I’m totally lost for where to start with today’s gorgeous theatre wedding… there’s so much to show you and so many things I’d like to say I LOVE…
Lara and Andrew got married in Sheffield on a bit of a venue-hopping-spree complete with vintage bus. Their images from the Lyceum theatre bowled me over, and then I saw the Crucible photos, and pics of the bus, and well… I was hooked.
Lara is that knock-me-down-with-a-feather kind of beautiful and Andrew just looks super handsome. Their colours are inspiring for a winter wedding: bright yellows and blues give the kind of colour pop which really makes a contemporary wedding.
Images are by my lovely friend Mark at Tierney Photography in Sheffield. Check out more weddings by Tierney Photography and get in touch at:
Our wedding story: Lara and Andrew
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes! Mark is an incredible photographer. He did a fantastic job capturing images which reflected each and every moment of the day. We have had so many lovely comments from friends and family – we honestly couldn’t have asked for better!
We managed to cram in four different venues! Our wedding ceremony was held in the Adelphi Room at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, followed by photographs in the Lyceum. We then headed over to the Chimney House, Kelham Island, for a candlelit meal, after which we travelled to the Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel for our evening reception.
21 November 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Contemporary, non-traditional and very us!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
The images are amazing. They capture the whole day so beautifully and I can’t express how grateful we are. I have to say that I had a tear in my eye while viewing them all for the first time. I love so many of them but the images of the ceremony are fantastic, as they really capture the emotion in the room. The photographs taken at the Lyceum and the evening shots outside the Crucible are absolutely stunning and we feel incredibly lucky to have so many unique and beautiful photographs to remember our special day.
Your wedding style or theme:
We had a loose theme of yellow, grey and navy blue. We knew we wanted a winter wedding and I loved the idea of having a really bright colour that stood out. Other than that, we just tried to make the day as personal to us as possible.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
About seven months in total. We knew what we wanted and even though we had the challenge of multiple locations, the venues were so easy to work with that everything just clicked into place.
Best bit of budget advice?
Work out what is really important to you and try your best to prioritise. If you have talented friends and family, don’t be afraid to ask them for help – it can save you money and will make the day feel really personal and special.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Rachel from Paper Arrow Press designed our invitations. We wanted something modern and unique, and the designs Rachel created felt very ‘us’. She even created a personalised design for our ‘Great Burton Bake Off’, which we loved!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Soon after getting engaged, my bridesmaids and I popped in to Bradgate Brides – and I fell in love with the very first dress I tried on! Once I had tried it on, nothing else compared. I went back the following week with my mum and Andrew’s mum, who shed a tear when I pulled back the curtain – that was all the proof I needed that it was the right one!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
I wore a Benjamin Roberts dress from Bradgate Brides in Anstey, Leicestershire.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
As the detailing on the dress was so intricate and beautiful, I was pretty minimal with my accessories. I wore ivory shoes from Be Loved Bridal, which matched the lace and pearls on my dress. My earrings were a present from my sister, and were purchased from Mr Loves Mrs in Brighton. I also wore a beautiful headband from Bradgate Brides. I had charms with pictures of my late grandparents attached to my bridal bouquet, which was a lovely and unique way to remember and honour them on our special day. These were handmade and created by a company called Treasured Memory Charms.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Andrew and his best men wore grey suits and waistcoats with navy blue lining, which were from Next.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I had four bridesmaids – my sister Jemma and my best friends Amie (who was seven months pregnant at the time!), Sarah and Ellie, my maid of honour. They all wore navy blue floor length dresses from House of Fraser. Our niece, Caitlyn, was a flower girl – she wore a beautiful navy dress topped with embellished gold flowers and a pink tulle skirt from Monsoon. The girls’ hairclips matched my hairband, and were from a company called Highland Angel.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I had a Bobbi Brown make-up lesson a few days before the wedding, and did both my make-up and my bridesmaids’ make-up on the day. My hairdresser Laurel Riley has been doing mine and my bridesmaids’ hair for some time now and knows us all really well. She travelled all the way from Leicester to be at my hotel in Sheffield for 6am, and she did the most incredible job with my hair. She also created the gorgeous relaxed up-dos for the bridesmaids, as well as styling both our mums’ hair. She was an absolute superstar!
My bouquet was made up of yellow gerberas and blue thistle, wrapped with brown twine. We had yellow gerberas for the bridesmaids’ bouquets, corsages and buttonholes. Our florists, The Flowerpot, Sheffield, were great – they also created little navy and yellow flower wands for our flower girl Caitlyn and our nephew Ethan to hold, which they loved!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The Crucible and the Chimney House were both so fantastic that they really didn’t need much styling. Kirsten at the Chimney House did an amazing job dressing the tables with beautiful flowers, decorations and candles. As we were travelling to different venues, we hired a traditional Sheffield bus in cream and blue to take us from place to place. For the evening reception, we decorated the venue with yellow and blue and had a few quirky twists, such as the lemons used for the table centrepieces.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
My maid of honour, Ellie, proved to be a bit of a sewing genius and made a lot of the decorations for me, including the bunting that was used at both the Chimney House and at the Mercure for the bake off table. She also hand stamped the letters on the confetti envelopes (which must have taken ages!) and created little moustaches which we used as part of the decorations for the evening reception.
I created a slideshow of photographs of Andrew and me growing up, along with photographs of us with family and friends, and had these on display at the Chimney House during the meal. They were a great talking point, and our dodgy hairstyles and fashion choices over the years provided much entertainment for our guests!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We ran the Great Burton Bake Off, where friends and family members bought fabulous homemade cakes for guests to enjoy throughout the evening. They looked incredible on mismatching cake stands and plates, and people really went to town – several friends even took time off work to make them, there was so much preparation that went in! Everyone made a real effort to make the cakes personal to us (which we loved) and we awarded prizes to participants on the evening.
We were recommended a DJ by the venue, who played certain tracks we asked for and provided his own lighting and sound equipment.
On the day tips and advice:
Enjoy your day and being with the people you love. It really does go so fast! I remember standing on the dance floor and looking around at everyone, and realising that it was probably the only time that all of our favourite people would be together in the same room. Whatever happens on the day, your friends and family will be so excited and happy for you that nothing else will really matter.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Feeling that you are part of a team that can handle anything together
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Photography: Tierney Photography, Yorkshire
Dress: I wore a Benjamin Roberts dress from Bradgate Brides, Leicester:
Shoes: Be Loved Bridal: http://www.belovedbridal.co.uk/
Bouquet Charm: Treasured Memory Charms – http://www.treasuredmemorycharms.com/
Flowers: The Flower Pot, Halifax Road, Sheffield
Vintage Bus: South Yorkshire Transport Museum: http://www.sytm.co.uk/
Bridesmaid hair accessories: Highland Angel – http://www.highlandangel.co.uk/
Hair: Laurel Riley, Leicester
Invitations: Paper Arrow Press: http://www.paperarrowpress.co.uk/
Table Decorations: Pin badges from Parkinson’s UK http://www.parkinsons.org.uk
The Crucible & The Lyceum: www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk (special thanks to Grace, who was absolutely amazing!)
The Chimney House – http://www.thechimneyhouse.com/
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