Mel and David’s quirky Oddfellows wedding went through many modifications during this crazy year. Originally a May wedding they pushed back to September 28th. Until the last few they thought they could have 30 guests but new rules …yes starting from their new wedding date. ………meant just 15 guests…and stress!
It was touch and go with confusion re suppliers being included or not whether we could photograph this wedding. Thankfully cleared just in time – we checked with the venue and they were fully up to speed that suppliers did not count in the 15. So happy Mel and David went ahead with their day. It was a relaxed afternoon, a beautiful ceremony at Oddfellows Chester.
Oddfellows is a boutique hotel in the city centre of Chester. It has really quirky decor and a cute secret garden area and terrace upstairs. so many areas for alternative images. Go check it out with an afternoon tea here, you won’t be disappointed.
Melanie arrived in an absolutely gorgeous cream lace bodice dress with a flowing pink mid-calf skirt. The outfit was exquisitely teamed with a birdcage fascinator and turquoise and pink irregular choice shoes – quirky shoes for a quirky venue! Mel you looked absolutely stunning …and you surprised us how quick you could walk in your heels!
The ceremony was followed by congratulations, some quick portraits in the secret garden and then it was a stroll down to the river A 30-minute boat cruise the Dee on the Chester Boat Mark Twain made for an alternative post-ceremony activity.
The prosecco was flowing and informal groups taken during the cruise. So much fun. Back to Oddfellows for a small reception and cake. The cake was of course topped with Mel and Dave minions – very fitting and cute.
Thank you Mel and David for preserving with your day, we loved seeing and capturing the joy and giggles from the day. Nothing was going to stand in your way and stop you from marrying and it was obvious your guests had a great time with you. It was a privilege to capture the fun and we wish you much continued happiness xx
To anyone considering a micro wedding – don’t think of it as restricted but a time when you can really engage with those nearest and dearest with you. More purpose and meaningful – think outside the box and make it work for your day.
So September 19th would have been Chester Zoo Wedding day for Bethan’s and Carl. They held out as long as they could, even planned downsized numbers to conform to new guidelines. Restrictions of time though, meaning less time to celebrate and for photos in between ceremony and meal led to the decision to eventually postpone. On one hand obvious disappointment for this couple, the other so honoured that photography and having us shoot their Chester Zoo wedding was a major consideration to their decision.
So like a few other pre-wedding shoots this year, we opted to do a shoot on their would have been day and capture some beautiful images for them. Covid 19 is not going to spoil making memories! A wonderful opportunity to walk around the zoo and check out the areas they would like to use on their new day next Spring.
We have shot a couple of Chester of weddings before but there are always new things to see. The Oakfield has been updated since and a new Orangerie now graces the front of the venue going to be an amazing space for their wedding. The lions have moved to a new home in the zoo – no longer will their roars be heard during the ceremony or reception!
We enjoyed a good wander, the weather was just perfect, although a little bright at times. Plenty of nooks and crannies can be found Particularly enjoyed the Japanese and sunken garden areas. The giraffes and elephants were a big hit too.
After wandering around the Islands we let our couple has some time to themselves before they met up with family for a meal at the new Oakfields. So thank you for this day at the Zoo Bethan & Carl, glad you could make the best of what could have been a difficult day. We look forward to the memories to be created next year. For now, enjoy your highlights from your Chester Zoo pre-wedding shoot.
had to see the meerkats of course, and squealed with delight when we saw the baby ones!
Intimate Hoylake Wedding Kings Gap by Wildes Afternoon tea and Magic
A sunny day in Hoylake and for the third time of trying Jand and Mike finally tied the knot for their intimate wedding at Kings Gap by Wildes. It may not have been Cyprus but the weather was probably just as sunny!
Gaynor the co-ordinator at Kings Gap by Wildes pulled out all the stops to help make this day special for this couple. Excellent local suppliers created a memorable day. we were asked to capture some images for the venue and suppliers for this intimate Kings gap by Wildes wedding. It was lovely to capture some documentary-style shots. No group shots just natural candid images. Afternoon tea and magic was winning combination!.
The venue was dressed in a simple but elegantly rustic style by Nicky of Elegant Event Designs using hessian table runners. Ivory Pomanders on elegant tall, gold waisted stands surrounded by candles, vases, foliage and gypsophila complemented the look The en trend Crossback Chairs and rustic tables were courtesy of Wirral Table and Chairs. The chairs looked gorgeous with white chiffon vertical drapes and a single stem of eucalyptus to tone in with the tables.
Kings Gap Wedding Ceremony
Jane entered the ceremony to her waiting groom. Ok guests currently have to wear masks and for this wedding limited to a max of 30 people but it doesn’t stop the joy of the occasion. Jane wore a gorgeous cool lace dress with an embellished beaded bodice – lots of hours spent on that! Jane also made her own bouquet – so obviously very creative.
Wedding Reception Afternoon Tea & Magic
Wedding over and it was time to socially mingle and enjoy the entertainment provided by the Stan (aka Gary Stanley Slade and Ollie (Robbis Graham) These Laurel and Hardy lookalikes – with their close up magic and jokes – went down a treat. They greeted the guests and performed card tricks and bending of cutlery etc in a mesmerizing way. Just check out the looks of perplexment on the faces!
Guests were called into the reception room in their social bubble groups to have their drinks orders dealt with and then tucked into their afternoon tea The macaroons especially looked delicious!
As we know from Monday 28th September wedding are restricted to just 15 guests (registrars and suppliers excluded from this number) However, you can still have a beautiful ceremony and afternoon reception and even a first dance if you wish.
