Wedding Fayre Dates for Your Diary

Wedding Fayre Dates for Your Diary

Dates for Your Diary 2020
Wedding Showcases and Fayres

Pixsmiths are preparing for a busy February with weddings and wedding fayres/showcases.  Here are the dates for your diary for your wedding planning.
At fayres, we love chatting to couples to see how we can help with plans.  It’s a chance to get a special offer from us too!
– we rarely do this and reward those who see us at fayres or bridal shows We also love networking with other suppliers.
Really appreciate the feedback on our cute setup – all Dave’s hard work.
Several times we are asked for some images of the shows for social media and always happy to oblige.

 

 

Thursday 6th Feb 6.00 -8.30 pm  Peel Hey Open Evening

Peel Hey exterior

Pixsmiths are preferred photographers at Peel Hey.  It’s a cute intimate local venue to us.
We have been at many previous open evening and this one is the first for 2020.
Pop along for a chat and see other lovely local suppliers too

Sunday 16th Feb 12.00-4.00 pm Bridal Show Floral Pavilion

The Wirral wedding Bridal Shows are always a good show with a whole host of suppliers.
Delighted to be exhibiting her on Sunday 16th Feb.
The Floral Pavilion is a fab contemporary light an airy venue.
Lots of opportunities for your pictures too.
See more details about the Floral pavilion

Sunday  23rd Feb 11.00-4.00  pm Luxe Wedding Show Hillbark

Hillbark Hotel

A luxury sumptuous venue, deserving of a Luxe Bridal Show.
Top suppliers on hand to discuss all your wedding plans.
Definitely, one not to miss.
We will have extra special discounts for this Luxe event….don’t forget to ask us about them
Check out this Hillbark wedding

Sunday 1st March 11- 3 pm Wedding Showcase Brook Hall

Brook Hall outdoor ceremony set up on the lawn

Just into March so adding this onto the end of February fayres.
A fabulous Showcase of suppliers for Brook Hall.
Have you seen this gorgeous venue with its wonderful lush gardens?  So many options for your Brook Hall Wedding photography
You can have an indoor or outdoor ceremony here

Staff are on hand to show you around not only the function rooms but also bedrooms available.
This service prompted such positive feedback last time around.
so come along and see if this is your venue

So there we go several fayres you can catch Pixsmiths at over the next few weeks
Something for everyone, small and large venues.  Sure to find something to suit your day.
Look forward to chatting with you soon and help get your wedding plans sorted.

Surprise Mere Brook House Wedding

Surprise Mere Brook House Wedding

Surprise Mere Brook House Wedding

 50th Birthday Party & Wedding

We just love surprises, so when Lyn and David told us about their plans for a surprise Mere Brook House Wedding, we squealed with delight!
Lyn was planning a big birthday and decided, less fuss than a traditional wedding, this would be the perfect way to have their wedding.
– Springing it as a surprise on their family and guests invited to the birthday bash.
we first met Lyn and David at the Mere Brook House Burns Night Event.
Chatting to them afterwards they took our details to book a meeting with us regarding their secret wedding just into the New Year

Secret Wedding

New Year arrived friends and family were gathered in the beautiful Cottage at Mere Brook House.
The ceremony room has been closed off to prying eyes and also because drinks are not allowed in there before a ceremony
Packed with people drinking, enjoying delicious canapes and chatting before the birthday meal, little did they know what was ahead!
They had been asked to arrive promptly for a black tie event.

It was a challenge for staff to keep the secret during the planning stages – just Lyn’s daughters were in the know.
Not even her best friend and Dad knew.  Lyn had mentioned she wanted to be married before her 50th  which was this night.
The actual birth time was around 9.30 pm and they were to be married at 6.30pm – this being the latest time a registrar will attend for the ceremony.
Just in time!

 

The Reveal!

So after a time of mingling and celebrating Lyn and David made a few thank you’s and toasts on the stairs in the cottage.
David showed a flight menu from a recent  trip to Vegas  and written on it “She Said Yes”
Ooh had they secretly married in Vegas??   ..but no they wanted their friends and family around so….
lets go across to the main room and were getting married now.

Well, the look and of surprise and joy on their faces was a picture!
What a great way to announce a wedding!

