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.

Before the wedding

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! After booking our Whirlowbrook Hall wedding, one of the first things we organised was our wedding 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 Peak District 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.

A relaxed boho wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall in Sheffield

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.

We kept the decorations at Whirlowbrook Hall 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!

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!

Wentworth Church ceremony details

We got married at Wentworth Church, which was really special as I can see it 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 place 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 during the ceremony. 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.

Wentworth Church and Whirlowbrook Hall wedding gallery

Take your time to scroll down to view this beautiful ceremony at Wentworth Church and Whirlowbrook Hall wedding reception.

Wedding dress hanging
Bridesmaids dresses
Bride getting ready
Bride putting wedding dress on
Bride in front of a window
Beautiful bride
Bride putting wedding shoes on
Wentworth Church
Groom waiting at wentworth church
Bride arriving at wentworth church
Bride and groom singing at Wentworth Church
Wentworth Church wedding ceremony
Newly married couple outside Wentworth Church
Newly married couple kissing

About Whirlowbrook Hall wedding venue

What a stunning location your big day! Just off Ecclesall Road South Sheffield 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. Whirlowbrook Park is a perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. It definitely deserves a place on my list of favourite wedding venues Sheffield.

Window flowers at Whirlowbrook hall wedding venue
Wedding florals at Whirlowbrook hall wedding venue
Wedding table plan at Whirlowbrook Hall
Whirlowbrook hall wedding setup
Top table at Whirlowbrook hall wedding
Groom with groomsmen outside Whirlowbrook Hall in Sheffield
Bride with bridesmaids outside Whirlowbrook hall wedding venue
Bride and bridesmaids standing outside Whirlowbrook hall wedding venue
Bride and groom walking in garden at whirlowbrook Hall
Newlyweds in garden at Whirlowbrook Hall
Bride and groom holding hands
Whirlowbrook hall wedding venue
Whirlowbrook Hall wedding
Bride walking
Groom walking
Bride and groom sitting on a bench after their wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall
Bride and groom portraits on a wedding day at Whirlowbrook Hall in Sheffield
Bride wearing a boho wedding dress

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.

First Dance at Whirlowbrook Hall

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Whirlowbrook Hall wedding suppliers:

Bride’s gown: Willowby by Watters ‘Adeline’ Wedding Dress from The Whiteyard. I tried on so many wedding 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, Ecclesall Rd S, Sheffield, S11 9QD, South Yorkshire whirlowbrook.co.uk
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