A blossoming romance at The Normans

Romance doesn’t get much more blossomy than an actual real-life wedding - which is exactly what happened here at The Normans (no surprises there).

Krista and Dan couldn’t have picked a better day for their Easter wedding. The sun was shining, the skies were brilliant blue, and the flora and fauna was in full bloom - inside and out…

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Dan and his groomsmen fully embraced the weather - donning shades and sharp-fitting navy suits from the ever-reliable Moss Bros.

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Blue was a reoccurring theme of the day. Krista’s girl squad were her ‘something blue’ - all dressed in effortlessly elegant powder-blue dresses from online retailer ASOS.

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Krista, the undisputed star of the show (sorry, Dan), wore a bespoke gown from Brides of York.

“I loved the off-shoulder style and thought the floaty skirt was perfect for my Spring wedding,” says Krista. “My favourite thing about the dress was the white lace. I also wore a sheer long length veil which complimented the lace.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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“We wanted the colours to be romantic,” continues Krista. “Soft dusty blue paired with more of an organic white and green for our rustic wedding.”

The combination of white roses, blue hydrangeas, and forest-green eucalyptus of the bouquet were exquisite. We tip our caps to florist Miss Elle’s for these botanic beauties.

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Since we can’t quite get enough of that veil - here’s another gratuitous shot of Krista walking to the Ceremony Barn via the farmhouse courtyard.

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Needless to say Krista owned the aisle. We love this shot of her and her dad, framed by fantastic blossom trees from Ambience Venue Styling - set against the fairylight backdrop of our Ceremony Barn, it’s a look that’s hard to beat.

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And so, as is the custom in these parts, Krista and Dan were married, confetti was thrown, and the couple stepped out into the sun.

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Drinks somehow taste better in the sunshine, so it was a joy to see guests enjoying a tipple or two in The Normans Courtyard.

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And no one was more pleased to indulge in some al fresco merriment than Poppy - Krista and Dan’s adorable chocolate lab. We loved Poppy’s collar, crafted by Krista as one of the (non-drink-related) activities on her hen - check out Crafty Hen.

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And here she is again - meeting and greeting guests (and sniffing out canapes).

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Meanwhile, not content with the stunning blossom trees in the Ceremony Barn, Krista and Dan found the real thing just outside the venue.

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And they even managed a bit of quiet time with Poppy in our Cow Stalls…

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Once guests had had their fill of drinks and canapes, the Grain Shed doors were flung open to reveal this quite unique table plan, crafted by the bride herself.

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Dinner was served under the Grain Shed’s sparkling canopy by caterers F4D, who delighted guests with a ‘host your own roast’ main course. Think: glazed leg of pork, mustard mash, sage and onion roast potatoes, glazed carrots, curly kale and thick pan gravy. Dessert? Everyone’s favourite: sticky toffee pudding.

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After the wedding breakfast, and before the party kicked off in earnest, guests returned outside to bask in the evening light.

(Shout out, also, to Krista’s Granddad, who fashioned the welcome sign, below.)

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And, as guests, made merry in The Courtyard, Krista and Dan escaped to watch the April sun dip below the horizon, capping off an Easter Sunday to remember.

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The most amazing wedding venue we could have wished for. Absolutely perfect in every way - the candle-lit barn, the cosy cowsheds... the pretty courtyard, which was perfect to sit in the sunshine for our Easter Sunday wedding! We loved it. Our guests loved it. And the best part.: having our chocolate Labrador there with us for the whole day!
Thank you to the Normans team for giving us the most beautiful wedding day of our lives.
— Blossoming bride Krista
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New content on The Normans webpage

It's been a busy Easter weekend here at The Normans wedding venue, but we managed to find time in between viewings to update our website.

The eagle-eyed among you will see that we've started a Gallery page, which will only get bigger and better once we start hosting weddings (not long to go!). In the meantime, we'd like to thank Adam Wilson and Joss Widdowson - the talented photographers who have contributed some terrific pictures of our venue.

We'd also like to thank our friends Becky and Alex - two newlyweds who we cajoled, bullied and bribed (with champagne and the finest wines known to humanity) to model in a photo shoot that beautifully showcases the Courtyard and the Ceremony Barn. However, we suspect that Becky may have enjoyed getting dressed up in her wedding finery for the second time... We thank you both!

In addition to our sparkly new Gallery page, The Normans website now features the new 'Your Wedding' section, which bursts with information about hiring The Normans for your Big Day, lists recommended suppliers (from caterers to photographers to makeup artists), as well as nearby accommodation options and important information about how to book a registrar to conduct a marriage ceremony here.

We'll keep you updated with more developments. In the meantime, enjoy!

The Normans wedding venue at The UK Wedding Event, York Racecourse

It's been a while since we've updated our blog (apologies), but we've been so busy since opening a couple of weeks ago, we just haven't had the time.

Our weekends (and weekdays, thinking about it) have been jam-packed with viewings and we've received some great feedback, so far. So, a BIG thank you to everyone who has come to see us.

If you haven't yet had the chance to visit and would like to book a viewing, then don't hesitate to get in touch and we'll arrange a date.

The team at The Normans also made an appearance at The UK Wedding Event at York Racecourse on Sunday March 20 (see picture). It was great to meet so many brides-to-be (and their ever-enthusiastic husbands!), as well as some really cool suppliers.

Thanks to photographer Joss Widdowson who took the amazing picture of our Courtyard, which we used for our backdrop at the event (and for our homepage). And, also, many thanks to ITP in Easingwold for helping us print said image onto such a huge banner! Last of all, thank you to everyone who dropped by to say hello!

We're looking forward to making an appearance at more wedding fayres and events soon. Hopefully see you there!


Read all about us! The Normans Weddings & Events is featured in two of Yorkshire's top magazines

The grand opening of The Normans is just under two months away, but our wedding venue is already being featured in some of Yorkshire's top wedding magazines!

We are thrilled that our wedding was chosen for the cover of the November-December 2015 issue of Your Yorkshire Wedding magazine (featuring our beloved pug, Betty!)

We hope that the four-page spread will give you an idea of what to expect from our stunning new wedding venue, which combines rustic features with innovative design: just the spot for a truly unique wedding.

There's also a great online preview of our new wedding venue on the Your Yorkshire Wedding website, which gives another sneak peak of what we have in store...


A month later, The Normans Weddings & Events found its way into Yorkshire Bride magazine, an annual publication chock-full of the best wedding venues and suppliers in the county for Yorkshire's brides-to-be.

As you'll see, our wedding venue will feature a beautifully landscaped south-facing courtyard complete with gorgeous flowers, lighting, water feature and seating (where better to sup champagne in the sun?)

Just off The Courtyard you can step into our amazing atrium-roofed marquee - at 12m x 21m there's room enough for dining, drinking and dancing, whatever the size of your guest list.

To the south of The Courtyard you can tie the knot in our rustic barn, while to the west are the quirky Cow Stalls that make for the ultimate country-cool snug!