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sail away with me. catherine deane for a vintage inspired wedding in liverpool – aimee & chris

November 20th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (46)

With a penchant for all things history-related, it’s no surprise that today’s gorgeous bride, Aimee ended up marrying fiancé, Chris at the home of Titanic in Liverpool, with their vintage glamour theme tying in just perfectly.

Aimee’s fabulous Catherine Deane lace gown is the epitome of period elegance and we just love her vintage-inspired hair and makeup, beautifully completing her bridal day look. Donning an air force blue suit and grey tartan waistcoat, Chris was very much in keeping with the retro vibes, too…we feel like we’re swooning over a wedding from yesteryear, not one from earlier this summer!

Throw in some rather stunning wild and natural bouquets and the most beautiful floral arrangements for their ceremony space, not to mention Pimms, a harpist and an indulgent red velvet and champagne cream cake, and you’ll start to get a flavour of what to expect from the couple’s truly exquisite day.

With images by Robert Leons Photography.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (27)

aimee says: We got engaged on a trip to Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, on 9th August 2014. I have a history degree and I love visiting historic places across the country. Chris planned a surprise trip to my favourite stately home and proposed in the gardens.

Our wedding date was 12th August 2017. We wanted a summer wedding, and Chris is a teacher so it made sense to have it over the summer holidays. We had three years between our engagement and our wedding because we wanted to save up so that the day could be everything we dreamed of.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (44)

We got married at 30 James Street, Home of the Titanic, in Liverpool. Both the ceremony and reception were held here. I studied the building as part of my degree. It was the White Star Line headquarters where the Titanic was registered. Liverpool is also the city where we met. We fell in love with the venue immediately and didn’t even consider another.

The theme was ‘vintage glamour’, as the building itself was built in 1898 and my dress was inspired by that era. We were aiming for a ‘summer’s garden’ look, which we felt would complement the vintage theme. As such, there was no specific colour scheme, but the tones and details all matched our idea of what this should look like. The inside of the building was gold and vintage looking, so we matched our stationery to this.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (32)

I’ve always known that I didn’t want a traditional white dress. I started searching for a dress designer that created gowns reminiscent of a bygone era and I hoped that I would find one with golden tones. This search led me to Catherine Deane and I made an appointment with a shop that was listed as a stockist. I visited Agapé Bridal Boutique in Altrincham and immediately found ‘the one’. The Lita gown was everything that I had dreamt of. It was practical and comfortable but also glamorous and elegant. The staff at Agapé provided a warm and friendly experience and ensured that each of my visits felt special. I wore a matching veil by Catherine Deane but replaced this with a Debbie Carlisle headpiece (Sylvie) during the evening reception. The shoes I wore were Anastasia Gold by Charlotte Mills and I finished my outfit with a simple gold bracelet by Emmy London.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (12)

Chris wore a tailor-made, three-piece suit in air force blue with brown brogues. He wore this with a grey tartan waistcost, blue and white polka dot tie with a silver tie pin, and finished with a pocket watch and chain. This was all bought from Whitfield & Ward in Wilmslow.

The groomsmen hired suits to match Chris in air force blue with brown brogues, again from Whitfield & Ward. Their waistcoats were the same colour as the suit, and they had a plain navy tie. This matched them to the groom, but at the same time allowed the groom to stand out.

The bridesmaids wore blush, lace gowns from Coast. These were chosen as the lace nicely replicated the lace on my wedding dress.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (2)

My makeup was by Katie Wrigley, a local make-up artist specialising in airbase make-up. This ensured the make-up lasted all day (and evening) without feeling heavy. I absolutely loved my make-up and so did my bridesmaids, some of whom have actually now booked Katie for their own weddings. On the morning of the wedding, Katie put everybody at ease and even put her experience to use by helping in other areas, such as putting in my veil.

My hair was by Russell & Brown’s Hair Styling, Liverpool, who came out to the venue on the morning of the wedding. They styled my hair and that of the rest of the bridal party. It was fantastically detailed and complemented my dress really well. And again, they have been booked by some of my bridesmaids for their own weddings.

