Tickled Pink at The Normans

Love was in full bloom here at The Normans at the end of May, when Marie and James's big day boasted blossom trees, pink posies - and glorious sunshine.  

 Love Blossoms at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

The colour scheme saw the prettiest of pinks, starting with the girls' bouquets, which exuded sugary summer hues, courtesy of York-based florist Once Upon a Thyme 

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The bridesmaids' dresses followed suit with dusky-floor length gowns from AX Paris at ASOS.com. Marie, meanwhile, looked the picture of elegance in Allure Romance, from To Have and to Hold 

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Meanwhile, James and his groomsmen sported bold blue suits with matching dusky-pink ties, from Dobell menswear 

 Men of the Moment at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

Elsewhere in the venue, those dominant pink tones were punctuated with wild, English-grown garden flowers ...

 Wedding flora at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

... paying the perfect compliment to The Normans rustic vibes: as seen in our original Cow Stalls-turned-ultimate wedding snug!

 The Normans Cow Stalls Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography.

But it was Ceremony Barn where heads really turned - upward! Cue two towering blossom trees, which formed a breathtaking frame to the couple's vows. (Available to hire from Ambience Venue Styling York!)

 Wed beneath the blossom at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

Adding yet more romance to the occasion, were Endymion String Quartet, who serenaded guests as Marie stepped down the aisle - and during celebratory reception drinks too. 

 Play on at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

Officially husband and wife, James and Marie left the Ceremony Barn beneath a shower of petal confetti ... 

 Confetti moments at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

... before promptly joining guests in the Courtyard for traditional garden games - and champagne, naturally!

 Garden Games at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

After ample merry making outside, guests took their seats inside - this time heading to The Normans Grain Shed, where yet more floral displays took shape. 

 Feast beneath the fairylights at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

Centerpieces comprised flower-filled hurricane lanterns, while tea-lights added a touch of sparkle to table tops. 

 Fab florals at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

Rustic name tags served as guests' place names, tied to a simple sprig of aromatic lavender. 

 Lavender love at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

That lavender hue also appeared on our Chiavari chairs, courtesy of Ambience Venue Styling York, who added a mauve sash to each. 

 Pimp your chair at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

We just loved the top table display of real moss, offset with pastel-coloured candles, roses and succulents. 

 Take a seat at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography
 Light up The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

Even the couple's cake was dressed to thrill, with real flowers and yet more lavender finishing the vanilla sponge creation off a treat. (Layers included vanilla cream, sticky carrot and ginger and lemon drizzle.)

 Let them eat cake at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

The overall effect was a pink and purple haven, with plenty of rustic wooden signage to boot. 

 Purple reign at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

And with the scene so beautifully set inside, the couple were also sure to make the most of the rustic surrounds out, with those all-important newlywed shots... Congratulations, James and Marie!

 Rustic chic at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography
From our very first visit, we knew that The Normans was the one for our special day! The team were always on hand to make sure our day ran smoothly and was stress-free. The incredible backdrop of fairy lights coupled with the ambient light of the candles in the ceremony barn stunned us all. A perfect venue!
— the marvellous Marie
 Just wed at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography

 

SUPPLIERS

BRIDE'S DRESS TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

BRIDESMAID'S DRESSES AX PARIS AT ASOS.COM

BRIDE & BRIDESMAIDS' HAIR ANNA STEPHENSON

FLORIST ONCE UPON A THYME

GROOM'S SUIT DOBELL

MUSIC ENDYMION STRING QUARTET

PHOTOGRAPHER CJ RODGERS PHOTOGRAPHY 

VENUE STYLIST AMBIENCE VENUE STYLING YORK

 Take time out at The Normans Photo by CJ Rodgers Photography