Historic Birkenhead Priory Pre Wedding Shoot

Historic Birkenhead Priory Pre Wedding Shoot

Historic Birkenhead Priory Shoot: Laura & Darren

Historic Birkenhead Priory what a great choice for this autumnal  pre wedding shoot with Laura & Darren. We love  trying out new locations for our couples on their pre wedding sessions.
Birkenhead Priory was founded aground 1150. The monks of this former Benedictine monastery tended to travellers for about 400 years and began the first organised crossing of the River Mersey.
The road leading down to the waterfront is called Monks Ferry.  The Priory now hold a small museum and a chapel were marriages can take place on the Wirral
The Refectory above the Chapter House can also be used for your reception.  St Mary’s tower can also be climbed for some fabulous views over the river and adjacent shipyard
The Priory is the oldest building standing on the Wirral so its definitely worth a visit.

Back to our shoot  and we were blessed with no rain as we wandered around the ruins of the historic priory.  It is well maintained and supervised by volunteer staff they will happily provide info.
The kind staff of Birkenhead Priory and St Mary’s Tower kindly  permitted us to shoot here.
Lots of photo opportunities in a small area, perfect for this shoot.  The neighbouring shipbuilders of Camell Lairds makes for some interesting angles of old and new structures.

Beautiful engagement ring of Luara’s with unusual claw setting, Daren did well!

engagement ring, unusual claw setting

Darren and Laura were soon relaxed into the shoot, we don’t over pose and let couples be themselves.  So there were lots of natural giggles, hugs and kisses.
Love it when couples enjoy their session with us.  Lots of gorgeous images  for them which they will receive with their wedding USB

arched windows of Historic Birkenhead Priory

Historic Birkenhead Priory ruins

Ha this was a funny shot, a hair raising kiss!

St Mary's Tower view

Never believe a photographer when they say “think that’s a wrap”!
We spotted a few more shots by an old brick wall. Plus some glorious golden autumnal colour on the trees still.
Then we headed down to the river to see where the monks would have taken the ferry across the Mersey.
Of course ideal opportunity to kick up some autumn leaves and more giggles!

kicking the leaves

fun with autumn leaves

We hope you enjoyed this shoot from Historic Birkenhead Priory.  Why not pay it a visit – check out the  planned activities at the Priory

If you are planning a wedding here or at their associate Williamson Art Gallery please do contact us for a special quote

Hardcastle Crags Photo Shoot: Janine & Bryan

Hardcastle Crags Photo Shoot: Janine & Bryan

Hardcastle Crags Photo Shoot  Bluebell Season: Janine & Bryan

Nature Hike Hardcastle Crags

A sunny may day and we really enjoyed this afternoon stroll with Janine and Bryan for their Hardcastle Crags photo shoot prior to their destination wedding.
Hardcastle Crags is not far from Hebden Bridge, a quirky boho mill town in West Yorkshire. Its claim to fame more recently as a childhood home of musician Ed Sheeran.
Check out more info on this  town with these 10 fascinating facts about  Hebden Bridge
Hardcastle Crags is a National trust property but free to enter – just a car parking charge for the day
Our visit was perfectly timed for Bluebell season and the woodlands were awash with their colourful blooms.

Gibson Mill Woodland Wedding Venue

There are several paths at Hardcastle Crags to enjoy – it used to be home to a railway and a mill. We opted for the Mill path to Gibson’s Mill  along the river bank.
Trail maps and info can be picked up at the info point.  The trails are all coloured coded and have matching way markers along the routes.
The Mill itself a handy spot for a lunch break and a break between other trails.Did you know you can also get married at Gibson Mill ?
A perfect location for couples looking for something a bit different and with wonderful photo opportunities a round.
An ideal woodland wedding venue setting for outdoor types

Upcoming Wedding in Italy

The stroll in the woodlands with little streams, weirs, waterfalls and mill ponds was idyllic for Janine and Bryan’s prewed shoot here
We had such fun and will provide an amazing contrast to their wedding in Italy. A contrast of shoots is something we always suggest
Its not long  now either for their long awaited day In Santa Maria di Castellabate in Itay.
We are looking forward to their ceremony atop the Torre Perotti with its stunning views over the Cliento Coast and to working with mysecretitaly
A magical place to marry on the rooftop of an Italian palazzo

For now enjoy a few highlights amongst the moor and woodlands of West Yorkshire!

