We’re huge fans of Autumn nuptials here at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, and you’ll see why when you spot the lush blooms, fine weather and relaxed atmosphere here today.
WWW readers Anthony and Jennifer were hitched on the 7th October 2016 at St. George’s Hall in Liverpool followed by a party at the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. The setting next to the lake was just so idyllic and the smoke bomb portraits just ooze creative cool. The flowers were a stand out element in their informal and special day. Think rich marsala red blooming dahlias, mixed with cream roses and gypsophila. Jennifer’s bouquet really was a show stopper I’m sure you’ll agree.
The outfits really looked elegant and stylish too, with Jennifer choosing a flowing spaghetti strap lace gown and Anthony was suited and booted in Ted Baker complete with a sharp bow tie. Also look out for the towering butter cream cake, it looked so delicious.
Huge thanks goes to Struth Photography for sharing these remarkable images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Took me down to the beach where we shared our first kiss.
THE VISION | Family, friends, happiness, love and food!
We wanted something that was special to us but not too formal at the same time.
We had a registry office ceremony (although at such a beautiful venue), and then a party afterwards.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We chose colours we both liked and then decided on a final colour theme.
Things were added as the wedding went along, either people kindly gifted them or we organised them when they came to mind.
THE VENUE | St. George’s Hall for the ceremony, followed by Crosby Lakeside.
Both venues were amazing and the people who assisted us made the day.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Wed2b. Totally unexpected style. Expected bohemian and straight/flowing. Loved my dress when I tried it on, but had the train reduced significantly and thin straps added as an option.
Necklace was my something borrowed from my best friend, my earrings were my wedding gift from my husband, my garter was from my mum, my pumps were from Next (I searched high and low for pretty flat wedding shoes, and they were hard to find!).
FINDING THE DRESS | Went to a bridal fair and nearly bought a dress but had second thoughts and luckily didn’t!
Went to Wed2b and tried on lots, but loved the dress I eventually bought. Went back to try on a couple of times before I bought it.
GROOM’ S ATTIRE | Ted Baker suit, Next shirt, bow tie.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | The one which was read in a beautiful Québécois accent by my brothers long term partner Eric Pineault.
To come in: Canon in D Major.
Signing the register: (wrong song played!): Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran.
Leaving: Greatest Day by Take That.
First Dance: You’ve Got The Love by Florence and the Machine.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Anthony’s sister Siân.
Flower girls: daughter Amber, god-daughters Tilly and Kiera.
Bridesmaid in waiting (should have totally had a dress, as was a lifesaver on the day with my other bridesmaid – as always!!) Sarah.
THE FLOWERS | The Flower Barn, Little Crosby. I knew I didn’t want roses as the main flower. I wanted peonies, but they were out of season so we used dahlias, really loved them.
THE CAKE | From Caz’s Kitchen, Waterloo. It was a Victoria sponge and lemon drizzle three tiered cake, which was butter cream frosted, and decorated with flowers from The Flower Barn. It sat on a log cake stand.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Kim and Ant of The Struths – Wedding Photographers. Brilliant couple, passionate about what they do and always up for the perfect shot!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Bunting made by Helen Stitches (a local lady with a fab page).
Centrepieces bought and made by us and family. They were glass vases with stones and candles, with ribbon and twine around the outside.
Favours were macarons in the colours of our wedding made by The Little Macaron Shop, Waterloo. We bought and made the favour boxes, and they kindly filled them for us.
We had a light up A & J, a wish tree, a guest book, a photograph curtain (made by the bride and her brother!), a star curtain (provided by the venue), flowers in jam jars by The Flower Barn.
We were lucky to have had a beautiful green Liverpool bus gifted to us by my brother’s friend for the day for transporting our guests, and my best friends very kindly paid for a VW camper van for our wedding car, which was fab.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Running more than fashionably late due to the camper van man getting stuck in traffic, but enjoying the special journey with my mum.
Seeing my husband to be for the first time.
Our baby girl being a part of our day.
Having our family and friends with us, especially those who travelled to be with us from Canada, Weymouth and London.
Anthony and I having time for our wedding photographs and having fun doing them.
The day going far too fast, and wishing we could do it all over again!!
THE HONEYMOON | Or family-moon as we called it!! Portugal.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Plan and complete as much as you possibly can ahead of time.
Use Pinterest for ideas, and Facebook and Instagram for recommendations.
Remember the day is for you and your love to get married, the rest is lovely, but is all extra to the cherry on the cake of marrying your best friend.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Struth Photography
Flowers | The Flower Barn
Venue | Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre
Cake | Caz’s Kitchen
Dress | Wed2b
Macarons | The Little Macaron Shop
Just so very lovely.
Many thanks to Anthony and Jennifer for sharing all about their wonderful nuptials xo Lou