So from 4th July, we are allowed to have small weddings ..it’s a start! Small, intimate alternative wedding venues have suddenly become popular! Guess many will want to wait for the full-on wedding day celebration experience. Some just want to get married with a few family in attendance and have the big party later – absolutely fine too. Pixsmiths are happy to accommodate our couples’ wishes with various options – communication is the key to rearranging successfully For now, however, small intimate weddings are where we are at and Pixsmiths are looking forward to ours starting in August
Facebook pages have been awash with brides looking for small intimate/alternative venues, venues which many don’t know about or have thought about. So with that in mind wanted to look at some local small intimate venues and alternative wedding venue options to consider. Mere Brook House
and Peel Hey as two of our favorites have already been covered so this blog will look at other options less well known
#1 Pollards Inn
Tucked away in the beautiful Cheshire village of Willaston is the quaint Pollards Inn. Not only a delightful place for a meal or a drink after a walk around the historic village but did you know there is also an intimate function room at Pollard’s Inn A cosy room with an ornate fireplace. No room hire charge either, bonus! You can enjoy the garden area outside in fine weather and children have their own adjacent play area too. For when larger weddings are permitted a marquee can be used on the field just the other side of the play area and Pollards can provide the catering. 5 rooms have also recently been renovated too if guests wish to stay over. Read all about how a wedding here look with the Willaston Wedding of Phil and Stephanie. They enjoyed a church service in the local church unique pictures at Hadlow Road and then their marquee reception.
#2 Poulton Hall
Could this be Wirral’s hidden gem? Poulton Hall is a gorgeous 17th-century country house close to Bebbington. There are glorious unique walled gardens and sculptures, with 3.5 acres of picturesque wildflower meadows. perfect for your wedding photos. The gardens are only open twice a year to the public – the two recent date in April this year had to be postponed, but keep a lookout for new dates The gardens have themed areas – Japanese, nursery rhyme classical and a witch’s garden, and contain references to literary and children’s classics of C. S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll and Roger Lancelyn Green. A wedding picture with Humpty Dumpty would certainly be unique! if you are planning a wedding here we would love to be involved.
#3 Claremont Farm
Not your typical farm venue but this delightful Delicatessen and cafe has an upstairs function suite. The food here is absolutely amazing. Ideal for a laid back evening party. Perfect if you are having a late wedding This lovely couple married in Liverpool and cam back to Claremont Farm for an evening reception
#4 Williamson Art Gallery
Art and culture lovers can marry at the Wiliamson Art Gallery They have 3 rooms available to choose from each with its own character. Inside numerous options for unique and elegant portraits amongst the exhibits There is greenery around the side for a few groups and the columns as you exit may for lovely photos too. Tea and refreshments in the cafe available too Pixsmiths had the honour of covering the first Wedding at the Williamson in gallery 4. Pama and Paul signed their marriage certificate under the Battle of Waterloo!
#5 Tanskey’s Bistro Bar
Thinking outside the box you could have your town hall ceremony and go to a restaurant for a family meal or a cafe-bar like Tanskey’s Local for us in West Kirby, beautifully situated overlooking the promenade with its fabulous views and sunsets over the Dee Estuary. behind you have the coronation gardens – you could have a picnic here. Tanskey’s is available for private functions and events so it’s well worth checking out options here for a small intimate wedding reception Food is all homemade and delicious. We have enjoyed many a cafe and coffee in here and also a movie night Currently closed but reopening very soon.
#6 The Mouse at Brimstage
The Country Mouse at Brimstage – already renowned for its mouth-watering meringues is also available for unique wedding venue reception Set in a cute country courtyard and surrounding gardens slap bang in the middle of Wirral. Picture perfect spot. There re conservatory and garden marquee options. It’s a dog-friendly restaurant – so bonus if your pooch is must have at your wedding
So which would be perfect for your intimate wedding, or do you have other ideas you wish to share? Please let us know
Resources for Your Wedding Invitations, Gifts and More
INVITATIONS & RSVPS
Coming up with a guest list is always tough but then trying to figure out what exactly you want to send these gifts to invite them can be just as time-consuming. You want your invitations and RSVP’s to be a glimpse of your wedding for them. Some places that help with these are:
These are websites that you can order and design your own invitations and RSVPs. This ensures that you can incorporate those few details of your own and that they are exactly as you want them.
