Port Sunlight Family Shoot: Chas & Casey

Port Sunlight Family Shoot: Chas & Casey

Port Sunlight Family Shoot: Chas & Casey

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

Wirral family shoot Port Sunlight

The Bridge, Port Sunlight Wirral Family shoot

family fun wirral family shoot

family stroll The Dell Port Sunlight

At Pixsmiths you know we love to take a special engagement ring shot

 

Coronavirus Contingencies: Staying Positive

Coronavirus Contingencies: Staying Positive

Coronavirus Contingencies Checklist

Coping with Covid-19 Wirral Wedding Postponements

Wirral wedding postponements

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.

Dave & Sandy xx

 

 

 

Surprise Claremont Farm wedding: Helen & Steve

Surprise Claremont Farm wedding: Helen & Steve

Surprise Claremont Farm Wedding

Town & Country Surprise wedding

Well what a joyous day for Helen & Steve for their surprise Claremont Farm wedding!
Their friends and family were primed to meet at Claremont Farm for a day of activities for Helen’s special birthday.
Two vintage red buses greeted the guests with birthday special on the front.
Well these drink laden party buses were there to take everyone to Liverpool for  Helen and Steve’s wedding
Even Sisters, mum, and dads had been kept in the dark about the day’s plans.

The looks of surprise and joy on people’s faces were really special to witness.
A first look for Steve and Helen and then a group shot with the buses and time to get going to Liverpool
Helen was wearing  a beautiful beaded champagne coloured dress.

Red Bus for surpsrise Claremont Farm wedding - Routemaster 4hire

surprised faces all round at Claremont Farm

not even mum was in on teh Surprise Claremont Farm wedding plans

Claremont Farm wedding photography

This was a day of making memories, and that is exactly what they did.
A blustery wind in town but at least it stayed dry, everyone was in good spirits.
Helen and Steve entered the Grand Jury room together  to cheers with the Star Wars theme- such a joyous entrance
With the cold weather, we opted for a group shot in the courtroom

Afterwards, a few groups and confetti and then back to the bus to continue the party!

Claremont Farm has an amazing deli and coffee shop.  The room upstairs was used for the reception and how lovely and informal it was
Food was so tasty, really need to come back for lunch here. Warming bowls of scouse or curry went down a storm for the guests. Perfect for a chilly day.

Bride at Claremont Farm for evening reception

Heartwarming speeches were made, Helen got emotional over the loss of family members, wondering how she could stand on her wedding day without them
..but how much worse would it without her mum and dad.  It was time to get wed and make memories
…and make memories they certainly did.   Love ladders with pictures of loved ones not able to be present were a touching way to include them
No birthday cards or present s were required just for guests to enjoy themselves

A local band had everyone on their feet dancing the night away. ProBooth were also on hand with a selfie mirror to entertain the guests
They were so popular lots of fun poses to create these memories.
Double  cake delight – one for Helen’s 50th  decorated with animals and a wedding one with a New York City towers on it
..a reminder of where Steve surprised Helen with a proposal on top of the Rock …presenting a rock!

warming bowls of scouse Claremont Farm surprise wedding reception

ProBooths at work! Claremont Farm

Claremont Farm surprise wedding reception

No wonder food is fabulous – heard that head chef runs a good ship and has a fabulous cv to Michelin star level …and fortunately for us love the Wirral.

 

Wishing you many more years of happy memories, Steve and Helen.  Thank you so much for the privilege of sharing your day.
It was so much fun and we loved capturing the story of your Surprise Claremont Farm wedding day.

Are you planning a day that a bit different …we loved to hear about your plans. Please get in touch

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

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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.