Love from Down Under at The Normans

Bold colours, music from New York Brass Band and plenty of love and laughs made Rachel and Matt's big day at The Normans the most glorious of summer shindigs!

 Beloved blossom at The Normans  Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

Rachel and Matt travelled all the way from Australia for their wedding at The Normans, with Rachel completing the last leg of the journey in her father's MGA 1958. Meanwhile, bridesmaids and mother- and brother-of-the-bride followed in a snazzy peppermint VW Camper Van.

 Arrive in style at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

The girls made a statement, carrying larger-than-life bouquets of bright pink peonies, Yves Piaget roses and orange pin cushion proteas, by Maryssa Dowe Floral Design.

 Bright & Beautiful at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

The bold bouquets looked gorgeous held against the sunshine-yellow bridesmaids' dresses, worn with royal blue shoes for that 'something blue'. 

 Colour me happy at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

And let's not forget the happy couple! Matt's blue suit, from The Vintage Suit Hire Company, packed a colourful punch - finished with an aromatic buttonhole of Lolita Lempicka rose, corn flower, lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus. 

 So Happy Together at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

And for those of you dreaming of a Jenny Packham bridal gown, here's a closer look at Nashville, featuring the designer's signature lace detail and intricate beading. Beautiful! 

 The bride wore Jenny Packham  Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

The couple started the celebrations from the get-go, with the New York Brass Band announcing the girls' procession down the aisle - playing Happy Together by The Turtles.  

 The New York Brass Band at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

A personal ceremony followed, conducted by humanist celebrant Louise Burns - against a colourful backdrop of tall urns displaying yet more rich textures and bold blooms. 

 Say I do at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

Smiling from ear-to-ear, the newlywed pair left the barn to a sun-soaked courtyard, where the revelries began ... 

 Just Married at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

The New York Brass Band took to their instruments, once again, to get the party in full swing.

 Party time at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

While garden games - the ever-competitive Jenga among them - kept guests entertained ...

 Jenga at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

Over at the pop-up bar, meanwhile, ice-cold beers and fruity Pimms quenched guests' thirst.

 Raise a glass at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

Flanking the entrance into The Normans Grain Shed were two urn displays (manoeuvered from the Ceremony Barn), which stood beside large hurricane lanterns. 

 Be bold at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

As guests stepped inside, a mosaic of black-and-white photos of the happy couple lined the entrance for all to see. 

 Walk this way at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

Table tops were each treated to a bright centerpiece, and the table numbers and place names kept fuss-free with bold, monochrome stationery. 

 Bold centerpieces at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk

As guests took their seats to make merry and dine on fine fare served by The Hog and Apple Food Co., Rachel and Matt headed into surrounding farmland to capture a few moments alone... 

 Rachel & Matt at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk
Everything about the day was perfect: The Normans looked amazing and Oli and Laura were great both leading up to the day and on the day itself. Thank you!
— the radiant Rachel
 Romantic evenings at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk
 Field of dreams at The Normans Photo by www.throughthewoodsweran.co.uk