Kathryn & Darren’s big day in Sheffield
I first met Kathryn and Darren a few years ago. It was Rachael, Kathryn’s sister, and Eoin who were getting married back then. Once you’ve finished having a look at this post, you can have a look at Rachael & Eoin’s wedding in Robin Hood’s Bay if you like. We kept in touch, with me doing some photography for Darren’s design company, before they dropped me an email to say they were getting married. I love to shoot weddings like this. When you’ve been part of a family’s big day, then get to meet up with everyone again a few years later, it’s great to catch up. It’s like when couples who’s wedding I shot, get in touch for portraits with their children. The connection with that family is why I love the job.
So, Kathryn & Darren were getting married in Sheffield. The wedding day was over four locations in the centre of town. Four very different locations. I started the day, meeting everyone for breakfast at Brocco on The Park where they were getting ready. Everyone got ready here which created a fantastic family atmosphere in the morning. There wasn’t any hiding in the corridors either. The Bride & Groom were happy to see each other all morning. Once everyone was ready, Darren went up to collect Kathryn and then everyone headed for the taxi’s outside…
The Upper Chapel in the centre of Sheffield is an unassuming building, just set back a bit form the pavement. If you’ve been to Sheffield, you may have walked by it without a second glance, but that is just the outside. Inside, it’s a gorgeous, open, light, wooden panelled chapel, with two aisles. Perfect for a Bride & Groom to walk down at the same time…
There’s a fantastic room at the back of the chapel that you can get to by walking just around the corner. It’s at the top of a wonderful spiral staircase. I thought we might lose Darren for a while here. It’s the sort of place that an Architect would love. I tried to get some photographs of some of the details, and this seemed like the perfect spot for some portraits too. The room at the back of the chapel, was massive and really impressive. I can’t really describe it with words (which sort of explains why I take photographs instead). We had speeches. Great, touching, emotional & funny speeches. There was also pie. You can tell everything you need to know about a pie when the photographer mentions the pie in his blog, 6 months later. I loved that pie.
The Evening Party
Whenever I shoot a wedding somewhere that I’ve not been before, I like to do a bit of recon. Just a quick nosey to get the lay of the land, so to speak. Unfortunately, The Hide was closed when I did my recon, so I only got to look through the window. It looked like a really cool, albeit small, independent coffee shop. Through the door at the back of that coffee shop though, there’s the most amazing space. Originally, it was a 1920’s warehouse. Now, it’s the perfect space for a wedding reception, especially if you’re in the market for something a bit different. It’s also possible to use the big warehouse doors to get vans selling street food and cocktails in. This is where all of the action really took place. Definitely one of the liveliest dance floors that I’ve shot all year, and I think that I learned some new moves too, from Darren’s brother & Kathryn’s sister’s excellent performance.
I’ve been really busy this year, so busy in fact that I haven’t really kept up with blogging weddings, like I should have been. In a way, it’s a good thing, at least for me. Kathryn & Darren’s wedding was way back at the start of May, but I’ve really enjoyed putting this post together. It’s been great to go back over the memories of the day and relive it & I hope this post does the same for Kathryn & Darren & their guests too.
I think I’m going to go into the village now and look for pie…
Weddings Next Year
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