Real Wedding || Rosie & George || May 2021

A note from us…

Rosie & George – finally!

After 1 cancellation, Rosie & George’s wedding finally went ahead and what an incredible day it was. They have been a delight to work with throughout, both were incredibly kind and calm regarding the ever changing restrictions. Their day itself was magical. The happiness of Rosie, George and their guests spread across our team and we had just as much fun as they did. A special shoutout to the special guest, Nella, our paw pal. What a treat it was to have you there for the day. We can’t wait for you to be back next year for your wedding reception.



Why did you choose the Pumping House for your special day?

The architecture, design & sheer wow factor. Particularly the parquet floors, entrance tiles, exposed brick, gorgeous big windows, huge engine hall, contemporary/industrial colours & design, attention to detail. It felt completely unique and nothing else could possibly compare. The amazing accommodation was an added bonus!



How did you find planning your big day with the team? 

Jo, our wedding coordinator was so helpful, fun, laid back, friendly and everything we could have asked for!


How was your wedding day at The Pumping House? 

Our wedding was perfect, despite Covid limiting our guest numbers we couldn’t have asked for anything better. The team went above and beyond to make our day so special and it never felt like a ‘covid wedding’, even for a second.



Would you recommend The Pumping House to other couples who are planning their big day? 

We would 100% recommend The Pumping House. The most amazing venue with the most amazing staff who completely looked after us throughout.



Who were your supplier dream team? 

Photographer: James Green Studio

Florist: Ivy Florist Leeds

Make Up Artist: Helen Rose Drake

Hairdresser: Hannah Blinki

Videographer: For All The Days

Venue Stylist: Save The Date



Any other comments? 

Everyone said how it was one of the best weddings they’ve ever been to! We enjoyed every second. Huge thank you to Jo.


Real Wedding || Claire & Ashley || May 2021

A note from us…

Claire & Ash waited patiently after each announcement, 5th time lucky they finally managed to say “I Do” on one of the nicest days in May. Their guest list may have been cut but their suppliers certainly were not!!


Why did you choose the Pumping House for your special day?

We absolutely loved the venue from the moment we arrived in the car park. We knew that we wanted a venue with history and original features; with Ash being an architect the building itself was pretty important. We were excited as soon as we stepped inside; from the entrance hall to all the different rooms upstairs and the incredible views from the intimate ceremony room, we could really see the venue working for us. Our wedding coordinator was so welcoming and helpful when we arrived too and communication from the off was outstanding.



Who was your wedding coordinator and how did you find planning your big day with them?

Ellie was our wedding planner in the first instance, but she handed us over to Jo when she went on maternity leave. They were both amazing. The handover happened shortly after we went into the first lockdown and we had just postponed our original date. Even in the madness of everything, they could not have handled things better. We honestly could not have asked for more from Jo – her response to emails was often instant and she was always at the end of the phone to help.



How was your wedding day at the Pumping House? Is there anything specific we did that made it extra special?

 AMAZING! I’m sure most couples say it, but we wouldn’t have changed a thing. Planning a wedding during COVID was stressful and emotional, and the build-up to what ended up being our fifth date was certainly not what we had envisaged when we first booked our wedding but when the day came, it was incredible and we’re so glad we held off. Even with restrictions still in place, it was the best day. This was helped massively by The Pumping House team who kept us calm and reassured in the lead up to the day. The team on the day were calm and professional (you’d never have known it was their first wedding in who knows how many months!) but were still friendly to all our guests. They went the extra mile by moving decoration items around from different locations during the day, and were constantly on hand whenever we, our guests or suppliers needed anything.



Who were your supplier dream team?

Photographer: Geoff Kirby @geoffkirbyphoto and Twig & Vine Photography

Venue Stylist: Save The Date @save_the_date_event_stylist

Band/DJ: The Burgundy’s @theburgundys

Evening Food: Mr & Mrs Pickwicks (pizza) @mrandmrspickwicks

Florist: Sweetpea Flowers by Design @sweetpeaflowersbydesign

Make Up Artist: Adele Coxon @adelemakeupartist

Hairdresser: Adele Coxon

Videographer: Rather Lovely Films @ratherlovelyfilms

Dress: Ivory White Bridal



What was on the menu? 


Blinis topped with smoked salmon, dill crème fraiche and caviar

Miniature Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and horseradish

Selection of arancini (wild mushroom and chorizo and mozzarella)

Red onion and goats cheese tart with basil pesto (v)


French onion soup with gruyere croutons

Smoked haddock fishcake with tartare sauce and watercress salad


Leg of spring lamb roasted with garlic and rosemary

Pan fried chicken breast in a white wine, cream, and tarragon sauce

Pumpkin & sage risotto


Baked vanilla cheesecake with red berry compote

Tiramisu with homemade chocolate biscotti



Any other comments you would like to add?