At Pixsmiths we have been enjoying these cere-minis as we like to call them now! So meaningful and full of joy. We would encourage you to go ahead with your ceremony and by all means, have a large party when able. For now though, for those who don’t want to wait, have your ceremony and help out the wedding industry The staff at Kings Gap by Wildes are only too happy to help plan your intimate ceremony and as local Wirral Wedding Photographers wearer only too happy to provide your wedding photography. Don’t hesitate to contact us
Time to catch up with Victoria and Simon and son Elyiott for their Bidston Hill shoot with us Like many couples, Victoria and Simon have had to adjust their wedding guest list a few times.
Their wedding date now falls into new restrictions of just 15 guests and its been hard for them to downsize but we know how much they want their day to go-ahead So happy for them that their day will go ahead – an intimate ceremony and celebration at Peel Hey> We can’t wait for their day and to be working alongside other Peel Hey preferred suppliers
Bidston Hill Shoot
Victoria & Simon met us at one of Peel Hey’s open evenings. They love our natural relaxed approach to weddings and booked us in. Their package includes a pre-wed shoot and just last week we headed to Bidston Hill up to the Windmill and around the area to catch up with them and capture some family moments. We didn’t get the sun of previous days but we had a great time chatting and getting to know each other better.
Even after this shoot, wedding rules were announced, meaning back to the drawing board with the guest list. We are thankful for their tenacity to carry on. You will not be beaten by Covid-19
We so enjoyed our time with you on your Bidston Hill shoot. Lovely to meet Elyiott too – a real cool dude and I’m sure he will have an important role on the day. For now, enjoy your highlights x
Simon had Victoria’s ring designed and made – so unique and love the colour
Weddig Supplier Support
Victoria & Simon we are so thrilled you are going ahead with your day. It will be a joyous intimate affair with your nearest and dearest as you start a new chapter in your lives. We are also thrilled we can be there too. Your support to us and other wedding professional suppliers means so much. We have all going through a difficult time and having at least small weddings going ahead can make so much difference we can’t wait for your day soon!
Alternative Quirky Wedding Venue Vale Country Club North Wales
What a gem of a rustic venue – Vale Country Club in North Wales We have worked with Bev, the wedding co-ordinator at Vale Country Club before and delighted to be joining forces again. We paid a recent visit to the venue to chat with couples planning their wedding here.
Vows by a Wishing Well
With its glorious setting in the stunning Vale of Clwyd, the unique Vale Country Club is an amazing quirky venue. Where else can you marry by an indoor wishing well? How unique and different is that! The well also makes a unique focal point for your cake to be admired from – rather than stuck in a corner somewhere.
From cosy weddings to larger ones with a choice of rooms for the ceremony The large function room sits up to 220 guests and 300 for an evening reception. Its spacious and flows throught to a bar area. There is a beautiful bridal room too with stunning modern shower room en-suite
The venue is beautifully dressed in rustic style, befitting the wooden features using macrame runners and chair covers and even centerpieces by venue dresser Chocholate-falls Really en trend features. They always supply a variety of other propslike chocolate fountains, doughnut wall and fabulous vintage garden games. Great space for these on the outside lawn with those fabulous views.
Book Your Vale Country Club Wedding Photogrpaher
So you want an intimate rustic weddign in North Wales in an area of outstandign beauty – look no further than this gem of a venue. we would love to hear from you and photograph your Vale Country Club wedding in our relaxed natural style. Our style perfectly suits this quirky rustic venue.
A gorgeous intimate Liverpool registrar wedding at St Georges Hall to enjoy. Right opposite the university student accommodation where they had met – literally across the corridors from each other.
Despite COVID altering their plans, even for a small wedding, due to travel restrictions for family – Magdalena and Adam decided to go ahead with just the two of them ..and us as witnesses! Such an honour and made for an extra special day indeed. When I say just the two …well of course the registrars as well. Bu with Magdalena herself being a Liverpool wedding registrar, of course, her colleagues had a few surprises in store for them
In non-traditional style, Magdalena arrived at St Georges Hall on time looking stunning with her makeup and hair done and carrying her dress! She was quickly ushered to a dressing room to get into her bridal gown! Just a few mins she reappeared looking radiant.
The short ceremony, even with the perspex shields and rules of placements of chairs, was so personal and joyful for one of their own. The light and airy Sefton room, with its floor to ceiling windows, was rearranged so more intimate for a wedding for two. A webcam was set up so friends and family could see a Facebook event Livestream. Adam carefully checked out best position beforehand and proudly showed off the rings.
Afterwards, Mags and Adam went to the concert room for some pics. Unbeknownst to them, their colleagues secretly gathered there for a pen guard of honour. This followed with a confetti exit with joyful beaming faces. The Liverpool registrars have always been so lovely and it was wonderful to see them looking after one of their own.
Plenty of time for some relaxed portrait pictures, utilising the marvellous architecture of St Georges Hall, including the interior not normally accessible which made for some alternative images. Time then for our couple to head off for an intimate meal at their chosen Liverpool hotel. A large family party in Wales will follow next year!
Mags and Adam we wish you so much happiness for your future. A real privilege to capture, share and witness for you
Showing the rings to the online audience. Adam had an unusual wooden one. Mags was to be a wooden one but Adam surprised her with a platinum one
That first look – so important to Mags and Adam
Checking in with the online audience
We adore shooting weddings in Liverpool the urban setting and iconic architecture makes for amazing pictures. If you are planning a wedding get in touch for a special price Check out more Liverpool weddings at St Georges Hall to see more images
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