Burscough couple Angharad and Tim didn’t follow the crowd when they got married at The Venue Royal Liver Building Liverpool and planned a day to showcase their personalities perfectly. This included ring bearing flying owls, colourful rustic flowers and personal touches from Heavenly Blue designs.
The newlyweds wanted natural but creative wedding photography and chose Wes Simpson Weddings because that is my speciality. By choosing me to photograph their day, the couple wasn’t away from their family and friends for too long. Nothing was staged or over posed and every photo is a true insight into their wedding and a timeless reminder of the best day of their life.
Here is their Royal Liver Building wedding photography story…
ROYAL LIVER BUILDING WEDDING
Hi, we are Angharid and Tim from Burscough in Lancashire. We got married at the simply named ‘The Venue’ at the iconic Royal Liver Building, which is situated on the Liverpool waterfront one of the most famous buildings in England.
We had always dreamt of a wedding in Liverpool and The Venue Royal Liver Building with vista views of both the city and the Welsh mountains in the distance (a compliment to my heritage) was the perfect venue for us.
We chose this Liverpool wedding venue because we wanted somewhere different with the WOW factor… And The Venue Royal Liver Building defiantly had that!!! We fell in love with the iconic venue the minute stepped inside and knew that the photos would be absolutely phenomenal.
When you step outside of The Royal Liver Building you’re on Liverpool’s famous Pier Head, which makes the perfect backdrop for your Liverpool wedding photographs add to that the super helpful staff and amazing food and you have one of the best wedding venues in the country.
WEDDING DRESS – “THE ONE”
Ever since I was little, there was a wedding dress shop in Preston, Dan Kerr Brides, which I used to drive past with my mum. I always remember saying “When I’m grown up, I’m going to get my wedding dress from there.” And I did!
My Ronald Joyce wedding gown was called Robyn. It wasn’t anything I ever thought I’d go for but I felt like a princess in it and I just knew “it was the one”! I complimented my look with a pair of designer Jimmy Choo wedding shoes.
The men all wore navy 3 piece suits. All the grooms’ party had white shirts with the same colour ties and hankies. The bridesmaids and Tim had a matching colour theme; he had a lilac shirt with an ivory Hermes tie and the bridesmaids wore detailed lilac dresses.
The day began with bridal preparations at The Shankly Hotel. I think the morning of your wedding can easily get overlooked, but I loved getting ready with all the girls, playing music, having a few drinks and a bite to eat, it was so simple but really special.
My Dad came to collect in the morning before we went to the Royal Liver Building. We took the time to do a ‘reveal’ for when my dad first saw me in my wedding dress. It was a beautiful private moment, just Dad and myself in the hallway with Mum watching on. Wes perfectly but discretely captured some heartfelt pictures that I will treasure forever.
We didn’t really have a theme. I just knew I didn’t want the same old wedding as everyone else. I chose bright flowers from the time of year and had one of my really close friends, Hannah from Heavenly Blue make all the place settings for the guests and a few other personalised touches that just set it off.
We’ve never been a couple who follow the crowd. We wanted our wedding to showcase our personalities as much as possible. We had flying owls, white doves and a beautiful vintage ladder where we put photos of our parents and grandparents on from their wedding day.
I also had a photo of a friend who should have been a guest, but sadly passed away a few months before. As you can tell, photography is important to us and it was a special part of our wedding.
BELLA BALLROOM WEDDING CEREMONY
The wedding ceremony took place in the Bella Ballroom at The Venue Royal Liver Building, a fantastic room with incredible views over the River Mersey as we said: “I DO.” We had 50 guests during the day and 200 in the evening.
Walking down the aisle, holding my dad’s hand was very special (when I finally got to the end after a veil technical fault) and saw Tim. It was very touching and I will remember these moments forever!
The wedding breakfast and evening reception was in the Bertie Suite. It was basically a huge party where everyone danced their asses off, had photos in the Moonbooth, ate from the chocolate fountain and drank copious amounts of alcohol. But most of all had a bloody good night!
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ROYAL LIVER BUILDING WEDDING SUPPLIERS
My advice for couples reading this who are planning a wedding… Just take the day as it comes! There’s no point in stressing out as when it gets to the day it’s out of your control! The day is about marrying your best friend and soul mate… Not the messy flowers or wonky cake!
Key wedding suppliers that made our Royal Liver Building wedding extra special:
Wedding Photographer – Wes Simpson
Katie Jane from The Salon Southport, she did an amazing job on our hair.
Heavenly Blue for all the personal touches and place settings.
Blossoms house of flowers for the phenomenal flowers and decoration.
Love gets sweeter videography.
And of course, our amazing Liverpool wedding photographer Wes Simpson Weddings, who captured meaningful pictures and provided us with a wedding album we love.
The address for The Royal Liver Building – The Venue Royal Liver Building, Pier Head, Liverpool, L3 1HU. Tel: 0151 559 1950
FAVOURITE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPH
It’s is far too hard to choose just 1 single picture from my wedding day at The Royal Liver Building, but if I had to it would have to be one of the ones of me and Tim just after we said: “I DO” during the ceremony.
Wes also got the most amazing photo of my mum and dad as we were saying our vows. An “in-between moment’ as Wes calls them. The picture perfectly sums up their love, pride and relationship.
LIVERPOOL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
I knew I wanted Wes as our photographer, even before I was engaged! His photography and portfolio stood out to me in a way that no other photographer did. The shots were natural but captured the feelings, expressions and love absolutely perfectly.
On the wedding day, we had such a laugh with Wes, when we left The Royal Liver Building and went off the get some shots of just me and Tim around the Pierhead and Liverpool waterfront, half of the time, you didn’t even know Wes was there. He showed us things in the pictures he captured that we didn’t even know had happened.
LIVER BUILDING WEDDING PHOTOS
“There’s nothing that I can actually say about how amazing his work really is, the phenomenal photos speak for themselves! Wes captured our day absolutely perfectly and us as a couple. We will treasure our album forever! Thank you, Wes!” – Angharad
LIVERPOOL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
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