For our final wedding of 2018, we were back at the rural barn wedding venue, The Normans, near York. You’d never guess it was late October by looking at these photos–what a glorious day!
The Normans is a perfect venue if you want to have everything happening in one place. With a cottage on site, Sarah and her bridesmaids had plenty of space to get ready on the morning of the wedding, before literally walking next door to the ceremony. So, Colin spent the morning with the girls, whilst I headed into York city centre to find Andy and his groomsmen. Andy fancied doing something a little bit different, so he was staying on a houseboat on the River Ouse. It was a first for me, doing groom prep on a boat, but what a great way to spend the night before your wedding, and then wake up on the water. I arrived to find the boys on deck in the morning sunshine, beers in hand!
More about The Normans wedding venue
The Normans is a country wedding venue near York. On the family’s working farm, it really does have everything you need for your ceremony and reception, all in one place.
Your guests arrive into a huge courtyard space, perfect for drinks and mingling. It’s south facing so it makes the most of the sun, and there’s a covered area for shade or shelter, which also houses the all important bar.
What I like about this venue is that there’s no need to ‘turn around’ a room after the ceremony, to get it ready for the wedding breakfast. There are two completely separate areas for your ceremony, and wedding reception. The ceremony barn is fully licensed for civil ceremonies and features exposed brick walls and high ceilings with wooden beams.
If you’re looking for a light, bright venue, this may not be the one for you. The barn is lit purely by fairly lights (you’ll see the wall of lights behind the bride and groom in our photos below) so it’s dark, but very atmospheric and romantic, if that’s what you’re after! It does look absolutely stunning.
Separately, the grain shed has been transformed into a party area for your wedding breakfast and evening reception. Again, lit by fairy lights, this room has white walls and a white fabric ceiling, which looks rather like a marquee from the inside. Complete with another bar, a stage, and a dancefloor, there’s everything you need to party the night away.
And if you need to escape the madness, the courtyard is always there, along with the old cow sheds which have also been converted into a cosy snug, to get away from it all!
What did Sarah and Andy say about us?
“Thank you so much for everything! The photos are beautiful and we are so happy with how everything went on the day, you captured us so well and we can’t thank you enough.”
Here are just a few photos from Sarah and Andy’s beautifully relaxed wedding day…
Bride’s dress – “Maud” by Charlotte Balbier from Lace & Co. Bridal Boutique
Bride’s shoes – Schuh
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Little Mistress
Groom/groomsmen – Suits from Moss Bros, shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt, ties from Mrs Bow Tie
Hair and make-up – Anna Stephenson
Cake – Blossom Tree Cake Company
Florist – Kate Mell Flowers
Caterers – The Hog and Apple Food Co.
Venue – The Normans
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