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glam romance: ronald joyce for a classic wedding at 30 james street, liverpool – katie & tom

September 20th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Glamorous Wedding in Liverpool (c) Madison Picture (35)

Glamorous would certainly be a key word to describe today’s featured wedding between Katie and Tom, with a classic black and white theme carried through the suits and dresses and highlighted beautifully with the all-white flower scheme. There’s a stunning contrast between the white roses and hydrangeas and the deep green of the foliage in the table centrepieces, which, combined with the plush surroundings of the Titanic-themed venue (velvet curtains, sparkling chandeliers – even a padded door into the ceremony room), gives a clear vision of opulence.

Katie and Tom make a picture-perfect couple. Katie’s Ronald Joyce gown with its fishtail silhouette and beautiful lace detail chimes beautifully with the high-end theme and we’re loving the tuxedos on the chaps. Such a classic choice and always guaranteed to add a debonair vibe to the groom’s party. Unusually, Katie went for black fishtail gowns for the bridesmaids and these work so well – the whole look is timeless. A fishtail is also super flattering on all body shapes and, when you have six bridesmaids to dress, it’s a great choice to ensure everyone feels and looks gorgeous.

Complete with a jaw-dropping proposal (we haven’t heard of many grooms hiring an entire venue just to pop the question!), Katie and Tom’s wedding is definitely a lesson in how to style a classic wedding. We’ll let Katie tell us more …

With images and video by Madison Picture.

Katie + Tom, 30 James Street 07.06.18 (Teaser) from Madison Picture on Vimeo.

katie says: We got engaged on 14th March 2014 in London. We went away for the weekend for my birthday and Tom booked out the Trafalgar St James hotel rooftop bar just for us. With incredible views over city centre London he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. The staff then brought us champagne, macarons and strawberries. We then had a meal in the oldest restaurant in the city, Rules, and finished the evening with a trip to the theatre to watch Les Misérables. The perfect day!

A Glamorous Wedding in Liverpool (c) Madison Picture (11)

We got married on 7th June 2018. It is a special day for us, as we got married on our eleventh anniversary together as a couple. During the planning of the wedding, I loved looking at the real weddings section of the Brides Up North blog to gain inspiration for our day – and looking at the amazing wedding dresses! It got me so excited about the big day to come.

We got married at 30 James Street hotel in Liverpool – we had the full ceremony and reception there. We live quite close to Liverpool and absolutely love the city. The building is the former White Star Line headquarters and is Titanic themed – the building has lots of history but has been restored with a modern, glamorous feel. We would recommend the venue as it has a lot of character and history – the grand hall is beautiful and spacious. We also liked the fact the bar was in the same room – it kept all the guests in one room and partying.

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The theme came from the hotel as it is the ‘home of the Titanic’, so we didn’t add any extra theme to our wedding, as the building itself is enough. The colours we chose were black and white. The groom and groomsmen were all in black tuxedos and the bridesmaids were in black fishtail gowns. We had all-white flowers for bouquets and centrepieces and it all looked classic and simple, yet glamorous.

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For my dress, I wore a white fishtail gown with sparkle, beading and lace by designer Ronald Joyce. I always knew I wanted a fishtail gown and chose it as it went really well with our venue and made me feel amazing.

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Tom and his groomsmen wore a black tuxedo with braces and a bow tie from Moss Bros.

My bridesmaids wore a black fishtail gown purchased from Jane Norman. It wasn’t a traditional bridesmaid dress but it looked amazing on the day. My flower girl wore a white flower petal dress from Marks & Spencer.

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real wedding recap 2017: catherine deane for a vintage inspired wedding in liverpool – aimee & chris

December 28th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

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.

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modern elegance. enzoani for a plush city wedding in liverpool – laura & james

September 17th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (31)

Today’s real wedding that shows how the old can be mixed with the new for a romantic and elegant big day that ticks all the boxes.

Laura and James enjoyed a traditional church wedding ceremony before travelling to Liverpool’s city centre for a sophisticated reception at newly opened hotel, 30 James Street. The muted colour palette resulted in a chic wedding with hints of gold adding simple touches of glamour throughout.

In her quest for the perfect dress, Laura tried on more than 50 designs but it’s easy to see how her stunning Enzoani gown put an end to the search. What a dream dress!

With images by Mick Cookson Photography.

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (10)

laura says: We got engaged in Amsterdam on 17th March 2012. James had planned to propose whilst away for the weekend and wanted it to be romantic but was so nervous he blurted it out as soon as we had checked into the hotel room – thankfully he was on one knee!

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (17)

The date of our wedding was Saturday 23rd August 2014 at 30 James Street hotel in Liverpool. It was a new hotel only opening in the June and so we were one of the first to marry there. Our ceremony was held at St Sebastian’s Church, which is James’ family parish.

We wanted the day to be sophisticated and glamourous with a theme that would suit the summer season. We also wanted to be very modern but with a classic wedding look.

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For the colour scheme we chose neutrals of whites and nudes with gold. My mum had bought an outfit for the wedding in America which was white and gold and so I wanted my bridesmaids to match.

