Laura and Jamie’s Modern Winter Wedding at the Millennium Gallery

Today I have a gorgeous winter wedding from my good friend Jon at S6 Photography, it’s a beautiful wedding and it’s made extra special as it is shot in Sheffield at one of my favorite wedding venues the The Millennium Gallery Sheffield
The Galleries are surrounded by the winter gardens which is a giant green house full of some amazing plants and flowers and it’s perfect for those all important portrait shots!

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It’s the wedding of Laura and Jamie Drake who met at work 7 years ago, they were married on 3rd December at Fulwood Old Chapel in Sheffield with the reception at The Millennium Galleries. They had 80 guests to the ceremony, and a further 70 for the evening reception. It took 18 months to plan the wedding.
Laura and Jamie describe their day ‘It started off well……….It then got even better’

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I love Jon’s use of winter light in these pictures, the dark chapel in comparison to the light bright space at the millennium gallery. The portrait shots are beautiful both in the winter gardens and outside in the street., City Centre weddings may not have the rolling countryside and beautiful views but you do sure get some artistic shots with a bit of imagination!

The Proposal
Jamie proposed at home after a nice meal. He made a ring out of tin foil and put it in a ring box with a poem asking me to marry him.

The venue
Some friends of ours got married at Fulwood Chapel, and we loved the relaxed and personal service. It’s a Unitarian chapel which means you can be any/no religion to get married there.
We chose the millennium galleries as we loved the look of the venue, and also liked the way you could more or less have what you wanted. There were no minimum numbers and you didn’t need to have a formal sit down meal, which we found to be the case at a lot of hotels.

The Dress
Dress – Marilyn by Charlotte Balbier.
Accessories – vintage 50s borrowed from a friend’s Mum
Shoes – Christian Louboutin madame butterfly

The suit and bridesmaids
Suits – Cerruti
Bridesmaids – Mark Jacobs

Midnight blue, red and cerise pink – we wanted a bright winter feel

Hot meal – steak and ale pie, mushy peas, gravy, roast potatoes and hendersons relish!
Evening buffet – cheeses, warm breads, pickles, local chutneys, fruit wedding cake

Vanda Orchids

Paper pompoms and lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Table centres of willow wired with vanda orchid heads. Loads of candles!

Personal Touches
We made the decorations for the chapel ourselves. Over time we collected lots of different hanging hearts, then twined berries and ivy from my Mum’s garden through them. These were hung on the aisle chairs.
For our favours, we had wooden hearts, stars and snowflakes made with our initials and the wedding date. These were tied with ribbons in our wedding colours. These were hung from a willow tree with fairy lights, and a sign saying ‘please take one home for your Christmas tree’


Special moments
It’s hard to answer this as it was all brilliant, but saying our vows at the chapel was lovely. Also, after our first dance when the DJ asked our friends to join us on the dance floor, everybody surged on and surrounded us, and the dance floor was full for the rest of the night!

Planning Advice
Enjoy the planning. Stick to what you want and don’t get swayed by what other people think you should have.  Wedding magazines are great for ideas, but don’t feel pressured to have everything you see.  For the day itself, try to relax and enjoy it. Also, take moments to look around you and take it in.

Biggest surprise
Our sisters surprised us with a vintage wedding car!


Supplier shout outs
Venue – The Millennium Gallery Sheffield
Photography – S6 photography – AMAZING!!!!
Flowers – Orchis – AMAZING TOO!!!!!
Wedding and bridemaids dresses – Choola Bridal


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    Charlotte Balbier

    really love this wedding, it has a fab slick city vibe to it mixed with a little vintage glamour… very CB!. Beautiful bride and bridal party too and Laura looks STUNNING in her CB gown. Love CB xxx p.s loving those shoes too!

    laura lissett

    wow – what a stunning venue! Love the christmas decorations especially – what a lovely idea. Beautiful wedding.


    The photographer has done a fantastic job! I was lucky enough to be able to join Laura and Jamie at their wedding and it was an amazing day, totally ‘them’ and just as fabulous as it looks!

    Thanks for a great time guys! :) xxx

    emma mcgeehan

    I was lucky enough to be the florist for Laura and Jamies wedding, they were a fab couple to work with and so nice to be able to use such fabulous bright orchids! your write up is great Kelly and as per, Jon has done a fantastic job on the photography. I will always remember setting up and making the flowers, pom poms etc. for millenium galleries as they had a videoart install on in the next room at the time, i worked out that me and claire (senior florist) had heard the artists piece of music 240 times!


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