We were blessed to work with amazing creative wedding professionals on this Trafford Hall Rustic Wedding shoot. We just love collaborating with each other, networking and supporting each other with social media campaigns and images. So just recently we met up at the delightful Trafford Hall , a wonderful Georgian House with on-site accommodation for guests wishing to stay over. This charming rustic venue can be decorated as you wish and enjoys delightful woodland, lawns and sunken garden areas for umpteen photo opportunities for your wedding photography. As photographers, we love coming here. The staff are really welcoming too and will happily advise on plans for your day.
For this shoot the decor was supplied by Sweetpea & Ivy They love this venue and have dressed Trafford Hall many times. Always love their rustic styling, perfect for this venue. This time they provided an outdoor ceremony area and a fabulous barrel table laden with cakes and sweets created by Bella’s Cake Pantry The delicious cakes and cake pops were from Sue’s watercolour and silver leaf collection. Scrumptious!
Place cards and menus by Pink Sherbet Stationery perfectly matched the colour scheme on the tables set up by Sweetpea and Ivy and Wirral Table and Chair Hire The tables were adorned with evergreen leaves and candles in a long wooden container, creating a warm cosy touch. Little cut glass vases with peach roses added the touch of colour to the table. The backs of the chairs were adorned with soft pastel swags, tied in the middle with a complimentary satin ribbon. The wooden floors and giant light up LOVE letters either side of the fireplace completed the elegant rustic ook.
Pixsmiths Creative Photograph had a great time photographing the amazing Katey Elizabeth around the venue in a gorgeous dress supplied by The Wirral Wedding House The dress is a hand-finished bohemian style beaded gown from Romantica of Devon. Suited Katey so well, she made a fabulous Boho Bride!
Update 2020: It’s a real shame that this gorgeous venue had to close its doors due to government charity funding cuts. Ther is an ongoing drive to get Trafford Hall reopened. Donations have already been received. If you can help Trafford Hall please see here
After a long day with Jennie and Toby at Thornton MAnor the next day Pixsmiths were at The Queen Hotel for the Chester wedding of Alison and Ellis A quirky hotel, lots of character and handily placed by Chester train station A day that ran smoothly, on arrival we bumped in to Ellis arriving for breakfast with the co-ordinator so we soon had the requested stair shot organised.
Bridal preps in the Lily Langtry suite was relaxed. Lots of banter with the bridesmaids taking selfies in-between being made up by Emma Lampkin of Emmaculate – and the make up was! Ellis was also getting ready at the hotel, just the other end of the corridor in a room where Charles Darwin had stayed ….so easy for us to cover both preps. A plus point when ceremony is at same location.
We used the roman statue as a setting for one of our ring shots. Rings were made by Roger Ho, custom made as Alison and Ellis had some rings from parents/grandparents to use and adapt. He did such a beautiful job, Alison said,” I can’t stop looking at my ring!”
Staff wonderfully organised, attentive and excellent communication through out made for a smooth running day and such an enjoyable one. Guests made their way after the ceremony for a staircase shot and then went for the drinks in the outdoor courtyard. Easy to mingle there and then call the family groups required quickly and easily
The wedding breakfast was in the turned around ceremony room and was beautifully set up in pinks and big dish bowls by Eva Adore venue dressing Alison and Ellis were blown away when they checked out the room, they were so happy, Such a wonderful day for them Again weather not too hot and rain stayed off all day – not bad for bank Holiday weekend!
Evening reception was in the large Colonnades Room to accommodate all the extra evening guests. Cake cut with one of the large ceremonial swords and then party time. Pizza fish and chips and a doughnut wall o enjoy as well as fun in the photo-booth provided by Plushbooths
Thank you again Alison and Ellis for having us capture your Queen Hotel Wedding – it was so enjoyable and we wish you much love and happiness So going to enjoy building a beautiful album for your keepsake, going to be a hard choice for the images. Thank you again also tho the staff at this Hallmark Hotel – we do hope we will be back for another Queens Hotel Chester wedding
Sian and Owen enjoyed a lovely Maunday Thursday for their Ester Rowton Hall wedding. Pre Ceremony to mock cake cutting photography was requested – we are happy to accommodate
Rowton Hall is one of our favourite venues for wedding photography – idyllically set in the Cheshire countryside and the staff always well organised and accommodating to all concerned with. The previous weekend had seen lots of snow and we wondered if we would have another white wedding…well most had gone but there were 2 extra guests for the group photos – 2 snowmen, which remained in the garden.
