It’s been a while since our last blog update, for which we apologise. We’ve been busy hosting a flurry of fantastic festive weddings, not to mention training up the latest member of The Normans team - our baby girl, Violet.
But we’re back! And we’re starting 2019 with a firecracker of a blog, courtesy of Mark and Laura’s wedding held here back in November.
Okay, okay - we appreciate that November is technically an autumn month. But, for us, this was the wedding that truly kicked off our magical winter wedding season. Take, for example, Laura’s stunning Jesus Peiro dress from Andrea Bambridge, York. A timeless classic, which exudes class and sophistication. We just love the faux-fur trim that finishes off her look.
Mark, meanwhile, kept the elements at bay (and looked rather dapper in the process) with a smart three-piece tweed suit from Moss Bros, embellished with a brown silk paisley patterned tie. A perfect example of how a groom’s attire can be understated, but still make a massive impact!
And so, to the ceremony, which provided (as always!) some truly memorable moments, captured here by supreme shutter-smith Luke Bell.
The soundtrack to the ceremony and the reception thereafter was provided by talented Flo Duo…
… while the couple took time to light a candle and remember their loved ones who couldn’t be at the wedding.
Guests explored the nooks and crannies and hidden corners of The Normans with glass in hand. Some even went as far as helping out behind the bar…
The Cow Stalls - the perfect cosy hideaway for a winter’s day - was gently illuminated with lanterns and our filament bulbs, and decorated simply yet effectively with crepe paper fans.
Guests were soon called into the Grain Shed for the wedding breakfast. As they took their seats, man and wife stole a quiet moment together in The Normans Courtyard.
Inside, tables were adorned with elegant floating candles and seasonal centrepieces by Stems Design. “We wanted to embrace all the seasonal colours for a winter wedding, and chose complimentary winter berry,” recalls bride Laura. “Lynne had some amazing pieces and was able to create the rustic, natural look.”
Friends and family also played a hand in the decor of the Grain Shed - each contributing their own hand-stitched bunting triangle, combining in a remarkable, heart-warming keepsake.
Not to be outdone on the wow-factor front, caterers Hog & Apple Food Co. capped off a fine three-course meal with this ‘smoking box’ dessert, shrouded in dry ice. We can confirm: it tasted as good as it looked!
As night descended, guests chattered and small children toyed with glowing, mesmerising orbs (as is custom), until…
… The New York Brass Band decided to crash the wedding, getting the party started (and guests on the dance floor) with another trademark high-energy performance.
… and danced some more, until the evening was capped off with a firework display to celebrate Bonfire Night. A magical wedding for a magnificent couple. Congratulations!