Just a huge thank you to all of the team but especially Jo for always being so calm, patient and understanding. 2020 was an incredibly difficult year for everyone but especially those in the hospitality and wedding sector and yet you still managed to always be there and support us with whatever we needed. We couldn’t have asked for more from you and we will be forever grateful for giving us the most incredible day.


Photo credit –  @geoffkirbyphoto

Real Wedding || Steph & Ryan || September 2019

A Note From Us…

Steph and Ryan – The first time I met Steph and Ryan was back in September 2017, as we were walking around the venue I knew they both had amazing personalities and a great sense of humour, we were going to get on like a house on fire! Each time we met Ryan joked – I started to get a little worried when he said he was planning to have Elephants on arrival, something a little unique he joked. I received a phone call, again with what I was going to take with a pinch of salt until Ryan said they we’re pregnant, expecting a baby just two weeks after their wedding with Steph just laughing in the background…

Why Did You Choose The Pumping House For Your Special Day?

After originally having our heart set on a venue and then being let down, we visited several other venues and The Pumping House was our last of the day. We instantly fell in love with the venue and it just clicked. It was just so us. The open space, the parquet floor, the separate entertaining rooms upstairs and the quarters were everything we were looking for and more. We were so excited to share the venue with our quests.   

Every Love Story Is Unique – Tell Us Yours?

Ryan and I met in 2015 on a night out. After a few weeks of dates, I went to Ryan’s house and pretty much never left! After 3 months we bought a house together and enjoyed our time with each other and with Ryan’s daughter each week. In May 2017 Ryan proposed at home and our wedding planning journey began. Just as we entered 2019 and our wedding was creeping up in the September, we found out we were expecting a little bundle of joy, which meant I would be 38 weeks pregnant on our wedding day and typically for us our lives and wedding plans all altered!

What Was Your Highlight Of The Day? 

We absolutely loved our day and spending it with all of our loved ones. Ryan’s highlight was seeing his little girl and I walking down the aisle. My favourite moment was our amazing band playing the soundtrack too our wedding and the music played will stick with me forever and always bring a smile to my face.

What advice would you give to couples planning their special day? 

We would advise other couples to plan their wedding day for them as a couple. Everyone else will love being there and surrounded by your love no matter what flowers you had or food they ate!

What Was On The Menu? 

Our menu for the day was fantastic. We started with either Seared Beef Fillet Salad with Sweet Mustard Dressing or Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato with a Hint of Chilli Soup. For main course it was either Pan Fried Chicken Breast with a White Wine, Cream and Tarragon Sauce or Leg of Spring Lamb Roasted with Garlic and Rosemary, Red Wine Jus. For dessert we had Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or Eton Mess with Crushed Homemade Meringues, Mixed Berry Compote & Whipped Cream. All of the food was incredible.

  What Was Your Inspiration For The Day? 

We didn’t have a specific theme or inspiration for the day other than tying in things that we loved. We are big gin drinkers and therefore collected all different gin bottles for our centrepieces which we filled with flowers and fairy lights. Our little ones favourite colour is blue so that became our colour scheme!

The Dream Team…

All of our suppliers were amazing. Jo and the Pumping House team were on hand day and night in the run up to the wedding. Jo even supported by dad behind the scenes to plan his speech which included some surprises! The venue was styled by Save The Date who completely understood our vision and put everything together so effortlessly. Our beautiful flowers were done by Peonies & Plumes who provided all bouquets, venue flowers and gifts. Our incredible 3 tier wedding cake was created by Storeybook Wedding Cakes and was so tasty, even after dishing out to 20 overnight guests the next day we still had plenty to enjoy ourselves. My bridesmaids and I had our hair styled by Hairway to Heaven Bridal Sophie worked her magic and made us all feel amazing. Our make up was done by Josephine Way who is just incredible. Josephine even supported me to completely change my make up look 3 days before the wedding! The soundtrack to our wedding day was provided by The John Adams Band. We originally saw John at a food festival in 2016 and instantly fell in love with his voice and his vibe. As soon as we had decided we wanted a live band to play throughout the day we knew it had to be John. All of our guests were amazed by him and he just tied everything together for us. To have live music played during our ceremony and for our first dance was such an incredible feeling.

Remi Rose Marsden waited until her due date and was born on Monday 30th September 2019 at 11:26pm.

Photography by Eve Hopkinson


Real Wedding || Hannah & Adam || August 2019

A note from us…

Where to start with Hannah and Adam?! Hannah beamed from ear to ear all day – she looked AMAZING! As cliché as it may sound, their day was filled with so much love and laughter and we feel so honoured to have been a part of it. They were an absolute delight to work with from the very first time we met them and they really do hold such a special place in our hearts.  Thank you to the lovely Anna from Pear & Bear Photography for the beautiful images below and to Hannah and Adam for being an absolute dream…


Why did you choose the Pumping House for your special day?

