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real wedding recap summer 2017: a 1920s style wedding at kelham island museum, sheffield – sara & ryan

26th June 2017 | Rachel Hirst

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (45)

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The stars of today’s post, Sara and Ryan, chose to have an entirely black and white wedding album to reflect the beautiful moments of their 1920s style big day.

Their photographer, Stu Ganderton explains: “I give all my clients a full colour version of their images and a limited black and white version. I always edit my black and white differently to the colour set, usually a lot more emotive and edgy. Sara and Ryan chose the albums for the parents in colour, but their album was entirely black and white. They felt it was more arty and creative, different and edgy. It also fits immensely well with the theme of the day. I shot virtually the entire day without interrupting Sara and Ryan’s day, so everything is very natural and all real moments. The only time I intervened was for the night shots right at the very end, and this was literally ten minutes. I find that keeping a couple in their comfort zone generates very real and honest images of their day which have a timeless quality to them.”

And we couldn’t agree more! While Sara and Ryan may look like the lead roles in an old romantic Hollywood movie, there’s nothing contrived about their beautiful big day, it’s both honest and opulent from beginning to end!

With images by Stu Ganderton Photography.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (18)

sara says:

We got engaged on New Year’s Eve in 2014 while we were away in Verona. Ryan had planned a grand proposal in front of the amphitheatre but we ended up getting engaged in the hotel room while in our PJs playing Scrabble!

We set the wedding date for 10th December 2016. We chose this date as we love winter and this would give us enough time to get married and have a honeymoon before Christmas.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (33)

We chose the quirky Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield for our wedding venue and were able to have both the ceremony and reception in the same place.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (46)

Our theme was 1920s – it’s such a glam era! To work with this styling and also the winter season, we had a black, gold and red colour scheme.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (60)

I chose a fitting Maggie Sottero gown for my wedding day attire. It was a sleek design and champagne in colour, which was perfect for the theme.

My bridal hair and makeup was done by Peaches & Preen.


1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (23)

Ryan wore a dark blue suit dinner suit, tailored by Ted Williams, located on London Road in Sheffield.

Our bridesmaid wore a lovely dress from Coast and the groomsmen’s outfits were from Skopes at Boundary Mill.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (37)

On the day of the wedding I travelled to the venue in a 1030s Rolls Royce, which was hired from Cupid Carriages.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (52)

Photographer Stu Ganderton captured our day. He’s very talented and produces artistic, non-cheesy shots.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (44)

I carried a bouquet of red roses, which was created by Orchis Floral Design.

To decorate the venue, we had festoon lighting, candelabras, lanterns, balloons and a chequered dancefloor!

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (53)

We had a three-tier wedding cake with beautiful fresh flowers between the layers., which was made by Oh Sugar.

Harley Catering provided our wedding breakfast. We wanted to give our guests a choice of three main courses and they were very accommodating of our requests and professional throughout.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (55)

To fit the theme, we hired 1920s style band, Kal’s Kats, to provide the entertainment. We also had some casino tables.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (62)

Following our wedding we would definitely recommend Kelham Island Museum to other brides and grooms. It’s a very quirky and unique venue, you just need to have a bit of imagination!

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (48)

Other than the vows, my favourite part of the day was having a good dance on the dancefloor with friends at the end of the night.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (63)

After the wedding, we went on honeymoon to New York. It was very cold and very expensive but brilliant! We loved clubbing in Brooklyn!

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (66)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to have a theme as it makes it easier to focus on what you want to achieve. Also, don’t panic, it all comes together in the end!

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