Getting together with photographer Sarah Brabbin, florist/event dresser Jane (better known as the Woo B Woo fairy) and baker extraordinaire Jeanette Moorhouse for a photoshoot is always a great day out , because it means working alongside incredibly talented people to create… well … an entire wedding… while having lots of laughs – what’s not to love? All that was missing from the beautiful wedding venue in the Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre was a groom!

Haley and I arrived with our gorgeous models Kaye, Sarah and Claire clutching armfuls of soft spirit wedding dresses to fit Jane’s boho brief, to find the others hard at work setting up the stunning Thomas Bourne room for the wedding reception. Jane was filling the grade II listed warehouse with flowers in this seasons colours and laying the tables with pretty vintage pieces, while Lisa was creating works of balloon art among Peter’s amazing light Installations. Jeanette’s mouthwatering cakes were sitting within circles of twinkling lights and greenery and Bev, the venue’s brilliantly organised wedding coordinator, was liaising with the boatman so our brides could arrive by barge. A quick change into layers of tulle and wellies and we were all set to take to the waterways.

Standedge Tunnel, Britain’s longest, deepest, highest canal tunnel is one of the seven wonders of the waterways and helped to fuel canal mania and our industrial revolution. The tunnel lies 194 metres beneath the stunning Standedge moors in the Yorkshire Pennines and the beautiful visitor centre and wedding venue was once the tunnel warehouse storing coal,wool and grain ready for transportation from Huddersfield to Manchester.

Sarah had already been on a reckie of the waterways and chosen the locations for the shoot so the girls hitched up their dresses and we all clambered into the barge that now transports brides on their wedding day. These are the stunning results:

The combination of industrial and rural landscape makes Standedge a unique photographic location.

                           

                   And then it was up to the ceremony room beautifully lit and dressed by Peter, Jane and Lisa …

                       

Which gave us the perfect opportunity to shoot the custom made veils that Claire designs and creates.

Flutterby veil by custom made by Claire Buckley

Dotty veil by Claire Buckley

And finally it was down to the Thomas Bourne room where all the after ceremony fun takes place.

               

Loving the dreamy evening light…

             

Huge thanks to all these very talented and very lovely people, to the wonderful Sarah Brabbin for her amazing photography and to our stunning models Sarah, Claire and Kaye. Sending lots of Limelight love and congratulations to Kaye, Kyle and Archie … our very favourite photo of the day…xxxx

Contacts:

Standedge tunnel weddings weddings@canalrivertrusr.org.uk

Flowers and event dressing http://woobwoo.com

Ballons by Lisa http://www.balloonfairy.co.uk

Wooden items by Nicola http://www.nellieswoodenworkshop.co.uk

Photography http://www.sarahbrabbin.co.uk

Lighting https://www.peterlockwood.co.uk

Wedding dresses https://www.limelightoccasions.co.uk

Veils by Claire Buckley https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/beyondtheveildesign?ref=search_shop_redirect

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https://www.instagram.com/beyondtheveildesigns/

 

 

 

When April came to our boutique to choose her wedding dress with her lovely Mum … also a Limelight bride… she had a very clear vision of her wedding day. This vision really excited us, so we asked if we could share that special day when she married Sam:

How did you and Sam meet?

We actually met online! I was 19 at the time and hadn’t really met anybody so I thought I would give online dating a go. I messaged Sam and we got talking and decided to meet up. We met in a pub in Sheffield for a drink and once we sat down and got talking I nipped to the toilet to call my best friend to let her know he was OK and not a weirdo! The rest is history, here we are 8 years later…

What was the first thing you noticed about him?

 The first thing I noticed was probably how tall and handsome he was.

Was it love at first sight? 

 Definitely! I can remember getting butterflies and looking forward to our next date. He was, and still is such a gentleman.

How did Sam propose?

