Mark Crayden Photography

Sheffield City Centre Wedding

When I met up with Ian & Jodie for the first time, they started to tell me all about their wedding plans for their Sheffield city centre wedding; I knew then that this wedding was going to be an absolute belter!

So the day of the wedding was the last Saturday in May, the bank holiday weekend! The weather was sunny and warm. Sheffield city centre square was packed full of artisan food suppliers and craft stalls ready for the bank holiday crowds.

Meanwhile, Jodie and her girls were excitably getting ready over at the very cool Mercure Hotel, overlooking the Sheffield food fest!

The atmosphere was one of fun and calm, what became apparent to me immediately was how close Jodie’s friends were to her, giving her support when she needed it and generally making sure Jodie had the best time getting ready with them all, these girls were a bride squad to be reckoned with!

It was soon time to meet up with Ian and his friends. I found them all sat outside a bar right next to the crucible theatre enjoying a few G & T’s in the mid-day sun. Ten minutes later and with a couple of photographs in the bag of Ian and his best men it was soon time to head back to the hotel to photograph Jodie before she took the 3-minute walk to the local church.

The humanist ceremony was so meaningful and lovely to listen to, each taking it, in turn, to say their handwritten vows to each other followed by friends coming up to the front to read out words of wisdom and poetry.

Whilst walking back to the Mercure Hotel for a champagne reception and canopies, Jodie & Ian caught the attention of a rather amorous Sheffield street busker, who spontaneously planted a congratulatory wedding kiss on Jodie’s cheek … cheeky!

Being next to the Winter gardens certainly had its advantages when it came to organising the group and formal shots, with these quickly done we ventured outside for a little walk around Sheffield city centre for some awesome portrait photos.

With the Uber taxis racking up outside the Crucible it was time to move onto the next venue, the ultra-hip Hagglers corner. What I loved most about this day was that Jodie & Ian had planned it how they wanted to be, not really trying to conform to any traditional style or format, for me this gave Jodie & Ian’s wedding a sense of sincerity and uniqueness which resonated throughout their day.

Haggler’s corner is such an amazing venue for a wedding reception, it’s got such a cool laid back vibe, you can’t help but relax here. With the speeches spoken with finesse and humour, it was time to eat from the rustic BBQ, pulled pork, sausages, kebabs, burgers and a fine array of Jamaican/Cuban style salads were on offer, perfect for this laid-back crowd! And if you were starting to feel a little peckish later on, fear not!  El Kantina a Mexican street Food Company had been drafted in for the evening guests, perfect!

Next up to play their part in this epic wedding day were the amazing contemporary Spanish sounds of Synergy live band, with young and old getting down to the sounds the euphoria was palpable this Spanish trio had these wedding guests in the palm of their hands, myself included!

I truly didn’t want this wedding to end, it was so much fun from beginning to end, thank you so, so much Jodie & Ian for letting me spend the day with you and your family and friends.



Note to self: Always triple check the hotel room number and never leave your car parked behind a padlocked gate!