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.
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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
Intimate Liverpool Town Hall Wedding: Jennie & Simon
Just last week Pixsmiths had the pleasure of kicking off our 2018 wedding season with a delightful intimate Liverpool Town Hall wedding for Jennie and Simon A cold brisk but dry day for the gathering of family at Liverpool’s Town Hall. A splendid grade I listed building, one of the finest Town Halls from the 18th century. Situated in the heart of Liverpool’s cultural centre Its civic rooms are a complete example of late Georgian decoration with its portraits and chandeliers. Well worth a tour – check out website for details.
Jennie and Simon booked us just a few weeks before their wedding – one of our special midweek packages we are available for. So happy, even though a short wedding package they appreciated having professional quality images to mark their special day. Dave happily captured the couples arrival. Jennie with her mum who was understandably emotional at her daughters’s wedding. Jennie looking so elegant in her lace knee length dress with beautiful back button detail. The bridal bouquet was a beautiful mix of purple flowers, white roses and thistles with green leaves interspersed.
City Chic Intimate Liverpool Town Hal Wedding
Jennie was pleasantly surprised to see the screen announcement in the foyer for their wedding Soon it was time for the ceremony, such an elegant room befitting our couple. Vows were made in front of their immediate family to much joy. No bridesmaids of groomsmen just a simple beautiful couple and their family. Ceremony captured and it was time for a few family groups and then couple emerged joyously for some couple shots before heading to 30 James St for their private meal. The Chinese lanterns from the recent Chinese New Year celebrations added wonderful splash of red to the square along with the telephone boxes.
30 James St Reception
Only a short walk to 30 James St, but cold enough when you have a lace dress on, so not surprisingly Jennie was wrapped up in her coat. Their room balcony made for some extra shots over the Liverpool skyline as Jennie and Simon enjoyed the late February sunshine before they were left to enjoy their meal. A table set up for their party was ideal for this city chic intimate wedding reception.
Many congratulations Jennie and Simon we wish you much happiness enjoy your blog highlights love Sandy & Dave x
We look forward to being back at 30 James St in just a few weeks time for another wedding.
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Christmas Black Tie Themed Wedding at the Shankly Hotel Wedding Garden of Eden: Stephanie & Laurence
The Engagement 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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How appropriate for Remembrance Day is this blog post of a winter wedding at Thornton Hall Hotel with Jake and Sophie. Jake served in the British Army in Afghanistan sadly several of his mates are no longer around to celebrate his wedding day. On this day of remembrance we pause and remember all those who lost their lives serving for their country.
A wedding day Jake nearly never had too..he and his best man were shot up in blasts in Afghanistan and have been slowly recuperating..a recent operation was just a few months ago. Must be every girlfriends nightmare to receive such news from the war. can only imagine the emotions and thoughts that went through their minds, not knowing what the future might hold. Sophie determinedly and devotedly looked after Jake, virtually becoming his carer over night. I’m sure that must have aided his recovery, so to see them healthy and happy on their wedding day was truly a blessing. I got quite teary eyed hearing their story in the speeches before the wedding breakfast.
Detail shots were captured at Sophie’s parents home whilst Sophie and her maids were in Liverpool for hair and makeup pampering. I was glad to cover the getting ready details when the girls arrived back, whilst Dave went off to St George’s in Thornton Hough to meet the guys prior to the ceremony. Ha I got to ride in the limo with the bridesmaids too – ther was plenty of room! It was a lovely touch to see some of the congregation attend the ceremony, meant a lot to Sophie and Jake who enjoy attending the services here.
Sophie’s Dad proudly led his only daughter down the aisle to Jake – lovely shot of Sophie smiling as Jake had to compose himself Sophie looked amazing in her Stella York dress from Cherish the Bride with its accompanying lace edged cathedral length veil. Not sure who was more nervous Jake with his bride being nearly 3o mins late or the minister doing only his third wedding! All went well and soon it was out for a group shot before the waiting cars whisked them off to Thornton Hall
Barely a hour to before speeches, we whizzed through a few family formals and bride and groom portraits, phew that was quick but we made it! Time then for us all to eat the delicious food prepared by Thornton Hall Hotel and then time to mingle with the guests before the evening reception Much fun was had in the photobooth and we got a few more shots using the hotel features after the meal using extra lighting that is needed for winter weddings. Jake and Sophie it was a real privilege to cover your wonderful day and we wish you much happiness and health for the future.