Well what a joyous day for Helen & Steve for their surprise Claremont Farm wedding! Their friends and family were primed to meet at Claremont Farm for a day of activities for Helen’s special birthday. Two vintage red buses greeted the guests with birthday special on the front. Well these drink laden party buses were there to take everyone to Liverpool for Helen and Steve’s wedding Even Sisters, mum, and dads had been kept in the dark about the day’s plans.
The looks of surprise and joy on people’s faces were really special to witness. A first look for Steve and Helen and then a group shot with the buses and time to get going to Liverpool Helen was wearing a beautiful beaded champagne coloured dress.
This was a day of making memories, and that is exactly what they did. A blustery wind in town but at least it stayed dry, everyone was in good spirits. Helen and Steve entered the Grand Jury room together to cheers with the Star Wars theme- such a joyous entrance With the cold weather, we opted for a group shot in the courtroom
Afterwards, a few groups and confetti and then back to the bus to continue the party!
Claremont Farm has an amazing deli and coffee shop. The room upstairs was used for the reception and how lovely and informal it was Food was so tasty, really need to come back for lunch here. Warming bowls of scouse or curry went down a storm for the guests. Perfect for a chilly day.
Heartwarming speeches were made, Helen got emotional over the loss of family members, wondering how she could stand on her wedding day without them ..but how much worse would it without her mum and dad. It was time to get wed and make memories …and make memories they certainly did. Love ladders with pictures of loved ones not able to be present were a touching way to include them No birthday cards or present s were required just for guests to enjoy themselves
A local band had everyone on their feet dancing the night away. ProBooth were also on hand with a selfie mirror to entertain the guests They were so popular lots of fun poses to create these memories. Double cake delight – one for Helen’s 50th decorated with animals and a wedding one with a New York City towers on it ..a reminder of where Steve surprised Helen with a proposal on top of the Rock …presenting a rock!
No wonder food is fabulous – heard that head chef runs a good ship and has a fabulous cv to Michelin star level …and fortunately for us love the Wirral.
Wishing you many more years of happy memories, Steve and Helen. Thank you so much for the privilege of sharing your day. It was so much fun and we loved capturing the story of your Surprise Claremont Farm wedding day.
Are you planning a day that a bit different …we loved to hear about your plans. Please get in touch
St Georges Hall Weddings choosing the right room for your ceremony
St George’s Hall Liverpool Weddings
A popular venue for in Liverpool for St George’s Hall Weddings. Pixsmiths have covered several weddings here over many years – and more booked in for 2020. We decided to provide some info and tips for your Liverpool wedding ceremony at St George’s hall and which room may suit you best.
St Georges Hall is an iconic Grade I listed building in Liverpool city centre. A fine example of neoclassical architecture at its best. it has hosted many historic events, from the Beatles to the city’s football club homecomings after league and cup victories. It boasts many first too:- First air-conditioned commercial building largest barrel-vaulted ceiling (when first built) the largest piped concert organ in the world.
Plus a stunning Minton mosaic floor of over 30,000 tiles – uncovered for just a few special occasions and dates Well worth seeing when on display to the public.
It’s home to the Liverpool registrars – situated on the south side, Heritage centre. The first registry wedding took place here in February 2012. Its no wonder then that’s it’s a very popular place to get married in the town centre. Especially if you just want a simple wedding and move onto a city centre restaurant or hotel for a reception afterwards.
Choosing your Ceremony room
There are several rooms to choose from and choosing the right room for your ceremony is an important consideration. Ensure your guests know which room it is too and how to get there – we often get confused guests asking which way they get in and which side. Especially on Saturdays when multiple can weddings take place at the same time.
THE GRAND JURY
The Grand Jury room is the most popular – a gracious wooden panelled room which can accommodate up to 70 guests. Light is from a ceiling skylight – which can cause harsh/mixed lighting in bright sunshine. It’s situated on the second floor. Entrance can be made via the Heritage centre and using lifts – best for those who need easy access. Alternatively, ascend the steps up to the front colonnades to the red-carpeted ceremony entrance. Wonderful documentary images can be made if the bride opts to walk in this way.
Again there is a lift here to the upper floor or staircase.