One of our favourite northwest stationery wedding suppliers is the amazing Pink Sherbert Cheryl provides a luxury service with exquisite attention to detail, we especially love her venue designed collections
BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS
Gifts for your bridal party are super important. You don’t want to wait until the last minute. You want to ensure you have come up with a special gift so you can show them how important they are to you. Finding the perfect wedding gift for your parties makes a huge impact on them and their experience. You want to give them something that shows them how important they are to you and how much them being there for you means to you. Some stores that have great gift ideas for both the bride and groom’s party are:
Trying to decide your theme? Or do you know what you like but when you try to explain it to someone else you don’t know where to start? These sources below are great places to get ideas from, use their ideas or even are useful to help you figure out exactly what it is you like, or what color scheme would go best. These are great resources for you to use when trying to come up with your theme or decoration ideas or even your color scheme.
When choosing a ring box you most definitely want something special and meaningful to you and your significant other. Finding the perfect box for you two to cherish forever is important, it will be something you can keep for years to come. Below are a few great resources to help you find your perfect ring box.
Choosing your gift favours is a huge project. This isn’t because the task itself is difficult but because you want to make sure you’re getting something that is meaningful for your guest. Don’t get me wrong the little containers of bubbles is always adorable as a gift favor. However, if you’re searching for something a little more personal or just different ideas in general, below we have attached some resources you can use. These vary from stores to simple blogs that are meant to help you find the perfect wedding favours for your guests.
Trying to make a memorable first impression for your wedding guests? What’s a better way to do that other than having a special area for them to sign your wedding book. Whether you want to DIY your own wedding book or want to order a personalized book below are great resources for both.
Alternatively think how you could incorporate something novel and personal to you. For example two scientists used an old laboratory notebook to record wedding guest messages
Handwriting not the greatest but want to have personalized place cards for your guests? Below are links where you can personalize your own and order online. Personalized place cards will elevate your table settings just enough and help to bring everything together nicely. You can ensure the writing is readable and the colour scheme matches that of your wedding.
If you plan to provide table-side service to your guests during your rehearsal dinner and plan to have a large selection for them to choose from then it would probably be in your and your guest’s best interest to get menu cards. With the menu cards, you could provide one per guest, or only get one per table. There are a lot of sources that you can use to personalize these so they coordinate with your other items on the tables.
Can’t find the perfect pair of toasting flutes for your big day? Below are some great links for you to use to help you find the perfect pair or to assist you in creating and/or designing your own. Designing your own flutes would make them so much more meaningful in the long run! They could become something that you two cherish forever.
Trying to figure out the perfect way to end your wedding day seems slightly depressing. You don’t want it to end! Who does? Coming up with a grand exit idea is important because it is the last piece to your amazing day. You want to end it on a great note, anyone would. Below are a few resources to help spark some unique ideas or even stores where you can easily purchase the things your guests will use.
Overall, there are hundreds of fantastic online resources for you to use when you are planning your big day. Be sure to scour the internet and find the best online stores and resources for your wedding invitations, gifts, and so much more! At the moment there are numerous virtual wedding fayres so check those out too and grab a bargain or even a freebie !
So happy to be able to capture this gorgeous gender reveal shoot at Church Farm Thurstaston for Phillippa and Phil recently. Church Farm Thurstaston was the setting for Phillippa and Phil’s wedding – their 6th year anniversary was the next day and also marking 17 years together. So the perfect time to capture the gender-reveal for these parents to be, for a social media announcement to coincide with their anniversaries.
It was such a hot bright day but thankfully a bit of a breeze on the farm. The lilac was out and provided a perfect frame for some of these shots Loved how Phillippa wor a pink and blue flower print summery dress – no clues there. Not even a clue in the neutral coloured booties In fact, they did not know themselves yet, having purchased a big balloon when they had their baby scan. It was collected that day and during the shoot, they burst the gender-reveal balloon to reveal the blue or pink confetti. Which was it ?…..We will let the pictures tell the story ….
