We’ve been a bit quiet on the ol’ blog front, lately. For this, we apologise. We blame the tsunami of fantastic summer weddings combined with our (other) full-time job of tending The Normans’ resident beasties (namely: nocturnal toddlers, senile pugs, and misbehaving border terrier pups).
But we’re back.
Back with a vengeance.
And we’re celebrating our return to blogging brilliance with Sarah and Joe’s most marvellous matrimony here at The Normans.
Last we heard, newlyweds Sarah and Joe were swapping the UK for LA. And what better way to say bye-bye to Brexit Britain than with a highly personalised and picture-perfect wedding day in deepest darkest Yorkshire? Setting the tone: stylish ‘order of the day’ signage to greet guests on arrival.
Believe it or not, but the British weather behaved on the day, allowing guests to grab a drink in the Courtyard, and watch on as small children edged precariously close to the water feature.
Meanwhile, our brilliant bride, Sarah, readied herself for the aisle in The Normans Cottage. Here hangs her elegant Charlotte Balbier gown, which she procured from boutique Lace & Co. Sarah’s hair was styled Rachel Miller, while make-up responsibilities were delegated to her most talented lil’ sis. Bravo!
However, Sarah was initially unsure about her chic Balbier number.
“Even when Shona - Joe's Dad's wife - pulled it out and begged me to try it on, I was reluctant,” explains Sarah. “I was at the very end of my appointment and pretty much planning my next, the lovely ladies at Lace & Co were even giving me suggestions of where else to visit. Thankfully I tried on my lovely dress, and… I just knew. I loved it!”
Meanwhile, outside, a smiling and slightly terrified-looking Joe was attended to by The Normans staff, who ensured he was suitably turned out to meet his bride.
After many man-hugs, it was time for Joe to take his place at the end of the aisle…
… and await the entrance of his beautiful bride and her enthusiastic entourage. Bridesmaids were dressed in tops and skirts from the ever-reliable Asos and the adorable flower girl wore Monsoon.
Sarah looked stunning as she owned the aisle, walking arm in arm with dewy-eyed dad. The scene was set for stunning, heartfelt ceremony.
A special shout out to photographers Paul and Kelly for capturing these sublime shots of the ceremony.
And so, Miss McCall became Mrs Mirtaheri, and bride and groom stepped out into the sun for drinks followed bu the wedding breakfast. Guests were welcomed into The Grain Shed dining area by way of this utterly original table plan…
“By far, my favourite piece of decor was the seating plan!” recalls Sarah. “I knew I wanted to use a ladder shelf with flowers, but, last minute, I thought it would be a nice idea if the children in my class painted the plant pots… it made it so, so, so special! The children in my class are from Delius Special School and they are very special to me. I'll never forget this part of the wedding - ever!”
Joe and Sarah opted for circular tables covered in crisp white linen, punctuated with greenery. Caterers F4D wowed guests with Persian-themed cuisine - a nod to Joe’s family heritage.
Speeches were made, glasses were raised…
… and soon the evening revelries began. Entertainment provided by band Brother From Another…
… and many laughs were had in the Birdie Camper Van Photo Booth.
The evening ended with a packed dance floor - with bride Sarah leading the charge.