St Helen’s Rectory & Slade Hooton Hall, Rotherham - Alicia & Julian

Posted on 3rd December 2019 by Mark Tierney

With so much emphasis on the accessories and details, we sometimes forget the real reason why we get married. At Alicia and Jules’s marriage, I was reminded of just how sacred the union of love is. The ceremony took place at St Helen’s Rectory in Oldcotes, with a Benedictine monk overseeing the proceedings.

Due to its highly religious nature, I did not photographically cover the exchange of vows inside the church. However, as soon as the newly-weds walked down the aisle and paused, framed in the rectory doorway, it was obvious just how much this wedding meant to them and their loved ones surrounding them.

As the bride and groom made their way by car to the home of Julian’s parents, Slade Hooton Hall, Rotherham, where the reception was to be held, guests were given a lift on a vintage bus. I took a variety of reportage and posed shots outside the house, while the drinks were being served to the accompaniment of Dinnington colliery band. The setting was unique and beautiful. Three opened-out tipi’s, with rustic table decorations served as a wedding marquee.

Just before the meal, I managed to get Alicia on her own to grab a few bridal shots, before Julian joined us and I could take some bride and groom portraits. The lawns were looking especially beautiful in the bright sunshine.

After everyone had finished eating there were a number of different speeches. Why stick to the traditional three if even more people have something exciting to say! Particular visual highlights of the day for me, (aside from the happy couple) were the beautiful surroundings, Alicia’s well-behaved little dog, who posed so nicely for the photos, and the sunset reflected in the lake. The night ended, just as it should, with plenty of dancing. An emotional day and a lovely couple. I’d like to wish Alicia and Jules all the very best.

Alicia's Wedding Supplier Shoutout:

Wedding dress 1 - Jesus Peiro 

Wedding dress 2 - Martina Liana

Flowers - Campbell's Flowers

Catering - Nomad Catering

Tipi - Apache Events

Brass Band - Dinnington Colliery Band 

Tagged under: slade hooton, oldcotes church, rotherham wedding


About the author: Mark Tierney

Mark Tierney is a Yorkshire based Contemporary Wedding Photographer covering the UK and beyond.