Meet the team behind Sheffield’s one-stop wedding shop

Light Space Collective team photo
Light Space Collective team photo
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Photographers, a florist and wedding planner - this co-working office in Sheffield really is a one-stop bridal shop.

The bright, airy centre called Light Space Collective is tucked away up several flights of steep stairs, in a nondescript building on Carver Street, in the city centre.

Picture by Shelley Richmond of Tracey Campbell

Picture by Shelley Richmond of Tracey Campbell

But inside it is transformed into a quirky and attractive attic base for independent business people who specialise in different trades, all of which can be used for a couple’s big day, in the latest example of how creative experts can collaborate.

“I’m quite a big believer in co-working”, said wedding planner Felicity Hoy, who set up the office with photographer and fashion stylist Shelley Richmond just last year, using a Big Lottery Awards for All grant to get started.

“I think working by yourself is not that nice, when you are in a creative environment and everyone is working om something they can share ideas and inspire each other.

“The main reason we wanted to do it was to share ideas with other people and help each other for shoots - but also so clients can find everything they need in one space.

Picture by Ellie Last of a wedding organised by Felicity Hoy

Picture by Ellie Last of a wedding organised by Felicity Hoy

“It works out in other ways too - if Shelley is fully booked and gets an enquiry she can pass work on to somebody else.

“When people come in for consultations and they mention what they need we can say that we have a wedding planner here, someone who can do your invitations - it is fantastic.

“Everyone thinks that it is amazing.”

Among those working in the office are Jenn Edwards, a makeup and beauty artist who can transform brides at her well-stocked station while offering them a glass of fizz, and Natalie Manlove.

Picture by Shelley Richmond of Jenn Edwards hair and makeup artist

Picture by Shelley Richmond of Jenn Edwards hair and makeup artist

Florists Tracey Campbell and Amy Worthington design dainty blooms to die for, while Ellie Grace Photography is based there, as are snappers Chris Bailey, Neil Davis and Jon Dennis.

Fine artist Liah Edwards and illustrator Grace Taylor Wildwood are also on hand to create innovative and intricate wedding stationery for those who want to think outside the box.

They each work at individual desks - created by local joiner Ollie Allen - with far-reaching views across the city centre landscape, an added motivation.

Meeting rooms and a photographic studio are also available for other small businesses to use at £10 per hour - with tea and coffee included.

Felicity, who makes the most of underused Sheffield spaces through her Inner City business, and lives in Ecclesall, added: “We grew to fill the desks quite fast!

“I think co-working is becoming more popular and there are quite a few more places opening in Sheffield now.”

The co-working leaders are also opening up their space to the public through varied workshops, including life drawing on Tuesday nights, thanks to lottery funding.

An open day for potential brides will be held in October and regular DIY Wedding workshops will begin in April with local start up Craft Lab.

See the wedding special April edition of Profile, The Star’s sister newspaper, for more special features.

Profile is out now.