Today I am excited to share this fun, bright, and colourful wedding with a sprinkling of handcrafted goodness at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Images were captured by Lifeline Photography.
Hannah of Lifeline Photography is a laid back, fun loving photographer based in Yorkshire.
She covers weddings all over the UK and further afield too.
Working with my partner in crime, Jen, she shoots real moments, starring real people, usually filled with love and laughter.
Nothing staged, nothing cheesy (unless it’s the cheese you can eat, she is a big fan of that) – just bloody lovely weddings as they happen with an extra dash of gorgeousness thrown in for good measure.
She says of the couple and their day…
“Kelly and Sam saw my advert on Rock’n’Roll Bride and we arranged to meet up for a natter over a pint.”
“We got on like a house on fire and I was so excited about their wedding plans right fro the start.”
“I just knew they were going to have such a chilled but super colourful day.”
“I love working with laid back couples who just want to have a great day with their family & friends!”
“On the day I remember arriving for bridal prep and it being super chilled.”
“Kelly was hanging out with her mum and best mate, eating breakfast and having a giggle.”
“That set the tone for the whole day, really. Relaxed and full of laughter.”
“There were lots of lovely little personal touches to the day such as Kelly wearing her mum’s wedding necklace and the pressie that Sam gave Kelly which he’d bought from the gift shop at the venue.”
“Above all else, it was a day about them celebrating their love.”
“The ceremony was intimate and full of laughter – although I do recall Sam’s dad having to try really hard not to cry.”
“I think everyone else did have a little bit of an eye leak though, because it was so sweet.”
“And afterwards, the speeches outside on the lawn were so funny. I remember thinking how lovely it felt to do the speeches like that. Nothing excessively formal or awkward.”
“It felt so natural to be outside, glass in hand as the sun came out sharing stories about this lovely pair of humans, surrounded by their favourite people in the world!”
I hand over to gorgeous Bride Kelly…
How did you meet?
“Our mutual friend set us up together. We chatted over the phone and online and we met for the first time in person in Huddersfield in February 2009, where I was studying in my final year at University.”
“We went to a bar and chatted all night, completely lost track of time and eventually had to leave as they were closing up.”
When did you get engaged?
“We got engaged in our favourite city, Berlin, in January 2015 but Sam had previously told me during a quiet late night celebration bringing in the New Year of 2014 that he would propose that year.”
“I spent the whole of 2014 on edge; any little trip away or nice restaurant meal was spent wondering if that will be the moment.”
“Sam always says he cannot recall telling me that, but I can assure you he did!”
“Sam took me away for a New Year’s trip at the start of 2015. I think he just wanted to tease me and do it in 2015 instead.”
“I was pretty damn sure this would be it, EVERYONE thought it would be it…. My friends and my colleagues were as much on edge as me!”
“We were in Berlin 5 days and with every moment that passed, I started to become more anxious.”
“How would I go into work and face everyone if he didn’t propose?! Apparently many of my friends and colleagues were checking my social media profiles frequently!”
“Sam left it until the last evening, only a few hours before we were due to fly home, before popping the question.”
“I drew upon my Year 9 school drama lessons to look and behave surprised… and of course I said yes!”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“We were both a pretty relaxed bride and groom to be.”
“We actually bought a house and begun renovating it mid-wedding planning but still found it to be pretty straightforward.”
“We knew that we didn’t want to spend the earth and wanted a super colourful, bright and fun day. ”
“We researched into a few venues, I wanted something that I could decorate and put my own creative stamp on and importantly, somewhere where we could have a BBQ instead of a super formal dinner.”
“We knew when we saw that the Yorkshire Sculpture Park were licenced for weddings that we wanted to get hitched there.”
“It was perfect for us, especially as we had one of our first dates at the Sculpture Park so it felt just right!”
“We booked our venue just over a year before we got married and we then looked at Photographers, knowing they get booked up well in advance too.”
“We learned that good Photographers aren’t cheap but we’re both creative people and knew it was worth investing money into an experienced and bloody brilliant photographer.”
“With our bright and colourful wedding in mind, we wanted to find someone that would capture the entire colour in our day. We found Hannah from Lifeline Photography online, met up with her over a pint and booked her straight away.”
