A Trendy Marriage ceremony at The Mowbray in Sheffield

Lucy and Ben tied the knot on twenty ninth July 2023, at The Mowbray in Sheffield.

The couple, each element oriented folks, needed a clear and basic aesthetic on their wedding ceremony day. The bride’s gown completely mirrored these needs – she wore a minimalist strappy robe by Essense of Australia, with a easy pearl necklace and a hoop made by her personal father, a former jeweller.

This vibrant and joy-filled wedding ceremony was captured fantastically, as all the time by photographer Luis Calow – take pleasure in!

Close up face shots during golden hour portrait of bride and groom hugging one another closely. The bride has long blonde loose wavy hair and wears a pearl necklace and strappy wedding dress. The groom wears a pale beige suit with a pink buttonhold on his lapel. Luis Calow Photography.

Venue & Location

We had a little bit of a horror turned fairytale when discovering our venue to be sincere. Ben proposed in November 2021 and we knew we’d begin trying to e-book our venue for summer time 2023 straight away. We knew we needed to remain native because of how vital our hometown is to us and I (Lucy) have a really previous Nanan that I used to be actually eager to have with us on the wedding ceremony.

We discovered the nicest Georgian boutique resort in our hometown (which I can’t identify, you’ll see why quickly) which felt good. We secured the entire resort at Easter 2022 for the marriage in July 2023 and had been excited to begin discovering all our different suppliers and organising the save the dates. 

Quick ahead to February 2023, our deposit was paid, all of the ‘massive’ issues had been booked and we obtained the worst information: the venue had gone into administration and was closed instantly. Ben discovered when his aunty had tried to e-book her resort room for the massive day and was informed she couldn’t e-book for July. We weren’t even formally notified, it was all simply gone over night time. Ben broke the information to me once I’d simply received in from a night run, and I don’t know if it was train endorphins or a cosmic premonition all the pieces could be wonderful, however I didn’t freak out.

We knew we’d be getting married on July 29th 2023 it doesn’t matter what because of our option to do it individually from the reception in Rotherham Registry workplace, in order that gave us coronary heart and that was the precedence anyway. I stored saying to everybody, ‘I develop into Mrs Foster on that day it doesn’t matter what,’ which really was all I cared about. However on saying that, my mum and I did develop into extraordinarily energetic on Google looking for someplace that might handle our date with simply 5 months discover. Issues felt hopeless. 

Enter The Mowbray

The Mowbray wedding venue, Sheffield, Luis Calow Photography.

I’d seen The Mowbray on Instagram and beloved the look of it – it’s in Kelham Island – an space we all know and love in Sheffield – and it was a little bit of a pie within the sky dream venue I didn’t imagine we may have. However as we had misplaced just about all the pieces and didn’t have a lot else to lose, I simply emailed them asking in the event that they occurred, by some absolute miracle, to have the 29th free. They did. I’ve by no means reacted to an electronic mail so viscerally in my life.

The Mowbray had had a cancellation on our most well-liked date and it was their final Saturday availability that yr. Speak about luck, manitfest-destiny, karma, fortune and all the pieces in between. The occasions planner (additionally referred to as Lucy – wonderful lady) booked us in for a viewing that Saturday with Georgie (one other wonderful member of employees who additionally ended up doing all out wedding ceremony stationary).

So we went together with my mum, Ben’s dad and crossed fingers. It was love at first sight. In actual fact, I instantly simply began crying with what I realised afterwards was aid and pure adoration. My mum turned to Ben and I and in her cute, matter of reality, Yorkshire mum manner stated, ‘That is way more you two anyhow.’ She was proper. 

Bridal Magnificence & Equipment

Hair was Amie Morton. Amie owns The Mill the place I’ve been having my hair reduce and colored since 2016 – I find it irresistible there. Amie is wonderful and actually understood my imaginative and prescient for my hair. On the run as much as my wedding ceremony I had 2 trials, however Amie was clear I may have had as many as I needed.

They had been each non-public, private and bespoke. Amie listened actually fastidiously to my imaginative and prescient for my hair and was actually attentive the complete time. 