Even the donkeys sensed something was growing inside
Church Farm has wonderful views over the Dee EStuary.
Gender Reveal Time Church Farm Thurstaston
Ok, time, at last, to find out whether boy or girl….Phil stuck the pin in the big balloon. Bang, shreds of balloon whipped away and they were showered with confetti – soon carried away by the breeze!
Took just a few seconds for the reality to dawn …blue confetti! Its a boy! Big hugs and smiles all round Phillippa and Phil are now planning travel adventures to include a baby backpack!
Many congratulations and thank you for asking us to share this fabulous moment with you. it was so much fun and you and going to be such amazing parents. love Dave & Sandy xx
Our thanks to Church Farm for giving permission to use the outdoor venue, as currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 It enables Social distancing to be observed and everyone was safe. Pixsmiths shoot with long lenses and no guidelines were broken Our government has encouraged self-employed small businesses to get back to work where it is safe to do so and we were!
At Pixsmiths nothing gives us more joy than capturing your real Wirral wedding stories. Real story moments, unique to your day. Getting to know you in the run-up to the wedding makes, we learn what is important to you and your day. Those moments that hold so much meaning to you. It gives us such a buzz to capture these snapshots stories and know its creating memories so pertinent. Memories you will look on in years to come and instantly be taken back to that moment and know how you felt and the circumstances around that moment.
There is a favorite band I love to listen to when editing, but one day I listed to singer explain how the lyrics had come about, It brought a whole new meaning to those songs and the stories behind the writing of them. Gave them new purpose.
This is why Pixsmiths love to be storytellers of your wedding. Hope you enjoy just a few moments captured from real Wirral weddings and the stories will give fresh meaning to them.
1. A Local Wirral Wedding Story
The bench on West Kirby promenade where Ruth and Simon met walking their dogs. A perfect momentary pause after their wedding day ceremony before going onto their Sheldrakes reception. A perfect moment with the sun rays bursting through the clouds just at that very moment. A moment just for them, one that simply cannot be re-created. Truly a unique moment of a Wirral wedding story.
2. A Tale of Two Dads
Some brides are blessed with two dads in their lives. Both of them united for Jemma on her big day. This was such a moment when both dads were walking Jemma down the aisle. That moment when they both helped to arrange her amazing dress before walking down the aisle was truly special to witness and capture. Natural reportage wedding photography.
3. A Touching Moment
This is a Wirral wedding story from Rachel and Ben’s twilight wedding at Leasowe Castle. A dad walking his beautiful daughter down the aisle is always a treasured moment. Rachels’s dad went one step further and stretched out his wife to briefly hold hands with her, including her in a most important moment. Brought a lump to my throat I must admit but more importantly the joy on Mum’s face to be included in such a family moment.
4. Eyes Only For You
Another walking down the aisle Wirral wedding story moment with special meaning. This time Brian and Natalie at the altar before their Thornton Manor wedding reception Natalie has an eye condition and in the months before the wedding, several eye operations had been undertaken, meaning eyesight was far from perfect. Now, most grooms want to turn and watch their bride as they may their entrance and walk towards them. Brian such a considerate groom chose to wait till his bride was alongside so she could see the joy in his face. I’m sure you can see from this picture, the reaction was perfect.
Unfortunately, not all brides still have their dads but there are many ways of having loved ones included in your day. Emma had memory brooches on her bouquet and this poignant, reflective moment just before the ceremony is one that means so much to her. Having that time to pause, remembering her Dad – brides make time for moments like this in your day. Her Uncle met her at the top of the aisle to make the last few steps to Kevin. Again a moment with so much meaning for Emma. Her Uncle, in poor health himself, wanted to be standing as he waited for his niece to make those important steps during this outdoor Inglewood Manor wedding.
6. Jump for Joy
Who can forget that moment when Jon jumped for joy at St Nicholas Church Wallasey! Still one of our all-time favorite pics taken at a Wirral wedding There is a whole jump sequence too which you can see here. Rachael, such an expressive bride! check out how much she enjoyed her day.