My dress was Enzoani Fatima from Cheshire Rose Bridal in Chester. I tried on more than 50 dresses but fell in love with this one instantly!

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (21)

James wore a black tuxedo with an ivory waistcoat and cravat from the MyTuxedo website. The groomsmen wore matching tuxedos to James but with champagne coloured waistcoats and cravats.

To fit in with the rest of the wedding party, my bridesmaids wore champagne chiffon embellished gowns from American website, unique-vintage.com.

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (26)

On the wedding day we travelled in a 1946 Rolls Royce silver Wraith and also hired a Daimler limousine for the bridesmaids and parents from Birkdale Classics.

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (27)

Mick Cookson Photography, who we would highly recommend, captured the day for us. He but us at ease on the day but was totally unobtrusive. The photographs speak for themselves, we were delighted with them!

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My bouquet was made up of white, nude and peach flowers including David Austin roses provided by Heather Feather from Flower Fashion Wedding & Event Styling. It also had a photo charm attached to it with a photo of my Nan inside who had passed away two years earlier.

In terms of floral décor, we had large displays in vases in the wedding reception with the same coloured flowers as the bouquets. These were also made by Heather, who was amazing!

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (37)

As favours we gave each of our guests a lottery ticket which was placed in a handmade holder made by Crystal Couture Bespoke Wedding Stationery, who also made all of our reception stationery. They were fabulous and their attention to detail was outstanding!

Our four tier vintage style cake was made by the very talented Kate Kane from Delicious Cakes.

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (42)

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (45)

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (46)

To keep guests entertained we had Tony and Chris from 80s rock band The Real People to perform as The Real Deal. James is a huge Oasis fan and The Real People wrote and recorded with Oasis. We also had our family friend John Devine to DJ.

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (56)

Special touches on the day included having photos of guests in frames on the tables instead of name tags and we also had a ‘love story’ board which featured key dates on for myself and James as a couple.

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (55)

We would absolutely recommend our wedding venue to other brides and grooms. The reception main hall is so stunning and is brimming with character. Everything went really smoothly on the day. The staff were very polite and helpful, especially Lisa the wedding coordinator who was fantastic throughout.

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (60)

There were too many favourite parts of the wedding day to name them all but definitely the reception with all our family and friends sharing our special day with us and also all on the dance floor together was a highlight.

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (74)

Following the wedding we went on a twin honeymoon to Dubai and Kuramathi Island in The Maldives. Kuramathi is the most beautiful place that we have ever been to! From the white sandy beach to the beautiful sunset cruise and everything in between, it was perfect!

A sophisticated wedding at 30 James Street (c) Mick Cookson Photography (65)

My top tip for other Brides Up North is to thoroughly enjoy the experience, especially the day itself as it goes so quickly!

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eye candy. So Pretty Bride at Rocks For Frocks

November 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon its all about the finishing touches, as we join Brides Up North exhibitor Rocks For Frocks as the debut their gorgeous new collection on these pages. What will be your crowning glory? With images by Morgan Wiltshire Photography.

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Gail says: Our Rocks For Frocks collection this year is called So Pretty Bride and features pieces with hand made Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearl flowers.  Coming slightly away from the heavy vintage influence, it has plenty of sparkle, beading and subtle shades of colour, including pale golds, chalk white, ivory and white opals.

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The brand new 30 James Street Hotel were delighted to be involved in our collection launch and gave us free reign in the hotel to shoot whereever we wanted.  We made the most of their amazing roof terraces and entrances which have stunning views of the Liverpool skyline and the river. We started the shoot with a “pretty princess” feel and finished with a dark and dramatic look, which so suited the interior of the hotel lobby. A large field next to our boutique at The Wedding House had been planted with poppies and wildflowers for the Remembrance Sunday and it looked so pretty that we stayed outdoors for the first shots, before moving to the hotel.

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Morgan Wiltshire Photography created these beautiful images. Based in Shropshire, Morgan has a serene, relaxed working style, she is so easy to work with and she captures the details and the backgrounds wonderfully. Make Up was by Cathryn Kerwin Rawlinson. The brief given to Cathryn was very much a ‘pretty and romantic bride’.  Cathryn used Airbase airbrush makeup to give our model the perfect flawless base and for the eyes she opted for a lovely pinky/lilac look using a Kiko Cosmetics quad palette in lilacs, pinks and dark burgundy.  For contour Cathryn used her HD Makeup contour palette and on cheeks she used a pinky glow using Illasmasqua shades Lover and Hussy.  Finally for the lips she finished with two different colours starting with Lollitint by Benefit and moving onto a lip gloss by Mac. Hair was by Carol Ellis Thompson.  A stylist with over 21 years experience, Carol is a Rocks For Frocks bride.  With a passion for wedding hair, she creates wonderful curls, up dos and plaits and is not phased at all by the constant need for hair changes on the go in photo shoots. All gowns were  from Cloud 9, and accessories by Rocks For Frocks.

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