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  • Writer's pictureFiona Bielby

AMY & MARK | At last! A rustic and magical, summer wedding at The Normans, near York.

At last, after eighteen years together along with, twelve and a half living side by side, Mark finally, proposed to Amy at Christmas 2021 and she said YES, of course. After waiting so long, Amy couldn’t wait to get started! Choosing their venue and planning everything in 7 months, she/they did pretty well.

In the fields surrounding the norman, the bride and groom are messing around in the golden hour sun. The bride is spinning her wedding dress whilst the groom is raising his arms in happiness to make his wife feel good

It is lovely when you get to capture a friends wedding, especially when you met in pre-school and became close friends at secondary school, Amy and myself have spent quite some time together over the years, we’ve probably got a lot of secrets between us too.

When Amy and Mark asked me to capture their day because they could imagine anyone else doing it I was really, very touched :) Bizarrely, with Amy moving down south in our early 20s and myself starting a family at 19 we lost touch and although, we’ve seen each other now and again, I’ve never actually met Mark in person. So on the morning of their wedding, it was great to finally put a face to the name and all the stories I’ve heard over the last eighteen years.

the groom is doing up his white shirt whilst looking in the mirror

the groom is helping his dad do his grey tie, they are stood in the living room, the groom is laughing.

the wedding dress is hung from the ceil in the cottage attached to the normans wedding venue, there are sparkly vans and a pair of ivory wedding shoes underneath it.

the bride is having har makeup done by the make up artist at the normans

Amy and Mark told me they looked at loads of venues but when it came to deciding the choice wasn’t difficult, with both country bumpkins (is this a word or have I made it up?) were drawn to the venue’s rustic and magical charm. When they described it to me, they told me how they had been dazzled by the magical fairy lights and ambient candle lit ceremony room at The Normans. They loved the idea or being able to do exactly what they wanted, so they actually got married the week before and got humanist, Cheryl Clements, who’s also a close friend, to conduct their beautifully personalised ceremony. Cheryl talked thoughtfully and humorously about how they’d met whilst working at The Ebor Caravan showroom on the A64, she also joked about how Amy had arranged with close friend Helen, a bridesmaid on the day, to go and “stalk” Mark when he was on a night out in York. Finally on Amy’s 18th birthday they came together with Mark telling Amy, he thought she was fit!

Love’s young dream.

the ceremony barn at the normans, the fairy lights are lighting the room and all of the chairs are set up waiting of the guests the room looks magical and there are two floral display on the barrel under the lights

the bride is laughing towards her husband as they sing during the ceremony the guest are looking at them fondly as they enjoy the song in the normans ceremony room.

They wanted their wedding to be memorable, relaxed and for it to have the best party ever! After their touching ceremony, they enjoyed photos, fizz and canapés in the sunshine whilst the Saxophone played funky notes in the courtyard, it was the best atmosphere.

They then spread the speeches out in between courses, the food was great and I got to fully enjoy it all as I was seated with the guests and two of my school besties to enjoy it too! We had the most delicious share platers, which had been knocked together by the Hog and Apple. With a charcuterie starter, BBQ’d meats and salads for the main, plus a trio if desserts for pudding. What a feast!

After the food, we managed to get some beautiful sunset photos and then the party really started, with their DJ being briefed to play all of their favourite songs from our teenaged years, it was like going back in time. I loved every minute Amy and Mark. Thank you!!

Credits to suppliers

Venue: The Normans | Photos: Anoif Photography | Food: The Hog and Apple | Flowers: Natasha Couston Floral Designs | Hair and MUA: Julie Mercer | Cake: Sweet Chic | Favours: Harri & Ed | Musicians: Jonny Ross Music

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