Liverpool City Centre Wedding Photography 30 James St
Rob & Rebecca’s wedding with Pearls, Dinosaurs and Sunny Skies!
It seems we have spent the beginning of 2018 wedding season with Liverpool city centre weddings! We were delighted to be back in Liverpool city centre at the iconic home of the Titanic 30 James St. A beautiful city centre hotel run by Signature living. Rebecca the wedding co-coordinator runs a well oiled ship and things ran so smoothly. Rob and Rebecca live in the city and 30 James St was a favourite place for them – so perfect choice for their day.
Work colleagues is where the friendship and then romance started – can’t get much more romantic than a proposal in New York and letting your bride choose a ring on 5th Avenue – like your style Rob! Fast forward from all the planning and the day was here, a bright but cool day in March. We survived running around Liverpool covering Bride and Groom preps with closed roads for the Liverpool half marathon. Rebecca was chilled out being pampered and enjoying trying out the new floss dance with her flower girls and page boy. Rebecca’s details were elegant pearls in her headpiece, bracelet and earings.
Liverpool City Centre Wedding Ceremony
Getting to 30 James St for the Liverpool city centre wedding ceremony was relatively easier than the preps. With the co-ordinator organising her team and the toastmaster organising the guests all went smoothly for Rebecca’s arrival and entrance for a waiting, slightly nervous Rob. The venue was beautifully decorated with white, cream and green flowers and the aisle lined with candles and the iconic white star emblem on the floor. The white star and ivory heart frame made for an elegant backdrop – supplied by Penelope Petal. A well thought out ceremony with the two mothers lighting candles that Rob and Rebecca would use to light their larger central one. Close friends read poems – fittingly for Rebecca’s love of dinosaurs one was the dinosaur poem.
Rebecca’s nephew carefully carried handed over the rings, the look of concentration of his face as he watched was a picture!
Soon the new Mr and Mrs were having a celebratory kiss and walking down the aisle and getting drinks to toast each other
With over a hundred guests and very harsh sunlight on the steps it was more practical to do the large group indoors followed by a few family formals.
With reception drinks being upstairs in the Carpathian lounge, to allow for room turnaround, it makes sense to let people go when their groups are finished with.
Livererpool City Centre Wedding Portraits
Rob and Rebecca love the city scene so Liverpool city centre portraits were our next port of call.
The Three Graces were splendidly lit up in the bright sunshine for some gorgeous backdrops and a bus driver very kindly drove around the block so we could capture a memorable reflection in Mann Island buildings. How amazing are the liverpudlians! Soon it was time to head back to join the guests for some mingling time before the speeches and grab a few shots on the balcony with the dock views.
30 James St Reception
The reception are looked fabulous the tables had favours of cupcakes, the table names were dinosaurs and names or guests pettily set out in a pearl encrusted frame on each table. With father of bride, groom three best men, toastmaster and bride speeches we were well entertained before the meal was served. A neat touch were the dinosaur pens ( a gift from two friends) for the guest signing book.
Together with the light up box with their names and date, teh pens made for a unique wedding ring shot. We love to incorporate a feature from teh wedding details.
A stroll for some fresh air and a few more city centre portraits and then party time! …well except for popping out to capture some light trails that Rob and Rebecca had requested at our initial meeting.
Great to see the dance floor busy and guests trying out the new Floss dance!
Thank you so much Rob and Rebecca for the honour of capturing your day, for being so obliging with all the portraits. So happy you had the day you wanted and more. It was a wonderful day and we wish you much continued happiness and blessings for teh future. Love Sandy & Dave
Venue: 30 James St
Photography: Pixsmiths Creative Photography
Bridal Dress: Natalie Ann Brides
Florist: Passion for flowers
Table plan and Ivory Selfie frame: Penelope_Petal
Creative Wedding Photography Workshop Ashfield House
Just before our destination trip to Tenerife, Pixsmiths undertook a fabulous creative wedding photography training workshop lead by amazing Neil Redfern Photography.
The workshop took place at the award winning wedding venue Ashfield House in Lancashire. We had a warm welcome there and excellent lunch too.
Always striving for the best for our couples so we never stop learning new techniques and creative angles so when this workshop came up we quickly got on board.
The workshop was limited to ten places so everyone had ample to time to learn from Neil individually as well as time to shoot the fantastic models – Ky and Louisa and Beth
The morning session was geared towards natural light and creativeness. Getting it right in camera is key rather than a lot of photo-shopping effects in.
so the reflections seen in the shots are done in camera, neat eh!
After a delicious hot lunch it was time to move outside for some natural portraits and flash techniques.
There seemed to be some lurking behind bushes and leaves but it made for fab pics akin to our layered style we already enjoy,
Such an enjoyable educational day, Neil is a marvellous teacher and we highly recommend his workshops.
Very much a case of everyone having the opportunity to shoot and direct the models not just a “watch me this is how its done” approach.
Upcoming 2018 Weddings
Great to meet with like-minded photographers and everyone learned so much and came away buzzing with the creative techniques and raring to put them into action on a wedding day.
Neil explained the techniques so easily and showed how it could be set up really quickly so couples are not hanging around on their wedding day – time to mingle with guests is so important
Our couples this year are going to love the extra edge to their portraits with us – still not over posed either – we do love the natural images with a timeless quality.
