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

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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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FLORIST CLOCK DANDELION

FOOD Fryton Catering

GROOM'S SUIT JACK BUNNEYS 

MAGICIAN MARTIN COLLINS

MUSICIANS THE ENGLISH COUNTRY GENTLEMAN

PHOTOGRAPHER LUKE BELL PHOTOGRAPHY 

PHOTO BOOTH DIAMOND PHOTOBOOTH

WEDDING CAKE CELEBRATE COUNTRY CAKE DESIGN

 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

Let it Snow... at The Normans

In case you haven't noticed, it's pretty darn snowy at the moment - a perfect opportunity, perhaps, to share Claire and Andy's big day, and showcase The Normans in all its wintry wedding glory.   

 Newlyweds at The Normans Photo by www.alexandraholtphotography.com

Before the Beast of the East reared its ugly head, The Normans Courtyard found itself blanketed in snow back in December - creating a rather magical backdrop to the couple's festive wedding day. 

 The Normans Courtyard in snow. Photo by www.alexandraholtphotography.com

Happily, Claire was warm as toast, just a stone's throw away inside The Normans Cottage, where York-based make-up artist Julie Mercer created a fab, photo-ready look for the girls. 

 Wedding-ready in The Normans Cottage. Photo by www.alexandraholtphotography.com

While snowflakes continued to fall in flurries outside the Cottage, we at The Normans didn't fret a jot ... 

 The Normans Cottage. Photo by www.alexandraholtphotography.com

... for inside the venue an array of winter loveliness awaited guests: warm candlelight flickered in our Ceremony Barn ... 

 Wed by candlelight at The Normans. Photo by www.alexandraholtphotography.com

... while dramatic displays of snow-white flowers, by Kate Mell, were paraded on our rustic barrels, marking the spot where Claire and Andy would say 'I do!'

 Kate Mell Flowers at The Normans. Photo by www.alexandraholtphotography.com

Back outside, our Christmas tree branches shimmered under a dusting of snow.

 Christmas at The Normans. Photo by www.alexandraholtphotography.com

Happily, all the guests made it to the ceremony on time to witness the punch-the-air-moment when Claire and Andy were declared husband and wife - huzzah!

 Just wed! At The Normans. Photo by www.alexandraholtphotography.com

Champagne flowed in our rustic snug, The Cow Stalls, where guests could cosy up and toast the newlyweds.

 Mingling in The Normans Cow Stalls. Photo by www.alexandraholtphotography.com

Outside, others were happy to brave the frost in their finest - with winter-warming canapés from The Hog & Apple Food Co.  

 Top notch cuisine by The Hog & Apple Food Co. Photo by www.alexandraholtphotography.com

The chillier climes didn't hamper our couple's spirits either. After all, what's not to love about a snowy wedding photo?!

 Newlyweds at The Normans. Photo by www.alexandraholtphotography.com

With the drinks' reception drawing to a close, guests took their seats inside The Normans Marquee - where this seasonal light-up tree made the prettiest of table plans. 

 Take a Seat at The Normans. Photo by www.alexandraholtphotography.com

Table tops were awash with sparkle too: from gold terrariums in the centre to mini Christmas baubles on napkins - one hand-tied with a name tag and sprig of gypsophila for festive place settings. 

 Dining time at The Normans. Photo by www.alexandraholtphotography.com

The simple yet chic stationery was designed by the couple themselves, reflecting the white and gold colour scheme.

 Fine dining at The Normans. Photo by www.alexandraholtphotography.com

The menu featured indulgent Yorkshire Deli Boards and mouthwatering Spanish Tapas from The Hog & Apple Food Co, creating a sociable yet relaxed dining style for guests. 

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

Dessert, meanwhile, came in the form of three delicious tiers of buttercream-encased cake.

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

With so much fine food and drink consumed, all that was left for Claire and Andy to enjoy was their place on the dancefloor! Congratulations to the bride and groom!

 Looking Good on the Dancefloor at The Normans. Photo by Alexandra Holt Photography
The Normans is simply stunning and added such magic to the atmosphere of the day. There are not enough ‘thank yous’ to The Normans team for how they helped coordinate our day. They made it effortless and stress-free; which meant the world!
— The oh-so-lovely, Claire

CATERER THE HOG & APPLE FOOD CO

BRIDE'S DRESS SUZANNE NEVILLE

FLORIST KATE MELL

GROOM'S SUIT MARKS & SPENCER

MAKE-UP JULIE MERCER

PHOTOGRAPHER ALEXANDRA HOLT PHOTOGRAPHY

BAND SHINE ON

STATIONERY PRINTED BY HOBS REPRO (DESIGN, COUPLE'S OWN)  

TREE TABLE PLAN JOHN LEWIS

WEDDING CAKE COUPLE'S OWN

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All photographs of Claire and Andy's big December day are courtesy of the rather ace Alexandra Holt Photography. More images can be seen on our Gallery soon ... 

Wintry wonderment at The Normans

While most Yorkshire folk are cursing the cold right now, we're feeling all nostalgic about winter weddings gone-by: take these newlywed babes, Laura and Nick Jackson who wed here at The Normans in December. 

