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gorgeously geeky. an original wedding at whirlowbrook hall – sarah & michael

November 14th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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It’s time to embrace your inner geek with today’s wholly unique Sheffield wedding, complete with mice and dinosaur theme! Taking place at the ever so pretty Whirlowbrook Hall, Sarah and Michael’s wedding is a blueprint for how to inject personality into your big day with aplomb.

A bold purple and orange colour scheme conjures up those autumnal feels, with the white and purple drip cake (with adorable cake toppers) being one of our personal highlights. Then there’s the bridesmaids’ vintage style swing dresses with petticoats, carrying through those warm, earthy tones beautifully.

Music played a starring role in their special day too. Tying in with their homage to all things geek – a string quartet played iconic scores from the likes of Doctor Who and Game of Thrones. The bride even walked down the aisle to the Jurassic Park theme – an idea we think the moviegoers among you will be stealing!

With images by Photogenick Photography.

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sarah says: We got engaged while we were in New York for my 30th birthday, something Michael had surprised me with a couple of months before. It was a sunny, snowy morning in Central Park with no one around, when he proposed. It was beautiful. We celebrated by going to the Natural History Museum to see the dinosaurs.

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We got married on 8th September 2018. We had a couple of options based on the availability of the venues we were looking at, but we felt the beginning of September would still be warm and brighter for longer in the evening, but still close enough to the autumn for all the lovely colours I wanted to use.

We tied the knot at Whirlowbrook Hall. We were looking at other venues, but I think we were always going to choose this one! We used to go walking around the grounds and woodlands nearby. The house is gorgeous but much of the decision was made by the gardens.

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We wanted to add some slightly geeky twists to the traditional idea of wedding decoration and a mice and dinosaur theme kind of just developed as we went along. We love our pet rats so one of the first things we bought were the toy ‘white mouse’ wedding favours which went down so well! We thought it would be really cute to have them as cake toppers too!

The dinosaurs came around after an off-the-cuff idea to walk down the aisle to a string quartet version of the Jurassic Park theme tune. Michael had already bought me the bridal Build a Bear dinosaur as a gift, so I bought him the groom and we then felt it would be fun if we expanded this theme to the table names.

We experimented with some colour options, but I always loved the idea of an autumn coloured wedding. My favourite colours are purple and orange and it didn’t take much persuading as Michael loved the rich colours as well.

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My friend Rachael and I had always talked about getting married in ‘poofy dresses’ and she had done just that the year before. I tried on a number of different styles, with the idea that I wanted something covering my shoulders. However, the more I tried on, the more I realised I was happier in a strapless gown and when flicking through a bridal catalogue with the seamstress in Blushes Bridal in Sheffield, the page was turned and I spotted the Morilee dress that I immediately knew I wanted – and that they happened to have stored in the back. It certainly met the ‘poofy’ criteria. Nicola at Blushes was my dress angel that day.

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sweet loving. amanda wyatt for urban wedding in sheffield – holly & james

September 12th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today’s real wedding is city chic at its best, as we escape to Sheffield for an informal, relaxed wedding in the midst of this summer’s heatwave. Prepare for lots of hidden backstreet shots and colourful graffiti for something unconventional and truly memorable!

Holly and James tied the knot at the impressive Sheffield Town Hall in July before celebrating with friends at the uber cool Tamper Coffee. Yep, coffee lovers, you read that right – a coffee shop, inspired by New Zealand’s café culture no less, provides the endearing backdrop to our featured wedding today. And it’s giving us a heady dose of urban wedding day envy!

Opting for a navy, white and yellow colour scheme (nothing at all to do with a certain football club…), the couple complemented this palette with pared back decorations (hello there on-trend Polaroids), a stunning three-tiered cake and beautiful blooms. So, grab a cuppa and settle in as we reminisce with Holly about the couple’s big day and find out more about their ever-so-special details…

With images by JLM Wedding Photography.

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holly says: We got engaged on 3rd June 2017 in Bramhall Park. James had wanted to go to visit Bramhall Hall for months, so we went for a picnic and he surprised me by asking me to marry him.

We got married on 28th July 2018 – James is a teacher so we wanted to get married in the summer holidays so we could go straight on our honeymoon.

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Our ceremony was in the Ceremony Rooms at Sheffield Town Hall and our reception venue was Tamper Coffee. We wanted a laidback informal day with venues close to each other and these two were perfect.

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We didn’t really have a theme, we just knew we wanted a low-key relaxed day. We went for navy, white and yellow colour scheme – largely because we felt they looked good, but James will tell you it is because they are the colours of Leeds United!

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My dress was by Amanda Wyatt from Once Upon a Bride in Hyde. I went in with one idea of the dress I wanted but when I tried my dress on, I couldn’t stop smiling so knew it was the right choice!

