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
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!
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.
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
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
What a lovely relaxed family wedding Belle Epoque Knutsford this was! Hanna and Daniel both have busy schedules and we hadn’t actually met before the wedding – quite unusual for us However been lots of communication beforehand so when we arrived for bridal preps Hanna said hi, I feel like I know you already – which was really great.
Hanna was getting ready with her girls whilst Dan was getting ready with his young son – he looked one cool dude in his smart suit – check out the their names on the collar Hanna’s Aunt owns a bridal boutique and came out of semi retirement to make all the bridesmaids dresses fro her. How kind. Hanna herself was rocking her Maggie Sottero beaded wedding gown. Absolutely stunning
Their dog Steve was an important guest at their wedding too, being escorted down the aisle and sitting good as gold during the ceremony. The Belle Epoque is a quaint quirky boutique wedding venue in Knutsford. We had previously been here for a winter workshop, especially as its a dark venue inside.
Lots of emotions ensued during the ceremony and speeches. There was a definite motorbike connection this day. Tables were named after motorcyclists. Plus a special motorbike was also brought along for Hanna and Dan to have some pics with.
They didn’t want too many posed pics but we did get them to stop the traffic as they walked down the high street. We grabbed a few shots just before the wedding breakfast too, and glad we did as just as we came indoors the rain came down.
Soon it was time to cut that oh so cute double camper van cake and carry on with the party! Many congratulations on your wedding day Hanna and Dan and all your lovely family. Glad you had a fantastic day and we wish you much continued happiness. xx
We love fun relaxed weddings where few posed shots are required. So if this is your thing we’d love to hear from you about your plans for your relaxed wedding.
Its not too long til Kathryn and Chris get married. So time last Sunday for a catch up and a pre wed shoot -New Brighton was their chosen location. It was the final of the World cup Final so teh bars were a little busy!
More importantly it was Kathryn’s birthday – what a lovely way to spend an hour or so by getting some gorgeous images with your partner. We used a birthday card with cake motif as an impromptu background for a ring shot. Chris is a trained photographer himself so a real compliment that they booked us for the wedding.
The shoot was late afternoon, still gorgeous light, and we were accompanied by their fur baby Mac. Now Mac is going to play an important role on the day…but we will save that for the wedding blog. Kathryn and Chris was a joy to see how happy you are being with each other, naturally relaxed and fun-loving. A joy to capture some relaxed memories
Speedy editing from this shoot and gallery was uploaded Monday night! A received well and here a re a few of the highlights. The complete pre wed gallery will be supplied with their wedding images usb. Enjoy x