Downpours can’t dampen Sheffield couple’s wedding spirits

Richard Owen and Katy Lomas refused to let the heavy rain ruin their big day at Wentworth Castle. Picture: Jon Dennis.

Richard Owen and Katy Lomas refused to let the heavy rain ruin their big day at Wentworth Castle. Picture: Jon Dennis.

Sheffield newlyweds Richard Owen and Katy Lomas were left singing in the rain after a torrential downpour threatened to wreck their big day.

More than 100 guests were at the Greystones couple’s ceremony at Wentworth Castle near Barnsley when the heavens opened.

Images of what happened next taken by Hillsborough wedding photographer Jon Dennis have since been viewed all over the world.

He said: “We were in a teepee which had cost £6,000 to put up and the rain started falling as they walked up the aisle.

“It grew really, really loud – so loud we couldn’t hear the vows being said and they was plenty of laughter.

“But suddenly there was water pouring through the roof and within a few minutes everyone was standing in a foot of water.”

The castle’s restored Victorian conservatory was also overwhelmed by the flash flooding.

Jon said the Wentworth team had been amazing, making sure the whole day was not ruined.

He said: “People ended up eating standing up and everyone started to embrace the occasion for what it was – which was an amazing experience.

“Richard and Katy ended up singing and dancing in the water and the party still went on late into the night.

“I’ve covered more than 250 weddings in my career and I’ve never experienced anything like it – it showed Yorkshire people at their very best.”

Elsewhere, Barnsley Interchange reopened this morning after being closed for two days following the same storm on Friday night brought down parts of the roof.

Structural engineers say construction work to repair the damage will have to be carried out at a later date.

Highways Agency staff were also warning of high winds of up to 70mph sweeping across South Yorkshire this morning, with drivers in vulnerable vehicles on the M1 Tinsley Viaduct asked to take special care.

Severn Trent water company said it received four times as many calls as normal over the weekend due to flooding.

Sheffield escaped the worst of the weather, although flooding was reported in Oughtibridge.




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