So Happy for our couple that this delightful Peel Hey wedding could take place with dad walking his beautiful daughter down the aisle. A few months ago there were some scary times. …Michelle could not contemplate the wedding without her dad and rearranged her date. We were so happy we could change dates with them.
Refreshed from our winter cruise and stay in the Caribbean this February day started bright and dry. Peel Hey is a welcoming guest house and Wirral wedding venue. A cosy atmosphere and marquee facilities, suitable for small intimate weddings.
Guests started to arrive and Mike was on hand to greet them. Michelle arrived in a cute red MG. Their daughter and niece were the cutest liveliest flower girls! We managed a few gorgeous shots of them larking around. Lots of giggles and smiles in the ceremony, the room was packed out with family and friends. So lovely to see their daughter involved during the ceremony.
Then time for canapes and group photos and a few portraits in the grounds of Peel Hey before we left them to enjoy the rest of the day. One of our special short coverage weddings, only for our preferred local venues. Hope you enjoy these highlights in the gallery below.
Pixsmiths are a preferred supplier at Peel Hey and you can see us at their regular open evenings. The next date is 28th March – hope to see you there to chat weddings!
A cross river ceremony and then back for a Wirral Marquee wedding reception was organised to perfection and gave Laura and Dan just the day they had planned and envisioned.
Pre ceremony Preparations
The girls were all getting ready at a new amazing airbnb in West Kirby. We were all blown away by the spacious rooms and décor. It was such a great space 6 en-suite rooms and a huge kitchen lounge area …confess my eyes turned green! It was a relaxed easy going morning with some really cute shots with Rebecca, Laura’s flower girl too. Laura’s sister was bridesmaid and 4 close friends also enjoyed the morning here with makeup and looking after Laura – plenty of space for everyone.
Dan meantime was enjoying last few hours a single man in the Ship and Mitre pub in Liverpool. This was just a short distance from St Gorge’s Hall in Liverpool where the ceremony was to take place in the Grand Jury room
Laura arrived driven by her father in his range rover. Knew she would look stunning as she had done a few cat walk shows for The Bridal Show wedding fayres. Her dad however was completely bowled over and emotional when he saw Laura is her gorgeous dress from Tina Louise – a Ronald Joyce design with beautiful crystal detail on the bodice and straps. Always get a tear I my eye too at these moments – such a privilege to share. With it being cross river Laura had arranged a lift for Sandy with the girls so these moments could be captured whilst Dave was in Liverpool in the pub with the guys – the beauty of having two photographers. Laura had even arranged parking permit for Dave to park at St George’s Hall – underlining how every aspect for the day had been thought through with consideration for everyone.
Wirral Marquee Wedding Reception
Laura and Dan wanted a home marquee so they could use their own catering company of choice and not have any curfew times on music. Guests could hang out as long as they wished. It was the perfect plan. Big D cooked a delicious American BBQ – fitting the theme of the tables so named for Laura and Dan’s favourite American road trip. The marquee was provided by Astra MArquees a fab local company and flowers to decorate inside were done beautifully by Oxton Flowers
The day just flowed – the ceremony beautifully including Rebecca to the group shot on the steps of St George’s Hall The confetti coming through the flower arch at home – a few family formals then plenty of mingling time before speeches and then the BBQ. hey we even had dancing before the speeches!
After the meal we wandered over to sea wall accessed from their property for some gorgeous golden hour and sunsets shots. Shots as planned and a contrast to the architectural shots in Liverpool. It was also a perfect impromptu time for this family to enjoy the setting sun on their wedding day – complete with family pet dog Then it was back to cake and dancing, sparklers and cheese, chutney and chunky bread if anyone was still hungry. The hay bales with lace throw overs, fire pits for toasting marshallows and provided blankets were a lovely touch to allow guests to continue to enjoy the outside space.
Laura’s Tips for a Home Wedding
If you can having a home wedding reception has lots of advantages, but does take some planning. Laura has kindly added some of her own thoughts and suggestions for a home marquee reception and how to make it personal to you.
Really make the most of your friends and families creative side. Let close friends and family really put their stamp on the day. For us what was great and that we wouldn’t have been able to do at a venue is allow our friends to do a bar as a wedding present for us. They brought a range of different drinks from Scotland for people to try. In addition, we were able to have our friend bring two kegs of craft beer from his newly opened brewery in Wales. When it came to the evening, Dan made all the chutneys for the cheese cake and my uncle made fresh bread for everyone. These individual touches really made the day so special to us
Secondly, if you are doing everything yourself don’t underestimate how long it takes to decorate a marquee! I’m not sure how venue decorators and florist do it in one morning – we spend two whole days!
Thirdly, if you are having a wedding at home then really give people an insight into your life. We had many pictures decorating the tables of our unforgettable Californian road trip We even had our dog escaping and joining in the party which wasn’t planned but made the day much more special.
Also one of the most amazing things about having a wedding at home for us is that we get some beautiful pictures at our home and also places like the seawall where we enjoying walking the dog everyday. It makes those beautiful places that we already love even more special
Finally I think I owe so much to my Mum – she was much better at visualising the day and the decorations – her whole spare room was full of wedding decorations for at least a year before the wedding. Little additions such as the personalised sparklers and individual charms for glasses -were all her idea and went down so well. I think bringing out the fun side of the guests with lawn games, bouncy castles, toasting marshmallows on fire pits and sparklers made everyone leave at the end of the night with a big smile on their face!