We went on holiday to Newquay for my 24th birthday, we walked up to Little Fistral to the white look out building on top of a hill next to the beach. There was a couple of people up there and once we got to the top and id had a look around I was ready to go back down, not knowing that Sam was waiting for the people to leave so he could propose. He plucked up the courage and got down on one knee, I didn’t expect it at all and there were some happy tears.

What was it about your venue that made you choose it for your wedding day?

We tried to keep to a budget as we wanted to go on a big holiday for our honeymoon so we decided to get married in Sheffield Town Hall which was actually really lovely and had some lovely places for a few photos.

We then made our way to the Leopold Hotel across the road and we decided to go there, (well I decided) because of the afternoon tea! It looked amazing and was. So we had afternoon tea for our wedding breakfast and held our reception there as well.

April, what was the best bit about your hen do?

I didn’t have your average crazy hen do with big banners and props. We went to the Cat Café in Sheffield and then went to paint pots before going out for a few cocktails. I loved every minute of it, my best friend organised it and it was amazing. I didn’t expect it at all, it was all a secret of course until the day.

Your wedding had a unique theme with lots of amazing handmade details – tell us a little bit about how you prepared for your wedding

To be honest I changed my mind quite a few times on the theme, originally I wanted a  rustic them then a 50s themed wedding with records for centrepieces and polka dot dresses for the bridesmaids. My husband is a big Marvel fan so I thought of incorporating something Marvel into the 50’s theme for example flowers. Once I got looking on Pinterest for some inspiration, the 50’s themed wedding went out of the window and I decided the comic book wedding was what I wanted. I told Sam my ideas and he kind of just went with it and let me do what I wanted. I didn’t want it all to be cheesy in your face so I combined the theme with a Cadbury purple colour so it still looked traditional… and then, on closer inspection, you saw the comic theme.

So I found on YouTube how to make paper flowers and taught my mum how to make them and off she went. She made all of the bouquets, button holes and centrepieces out of comic books, it took her months. 

I made the confetti for the tables and the post box for our cards. A lot of items I purchased from Etsy, which is a handmade website so some of the table decorations, the groomsmen’s ties, my shoes, garter and wedding invites were all handmade and my friend‘s nan made my little handbag.

Which things were the most important to you both?

Probably just having everyone around us on the day looking so happy for us and sharing our big day. We wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable and had a great time.

You looked amazing on your wedding day. What were you looking for when you set out to find your wedding dress? How did you know it was THE ONE?

 I was looking at Tea length dresses before I came to Limelight. I did pick out a few different styles with Sue and some were gorgeous but just not me. I think the dress I chose was the second dress I tried on, I carried on trying on and went back to that one. I Just loved the detail on it, the lace and the sparkles. It just made me feel comfortable and beautiful.

If you had to choose three favourite memories of the day which would they be and why?

 1) Seeing Sam when I walked down the aisle

2) At the end of the ceremony … walking out to the Avengers theme song and the people outside the room cheering when we came out 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOabQZHT4qY

3) Travelling in the camper van we hired

Were there any unexpected surprises that made you laugh on your wedding day?

My friend took a photo for us in front of a window and there was a bouncer stood outside in our shot so I told her we would move so you wouldn’t see him, but she wasn’t having it.  She banged on the window and he ducked behind a wall while she took our photo. She was also the boss woman when the photographer was organising photos, she made sure everyone knew what they were doing and no one questioned her. She was amazing on the day.

Which song did you choose for your first dance as a married couple?

 It was ‘Hey soul sister’ by Train.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVpv8-5XWOI

How did you chose your honeymoon destination?

 We went to Florida a couple of years ago and decided we wanted to go back before we settle down and have a family

What advice would you give new brides to be who are planning their wedding?

Go with things you want, not what everyone else wants … it’s your day … so do something you will remember. You don’t have to stick to traditional … make it personal to you. I found it really stressful leading up to the wedding, but the day its self was lovely and nothing went wrong, just enjoy your day when it comes around because it goes by so quick!

To April and Sam thank you for sharing your inspirational wedding day with us … here’s to very Happy Ever After with lots of love from Limelight xxx

Photography by Nicol Garnon.

