Dream Dubrovnik Wedding: Steph & Warren
Wow where to start for this dream of a Dubrovnik wedding at the Hotel Excelsior for Steph and Warren. Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik is a 5 star luxury hotel – part of the Adriatic luxury chain
Ideal setting for a gorgeous wedding. So may options for outdoor and indoor locations and fine dining.
We first met at a wedding fayre several years ago, fellow exhibitors at the time. Steph loved our style and easy going rapport and said then when the time came she knew she had found her destination wedding photographers.So fast forward to their engagement announcement and we gave a whoop of delight and thought ooh will they….
Sure enough Steph contacted us and said ..think we have found the location …will you travel …to Bali…will we???
Well plans change and here we were in Dubrovnik for their wedding date…leaving Bali for a honeymoon later.
Like us they love to travel, walks, good food and cats. Match made for us!
Bridal & Groom Preps
Dubrovnik is a beautiful walled city with so many locations for portraits to choose from we were spoilt for choice.
We have visited Dubrovnik twice before – pre and post war – but always something new to discover.
Steph and Warren were staying out at the Valamar President on the Babin Kuk area where many of the hotels are located.
we started at their hotel for the bride and groom preps where everyone was in good spirits.
Steph knows how much Sandy loves details and had decorated a table with her details
Although a little pensive about the weather which had turned slightly…a little rain fell in the morning and then cleared by the time guests were leaving for the Hotel Excelsior near to the walled old town.
A bus was thoughtfully laid on for the guests whilst bride and groom left in a Mercedes.
Wedding Ceremony Hotel Excelsior Palm Terrace
The ceremony area was elegantly set out on the hotel’s Palm Terrace with cute little jars of flowers hanging in the trees overlooking the walled town and close to Banje Beach, just idyllic and the outdoor ceremony wished for. Guest had arrival drinks in the piano bar but soon time to take their seats – think they were glad of the fans as even at 5pm it was warm and humid.
So Steph and Warren said their vows in this gorgeous setting and then time for more drinks confetti and family shots.
Wedding Portraits Dubrovnik Old Town
We had the luxury of a whole hour to walk the 10 mins down to Dubrovnik old town for some portraits
We’d scouted a beautiful art gallery courtyard where they could have a few mins to themselves.
The setting did perfect justice to Steph’s bridal gown fro The Bridal Room Hoylake
Dubrovnik is always a busy popular town so with street scenes we just embrace the ambience and so many congratulated them and wanted to take pics too!.
We found some quiet spots too in the alleyways that were on the must shoot list
We were heading back just as a few drops of rain started to fall and the storm was rolling in. Made it just in time!
ooh these stairs were partly used in the sequence of the game of thrones walk of shame! ..we told them later!
Wedding Reception Hotel Excelsior
The Hotel Excelsior is a great venue though for indoor and outdoor options, plenty of space.
The planned for reception on the Palm terrace was switched to a large covered terrace – actually loved how the outdoor scenery and town were reflected in the windows behind the top table. A scrumptious dinner first and then speeches.
Steph’s dad royally entertained everyone with a rendition of Its Amore – such a good singer, at first thought it was a backing track but no it was live singing.
Lots of props for guests to enjoy, jenja bricks to help build their memories and a heart keepsake frame too.
An I spy game for guests to capture some images of their own too.
Walls were decorated with Polaroid images from their springtime engagement session with us back in the uk
– its lovely to see images used in such a special way, a lovely keepsake.
Their was the first dance and lots of great dancing going. We managed to sneak Steph and Warren down to the Palm terrace to have a private dance amongst the twinkling lights on the trees.
Guests then replenished their energy with the dessert buffet..so scrumptious ..for more merriment.
Even the cracking thunderstorm we had later was all part of the memories. Guests were out capturing videos of it on phones and trying to get pictures of the forked lightning.
Evening party went on til early hours of the morning. We left them to enjoy the last couple of hours and strolled back to our next door hotel the Grand Villa Argentina.
