Good morning everyone! We hope you had a peaceful and relaxing weekend with lots of love. We have a special treat on the blog this morning certain to get your artistic vibe flowing. Helen and Lex took their wedding party to a once derelict and run-down plot to unite their love and celebrate their marriage. The aptly named Haggler’s Corner is now a thriving creative community hub, housing a seriously cool space for anyone that has a little bit of edge. The brilliant Magda K Photography captured this wedding by storm, as the couple took their love from traditional registry office to a vibrant bustling art space. The couple had a beautiful mantra when it came to their wedding – to create a simple, casual and relaxed party. Art drenched walls, the bride’s personalised converse and a retro style BBQ feast brought this little garden courtyard in Sheffield to life! Here’s bride Helen to give you the heads up on how she and Lex created their effortlessly casual vibe….

Our main influence was to keep it simple, casual and relaxed. We both wanted to be surrounded by close friends and immediate family and have the best party ever! We knew that food, drink and music were going to be key and we also had the hottest day so far this year! A big relaxed party

Guests won’t remember what colour the table numbers were, how the flowers were arranged on the end of the pews, what colour earrings you wore or if the top make-up artist in the world applied your make up. It’s so easy to get carried away with the whole wedding idea but really…..will you wear those £300 shoes again? Your guests WILL remember the atmosphere and the fun and enjoyment they had on the day.

Love on a Peak District hilltop

I had been pestering Lex about climbing up a hill in the Peak District called Chrome Hill. On my birthday we found ourselves child free and headed for the hills! After a bit of a trek we finally got to the top of Chrome Hill and Lex asked me to marry him. I said yes!! We were married in Sheffield registry office followed by a reception at Hagglers Corner. Sheffield registry office was an easy place for all guests to get to and such a lovely building with a sweeping staircase inside. Haggler’s corner was perfect for the vibe we wanted to achieve. We’d already been to a few nights out there and knew the owners. The relaxed courtyard area, café and dance area up stairs was perfect and meant that we had less decorating to worry about.

Super cool arrival in the disco taxi!

Myself, my mum, the bridesmaids and Madga the photographer arrived in town in the Sheffield Disco Taxi with our own music blaring out loud! I wanted a great entrance into the room and to set the tone of the day so walked down the aisle with my mum to Nina Simone’s song ‘Feeling Good’. The ceremony itself was simple but we wrote our owns vows to personalise it (and neither of us cried!). Whilst we signed the register we listened to Kraftwork – ‘Computer Love’ as we met on the internet and had seen them live only a few days before. Walking out was Violet Femmes – ‘Blister in the sun’. Very apt as it was 30 degrees outside!

Personalised converse and Jesus Peiro

A lot of the dresses I tried on were very traditional. I was recommended Lovebird Bridal Boutique and that’s where I found THE dress. I’d been teasing Lex that I was going to wear a green and purple dress with bells on, even the kids joined in! In the end it was a gorgeous Jesus Peiro dress with the most stunning back ever and fantastic lace top that went over the top. I loved the relaxed feel I had as soon as I put it on whilst still being a show stopper! I loved it so much I wore it the following day when we went with the family to the local pub for dinner!

My wedding day shoes were picked up on a budget from Debenhams. The proper shoes were my personalised converse that I had kept hidden from Lex. They had my new name on one shoe and the date on the other, perfect for dancing the night away! One of my best friends came down on the morning to do my hair. She knows what I like and without seeing the dress or having a trial she absolutely nailed it! My headband and beaded belt were both hand made for me by Laura Rhodes. She added rose gold beads around the edge for me to match my wedding band and engagement ring. Both made in rose gold. The lovely ladies at Lancome helped me pick my make up and gave me tips on how to apply it. Doing my own make up meant that I still felt like me but just a bit more glamorous. Lex picked up his outfit from a local menswear shop. Keeping with the casual theme, he wore some smart jeans and trainers. We had our 3 daughters and my niece as bridesmaids ranging in ages from 3 – 11. Three of them are girly girls and the other a tomboy. I found all the dresses on ebay and just kept with a pastel colour theme so everyone could wear a slightly different style. For my tomboy daughter, I found some suit trousers and a gorgeous Ted Baker top as a compromise!

