We had the pleasure of photographing the lovely Shaun and Kevin on their big day at Kelham Island Museum. We were very excited about this one as we used to live right next to Kelham Island Museum and visited quite a lot; as well as the neighbouring Fat Cat, which is without a doubt one of Sheffield’s best little gems for food and ales.

We also had the pleasure of working with James Marples, another great photographer and friend who was covering the wedding. He had spent the morning with Shaun as he prepared to make his way to the venue.

We started the day with Kevin who was staying at a friends house just down the road from the venue. As most people go on their Wedding day, he was pretty relaxed! Kevin was telling me he has a fondness of birds – something which he shared with his parents growing up. So his cuff links naturally reflected this!

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We left Kevin’s friend’s house a little prematurely, so we could get to the venue before Shaun and Kevin were due to arrive. The place looked incredible. We had only ever been in when it was open to the public for a standard museum visit, so it was great to see it all lit up!

The famous “Made In Sheffield” neon sign is one of the more famous parts of the museum. This was something Shaun and Kevin really wanted to incorporate into their images, so we got to work there and then, preparing for their arrival.

The Kelham Island Museum did a great job of combining the industrial heritage of Sheffield with Shaun and Kevin’s persona. The whole place was covered in hand-crafted bunting. Oversized fair ground letters lit up the main area and the Jazz band they had playing echoed through the entire building.

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Shaun and Kevin had decided to really make the day personal to them by turning most wedding traditions upside down! Which was great as it allowed us to get some unique photos we wouldn’t usually get. One of which is them walking down the isle together.

The ceremony was held in one of the old Clay Crucible production rooms in which you could see the remnants of the manufacturing processes throughout. This provided a wonderful contrast between the industrial history of the venue and the wedding decorations that Shaun and Kevin had chosen.

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After the ceremony, we pinched Shaun and Kevin away from their guests so we could get some portraits. We had great fun exploring the different areas of the Museum.

After the photos, Shaun and Kevin made an entrance through the museum’s model street where the guests were eagerly awaiting. To the sides were real workshops where items are still made using the traditional processes that were originally used during Sheffield’s heyday.

After they had thanked their guests, we borrowed them and their wedding party for some fun photos in one of the other areas of the museum. We had a lot of fun taking some of the more overly posed pictures of the day!

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Later on we braved the cold and got some great shots of the happy couple on the old cobbled streets of the grounds. The lighting and atmosphere of the whole venue really lent itself to Shaun and Kevin’s unique style and personalities, and allowed us to really experience something truly different.

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