A Wedding at Wood Lane Countryside Centre near Sheffield
Back in 2013 Sam and Katie got in touch about me being their Wood Lane Countryside Centre wedding photographer. I remember receiving an e-mail from Katie where she told me that she’d read on my website that I was a big Time Team fan, and that I should prepare to have my dreams come true because she was an archaeologist at the University of Sheffield and that one of their wedding guests had been on Time Team as their Viking expert! Finally! My love of Time Team and shooting weddings had been brought together!
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Things continued to improve when we all met up before the wedding and discovered that Sam and I both had the same eclectic taste in music. There were definitely a couple of times when we got caught up in talking about bands and forgot that there was a wedding to chat about! It’s always a nice little plus when I find similar interests with my couples.
Fast forward eight months and I’m driving up to Sheffield on a sunny June morning to meet Katie and her bridesmaids at hers and Sam’s house. There’s a good mix of nerves and excitement along with lashings of hot buttered toast and champagne. (Sounds like just a regular morning for me!) I’d been promised an introduction to Luna, Katie and Sam’s dog, but she’d already been whisked away to the venue as part of the welcoming party!
I left the girls as they were grabbing a few minutes of peace and quiet and made the short trip down the road to the Wood Lane Countryside Centre which was to be our wedding venue for the entire day, from ceremony through to the first dance. When it’s not hosting weddings it helps with conservation projects all over Sheffield and works on environmental education with schools. Sound like good sorts to me!
Before too long, Katie had arrived and was walking down the aisle with her dad, looking a little teary eyed and emotional, but those tears soon gave way to the big smile that you see throughout these photos. Katie and Sam’s dog, Luna, was the guest of honour, and she was such a good girl, sitting quietly all the way through the ceremony. She did have a little chew though, which probably helped to keep her occupied!
Afterwards, the guests gathered on the back lawn for drinks, snacks and games of bowls. That is, until someone brought a football out, and then most of the male guests lapsed back to their ‘jumpers for goalposts’ childhoods and an impromptu game of football broke up. The World Cup was on at the time, so what do you expect!