Grab a late night cap, sit thi’ sen down and reminisce about the good ol’ days at this industrial music venue, home to us for the day to create a wedding scene.

Captured at Sheffield’s iconic music venue, The Leadmill and celebrating the city’s famous indie scene, this styled wedding features local creatives, suppliers and details, synonymous with the steel city.

A concept curated by Sheffield designer and stationer, Sheaf Design Works, the key focus was to source everything locally. “With the rise of alternative venues, styling and catering, I really wanted to dig a little deeper into this and create an authentic Sheffield showcase, that celebrates the city and its independent businesses.” Leanne from Sheaf says.

“Us Sheffield folk are very proud of what we have on our doorsteps and this last year has really encouraged us all to support our local creatives, makers and spaces. Sheffield’s industrial roots and indie music were also key to creating this alternative relaxed wedding style.”

Leanne, from Sheaf Stationery continues to say.

We chose to host the shoot at The Leadmill, a former flour mill and now Sheffield’s iconic live music venue, which fit in perfectly with the industrial vibe. The Leadmill’s own house band were also on the scene, providing the entertainment and soundtrack to the shoot, performing live funk and soul tracks including hits from Sheffield’s Moloko. 

The team behind legendary Sheffield venue The Leadmill are extremely excited to launch their new venture… The Leadmill House Band! The Leadmill has spent the past forty years throwing the most incredible events within its walls and has established itself as one of Sheffield’s most cherished memory-making factories. Hundreds of thousands of you have experienced artists from across the globe perform on our infamous stage. The venue has been a part of so many people’s history, and for the first time ever – we’re able to offer a slice of The Leadmill at your very own private events… no matter where you are! 



They scoured South Yorkshire for the most talented, funkiest musicians possible to form their very first Leadmill House Band. This high-quality 8 Piece band perform a mix of funk, soul and disco in a high-octane, totally knockout set. We don’t do cheesy renditions of the same old wedding songs. These are pro musicians, performing the best songs in the most creative way possible. The Leadmill House Band are available to perform all over Europe throughout the entire year.

The team… with just 11 days to plan the shoot, co-ordination from Francesca Cliffe Events was invaluable, working quickly to assemble the team and organise the finer details.

 Industrial with a hint of indie rock was the order of the day. The style features raw wood, up-cycled vintage and retro props, giving an overall cool and relaxed feel with down to earth quirkiness. Wild Wedding Days included sofas and chairs, rugs and the most largest mirror ball you’ve ever seen. Rustic tables were lined up for the Wedding Breakfast with a hanging foliage instalment by Fantail. Bespoke stationery was created by Sheaf Design Works which had a modern come retro feel throughout, with gig ticket style invites, beer mat place names and gig poster style signage featuring local bands. A quirky try-fold menu introduced the food for the day and table name cards were all famous local band lyrics from the likes of Pulp, Moloko and The Everly Pregnant Brothers ‘No oven, No Pie’.

Now if you don’t sing this sign, in the exact accent then it beggars belief…LOVE IT!

Simple floral design of stems in bottles and a foliage a runner, a local catering company bringing in pie and mushy peas, favours were provided by famous local artist and gallery Pete Mckee, from their ‘Trip to the seaside’ and ‘Pie Making’ ranges. They were the perfect little quirk to sit alongside the wedding meal and of course famous local lyrics.

For the first look Fantail Designer Florist designed a simple succulent posy which also incorporated seasonal and homegrown helleborus and black peony tulips. Finished with dark grevillea foliage to give the posy it’s unique shape that perfectly complimented the tea dress designed and made by local fashion designer – KMR Bridal.  This was a vintage inspired tea length dress made from an ivory satin and corded lace. The dress is finished at the hem, neckline and sleeves with scallop edge lace details. Featuring an illusion neckline, pearl buttons and a net petticoat this modern take on a 50’s inspired classic created a relaxed bridal look perfect for the venue. The dress was styled with boots and a floral headpiece from Fantail Designer Florist, which suited the concept of the shoot perfectly.