Easter season lent itself to the colours of the day, yellow and white flowers and Easter eggs as favours along with welsh slate hearts.
The table plan was a clever map with country names that had special meaning for Sian and Owen…and on the table place holder was images of their guests on that table they had connections from that country…made for a great conversation at the table I’m sure. Simple, effective and well thought out idea from the happy couple.
Anyway here are a few of the pics we captured, hope you enjoy. Sian and Owen, we wish you many years of happiness and thank you for choosing Pixsmiths Creative Photography 🙂
This wedding is a lovely example of a short wedding covering just before ceremony to mock cutting of cake – a bespoke 3-4 hour package that Wirral wedding photographers Pixsmiths are happy to cover for your wedding.
Top Ten Tips for Planning your Wirral Wedding Photography
January is a crazy time of year, wedding enquiries come flooding in . Christmas and New Year surprises and its congratulation your’re engaged, time to start planning that long list!
Obviously you’ll start with the most important.: date, church/venue
…so I though a few tips would be helpful:
Look at several photographers sites. See that they have images from at least 2 weddings. Choose one who takes pictures that you like first and foremost – after all these images can’t be repeated, and when the dress is in the wardrobe, cake all eaten these are the memories you will have. Make a short-list and arrange to meet and discuss YOUR needs . Look at the albums they offer – there are so many out there of varying qualities. Professional photographers will have access to trade accounts with album companies. Compare the packages, number of pages in albums, are they like for like?. Be aware of definitions used – page spread etc.. its not always the same!…some photographers call a page as 2 sides, some 1 Don’t be afraid to ask exactly what you are getting or you may not end up with what you expected ..and then spending even more.
Check your photographer has back up equipment, is insured and gives you a contract.
Ask what happens if they can’t cover due to illness etc.. Pixsmiths have a trusted network of photographers we can refer to of similar style and price.
Check out this article to dispel the misconception that photographers overcharge for a wedding.
When planning your day allow for realistic time-scales for your photography.As a rough guide leave approx 2.5 hrs between end of ceremony and start of wedding breakfast -especially if you have to travel between the two.
Check house rules of venue – if you want those real vow and ring shots make sure the officiant allows photography during the service. Ask your photographer if they are happy to attend any rehearsal if its a church wedding. Sure you won’t need prompting but linger a few seconds for the first kiss and your photographer will definitely capture it -)
If you require more formal group photographs – allow 2-3 mins per group. Provide your photographer with any special requests . Designating someone to gather groups together saves valuable photographers time and you get back to your party quicker too.
A pre-wed or engagement shoot is a great way to get to know your photographer before the big day.
Having a rapport with your photographer will really help in the day and will be reflected in your relaxed, natural looking images. We love doing these types of shoots
In case you don’t have a pre-wed and are worried what to do with your hands and feet here are some quick tips:
Feet – move your back foot sideways, place your weight on that back foot then place your other foot in front, thus forming a T shape. Lean hip towards the camera at an angle and place your hand on hips – very slimming girls!
Ladies hand and arms should have a bend, not straight – we have sensuous S-shapes ladies! leave the strong straight angles to the men.
Pose with head at a slight angl, not straight on – keep thinking those s-shapes! Keep shoulder facing towards the camera, drop your shoulders, raise chin slightly and don’t look down. Go on have a practice!
Wedding car choice, what to choose? White is traditional but against a white dress not always good contrast for your pictures, perhaps consider an alternative colour
Whilst mentioning cars,Vintage cars are always popular but be aware that hooped dresses can provide interesting challenges! We had a bride who’s hoop got quite bent in the car and her bridesmaids had to rearrange her dress in the hotel foyer before she walked into the ceremony!
Love confetti shots? get your guests to use big and colourful confetti – so much better for pics than small and pastel variety.
Don’t leave booking your photographer too long – good ones get booked a year in advance, esp for prime summer Saturdays
Please offer to feed your photographer if they are with you for the whole day. They really appreciate it and then they won’t faint with hunger during the day/night. A space near to the wedding breakfast room means they are nearby in case the speeches are earlier than planned and they won’t miss any action for you. No body wants photographing when they are eating! This is even more important if speeches are split between courses.
I’m sure you can thinks of other suggestions to, so please feel free to add in the comment section below and if you wish Pixsmiths to cover your wedding please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat.