First Williamson Art Gallery Wedding:  Pam & Paul

First Williamson Art Gallery Wedding: Pam & Paul

Williamson Art Gallery Wedding – The First!

A  Williamson Art Gallery wedding what a first for this little gem of an art museum and cafe in Birkenhead
Pam and Paul were blessed with being the  first couple to have a Williamson Art Gallery wedding in Gallery 4
A real privilege for Pixsmiths to capture their day, Such a unique new venue on the Wirral Wedding scene.
A wedding setting with the backdrop of the Battle of Waterloo is certainly different!

A December wedding but fortunately for Pam and Paul, mild for the time of year so pics could be taken outside.
No bridal preps required so we met with the groom and guests arriving for a few family groups first.
Soon it was time for Pam and her bridesmaids to appear, arriving in Classic Bridal Cars gorgeous Bentley’s.
Mark is like another bridesmaid for you with all his extra touches showing you how to hold your dress as you get out of the car.
Guests enjoyed waiting in the warm cafe area having a cuppa before the ceremony, having arrived by coach in good time.

Pam and Paul had an eventful ceremony, lovely poems by 3 of their guests and their daughter encouraging them to talk louder for their vows!
Afterwards more tea and biscuits whilst the group photos and a quick few portraits taken in the galleries.
Mark again was great at helping with the groups and engaging with the crowd – oh and the baby Bentley ever popular for a few pics!

Onto the Manor Restaurant in Greasby for the  well more of a party than a reception – just what this couple wanted.
The function suite is in the original millhouse – ideal for a  small wedding celebration.
The favours also had the Art Gallery connection – jars of  Honey from their gift shop
So just one simple speech from the groom and no first dance just a great time with friends and family.
Oh and guests trying to outdo each other with Christmas jumpers …but no one  expected the groom’s evening attire!
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Pam also had an ingenious dress change up, the lace overlay and train removed from her dress which was then teamed with a little lack bolero jacket.
So clever it looked like a different dress but wasn’t, an elegant dress choice.

Pam and Paul so glad you had a wonderful day and it was worth the wait! May you enjoy much continued happiness love Sandy and Dave x

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Wirral Wedding Venues

Wirral Wedding Venues

Wirral Wedding Venues – Places to Celebrate

Want a handy list of Wirral wedding venues and contact details – always useful to have this information for your wedding planning – then have a read of this
if you are looking for a Wirral wedding photographer or two! then we’d love to hear from you.
We have covered many of these Wirral wedding venues and would be happy to show you complete weddings or blog posts from your chosen Wirral wedding venue.

 

Leverhulme wedding venue

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Birkenhead Town HallMortimer Street
Birkenhead
CH41 5EU
0151 606 2020
Wallasey Town HallBrighton Street
Wallasey
Wirral
Ch44 8ED
0151 666 3679
Peel Hey Guest HouseFrankby Road
Frankby
Wirral
CH48 1PP
0151 677 9077
Floral PavilionMarine Promenade
New Brighton
Wirral
CH45 2JS
 0151 666 0000
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Grove Road
Wallasey
Merseyside
CH45 3HF
 0151 639 3947
Heswall HallTelegraph Road
Heswall
Wirral
CH60 0AF
 0151 342 2614
HillbarkRoyden Park
Frankby
Wirral
CH48 1NP
 0151 625 2400
Hollins Hey Hotel191 Victoria Road
New Brighton
Wirral
CH45 0JY
 0151 691 1171
Hulme Hall23 Bolton Road
Port Sunlight
Wirral
CH62 5DH
 0151 644 8797
The Learning CentreLyceum Building
Bridge Street
Port Sunlight
Wirral
CH62 4UJ
0151 644 4800
Leasowe Castle HotelLeasowe Road
Moreton
Wirral
CH46 3RF
0151 606 9191
The Masonic Hall, WallaseyLiscard Road
Wallasey
Wirral
CH45 7LU
0151 638 5552
The OC Bar at Knockoloe HallBridle Road, Bromborough,
Wirral,
CH62 6AR
0151 328 5690
The Riverhill HotelTabolt Road
Oxton
Birkenhead
CH43 2HJ
 0151 653 3773
The Leverhulme Hotel and SpaPort Sunlight Village
Wirral
Merseyside
CH62 5EZ
0151 644 6655
Sheldrakes RestaurantBanks Road
Lower Heswall
Wirral
CH60 9JS
0151 342 1556
The Saddle ClubRoman Road
Prenton
Wirral
CH43 3DB
 0151 608 0888
Thornton Hall HotelNeston Road
Thornton Hough
Wirral
CH63 1JF
 0151 336 3938
Thornton ManorThornton Hough
Wirral
Cheshire
CH63 1JB
 0151 353 1155
Village HotelPool Lane
Bromborough
Wirral
CH46 4UE
 0151 643 1616
The Lauries CentreClaughton Road
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 6EY
0151 650 5555
Heswall United Reformed ChurchTelegraph Road
Heswall
Wirral
CH60 7SE
0151 342 8522
Holiday Inn ExpressThe Kings Gap
Hoylake
Wirral
CH47 1HE
0151 632 2073

