A bride and groom standing by a red theatre curtain holding hands with two heart shaped lights at either side of them

When Kat & Ben told me all about their plans last year, I knew this was going to be one heck of a unique wedding. First off, it happened in a theatre! A 150 year old theatre in Guiseley, Yorkshire. As far as venues with character go, this one is definitely up there. The ceremony took place in the theatre itself in front of the stage and the red velvet curtains made for a striking back drop for both the ceremony and a few portraits later on! Kat arrived by car with her dad and her brother and sister helped to carry her dress as she walked into the venue.

Ben & Kat love Japan and Japanese culture, so they sprinkled that love across the wedding by using it in their table settings, treating their guests to a Japanese banquet and even having their own personalised Studio Ghibli style film poster made which hung on the wall outside (obviously as soon as I saw it I knew I’d have to use it in a portrait somehow!)

Guests were entertained with an array of retro video games and later in the evening, retro board games. I even spotted The Neighbours Game. I got that for Christmas circa 1992 and there’s actual home video footage of my losing my shit over it. Good times.

They had spent months hand crafting a LOT of paper cranes in a ton of amazing colours, again something I just had to incorporate into their portraits. They even used them as button holes! Cool idea. Ben’s friend performed novelty songs for everyone after the meal and the first dance was performed by the couple on two dance mats, which Ben had made himself from scratch! Check out Kat’s bridal shoes… a girl after my own heart.

Scroll down to check out a few highlights from their day! Suppliers at the bottom of the page.

The Barney Colehan Hall in Guiseley Theatre
A bride and her father sat in a wedding car at Guiseley Theatre in Yorkshire
A wide shot of a bride walking past Guiseley Theatre with her dad, brother and sister
A shot from behind the groom's shoulder of a bride walking towards him with her father as they both smile
The father of the bride doing a reading during the wedding ceremony
A bride and groom having their first kiss in front of the stage at Guiseley Theatre
A bride and groom walking back down the aisle after their Guiseley Theatre wedding
A black and white shot of a bride laughing
A wedding guest laughing
A guest holding a personalised order of the day booklet
A bride and groom laughing in front of a red theatre curtain
A bride and groom stood behind rows of paper cranes
A bride and groom laughing on the stairs of Guiseley Theatre
A bride and groom standing next to an illustrated poster of themselves
The father of the bride giving a speech
The father of the bride and the groom raising a glass for a toast
The groom holding his hands in the air and laughing during his speech
The best man giving his speech as the groom listens
A black and white image of the best man giving a speech
A wedding guest playing Mario Kart on a Nintendo at a wedding
Two elderly female wedding guests laughing together
The mother of the groom and a wedding guest laughing with drinks in their hands
Wedding guests playing board games at a wedding at Guiseley Theatre
The bride taking photos of wedding guests using photo booth props
A low angle shot of a bride and groom's feet on a dance mat
Wedding guests gathered around a bride and groom as they do their first dance on a dance mat
A wedding guest being silly
A bride, groom and wedding guest dancing


Caterer - Nomad Catering
Cake - That Old Chestnut
Flowers - The Mulberry Tree
Board games - Cards or Die
Entertainment - Dave Bulmer

Venue: Guiseley Theatre