I’m very chuffed to say that I’m a Barnsley wedding photographer. On this occasion I was asked to photograph Kelsey and Sean’s wedding celebration at The Civic, a theatre and centre of cultural heritage right in the middle of Barnsley bustling town centre. Built by Henry Harvey in 1877, the Civic was originally intended to allow the town’s working classes access to education, in particular artisan training and science. At this time it was known as the ‘Barnsley Mechanics Institute and Public Hall’.
These days, The Civic plays a crucial role in providing Barnsley and the surrounding communities with a programme of performances, events, festivals and exhibitions that are entertaining and but also social, economic and politically aware and encourage debate, thereby providing the local people with a culturally significant voice. It’s also an awesome wedding and celebration venue J.
I first met Kelsey and Sean at a wedding fayre way back in 2016. They requested a pre-wedding shoot in late 2017 to capture the autumn colours and I was more than happy to oblige. I then didn’t hear from them in over a year until their wedding celebration at the Barnsley Civic Theatre. I knew that they had got married abroad the previous summer and were now wanting to celebrate – suite and wedding dress adorned – with all their friends and family back home.
Their celebration didn’t start until quite late in the evening and it was already dark outside when guests began to arrive. As you can imagine there was lots of hugging and kissing from long lost friends, even before the bride and groom arrived. When they did arrived, in their white, decorated wedding car, everything became quite exciting! The videographer ran up to their window to get a little footage, and I couldn’t help but get a photo of a real, natural moment occurring at their wedding, even if it involved another supplier.
Once they had arrived, everyone was ushered into the main hall, a dramatically dark room, but well decorated, with a projector screen showing photos from Kelsey and Sean’s wedding in the USA. Our newlyweds were welcomed with cheers and applause, especially by Granddad, and once they had seated we moved straight into the speeches. Photographing the speeches in a natural style was easy on this occasion: there was just so much emotion. Everywhere I looked there were people laughing and crying, and everything in between. The Father of the Bride’s speech in particular brought both the bride and her sister to tears. Man, I love being a documentary wedding photographer!
Speeches done, it was time for some chilling and then everyone gathered round to watch Kelsey and Sean cut their cake. We moved straight on to the first dance, and I must say, the Barnsley Civic was a great location for a first dance! The lighting and some coloured balls on the ceiling really brought some a lot of romantic atmosphere to the occasion. Soon after everyone hit the dance floor accompanied by some great dance music and awesome laser light action. By the end of the night everyone was dancing in a row, doing the cancan almost!
I’d like to congratulate Kelsey and Sean on their marriage and awesome wedding celebration! I had a lot of fun being your Barnsley wedding photographer at The Civic Theatre!
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