So guests made their way over the other room for the short ceremony – standing room only as so many, plus to make it as relaxed and untraditional as possible.
Meanwhile, Lyn and David went to freshen up in their room and for Lyn to change into her sparkly shimmery wedding dress and David to change his bow tie to a red tie.

The decorations were still up at Mere Brook so time for a quick pic by the Christmas tree just beforehand.
They walked in together to their awaiting guests, a kiss for Lyn’s dad on the way was a lovely touch.
The joy on everyone’s faces was so special to see and capture.

surprise weddign Mere Brook House

that just married feeling! mere Brook House

Short formalities over and it was time to greet their guests, cue lots of giggles and hugs over the surprise Mere Brook House wedding
Then on to party time.  No wedding cake …but of course a beautiful birthday cake, ooh those macaroons looked so tasty!
Food was served in Mere Brook style in the kitchen …seconds always allowed for the tasty home-cooked food.

The flower wall by Pop up Petals made a lovely backdrop for a few informal groups.  Relaxed was the order of the event.  Just how we like thins to be.
Another surprise was Gorge Michael – a great tribute act by Randall Butler ...check him out on Youtube.  Absolutely fantastic and sounded just like the real one.
He had the floor dancing and interacting made for great entertainment. Such good fun.

Randall Butler Georg Michael tribute Act at Mere Brook House

night time shot Mere Brook House

.
Thank you once again to the team at Mere Brook House for being wonderful hosts – see you soon!
Thank you Lyn and David, we were privileged to be in on the surprise and so enjoyed the evening with you.
It was a fantastic start to our 20202 wedding season.
Hope you enjoy your blog post!  Much love Dave and Sandy xx

Christmas Inglewood Manor Wedding

Christmas Inglewood Manor Wedding

Christmas Inglewood Manor Wedding
Unicorns and Mulled wine for this seasonal wedding

How special is a Christmas Inglewood Manor Wedding!
This was just what Aisla and Eddy planned for.
Inglewood looked so festive with all its various Christmas trees – and yes we did spot a white unicorn on one!
So cosy with the fire in reception too.

The renovations and restructuring are ongoing at Inglewood Manor.  It’s great to see how the new owners are updating and improving facilities and the experience for its guests.
The Restaurant area has been removed to the Executive suite area when required, meaning the bar area is now extended and more of the lounge area, creating a better flow through
There is a new door into the function area and new carpet in the reception area too.

reception area Inglewood Manor Christmas time

Twilight Christmas Inglewood Manor Wedding

Aisla and Eddy enjoyed a twilight ceremony at Inglewood Manor
The red sashes on the chairs were perfect for a Christmas theme.
Eddy and guests mingled beforehand in the new bar area, enjoying canapes and mulled wine
Aisla and her girls were getting ready in the Oak Suite upstairs.  A beautiful lace dress for Ailsa and Christmas red bridesmaids dresses for the girls.
All looked so elegant.  Soon it was time to make their way downstairs and for Ailsa to meet her waiting groom.

Aisla your bouquet was spot on for your Christmas theme!

Girls all ready for the ceremony now.  How lovely to see all the looks between Aisla and Eddy during the ceremony.
Romance is timeless! and so wonderful to see and a privilege to witness and capture.

The magician Robbie Danson was on hand after the ceremony and up to the wedding breakfast to entertain the guests.
Inbetween we grabbed a few family groups and portraits.  The Christmas trees made a beautiful backdrop for the indoor pictures.

Magicain Robbie Danson

The Executive suite was used for the wedding breakfast.  The staff used their experience to set it out for the 30-40 guests to give space without being lost in the room.
Beautifully wrapped parcels with golden bows adorned the tables as the guest’s favours.
A super quick speech from the groom to thank the guests and it was time to leave them to enjoy their meal.
Wishing you much happiness Ailsa & Eddy. Hope you enjoy thee few highlights

Inglewood Manor wedding reception set up

A lovely intimate wedding at one of our favorite venues.  We offer short and full day packages at this venue.  So please get in touch for a quote for your day here.
We have shot here throughout all the seasons and know the place so well but we always enjoy new angles and views.

St George’s Hall Liverpool Weddings

St George’s Hall Liverpool Weddings

St Georges Hall Weddings
choosing the right room for your ceremony

St George’s Hall Liverpool Weddings

A popular venue for in Liverpool for St George’s Hall Weddings.
Pixsmiths have covered several weddings here over many years – and more booked in for 2020.
We decided to provide some info and tips for your Liverpool wedding ceremony at St George’s hall and which room may suit you best.