view of Hebden Bridge

Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags

Hardcastle Crags photo shoot , engagement shoot

down by the mill path at Hardcastle Crags

stepping stones Hardcastle Crags

old bridge by Gibson Mill National trust Hardcastle Crags

reflection of Gibson Mill in the mill pond

Liverpool City Centre Shoot: Stephanie & Laurence

Liverpool City Centre Shoot: Stephanie & Laurence

We had been looking forward to shooting a city centre pre wedding shoot for a while  – makes a change from parks and beaches where we normally shoot.
We had scoped out Liverpool city centre for an engagement shoot. So when Stephanie and Laurence  said they wanted a city centre shoot we jumped at the opportunity!  They are having a December wedding at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool  – and normally we would suggest something different from the wedding day for the shoot as a contrast …but this time we resisted saying this wanted to do this shoot in Liverpool!  Stephanie and Laurence spend a lot of time in Liverpool so they felt comfortable here in familiar surroundings – something we always suggest to our couples if choosing a location for their pre wedding shoot

Now Stephanie had said Laurence was a bit shy, but honestly you wouldn’t know it.  We just tell our couples not to worry about us and staring down the camera, just be yourselves.  That’s exactly what Stephanie and Laurence did.  We also got to enjoy cake and tea whilst we chatted through the timeline for the upcoming wedding day. We always enjoy our pre wedding shoots and judging from these images you can see how Stephanie and Laurence enjoyed their time too with us.
They were naturals and were so at ease with each other and us it truly was a joy.  Such chemistry, they could melt ice-bergs!
Thank you for picking Liverpool for your session.  So many places we could have chosen but we enjoyed some of the less obvious ones.
Enjoy these few highlights below.
All images are available on-line and will be provided with wedding images on their USB

Liverpool one city centre shoot carousel




Liverpool city centre engagement shoot


This is what Stephanie said about their experience of the shoot
“After putting it off for months and months we finally had our engagement/pre wedding photographs taken. This is a service offered by our photographers Pixsmiths Creative Photography that we would never EVER have thought to have done. We don’t really like having our photograph taken nor do we like being centre of attention. We thought we’d be really awkward and were dreading it to be honest. Brides to be, if I can give you one piece of advice that I’ve picked up from planning my own wedding it is this – if you are nervous and a bit shy about having your wedding photographs have one of these shoots. Dave and Sandy were amazing and we know this will save us so much time and worry on the day as we feel so relaxed with our photographers. ”

 

If you are interested in a couple shoot – whether engaged or not or for an anniversary shoot, please do get in touch.
More examples of our pre wedding shoots can be seen here …or simple select the pre wed category from our blog page

Ashton Park West Kirby Engagement Shoot: Chellsi & David

Ashton Park West Kirby Engagement Shoot: Chellsi & David

Ashton Park Couple Shoot with Chellsi & David

I confess I gave a big whoop of delight when I saw Chellsi post on facebook her engagement to David
..and an even bigger one when they contacted Wirral Wedding Photographers Pixsmiths to cover their wedding this coming October.

We had previously met Chellsi & David at  other weddings – Anna & Simon, where she was bridesmaid and Jemma & Frankie’s wedding.
She has an infectious laugh and a warm heart.  This was supposed to be a beach sunset shoot but hey with our British weather we live to be flexible and have a plan B!
So we ended up in Aston Park and it turned out really well!  I think Chellsi and David enjoyed their stroll around Ashton Park with us …as did  their dog Toby.
he definitely didn’t want to be left out!
Such a great couple and really looking forward to their autumn wedding at one of our favourite venues Inglewood Manor.


walking in Ashton Park on an engagement shoot

Royden Park Photography: Danielle & Dennis

Royden Park Photography: Danielle & Dennis

Royden Park Couple Shoot: Danielle and Dennis

Back at Royden Park for another engagement shoot – this time with Danielle and Dennis
We never tire of visiting here, always something new to discover, new options for pics>
What a sunny-natured couple – their joy was so evident.
plus Danielle picked the perfect outfit for the shoot she loves the colour yellow – brings so much sunshine and fun

Danielle and Dennis had never been to the walled garden at Royden Park or the little nearby mere
Royden Park is run by the local council and has a handy cafe in the coach house courtyard  run by volunteers too.  More information on the Park  here
They were enthralled with the location and the floral beauty. Even more so when they saw the Laburnum arch – almost in full bloom – well a match made in heaven!

We met one of the rangers just beforehand who gave us updates on the garden – nearly time for poppies to bloom. Also the kestrel is still residing in the old tower and is currently sitting on 5 eggs.
If you go in to the coach house – just by the Barking mad cafe there are monitors in there so they can check for the new hatchlings.  Must go again soon!

For now enjoy a few of the images from the session.  Dennis will be marrying his beautiful Brazilian bride in October this year and we can;t wait for another day capturing their happy smiles

walled garden Royden Park

Laburnum Arch walled garden Royden Park

Royden Park

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