Intimate family focused Chester Registry Ceremony
Just recently Pixsmiths had the pleasure of covering a small intimate ceremony at Chester Registry rooms
Our couple didn’t want a fuss, don’t like being centre of attention so this was how they wanted their day.
They arranged a bespoke short package with us tailored to their needs
A simple ceremony with mums and grandparents and one cute daughter flower girl.
Kate arrived really early – so took the opportunity for a few pics beforehand
Its a little odd but the registrars see the couple together to check their details.
When we realised this a quick “first look” was arranged. for Kate and Michael.
So enjoyed seeing their reaction and hugs.
The ceremony was short and sweet with hugs all around after.
Then time for a few quick groups before the newly weds headed off to Thornton Hall
Later a much larger party was arranged at Thornton Hall Hotel in the beautiful renovated Crystal suite.
Here the scene was buzzing throughout the bar and reception room.
We covered some essential family groups and a few couple portraits.
We left them to enjoy their dancing and photobooth provided by ProBooth and the fireworks planned for later.
So happy Kate and Michael had the day they wanted and glad we could capture the essential moments for them.
enjoy a few highlights
cute kisses for the bride!
Interested in short coverage for the essential parts of the day?
Often worth asking us for special deals, if midweek/late booking when available.
Leasowe Castle Wedding Kathryn & Chris
Such a pleasure to capture this couple’s Leasowe Castle Wedding day.
Such a fun loving couple as we found out on their pre wedding shoot
With Chris being a keen photographer himself we knew how important images were
We were delighted they booked us to capture their day
Wedding Day Preps
An early 11.00am ceremony meant an early start for us at the hair Salon Imagine near their home.
Bride 3 bridesmaids, flower girl and various relatives all getting ready made for a busy time there but all relaxed and a great start to the day mingling with the girls.
meanwhile the guys were getting ready at Leasowe Castle
We got some details and getting ready shots at the home later before heading to the church – St Joseph’s just a few minutes away.
Adored Kathryn’s dress from Tiffany’s – a Ronald Joyce design with a boat neckline and lace sleeved and bodice – just divine and so suited her
– Realised later this came off to give a different look for the evening – what a clever idea!
We love shooting at St Joseph’s in Birkenhead we can cover great angles from the front and beautiful overviews from the balcony at the back.
Kathryn looked radiant as her Dad in his Sailor’s uniform escorted his daughter to her waiting groom.
Kathryn opted to have her veil over as she made her entrance – a tradition we love for a church wedding
You could see from Chris’s face when we saw Kathryn at the altar how blown away he was with his bride.
Lets not forget Mac their dog too who was happy to be present for the ceremony and looked so cute in his bow tie.
A short Catholic ceremony – just readings and vows so it was soon out for a few groups and then whisked off to Leasowe Castle for a few portraits.
The Leasowe Castle wedding breakfast was bang on time for sitting down at 1.30pm.
Chris and Kathryn were played in by a surprise bagpiper.
Leasowe Castle Wedding Reception
The Castle Suite looked fabulous, being dressed by Embrace Events. The favours of bottles of Limoncello wass reference to Italy where they got engaged during a boat trip to Positano
Lovely to see that Chris’s aunt who lives in beautiful Amalfi coastal town of Positano made the trip over for the wedding.
Time to eat and then speeches after the meal. Being an early reception we had plenty of time for a few more portraits around the Leasowe Castle
Evening entertainment provided by Boothtube went down well as did the sweet cart, cupcakes and doughnuts!
What a wonderful day you had Kathryn and Chris and so happy we could share your day>
Lovely to work alongside your uni friend of Jo Gendle films too, as we both enjoy an unobtrusive style.
Wishing you much happiness love Sandy & Dave x
Cute to see Mac being included in the details too with this cake topper
Flowers – Flourish Flowers
Photographer: Pixsmiths Creative Photography
Video: Jo Gendle Films
Venue Dresser – Natalie at Embrace Events
Sweets – Zara Whyte
Boothtube for photobooth.
Dress – Ronald Joyce at Tiffanys
Suits – Attire, Mill Lane, Wallasey
Venue – Leasowe Castle
Leasowe Castle weddings are very popular its a main venue for weddings on the Wirral
Its local to us too so if you are planning your day here and like what you see of our style we’d love to hear from you
Please fill out our contact form and we will get back to you.
Leverhulme Hotel Wedding Photography: Sarah & Chris
Sarah and Chris had a fabulous day for their summer Leverhulme Hotel Wedding . Been so looking forward to sharing this post after their honeymoon.
