If you like shabby chic, you’ll love this rustic themed wedding Meols Hall, Church Town, Southport.

Liverpool couple Ellie and Paul met whilst working together at the Lloyds Bar in Concert Square. They went for a rustic themed wedding and even travelled in a vintage VW camper-van when they got married at the beautiful Meols Hall, Tithe Barn, Southport.

Here is their story…

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The day began with bridal preparations in the Penthouse at the trendy Vincent Hotel in Southport. Ellie stated that because she’s been with Paul for so long she was really laid back in the build-up, even on the day when she expected that she would be nervous… especially as there were a few small hiccups in the morning! but on the whole, she was cool as a cucumber.

“The whole wedding day was just so easy and stress-free which was really bizarre. In fact, the VW Campervan driver thought that Paul was a wedding guest instead of the groom because of how laid back and at ease he was.” – Ellie


Ellie wore a nude lace mermaid style wedding dress by Anna Sorrano. – She looked beautiful and remarked “It was such a difference to her usual ‘Tom Boy’ attire” however she made sure not to forget her flip-flops!


The ceremony took place at the Tithe Barn Meols Hall, an historical manor house in Churchtown, Merseyside, on the edge of Southport. The couple chose this wedding venue as they love anything rustic and it fitted in perfectly with their décor and taste. Meols Hall was beautifully decorated with baby’s breath flowers. Paul even added his own unique personal touch with Deer Antlers on the top table!


The ceremony began with their Daughter handing Paul and Ellie their vows and finished with her walking them back down the aisle as Man and Wife. It was a moving ceremony, full of love and tender smiles.

One of the stand out moments for me – which I call ‘an in-between moment’ was during the ceremony when I spotted a young boy holding hands and looking at his Grandad as Paul and Ellie said their vows. It reminded me of the special relationship I had with my own Grandad who introduced me to photography.

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After the ceremony, the guests headed to the cobbled courtyard within the grounds of Tithe Barn at Meols Hall for a drinks reception of Prosecco. The sun was shining perfectly as there was a fun twist of vintage ice cream being served from an old fashioned bicycle.

The newly married coupled were then whisked away for some relaxed but beautiful wedding photographs taken in the stunning grounds of Meols Hall.

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The couple chose Wes Simpson Weddings to photograph their wedding at Meols Hall because they wanted a wedding photographer who would allow them to be true to themselves and capture them at their best, give a little direction if need be but on the whole, a photographer who would capture the day as it happened.

Ellie states – “We found Wes through recommendation, we viewed his website and fell in love with his portfolio of work. He made the process of booking him easy. On the wedding day, he photographed things we didn’t even know had happened! We now have a beautiful storybook wedding album of our day, the printing of the pages are on ‘fine art paper’ which perfectly complements our rustic wedding theme.


At the reception, guests were served with wine and enjoyed a delicious 3-course meal. After the wedding breakfast Ellie’s sister who gave her away gave a speech mentioning all those embarrassing moments; Along with speeches from the best man and maid of honour, Paul gave a speech thanking all of the guests. The reception was very laid back and full of funny moments and a few drunken guests!

In the evening Paul and Ellie had a disco, the DJ played all their favourite music with strict instructions not to play any Abba or Rocky Horror. The newly married couple made sure Mandy (Ellie’s sister) was turned down if she requested them, even if she did play the ‘sister card’… And she did try!

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Wedding planning tip’s from the bride.

When looking for a wedding dress Ellie says she originally wanted to splash out on a really expensive wedding gown but saw more value in the photographs than spending thousands on a dress.

Ellie’s wedding planning advice would be – “Try and take everything in your stride. Don’t get bogged down and stressed with the little details. Of course, we all have this idea of a perfect day but you have to remember why you are doing this in the first place. To marry the love of your life!’


I really enjoyed photographing Ellie and Paul’s ‘rustic shabby chic wedding’ at Meols Hall. So if you’re planning a wedding and looking for a photographer for your Southport wedding or anywhere else in the world, get in touch!