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Our photographer was Robert Leons. We discovered him at a wedding fair. We liked the way his photos capture the day naturally. He made us feel comfortable throughout the day and we barely noticed his presence despite the number of photos he took, which was exactly what we wanted.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (16)

The flowers I carried were by Flower Fashion Wedding & Event Styling. We went for a wild and natural look, with pinks, blues, lilacs, peach and greenery to finish.

The flowers and decorations at the venue were also by Flower Fashion Wedding & Event Styling. After researching other weddings and browsing many wedding blogs, I knew I wanted the flowers to be the standout feature of the wedding. Heather at Flower Fashion was able to replicate my ideas but also provide professional guidance to finish the look. I made a conscious decision not to peek at the room before the wedding began, as I wanted to see the finished look as I walked through the door to get married. I’m glad I waited, as I was amazed by what she produced.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (13)

Our stationery (invitations, place cards, postbox, table plan) were all from Pink Sherbet Designs. The quality of her work is fantastic. We particularly liked that she designed stationery that matched our venue. Our invitations and table plan even had an image of the venue on the front. Luckily, our florist has a working relationship with our stationery supplier, so the pair of them together to create something out of this world.

For our favours, we donated to the British Heart Foundation and gave each guest a pin badge to wear. We did this in honour of a close family member who passed away due to heart problems.

We had a four-tier cake alternating between red velvet and champagne cream. The cake was from The Cake Shop in Liverpool. The design of the cake closely mirrored the design of my dress. This was done with detailed beading on the cake and finished with a golden shimmer.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (31)

Our arrival drink was a summer Pimms cocktail. It was refreshing and tasty and went down very well with our guests. Our starter was a fruit platter with raspberry sorbet and edible flowers, with a main of sliced steak with veg, potato dauphinoise and Yorkshire puddings, with a raspberry tart for dessert. Each table had a selection of wines, and champagne was provided for the toasts.

The food for our evening reception was mini fish and chips, mini hot dogs and mini burgers. Normally at weddings, people stop and queue for food, but as it was served by staff, nobody stopped dancing all night. This was an excellent decision as it didn’t pause the evening.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (34)

We had a DJ for the majority of our entertainment. We requested that he play ‘through the decades’ so that there was something for everyone. We also requested that he avoid traditional cheesy party tracks as we wanted to keep it classy. He didn’t let us down. The dance floor was full all night. We also hired a ‘magic mirror’. This allowed people to take four photos in silly wigs and hats, with different poses. Guests got an immediate print out of their photos, whilst we got all of them electronically after the wedding.

We also hired a harpist – Emily from Heavenly Harp. We chose a selection of tracks for her to play. She played live as our guests arrived, and she played as I walked down the aisle. It was a small detail that really made that walk down the aisle feel special.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (40)

Following our wedding, we would definitely recommend our choice of venue to other couples. Everything went smoothly on the day, the food was fantastic and I enjoyed every second. It is a very special venue. Dave, the toastmaster, was a fantastic addition to the day. As well as calming nerves and organising the day’s events, he entertained guests and made sure there was never a dull moment. The venue’s staff during the evening reception were also excellent. They went above and beyond to make sure we had a good time.

The best part of the day was the ceremony. Getting married under the arch of flowers felt magical. It is a moment that we’ll never forget.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (38)

We went to Cancun in Mexico for our honeymoon. We went to a luxury five-star beach resort (Excellence Playa Mujeres) with the bluest ocean we’ve ever seen, amazing cocktails on the beach, a different restaurant every day of the week and an unbelievable service. We were made to feel like celebrities for the week.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (50)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be, make sure you get a good best man and bridesmaids. Our best man was fantastic for us on the day, organising everything behind the scenes and really going above and beyond. It ensured we could concentrate on really enjoying ourselves and not worrying about all the things we’d booked going to plan. We made it our mission to have a good time and because we did, everyone else followed suit. Also, make sure you are first for the food in the evening. Too many brides and grooms miss out on this because they are working the room and hosting too much.

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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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