View of bride over groom's shoulder - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

When we first saw the pictures of this wedding, photographed by Pen and Cam of McKinley-Rodgers Photography, we were amazed by the details that made this wedding theme come together. Claire and Scott chose literature and music as the underlying theme for their wedding, and the cute details, from the invitations to the wedding readings, brought the theme together brilliantly. The ceremony was held at The Lantern Theatre in Sheffield, followed by a marquee reception at Wood Lane Countryside Centre.

“Literature and music have always been important to us, and during the planning of our wedding it soon became apparent that although we hadn’t intended to have a theme for the wedding, words and music were a recurring motif.

“Our invites were designed to look like classic orange and white vintage Penguin paperbacks, with library tickets inside for the RSVP (we’d stamped the wallet in which the library ticket sat with the key dates of our relationship). We used a Smiths’ song title, ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’, as the title of the paperback/invite. Our place settings followed the Penguin theme, with each guest’s name replacing the author’s, and a lyric we’d individually chosen for each guest replacing the title. Inside the place settings were CDs with the key songs from the wedding day. The orders of service that were handed out at the theatre were designed to look like vintage Penguin Plays paperbacks, with the title on the cover taken from a Velvet Underground song. Our readings were taken from books, except for one, which was the lyrics of the Pulp song, ‘Something Changed’. During the service we exchanged copies of our favourite books, around which the rings were tied on a ribbon. Even the confetti followed the literary theme; using a heart-shaped hole-punch, we punched confetti from the pages of our favourite books.

“The back face of our orders of service explained the theme to our guests:”

Words and music, music and words – the things that brought us together and the motif we’ve threaded through our wedding day.

It was words that first drew me into Claire’s orbit – a pamphlet of my gauche teenage poetry shown to her by my best woman, Samantha. It was those words Claire remembered when we first met ten years later, and those words which provided the framework upon which we hung our first hopeful conversation.

Our next conversation as I walked her home was about music. The conversation that followed a few days later, on our first date, was about both – words and music, music and words – over three bottles of quickly drunk red.

That one date, that one evening alone and talking, was all it took. By the time we said goodbye, both of us knew. And so it has proved – Claire and Scott, Scott and Claire, brought together by words and music, music and words – the things that will sustain us and colour our days as we walk together into the story of our lives.

Theatre programme wedding stationery - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Penguin books - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Penguin plays wedding invitation and vintage china cup - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride's wedding gift and note - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Make-up artist applying bride's lipstick - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride smiling before wedding - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Hair stylist styling bride's hair - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride trying on veil - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride laughing - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride putting on wedding dress - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Doing up back of bride's wedding dress - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride wearing veil and red lipstick - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bridal party in front of red bus - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bridal party in bus - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Groom's All Star shoes - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Wedding suits hanging - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Groom sitting in shed - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers PhotographyGroom outside shed - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

The Lantern Theatre in Sheffield - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Wedding rings on order of service - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Confetti cones - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Theatre programme wedding order of service - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Wedding guest holding books - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride and groom sitting in wedding ceremony at The Lantern Theatre - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride and groom facing each other during wedding ceremony - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride reading to groom during wedding ceremony - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride and groom kiss after wedding ceremony - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Newly married bride and groom smile at guests - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride and groom smiling on stage at The Lantern Theatre - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers PhotographyBride and groom in funny poses - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bridal party posing on stage at The Lantern Theatre - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Front of red wedding bus - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride and groom kissing in front of red wedding bus - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers PhotographyBride's red shoes as she walks up steps on bus - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride and groom kiss on back seat of bus - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

The Wood Lane Countryside Centre in Sheffield - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bottles of Corona and Rose Lemonade - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Wedding flowers in tin can - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Wedding guests eating oysters - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Wedding guests sitting in garden of The Wood Lane Countryside Centre - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Sparkly shoes - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Purple flowers in field - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride and groom walking through field - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride and groom touching noses - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers PhotographyBride and groom smiling at each other - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Black and white picture of bride and groom - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride and groom touching their heads - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers PhotographyBride looking at the camera - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Wedding breakfast table layout - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Flowers on wedding table - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Jam jar of wedding flowers - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers PhotographyJam jar of wild wedding flowers - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Wedding cake and sweets - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride and groom entering wedding reception - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Groom wedding speech - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Wedding guest holding up book - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Book of pictures of groom - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Half eaten wedding cake - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Guitar player at wedding - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride and groom first dance - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride and groom looking at each other on dance floor - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride and groom dancing - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Bride's hand on groom's shoulder - Picture by McKinley-Rodgers Photography

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