It feels great to be a Whitley Hall Wedding Photographer. This historic 1and elegant 6th century mansion is situated in the beautiful countryside of South Yorkshire, not far from Sheffield. The comfort of wedding guests is a priority to the friendly staff who welcome people into this fashionable wedding venue. \the 32 en suite bedrooms are uniquely decorated in keeping with the distinctive character of the hotel. The four poster bedrooms, especially those proving views of the local lake, are not to be passed over lightly.
Over 20 acres of stunning gardens and grounds surround Whitley Hall, which in turn sits comfortably in a peaceful and picturesque valley. This makes it the perfect setting for brides and grooms to create their perfect and unforgettable wedding day with their loved ones, family and friends. This venue can cater for civil ceremonies as well as receptions following a church wedding, providing awesome dedicated hospitality suites – The Parker Suite, The Whitley Suite, and the Picture & Wordsworth Rooms. Whatever you choose to do, Whitley Hall’s wedding team are on hand to guide you through every step of your wedding planning, right through until you are married.
The day started with bridal prep at Rebecca’s parent’s house. Rebecca had already had her hair done when I arrived but she was still in her pyjamas while awaiting her makeup call. She was very keen to impress on me that taking photos before she had her makeup applied was simply not allowed! Personally, I don’t think she had anything to worry about, so take it from me ladies: you might look great with your makeup on, but that doesn’t mean to say you look bad with it off!
A little later it became a big joke that the father of the bride – Rebecca’s dad – was having a little trouble with his tie. In an impressive team effort, the whole family stepped up to help him out, and a few youtube instructional videos later his tie was successfully tied! Rebecca disappeared upstairs to put on her wedding dress and when she returned everyone was suitably impressed, especially her dad and her nephew who had been practicing her speech for the ceremony.
Some guests had already begun to arrive at Whitley Hall when I arrived to meet the groom and his entourage. Naturally there were plenty of hugs and kisses from family and friends. Lee looked particularly happy that he was about to get married. Everyone was ushered inside, taking their seats in the ceremony room. Rebecca was beaming as she arrived with her dad in their decorated wedding car.
The ceremony began and everyone stood to receive the bride as she was led down the aisle. Lee – perfectly calm and composed just two seconds earlier – quickly became quite emotional, his eyes beginning to water. As soon as Rebecca reached him, however, he broke into smiles and gave her a big kiss on the cheek. A quiet moment followed as Lee lit a candle in remembrance of absent family and friends. There was laughter throughout the ceremony and then everyone applauded as Rebecca and Lee were declared husband and wife and shared they first kiss, and first hug!
The wedding party moved outside to relax with some drinks, shared a few more hugs and enjoy blowing some bubbles. Our newlyweds enjoyed a little natural wedding photography around Whitley Hall’s beautiful grounds. The weather was hit and miss but we found a gap in the rain! Throughout the wedding breakfast there was plenty of laughter. The father of the bride during his own speech presented Lee with a football t-shirt in an effort to convert him. It seems that they were both big supporters of rival teams!
As the reception party began in earnest, the wedding singer sang out some classic tunes and a magician ran circles round Lee, who I suspect prided himself on being able to solve riddles and tricks. The first dance was lovely with Lee spinning Rebecca round several times. Everyone quickly moved onto the dance floor busting out some serious moves! Rebecca enjoyed a dance with her dad, sharing an emotional hug at the end.
Congratulations to Rebecca and Lee! Many thanks for having me along as your Whitley Hall wedding photographer!
Located on the ground floor of the main house, the Whitley Suite is sits in the centre of this historic country house hotel. Up to 100 wedding guests can enjoy your tying the knot surrounded by classically restored wood panelled walls and original stone encased leaded windows. The fireplace at the centre, along with ambient light through the windows, give this room its unique character, which can be moulded to your taste of décor, providing an personalised tough to your dream wedding. Whether a meal for a small party or a grand banquet, this room can be converted to cater for all kinds of wedding breakfasts. The natural daylight streaming in from the doors leading directly to the grounds, this room is also great for photography.
Planning a more intimate and small wedding celebration? Not a room to suit? Look no further than the Park Suite. Named after the man responsible for its building, William Parker, this room is a testament to the history of the hall – the original Yorkshire stone wall is engraved with the date of the construction and runs the length of the room. Outside is a private heated terrace with its own lake and pier, and even including a small band stand where you can get a few classic photographs if you so wish. The room itself can provide civil ceremonies for up to 60 guests
Legend has it that Mary Queen of Scots stayed in the Picture and Wordsworth rooms while being held at Sheffield Castle. The original sash windows provide stunning views of the extensive gardens and the main courtyard. The ceiling of the Picture room was also apparently commissioned by St Mary. These elegant rooms are intended for very small weddings, accommodating up to 20 people. Following the ceremony, you and your wedding guests can dine at the stylish banqueting table, with the stunning backdrop of this historic and beautiful 16th century wedding venue.