 December dreams at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography.

Laura looked beyond lovely in a St Patrick dress, from Harrogate's Bridal Rogue Gallery.

 December bride at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography

Her bevy of bridesmaids, meanwhile, sparkled against the Ceremony Barn's candlelight in golden, sequinned gowns by Maya at ASOS.com

 Winter bridesmaids at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography

And while, in our opinion, nothing says 'Christmas' like a bit of sparkle, The Lofthouse Brass Band really set the tone: playing the likes of White Christmas and Jingle Bells, as guests gathered in the crisp Courtyard to toast the happy couple. 

 Festive tunes at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography.

For festive fauna, Laura opted for simple posies of Baby's Breath for her bridesmaids - which looked positively snowball-like on a December day. 

 Babys Breath Posies at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography

And we just loved these over-sized wreaths by the couple's florist - Natasha Coustol Floral Designs - using thick, rich green foliage with pops of dark berries and white buds. 

 Christmas couple at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography

Inside The Normans Marquee, meanwhile, it was a show of winter elegance: delicate pinks and wedding whites combined, with Pussy Willow branches giving centrepieces added height. 

 Sparkling interiors at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography

Place settings were kept simple, with sprigs of rosemary, each tied with a guest's name. 

 Rosemary napkin rings at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography

The couple's stationery too, was simple yet super chic. We love these menus by online company, Papier - not to mention the mouthwatering courses listed, courtesy of top caterers The Hog & Apple Food Co.

 Dining at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography

For the wedding cake, York-based Crumbs Cupcakery created three tempting tiers: red velvet, lemon and Victoria Sponge. 

 Crumbs Cupcakery at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography

And as if the food offering's weren't enough to feed guests' senses, a pianist - James Hey Piano - took to the stage to tinkle those ivories as guests dined.

 James Hey Pianist at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography

Come nightfall, the couple managed to take a few moments away for those all-important just-wed photos ... 

 Cosy Cow Stalls at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography

Before dancing the night away, thanks to the floor-filling hits of DJ Grant Saker. Our hearty 'congratulations' to Mr & Mrs Jackson!

 Party time at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography
We searched for our wedding venue for over a year (including a trip to Italy!) but instantly knew we had found ‘the one’ when we stepped inside The Normans.
It gave us everything we had been looking for and our day really couldn’t have been better. The team were brilliant right from the start and we couldn’t have done it without all their help. We just want to do it all over again!
— the lovely, Laura
 Just wed at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography

SUPPLIERS

Caterer The Hog & Apple Food Co

Bride's dress St Patrick at Bridal Rogue Gallery

Bridesmaids' dresses Maya at ASOS.com

Florist Natasha Coustol Floral Design

Groom & groomsmens' suits John Lewis

hair stylist Hair by Craig Parkinson

make-up Laura Maria Makeup Artist

Photographer Luke Bell Photography

Pianist James Hey Piano

RECEPTION BAND Lofthouse Brass Band

Stationery Papier

Wedding cake Crumbs Cupcakery

 

 Winter stroll at The Normans Photo by Luke Bell Photography

These oh-so-fabulous photos are the handiwork of Luke Bell Photography

Festive finery at The Normans

New Year's greetings, one and all! While The Normans has closed its doors for January, we're still feeling the love for weddings - especially now that photos of December's big days are ready to share with you! 

Mrs Megan Mitchell at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk.jpg

Meet the gorgeous Megan née Bottomley who says she wanted a "classy Christmas" theme for her December day. She chose an Olvis gown - from York's Bridal Rogue Gallery -  for herself, while her bevy of bridesmaids wore a seasonal, rich-red hue.  

 Step down the aisle at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

After readying themselves onsite, at The Normans Cottage, the girls sauntererd to our Ceremony Barn in those rather fabulous top-and-skirt combos, from Coast. 

 Canine ushers at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

Hot on their heels was this smart fellow, the couple's miniature labradoodle, Albert - quite possibly the most dapper pooch to step down The Normans aisle. 

 The Normans Ceremony Barn Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

Inside the Ceremony Barn, pew ends were festive and seasonal, with Christmas tree branches and fir cones hand-tied with taffeta bows. 

 Decorative detail at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

Two tall, standing candelabras marked the spot where Megan and Ryan would say 'I do', dressed in seasonal foliage and white flowers. 

 String quartet at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

The Kendal String Quartet set the most romantic of tones, playing as guests took their seats - and as Megan walked down the aisle toward husband-to-be, Ryan. 

 Cermony by candlelight at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

Here, Ryan and Megan said their vows by candlelight, before being declared Mr and Mrs Mitchell - huzzah!

 Puppy love at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

Outside, the winter climes stayed crisp and dry, allowing photo moments aplenty - with Albert, of course. 

 Festive wreaths at The Normans Wedding Venue Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

Guests sought cosy retreat in The Normans Cow Stalls, which Megan and Ryan turned into a festive snug, with Christmas garlands hugging the mangers...

 Snuggle up at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

... and oh-so-soft blankets placed in baskets for those wishing to snuggle up.  

