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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