Hayley & James’ wedding is one we won’t forget anytime soon. The couple literally had everything we love. Pearls, bright colours, disco balls (of course), and personalised details including a wedding newspaper from Recommended Supplier, The Crafty Lab. Hayley & James didn’t waste any time from their engagement to the wedding day, which fell exactly nine months and one day later. Hayley & James’ wedding was unique in that they had the classic wedding traditions like marrying in a church but a modern take on elements with two women master of ceremonies and an afterparty after the reception. The couple also had an epic confetti moment thanks to Recommended Supplier, Proper Confetti.

We thought we’d include Hayley & James’ ultimate top tip. The couple recommends picking a wedding photographer and videographer that you love the style of and can trust to capture your day exactly how you see it. Getting to relive the day through the amazing pictures and videos in the weeks and months after lets that wedding magic live on! Hayley & James chose Recommended Supplier, Mirl & Co Photography, to capture their incredible day.

Bright and colourful wedding flowers for an industrial wedding at The Mowbray in Sheffield

It's so hard to pick a specific favourite moment of the day, however, one part truly stands out. Just after the meal, the wedding party went out onto the street in front of the venue to have pictures and videos with smoke bombs. That 20 minutes of unstructured time with just our nearest and dearest, having so much fun and laughter on the street, was incredible. One of the groomsmen unexpectedly bought a box of fireworks from a shop on the corner of the street, we held up the traffic for 5 minutes and stood with our parents and wedding party, watching them explode in the Sheffield sky. It was something we will never forget!

Hayley & James

Colourful Disco Wedding At The Mowbray

Hayley & James wanted the vibe of their day to be modern and stylish with a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Hayley works in fashion, so she wanted the day to be visually exciting. Colour and textures were important, so choosing bright flowers to pop against the autumnal backdrop in a beautiful industrial setting like the Mowbray was essential. Highlights of texture came from the use of pearls, through bridal styling and the cake, and disco balls across name settings and styling props! Who doesn't love a disco ball?! Hayley & James worked closely with the florist to maximise the budget for the day. The couple re-used flower stands and the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets by including them as reception decor and styling pieces. Most bouquets don't tend to get used after the ceremony and after pictures are done, so rather than let them go to waste, Hayley & James arranged for vases through the venue to be ready for the bridal party to drop them into. It’s more sustainable and helped the couple stick to their budget.

Modern Wedding Traditions

Having a mixture of classic wedding traditions with a fresh modern take was important to Hayley & James. The couple always knew they wanted to marry in a church and that the ceremony part of the day would feel very traditional. But that’s where they wanted tradition to stop! For the wedding breakfast, Hayley & James chose, The Mowbray, a modern and restored industrial venue in Sheffield city centre. The newlyweds also chose to ditch the top table. They sat amongst best friends and family. Food was served as a feasting menu across the tables so guests could have as much or as little as they wanted. Two of Hayley’s besties were the 'masters of ceremony' so there were female voices in the day alongside traditional male speeches. The party didn't stop at midnight either! The bride and groom arranged a wedding afterparty at a bar! A wedding newspaper was printed and placed for place settings, which was one of the most photographed things of the day from guests’ perspective!

Pearls and disco balls are the ultimate wedding decor combination

The best thing we did while planning everything in a short space of time, was go with our first gut choice. If you love something - an idea, a dress, a supplier, a venue - go for it! Don't give yourself a chance to second guess and stress by exploring loads of additional options. We went with our gut feel and first choice on everything we planned for the wedding and it came together wonderfully on the day. You can't go wrong if you trust your gut!

Hayley & James

Hayley & James’ favourite part of their day at The Mowbray was going outside for smoke bomb photos. If you’re planning the same, take a look at our tips for getting explosive smoke bomb wedding photos! We love wedding newspapers and they’re only getting more popular. They’re aesthetic AND cost-effective because they can double up as favours, wedding menus, an order of the day, and you could also have wedding readings and more personal details in there too.

Leah Blundell

Written by Leah Blundell

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Venue: Wentworth Church, The Mowbray | Photography: Mirl & Co | Videography: Rich Wedding Films | Florist: Plume Floristry | Wedding Newspaper: The Crafty Lab | Confetti: Proper Confetti | Smoke Flares : Enola Gaye | Saxophonist: Sarah Potts | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Bridal Boutique: Emily Bridal | Pearl Bag: Zara | Evening Veil: Sister Jane | Earrings & Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS | Shoes: Linzi Shoes | Groom & Groomsmen's Suits & Flower Girl Dress: Next | Hair: Ikizler Beauty | Make Up: Muse 9 Studio

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