Steph and Warren it was a marvellous wedding date in Dubrovnik for your memories. I know we will never forget it/
It was a real honour and privilege to be with you and your wonderful welcoming friends and family.
as your props said it truly was “Best Day Ever”
So many pics to choose for your highlights, enjoy. Much love Sandy & Dave xx
Relaxed Elegant Mere Brook House Wedding: Julie & Peter
So In between our June destination weddings we had the joy of capturing this elegant yet relaxed Mere Brook House wedding for Julie ad Peter.
How gorgeous has the weather been this month! Perfect for a summer wedding at Mere Brook House.
Mere Brook House is a gorgeous welcoming Edwardian Country House,. Its a 5 star Gold Bed and Breakfast venue on the Wirral that also hosts many events and conferences.
It has an idyllic setting for an intimate wedding with its beautiful 4 acres of gardens and brook – hence its name!
Renowned for its home cooked too with ingredients locally sourced and many from their own vegetable garden.
It was the perfect venue choice for Peter and Julie to marry and celebrate their day with family and friends.
The venue was full of family and friends and the decor was elegant, beautiful flowers in little cut glass flowers adorned the tables in the dining room and conservatory areas.
Flowers were by Nicola florist Flowers Oxton, just gorgeous Nicola
Julie was getting ready at home with her bridesmaid and son (there are options to stay over and get ready here if wished though)
Meantime guests gathered and enjoyed the sunshine with their drinks outside at Mere Brook House.
The bridesmaids certainly enjoyed being outside and had a few twirls in their beautiful dresses and a swing
In all the business Julie inadvertently left for bridal bouquet at home so improvised by borrowing her mum’s gift bouquet to walk down the aisle – hence Peter’s expression!
The kind staff of Mere Brook kindly went to her home and fetched the bouquet to the venue – super customer service from Lorna!
A beautiful ceremony, a cute ring bearer and bridesmaids and then back out to the sunshine whilst tables were set up.
Before the group formals Julie had a wonderful surprise from Peter with her new horse (important part of family after all) being brought up to the venue
Made for some lovely shots with Julie an she was so pleased to see him. Julie was carrying a decorated horseshoe as a memento of her previous horse
– a thoughtful touch from her sister who had carried it at her wedding also.
Time then for a few minutes to let Peter and Julie have a few mins together and capture a few relaxed shots as they strolled in the gardens
So the feast to come before the speeches! We had recently been to an event – the pudding extravaganza (suited Sandy perfectly!) so knew guests were in for a treat
In true Mere Brook House style guests go through the large country kitchen to be served their delicious food from an amazing team of chefs
Photographers always welcomed to sample the food too from Mere Brook House, thank you for looking after us!
Entertaining speeches from several guests and then time for dessert. We left our couple to enjoy the evening celebrations, sure it was a wonderful relaxed time.
So happy the day was sunny for you Peter and Julie, Mere Brook House just suited you perfectly. It was a real pleasure to capture your happiness. Enjoy your highlights
Wishing you many years of health and happiness. love Sandy & Dave xx
Mere Brook House is a favourite venue that we love coming to
If you are thinking of having a wedding here, stop thinking and book it! ..and then contact us for your photography! We’d love to chat through your options
Pixsmiths Mere Brook House Wedding Photographers
Sunshine & Surprises: Torre Perrotti Wedding
Destination Wedding Italy, Torre Perrotti Wedding
Janine and Bryan where do we start for your fabulous romantic fun filled, sunshine Torre Perrotti wedding in beautiful sunny Santa Maria di Castellabate
A princess – yes you are – marrying in your fairytale castle surrounded by your loved ones. Such a wonderful day and night you had, simply epic!
We loved it!…as did all your family and friends
We were so thrilled to be back here in gorgeous twinkle town that is Santa Maria on the Cilento coast of Italy. Our previous Santa Maria wedding was on the beach which was better suited to the early season then as not so busy with sunbathers.
This time we were atop Palazzo Perrotti Tower roof space, a romantic location overlooking the clear blue waters of the sea.
Janine and Bryan’s day was impeccably planned by the amazing Julie of My Secret Italy. She excels at being a wonderful host, making sure guests are looked after and providing couples with extra little surprises throughout the day to create a magical day.
