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 ...