14 August 2012

Lorna and Carl's Knowsley Village Wedding and Liverpool Town Hall Reception

Saturday was an unusual day - there was NO rain! Lorna and Carl were so lucky after the kind of summer we've been having.  And I was lucky because I was joined by Aaron Rose Wedding Films - I love working with Matt and his team as we work effortlessly together, to the point where you'd think we were one team.

Lorna and Carl's wedding, which planned to perfection by Lorna's mum, was at the gorgeous little church in Knowsley Village, an unusual church with it's central pews. And it was so nice to have the service taken by Carl's Uncle Geoff, with readings by Lorna's brother and his partner, making it a truly family affair.  The bridesmaids looked spectacular in Manolo-Blahnik-Blue with a gorgeous one shoulder dress that suited each of them. And the bride looked perfect in her white dress - ok, ok, Carl, you looked good too, as did your groomsmen! The flowers were by Fishlocks on Castle Street in Liverpool, who had created a lovely vintage look with the colours they'd put together.

The wedding went on to Liverpool Town Hall, which is one of the city's unsung treasures! I just love the place. And the history to it too - the stairs (I learned this off Dave who compered the wedding reception) are what the stairs for the Titanic were modelled on! Lorna and Carl looked fabulous on the stairs too, as you can see below.

One of the things I love about the Town Hall is that the speeches can be done in the Council Chamber which is such an amazing backdrop, though I felt for Carl's younger brother and bestman who had never done a speech before and had everyone's faces looking right him. But he did a great job, and even had people laughing, which isn't easy to do.

So here is a sneak peek of Lorna and Carl's day, which ended with Xander and the Peace Pirates - I think Rob could have stayed all night to listen to them play, but I forced him to come home!

13 August 2012

Jo and Paul's Knowsley Hall Wedding Part 2 - A Very Special Day

Most weddings have something very special about them - and Jo and Paul's wedding was no different in that respect. But it was the things that made the day special that were different. Like Jo's niece and sister-in-law helping her to get dressed, her Uncle Bobby (hi Uncle Bobby!) joining Jo's brother Mark to walk her down the aisle, the ducks and the sheep (don't ask on the sheep - but Wayne from Knowsley Hall did a great job bringing it along to the meal!), and the amazing dragon fly that landed on Jo's dress, and stayed on Paul's finger for ages when he tried to shoo it away.

Eleanor assisted me with the wedding taking place on a Tuesday (Rob likes to tell everyone he is a wage slave, so he was at work and couldn't join me), and we really enjoyed ourselves with their family and friends - and I think I may even have converted Jo's friend Hayley into believing she can look good in photographs!

This is only a small sneak peek of the photographs, but I just know Jo and Paul are going to love them! As always, Knowsley Hall looked amazing, particularly as we were lucky enough to have the sun out, and Wayne and the team excelled again, looking after everyone with a style and grace that only Knowsley Hall can deliver.

Jo and Paul's Knowsley Hall Wedding - Part 1

It's not often I get to do a two part blog update, but with Jo and Paul things were a bit different. The day before their wedding I joined them for afternoon tea and a walk in the grounds at Knowsley Hall for a pre-wedding shoot with a difference. I don't think I've ever done a pre-wedding shoot on the day before the wedding, except when I've photographed weddings in Italy! But it really was good fun to do it that way. So here is a little sneak peek of the pre-wedding photographs ... wedding photographs to follow.

I love the silliness of these last few photographs.

08 August 2012

Lizzy and Cris's Wedding at Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral and Hope Street Hotel

Lizzy and her mum found me by accident. They were looking for So Coco Rouge, my makeup artist and hair stylist friends now based on Old Haymarket in Liverpool. But the girls were out on a job and Lizzy spotted my business name, pressed the bell, and hoped. It was a day I was all alone in the office, and I was just thinking of packing up for the day.  We sat and chatted for a while - almost too long as we all suddenly realised that they might miss their bus home, so a quick trip to the bus station got them there just on time.

And then I heard nothing! I was convinced we'd connected and that I'd be able to do something wonderful for Lizzy and Cris. But there was no email, no phone call. Until a few weeks later when Lizzy got in touch saying she had been busy with work and was ready to book. And I knew I was in for a treat. Aside from Lizzy's mum being adorable, giving me a hint of the kind of family she was from, the location of their wedding was sure to be special - Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral! And from there onto one of my favourite hotels, the boutique Hope Street Hotel.

Now you know the weather we've been having this summer, so it comes as no surprise that yet again we had a day of sunshine and showers, but it didn't put a dampner on the day, even giving us enough time for Lizzy to walk to the Cathedral with her mum, dad, sister and bridesmaids. It was very special walking along Hope Street with the wedding party.

It's hard to describe how special the cathedral is, so I will let the photographs tell the story themselves in this sneak peek. You can see the gorgeous Cris anticipating the arrival of his bride, and the joy on his face when the confetti is thrown after they are married. I just know they'll be very happy together.