Julie and Loll held a beautiful Kings Gap Hoyalke wedding vow renewal recently. Julie decided to plan things a bit differently from her original wedding. She had planned meticulously and researched so Pixsmiths were delighted o be asked to capture some memories here for them
For her silver wedding vow renewal, it was a relaxed outdoor ceremony at Kings Gap Hoylake. The sun was out in force! – how suited for their star wars themed event. Julie wore a stunning silver tulle and satin dress. The colour was so fitting for this occasion. A beautiful ceremony conducted by a local Pastor Peter from Irby Emmanuel.
So much packed into the day for them: Star wars cake, light sabers and ribbons and outdoor lawn games for the kids. The light sticks make for a great group tunnel picture. We had beautiful owls visit from the owl rescue sanctuary. All the guests loved the owls and enjoyed having pictures with them. Even a mishap with owl poo didn’t phase Julie, all was dealt with efficiently. Such beautiful birds.
Even more entertainment was planned later in the evening with magician, photo booth and ice cream from Isabelle Ices There was even an ice sculpture vodka luge to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary It certainly was a jam-packed day for all. Before all that, we managed to whisk our couple away for some gorgeous couple portraits on the nearby beach at Red Rocks
What a start to the August Bank Holiday weekend. One full of sunshine. So happy for you Julie and Loll, we wish you many more years of happiness. Hope you enjoy your highlights from the time we had with you. Much love Dave & Sandy xx
Intimate Sheldrakes Restaurant Wedding Dee Estuary
Sheldrakes Restaurant Wedding
We always love having an intimate Sheldrakes Restaurant wedding to shoot. Its a fab wedding venue right on the Dee estuary and local to us. We often cover ceremony, family pics and portraits here for an affordable wedding photography solution Not everybody wants full day coverage and we are glad we can be flexible being such a local Wirral venue.
Jonathan and Debbie booked us for such a package – and its surprising how much can be covered in this time. A relaxed day with guests enjoying a drink on teh terrace before the ceremony A joyful Sheldrakes Restaurant wedding – a lovely touch was Jonathan waiting at the top of the aisle for Debbie. Her proud dad handing her over and then letting the two of them walk together the rest of the way down the aisle to get married.
It was a bit of an overcast day but we got through the family groups and portraits in the nick of time. Literally just as the raindrops started to fall! Happily by then it was time for the wedding breakfast to begin so all was well and everyone kept dry.
Jonathan and Debbie thank you for being such a great couple and asking us to cover your intimate wedding It was a joy to see you enjoy each others company so much and all teh giggles you shared. We wish you much happiness.
Leverhulme Hotel Wedding Photography: Sarah & Chris
Sarah and Chris had a fabulous day for their summer Leverhulme Hotel Wedding . Been so looking forward to sharing this post after their honeymoon. More importantly Sarah and Chris had looked forward to this day they had planned so well. Sarah & Chris have been together for 10 years and had put much love and thought into this day.
We love all the details and candid shots as well as some fun groups. We had the cutest flower girl and page boy! A beautiful gift of a memory box, lovingly put together by her bridesmaids – with envelopes to be opened at certain times/years from the wedding We dodged the rain, getting back from the portraits at the Dell just in time…and then it cleared again after speeches – just perfect for some evening shots
So many fab suppliers on hand too, we knew it would be a fab day. Bespoke Brides Ltd for Sarah’s gorgeous dress Emma Lampkin of Emmaculate hair & makeup Lovely also to work with Sapphire Bespoke Events – who had the ceremony and reception at its sparkly best and adorned with glorious flowers from Lyndaflora The stationery from Elizabeth-Rose Designs Wirral matching the sparkly detail so well Pixel Booth provided fun for the evening and guests enjoyed the piano playing and later lve band of Rock Revolution Great to work with Madison Picture too – check out their highlight video Loved the big heart drop frame – of course someone had to write, “One Chris is all it takes” ..seemed to be song of the day!
Many congratulations guys, such an amazing day for you with your friends and family. We are so privileged to share and capture your day. Wishing you many more years of happiness. Enjoy your highlights and we look forward to making your keepsake album
This is it, this is the moment! time to get married!
ah a little moisture in his eye as Sarah comes down the aisle!
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.