Janine and her girls got ready in Residenz 1893, beautiful apartments overlooking the promenade leading to the beach.
Julie pooped along with balloons from Bryan, tied with messages to be opened throughout the morning and then balloons released to signify she was on her way!
I took a few goes and the wind kept blowing them back in, much to everyone’s amusement! There were a few moist eyes as Janine came down the stairs to her waiting Dad.
Then the bridal party were serenaded along the quaint Italian alleyways to the Perrotti Tower, Janine being led by her proud dad to her waiting groom.
Torre Perrotti Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony was intimate and funny with personal humorous vows, reading from both mums and lots of kisses!
Soon it was time to go back down the tower stairs for a courtyard reception of music and canapes and cake. Another surprise was a Spanish castanet musician.
Later when Janine and Bryan had signed the registers at the improvised Town Hall and returned there was confetti by the masses as they exited the courtyard gardens of the Torre Perrotti
Then ice-cream from Baffo were really appreciated in the warm weather. Time for portraits and then back to the Lido Azzurro for the evening reception were the guests were enjoying the beach.
…but not before our couple took time to enjoy a stunning Santa Maria sunset. They are a bit special here
Lido Azzurro Reception
Speeches done – oh little Ollie did an amazing speech, so natural!, touched everyone in the room.
Next up food – a delicious bbq and lots of salads – and party time! The evening was filled with music dancing and fireworks.
Lots of dancing and singing., a fabulous dance where a member of the family kept being added to the line and a famous rendition of Rick Astley’s, “Never Gonna Give you Up”
The Maieutiké liveband were fabulous as usual, always a pleasure to hear them play and sing.
The fireworks were the icing on the cake of such a memorable day.
Thank you Janine and Bryan for bringing us back to Santa Maria for your wedding, it was flipping awesome!
Wishing you much love and happiness Sandy & Dave xx
Santa Maria di Castellabate Mini- Pre Wed Shoot
Janine and Bryan – nearly Married!
So the following day was to be the big day for Janine and Bryan – their much awaited for wedding day atop the Perrotti Tower in Santa Maria di Castellabate
We had already met up in the UK for a scenic shoot at Hardcastle Crags during the bluebell season
We could resist however capturing a few more shots of them enjoying the late afternoon sunshine in the beautiful setting of Santa Maria di Castellabate
This authentic Italian fishing village with the old town looking down from the hill above has won a place in our hearts – this was a fourth visit to this little piece of paradise.
We had flown in that morning and enjoying a stroll around town – it was lovely to see a local wedding taking place at the church just below the main the main square too
The steps leading down were beautifully decorated with flowers and a white runner. We watched the confetti cannons go off, obliterating the couple and listened to the fireworks going off
(couldn’t really see them in daylight!) Really got us in wedding mode though .
Some snazzy dresses being worn in town too, such style the Italians have!
Amway back to our own loved up couple. Just a few quick shots as a delicious pizza was calling! The sun was setting as we went to the restaurant
Look out soon for the blog of the wedding day itself.
You won’t want to miss that one!
Sheldrakes Wedding Photographer: Jen & Simon
Sunny Shades, Sunsets and Ice Cream at a Family Wedding
Romance blossomed on the local train platform for commuters Jen and Simon
They have been together some 14 years now and have a beautiful family
So now time to celebrate their love and commitment …not only with an eternity ring but a wonderful wedding!
The whole day had such a relaxed happy feel to the day,Sandy was in sparkly ring heaven with the gorgeous details.
knowing Jen’s engagement ring was designed with a grandmother’s diamond was even more special.
Bridal preps just flowed with chat and natural pics of Jennie with her daughter Ruby being pampered by good friend and make up artist Zoey
Ruby’s room just suited her to a T and made for some cute special detail shots for her too
Zoey is the partner for Simon’s best man – the taller one. The shorter one being our couple’s son who later showed some great moves on the dance floor
Meanwhile the guys were getting ready at a nearby family home – it was great to be able to get both bride and groom preps captured.