Please note access for your cars to be parked on St George’s plateau needs advance booking – a fee is payable for this. contact 0151 233 3020 to book your space.
Too many guests can mean standing room only at the back for your guests and limited space for your photographer to get overview shots from the back too. Too few guests and the room could look empty and lack atmosphere. It’s better to choose one of the smaller rooms available – more on that in a moment.
For smaller ceremonies, the classically decorated Sefton Room is ideal and holds up to 50 guests. It overlooks the picturesque St Johns Gardens and its flor length windows flooding the room with natural daylight – keeps your photographer happy! and classically decorated. The Sefton Room is just around the corner from The Grand Jury room on the same floor.
Joe and Claire married here a couple of months ago, Pixsmiths delighted to capture their ceremony and family groups and portraits afterwards Here a few of their pics showing the Sefton Room ceremony and afterwards.
The grand columns and architecture make a great backdrop for your groups and portraits. Allow time for groups and portraits here if required.
is your day just about the two of you, a more intimate ceremony with just witnesses, an elopement perhaps? Then the Rose Room is for you. It is situated next door to the Seton Room and seats up to four guests. Perfect for you and your witnesses and photographer. This is the room where the registrar normally checks your certificate details prior to the ceremony.
GRAND HALL AND CONCERT ROOM (not run by Liverpool registrars)
Of course, The Grand Hall and Concert room are ideal spaces for a lavish grand setting of a wedding – situated on the opposite side of the heritage centre. A stunning room for your wedding celebration the Grand Hall accommodates up to 600 guests and is adorned with bronze door, marble walls and chandeliers. If your date coincides with the Minton tiles being on display, how wonderful would that be?
The Concert Hall at another end to Grand Hall is opulently decorated with statues and chandeliers. It’s circular in shape and seats 500 guests – 88 for a wedding breakfast in the centre. For more information check out the wedding brochure for St George’s Hall weddings
contact St George’s Hall booking team on 0151 233 for info and prices for these rooms
Whichever room you choose, enjoy your ceremony and celebrations afterwards. Please remember to make the most of the architecture around you for some memorable wedding portraits For information on booking room and registrars and room, prices check out the Liverpool registrars council website
Intimate St Georges Hall Wedding Ashleigh & Andy Married
Some of our couples opt for an Intimate Liverpool wedding. Those who don’t want a big fuss or don’t like being the centre of attention. We are happy to cover such weddings and offer bespoke special deals.
We met for an informal chat and right away felt at ease with each other. Ashleigh and Andy told us what they wanted for their day and our guidance through the process and showing them images of their venue. It really assured them of how their day would unfold. Such an invaluable process to have a discussion with your photographers, even for short wedding coverage
Local Bride Preps
As a local couple to us, we arranged an hour’s coverage of bridal preps before heading to Liverpool for the city centre wedding. Ashleigh and her two bridesmaids were well looked after by Carol Ellis Thompson doing hair. It was such a calming and relaxed atmosphere, so enjoyable. Ashleigh and Andy have a beautiful home and the clean contemporary backgrounds were ideal for showing off the details
Liverpool Ceremony St Georges Hall
Flags were flying high at St Georges Hall and red carpet out as Ashleigh swept up the external steps to enter. The wedding was on a Monday afternoon and the only one that afternoon, so peaceful! Saturday weddings here can be chaotic with so many function rooms available and numerous weddings taking place.
The Rose Room is available for very small weddings – the couple and witnesses ideally. The Sefton Room is most suited to small weddings and has beautiful window light. The concert room is a grand setting for large weddings at St Georges Hall The Grand Jury Room can seat up to 50 guests comfortably this is where Ashleigh & Andy opted for their ceremony.
Just a dozen or so guests and Ashleigh was walked in by Andy’s dad – a lovely touch. A beautiful emotional ceremony ensued. When it came to the I do’s, Andy replied with ” I do, I really, really do!” Cue lump in throat moment as clicking the camera shutter! So many beautiful moments between them, so adorable, so obviously in love. Registers were signed and beaming smiles they swept down the stairs and out to confetti shots.
