Happy Friday all,
Today we share Emma and Dave’s colourful, love-filled wedding which took place at The Abbeydale Picturehouse. Back in the day, the building used to be the largest and most luxurious cinema in Sheffield. Over the years it sadly fell into disrepair, until friends of the Picturehouse and now CADS pledged to preserve and revive the space.
Inner City Weddings (Emma + Dave’s wedding planners,) have been working with the Picturehouse for over 4 years now, setting up unique, out-of-the-ordinary pop up weddings and events. You can guarantee with these ladies on board, that the day was going to be beautiful, joy-filled and creative…
Over to Emma and Dave to tell us more about their day…
Emma + Dave…
How did you meet and get engaged?
We met on Tinder we were both mutually impressed with one another’s creative sweariness. Summer 2018 Dave whisked Emma off to Carcassonne in the south of France to see Felice Varini’s art installation on the medieval castle. It was some straight up romantic Disney castle shit and the proposal was fully unexpected.
How would you describe your day?
The day was so relaxed from start to finish, everything about it felt effortlessly fun. Having the ceremony, meal and reception all in the same space made everything so easy. APH really comes together on the day, it’s ridiculous how much it transforms for a wedding. We really didn’t want the day to be stuffy or formal in any way and everyone commented on how laid back the day was.
Humour is a big part of our relationship; we laugh so much together and the day really echoed that. Dancing with our friends is something that Dave and I both really love doing. The lasting memory we both have of the day will be feeling the love from them all, whilst up on the floor throwing some shapes.
How long were you planning it for, and what was the best bit?
We booked the venue 9 months before the date. The best bit was going through Instagram and realising just how lucky we are to live in a community which is such a hive of creativity.
Tell us more about your suppliers and why you picked them:
Choosing our suppliers was really easy as we had Inner City to help and guide us. They took the time to listen to us, and suggested suppliers who they felt would help us to achieve the vibe we were looking for. It turned out the all the suppliers we used were independent business women which itched our feminist scratch.
Venue + Photos:
We picked The Abbeydale Picture House in Sheffield for our wedding venue/ reception and Maytree Photography (who is a complete legend) for our photographer.
Wedding Planning + Styling:
We hired Inner City Weddings to plan our wedding at The Abbeydale Picture house. The venue is absolutely stunning, but due to its age and the fact its not fully refurbished yet, it comes with its own challenges. There’s no kitchen on site and yet we managed to have a 3 course meal for over one hundred guests….. How the fuck does that happen?!?! It happens when the full badass femme team at innercity recommend you the best in the business that’s how.
They literally know everyone who’s worth knowing. When you’re planning a wedding, that alone is worth its weight in gold. Photographers, florists, make up, hair, dresses, suits, djs and more, they know them. And each and everyone of them are excellent at what they do in their own right and so super lovely. The day ran perfectly from set up, to speeches and right to the very last barefooted dance. Our guests were completely blown away by the unique beauty of the venue. We never stopped grinning from start to finish.
The mens’ outfits were all from Tweed and Groom at Elsecar Heritage Centre. My wedding dress was handmade in two parts; the outer lacework was made by Bibiluxe, a maker I found on Etsy, and the slip was made by Ruffles and Lace, who are just down the road from the picturehouse.
We didn’t need to decorate the venue too much, as it speaks for itself. The only thing we did was place some wild flowers around in old bottles which Inner City did for us, and bought some extra pillar candles for the ‘altar’ in front of the big screen. The great thing about APH is that they can dress the venue with lighting.
We hired Bessie from Bessie’s Bistro on Abbeydale Road and she made us mixed platters of dips, olives, breads and meats to start. For the main we stayed true to our Yorkshire roots and had pie, mash and mushy peas with lashings of Hendos. Then to finish, for dessert, we had cheesecake. Bessie also did us a fantastic disco buffet to fuel the dancing.
My friend is a graphic designer and she kindly made our cinema ticket-style invites.
Bridal Hair & MUA:
My dear friend and fantastic local hairdresser Amy Sharrock did my hair and Angela Redhead did my make up.
Emma wore a flower crown by Kath at Of The Wild.
Music & Entertainment:
Emma walked down the aisle to ‘La La Love You’ by Pixies and we walked out together to Groove is in the Heart by Deee-Lite. In the evening DJ Tink played funk and soul all night long.
What are your favorite details of the day?
Our son made a master of ceremonies introduction video that was screened before the ceremony started. It was fantastic seeing him up on the big screen as it were, it really set the vibe for the day.
Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding, for either the planning or the lead-up?
Chill out, it will all come together on the day.