When I first saw this wedding I thought WOW! Kelham Island Museum and The Chimney House in Sheffield is just oozing with history and charm and it’s so lovely that Bride & Groom Kayley & Mark wanted to celebrate their wedding day in a place that Sheffield is most famous for; its steel works.
Their little boys Hawley and Bobby are also two of the handsomest dudes I have ever seen in their dapper navy suits, converse trainers & bow ties. The picture of Bride Kayley seeing them for the first time is just magical; I couldn’t help but get a lump in my throat. I also had a little swoon over Kayley’s beaded lace Alexia Designs wedding dress, the detail on the back is simply STUNNING!
Such a family orientated wedding with gorgeous vintage details and a venue bursting with charisma, you just have to see this…
Mark The Groom: When we started to look for a venue for the wedding we wanted to find something different and interesting, we are both from Sheffield so this is where our search began. We thought it would be a good idea to follow the vintage theme and include places and items that Sheffield is famous for, and there would be no better venue than Kelham Island Museum, which shows off the history of steel making in Sheffield. We visited the steel museum there and the surrounding areas to get a feel for the place and fell in love with it! We decided to also include ‘The Chimney House’ as the venue for the wedding breakfast as it looked amazing inside and just what we was looking for. The Chimney House was also part of the steel industry and was originally a steel rolling mill.
The venue for the ceremony was inside the museum, so guests would arrive an hour before the ceremony so they could look around the museum. They were welcomed with a miniture milk bottle with tradional lemonade with a striped mint green and white straw and a ‘drink me’ label. After the ceremony we made our way through the museum to see the largest working steam engine in the country fired up and working in all its glory! Our guests then went to the Chimney House for reception drinks while we had our photos taken.
We found our photographer, Jess Petrie, whilst looking through the internet, I guess when you know you just know, her work is amazing, we just hoped she was available, and she was!
We then made our way into the Chimney House for our meal, the only thing we chose for the Chimney House was the flowers, everything else was taken care of by the owner Sally and her team, the place looked beautiful, they did an amazing job. The food was provided by caterers PJ Taste. We moved on from the Chimney House back to the museum for the evening reception, we basically had a big old empty room which was bursting with character and fitted into our vintage theme, and needed alot of work. I took the challenge of designing the layout and transforming the room myself, Kayley didn’t see the room or the plans until the night so it was all a surprise for her! I collected ideas from the internet and local vintage shops, I spoke to a wedding planner called Jennie Beard who also gave me ideas and from whom we hired props from for dressing the tables and the room. I decided a variation of different sized paper lanterns with led lights in to hang over the dance floor. I hired wooden benches and tables from the Wooden Bench Hire Company. I dressed these tables with a Hessian and lace table runner which I purchased from eBay. Our friends and family had been collecting glass jars for us for the last year, we had the intention of dressing the jars up in different Deco and put flowers and tea lights in them, our close family friend, Sue Larkin, who has an eye for this sort of thing, took our ideas and colour scheme and created 40 jars with an assortment of spray roses which were perfect. I added centre pieces to the tables which were vintage items such as an old camera, phone, radio, books, and some candles which were on ivory coloured doilies. The centre pieces were hired from Jennie Beard. I borrowed 4 old oak whisky barrels which I situated in an area where people could stand and use them as a table. I placed a bottle of flavoured vodka in the middle for guests to have a shot on arrival if they wished. I used old wooden tressle tables for the cake and desert area, our cake and desserts were made by Andrew Brooks.
Our cake was a 3 tiered lemon drizzle cake, placed in a bird cage dressed with butterflies and bunting. In keeping with the Sheffield theme I found a cake knife and slice that was made in Sheffield in the 1940’s which I bought from America off eBay. Our deserts were scones with jam and cream, chocolate brownies, and white chocolate tiffin; all were yummy!!
Our food for the evening was pie and pies which was provided by Little Mesters, who also provided a cash bar for the night. We had Henderson’s relish to accompany the food, Henderson’s relish is a famous relish made in Sheffield only available in Yorkshire, we also had personalised bottles made for wedding favours. I bought a candy cart which we decorated in our colour scheme and bought jars, sweets and sweet bags for the kids.
I made our very own photo booth with my father in law , we made what appeared to be a living room wall covered in framed photos of past and present family members. We left 3 of the frames open so guests could go behind the wall and put their faces in to have their photo took! We added other props in front of the wall to make it look all the more vinatge. This went down a treat with the guests! We had a DJ for the entertainment, Ian Burdett, who also entertained the kids with toys and balloons throughout the evening.
Our vintage invites and save the dates were made by our friend Katie O’brien which we loved!
Bridesmaid dresses and shoes were bought from BHS, one of the bridesmaids is 5 so we had an adult sized dress altered to fit her so she matched the other 2 bridesmaids. Out of the spare material we had bow ties made for our sons Hawley and Bobby. A family friend Janet Bolton did all these alterations and did a fab job. Kayley’s, the bridesmaids and the button holes were made by another family friend Yvonne Ward who did everything perfectly and just how we wanted them.
I chose a navy blue suit from Debenhams with a bow tie from Etsy shop Dina Malkova, blue braces and a pair of brogues shoes from Next. I wore my Grandfather’s watch that my Grandmother gave me when he passed away. My Best Men and Groomsmen wore the same but a tie instead of a bow tie, both were navy with white daisy’s on. Our two sons Hawley and Bobby had to be the best dressed kids I had ever seen, they had matching navy waistcoat and trousers from Ted Baker, navy braces, white Converse trainers and bow ties.