Jess and John’s day was rainy – it didn’t stop; and it didn’t matter. They chose a magnificent venue in Wentworth Woodhouse, and the images of their day are as stunning as can be. The focus was on friends and family, celebration and love. This is a classic English wedding, a reminder that simplicity and elegance can create a truly beautiful day.
“Something I found was that it’s the little touches that make a wedding completely personal and special to you. We had old photos of us around the venue, a personalised cake topper, I put a basket in the ladies toilet with essentials in and provided flip flops for anyone with tired feet. A lot of these ideas were from Pinterest or I took as inspiration from other peoples weddings.
Laura at Flourish, Sheffield, arranged my wedding flowers. She was amazing, working to my budget which constantly changed! I was so pleased with the flowers on the day. They made such a huge difference to the venue and were great thank you gifts too!
The room was really a shell where our wedding breakfast and reception was, which was what we loved about it when we first saw it. The flowers and our centrepieces (glass candelabras), plus uplights around the edge of the room was all that was required.
The images are stunning: they’re by Peak District wedding photographer John Mottershaw, who shares a glowing review from the happy couple (at the end of the feature). Discover more from lovely John here:
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“For the photographer, most weddings are made by the people and the location and Jess and John’s wedding was no exception. Jess and John were keen to make this all about their family and friends and to celebrate with them. This did make it special because the atmosphere of friendship and happiness was something rather special. Okay it rained, but when you have somewhere like this it really doesn’t seem to matter.
“Wentworth Church is a beautiful church and Wentworth Woodhouse is truly one of the very finest houses in the country, albeit slightly forgotten over time. It really is a “wow” moment as soon as you see it suddenly appear as you travel up the long drive. The caterers here (http://www.dine.co.uk) are incredibly well organised and do a wonderful job of looking after everyone.” ~ John Mottershaw Photography
“Wow, the photos are amazing! We’ve had a lovely time looking through them this evening – i actually managed to not look at them until i got home! ”
“Firstly, thank you for your incredibly hard work throughout our wedding. Both John and I were really pleased during our day with you, and feedback from guests was also really positive, saying how nice you were. We’re really looking forward to seeing the photos from the day, anything to drag it out!” – Jess & John
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How did you choose your photographer?
I wanted someone local to Sheffield who was friendly and captured both posed but also in-the-moment shots so I did a lot, and I mean a lot, of research online. I was very cautious about who to choose as the photos are what you have for the rest of your life and to remember such a special day so it was vital that the photographer we chose was similar in style to us. I found John Mottershaw through searches both on google and also on wedding blogs and websites and instantly loved his photos.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Absolutely delighted and so pleased to have chosen John to share our special day with us, starting at my parents house to take shots of the bridal party getting ready. At times he was able to mingle into the crowd and get the all important in-the-moment shots but could also command a group of over 100 people. John had never been to our venue before but happily came to visit a few weeks before the big day to scout out rooms and outdoor spaces which would be perfect for photos.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
After the wedding and honeymoon, we certainly had the blues, but receiving the photos in the post and looking through them all brought back memories of such a special day for us both. We were instantly transported back to the day, remembering photos from entering the church to the speeches. Plus all of the moments we’d missed which John captured beautifully. One of my favourite photos is of me exiting the church with my bridesmaid holding my dress so it didn’t get wet from the ground, with my new husband holding my bridesmaid dress.
Wentworth Woodhouse, South Yorkshire.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Most beautiful day of our lives
Your wedding style or theme:
Classic and understated. The theme was champagne, both in colour, drinks and decorations – we had gold glittered champagne bottles around the venue and as the table names for the wedding breakfast.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
I sourced most suppliers myself without recommendations and met quite a few at wedding fayres, particularly a small fayre in Sheffield and the large I Do wedding fayre in September at Ice Sheffield.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Create a budget, always review and update it and try to stick to it as much as possible. Try doing things yourself to save money too.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The photographer, the flowers and the band. We had a brass band who played songs including Call me Al during the welcome drinks which got everyone in the party spirit, even if it was raining outside!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I made the invitations myself after buying the invite holders from the US. My cousin designed all of my wedding stationery and I couldn’t have done it without her. I had the invites printed by Printed.com and stuck them together and included ribbon and a champagne bottle charm. The menus and order of service books were printed by a local printer.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
After searching what felt like hundreds of shops and trying on thousands of dresses in all different shapes and styles, it was actually my mum who found the dress I wore in the end. She spotted it and made me try it on. As soon as I put it on I knew it was the one – so much so I bought it 18 months before the wedding! The shop I bought it from, Emilys in Sheffield, made all of the alterations including removing the straps and sewing the belt into the dress, plus the usual fitting adjustments.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
My dress was Essence of Australia which I bought from Emily Bridal Wear in Sheffield. I can’t thank Laura enough for helping with my fittings, alterations and being there throughout. She was absolutely amazing.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Shoes: Monsoon – champagne peep toe shoes with a kitten heel and jewels over the toes. So comfy I kept them on all night!
Jewellery: My husband treated me to Swarovski bracelet and earrings for the wedding day.
And what did the groom wear?
Blue Ted Baker suits hired from Moss Bros in Meadowhall, Sheffield. A huge thanks to Nick in the store who saved the day when the groom left one of the best mens suits 4 hours away and only noticed the day before the wedding!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My adult bridesmaid wore a gorgeous champagne long dress from John Lewis with a cowl neck and sparkles around the waist.
My flowergirls wore John Lewis dresses from the bridal section in ivory.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired an old school friend who is a professional hairdresser to do my hair, and her mum is a professional makeup artist which was perfect! They did an amazing job, especially as I have so much hair. I couldn’t believe it stayed in all day and night. It took me about an hour to find all of the grips though!
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
The favours were champagne truffles I had bought in bulk and then packaged individually for the wedding which, for 100 guests, took a long time! I also created the invitations (the glue gun was my best friend that week!) and was involved heavily with the stationery for the wedding too. I’m not very creative but I loved putting the invitations together and hearing everyones feedback, especially when people thought I’d bought them!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We chose a three-tier cake, with a layer of chocolate and two layers of lemon. It was delicious and we managed to bring a lot home, it’s still in the freezer waiting for a special occasion! I bought a personalised cake topper to go on the cake from Etsy which I loved.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a surprise brass band at the reception during the welcome drinks which went down really well. We even did the conga! Our favourite surprise was the fish and chip van which arrived in the evening serving mini portions of fish and chips.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing I have someone to annoy for the rest of our lives 🙂 Can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Hair & Makeup: www.facebook.com/egohairandbeauty37highstreet
Bridal shop: www.emilybridalwear.co.uk
Event organisers: www.dine.co.uk/