St George's Hall Liverpool

St Georges Hall is an iconic Grade I listed building in Liverpool city centre.  A fine example of neoclassical architecture at its best.
it has hosted many historic events, from the Beatles to the city’s football club homecomings after league and cup victories.
It boasts many first too:-
First air-conditioned commercial building
largest barrel-vaulted ceiling (when first built)
the largest piped concert organ in the world.

Plus a stunning Minton mosaic floor of over 30,000 tiles – uncovered for just a few special occasions and dates
Well worth seeing when on display to the public.

It’s home to the Liverpool registrars  – situated on the south side, Heritage centre.
The first registry wedding took place here in February 2012.
Its no wonder then that’s it’s a very popular place to get married in the town centre.
Especially if you just want a simple wedding and move onto a city centre restaurant or hotel for a reception afterwards.

Choosing your Ceremony room

There are several rooms to choose from and choosing the right room for your ceremony is an important consideration.
Ensure your guests know which room it is too and how to get there – we often get confused guests asking which way they get in and which side.
Especially on Saturdays when multiple can weddings take place at the same time.

THE GRAND JURY

The Grand Jury room is the most popular – a gracious wooden panelled room which can accommodate up to 70 guests.
Light is from a ceiling skylight – which can cause harsh/mixed lighting in bright sunshine.
It’s situated on the second floor.  Entrance can be made via the Heritage centre and using lifts – best for those who need easy access.
Alternatively, ascend the steps up to the front colonnades to the red-carpeted ceremony entrance.
Wonderful documentary images can be made if the bride opts to walk in this way.

bride walking up steps to enter St George's Hall south side

Again there is a lift here to the upper floor or staircase.

Please note access for your cars to be parked on St George’s plateau needs advance booking – a fee is payable for this.
contact 0151 233 3020 to book your space.

Too many guests can mean standing room only at the back for your guests and limited space for your photographer to get overview shots from the back too.
Too few guests and the room could look empty and lack atmosphere.
It’s better to choose one of the smaller rooms available – more on that in a moment.

SEFTON ROOM

For smaller ceremonies, the classically decorated Sefton Room is ideal and holds up to 50 guests.
It overlooks the picturesque St Johns Gardens and its flor length windows flooding the room with natural daylight – keeps your photographer happy!
and classically decorated. The Sefton Room is just around the corner from The Grand Jury room on the same floor.

Joe and Claire married here a couple of months ago, Pixsmiths delighted to capture their ceremony and family groups and portraits afterwards
Here a few of their pics showing the Sefton Room ceremony and afterwards.

 

 

The grand columns and architecture make a great backdrop for your groups and portraits.  Allow time for groups and portraits here if required.

ROSE ROOM

is your day just about the two of you, a more intimate ceremony with just witnesses, an elopement perhaps?
Then the  Rose Room is for you. It is situated next door to the Seton Room and seats up to four guests.
Perfect for you and your witnesses and photographer.  This is the room where the registrar normally checks your certificate details prior to the ceremony.

GRAND HALL AND CONCERT ROOM (not run by Liverpool registrars)

Of course, The Grand Hall and Concert room are ideal spaces for a lavish grand setting of a wedding – situated on the opposite side of the heritage centre.
A stunning room for your wedding celebration the Grand Hall accommodates up to 600 guests and is adorned with bronze door, marble walls and chandeliers.
If your date coincides with the Minton tiles being on display, how wonderful would that be?

The Concert Hall at another end to Grand Hall is opulently decorated with statues and chandeliers.  It’s circular in shape and seats 500 guests – 88 for a wedding breakfast in the centre.
For more information check out the wedding brochure for St George’s Hall weddings

contact St George’s Hall booking team on 0151 233 for info and prices for these rooms

bride in concert room St Georges Hall

Whichever room you choose, enjoy your ceremony and celebrations afterwards.
Please remember to make the most of the architecture around you for some memorable wedding portraits
For information on booking room and registrars and room, prices  check out the Liverpool registrars council website

 

Memorable Wedding Moments

Memorable Wedding Moments

Most Memorable Wedding Moments 

Every bride envisions a perfect wedding day. They hope that every moment will give them memories they’ll live to cherish.
However, there are moments of the wedding day that are considered the most memorable.