 Winter bridesmaids at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

In The Normans Courtyard the bridesmaids embraced the season, donning these georgeous faux fur-collared capes, from Doncaster-based Amon

 Floral splendour at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

Megan's flowergirls looked angelic in snow-white dresses and capes by Monsoon - not to mention those floral crowns, created by the couple's appointed florists; Ryan's aunt and Megan's best friend. 

 A slice of the season at The Normans. Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

Megan's mum, Janet, also showcased her creative skills with this yummy three-tier creation, comprising a vanilla sponge, chocolate sponge and, finally, a carrot cake!

 vMistletoe moment at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

When the time came for guests to make their way into The Normans marquee, the couple ensured a photo-worthy entrance for all! Mistletoe was suspended over head... 

 Table plan inspo at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

... and we just love this trailing ivy encircled doorway by What Katy Did

 Light it up at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

This neon sign proved a real crowd-pleaser too, hired - along with giant initial lights - from Party Pics Photo Booth Hire

 First Dance at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

Indeed, those words couldn't have been more fitting for newlyweds Megan and Ryan - who didn't just look good on the dancefloor, but utterly amazing. Congratulations!

We both fell in love with The Normans and booked it at our viewing – even though the venue wasn’t yet complete! The team were fab throughout all the planning and made sure everything ran as smooth as possible on the day – everyone commented how fab they were! We had the most amazing day ever, I just wish we could do it again!
— The marvellous Megan
 Just wed kiss at The Normans Photo by www.cliquevisuals.co.uk

All photographs - and videography - of Megan and Ryan's December day are by Alfie Wright at Clique Visuals. To see more, check out our Gallery  soon!

Vintage Vibes at The Normans

When Claire and Ben tied the knot at The Normans they brought with them some seriously cool vibes, killer decor and - later - photos that looked as if they were plucked from the pages of a glossy mag. Here are all the happenings and highlights... 

 Claire & Ben at The Normans Photo by Shutter Go Click.jpg

After saying their 'I do's in a local church, the pair arrived at The Normans in a vintage cream VW Beetle, courtesy of Vintage VWs 4 Hire.

 Vintage VWs at The Normans Photo by Shutter Go Click Photography

Happily, the sun shone on their September wedding day, allowing the light to shine through our Grain Shed woodwork - providing a rather awesome backdrop to the bridal party shots. 

 Bridal party at The Normans Photo by Shutter Go Click Photography

But allow us to zoom in on those those oh-so-pretty bridesmaids' dresses... the lace tea-length numbers are by Chi Chi London at ASOS.com (we like!).

 Bridesmaids hang out at The Normans Photo by Shutter Go Click Photography

As for the couple of the hour: Claire's stylish gown hailed from dress La Belle Boutique, while Ben opted for a slick suit from a high street chain...  

 Bride and Groom at The Normans Photo by Shutter Go Click Photography

... which he teamed with a dapper pair of Loakes. (Betty, The Normans resident pug, came along for a look - and heartily approved.)

 Loakes and Pugs at The Normans Photo by Shutter Go Click Photography

Back inside the venue, the mini photo shoot continued with the couple's nearest and dearest - who recreated that much-loved confetti chucking moment in our fairy-lit barn.  

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Guests next moved into The Normans Marquee, where the couple's vintage vibes and colour scheme took shape with these cool copper centrepieces, created by All Occasions

 Table centerpieces at The Normans Photo by Shutter Go Click Photography

The cake managed to sum up the feel of the day too, made by the couple's friend Dale Smith, it comprised three tiers in red velvet, chocolate and vanilla flavours. 

 Cool cakes at The Normans Photo by Shutter Go Click Photography

Place settings and favours combined, with name tags hung around the necks of miniature Jägermeister bottles... 

 Wedding favours at The Normans Photo by Shutter Go Click Photography.

... used to toast the couple after the speeches in the form of a Jäger Bomb! (Huzzah!)

 oast of the town at The Normans Photo by Shutter Go Click

Outside the sun began to set, serving up yet more stellar photo opportunities for the couple's chosen photographer, Shutter Go Click Photography

 Sun sets at The Normans Photo by Shutter Go Click Photography

While inside it meant only one thing: party time! With the dancefloor well and truly filled, thanks to Sing Ramona Sing and a DJ from Hi-Life Entertainment. (Top tunes abound!)

 Party time at The Normans Photo by Shutter Go Click

But we can't leave without sharing a First Dance photo of the happy couple... Congratulations Claire and Ben! 

 First Dance at The Normans Photo by Shutter Go Click
Choosing The Normans was probably the easiest decision we made. From our first visit - when the renovation wasn’t quite complete - we knew it was the venue for us, and every time we came back for a visit it just got better. Oliver and Laura were so welcoming and made the planning process so easy. They say it’s an all weather venue and that really is the case. I only wish we could do it all over again!
— The super cool, Claire
 Newlyweds at The Normans Photo by Shutter Go Click

All photos are the handiwork of the exceedingly excellent Ryan at Shutter Go Click Photography. To see more from Claire and Ben's big day, check out our Gallery  

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!)