James wore a navy three-piece suit from Slaters. The groomsmen wore their own navy suits and they had matching yellow socks and ties. My bridesmaids, meanwhile, wore navy dresses from ASOS.

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dusk till dawn: a hipster styled shoot in sheffield

May 15th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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How is it only Tuesday? Take your mind of the nine ‘til five with this amazingly gorgeous alternative styled shoot, sent to us courtesy of two of the coolest suppliers in Yorkshire: creative wedding photographer Luke Holroyd, and The Aisle bridal boutique owner, Katie Brewer.

Along with a collective group of industry talents and two smoking hot models, they styled and produced this awesome set of images to inspire “edgy, trend driven and fashion-conscious individuals” – so if that sounds like your kinda jam, you’re going to want to absorb all the info they’re about to share.

Piecing together their very own modern love story around a young bride and groom doing their day, their way, the group staged the shoot at a popular Sheffield hang out and swapped traditional wedding attire in place of fashion-forward bridal dresses stocked at The Aisle, plus cool up-to-date accessories, including denim jackets, sneakers and biker boots. Oh yeah!!

Here to tell us more is the duo behind this fine urban spectacle, over you Luke and Katie…

With images by Luke Holroyd.

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luke says: We wanted the shoot to be a little bit badass and quirky, removing ourselves from the norms of styled shoots.

Almost a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, our story creates a contemporary love story. The young couple have escaped the pressures of family and a traditional wedding, and instead go for a personal intimate event, at their favourite social venue. To them nothing is more important than each other.

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The first look of the shoot is a more innocent natural style, and the second look is represents maturity, representing the couple’s own personal style.

The initial ideas were discussed by a selection of wedding vendors who all like to work with couples who break traditions. Those of us who worked on this shoot celebrate individuals and explore our creativity to capture something unique, bold and different to the norm. This shoot is for the edgy, trend driven, fashion-conscious individuals.

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From the outset we knew we wanted to work with a venue that had something unique – popular with the cool kids. We landed on Hagglers Corner in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Not your typical venue, as a music venue and cafe, Hagglers Corner is a creative community of makers and doers, all residing under one roof and a lovely courtyard on the edge of Sheffield City Centre.

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Gee and Kieran from Nemesis Models suited the bill perfectly, their look was exactly what we wanted. They brought their own style and personalities which made the shoot; and our images look unique and alternative.

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dream venue: halifax hall, sheffield

January 31st, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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If your wedding venue tick list includes: historic building, gorgeous grounds, excellent service and delicious food, then prepare to take note of our new Yorkshire Sponsor Halifax Hall, that we’re introducing on the blog today.

Set in leafy Sheffield, the stunning boutique hotel has a choice of beautifully presented function rooms, with adaptable space for small, intimate weddings as well as those up to 120 guests.

Keen to shape days around individual couples, the Hall’s staff take a personal approach to planning, with weddings priced on a bespoke basis to ensure brides and grooms have their every wish catered for, including being able to handpick their wedding breakfast and evening food.

We’re handing over the blog to the Hall’s team now to expand on the details, but if this fine venue has already piqued your interest, then be sure to mark down Sunday 25th February in your diary when you can visit Halifax Hall during its wedding open day, from 12 noon to 3pm, free admission.

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Where is the venue located?

halifax hall say: The venue is located in south west Sheffield, just a short walk from Ecclesall Road and the Botanical Gardens. The Hall is situated on the edge of the Endcliffe Village in picturesque gardens and has become established as one of Sheffield’s leading wedding venues, consistently being voted in the top ten hotels on TripAdvisor.

Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?

Originally a Victorian steel baron’s mansion, and more recently a University hall of residence, Halifax Hall Hotel is a beautiful period property built in 1840, which was converted to a boutique hotel in 2013.

How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?

Halifax Hall’s stunning architecture provides an amazing backdrop for wedding photography and is the perfect venue for intimate ceremonies catering for between ten and 120 guests.

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Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas?

Couples can hold their wedding ceremony in our light and airy Ennis Suite or the grander Dining Room, both of which offer neutral decor and plenty of natural light. The couple can then hire any of our five unique reception rooms for their wedding breakfast and evening celebrations.

What makes Halifax Hall a special wedding venue?

Due to the unique and bespoke way in which we approach weddings, we believe we offer a fantastic and flexible option to every bride and groom.

Our dedicated wedding team work with our couples to create a totally bespoke package for their big day, including personalised menus created by our talented chefs.

We support and encourage every couple’s individuality and ensure we commit a coordinator to be their point of contact from initial show round and throughout the planning process to create the day they imagined.

This level of service and versatility sets us apart and is a barometer of our commitment to ensure the perfect day each and every time.