For our special day, we really wanted a venue which combined an industrial look with the feel of ‘being in the middle of nowhere’. For some time, we had viewed other venues to find they weren’t right for us, and had almost admitted defeat because we seemingly were never going to find something we loved. So, we decided to go back to the drawing board, and booked a viewing for The Pumping House. Perhaps cliche, but as soon as we arrived, we knew it was the venue for us. The stunning exterior was exactly what we had pictured, but the sheer size of the building and surrounding area blew us away. Then, once we walked through the double doors and explored the amazing spaces within, it only further confirmed to us that this was where we would become Mr and Mrs Willert.

The venue offered us the opportunity to customise all aspects of our wedding from start to finish, meaning it truly was right for us. In particular, The Quarters at The Pumping House are absolutely stunning and incredibly spacious and comfortable – this was perfect as we really wanted a venue that could accommodate our bridal preparations.

Every love story is unique – tell us yours?

We are both teachers at the same school. We had been together for 4 years when Adam proposed in early December 2017. In our 4 years prior to engagement, we had been fortunate to have visited 12 countries together. Although we love ‘everyday life’, our mutual passion for travelling and exploring new things in each others company is something we have done from the day we met and continue to do.

The story of our relationship, like all, is not always seamless. About 4 months after we had booked The Pumping House, we received the news that Adam would need to have major spinal surgery due to a severe compression on his spinal cord. This compression caused Adam to begin losing balance and feeling in his legs. So, at the start of the year of our wedding, Adam had major surgery, taking 9 hours which carried the risk of paralysis. Thankfully, Adam responded well with the support of Hannah from his release from hospital, and throughout his recovery and rehabilitation. Going through this chapter in our story put wedding planning and more into perspective for us; and in truth, more ready for married life than anything in the wonderful years we’d spent together prior to becoming Mr and Mrs Willert.

We can’t thank Adam’s parents, our family, friends, Ellie and The Pumping House team enough for their support and understanding.

What was your highlight of the day? 

Following our wedding ceremony as the nerves were gradually dying down and the most indescribable crazy-happy feeling was taking over, we had our first drink and private moment as husband and wife in the Bridal Boutique. Amongst everything that happened on the best day of our lives, we remember and cherish every detail of the 10 minutes we took to be just the two of us in a beautiful space, prior to the remainder of the day with our wonderful family and friends.

What advice would you give to couples planning their special day? 

There is heaps of ‘wedding advice’ out there and it can be overwhelming. For us, taking your time and remembering that the day is about you as a couple and gaining your own perspective from this would be the only advice we would offer. At present, there are many couples who have had to put their wedding plans on hold – be assured that like all good things, it will be worth the wait.

What was on the menu? 

Gail Dandy and her catering team were incredible. We chose to have tapas as our ‘wedding breakfast’ as we’re fans of informal dining and wanted something our guests would remember. To start, we went for a sociable anti-pasti board. This was followed by a range of tapas dishes including gambas pil-pil, patatas bravas and pinchitos. We concluded the meal with a trio of desserts; profiteroles, sorbet and biscotti.

In the evening, we opted for street food crates. Guests enjoyed our customised stonebaked pizzas, along with burgers, wedges and chicken. A member of The Pumping House staff kindly delivered a pizza to our Bridal Suite for us to enjoy.

Our beautiful wedding cake was also served in the evening. Local cake maker Dawn Dunn had created 3 scrumptious tiers; strawberries and champagne, lemon and white chocolate and chocolate orange.

  What was your inspiration for the day? 

The Pumping House is such a beautiful yet diverse venue; we honestly used this as our inspiration. For us, we knew that we wanted a relaxed atmosphere and to make our day as unique and true to us as possible. The Pumping House perfectly complimented our attitude towards how we wanted to feel on our wedding day.

The Dream Team…

Everyone was outstanding and played a huge part in ensuring our day came together as we’d hoped.

Florist – Peonies and Plumes. Danielle was incredible! We arrived to meet her with so many ideas and she was able to create exactly what we described to her. My bridal bouquet was an absolute dream, I wanted it to be big and full, whilst having delicate roses at the same time. We got married under an arch of the most beautiful greenery…Everything else, from the buttonholes to the flower girls embroidery hoop provided the most stunning detail for our big day.

Make-Up – Beauty by LD. Laura is my cousin, and I felt so lucky that she was able to work with me to achieve the look I wanted on my wedding day.

Photography – Pear and Bear. The Pumping House is such a stunning location, the big windows and luscious grounds create the most stunning lighting. Anna captured our day beautifully, we are over the moon with our photographs. The day goes so quickly, but we have images of every detail that we spent so long planning for and putting together.

Ellie and The Pumping House team – we honestly could not have wished for a more professional, friendly and experienced team throughout the preparation for our wedding and on the day itself. Ellie thank you so much for always being able to answer the most obscure of questions, and always being understanding and reassuring.