One of the things we love best at Limelight, is spending time with our brides and hearing all about their wedding plans. It’s so exciting that wedding ceremonies can now be completely personalised to reflect the passions of the bride and groom … and some of our brides truly amaze us with their spirit of adventure

Our brides love to ride horses, bucking broncos and motor bikes on their wedding day.

They ski down mountains, drive round golf courses and run with rugby balls and they do it style!

Click the link below to view the video of Kate skiing down the slopes after her mountain top wedding ceremony

https://www.facebook.com/katie.bedford.37/videos/10158025074556980/?t=2

Becca rides a bucking bronco in her wedding dress in the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/limelightoccasions/videos/vb.177479268972314/1459087237478171/?type=2&theater

And there is there is no playing it safe with the bridal gown – Limelight brides choose wedding dresses that truly express who they are and their stunning pictures amaze and delight us.

A huge train on my dress? Cut it off? Bustle it up? Absolutely not! The dress is part of the adventure – I’ll hitch it up on the bike – hook it over the wrist with the ski pole – spread it out over the horse

A love of life, as well as each other, shines through these wedding pictures.

The wedding day is just the beginning…we wish all our couples a lifetime of love, laughter and the most amazing adventures together xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Alexandra entered Velvet, a bar in Wakefield, and first set eyes on Luke, the thing  that struck her most about him was how good looking and manly he was. It was love at first sight and she knew immediately that she wanted him to notice her.

We asked our beautiful Limelight bride to share the story of their romantic family wedding with us. These stunning photos were taken by Lauren Twigg.

How did Luke propose?

He surprised me by flying out and joining us in Tenerife on a family holiday with my Mum and Grandad. He then took me up Mount Teidi and proposed to me there.

What was it about your venue,Waterton Park Hotel, that made you choose it for your wedding day?

It gave me butterflies from the moment we pulled up to the venue. The moat made me feel like princess.

What was the best bit about your hen do?

Just being with all my favourite ladies drinking fizz, cocktails, laughing and chilling in our giant bath/pool.

Tell us a little bit about how you prepared for your wedding – which things were the most important to you?

Gifts for our wedding party were really important to me and making my Grandma and Dad, who are no longer with us, part of our special day. I wanted the wedding to represent me and Luke through and through. 

You looked amazing on your wedding day. What were you looking for when you set out to find your wedding dress? How did you know it was THE ONE?

Originally I thought I wanted something quite plain, stiff fabric, pockets, definitely not strapless, very Audrey Hepburn. My beautiful dress, Paradis by Ian Stuart, was the wild card and, theoretically everything I didn’t want… but yet so so me. I knew the minute I looked in the mirror that it was for me. It made me feel so beautiful. 

If you had to choose three favourite memories of the day which would they be and why?

My mum dressing me and my brother entering the room. We have always been the three musketeers and being with them and seeing their reactions fills my heart with joy even now thinking about it.

Seeing luke for the first time, he looked so nervous and so handsome the whole ceremony was beautiful and I never stopped smiling.

After the wedding breakfast I went into the bridal suite with 8 of my favourite ladies with two bottles of champagne and they helped me get ready for the night do. I loved every minute of it. 

Were there any unexpected surprises that made you laugh on your wedding day?

In Luke’s speech, he started off by giving my brother a gift which was an adopted camel. When Luke asked Joe for my hand in marriage Joe had said he was offered 12 camels for me when I was younger. He said he would now accept 2, he even brought it up in his own speech saying that the marriage wasn’t official until he got that. It was so funny as we were all in shock!

Which song did you choose for your first dance as a married couple and why?

John legend all of me, it has always been our song and the lyrics are so beautiful. Luke cried through most of the song…

How did you chose your honeymoon destination?

We are doing an American adventure with our little boy, taking him to Disney 

What advice would you give new brides to be who are planning their wedding?