Amie is such a heat, relaxed and sort individual, she actually match into the bubbly, blissful environment of my wedding ceremony morning completely. She was on time (a 7am begin) and did a beautiful job on all my bridesmaids. The very fact she styled their hair with out trials or ever assembly them was so skilled. It allowed us all to actually loosen up.

Bride with long loose wavy blond hair getting her wedding veil applied. Luis Calow Photography.

My wedding ceremony hair was pure perfection. One way or the other it was even higher than the trials and I used to be over the moon. It regarded like me, however one of the best model of my hair. It stayed good all day, it didn’t budge however didn’t really feel stiff both.  The subsequent morning my hair nonetheless regarded nice, which was a miracle contemplating the shenanigans of the reception.

Make up was Stacey Fletcher Bridal from Renovo Salon in Kiveton. 

I wore a veil for my mum in all honesty, that was her imaginative and prescient and the one factor she appeared to need and didn’t defer to my alternative about. After I tried one on her face completely lit up and I made a decision then to put on one. I received the veil from Emily Bridal and I opted for a plan, free hanging, sheer waist size veil with no edging or embellishment. Really, carrying it for the ceremony felt proper, it was very nice to have somewhat formal masking of my shoulders. I additionally loved how refreshed my outfit felt within the night once I took it off. We’re pro-veil on this home which I by no means thought I’d say. 

Close up face shot of a bride with long loose wavy blonde hair and a veil. elegant nose stud just visible. Luis Calow Photography.

My great little sister and finest good friend, Hannah, has adopted in my dad’s footsteps and is additionally a goldsmith. She made my earrings and necklace for the massive day, I wore pave hoops and diamond huggies and studs in my ears and a diamond solitaire pendant – all good. All of the bridesmaids earrings had been additionally Robinrose Jewelry

My fragrance was Rose 31 by Le Labo – recent and summery on the highest notes for Clifton Park, deep and sandalwood musk on the bottom for The Mowbray, settled right down to a candy woody combine on my pores and skin and simply jogs my memory of that day now. Additionally roses had been in my bouquet so there was a nod to that too.  

Bride wearing an Essense of Australia wedding dress. She poses outside and holds a bouquet of pink and white roses. Luis Calow Photography.

I let my angels select their very own clothes they usually all regarded unimaginable. 

Happy smiling bride and her bridesmaids in dark bottle green dresses. Everyone is carrying bouquets of pastel pink and white flowers. Luis Calow Photography.
Joyous bride in an simple strappy wedding dress and pastel bouquet, exiting her wedding ceremony with her groom wearing a pale beige suit. Luis Calow Photography.


Our photographer was the unimaginable Luis Calow. How do I not write an essay simply on Luis? He made our wedding ceremony into ART. On our first zoom name I stated that to him, I stated that I’d seen his work on Instagram  and noticed that he was an artist and I needed that for our wedding ceremony. 

We heard about him by means of phrase of mouth really, my great hairdresser Catherine a The Mill hair studio in Kelham stated he had shot the marriage of The Mill’s proprietor Amie and people photographs had been simply unimaginable. 

Bride with long blonde wavy hair, Essense of Australia wedding dress and veil, carrying a pastel bouquet and arm in arm with her groom as they leave the church. Luis Calow Photography.

I emailed him and his reply was full of heat and persona which I actually favored. Lu works arduous to place everybody comfy by being probably the most right down to earth photographer completely brimming with enthusiasm and devoid of awkwardness which he fuses with this different aspect to him which is all the time alert on the lookout for the possibility to seize ‘the shot’ and ‘the artwork’ and ‘the life’ of the marriage.

And he stays that manner for the complete ten hours he’s with you. 

Emotive photography of a bride holding the shoulders of her Grandma who is looking into the bride's eyes and smiling with joy. Luis Calow Photography.

Lu’s model is actual, there aren’t any filters in any sense of the phrase. It’s unpretentious and celebrates pleasure. He has a tremendous eye for ‘the moments’ that may have gone unnoticed if it weren’t for his arduous work.  

