Countryside Cool at The Normans

Arriving at The Normans in a 1950s Chevy, wearing a Jesus Peiro bridal gown, Phoebe ensured her wedding day was the epitome of ‘countryside cool’.

 Love at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

Phoebe’s glorious leafy bouquet - by Lily Pearls Floral Boutique - was broken up with fluffy white peonies and hydrangeas.“I just love it when [a bouquet] looks like it’s been scooped up from a hedge row and isn’t too tightly packed together!” says Phoebe.

 Fabulous foliage Photo by www.esmemai.com

In the Ceremony Barn, simple olive trees (purchased from Aldi!) lined the aisle - each placed in a rustic, hessian-covered pot.

 The Normans Ceremony Barn Photo by www.esmemai.com

Elsewhere, simple arrangements of jars filled with tea-lights and encircled by olive branches were placed atop the barrels.

 Barrels on display at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

“I wanted the same simple theme for the rest of the venue because it’s just so beautiful on its own,” says Phoebe. “We opted for plain foliage hoops in the Cow Stalls, made by the lovely ladies at Lily Pearls Floral Boutique.”

 Finishing touches at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

Matt and his ushers looked the part in their tweed suits from Moss Bros at York’s McArthur Glen Designer Outlet. “Matt also had a lapel pin, made by Harrogate’s Vinegar and Brown Paper that I gave to the best man to surprise him with on the wedding morning,” says Phoebe.”

 Man of the moment at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

The bridesmaids headed to the high street, choosing blush-coloured gowns from H&M, while the flowergirls wore gorgeous yellow and green floral dresses from Monsoon.

 Girl power at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

But its bride Phoebe who really stole the show in this Jesus Peiro gown from Andrea Bambridge Bridal in York. Phoebe added a bow around her waist for ‘a touch of sparkle’…

 Dress by Jesus Peiro Photo by www.esmemai.com

… and the back looked equally photogenic, with covered buttons and unique cut-out detail.

 Gorgeous gowns at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

After exchanging vows in our Ceremony Barn, the pair headed outside to toast their newlywed status in the Courtyard…

 Husband and wife at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

… where guests looked on as an impromptu first dance took place to the tunes of guest and guitarist Mike Johnson.

 First dance at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

When dinner was announced, the entrance to The Grain Shed was marked with this fab DIY table plan. “I think it was previously some sort of garden planter,” says Phoebe, who found it at Country Baskets. “We stained the wood darker and filled the shelves with jars of foliage.”

 Garden table plan at The Normans Gorgeous Photo by www.esmemai.com

Printed stationery cards - the handiwork of Stephanie Davies - were secured using string and miniature pegs.

 Take your table at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com.

Inside, table centerpieces fused fauna, terrariums and tea-lights for a simple yet pretty effect.

 Table centrepieces at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

Each place was set with a cookie favour, made by Nice Icing “I sent them photos of our two cats Millie and Obi and she replicated them, so all the men had an Obi and all the women had a Millie!” says Phoebe.

 Fond favours at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

The newlywed Mr and Mrs Plant joined their guests - to rapturous reception, naturally - for a wedding breakfast rustled up by the marvellous Hog & Apple Food Co.

 Step this way at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

… before cutting this four-tier creation - made by Phoebe’s mum - filled with no less than four flavours - vanilla, lemon, carrot and chocolate!

 Have your cake... at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

And so that ladies could ready themselves properly for party time, Phoebe arranged for a pop-up make-up bar to be set up in The Cow Stalls.

 Make up bar at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

All make-up was by Amy George who, after beautifying the bridal party on the wedding morning, returned to host the evening beauty bar, complete with face glitter for the little ones!

 Time to shine at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com

With the night still young, Phoebe and Matt kicked off the party with their first dance as husband and wife…

Congratulations from all of us here at The Normans!

 Dance beneath the stars at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com
We didn’t have to look far to find our dream venue - one look at the twinkling fairy lights and we were sold! The Normans really does tick every box and we fell in love more and more with every returning visit. Oliver, Laura and Sharon were the absolute dream team ensuring everything ran smoothly before and on the day itself. The whole setting and experience couldn’t have been more perfect.
— The fabulous Phoebe
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SUPPLIERS

BRIDE'S DRESS JESUS PEIRO AT ANDREA BAMBRIDGE BRIDAL

BRIDE'S HAIR ABI HARLAND MOBILE HAIRDRESSER

BRIDE'S MAKE UP & beauty bar amy george

BRIDESMAID'S DRESSES H&M and MONSOON

CATERER THE HOG & APPLE FOOD CO

COOKIE FAVOURS NICE ICING  

FLORIST LILY PEARLS FLORAL BOUTIQUE

GROOM'S SUIT MOSS BROS YORK

PHOTOGRAPHER esme mai photography

STATIONERY STEPHANIE DAVIES

 Against the Grain Shed at The Normans Photo by www.esmemai.com