Marilyn wore her hair down with a plaited half up design joined at the back. Make-up was quite natural with smoky eyes with extra volume added to the eyelashes styled by OM Make up & Beauty.

Our groom wore a burgundy check jacket, black jeans and a white shirt with bespoke engraved cuff links by Tiago. Tiago is the best jewellery designer and maker in Sheffield, sourcing Sheffield Steel for a truly unique handcrafted piece. A horizontal pocket buttonhole made with Sheffield grown succulents and helleborus finished off this dapper look.

For the second look our bride Marilyn wore a bridal jumpsuit, which is made from a beautiful ivory crepe and features flared trousers and a fitted bodice. The bodice has a high front neckline embellished with crystals and beads. The back of the jumpsuit features a statement keyhole opening and delicate pearl button and zip fastening into the trousers. It proved the perfect second look for the shoot showing how to style a jumpsuit to create a completely different look for the evening. Perfect for a party and a dance!

The flowers we included for this styling included ‘Panda’ Anemone, Black Peony Tulips, Hellebourus, Veronica and a selection of foliage. Our groom wore and black dinner jacket with Tulip buttonhole. Hair was a twisted French plait with hair vine.

Hayley Gell Photography, our photographer for the day says “The fact that this included one of my favourite artists as table favours, the quotes on the stationery ‘no oven no pie’ and the most epic cake, I was in heaven! Through Hayley’s style of photography she loved to create real authentic moments with the couples and also the fun in quirky shots highlighting the first class suppliers and venue.

From Photography to film making, our videographer Nathan Buck Film says ‘ Nathan always tries to get a natural feel to his films and usually the best way to do this is to take a fly-on-the-wall approach to filming – with the aim to create a very authentic representation of the couple; that doesn’t age. So, in theory you can watch it years down the line, but feel like it was shot yesterday.

Styled shoots are obviously very different – they’re an entirely artificial environment – so it’s not possible to capture it in the way that I normally would. Instead, I saw it as an opportunity to force myself out my comfort zone – which meant all my usual stuff went out the window and in came the music vocals, the rapid cuts, wild camera movements and getting fast and loose with the speed ramping. Of course – having some of the most talented creatives in the industry alongside me helped too. As a result the end film was more flamboyant, wild, gritty – and dare I say it – modern.’

Ey-Up lights made by Wild Wedding Days created the backdrop for our metallic yellow Vesper which is a contemporary interpretation of hues in vogue in the 1940’s. Such an awesome addition to the shoot by Via Moto and the colour evokes the heritage, innovative spirit and fashion-loving style of the Vespa.

Urban Cakehouse being known for creating imaginative cakes that edgy and bold – it was a no brainer to have her on board. Lisa created a cake using the dark colours, a black bottom tier, burgundy marbled second tier and on the third burgundy tier where she wrote Pulp lyrics in silver, we were in The Leadmill after all! The top tier was given an industrial brushed steel effect as a nod to Sheffield’s industrial heritage and decorated the cake with succulents and foliage to mirror the florals that Fantail had created for the shoot.

The cake was centre stage of a dessert table, for this I created Sheffield band album cover choc chip shortbread, triple chocolate brownies, ‘bling’ rock ‘n’ roll fortune cookies, abstract mini donuts and Jackson Pollock inspired macarons using all the colours from the colour palette. Lisa also made a brushed steel effect geo smash heart and mini chocolate geometric hearts. These were all displayed on old vinyl’s and cake stands created from LP’s.

Lisa – Urban Cakehouse

To read more head over to the Pretty & Punk Wedding Blog feature.

Photographer: Hayley Gell Photorgaphy

Videographer: Nathan Buck Films

Florist Fantail Designer Florist

Cake Designer Urban Cake House

Stationery Designer & Concept Sheaf Stationery

Catering Green Lane Kitchen

Make up OM Make up & Beauty

Hair  The Style Lounge

Bridal Gown KMR Bespoke Bridal

Suit Reece Ford Suit Hire

Venue & Band Lead Mill

Props Wild Wedding Days

Rings & car Tiago Jewellery

Vespa Via Moto

Balloons Wow Balloons

Favours Pete McKee

Tableware Aperyer