Sheffield couple Erica and Shann met by chance in 2008 at a house party and a decade later cemented their relationship even further as they tied the knot!

Here’s what Erica had to say about their wedding journey:

The Proposal

We got engaged in May 2017 after waiting for 9 long years. My husband proposed to me in the Peak District whilst out walking with our dog Lucy, it was a very down to earth, very us kind of proposal.

The Venue

We looked at a few venues and our priority was a space big enough for our friends and family and a place that was easily accessible for people. We didn’t want to get married at a traditional wedding venue.

We loved the modern space at the Millennium Gallery. This followed by the fact that we could have the ceremony, meal & reception in a single venue and in a place at the heart of Sheffield city centre.

The Planning

We enjoyed the process of planning the wedding, I am quite an organised person, so I think one of the first things I did was to make a wedding spreadsheet which made the whole planning process simpler.
We did all the planning ourselves, and either made things ourselves or delegated to our friends and family who were all more than happy to help. I thought it was helpful to give people individual tasks and allow them to have creative freedom which meant that we had less to worry about and people felt more involved. There was someone from the venue who supported organising the running of the day and all venue related stuff who was amazing.

The Dress

Honestly, I found the day stressful, I made the mistake of taking too many people with me although I loved having them there it was a case of too many opinions. The dress I ended up with was completely different to what I had imagined, I thought I would wear a floaty dress and have flowers in my hair – very boohoo style. The amazing woman at the wedding dress shop showed me the dress and I said at the time if I could wear any dress it would be that one however I didn’t think it would suit me, I then tired it on and the rest is history….

The Bridal look..
As my dress was quite a classic dress with a modern twist which suited the venue perfectly I decided the rest of my look should also be quite classic. I wanted quite an elegant updo however as my usual style is quite messy I wanted to incorporate that too which resulted in the end look. I wanted my make up to be simple however I also wanted something slightly different which is why I chose a dark lipstick.

On the Day..

I had quite the gathering with my six bridesmaids and two flower girls however it was super chilled and multiple bottles of prosecco were consumed. My Mum, Dad and Grandma joined later on in the morning. On the morning of the wedding I felt as though it wasn’t my wedding day and very surreal for the most part, that was until I put my dress on, it then all became very real and emotional.
We got married at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield on 10th March 2018.
The reason we chose this exact date was because it fell on our 10 year anniversary. This was good for two reasons, the first being that we could have never been disappointed with the weather as it was the end of winter and secondly my husband would only ever have to remember one anniversary.

How would you sum up your wedding day?

Our wedding was everything we wanted it to be, a day celebrating 10 years of being together, promising to be together forever in front of all the people we love most in the world. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many happy faces all in one room, it felt incredibly overwhelming that all the guests, some who travelled far, were there for us to celebrate with us, we felt so lucky.

What advice would you give other brides planning their special day?

Go wedding dress shopping with a small amount of people, you can go multiple days, take different people with you on different days.

We would also encourage any forms of DIY for decorations, tables plans, centre pieces etc as they were the things that really made our wedding personal to us.

Make sure you have an incredible photographer as they capture the moments you may not have seen or you may not remember. The photos will be the thing you look back on in years to come.

Enjoy every minute, even the drama as it isn’t a wedding without it…….

The Stockists

Photographer – (https://sashaleephotography.com/)
Suits – ASOS (http://www.asos.com/)
Dress – Blushes Bridal Studio
Flowers – Sarah’s Florist Sheffield (https://www.sarahsflorist.co.uk/)
Hair – Hairs & Graces (https://en-gb.facebook.com/hairbygracee/)
Venue – (http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/millennium-gallery/home)