Portraits St Georges Hall Liverpool
Few family groups over and then time for some portraits with Ashleigh and Andy amongst the amazing colonnades architecture of this grand Liverpool building. Such a relaxed time but it soon flew by and it was off to the taxi rank across the road to get them to their hotel reception. Of course, took the chance to get some more candid shots in the city centre as they crossed over.
Thank you, Ashleigh and Andy, for the privilege of meeting you and capturing your day as you wished for. You were a real delight and know we will keep in touch Wishing you much more love and happiness in the years to come. Dave & Sandy xx
As Liverpool wedding photographers it was a delight to start our 2019 wedding season in Liverpool with Claire and Jamie for their winter Liverpool wedding. Claire looked absolutely stunning her red hair beautifully braided and adorned with diamante pins and combs. Her gorgeous lace embellished bridal gown was from Bethany Hannah Bridal in Cheshire – adore the sleeves and button detail Jamie scrubbed up well in his blue suit too.
We had not previously met Claire and Jamie, but had good communication beforehand as to what was expected for the day. All was planned and ready to go. This was a wedding we had secured via Wedding wire – many brides are using lead directories these days. We would always advise to check photographer’s portfolio and are happy this is what Claire and Jamie did when they booked us.
A very cold but dry day for this Liverpool wedding photography. The wedding ceremony took place at the architectural masterpiece of St George’s Hall in Liverpool. The Jury room is always a popular place to get married in town. The registrars and co-coordinators here are welcoming and well organised, ensuring guests are directed to the ceremony before the bride’s arrival
A latish ceremony for a January, so after the 3pm ceremony and light fading as well as being so cold it we quickly got through the few groups as requested. Such happy smiles as they exited with baby Jackson, what a cute family! Time then for some bride and groom portraits using the colonnades of St George’s Hall
Off went the newlywed to their reception and we followed soon after in a taxi. The reception took place at Siren, in the Baltic triangle area of Liverpool. A new Liverpool venue for us and what a little gem it is. I hope we are back at this venue again.
Siren can be booked for exclusive use, making it a great party venue. The building is adorned with twinkly lights inside creating a wonderful and warm ambience. There is a roof terrace – but with the cold opted not to go up. It was a good plan to get all family shots after the ceremony and then people enjoy the reception.
The canapés and food looked amazing, so well done to the caterers at Siren. We enjoyed mingling with the guests, taking plenty of candid shots before they sat down for the meal. We left then for them to enjoy the evening reception there.
Many congratulations on your wedding Claire & Jamie, we wish you much happiness
The table flower decor provided a rustic natural touch – provided by Jenny Penny, Frodsham
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.
Remembrance Sunday St George’s Hall & Hope Street Hotel
Liverpool Wedding Photographer, Pixsmiths Creative Photography enjoyed a special wedding on a cold day in November. Nicola and Hamid brought their Liverpool wedding forward …not knowing it would be a special Remembrance Sunday, being a centenary of WW1. . Fortunately the timing of the ceremony meant the crowds had virtually disappeared and the roads reopened around St George’s Hall. Still it made for a wonderful setting and memorable pictures of Nicola with men in uniforms :-). Nicola looked stunning in her lace bridal dress, with its gorgeous back detail. At Pixsmiths Creative Photography we don’t just take pictures but capture lasting memories, the emotions and all the details of the day.
Liverpool Town Hall weddings now take place in the Jury Room of St George’s Hall which itself is a fabulous venue for portraits. Nicola and Hamid had a touching ceremony here and then a reception at the swish Hope St Hotel with its wonderful view from the top floor room. decorated by the lovely Melanie Nolan of Elegant Twist.
Nicola and Hamid had to make a detour back over to the Wirral to see a poorly relative but with the flexibility of having two photographers, Dave went with them to not only take some pictures but more importantly could share some images taken during the ceremony. Meanwhile Sandy stayed with the rest of the party to capture the details and atmosphere. A wedding rarely goes completely to schedule so it helps to be adaptable.
They returned well in time for the wedding breakfast and atmospheric portraits on the balcony outside. Evening party took place downstairs in the cellar room – a great space to dance the night away and lots of fun.
Many congratulations Nicola and Hamid,, wishing you heath and happiness in the years to come. Here just a few of the images taken – full on-line gallery available.