When we’re in the thick of our busiest time of year, it’s hard to rewind back to one of our earlier weddings this year, but that’s what I’ve been doing this afternoon as I’ve looked back on Laura and Karl’s wedding at The Normans near York.
And what an amazing day it was! On a bank holiday in May, you’d expect the weather to be rubbish, right? But no, it was an absolute scorcher of a day. Little did we know it would be the first of many hot and sunny days this summer, although it’s feeling more like England again as I look out of the window now–grey and drizzly!
I love weddings where everything is happening in one place. When there’s no travel involved for the couple and their guests it leads to a much more relaxed vibe. There’s no stress for everyone about where to park, how to get somewhere, and whether there’ll be any traffic delays. You arrive–and you leave many hours later when you’re partied out!
There’s a cute little cottage on site at The Normans, which you can book for your wedding. That’s where I met Laura and her bridesmaids as they got ready on the morning of the wedding.
Colin and I love being able to split up and cover each of you getting ready on the morning of your wedding. Although everyone’s different and not all grooms are fussed about having as much coverage as the bride. That’s absolutely fine–it’s your wedding, so there’s no obligation to do anything you don’t want to. In this case, Colin met up with Karl as he arrived at the venue with his groomsmen.
Laura and Karl’s day felt very family orientated. Their two year old son, Freddie, was very much involved so you’ll spot him throughout the photos (including running down the aisle to his dad which was a very sweet moment!)
More about The Normans wedding venue
The Normans is an ideal venue if you want a bit of both worlds–it’s in a secluded, rural location, set on a working farm. But it’s also contemporary–the barn and farm buildings used for weddings have been beautifully restored, but still maintain a rustic feel.
A barn, adorned with fairy lights, is the setting for the wedding ceremony. After which, guests spill out into a huge courtyard area. I also like that their are indoor options and lots of cover, in case the British weather doesn’t treat you as well as it did on Laura and Karl’s day! Cow stalls have been converted into a cosy place to get away from the hustle bustle of the day, whilst the wedding breakfast and partying continues in what was the grain shed–now a large space, again lit by dreamy fairy lights.
We’ll be back at The Normans again in October for our second wedding of the year there. I’m guessing we’ll be experiencing a slightly different temperature by then, but no doubt it will still be a wonderful place for a wedding celebration!
What did Laura and Karl say about us?
“Thank you so much for the amazing photos. We love them. It has been so nice to relive the day and fill in any gaps that either of us missed. I love the natural shots and some of the ones you’ve captured of the boys are perfect. The USB stick arrived yesterday – loved the package! Thank you again for everything.”
Here are a few photos to give you a taste of their day…
Bride’s dress – Sottero & Midgley from Deborah Moore, Hessle
Bride’s shoes – Rainbow Club, John Lewis
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Mark Lesley from DressPlace, Nottingham
Groom and groomsmen – M&S
Hair – Vic West
Make-up – Anna Stephenson
Cake – YORKCakes
Florist – Floral & Lace
Stationery/table plan – handmade by the bride
Venue – The Normans
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