For one bride, the most memorable moment might be walking down the aisle to meet her groom. For another, it might be the moment they share their first kiss as husband and wife.
Here are some of the recorded moments that some brides termed as the most memorable in the history of time. 

 

1. The Grand Entrance

All eyes will be on you as you walk down the aisle to meet your groom. Your wedding dress and make up will make a statement.
Choose your wedding dress carefully if you intend to make a lasting impression.
Each of the strides you take towards the altar matters. It’s up to you to set a tone that will forever linger in your mind and that of your guests.
Most importantly, choose unique lighting and tone it with fantastic music.

Avoid being nervous as this may spoil the moment. The best you can do is focus on what’s ahead.
At this moment, the only people that matter in the world are you and your soon-to-be-husband. 

2. The Vow Exchange

This is the moment that everyone has been waiting for, and it carries the weight of the whole ceremony.
Your heart, mind, and soul must all cooperate to give this moment all the attention it deserves.
Your officiant plays a significant role in setting the mood for this moment.

The officiant can be a religious leader, a special family member, or a government official.
What matters most is that they understand your needs and feelings as a couple.
How they conduct the ceremony should relay your love as a couple to the guests on this big day. 

Besides, you want someone articulate, entertaining, and outgoing. They also shouldn’t rush you through the process as though it doesn’t matter.
Their attributes will help capture or scatter the attention of the guests. 

For a more personal touch, write your own vows. 

3. The Food

What you serve your guests will either make or break the deal. Nothing lingers in the minds of wedding guests like the reception session.
If you want them to remember your wedding as a blast, spend a little more on the food and drinks.
Also, make sure that wedding accessories are in tone with the type of food.
If you are keen on something special, think about
personalized wooden barrel where you can serve the best bourbon for your guests!

However, the food won’t be memorable for you if you don’t have the time to enjoy it. This is a common occurrence, as many activities are demanding the attention of the couple.
As a tip, have your service provider save up some food for you to enjoy later when more settled.

4. Entertainment

Your guests want to have fun at your wedding, and there’s no better way to do this than to provide them with great music.
This is another area that you’ll need to spend good money. Hire professional wedding entertainers who can very well read the mood of the crowd. 

They’ll come in handy in ensuring the crowd gets the very best of what they want.
A good DJ will have a good selection of music that’ll get the guests out of their seats. 

The favors also mean a lot to your guests. Have them packaged in a way that will show the guests how grateful you are that they came.
Give them shoddy favors, and they’ll forget about the wedding as soon as it’s over.

5. The Photo Session

 

This is the session that captures all the little details of the wedding day and puts them together.
It has a way of reminding you just how much fun you had on your big day. The secret is to choose a venue that has some attachment to you.

You want scenery that exhumes tranquillity and the purity of this day.
The backdrop of your photos will have so much to remind you about your wedding day years later.

If you have concerns about  your portrait session –book an engagement session with Pixsmiths so you are more relaxed on the day

Take Away

Every bride wants her wedding to be the most outstanding and the most memorable.
Achieving this is not always an easy task. A lot of planning must go into it to bring out the essential details.

Some of the most memorable moments include the entrance to the ceremony.
All eyes are usually on the bride and as such, choose your outfit carefully.
The food and entertainment are other remarkable moments for the guests.

If it feels like too much work trying to pull off a memorable wedding, work with professional wedding planners.
They know exactly what to do to make your wedding unique and unforgettable. 

Any questions about your day or to book  a consultation please get in touch be only too happy to chat about your day

Planning Christmas Wedding Inspiration

Planning Christmas Wedding Inspiration

Christmas Wedding Inspiration – Planning a Christmas Wedding

Do you love Christmas?   Are you dreaming not only of a White Christmas but a Wedding this time of year?
Planning a wedding any time of the year is special but a Christmas wedding has that extra special sparkle.
Its the most wonderful time of the year!
We always enjoy Christmas weddings, so festive,  and are looking forward to one soon.
Below are some handy tips and inspirations to consider when planning a Christmas wedding.

Festive Flowers

Holly and berries in your bouquet can add to the festive and elegant look. Teamed with white roses it looks so elegant..
Choosing seasonal foliage makes sense and should be reasonable cost as in seson
Bridemaids or brides in red look fabulous this time of year.