The church – St Peter’s Lower Heswall was packed for the ceremony. Their were moist eyes as first the genteel minister lead Ruby in followed by Jen and her proud Dad
Jen walking towards her groom, looks down to see her son standing by his side, her daughter looking on, on the other side and the groom’s sister wiping a tear from her eye
it was a treasured moment. Charlie and Ruby almost stole the show with their reading, the obvious family closeness was a real joy to see during the ceremony
Afterwards whilst the bus did its first trip to nearby Sheldrakes we captured some family groups and a big group on the terrace at Sheldrakes as guests enjoyed the sunshine and canapes. The flowers supplied by Lyndaflora were stunning – the tables around the lower restaurant area were elegantly bedecked with tall vases with white and green flowers, simply stunning.
Soon time for the meal and speeches – interrupted by the sound of the approaching Showtime Ice-cream van.
Cue – kids streaming out and running down to get their ices – popular with adults too later on a hot day.
Oh I think some were keeping an eye on an important Eurpean final football game too, but will gloss over that :-/
The day soon followed into the evening, with cake cutting and dancing, look out for those special moves from Charlie doing the Floss dance.
Everyone had a fantastic day, loved all the moments captured and seeing the joy on people’s faces.
I said at the beginning of the day we were due a good sunset and Sheldrakes didn’t disappoint.
The colors and the boatyard provided some most memorable images
Jennie and Simon we wish you many many more years of happiness.Thank you for the privilege of capturing your day.
Please enjoy just a few highlights from the many love Sandy & Dave xx
The two best men!
Just lovely how the inside of Sheldrakes flowed out to the outside terrace on such a sunny day, really made the most to the space
Are you looking for a Sheldrakes Wedding Photographer or two? We love capturing weddings at Sheldrakes and it’s one of our most local venues too
if you would like information for your wedding day here please ask for our wedding brochure
This is what Jen and Simon had to say when they received their images
“Wow wow wow!!!!!!! We LOVE them!!!! Goodness me there are soooo many!!! Our whole night been spent reliving our perfect day. Cannot thank you both enough- genuinely, honestly. You’re amazing.”
COLOURFUL NESS GARDEN WEDDING: CLAIRE & NATHAN
Childhood sweethearts Claire and Nathan had a wonderful May day Ness Garden wedding that went just as they wished for.
There was another well known Royal wedding happening this day too but our focus was firmly fixed on our couple and giving them the best experience and capturing memories for the day of their lives.
A ceremony first at Barnston Christchurch which was heartwarming and a surprise afterwards with their beloved dog appearing for some family pics!
The Botanical Gardens at Ness are a wonderful haven to explore any time of year, always something different to experience.
May though was a perfect time with he blossom the colours of the bluebells and Acers. The handkerchief tree was a lovely surprise too.
The day just flowed perfectly from teh church with a few pics to the arrival at the rock gardens, a relaxed private space for canapes and speeches
Guests could then explore the beautiful gardens before enjoying the wedding breakfast feast.After the meal is was the perfect time for some shots on teh newly opened terrace off the conservatory reception room
The softer light made for some gorgeous images with teh vibrant colours of teh blossoms and flowers.
The evening festivities kicked off with a Ceilidh dance, something that everyone enjoyed and could participate in , so much fun
Table tennis and table top soccer also kept guests entertained.
Claire and Nathan we so enjoyed your Ness Garden Wedding – our first here but hope it won’t be the last.
Enjoy your highlights and we look forward to creating your beautiful album.
It was hot so this was Claire’s way of cooling off!
check out the cake topper’s dog collar!
Love that they cut the cake with a garden trowel!
A whole host of wonderful suppliers to enjoy working with
Florists = Leaf, Heswall
Caterers @ Venue = Baxterstorey
DJ = Wirral Wedding Discos
Ceilidh = Ragtag Ceilidh
Dress = Bellissima Brides
Bride’s Make-Up = Hollie Sadler
Bride’s Hair = Toni & Guy
Cake = Natalie’s Cakes and Bakes
Wedding Cars = Chester Wedding Cars
Venue Dressing = Sid & Olive
Seat Covers = Funky Sunflower