Just last Saturday Pixsmiths were invited to a Civil ceremony Birkenhead Town Hall and reception afterwards of Anne and Ken The day was dry but grey but Anne and Ken and their family and friends made this a colourful and joyful event. No snow as such …even if there was Anne and Ken would soon melt it – sizzling! Originally planned just before Christmas Anne and Ken were so disappointed to have to cancel that date but this time it was systems go!
What a wonderful day it was too, such an excited bride, Anne was literally hopping up and down with happiness in the ceremony Anne’s daughters made gorgeous bridesmaids and so colourful in their apricot coloured dresses. Katey had been busy organising not only flowers and cake but also doing makeup and nails. All the girls looked amazing, gorgeous Anne’s grandson so smart as he proudly walked her down the aisle. Anne looked so elegant in her ivory dress from wed2be with matching jacket Such an endearing wedding, so romantic to see this couple so happy, dare I say like love-struck teenagers. Romance is timeless and beautiful to witness this couple’s special day
Informal reception followed at St Joseph’s in Wallassy were guests were entertained by Joanne Dennis with her powerful & beautiful voice and Markie James also singing beautifully and helping with favours Mike Jones & his close up, mind blowing magic; Joro with delicious vegan catering & Angie from St Joseph’s venue in Wallasey who made sure everything was just right for Anne and ken on their arrival.
This was such a joyful wedding of two beautiful people who deserve every happiness. Don’t think they stopped smiling all day long! It was our absolute privilege to share a few hours with them and capture some treasured memories
Another local Wirral wedding for Pixsmiths! Back at St Hildeburgh (we were her just a few weeks earlier for John and Sarah’s spring wedding) Reception was literally just across the road to Marcos Holiday Inn Hoylake – couldn’t be more handy This was a first time we had worked with weddign planner Charlotte Dodd of Charlotte Elise Weddings and Events and it was great – so well organised and good communication beforehand. This wedding was a great collaboration of many suppliers we love to work with too – all helps for smooth running of the day. Our Blue Orchid team may not exist in name now but we still collaborate where we can to theme a wedding
Bridal preps were just around the corner from Marcos too – see really couldn’t be much handier, a very neat triangle of venues. MUA was Cathryn Ann Rawlinson and Claire Kendrick on hair – fab combo! Being local Sandy could stay with the girls until late and then walk to the church to catch up with Dave and the men and prepare for the church ceremony Alex was surprised with his ride from Liverpool where he was getting ready in a red mustang – his face was a picture!
Natasha looked so elegant in her Morilee gown with its intricate beading with embroidered lace applique and an illusion beaded back panel and well looked after by her bridesmaids in their pastel coloured gowns from The Wirral Wedding House. Alex was overcome when he saw his beautiful bride Natasha left tradition behind and walked down the aisle by her self too – very brave of her. Bit of rain post ceremony so group shot inside and then we made it out for the confetti tunnel Always good to have indoor and outdoor options for our British weather!
The planned shoot at Red Rocks would have been a bit silly on wet slippery rocks so its was off to Hoylake Prom for a few pictures in the gorgeous Bentley from Classic Bridal Cars Soon it was time to head back to Marcos for the group photos – yay no rain now and we took some more portraits in the garden The Garden room was beautifully decked out by Sapphire bespoke Events – stellar as always
Oh and what a treat all the guests had with Mike the Magician on hand to entertain and not forgetting a so scrumptious Squidges cookie table – totally delicious – plus made for an interesting ring shot! Entertainment was provide by Mike the Magician who wowed his audience as always with his tricks. The evening DJ was Frank Keating of Wirral Wedding Parties and as always his Mr And Mrs Shoe game was fun and a talking point
Thank you Natasha and Alex – it was a pleasure to cover your wedding and we wish you much happiness and health for the future . Love Sandy & Dave
Venue: Marcos New York Italian Hoylake Venue Dresser: Sapphire Bespke Events Photography: Pixsmiths Creative Photography Wedding Planner: Charlotte Elise Weddings and Events Cars: Classic Bridal Cars MUA Cathryn Ann Rawlinson Hair – Claire Kendrick Flowers from Earth Heswall Bridesmaids dressed from Wirral Wedding House Bridal gown from Tina Louise Stationery: Pink Sherbert Designs Cookie Table: Squidges Bakery DJ- Frank Keating LED dance floor _ James Smith Magician – Mike Jones