 

Have lanterns trimmed with holly and berries for bridesmaids to carry instead of bouquets

Timing of a Christmas Wedding

Remember daylight hours are less this time of year than summer weddings.  Are you drawn to natural light wedding photographers and want daylight portraits, then factor in the timing of your ceremony.
A ceremony timer of before 1pm is ideal to make sure you have time to enjoy (hopefully) some crisp winter sun hours.
if you want to check the sunrise and sunset times for any locations there are several useful sunset apps you can utilise.

Ok so you can’t have an early ceremony, perhaps registrars are booked up for your chosen time ideal time. Perhaps consider having a first look with your intended prior to the ceremony and having some portraits taken then.
Pixsmiths have captured several non-traditional weddings where couples have opted to walk down the aisle together and thus open to the idea of a “first look” beforehand.
In fact, they said it both helped to dispel with any nerves

Ok, so vision is for an intimate twilight candlelit ceremony,
Lots of candles add great ambience (if fire regs allow!)  but it takes skill to capture the ambient light and not ruin the atmosphere by over flashing.
Ensure your photographers are capable and have cameras and lenses suitable for this task – ask to see images from previous weddings.

The First kiss is always a memorable moment everyone looks forward to, but how extra special would it be under the mistletoe!
Ask Best men or even vicars (check out at your wedding rehearsal first) to hold up the mistletoe for the kiss shot

 

Also, consider inside options in case of bad weather.  Do you want that large photo of all the guests, does your venue have space for this? Get your photographer to suggest ideal locations for this.
If in doubt meet them at the venue for your pre-wedding chat and discuss options with them, especially if they have not worked at your venue before.

Save Money Midweek but Check Guest Availability

Midweek weddings are often a great money saver compare to weekend weddings, you can often save a good few thousand pounds at your chosen venue.
Its holiday time for many …but not for everyone! You may wish to check, however, that guests you really want to be there are available midweek and can book time off any work commitments.
See if the next day after the wedding falls on a  Bank Holiday….guests who may have to travel some distance may appreciate this  Also for those close by if its a late-night finish, the knowledge of a day off after is bliss!

Location of Venue

Snow, sleet, ice in December can always occur, so consider your venue in such weather conditions.   What will road access be like, is it in a rural setting and hard to get to?
Will you need snowshoes/boots to arrive if there is a heavy snowfall!
It may be romantic if snowed in – so check guest accommodation is available at venue or nearby that can be reached.

Inspiration from Venue Decor

Venues are normally decked out with Christmas trees and decorations, this time of year.
All cosy and inviting, log fires blazing. Make the most of those Christmas trees and baubles for your Christmas inspired images.
We loved this room at Inglewood  light colours and a big  Christamas tree – perfect for intimate shots and really add to the festive feel.

Use the Christmas season as inspiration to theme your table names, such as

Names of the Christmas Reindeer
Christmas Movies
Christmas Number One songs
Carols

festive table names ideas

How about little candy-striped sticks tucked into a napkin with a name tag.  A favour and place name in one.

festive wedding table decor ideas

Gather some fir cones and spray with silver glitter to hold your table place cards. Perfect for rustic themes.
Little touches which you can spend time on really help personalise your day, as well as saving on expensive decor.

Unleash your creative powers for making your own table plan with seasonal colours and decor – such as ivy and poinsettias
Cake topper inspiration –  snow-frosted tiered cakes with gingerbread house or sparkly snowflakes.

festive wedding ideas

Celebrate Christmas with Mulled wine and mince pies as canap[es for your guests
Invite Santa to hand out any presents during the speeches – yes we have had this for a bride who loved Christmas so much!
It was a big hit with the children kids too!

Wedding Favours

So much inspiration for festive favours, which will also decorate tour tables.
Christmas Crackers are obvious choices but think outside of the box too.
How about making your own snowflake soap. Enlist your bridesmaids to help and have fun!

So hope you found some useful tips for your Christmas wedding and some creative ideas for your Christmas Season wedding.
We have had a wonderful year and want to say a huge thank you to all our couples, past, present and future for their wonderful support
Whatever your plans have a very merry season and enjoy the wedding planning.

Merry Christmas, much love from Pixsmiths xx

festive wedding rings

p.s.  If you should get a special ring his Christmas, we would love to hear about your plans  or celebrate by booking an engagement session with us
We do love a bit of romance!

Pin It on Pinterest