Lauren & James
Lauren & James were married at the beautiful Whitley Hall Hotel, Sheffield. It was a small, intimate wedding with the couple surrounded by their closest family and friends.
I knew Lauren long before I became a Barnsley photographer, and was thrilled when she asked me to be a part of her wedding. I began the day by meeting Lauren and her bridesmaids at the Holiday InnBarnsley, a short drive from Whitley. The bridal party was spread over four rooms; Lauren with her maid of honour in one, and the other six bridesmaids sharing the remaining three. They’d all stayed in the hotel the evening before, and were trying to get ready and tidy up at the same time.
All the girls had known each other since high school, so they’d quite literally grown up together. That was why Lauren had them all with her as she walked down the aisle; they’d done everything together for years. They’d designed their dresses together, and even grown their hair so it could be styled in the same way for the wedding.
After a hectic morning of lipsticks, hairpins and last minute presents we went to see the wedding cars taking them all to the venue. Lauren’s Father is a member of a Stag club and had organised a group of his friends to drive the ladies to the venue in true vintage style.
James’ input to the wedding planning process was to choose the music as his wife to be and her bridesmaids walked down the aisle. As the doors opened for the bridal party to enter, he’d chosen some beautiful harp music. The bridesmaids began walking into the room, and as the door closed behind them “who let the dogs out?” started blasting from the speakers.
Most ladies would have been offended, but these girls took it in their stride and danced, laughing down the aisle!
They kept up this spirit all day, laughing when it rained, riding the ice cream bike and getting together quickly for the group photographs when there was a break in the weather!
My favourite feature of the day was the alternative bouquets. The bridesmaids all had parasols, and Lauren had a gorgeous vintage button bouquet. It had photographs of her grandparents discreetly hidden, so she could keep them with her on her day.