More importantly Sarah and Chris had looked forward to this day they had planned so well.
Sarah & Chris have been together for 10 years and had put much love and thought into this day.
We love all the details and candid shots as well as some fun groups. We had the cutest flower girl and page boy!
A beautiful gift of a memory box, lovingly put together by her bridesmaids – with envelopes to be opened at certain times/years from the wedding
We dodged the rain, getting back from the portraits at the Dell just in time…and then it cleared again after speeches – just perfect for some evening shots
So many fab suppliers on hand too, we knew it would be a fab day.
Bespoke Brides Ltd for Sarah’s gorgeous dress
Emma Lampkin of Emmaculate hair & makeup Lovely also to work with Sapphire Bespoke Events – who had the ceremony and reception at its sparkly best
and adorned with glorious flowers from Lyndaflora The stationery from Elizabeth-Rose Designs Wirral matching the sparkly detail so well
Pixel Booth provided fun for the evening and guests enjoyed the piano playing and later lve band of Rock Revolution
Great to work with Madison Picture too – check out their highlight video
Loved the big heart drop frame – of course someone had to write, “One Chris is all it takes” ..seemed to be song of the day!
Many congratulations guys, such an amazing day for you with your friends and family. We are so privileged to share and capture your day.
Wishing you many more years of happiness. Enjoy your highlights and we look forward to making your keepsake album
This is it, this is the moment! time to get married!
ah a little moisture in his eye as Sarah comes down the aisle!
so love the back detail on Sarah’s gorgeous dress
Relaxed Wirral Marquee Wedding Reception
A cross river ceremony and then back for a Wirral Marquee wedding reception was organised to perfection and gave Laura and Dan just the day they had planned and envisioned.
Pre ceremony Preparations
The girls were all getting ready at a new amazing airbnb in West Kirby. We were all blown away by the spacious rooms and décor. It was such a great space 6 en-suite rooms and a huge kitchen lounge area …confess my eyes turned green!
It was a relaxed easy going morning with some really cute shots with Rebecca, Laura’s flower girl too.
Laura’s sister was bridesmaid and 4 close friends also enjoyed the morning here with makeup and looking after Laura – plenty of space for everyone.
Dan meantime was enjoying last few hours a single man in the Ship and Mitre pub in Liverpool.
This was just a short distance from St Gorge’s Hall in Liverpool where the ceremony was to take place in the Grand Jury room
Laura arrived driven by her father in his range rover. Knew she would look stunning as she had done a few cat walk shows for The Bridal Show wedding fayres. Her dad however was completely bowled over and emotional when he saw Laura is her gorgeous dress from Tina Louise – a Ronald Joyce design with beautiful crystal detail on the bodice and straps.
Always get a tear I my eye too at these moments – such a privilege to share.
With it being cross river Laura had arranged a lift for Sandy with the girls so these moments could be captured whilst Dave was in Liverpool in the pub with the guys – the beauty of having two photographers.
Laura had even arranged parking permit for Dave to park at St George’s Hall – underlining how every aspect for the day had been thought through with consideration for everyone.
Wirral Marquee Wedding Reception
Laura and Dan wanted a home marquee so they could use their own catering company of choice and not have any curfew times on music. Guests could hang out as long as they wished. It was the perfect plan.
Big D cooked a delicious American BBQ – fitting the theme of the tables so named for Laura and Dan’s favourite American road trip. The marquee was provided by Astra MArquees a fab local company and flowers to decorate inside were done beautifully by Oxton Flowers
The day just flowed – the ceremony beautifully including Rebecca to the group shot on the steps of St George’s Hall
The confetti coming through the flower arch at home – a few family formals then plenty of mingling time before speeches and then the BBQ. hey we even had dancing before the speeches!
After the meal we wandered over to sea wall accessed from their property for some gorgeous golden hour and sunsets shots. Shots as planned and a contrast to the architectural shots in Liverpool.
It was also a perfect impromptu time for this family to enjoy the setting sun on their wedding day – complete with family pet dog
Then it was back to cake and dancing, sparklers and cheese, chutney and chunky bread if anyone was still hungry.
The hay bales with lace throw overs, fire pits for toasting marshallows and provided blankets were a lovely touch to allow guests to continue to enjoy the outside space.
Laura’s Tips for a Home Wedding
If you can having a home wedding reception has lots of advantages, but does take some planning.
Laura has kindly added some of her own thoughts and suggestions for a home marquee reception and how to make it personal to you.
