I always worry about having to travel into the city alongside the bride, having left around the same time as her yet trying to arrive at the same time. I usually ask the driver to take their time, still they can park right outside whilst I have to battle for parking spaces alongside shoppers and city workers.
Today though, Saranne and her bridal party were getting ready at the Leopold Hotel which, to my great relief, is in Sheffield City Centre.
I arrived nice and early so that I could get some snaps of the dress as well as get to know the bridesmaids. We had a lovely morning and as always I found out something I didn’t know about hair and makeup.
It was a beautiful sunny day in Sheffield, so naturally when we popped out to take a few photos everywhere was busy. We found a few quiet places and get some snaps with Saranne and her bridesmaids before going back into the Leopold Hotel to meet her Dad.
The Grand National
Fans of horse racing may have noticed that Saranne and Carl’s wedding day fell on the same day as the Grand National.
I loved that Saranne went into a betting shop to place a bet on the way to her wedding. I really enjoyed the reactions from the punters watching a bride walk in to William Hill accompanied by her entourage plus a photographer.
The ceremony itself was emotional as always. I was particularly moved by the respect shown between Carl and his new Father in law, there was an unspoken ‘I will take care of her’ moment which I admired.
Afterwards we went out into the now heaving Peace Gardens in Sheffield for a few photos and then everyone made their way to the Burton Street Foundation in Hillsborough for the reception.
Burton Street Foundation
What I love about Sheffield is the hidden gems. When I say hidden, most of those gems turn out to be massively well known, just not by me for whatever reason.
Burton Street Foundation in Hillsborough spent 100 years as a school before being transformed into the multi-purpose venue that it is today. Day to day the centre is used as a support hub for various charitable activities.
As a wedding venue I thought Burton Street was ideal. The main hall is a decent size, plenty of room for the dance floor alongside dinner tables and the DJ. The bar area had a nice cosy pub feel and provided a nice location for my pop-up studio, whilst the big screen in the additional room at the back kept the Sheffield Wednesday fans happy too.
The stand out feature of Burton Street was the staff. Everyone I spoke to or dealt with was friendly and especially helpful, I got the distinct impression that they were proud to be there and very pleased to be hosting the occasion.
So without any further ado, here is a selection of highlights from the 800+ photos I handed over to Saranne and Carl.
Naturally they also received one of my video slideshows too and have expressed to me that they would prefer that I not share it with the world, which is absolutely fine with me.
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