John and Rose married at Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield on the 13th August 2016. The venue was the first thing they decided on and everything developed from there. I just love how all of the décor is in keeping with the warehouse vibe and at the same time oh so pretty. Think vintage tins, jars and brilliant bunting. The day also looks like lots of fun, with guests enjoying a dance class in the evening!
Colour-wise, the pair combined burgundy and lighter pastel tones just beautifully and I love the vintage feel it gives their day. They didn’t want to over do decoration as the venue itself, I’m sure you’ll agree, is pretty spectacular with its shiny brickwork. They did do a number of DIY projects though including the fantastic dance floor sign and guest book décor. I’m a big fan of the paper honeycombs and pin wheels, which look so effective.
I’m in love with Rose’s Tara Keely dress, who doesn’t dig a dress with pockets?! John found his perfect suit at a local tailor and the beautiful bridesmaids wore blue dresses from ASOS, just gorgeous.
Thank you to the brilliant Tony from Photography34 for these incredible images.
THE PROPOSAL | We were Manchester botanical gardens in August 2015, It was a complete surprise. We were in Manchester for the Jazz festival and John suggested we go to Didsbury for a meal. We arrived a little early so we have a wander round the Botanical gardens first.
John pretended to have something in his shoe as he wasn’t sure how to get down on one knee.
After we went for our meal and cocktails. I have no idea what we ate!
THE VISION | Not sure we had one. We just wanted a venue that would fit all our friends and family. We knew we didn’t want a hotel wedding or a church.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We booked the venue pretty quickly. After that everything else fell into place.
THE VENUE | Kelham Island museum, Sheffield. Rose has loved Kelham Island since she was a child, it where she used to go on school trips and has visited with grandparents when she was little.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | This was a tricky one as there are so many beautiful dresses. In the end I was swung by the pockets in my Tara Keely dress. I was able to put my something old and blue (a handkerchief) in my pocket.
I decided to buy a new belt for it as I’ve always liked the 1920s glitter. I got the Belt and hair piece from Etsy.
Shoes from Rainbow, and I added a clasp to give them a bit more sparkle.
FINDING THE DRESS | I’d seen the dress on pinterest and then hunted it down.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Bought from a local tailors. It took a while to find ones that fit as the best man is so small! John really wanted them to be fully matching.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We asked our two good friends Eleanor and George to do reading. Eleanor is a writer and comedian and George is a musician. George wrote us his own piece. Eleanor kindly read one we had selected for her.
John’s a music teacher so we found it really hard to narrow down what we wanted. We ended up walking down the isle to “Here comes the sun” by the Beatles. We walked out of the ceremony to “God only knows” by the beach boys. Our first dance was to “bring me sunshine” by morcombe and wise.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My sister Hannah and best friend Charlotte. They were absolutely wonderful and looked amazing. They wore identical outfits from ASOS, Charlotte was six months pregnant but ASOS do a great range of maternity bridesmaid dresses. We had belts to match mine from Etsy and shoes from Marks and Spencers.
THE FLOWERS | We had a wonderful local florist ‘Plantology’. They couldn’t do enough for us. They got the style we wanted just perfectly.
THE CAKE | Rose’s wonderful Mum made the main cake which we cut. However other friends and family made us a variety of cakes.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The Brilliant Tony from Photography34. Didn’t see him stand in the same spot for more than a second. He was moving around capturing the day and all of the guests.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The building was everything we wanted so we didn’t go over the top with décor.
Our table’s main features were the flowers.
We made our own hanging lights and our own dance floor sign.
THE HONEYMOON | Two weeks in Thailand. We travelled round so had a lovely week relaxing in Hua Hin to start with. We then went to Bangkok for a bit of chaos before finishing off at Ko Phangan. It was absolute bliss. We had some of the best food.
It was all booked through Kuioni and it was luxury.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We had a dance class in the evening which pretty much every guest joined in with. It was far more successful than we thought it would be and was so much fun.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Listen to others’ opinions but don’t forget its your day. Only go with what makes you happy.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Photography34
Dress | Lulu Mae
Flowers | Plantology
Hair and Makeup | Jenn Edwards
Venue | Kelham Island Museum
Honeymoon | Kuoni
Food | Little Mesters
Shoes | Roco Clothing
Belt & Hairpiece | Etsy
Thanks ever so much Rose and John for sharing your beautiful day with us. Rachel x