Really make the most of your friends and families creative side. Let close friends and family really put their stamp on the day. For us what was great and that we wouldn’t have been able to do at a venue is allow our friends to do a bar as a wedding present for us. They brought a range of different drinks from Scotland for people to try. In addition, we were able to have our friend bring two kegs of craft beer from his newly opened brewery in Wales. When it came to the evening, Dan made all the chutneys for the cheese cake and my uncle made fresh bread for everyone. These individual touches really made the day so special to us
Secondly, if you are doing everything yourself don’t underestimate how long it takes to decorate a marquee!
I’m not sure how venue decorators and florist do it in one morning – we spend two whole days!
Thirdly, if you are having a wedding at home then really give people an insight into your life. We had many pictures decorating the tables of our unforgettable Californian road trip
We even had our dog escaping and joining in the party which wasn’t planned but made the day much more special.
Also one of the most amazing things about having a wedding at home for us is that we get some beautiful pictures at our home
and also places like the seawall where we enjoying walking the dog everyday. It makes those beautiful places that we already love even more special
Finally I think I owe so much to my Mum – she was much better at visualising the day and the decorations – her whole spare room was full of wedding decorations for at least a year before the wedding. Little additions such as the personalised sparklers and individual charms for glasses -were all her idea and went down so well.
I think bringing out the fun side of the guests with lawn games, bouncy castles, toasting marshmallows on fire pits and sparklers made everyone leave at the end of the night with a big smile on their face!
What an awesome day! Just the type of wedding we really enjoy. The bond between this family was a real joy to behold .
Laura and Dan we so enjoyed this wedding journey with you and know we will keep in touch.
Wishing you many more years of happiness. Enjoy your highlights xx
Laura planted flowers in wellies and wheelbarrows to make it more personal because horses are her life outside work!
and wellies are the order of the day here.
Dress Tina Louise – Ronald Joyce Design
Hair (bridal party) : Hairby Kathleen
Make up Georgia G MUA
Flowers: Nicola Saverimutto Oxton Flowers
Music : Jason Allan
Photography : Pixsmiths Creative Photography
Marquee : Astra Marquees
Bar : Katie Graham Diorbhail Wentworth Calum Graham Tom Anderson
Beer: Wilderness Brewery
Cake : Liverpool Cheese Company
Peel Hey Wedding Photographer
Pixsmiths Creative Photography are delighted to be a preferred Peel Hey Wedding Photographer.
Its a delightful local venue to us, one of our favourite small intimate venues.
We often offer special deals and bespoke packaged for this lovely venue as we are so local.
So don’t forget to ask if you want full day coverage or part day with one or two photographers – we are quite flexible!
Ceremonies can take place inside and then reception in the adjoining marquee.
There is car parking available and the surrounding gardens provide nooks and crannies for your groups and portraits
It’s surprising the options that are available for images here.
We have shot here several times and always had a good time with couples here
There are also B and B accommodation on site so perfect for guests to stay over
Several open evenings are now being organised throughout the year so keep an eye out for thsoe
Our next time at a Peel Hey Wedding open evening is on 20th September 2018
Hope to see you there. We will have lots of real samples with us as well as advice on planning for your day
Intimate Sheldrakes Wedding
Many congratulations to Deb and Alex married just a few days ago – an intimate Sheldrakes Wedding.
The venue was was elegantly dressed by Sid & Olive Vintage Weddings & Events
A simple ceremony and a meal for close friends and family were just what our boho bride wanted.
Deb , not the one to be centre of attraction opted to have a small ceremony and a beautiful meal with close friends and family.
It was all very laid back. Deb and Alex were mingling with their guests for drinks an hour before the ceremony.
We had customised a small package for them – one of our essentials up to 3 hour packages
pre ceremony, the ceremony itself of course followed a by a few family groups and portraits whilst the room was being turned round for their meal.
Debbie looked gorgeous in her beautiful lace dress and adorned by a beaded headband and unique flowers from Leaf Flowers Heswall – loved the feathers in them
The ceremony was simple and beautiful. Debbie was walked in by her father. Two nephews handed rings to the bride and groom.
Two witnesses were selected from their guests, much to their surprise!
Soon it was time to exit – such a happy bride, flowers aloft in the air and impromptu confetti
The weather didn’t really play nice but they braved the elements for a few shots before their meal.
One big table for all their guests, elegantly set out. We got a few shots and left them to enjoy their meal
Hope you enjoy your highlights and wish you much joy and happiness xx