“After that we focused on renovating our home for quite a while. We then picked up the rest of the planning about 8 months before the big day, when I bought my dress and designed the wedding stationery.”
“We wanted to do as much of the wedding DIY, so over the next months after that we spent hours making decorations and games – pom-poms of every size, ribbon curtains, table numbers, dressing up props and giant kerplunk to name but a few. Sam’s Mum made the cake too – a rainbow cake (of course!), decorated with confetti icing and filled with sweeties inside.”
“We designed our own wedding rings and commissioned The Workshop in Hebden Bridge to make them for us. We knew they’d do a fab job as they also made the engagement ring I designed.”
“I arranged all of the table floral decorations myself the day before the wedding into jars, bottles and tins that we’d collected and decorated but I booked a florist for the bouquets and buttonholes, so that there wouldn’t be too much pressure on the day.”
“I love flowers and knew I wanted real flowers in my hair, I stumbled upon freeze-dried flower crowns from Sophie and Luna, they’re great because they don’t wilt throughout the day and if stored properly, they can last years and years!”
“Of course I opted for the most colourful one in the shop!”
“My Mum gave me my necklace; it is really special as it is the necklace that she wore on her own wedding day in 1978 and it had never been worn since.”
“Sam wore his Grandfather’s cufflinks too, it’s these kind of little touches that mean so much to us.”
When did you get married?
“We got married in July 2016. We wanted a summer wedding as we had lots of outdoor games planned, but obviously you can never relay on a British summer!”
“In the days leading up to the wedding, it constantly rained but even then we were both pretty relaxed and didn’t worry too much.”
” On the morning of the day itself it was pretty overcast and just after we said ‘I do’, we ventured outside and there was the tiniest bit of rain but within minutes the clouds cleared and revealed the most glorious and beautiful sunshine which lasted the rest of the day.”
“I think someone we loved dearly was looking down on us then!”
What was the best bit of your day?
“There are too many amazing memories but one thing we both loved was how we made the ceremony very personal to us.”
“I’d dreamt of walking down the aisle with my Dad for a long time and it was a moment that I absolutely loved, he made me so proud.”
“Sam and I had written our own vows and his Mum did a beautiful reading.”
“We knew we wanted a sing-along mid ceremony and I always have memories of my Mum singing “You Are My Sunshine” to my Brother and I as children so we asked Sam’s brother Josh to play it on the guitar for us whilst we all sung along.”
“During the ceremony and the rest of the day, we loved seeing all of the things we’d spent hours making come together, it was very ‘us’.”
“For our first dance, Sam’s brother played and sang a song very close to our hearts, Song for the Road by David Ford, which meant such a lot for us.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Our advice would be that there are no rules you need to follow to have a brilliant day!”
“Make the day personal to you and do the things that matter the most.”
“There are little things for us that make great memories, such as instead of hiring a car to drive us to the venue; my Dad drove me in his white little Smart car adorned with red ribbons and bows, it was a squeeze in a wedding dress but that made it more fun!”
“We did the speeches outside pretty much straight after the ceremony, leaving the groomsmen to relax for the rest of the day. If you can write your own vows, it makes the ceremony special to you too.”
“Most of all, don’t worry or stress – it’s your day and little things may not go to plan but just go with it and enjoy every moment of wedding planning but especially the day itself, as it will go by in a flash.”
Venue: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Photographer: Lifeline Photography
Brides dress: Wed2B
Bride’s shoes: Clarks
Grooms shoes: Bertie
Veil: Amanda Wyatt
Bridesmaid dress: Jane Norman
Suits: Youngs Hire
Flower crown: Sophie and Luna
Flowers: Beautiful Floral Styling
Make Up: Vanessa Salt
Stationary and decorations: Kelly Parker Creative Design
Cake and cake pops: Frangipani Makes and Bakes
Rings: The Workshop Hebden Bridge
Hotel: The Woodman Inn
To Contact Lifeline Photography
Website – http://lifelinephotography.co.uk/
Email – Hannah@lifelinephotography.co.uk
Phone – 07967 307658