Shooting a wedding with Liam Rimmington is a dream come true, but to be able to do it in Sheffield was a job sent from heaven. I went to university in Sheffield a long long time ago, I haven’t been back for 16 years. That’s a mindboggling amount of time that has passed, so much has happened, I left a very naive young woman thinking i knew it all and returned a mum of two realising that the learning is the best part. I barely recognised the train station or the thriving city centre bursting at the seams with cool little cafes and cultural hang outs to make any hipster feel at home. I waved good bye to my little boy and baby girl and husband and tried to find the student union that was almost bankrupt back then. Now it boasts a new home at the National Centre for popular music. The university itself remains suck in a time warp, I was instantly zapped back in time to my first term in my first year, walking up and down those stairs, always late for lectures. I remember signing up for my very first login not far from where I was standing, a login to access The Internet, using Netscape! It was dog slow, we rarely sent emails and although we had phones we relied on people being at places they said they’d be, phone calls cross network were 50p a minute 🙂
I found my way back to the high street where the housing centre still stands in the same building. I felt a sudden need to rush to find Upper Chapel where the wedding was about to take place, I meandered through the streets, spotting the Crucible on my google maps, it wasn’t as far from the university as I remembered, I was convinced it was a bus ride away. The memory plays funny tricks on you. I wandered further into the backstreets and quickly found Upper Chapel, Liam was sat in the court yard smiling happily in the sun. ( The sun never shone in Sheffield when I was there all those years ago ) , we walked through the Winter Gardens where a newly wed couple were having their picture taken and drank our coffees. Liam talked me through the day, and the requirements of Scott and Hannah the wedding couple, basically they wanted a very relaxed coverage of a very special day they treated as a party, they celebrated the beautiful sunny day (although it rained a tiny fraction) firstly by marrying at the Upper Chapel, followed by a very relaxed round of Sushi and drinks at the beautiful Upper Chapel’s neighbouring venue. The night was finished off at the Trafalgar Warehouse where our coverage ended just before the speeches. Lunch was a selection of pies served fresh from a pie van. It was honestly the best pie I’ve ever eaten. Congratulations to the beautiful couple. Hannah looked absolutely stunning in her gold dress. She literally, and I mean literally took my breath away.