Indeed Rachael has another favourite moment at her wedding. Rev Jeff Staples is known to sing a tune or two whilst playing his guitar. He pulled out his guitar during the service and gave a special rendition of Hallelujah with had our couple laughing and crying with joy. Rachael had no idea this song had been planned and was overcome, so happy this moment was captured.
7. Bride and Groom Portrait
This might seem a simple enough beautiful wedding day bride and groom portrait and indeed it is. The extra meaning is Mark said how meaningful it would be to include them in a picture with these roses where they had recently scattered the ashes of a loved relative. We were happy to oblige of course.
Who doesn’t love a good party! Weddings are all about celebration and having the best time with your guests. Well, this wedding reception went down a storm. With wedding singer Wayne Farrow orchestrating the fun its always going to be such fun – its a hard job keeping up with him, such is his energy, so glad this was videoed too. This picture just tells the story better than a thousand words how much everyone was enjoying the reception….especially the bride MJ!
9. Tears of Joy
Oh this is a Wirral wedding story from a wedding some 7 years ago now but it still brings back memories. When your groom plays in a band, and naturally they want to play a set for the wedding evening party entertainment They come to end of the set …and then just one last encore clamoured for. Its a song specially written for his bride – one she thought he had forgotten all about when he mentioned it some 6 months previously. You can see how much it meant to her. Looking back on these pics will those memories alive. and that is what brings us joy in our wedding photography journey.
10. A Sunset Moment
A perfect moment to end on is with this sunset shot or this family. Always enjoy getting couple shots at sunset when we can. This coastal path section is just behind the couple’s home where they had their home Wirral marquee wedding reception. It’s somewhere they love to walk as a family, so naturally, a perfect place for a breather before the evening party started. I recall saying, just ignore us, just enjoy this sunset on your wedding day together, then their dog just wandered into the picture, creating a perfect family shot. Added to this, their little girl said something like, I don’t think I’ve ever watched the sunset with you both before, well cue lump in the throat!
So make memories, hold fast to them, have an amazing photographer capture them for you so you can treasure forever. If you have a real Wirral wedding story you would love to be captured let us know. Tell us the stories behind the images we have captured
We do feel for all our couples who were due to have a family shoot or pre-wedding shoot with us and have had to postpone for the moment This time will pass and we can reschedule – we have various options, so please don’t worry, they will happen!
Port Sunlight Family Shoot
We were blessed to capture Casey and Chas along with their adorable girls – don’t you just love their bobble hats! Their Wirral family shoot took place in Port Sunlight at the end of February this year. It was a little chilly but a good excuse to cuddle up and keep each other warm and for the girls to run around. The Dell area in Port Sunlight is always a popular choice, spoilt for choice for locations. The early signs of Spring were around with crocuses and blossom coming out. We dodged a few rain clouds and chatted over hot chocolate afterwards to warm up and catch up with wedding plans.
We are always happy if you have children for them to come along on a pre-wedding shoot – it’s a great way to get to know each other. Get any shyness out of the way and to build a rapport with each other. Then we are all relaxed on the day at the beginning. All our couples absolutely love this time, when they can escape the planning for a wu=hile and take time out to be with each other. Plus they get some gorgeous precious family keepsakes. Chas and Casey, we know, are looking forward to getting some family images framed.
Hope you see from this short selection of images they will be spoilt for choice. Enjoy guys and we really look forward to your wedding. It may not be in May this year. Whenever it is it will be an amazing special family day and we will be there for you. xx
At Pixsmiths you know we love to take a special engagement ring shot
Pixsmiths have been a little quiet for a few days whilst we try and process all that is going on and all the ramifications involved in these unprecedented times we know you are worried about Wirral wedding postponements We are jet-lagged, having returned from a shortened trip to Malaysia (which we could not cancel without huge loss). This trip was a much planned for, anticipated expensive special anniversary trip. Then within just a few days were forced to curtail our plans. The stress of the situations fast happening around us in Malaysia, of having to leave our hotel and the lockdown was stressful and very upsetting. Heartbreaking, there were tears of frustration at being caught in no man’s land with this trip and decisions made were futile just 12 hours later. We were grateful to the support of our amazing travel agents at Escape worldwide who got us through it and back home.
