I am thrilled to be welcoming WWW readers Andrew and Tori to Whimsical Wonderland Weddings today, who were married at Sheffield Town Hall on the 6th October 2018. Their Sheffield city chic wedding continued with drinks at The Old House before they headed to their reception at Stannington Lomas Hall by coach.
Their day was truly a DIY affair, with their fun and quirky décor hand crafted by themselves and their loved ones. You are going to love the signs, the balloons and the photo booth in particular I think. There were also a lot of cakes, Tori baked up a storm and baked five different cakes not to mention that there was a whole table full of scones! Yum.
Also keep your eyes peeled for really gorgeous attire and lush bouquets all round. Swoon. Mark Newton Weddings thank you ever so much for sharing these stunning images with us today.
Andrew proposed on a coastal walk between Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby on 18th November 2017, he’d been storing the ring in his boxers as I often put my hands in his pockets when they get cold!
People over perfection. We didn’t want to cross anyone off our guest list so we found a way to make that possible – big enough venues and affordable (but still delicious) catering. And also to just keep the whole day as relaxed as possible so everyone would have a good time with as little stress as possible!
The Planning Process
We basically booked our venues then winged the rest. We wanted a good photographer, food we loved and for me (Tori) not to have to worry about my hair and make up so booked those things in and then the rest kind of fell into place. Oh and the dress was important to me too but I found “the one” in the second shop I looked in so that felt easy too!
The Readings & Music
Andrew’s dad did one reading which he chose himself and it was lovely. Then we asked our wonderful friend Alice to read a Dr Seuss quote, ‘we are all a little weird, and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love’. Which I still love! I actually made little postcards of this quote as favour type things too.
The music was just our favourite (lovely) songs whilst everyone filled into the room. I walked in to James Blake’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s A Case of You, and we left to Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.
We didn’t have a specific budget but wanted to keep costs as low as possible (so we had more for our honeymoon).
Ceremony was beautiful at Sheffield Town Hall, we followed this with drinks and a few nibbles at The Devonshire (now renamed The Old House) just down the road from the Town Hall – we walked through town, it was fun. And then we organised coaches to get everyone to the reception, which was at The Lomas Hall in Stannington. I had a vision and basically just gave everything to my sister who guided friends and family in the decoration of the hall the day before the wedding whilst I did some last minute bits.
Your Outfits & Accessories
Dress was from Emily Bridal Wear in Sheffield. It was the second dress I tried on in the shop and knew instantly it was the one I wanted – I tried on about 6 after but none came close! I accompanied the dress with the world’s longest veil (it was awesome), a necklace that once belonged to my Granny-in-the-Ground which covered old and blue, some flat brogue style shoes from Asos, and I wore earrings from my living Granny as my borrowed item.
Andrew got a suit he liked from Next, we got Liberty Print ties from Woods of Shropshire, for all the men which were lovely and his favourite thing was his new fancy Loakes (shoes).
Bride, bridesmaid and mother’s hair and makeup was done by So Coco Rouge, a lovely team from Liverpool. They took any potential stress away for the morning!
Groomsmen wore their own suits and shoes, just asked that they kept them greyish, and then the same lovely ties!
We bought a few buckets of wild flowers from Hollow Meadow Flowers, which my lovely mum then arranged – they looked gorgeous! She made all the bouquets and the table flowers. We also got Rachel from Hollow Meadow Flowers to make the buttonholes.
The Details & Décor
I hand painted all the signs, which were just things we found funny really – including using windings to spell out desserts to go next to the cakes (and masses of scones I’d made too). The tables were decorated with slices of tree which my dad had made, flowers my mum had arranged and put into old jars and bottles we’d collected over the last year, with tea lights and golden syrup tins filled with napkins! Then fairy lights decorated the walls! Plus we made a balloon banner for the stage spelling out “best day so far”. And it was all pulled together by my lovely sister Ellie, and friends Jess (bridesmaid) and Jake, whilst we were getting some nibbles and pizzas for the evening from Costco!
Food! We hired Sheffield’s own Street Food Chef to cater for the wedding and they were AMAZING. We didn’t have to worry about a thing and the food was bloomin’ delicious!
Try cakes! I made the cakes myself. I made five different cakes and lay them out like a village fete. I’m all right at baking, and I find it quite relaxing so I am so glad I made the decision to do this myself! I also made them all vegan as we had a few vegans attending the wedding and didn’t want them to have to miss out on anything if I could help it! The flavours were Chocolate and Raspberry (with a brownie bottom layer), Victoria Sponge, Lemon Drizzle Sponge, Coffee & Walnut and Salted Caramel Popcorn!
Mark Newton was our photographer and he was brilliant! He made everyone feel so comfortable and relaxed around the camera whilst getting some incredible shots! We are SO HAPPY we got him!
A three week road trip from Seattle to San Francisco where we spent most nights sleeping in the boot of our hired saloon car in rest stops / laybys, and loved every minute. We saw so much and did so much and had a really great time!
Bridesmaids wore forest green dresses from Mixbridal (online) which was really handy as everyone is so scattered. One of my bridesmaids, Andrew’s sister, was actually living in Cambodia at the time! And the dresses suited all of them and they looked gorgeous!
We loved our first dance song – Darwin Deez was the first gig we went to see in Coventry during our first year of uni and that was super fun – plus it didn’t matter that I actually have no dancing skills whatsoever. But, then our other “our song” which dates back to our first holiday (road tripping around the coast of Wales) came on and we dramatically danced our hearts out like we were in our kitchen – Best Thing I Never Had by Beyonce. Not exactly romantic but we love it.
Advice For Other Couples
It’s all about having a good time with your loved ones. Things are less important on the day than they may seem before, as long as everyone is having fun (and aren’t hungry), you’re going to have a fantastic day!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Mark Newton Weddings
Hair & Makeup
So Coco Rouge
Hollow Meadows Flowers
Street Food Chef
What a fun and happy day, so filled to the brim with love.
Andrew and Tori, thank you so very much for sharing your lovely wedding story with us xo Lou