Don’t dwell on the minor details and everything will come together. Take time on your wedding day to reflect on everything around you, watch the people you love, kiss your husband lots, drink lots of water, eat your meal, drink lots of fizz and dance, dance, dance.

For once lap up all the compliments – you will never have another day like it and it goes so quick.

Hire a videographer so you can remember and watch your day over and over again. I have watched ours every week since we married!

We wish Mr and Mrs Norbury a lifetime of happiness and laughter. With  love and thanks from everyone at Limelight xxx

We absolutely love it when our brides come back to visit Limelight after their big day; and it was especially nice to meet Rebecca’s husband, Ian, when the newly weds came to put their love lock on our Lockwood Bridge recently. We all had a fabulous time, over coffee, looking at photos and videos and hearing about this lovely couple’s inspirational wedding in Santa Barbara USA. We were blown away by it all and thrilled when Rebecca and Ian gave us permission to share their story with you.

What is so lovely about this wonderful wedding is the way it reflects Rebecca and Ian’s unique sense of style and fun. They shared, with those closest to them, an amazing, cultural journey to the places that they love, which culminated in a beautiful and very personal ceremony with celebrations that perfectly express who they are as a couple.

And so the story begins…

Rebecca, how Did you first meet Ian?

Ian and I met through work. We’re actually a bit of a cliché as, although we  didn’t become romantically involved until long after we no longer worked together, we did first meet when I successfully applied for the role of PA to the new Managing Director who turned out to be Ian. I found Ian to be a great boss and we worked well and successfully as a team for about 4 years running the European office of an American Credit Card company until we were both  made redundant when the business was purchased by another large financial services company. 

What was the first thing you noticed about him?

I first met Ian when he arrived at our offices as the new MD. Ian turned up and the first thing I noticed was his long hair and untucked shirt and jeans. He gave a little speech about how much fun we were all going to have together and I must admit, initially, I was a little worried about having this ‘wanna be’ surfer dude as the new boss man!

Was it love at first sight?

It wasn’t love at first sight at all. In fact I never thought about Ian in that way when I worked for him (although Ian may tell you that he believes that would have been completely impossible for any woman). It was a few years after we went our separate ways that Ian and I first broke the ice romantically. Ian confessed first that he had feelings for me and initially I was pretty shocked. He had been my boss and was quite a few years older. That said, I had always loved working with Ian, I knew him well and knew he cared about people. I also knew that together we had accomplished many great things in the work environment, so the idea of becoming partners in life seemed like (despite the challenges and the many obstacles we had to overcome) it may just work. The first kiss was certainly weird…but I soon got over it!

How Did Ian Propose?

Ian proposed to me when we were in New York after we had been together for two and a bit years . We had met initially because we both worked for GE. We were in New York as part of an East Coast holiday and Ian took me to a cocktail bar at the ‘Top of the Rock’ – the huge Rockefeller building which was the GE HQ from 1988 to 2015. I had no idea he was planning to propose and so when he wanted to go out on the terrace, where we couldn’t take our drinks, I was panicked (being a Yorkshire girl) that someone may steal our not so cheap drinks while we were out there. Little did I know the waitresses were  putting some champagne on ice for us as Ian had told them of his plans to propose!! He proposed down on one knee on the terrace, on the 65th floor of the building which was the HQ of the company where we first met – how apt!

What was the best bit about your hen do?

The hen do was fabulous but the best bit was the number of people that celebrated with me. We booked the Teppanyaki for dinner and the Wet Spot in Leeds which is a burlesque show as the after dinner entertainment. I can understand that some people may be a little nervous about the prospect of a burlesque show but it was all done in best possible taste (almost) and none of the guests were asked to take part in any audience participation. All of the hens put a lot of thought into the dress code and everyone looked fabulous.

And the Stag Do?

What was it about Santa Barbara and your venue that made you choose it for your wedding day?