So we know how you are feeling, the tears the heartbreak, feeling all the same emotions. We all need some love at this time. We empathise with you regarding your much-anticipated wedding, all the planning involved and now the frustration over the uncertainty of it and the disappointment of not having the day on a specific date. Having to replan. arghh, sure you want to vent and scream. We just want to alleviate our couple of some of that stress, we are here for you to support you in any new plans you have and to guide you through some things to check. Don’t think of it as a cancellation but a postponement. Your day will happen, maybe not the day you planned for but it will happen.
Check church and/or Venue
As suppliers we are trying to keep up to speed with all the latest rules and enforcements, they are changing at a fast pace! It’s worth checking with your church/venue/registrar to see what their guidance or enforcement is. Some venues may allow outdoor weddings if social distancing can happen. With the recent Government ban on restaurants and bars being open, your complete wedding may not be practical or desirable to you. You may consider a scaled-down wedding – we believe limited to 5 in some churches -. and a blessing or ceremony with a celebrant and party later when things are back to normal Churches or registrars may restrict numbers. Some councils may not undertake any ceremonies at this time, churches in Wales are affected. So please do check and consider the options you have. UPDATED 23/03/2020: The government has now enforced no weddings to take place for the next three weeks at least. This situation will be reviewed.
Check Your Contract
Pixsmiths always advise couples to have wedding insurance so it’s a good time to check your policy. Different insurers have different terms and conditions. Please bear in mind that some companies will not insure against covid-19 in any new policies taken out. There are too many false stories out there if government force venues to cancel weddings you will be refunded by venue or insurance, there is no certainty of this. if you cancel you undoubtedly would lose out. The best way forward is to postpone and work with your venue on a new date so you are still covered. we do hope your venue is supportive of your requirements at this time too. Still, be good to check with your insurers if they cover your new date.
What Does our Contract state about cancellation?
“In the event that THE CLIENT cancels the services of Pixsmiths with 14 days, the booking fee and any other monies paid will be refunded. For six weeks or less prior to the ceremony date the clients are responsible for the full payment of the due balance. Cancellation from twelve to six weeks prior to original date, the clients will agree to pay 50% original balance. Prior to twelve weeks, the original booking fee will be retained by Pixsmiths and any other payment made to Pixsmiths will be refunded to the client(s).”
However, due to this unusual unprecedented time, we treat each wedding on its own unique scenario. No one needs extra stress at this time
What happens if not available for your new date?
We really hope we are available for any new dates but appreciate this may not always be possible due to an existing booking The wedding suppliers in the northwest are amazingly supportive and we work with a select group of quality suppliers. They are carefully chosen by us and are of a similar standard and style to us and we are happy to recommend them. Two main options are:
1. Reschedule to another date not open on our calendar, but with an associate who will shoot and edit the images for your wedding. 2. Reschedule to another date not open on our calendar, but with an associate who will shoot your day and Pixsmiths will edit the images in our style and take care of any products required
If one of us was infected this could affect others and mainly older generations, naturally we wouldn’t want to put your families at risk. Health comes first. Of course, you may wish to select another photographer of your choice- whether recommended by us or not. We would always encourage you to check their portfolio and chat with them to see if you have a rapport.
We are so sorry that this pandemic is causing such a disruption to what should be nothing but a joyous time, but hopefully, we can get a new date on the calendar quickly and get your plans back in motion. A postponement means your date is not cancelled. We have rescheduled several weddings to new dates now – no extra charge for new contracts or 2021 dates. Payments are just carried over. We want to make this process as easy and stress-free for you in the coming weeks/months in these uncertain times. You will still have that amazing day and we really want to be there for you.
We will be contacting couples with outstanding weddings for the next few months to check on your plans and if you need any help. We will also be contacting couples who have a pre-wed session booked to see how you wish to proceed and options open to you and us Feel free to ask any questions in between. We really appreciate your understanding in these matters. Take care and stay safe, health is more important in these times.