REAL WEDDING - A Light-Infused Autumnal Celebration at The Normans, Captured by Lumiere Photographic

6th September 2019

Today, I'm delighted to share the beautiful mid-October wedding of Rachel and Andrew. The family-run country venue, The Normans near York, is comprised of sympathetically-restored farm buildings; perfect for a rustic wedding! 

Bride and Groom portrait at rustic wedding venue, The Normans, captured by Lumiere PhotographicRachel and Andrew met by chance at a hostel in San Francisco, while both were travelling around California with friends. Following the proposal at Camber Sands beach during a weekend away, they had an 18 month engagement before tying the knot in a day which Rachel describes as "magical, and full in love".

Rachel grew up in Harrogate so naturally wanted to be able to get ready at home with her bridesmaids on the morning of the wedding. They stumbled across The Normans after a lot of searching and loved how beautiful it was, whilst also being laid back.

Bride and Groom portrait at rustic wedding venue, The Normans, captured by Lumiere PhotographicRachel's wedding dress was just the second one she had tried on: "I thought I wanted something simple but as soon as I tried it on (along with a veil!) I knew I wanted something more dramatic. I tried on a fair few more dresses but kept on coming back to it. The Bridal Emporium were amazing at helping me choose the beading, colours and alterations so it felt like it fitted perfectly on the day".

Bride walking down the aisle with her Father to her Groom, at country farm wedding venue, The Normans, captured by Lumiere PhotographicThey opted for a simple civil ceremony, personalised by two readings given by good friends; the poem Touched by an Angel by Maya Angelou, and an extract from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Their acoustic band, Free to Roam, played whilst she walked down the aisle (an acoustic rendition of What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong), during the signing of the register (I’m Yours by Jason Mraz), and when they walked back up the aisle (Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder).

Acoustic wedding band, Free to Roam - an eco-friendly entertainment option at rustic wedding venue, The Normans, captured by Lumiere PhotographicLuckily, the weather was warm enough for everyone to enjoy drinks and canapés outside, where the band went on to entertain their 100 guests. Rachel explains: "we wanted [the wedding day] to really feel like ‘us’, so quite informal, where all our friends and family could relax and let their hair down. We tried to keep things simple and focus on how we could spend the most time with the people we love and what would help them to have a great time".

Biodegradable canap├ęs at Bride and Groom portrait at farm wedding venue, The Normans, captured by Lumiere PhotographicTheir wedding cake was made by Rachel’s best friend from university, Gayle Russell. Gayle made 3 individual cakes, each differently sized and flavoured; White Chocolate and Orange, Classic Victoria Sponge, and Lemon and Elderflower. The wooden boards were chopped down at her boyfriend’s farm, and she decorated the cakes using flowers supplied by their florist, Clock Dandelion.

Homemade wedding cakes with Autumnal flowers and foliage, captured by Lumiere PhotographicClock Dandelion provided them with lots of different seasonal flowers and leaves in beautiful autumnal colours.

Seasonal Autumn bridal bouquet by Clock Dandelion, captured by Lumiere PhotographicSeasonal Autumn wedding flowers by Clock Dandelion, captured by Lumiere PhotographicTheir reception table décor was kept simple, adding colour with the flowers in milk bottles, and warmth with the tea lights. They also added a lovely sentimental, personal touch; the wedding favours were chocolate coins from Bettys - a favourite of Rachel’s and a link to Yorkshire.

Seasonal Autumn reception table flowers by Clock Dandelion, captured at The Normans by Lumiere PhotographicTheir DIY décor elements included Polaroid cameras for the guest book, blankets to keep people warm, team bride and team groom ‘tattoos’.

DIY wedding guest book, captured by Lumiere PhotographicKeep guests warm at an Autumn wedding with blankets, captured at The Normans by Lumiere Photographic

Rachel's advice to future brides is simply to: "Enjoy it! The day goes so quickly so take all the moments you can to remember it and soak it all up".

Bride and Groom first dance, captured at The Normans by Lumiere PhotographicPLEASE KEEP SCROLLING TO VIEW THE FULL GALLERY!


Wedding feature thanks to: BWedding 

Wedding Invitations: Papier

Dress: Watters Wtoo

Veil: The Bridal Emporium

Makeup: Jules Daniels

Hair: Craig Parkinson

Accessories: Rachel's late Grandma’s diamond necklace

Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS and various brands at Debenhams 

Groom’s and Groomsmen's Suits: Hawes & Curtis 

Cake: Made by Rachel’s best friend, Gayle

Food: Hog & Apple 

Flowers: Clock Dandelion

Photographer: Lumiere Photographic 

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Normans 

Entertainment: Free to Roam, DJ via Hi-Life Entertainment

Wedding Favours: chocolate gold coins from Betty's 

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