Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Victorian Bandstand Wedding in Sheffield {Joseph+Amber}

Another beautiful wedding for you! Joshua and Amber have been together since they were 16. Now they're both 20 and just a couple weeks ago on 22nd July 2011 they celebrated their wedding in Sheffield! The ceremony was in a gorgeous blue bandstand in Weston Park. The meal and reception that followed was in the Weston Park Museum Cafe. They even got to walk around the museum and pose with giant animals! How awesome is that?! Lots of things were homemade including the cake, which unless I'm mistaken was made by the groom! I'm impressed! :) Enjoy...

{From the Groom...}
Our wedding was more eco-friendly than most and about 50% DIY, being outside it was also very close to nature and the whole day was really relaxed and enjoyable. We like to think we saved some money doing it our way; the dress was £60 in a sale and I made the cake myself for example. The whole day, including drinks, a meal for 70, venue, DJ, dress, suit, etc. etc. was probably about £5000, when we see some weddings for £30,000 we can't believe it! 
We have been together since we were 16 and moved in together one year ago. We like to visit places together and both love Scrabble and Lego, but other than that we’re quite different, I do Maths at university and like to read about science, I also love DIY and cooking and so they’re my areas. Amber left school at 16 and isn’t interested in maths at all, she loves children and doing arty-crafty things. I think it’s great because there’s never any competition, I’d hate to be married to another mathematician, especially if she was better than me. 

My wife and I had our wedding on the 22nd of July this year in Sheffield, where we are from and both of our families live. We wanted to do it locally to the majority (we ourselves live in Edinburgh) so that at least most of the family would not have far to travel, Sheffield also felt like a good choice being in the middle of the country; a couple of our guests were from Scotland or London, being central catered for everyone. What we didn’t want, right from the outset, was a wedding abroad or in a remote country hotel; aside from the environmental damage of all that added travelling for everyone, we thought about how we would feel if someone else had a far-flung wedding, burdening us with the extra hassle and expense of getting there. Everyone arrived in taxis or on foot and we left in the best man’s Suzuki which had, to our surprise, been decorated by a few helpers during the disco and looked fantastic! 

The ceremony itself was in the beautiful Victorian bandstand in Sheffield’s Weston Park, the outdoors setting was perfect for a summer wedding and all the flowers were in bloom, the photos were especially magical and, even given a slight shower just before the bride arrived, we could not have hoped for a more wonderful place in which to get married. The grounds made an excellent location for photographs but perhaps the best thing about it is that the park is home to the newly refurbished Weston Park Museum which makes a brilliant (and cost effective) place to have both the wedding breakfast and the evening reception with absolutely zero travel from the ceremony, literally thirty yards! There are several good hotels on the same road as well, it was really convenient. The Museum trust took care of everything, the transformation from a family-orientated museum cafĂ© was amazing and the food was absolutely delicious. One other bonus of the venue was the opportunity for some quirky photos around the museum. My best man set up a camera on a tripod to record the ceremony and the speeches but the photography was done brilliantly by a friend of the family, Debbie McCart, whom we had expected to charge us mate’s-rates, maybe £200, but asked only for two bottles of wine. We can’t say thank you enough. 

My wife made the invitations herself by simply tearing up some craft paper (try Hobbycraft) adding a stock black and white wedding photo (try Google) some potpourri and an old ring, placing it all on the scanner and adjusting the brightness and opacity abit in Photoshop before setting as the background on MS Word. We used a corner of the same background image for our place settings at the meal and printed off a couple of table plans in A3 to go on the entrance doors to the reception room, again with the same background. It tied things together and made things match just that extra bit. the invitations were A5 size. She also made the hen-night invitation using google images and photoshop. 

I made the cake myself (although I’d only recommend this for an accomplished baker) and my mother made 400 beautiful cupcakes for the tables, which also saved on the cost of having a dessert. My wife is very arty and made all the invitations and place-cards herself on Photoshop, as well as making the bouquets for herself and the bridesmaids, the flowers were about £25 which wouldn’t even cover one bouquet normally. We loved our wedding day and it went better than we’d dared to hope for, the one best aspect of it, from an organisational point of view, was to have the ceremony, the grounds in which to have photos, the meal and the reception all in the same place; not only did it save on costs and CO2 but it also saved a lot of time and made the day really relaxed and stress-free, there was no waiting around or any rushing, it was just perfect. 
We’d like to credit Debbie McCart for her brilliant and generous photography, my best man Sam Brown for filming the key moments, setting up the bride-arriving music on his HiFi and driving us to our hotel at 1am, the Sheffield Museums and Galleries Trust (SMGT), especially Kelly Hodgson, for letting us use their museum, feeding us like kings, recommending a fantastic DJ and making the day run smoothly.

{Credits: Photography: Debbie McCart, Venue: Sheffield Museums and Galleries Trust (SMGT) esp. Kelly Hodgson & Sheffield City Council's Bandstand and park, Ballons: Riverside Balloons, DJ: 1DJ1}
Congratulations Joshua & Amber!!

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