Stephanie and Alasdair’s Sheffield wedding took place in May 2018 in the Cathedral Church of St Marie in the heart of Sheffield. The Cathedral Church is a stunning building, built in the mid 1800s and fully renovated in 2012, with high arched ceilings and a wealth of Gothic features. There are many gilt accents which reflected the sunshine that streamed in through the stained glass windows on that lovely, late May day.

Stephanie and Alasdair’s Sheffield wedding in pictures

Stephanie wore the most beautiful vintage wedding gown I’ve ever seen and she got it from a charity shop! She looked like something out of a Jane Austen novel, with a slender silhouette and lace to her wrists and neck. Her five little bridesmaids in their china blue and white dresses, and pretty gypsophila crowns, added to the vintage charm. There were also four dapper young pages, in pale blue jackets and dark trousers. Having so many young assistants just highlighted the family feel of the ceremony.

Peak District wedding reception

After the wedding ceremony, everyone piled aboard the coach that Stephanie and Alasdair had organised and headed to Bradfield Village Hall in Low Bradfield. Set just outside Sheffield and within the Peak District, it was the perfect place for their reception. The happy couple had organised everything themselves, and wanted it to be a relaxed and low-key family day for everyone attending. They arrayed the hall with lots of cheerful, hand made decorations which complimented the colourful triple tier cake. Vases of vibrant yellow, orange and red tulips, primary coloured bunting, balloon garlands and pinwheels brought a sense of fun and whimsy to the day. Papier-mâché hot air balloons held felt tip pens to keep the younger guests happily occupied.

Outside the hall was a bouncy castle for the smaller children, and a giant Jenga game for the grown-up ones. Several guests spent a while, drinks in hand, watching the cricket match that was in progress in the next field, belonging to the Bradfield Village Fellowship Cricket Club. The weather really couldn’t have been more perfect, sunny and warm, ideal for making the most of the gorgeous views outside the hall across the Loxley Valley.

Stephanie and Alasdair had drawn up their seating plan, giving each of the tables names of noted economists – a very original system! After the cutting of the cake, everyone joined in with providing the entertainment. Stephanie and Alasdair arranged what can only be called a good, old-fashioned sing-along, complete with song sheets. Guests got to join in as such rousing classics as Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You” were sung along to with gusto. In pairs, trios, quartets and en masse, everyone had a go and a huge amount of fun was had by all. The love and care with which the day was organised was evident in every aspect, and it definitely paid off.

After the first dance, as the light began to mellow, I took a walk with the bride and groom to a nearby bridge and we caught some beautiful photographs. The water and the trees made for a wonderful backdrop, with the arched stone bridge and its old worn stones adding to the atmosphere. Stephanie’s reflection in the stream highlighted the elegant simplicity of her dress and there was a brilliant splash of colour from her bouquet. On the walk back across the cricket pitch, Stephanie and Alasdair set off cobalt blue smoke bombs which made for truly stunning photographs.

There was something about the colours of the day – the rich green grass, old grey stone and brilliant blue sky – which all combined to add a magical touch to their pictures. Thank you very much for taking your time to view Stephanie and Alasdair’s wedding in Sheffield. Feel free to visit my blog to view more real weddings and let me know in comments what you think!