Custom-designed rings and the dream photographer

The photographer. Where do I start!? After a few emails and an engagement shoot I knew we were going to get come fantastic shots in the Peak District. Magda put us at ease with her friendly nature and great ideas. On the day, she fit in like a member of the family, and wasn’t afraid to go the extra mile (or stile!) for some amazing shots! Neither of us are fond of being in front of the camera but one thing I would say about the photographer is pick someone you are comfortable around and just roll with it. They will have some great ideas even if you can’t see it.

My engagement ring was something I designed with the help of Tiago in Sheffield. Lex thought I was going to go for a simple solitare diamond and white gold. He left me alone for 20 minutes and came back to me having designed a rose gold ring with sapphire and diamonds! I even got to choose my own sapphire….a truly personal experience. The wedding band was also rose gold and contained sapphires and diamonds. Lex’s wedding band is a Sheffield steel ring with the elevation profile of our walk up Chrome hill etched into it. I loved the fact that from a distance it just looks like an engraving but to us it’s a bit more personal.

Homemade origami cake

My sister had the epic challenge of making the wedding cake (even though she can’t eat cake herself). It was a 3-tiered cake with a different flavour for each tier (chocolate orange, lemon drizzle and salted caramel). There were small origami cranes decorating it all over and rose gold ribbon to tie it in with the theme.

I had toyed with the idea of sorting the flowers myself but then spotted Cambell’s flowers on Instagram. I gave the florist a few photos of the colours I wanted and left them to it! I told them I didn’t want a structured bunch of flowers and ended up with a gorgeous rustic bouquet with blush colours and plenty of greenery throughout. The groom and best man wore a simple blush buttonhole too.

Personal playlist and laidback vibes

We knew we were going to create our own playlist for the whole day but we were advised to let someone else take over the organising of it. So we did! Our friend Dan had playlists sorted for the day and evening and kept the whole vibe going perfectly into the night. Chilled out ambient tunes for the sunshine during the day and then he cranked it up for the evening. Controlling the music ourselves meant we avoided the dreaded disco tunes that can clear a dance floor in a second!

We didn’t have much in the way of stationary as our reception was pretty non-conventional, no seating plan for example! Our invitations were postcards we sent out to everyone with a photo of us on telling them all the information they needed! We didn’t bother with Wedding Favours as we both think they are a bit old fashioned.

The catering was delicious and pretty straight forward, as all the food at the BBQ was locally sourced by Hagglers Corner, with plenty of veggie and vegan options too.

Fun first dance

Our first dance was Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan. We love a good dance but knew that we wouldn’t be doing anything formal. Instead we had a good boogie to this song which definitely fit with our big day. Everyone joined end towards the end too.

My favourite moment was watching our children walk down the aisle and then seeing Lex’s smile at the front of the room. I knew then this was going to be one of the best days of my life with many more to follow.

Any Advice?

Just chill! Guests won’t remember what colour the table numbers were, how the flowers were arranged on the end of the pews, what colour earrings you wore or if the top make-up artist in the world applied your make up. It’s so easy to get carried away with the whole wedding idea but really…..will you wear those £300 shoes again? Your guests WILL remember the atmosphere and the fun and enjoyment they had on the day. Spend more time on that and less money on the cosmetic stuff. Memories last longer!

Also, we got engaged in September and married in June. You don’t need 18 months to get married. Concentrate on the important things to you as a couple and don’t worry about guests and family. Don’t let anyone sway you from what you as a couple want.

the line up

Photography: Magda K Photography
Venue: Haggler’s Corner
Jewellery: Tiago
Venue: Haggler’s Corner
Bridal Shop: Lovebird Bridal Boutique and Laura Rhodes
Bride’s Dress: Jesus Peiro
Florist: Campbell Flowers

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