Wirral Council have now also published a very handy guide to various places on the Wirral where you can celebrate your special day
It contains all the useful numbers, info and contacts there.
Pixsmiths are delighted that some of our images have been used.
New venues from above list include:
Church Farm Thurstaston
Williamson Art Gallery
Check out this online version

We have a few printed copies – available at upcoming wedding fayres so ask for a copy if you are researching venues.
The Tourism board will be out and about at various shows – including the Liverpool show this September.
Pixsmiths are happy again to have images featured on their banner so look out for this!

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Marcos New York Italian Hoylake Wedding: Kate and Tim

Marcos New York Italian Hoylake Wedding: Kate and Tim

Marcos New York Italian Hoylake Wedding: Kate and Tim

We just love weddings at Marcos New York Italian Hoylake. Its so local to us we are often happy t do short hour weddings here,.just like this one for Kate and Tim.
Love the mirrors and golden coppery tomes of the room, makes for fab colours and reflective shots.
We covered just prior to ceremony, the ceremony itself, groups and portraits on location and then the speeches after the meal.
Spot the familiar face amongst the bridesmaids! Venue wedding coordinator Carrie had the honour of being one of the bridesmaids, being Tim’s sister.
Its always an emotional time during ceremonies and Kate did warn us that she might get a little choked ..but we always love to capture the moments of the day
Needless to say everything ran smoothly and a wonderful time was had by all.   The weather was mostly fine, we just dodged around  a rain shower before they went in for the wedding breakfast.
The gardens are compact  but good for group shots in front of the venue and portraits in the greenery of  the garden..with longer hours its just a short ride to Red Rocks or Hoylake promenade.
We popped back just to cover their dance for half an hour or so for them too.  Many congratulations Kate and Tim, wishing you much happiness xx

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Venue: Marcos New York Italian Hoylake
Venue Dressing: Sapphire Bespoke Events
Flowers: Earth Heswall
Photography:  Pixsmiths Creative Photography

We love this local venue so much we have exclusive deals for Marcos..just ask for details!

 

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port : Elegance Bridal Birthday Bash

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port : Elegance Bridal Birthday Bash

Elegance Bridal Birthday Bash Wedding Event

What a fanntastic night for Elegance bridal  to celebrate their 10th Birthday with a fabulous Bridal Birthday Bash Wedding event, hosted at The Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port – always a fabulous venue for a wedding!
Several wedding suppliers where on hand to advertise and support the event as well as other suppliers and brides to be – all keen to see the amazing catwalk show and to see who would win the raffle prizes..the star priz beign an amazing weddign dress and also 5 bridesmaids dresses – what a prize!  The evenening was compered by the the comedienne Pauline Daniels – her comments were a hoot – she really is a magnetic personality! – and she adlibbed to great effect.  Entertainment provided by the ever popular band Tequilla went down a storm.
You can see from the picstures below what a great evening of fun  it was and well down to all the raffle winners!  It was great to have Paulaine ring the winers of the dress to tell them the news, so exciting! In all a great Birthday night for Elegance Bridal whilst  supporting worthwile cancer charities.

Personally we enjoyed catching up with known suppliers andmeeeting new ones in person rather than just facebook and of course the whole evening event with good friends!