What an awesome day! Just the type of wedding we really enjoy. The bond between this family was a real joy to behold . Laura and Dan we so enjoyed this wedding journey with you and know we will keep in touch. Wishing you many more years of happiness. Enjoy your highlights xx
Laura planted flowers in wellies and wheelbarrows to make it more personal because horses are her life outside work! and wellies are the order of the day here.
Relaxed Fun Cheshire Marquee Wedding: Lydia & Peter
We had previously covered the Cheshire marquee wedding of Lydia’s sister Hannah and Andrew about 3 years ago… the fancy dress wedding of the Zegg’s! So we were delighted to cover Lydia and Peter’s home Marquee wedding. On paper it looked a very similar wedding – same home preps, horse and carriage ride down to their local country church at Burton and back for the Cheshire marquee wedding reception. Sisters however are chalk and cheese so it keeps things interesting and proves that weddings at same venues can have a different vibe and style.
Lydia admits she is laid back and very much last minute – Peter had done all the email communication with us beforehand re timings and groups So we arrived at preps and not surprisingly both Lydia and Hannah were getting the marquee tables decorated, table plans done and cake decorated! Leaswood Grange is a gorgeous house and full of family mementoes. The earrings were a 21st birthday gift for mum and like the small bible brooch are antiques Always a challenge to be do something different with details. The gorgeous flowers were captured in the nursery chair and baby cradle. Lydia was really grateful we just go with the flow of what is happening and not to have to pose. She looked gorgeous in her Angelica Bridal Gown and her flower girl had a matching dress too
CEREMONY St Nicholas Burton
Its was blue skies at the church -one of the hottest August Saturdays, most unusual for a bank holiday too! Bride was traditionally late and a long serviced followed so we were chasing the time a little out to glorious sunshine and confetti on the steps before being driven away in her landau style horse and carriage A beautiful country wedding lots of family involved in the bridal party with nephews and nieces and their own two year old.
RECEPTION – CHESHIRE MARQUEE WEDDING
Wonderful home made cakes, prosecco and delicious canapés from Cheekychilli catering ensued on the lawn whilst the string quartet were playing. Family formals over time to mingle and capture some bride and groom shots before entering the marquee in the adjacent farm field The table were named after favourite books and were adorned with pretty pastel coloured flowers matching those of the bridal and bridesmaids boquets Guests were treated to a delicious meal and then followed the entertaining speeches. Evening party soon followed and another treat was the Motown Magic band (travelled all the way from Bristol) who were excellent and had the dance floor packed!
A wonderful day enjoyed by all and so glad the sunshine was out for such a memorable day for Peter & Lydia A joy to be back with your families again and we wish you much happiness and health
So been looking forward to blogging Rachael and Josh’s fun filled Arrowebrook Farm Wedding! The rain at the Birkenhead Town Hall ceremony did not dampen their spirits for long…no sooner had we done the group shot with umbrellas the sun came out! Typical!The Town Hall at Birkenhead is a beautiful Georgian building and the ceremony room upstairs with its stained glass windows is befitting of the building. Its worth asking for this ceremony room. Rachael looked stunning in her 50’s style vintage dress with red polka dot Iron Fist Shoes. Josh in his waistcoat and blue checked shirt and yellow tie suited the part too for a laid back wedding. We grabbed a few shots inside and out before heading on the vintage bus to take us all to Arrowebrook Farm. The marquee was provide by Got it covered (now Astra Marquees) and with plenty of space around in the farm field everyone had room to run around. Cakes galore and ice tea added to the hog roast meal….the alcoholic jager bomb shots came later! Loved the “snap it, shake it, sign it, peg it” Polaroid picture board, so unique and all the guests had great fun taking images as a memorable keepsake. The evening was all about the country band which went down a storm, the dance floor was rocking. This was such a great party and we so enjoyed mixing with the guests and capturing the fun of the day. Rachael and Josh thank you for such an amazing day we wish you all the happiness in the world xx
Such a fab idea!Jager bombs, typified this party atmosphere!
Are you planning marquee or Wirral farm wedding? Its the ideal way to put your own stamp on your day…your opportunity to bring caterers you wish in, make your own cakes etc..make it uniquely yours. Arrowebrook farm is a great location in the centre of the Wirral…it also has its own toilet block..so no need to hire them in. Big field for the marquee and guests can also camp or bring a caravan ..they are a camping and caravan verified site. Check out the farm website for details. If you are planning an Arrowebrook Farm wedding then please do get in touch its so local to us!
Lots of fun and laughter at the wedding of Emma and Andy on the last day of August.
Emma, very much an organised bride, started the day getting ready with her bridesmaids in the Bridal Mews cottage at Thornton Manor – a beautiful place and an idyllic retreat for the newly weds first night. We took some pictures of the girls getting ready with Emma herself sorting their make-up and took some details – including the gorgeous pearl and brooch bouquets – stunning creations and quite heavy!
Meanwhile the groom and lots of men in kilts were descending upon Heswall United Reformed Church (lovely big grounds behind for photos)
Reception followed in a marquee at a relative’s home where guests enjoyed a hog roast buffet and cakes – absolutely scrumptious and totally in setting for such a wedding. The gardens were beautiful and a lovely setting for some formal and informal pictures – glad we had some sunshine, although it did get cool late afternoon. The water lilies apparently only flower one every 2 years – they made a timely appearance!
Very relaxed and all about family and friends having a good time, celebrating a wonderful day of a great couple.
oh and by the way one of Emma and Andy’s signature shots is to pull tongues and of course the welsh dragon mascot had to be included too
We ended our coverage with the speeches and cake cut – always great for emotional shots, of tears ad laughter, love them!
Thank you Emma and Andy that we could capture and share your day and we wish you much continued happiness. Sandy & Dave xx