Leverhulme Hotel Wedding Photography: Sarah & Chris

Leverhulme Hotel Wedding Photography: Sarah & Chris

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

gorgeous back detail Bespoke Brides dress

bride arriving for Leverhulme Hotel wedding

This is it, this is the moment! time to get married!

ah a little moisture in his eye  as Sarah comes down the aisle!

bridal entrace for Leverhulme Hotel wedding

so love the back detail on Sarah’s gorgeous dress

civil ceremony, vows Leverhulme Hotel Wedding

Wirral Marquee Wedding Reception: Laura & Dan

Wirral Marquee Wedding Reception: Laura & Dan

Relaxed Wirral Marquee Wedding Reception

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

Liverpool Ceremony

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.

Dress Tina Louise – Ronald Joyce Design
Hair (bridal party) : Hairby Kathleen
Make up Georgia G MUA
Flowers: Nicola Saverimutto Oxton Flowers
Music : Jason Allan
Photography : Pixsmiths Creative Photography
Marquee : Astra Marquees
Bar : Katie Graham Diorbhail Wentworth Calum Graham Tom Anderson
Beer: Wilderness Brewery
Cake : Liverpool Cheese Company

Joyful Civil Ceremony Birkenhead Town Hall : Anne & Ken

Joyful Civil Ceremony Birkenhead Town Hall : Anne & Ken

Civil Ceremony Birkenhead Town Hall

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

civil ceremony Birkenhead town hall

 

Marco’s Hoylake Wedding: Natasha and Alex

Marco’s Hoylake Wedding: Natasha and Alex

Marcos Hoylake Wedding: Natasha and Alex

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

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!

Church Ceremony

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!

Reception

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

Bride arrival St Hildeburgh's Church Hoylake with Classic Bridal Cars

just before entering for weddign at St Hildeburg's Hoylake flowers - Earth Heswall

weddign prayers St Hildeburgs Hoylake wedding

bridal portrait Marco's Hoylake Holiday Inn Express

 

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

Thornton Manor Wedding Photographer: Emily & Peter

Thornton Manor Wedding Photographer: Emily & Peter

Emily and Peter’s Sunshine Wedding at Thornton Manor

We were so delighted that peter and Emily asked Pixsmiths to be their Thornton Manor wedding photographer.
Thornton Manor is one of our most local venues and we love coming here its such a gorgeous place,in the Cheshire countryside>
Always well organised and staff are brilliant The grounds and rooms are just stunning and a perfect wedding venue – exactly why Emily and Peter chose it.

Bridal make up and hair preps were in the spacious Gatehouse and then Emily got dressed in an even more spacious room in the main house.
Very impressed with how he team organised transfer of belongings over.  Emily was super organised from early on with make up already done when we arrived some hours before the ceremony.
Peter had Emily all emotional with the message on his card to her and had arranged for her Nan’s chain (which she wore every day prior to her passing) to be placed in her bouquet. A thoughtful way to remember her Nan and Emily’s mum also got teary seeing it too. Emily wore flowers in her hair to match the lilac of the bridesmaids dresses.  Lovely detail in  the top beading detail of their dresses which matched that of Emily’s gorgeous dress. Little Oliver, Emily’s nephew almost stole the show though, so cute!

We always enjoy plenty of time relaxing  with the girls and get some venue shots. Seeing as the girls were getting ready on site it was easy to capture the groomsmen arrival too.
The groomsmen added to the colour of the day by wearing a variety of colourful socks.

The dining room(through the Grand Hall) was packed with family and friends  for the ceremony – lovely to see the bridesmaids escorted down the aisle before Emily made her stunning appearance with her proud dad- she looked radiant all day!   Celebratory drinks and out for confetti mingling and photos before the wedding breakfast. The Lime avenue was looking stunning in the sunshine

The music room always looks fabulous and today was no exception, truly a grand setting for a memorable meal.  We loved the expression of joy on Emily’s face when she was shown the room.
Lots of cheers and hand waving as Peter and Emily were announced in as the new Mr and Mrs.  Good food and entertaining speeches followed, the best man had everyone laughing.

Time for a stroll after the meal to get some fresh air and some softer light portraits -in the beautiful flower decked sunken garden area
Extra portraits are a bonus when we are booked for a full day package, making the most of your photo opportunities and spreadign it over the day.
Soon time for the evening dancing and party with the casino going down a treat, certainly provided for a  lively atmosphere!

It was great to work with Stuart Appleyard of Appleyard Productions too, we worked together really well, all of us liking the natural unobtrusive approach
The sun shone all day and everyone had a great time.
Thank you Peter and Emily that we could capture and share in your day and we wish you much continued happiness
love Sandy & Dave x

Thornton Manor Hotel Manor House

thornton manor wedding photographer sppeches

first dance, music room Thornton Manor Thornton Manor wedding photographer

 

Venue: Thornton Manor
Caterign and Events Management: Chapman Holmes
Photography: Pixsmiths Creative Photography
Videography: Appleyard Productions
Entertainment Dave Bladen
Cake: Terry Tang
Florist: Passion for Flowers – lilac/ivory
Blackjack tables : Fun Casinos

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