Christmas Black Tie Themed Wedding at the Shankly Hotel Wedding
Garden of Eden: Stephanie & Laurence
When Stephanie and Laurence announced their engagement from sunny climes we gave a squeal of excitement …and then a bigger one when they asked us to be their Shankly Hotel wedding photographer!
A mid December wedding with Christmas as the theme and a black tie event…with lots of fun!
Bride and Groom Preps Shankly Hotel Wedding
We started with preps at the Shankly Hotel covering both bride and groom preps on two totally different floors. The girls i the Garden of Eden Suite – huge and pink
– wow all those beds and flowered ceiling plus its own bar and dressing area. The Men’s floor was a more sombre grey and room smaller ..well certainly for amount of men getting ready!
A lovely relaxed time for the preparations and capturing the reactions to the gifts sent to each other.
The Ceremony All Saints Childwall
Soon it was time to head to the church for the ceremony at the family church of All saints at Childwall. We had shot a previous winter wedding at All Saints and it was delightful to be back at this beautiful Grade I listed building,the only medieval church remaining in the Metropolitan borough of Liverpool. A beautiful ceremony. Stephanie looked radiant as she entered to her waiting Laurence.
We had carols and beautiful Welsh singing and a Christmas tree of course. Mistletoe was held over the couple for the first kiss by the Stephanie’s cute flower girl niece.
The bit of rain when they came out didn’t dampen their spirits, quick confetti shot and it was onto the red double Decker buses complete with pork pies and mini quiches picnic for the guests
Reception Shankly Hotel Wedding
Once back in Liverpool city centre it was a stop at the museum steps for a few pics and portraits in town and then guests could join the reception at the wonderful rootop Garden of Eden
Delicious meal with speeches in between courses – we had helicopter and messages to our happy couple from sports personalities Michael Owen, Frankie Detorri and Didi Hamann.
Totally captivated Stephanie and Laurence. Afterwards Stephanie (who runs the bridal boutique The Wirral Wedding House) surprised Laurence with a change of dress – we were primed about this and was requested to get some shots in their bridal suite – Wow what a room that is, and the marble bathtub – immense! The floor the suite is on has an Alice in Wonderland theme, so make for some great images there before we headed out for a few night portraits.
Evening Party Shankly Hotel Wedding
The evening kicked off with the traditional cake cut – the cake beautifully made and matching the elegant Black tie theme perfectly by Bella’s Cake Pantry
Stephanie surprising the guests with change of bridal attire – a sensational fitted dress compared to the fuller skirted dress for the daytime
A great party ensued with the lively band and we had fun with sparklers too.
Thank you again Stephanie and Laurence for the privilege of capturing your amazing day at your church and The Shankly Hotel.It was wonderful to spend time with your friends and lovely families.
Wishing you all the happiness, health and love in years to come. Enjoy your highlights! …there are so many…goodness knows how you will chose for your album!
How cute is the little flower girls dress matching Stephanie’s dress!
Flowers by Katie Burke included Mistletoe and Ivy and Stepanotis (really appropriate for the season and name!)
Being a wedding supplier herself Stephanie knew all the best suppliers to help her day run smoothly!
Venue: Shankly Hotel
Photographers: Pixsmiths Creative Photography
Video: Classic Video Productions
Bridal Dresses: Wirral Wedding House – of course!
Cake: Bella’s Cake Pantry
Stationery: Pink Sherbert
Flowers: Katey Burke
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