Barbara & Colin’s Intimate Royal Liver Building Wedding
Its not everyday that the Royal Liver Building Boardroom is used for a wedding so it was a great pleasure to be asked to capture Colin and Barbara’s day here early in May.
The iconic Liver Building, a wonderful setting for a Liverpool city centre wedding and perfect for an elegant intimate ceremony and private reception.
A really bright sunny day – we really have been blessed with good weather for the Bank Holiday this May.
Very much a family wedding with Barbara and Colin arriving together and walking into the room with a line up of Colin’s Dad and their respective sons to greet them
A beautiful ceremony in the Royal Liver Building boardroom, with its warm wood panelling, ornate ceiling and Liver bird motifs and of course river views of teh Mersey.
A relaxed wedding, lots of giggles and smiles. Even a few kisses before the official first kiss!
Soon it was time for celebratory drinks and canapes before heading to the nearby St Nicholas Gardens for some family pictures. – spot another Liver Bird in the gardens!
On the way down there was a stop at the balcony for some pictures too of the couple. Their joy really was infectious!
A meal followed after a short speech from one of the sons, again in the boardroom. Later celebrations were to take place at Panoramic 34, one of the UK’s highest restaurants
So glad you had a wonderful time Barbara and Colin, such a joy to capture your obvious happiness.
We wish you many more happy years, love Sandy & Dave x
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.
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
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
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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Jemma and Daniel’s Liverpool Wedding Photography
ooh it had been a while since we met Jemma and Daniel to discuss their Liverpool wedding photography
We chatted about their plans and loved the story of how Daniel proposed with he help of their adorable twin girls
Rowing boat trip in the lake district and Daniel asks Jemma to get something out of a bag. T-shirt from the twins saying “Mummy will you marry Daddy“?
How cute was that! Well of course Jemma said yes! and so they started to plan their day
Liverpool Wedding Preps
Jemma and Daniel were getting ready round the comer from each other so it was easy to cover both bride and groom preps
Jemma’s at her mum’s room was the busier with a total of 10 bridesmaids and flower girls so it kept us occupied! jemma was super organised and already had hair and make up done when we arrived some 3 hours before the ceremony Still lots of details and candids to capture before they left for the church
it was great to chat to the girls and to get to know them ahead of the day
Liverpool Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony took place at the renowned St Peter’s in Woolton. many visit here for the grave of Eleanor Rigby of Beatles fame
and also the resting place of Bob Paisley, former Liverpool Football club manager. In fact one of his sons is the verger at St Peter’s
Today was all about celebrating a wedding though and we loved the banner greeting everyone as they entered this beautiful church
Delighted to be able to capture the reactions from in front and behind at this church
Jemma looked stunning in her dress with its gorgeous lace sleeve detail and all those bridesmaids supporting her
Daniel got to twirl in front of the guests in his dapper blue suit before Jemma entered
Emotional singing by one of the bridesmaids during the signing of the register, think a few tears were shed
Soon all the guests were spilling outside to enjoy the sunshine.
few formal groups done and confetti exit to the reception
Liverpool Wedding Reception – Devonshire House
The reception was taking place at the Devonshire House Hotel on Edge Lane
on the way we made the short stop to Reynolds Park – just a few mins from the church
A favourite place of Jemma and Daniels and the sunken garden and walled garden were perfect for some time for them to relax from the guests
and to capture some gorgeous relaxed portraits for them.
The Devonshire House was a good option to have the large group shot so with the kind assistance of Les McGrath all the guests went outside for a quick pic
The room had lots of ambience with its purple/pink up lighting. Jemma and Daniel looked like Royalty on their top table thrones too!
Fish and chips before the speeches and an Chinese buffet for after the dance wen down really well
Well entertained with the band too – everyone had a great time on the dance floor
Thank you Jemma and Daniel for asking us to capture your day – glad it was everything you wanted and we enjoyed being with you and your guests
wishing you much happiness and love Sandy & Dave xx
Mark & Laura’s Liverpool Wedding Aintree Racecourse
Delighted to be in Liverpool for our first wedding Aintree Racecourse and what a delight it was!
Not only the home of the famous Grand National but also a modern well equipped celebration space
Laura and Mark had a perfect day for their Liverpool wedding. Laura is such a bubbly person and we loved all her excitement
Everything was close by both homes where bride and groom were getting ready
BRIDAL PREPS AINTREE WEDDING
Laura got ready at her home with mum and bridesmaids and cute flower girls in attendance
she knew exactly what she wanted – iin fact her sparkly Alternative choice Disney shoes had already had their own photoshoot prior to the wedding!
They twinkled pretty lights as she walked in them! Mark was getting ready with their son nearby
Laura definitely wanted shots with her dad seeing her all glammed up in her gown so we really appreciated that she made sure to make time for this before we had to leave for the church
Their catholic ceremony at Blessed Sacrament in Walton was a short 5 min drive away and then down the road to Aintree Racecourse
Beautiful church, light and bright with freedom to walk around, although done discretely. Even a balcony to get some overhead shots as Laua arrived in her amazing sparkly bridal gown
a few family groups and it was off down the road to the Racecourse
WEDDING RECEPTION AINTREE RACECOURSE
The Princess Royal Suite has undergone a refurbishment and wow its a fabulous reception space. Being high up there are wide reaching views over the racecourse.
Note – get groups done outside before ascending up to lofty heights! Wedding breakfast in one room and then the whole room is opened up for the evening
The catering was excellent as you would expect at the Jockey club – we appreciate them looking after us! – check out the food pics!
The room was beautifully set out with planets as the theme and in royal blue colours to match the bridemaids colours
Speeches were short and suit and everyone enjoyed a wonderful evening in this fabulous venue.
Three emotional dances with Dad, mum and then husband and wife took to the floor.
Thank you Laura and Mark for the privilege of capturing your day. we wish you much love and happiness Sandy & Dave xx