Stephanie & Warren: Springtime Engagement Shoot Burton Manor

Stephanie & Warren: Springtime Engagement Shoot Burton Manor

Springtime Engagement Shoot Burton Manor

Thank you to the friends of Burton Manor who volunteer and look after the gardens at Burton Manor.  The gardens are situated, in an idyllic Cheshire village near the banks of the Dee.  It – eventually!  – became the ideal choice for  Steph and Warren’s Spring engagement shoot at Burton Manor.  Steph had originally requested a Christmas shoot but we couldn’t get our schedules to coincide  so next best was springtime blossom shots and now we are glad we waited for this time in the most perfect location for them.

The gardens are a haven of peace and so many nooks and crannies. we have been here a few times now for couple shoots at Burton Manor
– never fails to delight us and our couples, always something different to spot and new ideas according to the season.
Delighted the Bird of paradise flower was out in the restored glass house in the walled garden – its one of Steph’s favourite flowers  so naturally her stunning engagement ring made a careful appearance on it as well as the orange tulips in the walled garden.

We so enjoyed ourselves on the so sunny warm spring day, the time just flew by as we toured the gardens. We quenched our thirst at the Cottage Loaf beer garden and chatted about the upcoming plans for their wedding in Dubrovnik in just a few weeks time.  We can’t wait to be back there it’s a stunning walled city
The sun was dropping down and still warm so after our drinks we headed down to the beach at Caldy for some gorgeous golden light portraits
A fitting end to the shoot indeed, Steph and Warren were just totally enwrapped with each other.

So many images from this shoot and delighted that several weill be featured on the wedding day.  Just love it when couple’s have their own ideas on how to display their images for a personal keepsake and feature on the day. Here just a few of the many images to enjoy!

“I couldn’t love them more.  There are so many and all amazing. You managed to get so many different types of images”


friends of Burton Manor engagement shoot

Caldy beach engagement shoot

Liverpool City Centre Wedding Photography 30 James St

Liverpool City Centre Wedding Photography 30 James St

 Liverpool City Centre Wedding Photography 30 James St

Rob & Rebecca’s wedding with Pearls, Dinosaurs and Sunny Skies!

It seems we have spent the beginning of 2018 wedding season  with Liverpool city centre weddings! We were delighted to be back in Liverpool city centre at the iconic home of the Titanic 30 James St. A beautiful city centre hotel run by Signature living.  Rebecca the wedding co-coordinator runs a well oiled ship and things ran so smoothly. Rob and Rebecca live in the city and 30 James St was a favourite place for them  – so perfect choice for their day.

Work colleagues is where the friendship and then romance started – can’t get much more romantic than a proposal in New York and letting your bride choose a ring on 5th Avenue – like your style Rob!  Fast forward from all the planning and the day was here, a bright but cool day in March. We survived running around Liverpool covering Bride and Groom preps with closed roads for the Liverpool half marathon.  Rebecca was chilled out being pampered and enjoying trying out the new floss dance with her flower girls and page boy.  Rebecca’s details were elegant pearls in her headpiece, bracelet and earings.

Liverpool City Centre Wedding Ceremony

Getting to 30 James St for the Liverpool city centre wedding ceremony was relatively easier than the preps. With the co-ordinator organising her team and the toastmaster organising the guests all went smoothly for Rebecca’s arrival and entrance for a waiting, slightly nervous Rob.  The venue  was beautifully decorated with white, cream and green flowers and the aisle lined with candles and the iconic white star emblem on the floor.  The white star and ivory heart frame made for an elegant backdrop – supplied by Penelope Petal.  A well thought out  ceremony with the two mothers lighting candles that Rob and Rebecca would use to light their larger central one.  Close friends read poems  – fittingly for Rebecca’s love of dinosaurs one  was the dinosaur poem.
Rebecca’s nephew carefully carried handed over the rings,  the look of concentration of his  face as he  watched  was a picture!
Soon the new Mr and Mrs were having a celebratory kiss and walking down the aisle and getting drinks to toast each other

With over a hundred guests and very harsh sunlight on the steps it was more practical to do the large group indoors followed by a few family formals.
With reception drinks being upstairs in the Carpathian lounge, to allow for room turnaround, it makes sense to let people  go when their groups are finished with.

Livererpool City Centre Wedding Portraits

Rob and Rebecca love the city scene so Liverpool city centre portraits  were our next port of call.
The Three Graces were splendidly lit up in the bright sunshine for some gorgeous backdrops and a bus driver very kindly drove around the block so we could capture a memorable reflection in Mann Island buildings.  How amazing are  the liverpudlians!  Soon it was time to head back to join the guests for some mingling time before the speeches and grab a few shots on the balcony with the dock views.

30 James St Reception

The reception are looked fabulous the tables had favours of cupcakes, the table names were dinosaurs and names or guests pettily set out in a pearl encrusted frame on each table.  With father of bride, groom three best men, toastmaster and bride speeches we were well entertained before the meal was served.  A neat touch were the dinosaur pens ( a gift from two friends) for the guest signing book.
Together with the light up box  with their names and date, teh pens made for a unique wedding ring shot.  We love to incorporate a feature from teh wedding details.

Evening party

A stroll for some fresh air and a few more city centre portraits and then party time! …well except for popping out to capture some light trails that Rob and Rebecca had requested at our initial meeting.
Great to see the dance floor busy and guests trying out the new Floss dance!
Thank you so much Rob and Rebecca for the honour of capturing your day, for being so obliging with all the portraits. So happy you had the day you wanted and more. It was a wonderful day and we wish you much continued happiness and blessings for teh future.  Love   Sandy & Dave

bride arriving for 30 James St Liverpool city centre wedding

groom waiting for his bride at 30 James St, Liverpool city centre wedding

Liverpool city centre wedding portrait in front of the Liver Building

newly weds strolling after Liverpool city centre wedding


weddign portrait, reflection Mann Island Liverpool city centre wedding

30 James St home of the Titanic

venue set up 30 James St Liverpool city centre wedding

new dance craze teh Floss!

dinosaur detail with light box 30 James St Liverpool city centre wedding

Venue: 30 James St
Photography: Pixsmiths Creative Photography
Bridal Dress: Natalie Ann Brides
Florist: Passion for flowers
Table plan and Ivory Selfie frame: Penelope_Petal


Creative Wedding Photography Workshop Ashfield House

Creative Wedding Photography Workshop Ashfield House

Creative Wedding Photography Workshop Ashfield House

Just before our destination trip to Tenerife, Pixsmiths undertook a fabulous creative wedding photography training workshop lead by amazing Neil Redfern Photography.
The workshop took place at the award winning wedding venue Ashfield House in Lancashire.  We had a warm welcome there and excellent lunch too.
Always striving for the best for our couples so we never stop learning new techniques and creative angles so when this workshop came up we quickly got on board.

Creative Techniques

The workshop was limited to ten places so everyone had ample to time to learn from Neil individually as well as time to shoot the fantastic models – Ky and Louisa and Beth
The morning session was geared towards natural light and creativeness.  Getting it right in camera is key rather than a lot of photo-shopping effects in.
so the reflections seen in the shots are done in camera, neat eh!
After a delicious hot lunch it was time to move outside for some natural portraits and flash techniques.
There seemed to be some lurking behind bushes and leaves but it made for fab pics akin to our layered style we already enjoy,
Such an enjoyable educational day, Neil is a marvellous teacher and we highly recommend his workshops.
Very much a case of everyone having the opportunity to shoot and direct the models not just a “watch me this is how its done” approach.

Upcoming 2018 Weddings

Great to meet with like-minded photographers and everyone learned so much and came away buzzing with the creative techniques and raring to put them into action on a wedding day.
Neil explained the techniques so easily and showed how it could be set up really quickly so couples are not hanging around on their wedding day – time to mingle with guests is so important
Our couples this year are going to love the extra edge to their portraits  with us – still not over posed either – we do love the natural images with a timeless quality.
They make beautiful portraits for  wedding albums too.
We cannot wait to share more of these type of images with you from our upcoming 2018 weddings

creative wedding workshop Ashfield House

Models – Louisa LathamBethany Cammack, and Ky Ambrose

MUA – Sonara Parker

Venue – Ashfield House, Lancashire

Joyful Civil Ceremony Birkenhead Town Hall : Anne & Ken

Joyful Civil Ceremony Birkenhead Town Hall : Anne & Ken

Civil Ceremony Birkenhead Town Hall

Just last Saturday Pixsmiths were invited to a Civil ceremony Birkenhead Town Hall and reception afterwards of Anne and Ken
The day was dry but grey but Anne and Ken and their family and friends made this a colourful and joyful event.
No snow as such …even if there was  Anne and Ken would soon melt it – sizzling!
Originally planned just before Christmas Anne and Ken were so disappointed to have to cancel that date but this time it was systems go!

What a wonderful day it was too, such an excited bride, Anne was literally hopping up and down with happiness in the ceremony
Anne’s daughters made gorgeous bridesmaids and so colourful in their apricot coloured dresses.
Katey had been busy organising not only flowers and cake but also  doing makeup and nails. All the girls looked amazing, gorgeous
Anne’s grandson so smart as he proudly walked her down the aisle. Anne looked so elegant in her ivory dress from wed2be with matching  jacket
Such an endearing wedding, so romantic to see this couple so happy, dare I say like love-struck teenagers.
Romance is timeless and beautiful to witness this couple’s special day

Informal reception followed at St Joseph’s in Wallassy were guests were entertained by Joanne Dennis with her powerful & beautiful voice and Markie James also singing beautifully and helping with favours
Mike Jones & his close up, mind blowing magic; Joro with delicious vegan catering & Angie from St Joseph’s venue in Wallasey who made sure everything was just right for Anne and ken on their arrival.

This was such a joyful wedding of two beautiful people who deserve every happiness.
Don’t think they stopped smiling all day long!
It was our absolute privilege to share a few hours with them and capture some treasured memories

civil ceremony Birkenhead town hall


Liverpool Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Liverpool Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Intimate Liverpool Town Hall Wedding: Jennie & Simon

Just last week  Pixsmiths had the pleasure of kicking off our 2018 wedding season with a delightful intimate Liverpool Town Hall wedding for Jennie and Simon
A cold brisk but dry day for the gathering of family at Liverpool’s Town Hall.  A splendid grade I listed building, one of the finest  Town Halls from the 18th century.
Situated in the heart of Liverpool’s cultural centre Its civic rooms are a complete example of late Georgian decoration with its portraits and chandeliers.
Well worth a tour – check out website for details.

Jennie and Simon booked us just a few weeks before their wedding – one of our special midweek packages we are available for.
So happy, even though a short  wedding package they appreciated having professional  quality images to mark their special day.
Dave happily captured the couples arrival.  Jennie with her mum who was  understandably emotional at her daughters’s wedding.
Jennie looking so elegant in her lace knee length dress with beautiful back button detail.
The bridal bouquet was a beautiful mix of purple flowers, white roses and thistles with green leaves interspersed.

City Chic Intimate Liverpool Town Hal Wedding

Jennie was pleasantly surprised to see the screen announcement in the foyer for their wedding
Soon it was time for the ceremony, such an elegant room befitting our couple.  Vows were made in front of their immediate family to much joy.
No bridesmaids of groomsmen just a simple beautiful couple and their family.
Ceremony captured and it was time for a few family groups and then couple emerged joyously for some couple shots before heading to 30 James St for their private meal.
The Chinese lanterns from the recent Chinese New Year celebrations added wonderful splash of red to the square along with the telephone boxes.

30 James St Reception

Only a short walk to 30 James St, but cold enough when you have a lace dress on, so not surprisingly Jennie was wrapped up in her coat.
Their room balcony made for some extra shots over the Liverpool skyline as Jennie and Simon  enjoyed the late February sunshine before they were left to enjoy their meal.
A table set up for their party was ideal for this city chic intimate wedding reception.

Many congratulations Jennie and Simon we wish you much happiness enjoy your blog highlights
love Sandy & Dave x

Liverpool Town Hall wedding Photographer

30 James St Liverpool wedding balcony shot

We look forward to being back at 30 James St in just a few weeks time for another wedding.


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