They make beautiful portraits for wedding albums too.
We cannot wait to share more of these type of images with you from our upcoming 2018 weddings
Models – Louisa Latham, Bethany Cammack, and Ky Ambrose
MUA – Sonara Parker
Venue – Ashfield House, Lancashire
Civil Ceremony Birkenhead Town Hall
Just last Saturday Pixsmiths were invited to a Civil ceremony Birkenhead Town Hall and reception afterwards of Anne and Ken
The day was dry but grey but Anne and Ken and their family and friends made this a colourful and joyful event.
No snow as such …even if there was Anne and Ken would soon melt it – sizzling!
Originally planned just before Christmas Anne and Ken were so disappointed to have to cancel that date but this time it was systems go!
What a wonderful day it was too, such an excited bride, Anne was literally hopping up and down with happiness in the ceremony
Anne’s daughters made gorgeous bridesmaids and so colourful in their apricot coloured dresses.
Katey had been busy organising not only flowers and cake but also doing makeup and nails. All the girls looked amazing, gorgeous
Anne’s grandson so smart as he proudly walked her down the aisle. Anne looked so elegant in her ivory dress from wed2be with matching jacket
Such an endearing wedding, so romantic to see this couple so happy, dare I say like love-struck teenagers.
Romance is timeless and beautiful to witness this couple’s special day
Informal reception followed at St Joseph’s in Wallassy were guests were entertained by Joanne Dennis with her powerful & beautiful voice and Markie James also singing beautifully and helping with favours
Mike Jones & his close up, mind blowing magic; Joro with delicious vegan catering & Angie from St Joseph’s venue in Wallasey who made sure everything was just right for Anne and ken on their arrival.
This was such a joyful wedding of two beautiful people who deserve every happiness.
Don’t think they stopped smiling all day long!
It was our absolute privilege to share a few hours with them and capture some treasured memories
Christmas Black Tie Themed Wedding at the Shankly Hotel Wedding
Garden of Eden: Stephanie & Laurence
When Stephanie and Laurence announced their engagement from sunny climes we gave a squeal of excitement …and then a bigger one when they asked us to be their Shankly Hotel wedding photographer!
A mid December wedding with Christmas as the theme and a black tie event…with lots of fun!
Bride and Groom Preps Shankly Hotel Wedding
We started with preps at the Shankly Hotel covering both bride and groom preps on two totally different floors. The girls i the Garden of Eden Suite – huge and pink
– wow all those beds and flowered ceiling plus its own bar and dressing area. The Men’s floor was a more sombre grey and room smaller ..well certainly for amount of men getting ready!
A lovely relaxed time for the preparations and capturing the reactions to the gifts sent to each other.
The Ceremony All Saints Childwall
Soon it was time to head to the church for the ceremony at the family church of All saints at Childwall. We had shot a previous winter wedding at All Saints and it was delightful to be back at this beautiful Grade I listed building,the only medieval church remaining in the Metropolitan borough of Liverpool. A beautiful ceremony. Stephanie looked radiant as she entered to her waiting Laurence.
We had carols and beautiful Welsh singing and a Christmas tree of course. Mistletoe was held over the couple for the first kiss by the Stephanie’s cute flower girl niece.
The bit of rain when they came out didn’t dampen their spirits, quick confetti shot and it was onto the red double Decker buses complete with pork pies and mini quiches picnic for the guests
Reception Shankly Hotel Wedding
Once back in Liverpool city centre it was a stop at the museum steps for a few pics and portraits in town and then guests could join the reception at the wonderful rootop Garden of Eden
Delicious meal with speeches in between courses – we had helicopter and messages to our happy couple from sports personalities Michael Owen, Frankie Detorri and Didi Hamann.
Totally captivated Stephanie and Laurence. Afterwards Stephanie (who runs the bridal boutique The Wirral Wedding House) surprised Laurence with a change of dress – we were primed about this and was requested to get some shots in their bridal suite – Wow what a room that is, and the marble bathtub – immense! The floor the suite is on has an Alice in Wonderland theme, so make for some great images there before we headed out for a few night portraits.
Evening Party Shankly Hotel Wedding
The evening kicked off with the traditional cake cut – the cake beautifully made and matching the elegant Black tie theme perfectly by Bella’s Cake Pantry
Stephanie surprising the guests with change of bridal attire – a sensational fitted dress compared to the fuller skirted dress for the daytime
A great party ensued with the lively band and we had fun with sparklers too.
Thank you again Stephanie and Laurence for the privilege of capturing your amazing day at your church and The Shankly Hotel.It was wonderful to spend time with your friends and lovely families.
Wishing you all the happiness, health and love in years to come. Enjoy your highlights! …there are so many…goodness knows how you will chose for your album!
How cute is the little flower girls dress matching Stephanie’s dress!
Flowers by Katie Burke included Mistletoe and Ivy and Stepanotis (really appropriate for the season and name!)
Being a wedding supplier herself Stephanie knew all the best suppliers to help her day run smoothly!
Venue: Shankly Hotel
Photographers: Pixsmiths Creative Photography
Video: Classic Video Productions
Bridal Dresses: Wirral Wedding House – of course!
Cake: Bella’s Cake Pantry
Stationery: Pink Sherbert
Flowers: Katey Burke
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