Because of Lu, we have now 1000 photographs that specific the narrative of our wedding ceremony day so completely, so utterly that these have develop into the visible to our reminiscences and our emotions from that day. How particular. He was probably the greatest selections we made for our wedding ceremony.

How They Met

Ben and I met in Chemistry class in yr 10! We had been childhood sweethearts and we reconnected in 2018. Ben proposed in 2021 on my birthday weekend in November. He’d booked a ‘birthday shock’ and simply informed me to be prepared to depart the home at 10am.

I keep in mind he got here upstairs once I was preparing and requested, ‘Are you cheerful together with your outfit?’ which felt fairly out of character however I nonetheless didn’t clock his intention. Love him for checking! We drove by means of Rotherham and I actually thought he was taking me to Parkgate for breakfast (I’d have been blissful!) however then we carried on previous and I knew we had been heading to Wentworth Woodhouse. 

I really like Wentworth very a lot as a result of Ben does numerous design work for them and I discover the constructing and the historical past with the pits so fascinating and vital for our space. Once we pulled into the automobile park I noticed my mother and father’ automobile and my sister’s automobile. They’re stunned me by assembly us there.  Ben had booked us a guided tour of the home and I assumed that was my shock, little did I do know.

Once we received into the Marble Saloon, a shocking central ballroom overlooking the gardens adorned completely in golden marble, my brother-in-law instructed a household image in the course of the area. All of us stood there, me oblivious to the nervous vitality radiating off Ben and my mother and father, and smiled for the digital camera.

Then my mother and father moved away and I noticed Ben attain for his pocket. I used to be in disbelief and time slowed. He received down on one knee and requested me to marry him. That room, the sunshine streaming in, my mother and father and sister, that home, it was good and I completely sobbed. 

Beautiful photography from behind a bride as she walks down a street and her dress dances beautifully behind her. Luis Calow Photography.

The remainder of the tour had moved on however once we joined them they congratulated us and I realised Ben had deliberate all the pieces with the great Wentworth employees and I used to be so overcome.

We had excessive tea to rejoice afterwards which was wonderful. As we left it began snowing and had blanketed the park which was the icing on the cake. 

Inside The Mowbray wedding venue , a former industrial space converted into a contemporary wedding and events space. Trestle tables are lined with red chairs, there are tall taper candles on the table and stone vases with single stem flowers. The vibe is industrial meets modern minimalist. Luis Calow Photography.

We’re each very element oriented individuals who recognize aesthetics and our imaginative and prescient was clear and basic – we needed timeless.

Bride and groom holding hands and raising them in the air triumphantly as they enter their wedding reception.  Luis Calow Photography.

The Reception

Place was essential to us, and understanding we had been bridging two vital Robinson-Foster worlds, Rotherham and Sheffield, we took inspiration from the juxtaposition of the landscapes.

Modern contemporary table plan with rounded top, sits on a wooden easel. Luis Calow Photography.

Rotherham Clifton Park Registry workplace is a shocking sandstone Grade II listed Georgian constructing in stunning gardens. Whereas, The Mowbray is a tremendous industrial constructing in redbrick and anthracite with these unimaginable inexperienced velvet flooring to ceiling curtains.

Creative wedding drinks with lemon, pearl, mint and blackberries.  Luis Calow Photography.

These two wealthy color palettes, sand and inexperienced, purple and gray, actually excited us. The morning fits we selected had been impartial heat beige linen to go with Clifton Park and improve The Mowbray. The bridesmaids wore forest inexperienced in line with each locations. 

This sounds humorous however we had been too excited and emotional to style what we had been consuming. The Mowbray meals is unimaginable past perception and I believe I keep in mind consuming one tomato? If I may do it once more I’d take some deep breaths earlier than the meals and perhaps insist some was plated up for once I wasn’t so excessive on life? 

We met Georgie Marnie on the Mowbray as she confirmed us round and I took her card. Her model is precisely what we love – high quality and stylish –  her hand written calligraphy for place names is actually perfection. We had our menus and place playing cards collectively sealed with sealing wax and a stamp displaying our initials.

Georgie revamped 60 wax seals completely. The desk plan continues to be on show in our eating room, we find it irresistible that a lot. Georgie is sensible and a pleasure to cope with. 

