This is the story of Jenny and James, who went from school sweethearts to settled newlyweds with a Liverpool wedding to remember. Prior to their wedding, this couple had stuck together for 13 years thanks to lots of love and laughter. To us, this sounds like the best recipe for a happy ever after.
This was totally unexpected and very private. The couple had been out shopping and returned home to have dinner in the garden. So far so fairly ordinary. Jenny then went into the kitchen to find James down on one knee. Her first thought was that he had fallen over! Thankfully the situation soon became clear, she said YES and the couple began to plan their Liverpool wedding.
Their Liverpool Wedding Vision and Venues
Jenny and James wanted a great party for their nearest and dearest; a day that was laid back, fun and included the family.
They got married in St Albans Church in Wallasey and then took a vintage red bus provided by Aintree Coachline to their chosen reception venue, recognised and featured How to I Do venue, Siren, in Liverpool city centre.
Jenny and James are fans of the industrial look, so Siren was a perfect choice for their Liverpool wedding. They fell for the glass windows, high ceilings and the stunning roof terrace. Located in the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool they also knew that it would provide fantastic photo opportunities too.
Siren also came up trumps on the catering front. The couple opted for sharing platters to start with (think lamb koftas, pitta, hummus, olives, haloumi and feta) followed by a choice of Sri Lankan coconut chicken curry or lamb. The nosh was plentiful and delicious.
As for dessert, more on that later…
Wedding Dresses and Suits
Jenny didn’t want to spend a fortune on a wedding dress. She initially bought a dress on eBay that she then abandoned. Following a recommendation, Jenny headed to Penny Gray Bridal on the Wirral where she found THE DRESS. By this stage it was too late to order a dress in. Undeterred, Jenny enlisted the wizardry of Charlotte in The Sewing Room, West Kirby, to transform a sample dress into her gorgeous wedding gown. Phew!
As for James, he found his suit and waistcoat at TM Lewin and his shoes from ASOS. The couple hired suits for Jenny’s Dad and brother from Attire in Wallasey. The couple weren’t fussed about everyone matching so everyone else wore what they liked! James completed his look with a floral a tie from Mrs Bowtie.
Jenny and James decided to have lots of little people in the bridal party! It was too difficult to choose between their friends, and check out the cuteness!! The flower girls wore dresses from Monsoon and shoes from Zara. Jenny and her friends also spent many evenings making flower hoops and headbands.
Flowers and Decorations
The couple kept things simple with different coloured candles and gin bottles and jars which they filled with supermarket flowers. They also enlisted the help of our featured florist, Michelle Anne Floristry. Jenny reports that Michelle was outstanding from the word go; despite the last minute briefing, her service was amazing! They used lots of bright colours to create a setting of happiness and delight.
This was a wedding that got many people involved. We are going to try and recognise them all!
As for hair and make-up, Jenny had a best friend and hairdresser fly in from AUSTRALIA. She must be good! Rebecca Devin from Mane in Wallasey did her make-up, opting for a fresh and natural look.
There was no wedding cake at this wedding. The couple felt that it would be too traditional. They also had a good friend in the owner of a local bake house, Wild Pear Bakery, who created their dream dessert table! Apparently, it looked and tasted incredible!
Jenny’s sister-in-law of Luna June Paper Co. created the wedding stationery and James’ mum and sister also did the favours. All sounds like a lot of fun, since they did homemade flavoured gin. Blueberry or rhubarb anyone?!
Photography and Entertainment
Katie Dervin captured these cool and quirky shots that will no doubt be treasured forever.
The entertainment was a DJ provided by WeddingJam. Jenny and James decided to have the song Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for their first dance to avoid something cheesy, and because the lyric, “home is whenever I’m with you” carries a special meaning to them.
We asked them, what were the best bits? They tell us that it was walking into Siren and seeing the venue and dessert table all set up! They couldn’t believe that they were lucky enough to have their wedding somewhere so beautiful. Jenny and James also loved seeing all of their ideas come to life!
We also asked what was their advice for future couples? They say decide on numbers first then then choose your venue based on that. It sounds simple but it’s so important! Choose good food and drink and look after your guests. Stick to your guns and make sure your wedding represents you and what you love!
A huge thank you to Jenny and James for allowing us to share their ultra-cool Liverpool wedding.
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