A Fitting Finale at The Normans

As we embark upon our 2019 season, we take one last glance over the shoulder at 2018 - to New Year’s Eve, to be precise - a fitting finale to a wonderful year of weddings here at The Normans.

So, where to begin with the wedding that had it all? With the couple, of course: Sasha and Tom, who knew exactly how to throw a New Year’s bash that will live long in Normans folklore.

Sasha & Tom - the stars of the show at The Normans on New Year's Eve. Photo by Bloom Weddings

Sasha and Tom certainly made the most made the most of The Normans’ environs for their New Year’s extravaganza. The Ceremony Barn was simply decorated with Christmas trees flanking the cascading fairylights, with hurricane lanterns lining the aisle.

The Ceremony Barn at The Normans dressed for one last outing in 2018. Photo by Bloom Weddings

And then there were the lovely personal touches - skis in the Cow Stalls…

Skis for that seasonal feel. Photo by Bloom Weddings

… a hot-chocolate station, complete with marshmallows and Maltesers - a warming welcome for guests coming in from the cold.

Winter warmers ready and waiting for guests

And we loved the order of the day, written on this beautiful, gilt-edged mirror.

A fantastic way to show guests the order of the day. Photo by Bloom Weddings

Then, of course, there was the dress code: black tie to see out 2018 and ring in 2019. Check out Tom’s Reiss suit (keep scrolling down for a close-up). His groomsmen, meanwhile, were decked out in Moss Bros tuxedos.

Tom and the guys hanging out by an old farm shed at The Normans. Photo by Bloom Weddings

Sasha, of course, stole the show in terms of style.

Sasha readying herself for her big day. Photo by Bloom Weddings

Her crystal-encrusted Jenny Packham dress sparkled with effortless sophistication…

Sasha's stunning Jenny Packham dress. Photo by Bloom Weddings

… we just loved how her look was finished off with these stunning blue shoes from Anthropologie.

Sasha getting ready for her Big Day at The Normans with the help of her bridesmaids. Photo by Bloom Weddings

The result, as you can imagine, was quite stunning. Here’s Sahsa, wedding ready, with her proud pa, clutching a bouquet crafted by Alison of Wild Floral Couture.

Stunning Sasah and her dad/. Photo by Bloom Weddings

As you might expect from a classy New Year’s bash held at an award-winning venue (ahem), a string trio greeted guests as they took their seats in the Ceremony Barn. Sublime sounds came courtesy of the lovely ladies of Simply Strings.

Simply Strings were on hand to greet guests as they entered the Ceremony Barn. Photo by Bloom Weddings

Sasha’s adorable flower girl set the tone for the ceremony, melting hearts as she scattered petals down the aisle.

Sasha's flower girl leads the way down the aisle in The Normans Ceremony Barn. Photo by Bloom Weddings

There followed the beautiful bridesmaids, seen here dressed in stylish black maxi dresses from Monsoon.

Sasha's beautiful bridesmaids, all in black. Photo by Bloom Weddings

But all eyes (and iPhones) were on Sasha as she graced the aisle with a smile to brighten even the greyest of December days.

iPhone overload as Sasha walks down the aisle. Photo by Bloom Weddings

And so began our last marriage ceremony of 2018…

The scene is set for a ceremony to remember. Photo by Bloom Weddings

… concluding with Sasha and Tom emerging from the Ceremony Barn into the Courtyard.

Sasha celebrates as she emerges from the Ceremony Barn,. hubby in tow. Photo by Bloom Weddings

Drinks, put on by Hog & Apple, awaited bride, groom and their guests…

Bubbly and beer awaited thirsty guests outside in the Courtyard. Photo by Bloom Weddings

… and the venue was filled with mirth and merriment - both inside and out. Guests who preferred not to brave the late December chill, opted to cosy up in our Cow Stalls…

Keeping cosy in The Normans Cow Stalls. Photo by Bloom Weddings

… while Tom and Sasha snuck away to gaze lovingly at one another… in an empty farm shed.

Sasha and Tom take a quiet moment away from their guests. Photo by Bloom Weddings

Back in the venue, the Grain Shed dining area has never looked better, with stars suspended from the ceiling and our new rustic banqueting tables being showcased for the first time.

The Grain Shed ready for food, drink, and merriment. Photo by Bloom Weddings

The table gantries added another dimension to the decor - below, you’ll see glass baubles and tealights hanging along the lengths of the tables.

Tables dressed and ready for the wedding breakfast at The Normans. Photo by Bloom Weddings

It’s safe to say Sasha and Tom received an enthusiastic reception from guests, as they took their place at the top table, alongside close friends and family.

All stand for the bride and groom

From here on, wine was taken, food devoured, and this stunning stack of macaroons didn’t last long after dessert…

Marvellous macaroons in place of the wedding cake at The Normans. Photo by Bloom Weddings

… and the party quickly began to heat up (read as: unravel) as guests wielding swords tried their hand at opening bottles of bubbly (sword courtesy of a guest cavalry officer; not included in venue hire).

Woman wielding sword opens bottle of champagne.  Nothing to see here. Photo by Bloom Weddings

And if ever this crowd needed a little extra encouragement to get on the dance floor (they didn’t, trust us), our friends New York Brass Band dropped in, to ensure 2019 was greeted with a flourish.

New York Brass Band set the night alight at The Normans. Photo by Bloom Weddings

While some were happy to shake it on the (designated) dance floor…

The guests get into the groove at The Normans

… the groom elevated proceedings by strutting his stuff up on the bar …

Things begin to get a little out of hand. Photo by Bloom Weddings

… as well as showcasing his trumpeting skills - much to the amusement/shock/horror of musicians and guests alike.

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Of course, Sasha was never going to let Tom grab too much of the limelight and was soon up there with him. If ever there was a photo to sum up an after party at The Normans, it’s this!

Sasha and Tom ring in the New Year in style

Of course, no New Year - or wedding, for that matter - is complete without an impromptu appearance from a ‘stripper’/partially-clothed guest.

No New Year is complete without an impromptu appearance from a stripper/partially dressed guest. Photo by Bloom Weddings

And you know you’ve been to good wedding when you witness the bride (wearing Jenny Packham) give a piggyback to a half-naked man.

Sasha, Tom - we salute you.

Bride gives partially dressed man a piggy back. Standard procedure at The Normans. Photo by Bloom Weddings
From start to finish Oliver, Laura and Sharon were the A- team! The planning was easy and they were accommodating at every stage. On the day they were secretly running a very tight ship to keep the day to plan, but our guests commented on how the day felt relaxed and effortless. They consider every little detail of the day... We couldn’t be more grateful for these guys and their beautiful venue!
— Superstar Sasha
Sealed with a kiss at The Normans. Photo by Bloom Weddings











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