Wedding stationery and menu with a wax seal.  Luis Calow Photography.

My mum made it our cake – what an angel! She’s made celebration truffles as a interest/aspect hustle for years after taking sugarcraft at night time college when my sister and I had been younger.

Photography taken from behind the bride and groom as they are seated at their wedding reception.  Luis Calow Photography.

We lovingly name her the cake witch as a result of she’s so good it have to be magic. She made us a tremendous three tier raspberry and white chocolate cake with white chocolate buttercream and it was unimaginable. The center tier we tied loosely with a bow of classic silk and the butter cream was textured with vertical strains. It was simply beautiful. 

Modern 3 tier wedding cake - the central tier has a large ribbon tied around it.  Luis Calow Photography.

Essentially the most valuable a part of the day was the speeches. We opted for 4 speeches, Hannah – maid of honour and sister, Andrew – father of the bride, Lee – finest man and brother to Ben and Ben – groom. Every speech was heartfelt, sincere, wealthy and emotional.

Bride and her bridesmaids sobbing during the speeches.  Luis Calow Photography.

Everybody took the time to craft an especially loving and detailed speech about Ben and I that actually was an honour to listen to but in addition celebrated love. Ben’s speech was simply excellent, these had been moments to cherish. I used to be an emotional wreck at this level and needed to cowl my face with my hankie so I may ugly cry.

Afterwards the employees discovered me to inform me that they beloved the speeches which I assumed was indicative of how particular they had been. 

Black and white photograph of the bride from behind as she sits at her wedding reception. You can see the buttons down the back of her minimalist, strappy wedding dress by Essense of Australia.  Luis Calow Photography.

Night & Dancing

Ben selected this tune as a shock to me. He selected ‘All the pieces I do, I do For You’, by Bryan Adams, which Ben feels applies to us completely. Another excuse this tune is vital to us is as a result of it was my mother and father’ first dance. My dad performs guitar and serenades mum with it at each likelihood, so it’s an vital tune in our lives.

Our first dance rapidly became a household dance the place all of us cried. 

Bride and groom taking a slow and romantic first dance. Green curtains in the backdrop.  Luis Calow Photography.

Phrases of Wedded Knowledge

Make your selections, massive and small, primarily based on what you really really feel you need and is best for you and your partner. You’ll look again on at the present time without end and its vital that you may really feel it was all precisely the way you needed it in that second, at the moment. Tastes and tendencies do change, however selections made by your coronary heart gained’t ever age.

Your wedding ceremony day is a snapshot of you as a pair, share touches that talk to who you might be as folks and as a pair. Everybody on the wedding ceremony will love these particulars as a result of they love you.

Our wedding ceremony was a small 50 individual occasion with a non-public ceremony of simply 12 earlier than the reception, however we have now many household and mates so we had some guidelines for the visitor checklist that I might suggest for anybody when selecting who to ask: Ask your self, have you ever seen the individual socially within the final 12 months? Is their quantity in your cellphone? Would you’ve gotten them over to your home for dinner? Do they know each bride and groom? If the reply to a number of of those is not any, take into consideration why they’re really on the visitor checklist. It sounds brutal however the visitors are so vital to the environment of the reception, select correctly and for the fitting causes.

Think about the visitors’ enjoyment and luxury, you need them to have one of the best time. Feed them effectively, ply them with drinks, be certain that they’ll dance and maintain them entertained. Make it the marriage everyone seems to be speaking about for ages afterwards.

Be within the second as a lot as you’ll be able to. It’s positively value working towards this within the run up. Take note of every second as a result of it’ll fly and also you need to have the ability to have observed and loved all of your arduous work.

Oh, and Pinterest was my BFF!

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Founding father of Love My Gown. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire together with her husband and enterprise companion Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves pictures, meditation, strolling, being outside and star gazing. She is fierce in the case of championing expertise throughout the wedding ceremony business and when she’s not engaged on Love My Gown, she helps her husband Philip within the operating of the household’s sustainable flower farm and floral design enterprise, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she turned a broadcast writer.

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