We didn’t actually see either of the venues (Bluffs or Tavern) in Santa Barbara until the day before our wedding and at that point only Ian saw them; I didn’t see them until the day of the wedding…pretty scary eh? Nah it was a breeze. We had chosen Santa Barbara as we completed the obligatory Californian road trip in the early part of our relationship. We arrived one evening and stood by the rooftop pool of the hotel and saw the sun set over the mountains in the distance and thought it was so beautiful that we made a vow there and then that if we ever got married we would do it in this beautiful town.

Image at Winecountry.com https://www.winecountry.com/regions/santa-barbara-county/santa-barbara/

We saw the Bluffs on the website of the elopement company that helped us, ‘Santa Barbara Elopement’ and the Cold Spring Tavern we found on YouTube.

As we were wanting a western themed wedding, the Tavern, as an old stagecoach inn way up in the mountains, was perfect and the Bluffs were free so helped on the budget front as well as being…well on the side of a cliff in a nature reserve overlooking the Pacific Ocean…just how bad could it be?

Tell us a little bit about how you prepared for your wedding – the themes and which things were the most important to you?

Ian and I are big fans of modern country music and after we had decided to do the wedding in Santa Barbara we thought why not go the whole hog and do a country themed wedding?

I knew straight away that I wanted to wear cowboy boots with the dress, the colour scheme was easy – red white and blue the colour of both the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes and everything else seemed to stem from there.

Music is extremely important to both of us, especially to Ian and we spent a long time choosing the music for the ceremony and the band that would play in the evening. The result was fantastic…an acoustic version of Sweet Child O’ Mine in the Californian sun followed by a ho down with a local band called the Dusty Jugz in the evening could not have been more perfect. 

The way our guests dressed was also important, we loved it and in the end…so did they.

We asked them to follow, if they could, the red, white and blue theme and to keep it country so we have lots of hats and boots.

We signed up for line dancing classes and decided to do our first dance as a line dance to a modern country song called Sober by Little Big Town. We were very conscious of the fact that America is not the cheapest place to get to, so we wanted to make the event as special and memorable for everyone that was able to come and be part of our big day.

You looked amazing on your wedding day. What were you looking for when you set out to find your wedding dress? How did you know it was THE ONE?

Initially, when looking for the dress, I knew I wanted a fitted dress but thought I may have one with sleeves and was looking at a dress that rose up at the front to show off my cowboy boots. I did find a dress that did exactly that and thought this was the one until I went to Limelight. I had met Sue at a sample sale and had already booked an appointment at Limelight for the following week as my sister in law and one of my bridesmaids had got their perfect dress there. Sue was amazing from the moment we met. I tried a couple of the sample dresses on in a makeshift changing room that had been set up at the site of the sale and she made me feel special from the moment I met her. I told her about the dress I had fallen for and my upcoming appointment. Sue arranged to make sure she had my preferred dress in stock for my appointment as well as other styles she thought I might like.

Sue spent more time with me than the allotted appointment time and insisted I try on as many dresses as I liked until I felt comfortable with my decision. One of the dresses Sue had chosen for me ended up trumping the previous front runner and I was able to be sure it was the one because Sue had got the other dress ready for me to try it alongside the new winner.

If you had to choose three favourite memories of the day which would they be and why?

I cannot possibly choose 3 favourite memories as there were so many! I would say my Dad’s speech was just perfect. He is not used to public speaking and not one that enjoys a lot of attention but his speech was perfectly delivered and full of love and he made me so proud to be his daughter.

The memory of all of our special friends and family who were able to make the long trip across the pond to be there with us will stay with me forever. Many of them had never been to America before or on such a long haul flight so I will be forever grateful of the efforts they made to make the day so special for us.

The final favourite memory for me would be seeing Ian waiting for me at the edge of the Bluffs. I was very nervous on the day and just wanted to be married to Ian.

My favourite favourite memory however was the moment Judge Brian Hill pronounced us husband and wife.

If you were to ask Ian however, he would obviously say seeing me for the first time in the dress, but also he would point to all of the Americans who spent hours on the phone with him and crossed many many emails prior to us arriving, who we would now consider friends, who really helped in all sorts of ways to make the day so special.

