell

We just loved these hanging floral installations by Clock Dandelion too - with one suspended from every Cow Stall bay. 

 Hanging installation at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell

Indeed, we think these deserve a closer look - if only for those delightful dandelion clocks! #weddingflowergoals

 Fab flora at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell

After a champagne-fuelled drinks' reception, guests made their way into The Normans Marquee - guided by a gin-inspired table plan (what better boozy theme for New Year's Eve?)

 Gin O Clock at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell

Inside, guests found the starriest of backdrops to the evening event - in the form of paper lantern stars, hung overhead by the couple's florist, Clock Dandelion. 

 The Stars are in the Sky Tonight at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell

Even the cake glittered: four tiers by Celebrate Country Cake Design comprising Victoria sponge, chocolate sponge, lemon sponge and spiced cranberry and brandy ganache flavours. 

 Cake Glitterati at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell

As dining came to an end, the tempo reached for the stars, with The English Country Gentlemen taking to the stage

 Party Time at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell

Meanwhile, roulette and Black Jack tables, courtesy of Casino Hire UK added a party vibe for the dance-shy

 Casino Tables at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell

But as the clock struck midnight there wasn't a soul off the dancefloor, with guests seeing in 2018 - with a little help from party hats, poppers and glitter canons!

 Happy New Year at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell.

Wishing a Happy 2018 - and beyond! - to newlyweds, Victoria and Martin. 

 Magic moments at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell
The Normans is incredible and the team made our day even more special! The venue is utterly charming and atmospheric on its own - but once you add your own touches it turns into an incredible venue that received praise from all our guests. A wedding here will live long in the memory.
— Man of the moment, Martin

 

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 Just Wed Kiss at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell

All photographs of Victoria and Martin's big day are courtesy of Luke Bell Photography