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Venue:Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port/Cheshire Oaks
Nanuki: catwalk
Phil Ritchie and Stephen McGowan photography,
Balloonique Wallasey – balloons,
Arena Hair & Beauty – models with hair and make up,
Attire Menswear Wirral, Liverpool and North Wales
Covers and Bows North West -venue drerssing
Scarlett Lily Flowers -flowers
Tequila – Function Band
Pauline Daniels for providing unique entertainment,
Isabelle Ices for some luxury ice cream
Photoboothservices.co.uk for a brilliant booth
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Winter Wedding Shoot: Belle Epoque

Winter Wedding Shoot: Belle Epoque

Winter Wedding at  Belle Epoque – Rocking the Rain 

Winter weddings and dark venues provide their own unique challenges and we wanted to expand our skills with new lighting techniques and chance to try new things out.
We like to constantly update our skill sets and portfolio without experimenting on an actual wedding so Jonny Draper’s trainging session “Are you afraid of the Dark” was an ideal opportunity.
So a drizzzly Novemebr evening we found ourselves at the Belle Epoque in Knutsford, renowned for being a difficult dark venue.
We were thrilled to discover that Sarah Sadler and her finance Rich would be modelling for us and generally being the loved up couple they are! Sarah herself is a fabulous photographer, she does such amazing, makeover, empowering Red Shoe Shoots – you really need to check out her site, read her about page and read real women’s stories…..so the shoe was on the other foot (pardon the pun!) and Sarah and Rich were in front of the camera, feeling a bit nervous and vulnerable…but everyone soon put them at ease.  They were great and with Jonny explaiining and showing his simple lighting set ups we got some great shots …we even rocked the rain!  Check out these shots!

Makeup by Make-up Artist Mandy Rigby
Photography training by Jonny Draper Photography Training
Dress from Love Bridal Boutique
Blooms from  The Flower Lounge

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So are you planning a winter wedding?  Check your photographer is fully equipped, with lightig set ups and fast prime lenses, and skills to be adept for teh challenges of dark venues like The Belle Epoque and dark light to enable getting memorable shots for you. Ask to see examples of winter weddidngs from their portfolio and galleries.

Italy Destination Wedding Workshop: Santa Maria Secret Retreat

Italy Destination Wedding Workshop: Santa Maria Secret Retreat

A picture of a quaint authentic Italian seaside town, Santa Maria, or twinkle town as I later learnt its affectionate name, tugged at my travel-prone heartstrings. Booked a holiday here…and then just a short while later The Secret Retreat workshop was launched. I had to go, simply could not miss this opportunity with 3 fabulous photographers I’ve admired   for a while Claire Penn, Andrea Ellison and Lucy Woodrow in this special place. No lie it sold with an hour … …but yay I got a place!!

As we were flying in to Naples I took some shots of  islands just offshore Naples, I knew it wasn’t Capri…. Mental note to google map later.

So there we were 30 girls all mixing well and having a great time in the sunshine, eating pizza, sunbathing by the pool, we had a party night with music, dancing and surprise fireworks…..oh  yes and we did get t to shoot in two amazing palaces  with real couples head over heels in love with each other and meet the Prince and Princess of Belmonte who were so hospitable to us. What more could we want!

Each day a  leader set up a styled shoot and gave an informative talk and exercises to help with the business planning  side of things, something for everyone whatever level. Even with many years’ experience but I craved new inspiration, new creativity and new guidance on branding and marketing, always developing.

I can honestly say I got all this out of it and so much more – really cannot thank ALL the girls enough for this experience.  Valuable time was also spent networking and bouncing ideas off each other.  Special thanks to Mandy the creative expert from Saddleworth Shindigs for all the goodies she used was in detail heaven!  And to the florist and make up artist who did a fabulous work on our amazing couples Paul and Bev and Luigi and Antonia.  Extra special thanks to Julie McKenzie and daughter Emily of My Secret Italy  they really are the best wedding planners her and go the extra mile for you– can appreciate how much hard work goes into organising such an event, often having to make impromptu changes on the day.

Words are inadequate to fully sum up this amazing amazing experience, we all received motivational kick up the backsides and I know not only myself but everybody else will be buzzing from this magical workshop  and putting things into practice for a good few months yet.

I dared to dream ….and  my dream is coming true I will be back here in May 2016 for a wedding….and as for those islands I discovered it was Ischia and Procdia…places I wanted to visit on honeymoon 30 years ago   …and now we are in less than 2 weeks time carrying on the love affair with Italy.

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Want to see more of this amazing workshop – then check out this amazing secret retreat 2015 video

captured by Laura Jane Dale Photogrpahy – huge thanks Laura, fabulous memories