Were there any unexpected surprises that made you laugh or cry on your wedding day?

Ian had gone to such great lengths to try and make me cry but to no avail. As I was stuck in the hotel room from 10am on the day of the wedding getting beautified along with my mum and the bridesmaids, Ian had arranged on the day for me to have a surprise present every hour until we had to leave for the ceremony which was a very romantic surprise – this was the first of 3. The second surprise was when Ian played a recording of my Grandad he had done while I was away on my hen holiday. That almost tipped me over the edge.

The final surprise was when he got up on the stage at the Tavern and sang me a country song with the words changed to make it special for us both.

I laughed the whole way through the event after the serious bit of the wedding as I was so very happy.

What music did you choose for your wedding and first dance – and why are those pieces special to you both?

Our musical tastes are very eclectic. You already know about the modern county music, but rock music is also very important to us. We chose 3 songs for the ceremony that were stripped back acoustic versions of the originals and Ian spent a long time searching for the right people and finally settled on a duo from down the road in L.A. My procession song was Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden the words fitted so well. In the middle they played Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns n’ Roses, simply because we both love it and the riff is so instantly recognizable and they finished with I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith because well it just doesn’t get any more romantic than that! Then to the Country bit…we had the Dusty Jugz of course and some line dancing, but the first dance was a song most people will never have heard of. One of the reasons that we love country is that the bands are huge in the US and then over here hardly anyone knows who they are. This particular band we both fell in love with and then we heard ‘the song’ that lyrically we knew straight away just had to be our first dance.

The band is called Little Big Town. We met them recently at their gig in Manchester, told them the story, which they promptly announced on stage when they played the song. The song is called ‘Sober,’ look them up on the link below, listen to the lyrics then you will understand why. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2gK1mLbJKE

After your amazing adventures in the USA…

you held fantastic party back here in the UK – can you tell us a little bit about it?

The party back in the UK was held for all of those that were unable to attend the US do. We wanted to try and make the UK day as special as the one in the States for all of our friends and family. The venue was The Yorkshire Heart Vineyard and Brewery at Nun Monkton in York and those that know me well, will understand that this was perfect for me and my love of beer. We had a marquee which we dressed with Union Jack and Stars and Stripes bunting, the table centre pieces were cowboy boots filled with red, white and blue flowers, we had a couple of big screens displaying a slideshow of pictures from the hen do, stag do and wedding, uplighters in red white and blue, an American airstream trailer serving good ole’ southern food from Smokin Blues, who are often found at York and Malton food festivals, our line dancing instructor and a mechanical bull for good measure.

Rebecca is truly fearless!

To see our beautiful bride riding a bucking bronco in her wedding dress click  the link below…

https://www.facebook.com/limelightoccasions/videos/vb.177479268972314/1459087237478171/?type=2&theater

We got a cake from Costco and iced it ourselves with the American flag and Ian brought along his Mustang and our friends brought their Harley Davidson for a photo opportunity for the bride and groom. We booked a band from Wakefield  – The Snapp –  and Ian’s band he had put together with colleagues from work performed too.

Together, you and Ian created a truly inspirational wedding…what advice would you give to new brides-to- be who are just beginning to plan their special day?

The best advice I can give is make the day about you. The more it demonstrates your personalities and your likes, the more special your day will be. It is your day and you should make it about the two of you. Try not to stress about others too much, they will be happy if you are happy. Finally, everyone said it to me, but you don’t realise until after the day – make the most of every minute you can in the run up but especially on the day itself. The time disappears and before you know it – it’s gone. If you can stretch the budget, try and get a video of the day so you can relive it afterwards – especially of the night do and the casual moments where everyone is having a ball and is involved. Capture all of your guests as they are a massive part of your memories!

Rebecca and Ian – we wish you a lifetime of love and laughter – thank you for sharing your amazing memories with us …

With lots of love from Limelight

xxx

Wedding Photographer Kiel Rucker, Santa Barbara, California.