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botanical bliss: a luxe styled shoot in sheffield

January 26th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Beautiful blooms, plush foliage and an abundance of greenery provide the ‘au natural’ backdrop to today’s stunning styled bridal shoot, which takes place at the charming Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Keen to profile independent businesses in the Sheffield area, photographer Alexandra Cavaye, took inspiration from this fabulously quirky setting, as well as her models, who brought a gothic, bohemian vibe to the shoot. As you would expect, the surroundings really set the scene, effortlessly illustrating how a couple can get creative with their venue.

An autumnal feel exudes from the photographs too, thanks to the dreamy warm palette and, of course, the wild bouquets, flower crown and plants tumbling all around the couple.

If you love all things flora and fauna, and want inspiration on how to make the most of your floral displays, then look no further! We’ll hand the blog over to Alexandra to tell us more about the shoot and this picture-perfect venue…

With images by Alexandra Cavaye Photography.

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alexandra says: This was the first styled shoot I had organised myself. I had visited Sheffield Botanical Gardens often, picturing a styled shoot and what I could do. I wanted to create a shoot that worked with local Sheffield-based suppliers, making the most of what Sheffield’s independent business’ community has to offer.

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I was very much inspired by the couple from the shoot, and the season. The couple are very edgy and heavily tattooed, but the bridal model also has a bit of a bohemian vibe. So this was much of my running theme. I also wanted to incorporate autumnal colours because the shoot was just on the cusp of autumn, the leaves were changing, and the Botanical Gardens’ plants were a huge inspiration. I wanted to keep a really natural element, focusing on fauna and flora and using it to complement the couple’s style.

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I have always loved looking at the plants at the Botanical Gardens, and I think they were my initial inspiration, and when I finally found the couple to model, they drove the concept. I focused on the couple because this is how I photograph my weddings; capturing the essence of the day that a couple has spent so long organising and making just perfect.

I chose two bouquets for two different looks, supplied by Tracey of Campbell’s Flowers, specifically because of the changing fauna throughout the Botanical Gardens – I wanted to make sure that the bouquet always worked in the shot. I had one that was focused on autumnal colours, leafy and lush, and the other was a mix of light greens, leaves and foliage and really natural. I also had a small flower crown that used primarily autumnal colours.

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The makeup, applied by up and coming makeup artist Izzy Rose, specifically used autumnal colours, with a bold dark lip. The hair was natural, tousled and relaxed, and styled by the talented Lindsay of Julia Jeckell. I wanted it to reflect the bridal model and tie in with the colours of the flowers and surroundings.

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cool venue alert: inox, sheffield

January 16th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

Inox

With a rise in the number of cool city locations available for weddings, we’re delighted to be introducing a brand-new Brides Up North Sponsor venue to the blog today, which is situated in the heart of Sheffield.

Contemporary and flexible, Inox is a stunning event space located within the University of Sheffield Students’ Union Building, which boasts fabulous ceremony and reception spaces, amazing cityscape views and an award-winning kitchen team.

Able to accommodate weddings of all sizes, couples are invited to utilise and design the space as they wish (which includes a fabulous outdoor balcony area!) to produce a day that is truly unique to them.

If Inox sounds right up your street, then be sure to mark Saturday 27th January in your diary as the venue will be hosting a Wedding Open Day 11am to 2pm, providing a great opportunity to view this impressive space for yourself while meeting Inox team and a selection of local suppliers.

In the meantime, we’ll hand over to the Inox team for more information on the venue’s awesome wedding offering…

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Where is the venue located?

inox say: Inox is located on level five of the University of Sheffield Students’ Union Building. Situated in the heart of Sheffield, Inox has a cool city centre vibe and is ideally located close to transport links making it an easy location for guests to reach.

Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?

Inox was opened in 2013 as part of a multi-million-pound redevelopment of the University of Sheffield Students’ Union Building. We have developed our offering over the years to suit couples’ needs and provide very flexible and bespoke services for individual wedding celebrations.

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How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?

Stylish, contemporary and unique, Inox offers a flexible option, which is fully adaptable. Inox aims to provide a fun, modern and unique venue for couples to design and use as they wish. It boasts a large bar and outdoor balcony area too, with fabulous views of the city.

Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas and how many guests the venue can cater for?  

Inox is ideal for celebrations of all sizes. The venue can host wedding receptions of up to 250 guests, or is suitable for intimate wedding breakfasts for just close friends and family. It is available for civil ceremonies in the restaurant and the Discovery Rooms, which boast incredible views across Sheffield, providing a stunning backdrop to the proceedings. Couples get exclusive use of the venue’s facilities for their wedding breakfasts and evening receptions.

What makes Inox a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?

Inox includes a first-class restaurant and bar, catered for by award-winning head chef Joe Berry and his team, using only the freshest, seasonal produce from Sheffield’s finest local producers. The chic bar serves cocktails, a wide range of spirits, beers and fine wines. You can shape our suites to cater for anywhere between ten and 200 guests and put your own unique spin on our space in order to make your special day truly yours.

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