When I first met Isobel and Tom in the middle of nowhere they thought they were meeting a kidnapper. Dark clouds started gathering over Higger Tor and my wiper blades cleared first drops of rain from my windscreen when I pulled over next to Tom’s car. I put the side window down and nodded. Some time later I photographed their Wentworth Church and Whirlowbrook Hall wedding.

Wentworth Church and Whirlowbrook Hall wedding – Isobel & Tom

Tom and I met in Sixth Form in 2012. We were best friends for around a year before we decided to start dating after a trip to Edinburgh for the university open day. In 2018, we returned to Edinburgh for a weekend away to celebrate my birthday. It was on this trip that Tom asked me to marry him on the top of Edinburgh Castle. The weather was terrible, but that did not put a damper on the day.

We started wedding planning straight away. We were so excited to start our lives together as the Marrows! One of the first things we organised was our photographer. As soon as I found Michal’s blog I knew I wanted him to take our photos. I loved his natural style and how he was able to capture the couples’ love and individuality.

We met in the middle of nowhere to have our engagement photoshoot. I can remember joking with Tom that we might be meeting a kidnapper, because we literally met of the side of a road. However, the location and photos turned out amazing. This was great considering the weather was not on our side. Michal put us both at ease as we aren’t really posey people and we were quite nervous.

How would you best describe your wedding theme?

Tom is a massive fan of ‘The Peaky Blinders’, so he wanted his suits to have that kind of vibe. I wanted to have a relaxed boho wedding with pops of colour.

Wentworth Church ceremony details

We got married at Wentworth Church, which was really special as I can see the church from my childhood bedroom. I also went to Wentworth School, so spent a lot of time as a child in the church dreaming of my future wedding. Wentworth Church is truly a dream church to get married in as it is beautiful, so we didn’t really dress the venue. This saved us lots of money and time! I made the welcome sign that we placed outside the church on my wedding day, as I wanted to make sure nobody used their phones or cameras in the church. I was quite happy with it for a rushed job at 9am!

I walked down and up the aisle to the Church’s organ. Throughout the service, we sang ‘Morning has Broken’ followed by ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ and then finally ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’. These hymns were particularly special to us, as they reminded us of loved ones who could not be there. One of our best friends read ‘Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare’ which was really special as I had studied it in university whilst we were long distance.

Whirlowbrook Hall wedding reception details

We kept the decorations at the venue very neutral. I wanted the venue to look fresh, crisp and wild. We dressed the venue in lots of greenery, fairy lights and polaroid pictures. Most of the florals in the venue were quite neutral and green. I also pressed lots of flowers to use in DIY projects around the venue. It was important to us that our wedding celebrated our relationship.

In the run up to the wedding I started learning how to do calligraphy. This saved me so much money in the long run, as I made the outdoor welcome sign, order of the day, seating plan, table number and place settings.

My favourite DIY was definitely my place settings. I found pictures of us with all our guests, wrote their names on them and then wrote a message on the back explaining what they mean to us and thanking them for their contribution. It took a lot of time but it was worth every minute!

What was your first dance and why?

Our first dance was ‘Baby I’m Yours’ in the style of Arctic Monkeys. We chose this song after much deliberation as the words just fit us so well. I particularly like the line ‘I’ll be yours till the poets run out of rhymes’, as I am poetry fanatic. Tom also used to buy me books of poetry whilst we were at uni. He would post-it note the poems that reminded him of me and why. It was extra special as my sister and Tom’s best friend performed whilst we had our first dance.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their wedding day?

Don’t compromise just research alternatives / DIY options. Also, once you have sorted your wedding stop looking at Pinterest. There is only so many things you can buy or create!

Whirlowbrook Hall wedding venue

What a location! Only 4 miles from Sheffield City centre and 2 miles to The Peak District boundaries. Built in 1906 as a manor house, Whirlowbrook Hall preserved lots of the original features and is one of Sheffield’s hidden gems when it comes to wedding venues. Worth noting bout 40 acres of beautiful gardens as well.

Bride’s gown: Willowby by Watters ‘Adeline’ Wedding Dress from The Whiteyard. I tried on so many dresses but my eyes kept going back to one dress in the shop. I had seen it on Instagram and knew I loved it, but I didn’t think I would suit it. It was also not what I had imagined wearing on my wedding day. However, as soon as I tried it on I knew it was “the one”. It is a truly beautiful, breathtaking dress that I still love!
Bride’s shoes: Kurt Geiger
Hair and makeup: Jenn Edwards
Bridesmaid accessories: Baby’s Breath from Tesco (bought the day before)
Bridesmaid dress: All the bridesmaids found dressed that they loved. These were from a mixture of places including ASOS, Misguided and Silkfred.

Groom’s attire: Tweed and Groom
Groom’s shoes: Next
Favours: DIY by Isobel
Flowers: Plantology
Cake: Sally Shortcake
Venue/ Food / Catering: Whirlowbrook Hall
Candy/desert buffet: Sally Shortcake
Ceremony music: Tom’s brother and sister in law
Invitations/stationery: DIY by Isobel
Venue decorations: Kurly Bird Events
Photobooth: FotoBoov
Wedding planner: Lucy White at Whirlowbrook