Congratulations Alison Kelly and Dave Sidebottom

Congratulations Alison Kelly and Dave Sidebottom

Congratulations Alison Kelly and Dave Sidebottom

Congratulations to Alison and Dave (Alison retaining her surname),who were married on Saturday the 14th of June at the Crowne Plaza in Leeds City Centre.Alison Kelly & Dave Sidebottom

The day was a later than usual start for us due to the wedding ceremony not being until 5pm. We arrived at the hotel at 12pm to capture the getting ready pictures. Alison was in her lovely suite with her mum Sheila and three of her bridesmaids – Katherine, Charlotte and Charlotte’s mum Jane. They were merrily getting ready with the help of Hair Candi/ Sarah Jowett MUA and her glamorous assistant Sarah Mellor. Nibbles / aka a picnic was underway along with their drinks of choice – gin, vodka and Stella!! They had the unfortunate view of the old YEP building mid demolition. This did not dampen the sprits though. The ladies were very giggly seeking decent 80’s tunes on the radio and iPods whilst being pampered. We captured the lovely details including the dresses, jewellery, perfume and (to quote Alison)  ‘that blue itchy thing!’- otherwise known as the garter! Everything we asked about from ‘what time are the flowers arriving’ to ‘what time does the night do start’ we heard: “I don’t know- Dave’s sorted it”. He even bought the champers for the girls to enjoy! Alison you had an easy time compared to some brides. Dave you are one of a kind mate!

Once all the ladies had been in the hot seat for pampering, we headed downstairs to meet Dave. We ventured up the road with the dapper groom and his groomsmen to a city centre bar ‘The Lazy Lounge’ to get some lads pictures. Being that there was an all important England match later, we may have encouraged a bit of England fever. We even had some dressed up naughty schoolgirls photobomb the shoot… Sorry Alison, although Dave was the perfect gentleman and refused the photos. One of the others (no names mentioned), did not…

The guys enjoyed a beverage in the warm June sun but it was soon time to head back where the ladies were just about ready (although a little bit warm and flustered). The bride looked lovely in her embroidered strapless gown and the bridesmaid in their deep purple dresses. We got a few pictures of Alison in her dress with her fresh flowers (which had just arrived) and Marilyn Monroe glamorous hair. She had previously been nervous about having her picture taken but was already relaxed after a few (nothing to do with the mix of gin and paracetamol?!!) on her own, we got the girls altogether including Angela (the lovely maid of honour who had arrived practically ready). Because the wedding was a late one (ceremony at 5pm) they were eager to get out and Alison complained of cabin fever! We headed over the the old railway station and got some nice pictures of the ladies there on the grass looking pretty. We then headed back to the Crowne Plaza where guests were starting to arrive and Dave took his place waiting eagerly at the front for his bride with best man Steve.

She soon made her grand entrance and walked down the aisle of red carpet with her Uncle, Trevor. The ceremony was lovely and it was clear to see a few teary eyes! The vows and rings were exchanged and of course the all important kiss to seal the deal. They signed the register with the maid of honour and best man as their witnesses. After we had completed our official photos the rest of the wedding guests were invited up. Dave and Alison must have felt like the paparazzi were present. Nearly all the guests jumped up with phones and cameras to capture the special moment. They then made their way up the isle to the uplifting Elbow tune – ‘One day like this’ . The wedding coordinator then ushered everyone on to the terrace for their reception drink – the classic wedding favourite – Bucks Fizz. They mingled, congratulated the bride and groom and seemed to have a jolly time. There is a lot of development going on around that area of Leeds and there has been a large stand built which was perfect for some large group pictures. We found out through enticing a bit of cheering who was most popular out of Alison and Dave (close call but we think Alison) and naturally had a cheer for the bride and groom together and of course a cheer for England!

After the groups we took the happy couple off for some romantic shots. Due to some recent renovations around that area there are a few areas of greenery so we captured some loving moments with a nice backdrop. Being in the city centre – we did want to show this though, so we found a building with reflective windows for a bit of something different. We hope you like these daring and diverse images Dave and Alison! You were good sports.

It was then time for the wedding breakfast to commence so we quicky got the cake cutting and the room all dressed. The lucky guests got bottles of popular beers on ice, wine, scratch cards as favours and a beautiful candy cart well stocked with goodies!

We left the party to enjoy their food and returned just before speeches commenced. First up was Alison’s  Uncle. with a touching speech encouraging the guests to toast to absent friends, then Dave who gave out lots of presents to those who had helped him with the wedding (sorry Alison but as you said you just chose your dress and turned up!) He also had some touching words to say to his lovely son Daniel. It was clear to see he’s the apple of Dave’s eye. Best man took a traditional approach of starting with reading cards from friends and family that couldn’t make the day then warned ‘no heckling and if you get bored play on your phones’. It was a touching speech though with tales of darts and Dave’s desire for being perfect at everything!

After the speeches the room was transformed to party central! Everyone trickled back in from the bar to witness the first dance at 10:15pm. They chose the song – ‘Dirty Old Town’ by The Pogues. After capturing the romance/ boogie on the dance floor, we invited the couple outside for a last photo highlighting the city centre location.

Dave – it’s a shame you didn’t go on ‘don’t tell the bride’ as you would have had your big day paid for! You pulled it off though and it was a fantastic day clearly enjoyed by all in attendance.

We wish you both a lifetime of happiness and hope you enjoy your honeymoon later in the year (planning for this is in progress we believe).

Photos to come soon.

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