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coming home. a cosmopolitan wedding at the hope street hotel – anna & phil

November 6th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (58)

We’re beginning the week by heading to one of our favourite cities, Liverpool, for a stylish, contemporary wedding brimming with urban elegance.

Anna and Phil said “I do” in June of this year at the exquisite Hope Street Hotel – a chic, dog-friendly venue. And yes, the latter means that there’s a very special four-legged guest to look out for in the photos…

Plumping for a ‘Liverpool Love’ theme, the couple decided to keep things pared back in the venue itself – allowing the hotel’s stunning city location to take centre stage, with breathtaking views from their private terrace. And of course, no Liverpudlian themed wedding would be complete without an appearance from a Superlambanana!

With images by Lisa Howard Photography.

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (42)

anna says: We got engaged on my birthday, 8th April, in 2016. Phil was insistent that we went out for lunch to The Punchbowl pub, which is where we went on our first date. I was feeling pretty delicate after going out with my friends the night before, but Phil was desperate to go there. We sat on the same seats as on our first date and Phil passed me a birthday present which turned out to be an engagement ring, I was so shocked I couldn’t believe it!

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (63)

We tied the knot on 8th June 2017. We wanted to get married in June and decided to get married on a Thursday as the venue we wanted did mid-week package offers.

We had our ceremony and reception at the Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool. We both live in Sheffield but are originally from Liverpool so decided that it would be nice to get married there. We looked at loads of venues online and then went to a wedding fair at the Hope Street Hotel. As soon as we walked in, we fell in love with it. The views from the Fifth were amazing and the staff were lovely, so we booked it straight away. After we had booked the venue, we saw online that it was a dog friendly hotel so decided to ask if we could have our little dog Martha at the wedding and they loved the idea.

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (48)

We decided on a Liverpool Love theme, since we were coming back to Liverpool and it fitted our venue perfectly.

We went for nude pink, navy and silver colour scheme. We knew we wanted navy and silver but the nude pink was decided once the bridesmaids had picked a dress that they all liked.

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (77)

I didn’t really have any idea what sort of dress I wanted, apart from that I didn’t want strapless. I got my dress from Natalie Ann Brides in Huyton, Liverpool. The staff were all so helpful and made me feel relaxed as soon as we walked in. I didn’t pick my dress – it was actually the lady in the shop who suggested I try it on and I fell in love with it straight away. I paired the dress with Rachel Simpson shoes.

One of my bridesmaids, Estelle Greenhalgh is a makeup artist so she did my hair and makeup along with the other bridesmaids’ and my mum’s, and it looked amazing!

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (5)

Phil chose a dark blue suit paired with a grey tweed waistcoat that we hired from Groom at The Wedding House. His shoes were from Ted Baker.

The bridesmaid dresses were Adrianna Papell and the best man’s suit was the same as Phil’s, also hired from Groom.

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (4)

I stayed in the Hope Street Hotel the night before the wedding so didn’t need transport on the day.

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (7)

Lisa Howard was our photographer. She is one of the recommended suppliers for the Hope Street Hotel and we met her at the wedding fair. As soon as we looked at her photographs we knew that Lisa would capture our wedding perfectly. Neither of us are particularly comfortable about having our photos taken but we felt at ease straight away and Lisa got some amazing photos.

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (16)

Norwegian Wood Florist on Queens Drive supplied our flowers. I wanted peonies in my bouquet as they are my favourite flower so I took some photos of what I wanted and Linda did the rest. We loved my bouquet so much that my mum is getting it preserved for us as a wedding present.

We had minimal decorations for our venue as we didn’t feel like it needed it. Especially the Fifth, where we hosted our ceremony and reception, as we didn’t want to draw away from the floor to ceiling windows overlooking Liverpool.

Norwegian Wood Florist did our table decorations using the same colours and flowers that featured in the bouquets. We had some bunting for the lounge in the evening and some other little touches around the venue.

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (17)

We ordered our invitations, table plan and name cards from Elite Invite on County Road. These were all in fitting with our Liverpool Love theme. They were great in the shop – there was so much to choose from and the staff were really helpful.

We gave out Superlambanana pins to all of our guests as favours as we felt that this fitted the theme of our wedding and we both had the same Superlambanana ornament from before we met (we positioned these in a kissing position on our gift table).

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (24)

Our cake was from L’oven Cake on Smithdown Road. We had carrot, vanilla and chocolate. We took a photo along of the style of cake that we wanted and they made it perfectly. We provided our guests with cake bags to take a piece home with them.

We were spoilt for choice when it came to picking the food for the wedding. In the end, we went for a beef main and sticky toffee pudding as dessert and our guests could choose between white wine, red wine or prosecco.

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (45)

For the entertainment, we decided to book a band called Agent Smith. One of our friends had been to another wedding where they had performed and recommended them. They were fantastic and they got the crowd going. Everyone commented on how good they were.

We had a box of flip-flops for people to slip on and to encourage people to stay on the dancefloor!

We also hired a photo booth from Probooths – they were really reliable and professional.

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (55)

We would most definitely recommend our venue following our wedding. The team was amazing from start to finish. We had a final meeting at the venue the day before we got married and met Amy who was coordinating our wedding on the day and she was fantastic and had everything in hand.

On reflection, it’s hard for us to choose our favourite part of the day because we loved every minute. But, for me, it was probably getting to see Phil for the first time and him finally seeing my dress!

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (61)

We went to Las Vegas for our honeymoon and then on to Vancouver and Vancouver Island. It was amazing, definitely the holiday of a lifetime.

A Pretty City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Lisa Howard Photography (78)

My top tip for other Brides Up North is, just enjoy every single second of the day!

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Alexis Forsyth
Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie. A qualified journalist - Alexis took up the position of editor at the region’s longest running business publication in 2015 before moving into a marketing role for one of the UK’s largest independent arts and craft galleries. Alexis currently edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics. Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue...

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