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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Winter Wedding Thornton Hall: Jake and Sophie
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.
Church: St George’s URC Thornton Hough
Venue: THornton Hall Hotel & Spa
Photography: Pixsmiths Creative Photography
Bridal Dress: Cherish The Bride
Flowers: Helen Wow Flowers
Rings: Rogers Jewellery
Thornton Hall is a wonderful wedding venue with function suites suitable for small or large wedding parties. Indoor and outdoor photography options suitable for weddings all year round>
if you are looking for a photographer or two for a winter weddign at Thornton Hall..or any other time of the year please do get in touch and fill out our inquiry form for a quote.
Williamson Art Gallery Wedding – The First!
A Williamson Art Gallery wedding what a first for this little gem of an art museum and cafe in Birkenhead
Pam and Paul were blessed with being the first couple to have a Williamson Art Gallery wedding in Gallery 4
A real privilege for Pixsmiths to capture their day, Such a unique new venue on the Wirral Wedding scene.
A wedding setting with the backdrop of the Battle of Waterloo is certainly different!
A December wedding but fortunately for Pam and Paul, mild for the time of year so pics could be taken outside.
No bridal preps required so we met with the groom and guests arriving for a few family groups first.
Soon it was time for Pam and her bridesmaids to appear, arriving in Classic Bridal Cars gorgeous Bentley’s.
Mark is like another bridesmaid for you with all his extra touches showing you how to hold your dress as you get out of the car.
Guests enjoyed waiting in the warm cafe area having a cuppa before the ceremony, having arrived by coach in good time.
Pam and Paul had an eventful ceremony, lovely poems by 3 of their guests and their daughter encouraging them to talk louder for their vows!
Afterwards more tea and biscuits whilst the group photos and a quick few portraits taken in the galleries.
Mark again was great at helping with the groups and engaging with the crowd – oh and the baby Bentley ever popular for a few pics!
Onto the Manor Restaurant in Greasby for the well more of a party than a reception – just what this couple wanted.
The function suite is in the original millhouse – ideal for a small wedding celebration.
The favours also had the Art Gallery connection – jars of Honey from their gift shop
So just one simple speech from the groom and no first dance just a great time with friends and family.
Oh and guests trying to outdo each other with Christmas jumpers …but no one expected the groom’s evening attire!
Check out the pictures below!
Pam also had an ingenious dress change up, the lace overlay and train removed from her dress which was then teamed with a little lack bolero jacket.
So clever it looked like a different dress but wasn’t, an elegant dress choice.
Pam and Paul so glad you had a wonderful day and it was worth the wait! May you enjoy much continued happiness love Sandy and Dave x
Spring Wedding Crabwall Manor
Chester Wedding Photography at Crabwall Manor
What a wonderful spring wedding at Crabwall Manor for Tanya and Jonathan, blessed with dry weather when the rest of the week had been wet.
A family affair with Tanya and Jonathan’s daughter walking her down the aisle – oh how cute was that ! Tanya’s 3 sisters were bridesmaids and Jonathan’s brother as best man…in uniform too ladies! The staff at Crabwall are super organised – we saw their timeline of duties for everyone – and made the day go perfectly for this fun loving couple.
Evening entertainment with a photobooth kept kids and adults alike entertained! Congratulations to Tanya and Jonathan, wishing you much love and happiness xx
Relaxed bridal preps with hair and make up by Sharon of Ta-dah Hair and Make Up
Sharon was so calming and was even handy with a needle and thread for a minor running repair and also helped Tanya into her dress.
Always love a good confetti shots – and this was one was a veritable snowstorm!
Crabwall manor has undegone a refurb and the rooms are beautifully updated Tanya and Jonathan’s red colur scheme suited it to perfection