Easter Glamour at The Normans

The ultimate #girlsquad strutted their stuff at The Normans last month, when teachers Carrie and Neil tied the knot with a midweek wedding filled with Easter-inspired details and baskets full of glamour. 

The bridal party readied themselves in The Normans Cottage - with a little help from make-up artist Meg Lindow and hairstylist Gilly Ellis of Bijou in Beverley. The bridesmaids' glittering gowns were, by a happy coincidence, named 'Carrie', by Jenny Packham at Debenhams

The fabulous Carrie, meanwhile, rocked 'Maui', a sleek, bejewelled design by Sottero and Midgley.

But let us not forget the boys! Groom Neil and his twin sons, Joey and Harry, looked very dapper in bold blue, with spring-pink ties. (Nicely done, chaps!)

While the couple are clearly a dab-hand at dressing the part, it wasn't all about the outfits, oh no! Our Ceremony Barn's aisle was lined with hurricane jars and candles, while gypsophelia formed pretty pew ends. 

Our barrels, meanwhile, were topped with dramatic displays in green and white with a touch of blush pink, courtesy of the clever ladies at the Floral Lounge in Hull. 

Elsewhere, the cosy Cow Stalls were dressed in fresh and simple green and white, from the mangers and troughs to the beams... 

...we just can't get enough of these hanging jars with single blooms (to be hung with care!)

With such eye-catching dresses and decor, we couldn't wait to see Carrie and Neil wed at 2pm - a service that included a tear-jerking, personalised poem written and read by the bride's brothers and Neil's twin boys. 

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a reception in the sun, with bubbles and table football keeping everyone entertained.

The couple's photographer, Katherine of Inspire Photos, made the most of The Normans' farm backdrop, taking some group shots with a difference.

Next, the newlywed Carrie and Neil were whisked off for a photo shoot of their own in our beautiful oil seed rape fields...

...which serve up a blanket of bright yellow come springtime - what a backdrop!

Back inside the venue, guests took their seats in The Normans Marquee, only after finding their mugshot on the couple's handmade photo table plan (a personal favourite of ours!)

Simple pots of daisy marguerites posed as table centrepieces. But plaudits go to Carrie's parents - talented potters of Hull-based Mushroom Pottery - for creating these personalised mugs for favours. 

Glass jars of sweets kept guests - young and old - buzzing all night long... 

... and we daresay the Espresso Martinis helped too. (Excellent choice!)

Ready to party, the newlyweds kicked off the night by gracing our new, oh-so-glossy black and white dancefloor. (Ooh, see how it shines!)

What a way to spend a Wednesday! Our very best to a truly lovely couple, Carrie and Neil!

Everyone who attended our wedding has been so complimentary about the day and blown away by the venue. Thank you for making us feel so special and creating memories that will last a lifetime.
— The glamorous Mrs Leckenby

The lovely Katherine of Inspire Photos is the lady behind the lens of these fantastic photos. For yet more photos from Carrie and Neil's big day, check out our Gallery soon!