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country chic. a pretty marquee wedding at smallshaw farm – donna & dave

April 17th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Stu Ganderton (81)

If you’re considering a marquee style wedding, then we think today’s blog post might just sway you into having one! Donna and Dave’s fabulous day is the stuff of dreams – or in the bride’s case, the stuff of movies – as she managed to live out her very own ‘driving into the sunset in a classic car’ moment!

Bunting, paper lanterns, milk urns, hay and gorgeous wild florals came together for the most exquisite of country backdrops, dominated by an ever so pretty pastel pink palette. The couple even enjoyed exclusive use of their venue, Smallshaw Farm, together with its on-site cottages and spa facilities.

Other touches we just love include their homemade gins, a photobooth in place of the traditional guest book, and lovely hand decorated jars for their table centrepieces. The prettiness needs to be seen to be believed though – so scroll down for all the wonderful highlights.

With images by Stu Ganderton Photography.

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Stu Ganderton (2)

donna says: We got engaged the weekend of the Tour de France finishing in Sheffield, and at the time we were moving into our first home together. Having originally planned to pop the question the night before but having gotten carried away moving and unpacking, Dave popped the question the following morning. He made me breakfast in bed and then got down on one knee and I said yes!

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Stu Ganderton (55)

We got married on the 8th July 2017, as it would follow a nice pattern with dates. We moved in to our house on 5th July and got engaged the next day, on 6th July (2014), this would leave 7th July 2017 as our last day before becoming Mr & Mrs on 8th July 2017.

Our wedding reception was held at Smallshaw Farm Cottages and Spa. We really wanted a venue that was exclusive, with only our family and friends there, plus we wanted something local that would capture the natural beauty the region has to offer. Smallshaw offered us this opportunity, with the whole site and all the cottages included, exclusively for us. The location is exquisite, set in the Peak District with amazing views all around. One of the key aspects for us was being able to have our close family with us for the whole weekend, allowing us to enjoy the barbecue hut and Jacuzzi on the Sunday.

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Stu Ganderton (75)

We had our ceremony at St Nicholas Church, in High Bradfield. Neither of us are particularly religious, but Dave went to church regularly when he was younger so wanted a church wedding. We chose St Nicholas initially because it was close to our venue, but when we visited it, we were taken aback by the stunning view across the valley and the lovely people in the church. The rector was very welcoming and even allowed the rector from Dave’s home church to come and give the talk, which involved him drinking the local beer – much to everyone’s amusement!

We didn’t originally have a set theme, so we decided to go with styles we liked. We wanted something that was elegant and not over the top and glitzy. We didn’t have a set colour scheme either, although in the end pink did seem to become quite prominent throughout.

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Stu Ganderton (62)

My dress was from New York Bride in Sheffield. It was a champagne coloured sweetheart trumpet style dress with a lace overlay and beaded detail on the bodice. The pictures do it more justice than I can in words!

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nordic queen: a cool winter wedding styled shoot in sheffield

February 12th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Nordic Wedding Styled Shoot in Sheffield (c) Stu Ganderton (42)

There’s a larger-than-life, fairy-tale quality to today’s winter wedding styled shoot, which takes place at Wood Lane Countryside Centre, a Grade II listed former farm set on the edge of countryside in north-west Sheffield.

With an owl, a ‘wolf’ and plenty of furry throws and candlelight, a lot of thought has gone into the styling of this enchanting outdoor shoot, organised by skilful Brides Up North Sponsor, Samantha Coventry, the owner and talent behind award-winning Fantail Designer Florist.

Having recently reached the final of The Wedding Industry Awards, Samantha’s fabulous creations turn heads and she knows just how to push those floral design and colour boundaries to produce something truly spectacular – as documented to this spell-bounding shoot.

So, let’s hand over to our good friend Samantha and photographer Stu, to explain how the mystical vision came together…

With images by Stu Ganderton Photography.

A Nordic Wedding Styled Shoot in Sheffield (c) Stu Ganderton (9)

samantha says: Wood Lane Countryside Centre (WLCC) approached us to create a winter shoot that could inspire brides and grooms to explore the grounds and see the potential of what it has to offer. Being their recommended supplier for flowers, I relished the opportunity to bring in a handpicked selection of high-quality suppliers to create a shoot like no other and something of which to be really proud.

We wanted to shoot everything outside and in the grounds. The venue has a quaint back garden that’s often overlooked. David Ambler from WLCC had only one request: “to make it inspiring”.

A Nordic Wedding Styled Shoot in Sheffield (c) Stu Ganderton (32)

Some people might say that it was a massive risk to organise a shoot completely outside in the middle of winter – and they’d be right – but it was a risk worth taking. The shoot started mid-morning, with clear blue skies and a crisp coating of frost on the grass. I arrived onsite with Wild Wedding Days and worked to create the backdrop for the shoot. Wild Wedding Days took care of all outdoor lighting and commercial props, including the drums and tables.

A Nordic Wedding Styled Shoot in Sheffield (c) Stu Ganderton (2)

The dress was provided by Something Special Bridal, a fitted Chantilly lace gown called Grace from their Hollywood Chic 2017 Collection. True to its name, the dress exudes grace and has a modern twist of a top tulle and lace overskirt and corded lace hem, which makes for the amazing waist cape detail.

A Nordic Wedding Styled Shoot in Sheffield (c) Stu Ganderton (52)

Our make-up artist Ria Amelia MUA arrived with Ellie, our real-life bride, and set to work with a brief from the photographer, Stu Ganderton, of ‘smoky, hard but natural’.

For hair, we wanted a powerful ‘warrior’ feel but still something that could be emulated by every-day brides. I created a hair piece that could be incorporated into the design. Anna Hibberd from HQ Works Sheffield created a stunning style with tight French plaits to one side and a backcombed fringe to give height and depth.

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