This wedding at Guiseley theatre was a wedding with a difference! A multicultural event at a stunning old theatre with lion dancing and English afternoon tea! Both Alex and Joanna are born and bred in Yorkshire but Alex’s parents are Chinese and originally from Hong Kong, although they now live in Doncaster. Joanna’s family is from Scarborough where she grew up. The couple met at work in Leeds in 2012 and they have been together since then. They got engaged in Hong Kong almost a year to the day before they got married and celebrated their engagement at Happy Valley race course by eating hot dogs!
Joanna and Alex told me that it was important that their wedding represented both their English and Chinese heritage which is why they had English afternoon tea for the wedding breakfast and Chinese food in the evening. They also had an amazing lion dance performance which was a nod to Chinese wedding traditions. The ceremony took place at St Oswald’s church in Guiseley. The church is only a stone’s throw from Guiesley theatre where the wedding party moved to afterwards for the reception. The theatre is a lovely old building built in 1867 which is currently undergoing gradual refurbishment whilst still running regular performances. The place is run entirely by volunteers which meant that Joanna and Alex got to set up their room by themselves exactly as they wanted it.
The day before the wedding Joanna’s parents and grandparents and Alex’s cousin, sister, best man and some friends set to decorating the theatre. Apparently it was really hard work but great fun and they did an amazing job! I loved the bright colours everywhere. The couple handmade all of the bunting for the venue over the summer and spent a long time finding all of the decorations including some which Alex’s family brought from Hong Kong. It was really important to them that the wedding was personal and represented their tastes and they found the perfect venue for that. Joanna’s best friend who was also one of the bridesmaids made the cake and they purchased an amazing cake topper online of a bride and groom that looked exactly like them! Joanna told me that one of the best moments was when her 88-year-old grandparents joined in tying the ribbons to the chairs and her Nanny decided everyone had done it wrong and had to start again! It was lovely to see everyone working together to help get everything finished. The day went without a hitch and was a really fun and unusual wedding. I’d like to congratulate Joanna and Alex and wish them all the best for their future lives together.
Wedding Co-ordinator: Hels Bells
Rings: Fraser Hart
Hair: Bottega Hairdressing
Make-up: Make-up by Louisa
Dress: Posh Frocks Bridal Design Studio
Veil & Tiara: Posh Frocks Bridal Design Studio
Wedding Dress Alterations: The Bridal Emporium, Leeds
Earrings: Bling Jewelry
Shoes: Debut at Debenhams
Flowers: Flowers by Karen
Groom’s suit: Magnifique Tailors (Thailand)
Shirt & Waistocat: Next
Tie & Pocket Square: Barry Wang
Car: Star Limos
Cake: Dawn Powell (Bridesmaid)
Cake Topper: Patchouli Cake Toppers
DJ: Clifford DJ Services
Lion Dancers: Costello Entertainments
Caterers: Juste Nous
If you are planning your wedding at Guiseley Theatre or any other venue I’d love to hear more about your day. I photograph all sorts of weddings from the most lavish events to intimate home weddings and would be very happy to offer you a no obligation chat to talk about your requirements. I also arrange appointments to meet in person at my studio in Pudsey if you would like to look at sample albums.