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Wedding at Saltaire Church

This wedding at Saltaire Church was such a fantastic celebration - the first wedding there since the roof was damaged by storm Dennis, the first wedding there since the Covid lockdown, and the first ever outdoor wedding at Saltaire Church!
Wedding at Saltaire Church
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Saltaire URC Church

Saltaire URC Church in the UNESCO world heritage site of Saltaire

I first met Richard and Harriet about a year ago – long before anyone had heard of covid – when they were planning a wonderful wedding at Saltaire URC Church followed by a reception at Victoria Hall – all in the UNESCO world heritage site of Saltaire.

The village of Saltaire was built by Titus Salt. He built it around his textile mill where he famously used alpaca wool (hence many references – some subtle and some not so – to alpacas in the church, village, mill and Roberts park). The amazingly complete and well preserved industrial village of Saltaire is now a UNESCO world heritage site… and an amazing place for a wedding!

Love conquers all!

2020 being as it has been, their plans were dashed. Firstly the ceiling of the the beautiful Victorian Church collapsed as a result of storm Dennis early in the year.

And then coronavirus dashed their hopes once again.

But – love conquers all! Richard and Harriet rose to the the challenge and embraced the new situation wonderfully. Harriet’s artistic skills shone through in the many personalised touches she designed.

(Covid note: A lot of these photos were taken with a long lens which makes subjects seem closer together – wide angle lenses have the opposite effect. The ceremony was outside and guests maintained their distance from people outside their bubbles. There were a few photos taken where guests were close together for a very short period of time, they were outside, and not facing one another to minimise any risk.)

An historic outdoor wedding at Saltaire Church!

With their massively reduced guest list, they held the only outdoor wedding ever at Saltaire Church and were married on the steps of this magnificent grade 1 listed building.

Instead of their planned reception (which has been postponed to next year), they had a stroll around the nearby Roberts Park for some photos. Just the usual – posing on a canon and with some alpacas – obviously.

Congratulations to Richard and Harriet and I am looking forward to next year’s instalment of their wedding celebrations!

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