We’re going bold and beautiful today with WWW readers Sam and Christinna’s wedding which was held on the 16th August 2018. Following the legal ceremony, the whole day took place at the vibrant Constellations, Liverpool. I’m really enjoying their fuss free approach to the décor and planning in general. You can’t argue with toasting after making major decisions and bookings!
The venue itself really creates an impact so not too much decoration was needed, but the marvellously bright florals really added to the effect. The gorgeous bouquets and buttonholes were created by a professional florist but Sam and Christinna actually grew lots of the blooms for the table flowers and arranged them themselves, how great is that?
As Christinna is originally from Denmark, there are some really lovely Danish traditions to look out for, from the yummy looking traditional cake that her Mum made to the cutting off of the ends of the groom’s socks on the dancefloor, I’d love to know the history behind that one!
Dan Hough Wedding Photography captured all the fun and games in these beautiful images. Thank you so much for sharing with us Dan.
Sam proposed to Christinna on a weekend trip to Iceland. He had planned to propose by a waterfall, but a snowstorm trapped them in Reykjavik. Instead he surprised Christinna at Perlan (the pearl), a museum overlooking the city.
We decided quite early in the planning process to have our wedding in Liverpool where we live, rather than ‘back home’ (Sam is from the South West and Christinna is from Denmark), as we wanted to give our friends and family a chance to experience the city. The venue was really important to us as we didn’t want it to feel too wedding-y, and we wanted somewhere with outdoor space that suited our taste. Constellations was perfect: modern and industrial, but cosy at the same time, and with a courtyard! We didn’t have a colour scheme or theme, but instead we went with what we felt suited the venue.
The Planning Process
Once we had picked the venue, planning the wedding was pretty straight forward. We visited a couple of wedding fairs, the National Vintage Wedding Fair at Victoria Baths in Manchester and one at Hinterlands in Liverpool to get some inspiration and meet suppliers. We knew we wanted some DIY elements, but we tried to be realistic about how much we could manage in the lead up to the wedding and kept décor and designs simple. We talked with friends and family to get help with the things that needed to be done a couple of days before the wedding (flowers, cakes), and were lucky to have lots of offers of help. As well as planning the practical things, we had an epic spreadsheet to keep track of costs and payments.
It was an easy decision to have our wedding at Constellations. The location, Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, was ideal- central, but not quite in the city centre, and, having visited before for other events, we loved the look and feel of the venue and could completely imagine having our wedding there. Emma, the events manager, was fantastic and gave us great advice and ideas throughout the planning process, and she made sure everything went smoothly on the day. The staff who worked our wedding were relaxed and friendly and made all our guests feel welcome and at ease.
Your Outfits & Accessories
Christinna: I wore ‘Suri’ by Watters. I had no idea what I wanted from my wedding dress, but I looked online and found a few designers I liked the look of and looked for stockists in my local area. I visited Agape Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, where I had found a few dresses online I liked. I had grand plans to save some money by buying a dress second hand, and just wanted to get an idea of the right shape and style. Things didn’t quite turn out that way. The dress I picked was the second to last dress I tried on, and it fitted me perfectly, without any need for alterations, and I felt confident and comfortable in it. The team at Agape were really helpful and gave me great advice on what veil to pick. My headpiece was a delicate, abstract hairband from Anthropologie, my bracelet was from French Connection, my shoes from ASOS, and my earrings were tiny carved wooden hexagons handmade by close friends.
Sam: I picked a blue Reiss suit, brown Dune shoes, and a burgundy tie to match my groomsmen. I also wore wooden cufflinks, handmade from the same wood as Christinna’s earrings.
Gemma Sandercock runs an eco-friendly salon in Royal Wotton Bassett, and as my regular hairdresser she knows my hair better than anyone else, so I was delighted she agreed to come and do our hair and nails for the wedding. Makeup was by Bethany Smith, also based in Royal Wootton basset. She made our make-up look natural and flawless for the whole day.
Suits were groomsmen’s own and burgundy ties were from ASOS.
Christinna’s sister, Ditte and Caroline, wore mint green ‘Ashling’ dresses from Hobbs.
By Agnes and Bee
We planned to grow some of the flowers ourselves on our allotment, but this was obviously quite risky as we didn’t know how much would be ready the week of our wedding. We planted bulbs successively over a few weeks, and started some seeds off at home, and in the end we got quite a few dahlias, sunflowers and cornflowers, despite the crazy late snow and hot summer this year. We wanted to arrange the table flowers ourselves, but for my bridal flowers, the bridesmaid’s bouquets and the buttonholes to be made professionally. We loved the romantic, unstructured and creative shapes of Kate’s floristry, and she was incredibly supportive of our attempt to grow our own. She was happy to supply us buckets of flowers to add to what we had grown ourselves and gave us advice and suggestions on how to arrange them.
Dan Hough Wedding Photography
We met Dan are at the National Vintage Wedding Fair in Manchester and were immediately drawn to him. He was friendly and put us at ease straight away! We were also keen to get someone who would make the most of our venue, and Dan had lots of experience photographing unusual and industrial venues. Dan was with us from the legal wedding in the morning until our band finished at night, and he worked tirelessly, capturing our venue, our guests and our day perfectly. So many of our guests commented on how much they liked him and how friendly and relaxed he was, we could not recommend him enough!
The Details & Décor
We loved the look at feel of Constellations and didn’t want to add too much in terms of décor, so this was an area where we tried to be as economical as possible. We recycled the tealight holders and vases from Sam’s sister’s wedding a few years previously, and had our families scout for suitable vases at charity shops and car boot sales. We made the ribbon backdrop for the ceremony five days before the wedding from a foraged stick and £20 worth of ribbon from Hobbycraft. Sam made the drum display and floor tom card box from his drumkit, and the order of the day and table plan stands were originally shop signage which we painted and tidied up. The table favours, homemade honeycomb (gluten free and vegan), were made by Christinna’s mum and sister a few days before the wedding.
We had three days in Florence, followed by four days at Salvadonica, an agriturismo in Tuscany, where we relaxed, tasted wine and olive oil, and explore the Tuscan countryside by bike.
We had two wedding cakes, a tiered ‘naked’ cake and a traditional Danish wedding cake called a kransekage, made of marzipan. Christinna’s Mum made the tiered cake, which was layers of sponge filled with vanilla and raspberry buttercream and decorated with fruit. Christinna and her mum made the kransekage a few months before the wedding because, conveniently, it’s best after it’s been frozen and defrosted. There was also a selection of traybakes, cupcakes and shortbread made by friends and family.
The Danish wedding traditions, including guests banging their cutlery or stamping their feet during dinner until Sam and Christinna kissed under the table or on their chairs, and the groomsmen picking Sam up and cutting off the ends of his socks after the first dance…
Advice For Other Couples
It can easily become stressful planning your wedding, so find excuses to celebrate! We had a glass of prosecco or wine every time we made a big decision, signed a contract with a supplier, or made a payment- it helped us enjoy the process and got us really excited for wedding itself.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Dan Hough Wedding Photography
Agnes and Bee
Hair & Nails
What a fabulous day! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful wedding with us Sam and Christinna. Rachel x