Tying the knot last September, Alice and Oliver not only changed the date and location of their big day because of Covid – they also got creative to create a super stylish micro wedding that was extra special for all the right reasons.
After exchanging vows at Liverpool’s epic St George’s Hall, the couple greeted the bulk of their guests afterwards, who’d watched the nuptials over Zoom from a kitsch vintage red bus. Cue some fabulous photos amidst Liverpool’s landmarks and a sprinkling of champagne!
They’d also rented a fabulous property in Hale Village for their reception and dished out cheese cakes, pizza, and a delicious vegan spread, with a band providing their live entertainment on the night. All the essential ingredients for the perfect celebration with their nearest and dearest, we’d say! Want to know more? Here’s the beautiful bride to share all the gorgeous highlights.
Alice says: We got engaged at Formby beach on 2 March 2019.
Our wedding date was 4th September 2020. We originally picked 5th September 2021 as we were getting married at a venue in Manchester, but due to Covid restrictions this did not happen.
We got married at St George’s Hall in Liverpool and rented a house in Hale Village, Liverpool, for our garden reception afterwards.
For the ceremony, we could only have 10 people so the other 20 guests waited outside in a red vintage school bus to view the ceremony on Zoom and greet us afterwards for photos and Champagne.
We didn’t really have a colour theme but my flowers were wild, featuring thistles, so the ushers had navy suits to coincide with these.
I chose a designer based in Sheffield called Kate Beaumont, who was fantastic. My dress, named Astilbe, was an offbeat, bohemian gown which combined two different French laces and I loved it!
My partner wore a navy three-piece suit from Hugo Boss.The groomsmen all wore their own navy suits with a burgundy tie.
As we could only have 10 guests during the ceremony and then 30 people at the reception – my bridesmaids met us outside St George’s Hall after the ceremony and wore their own dresses.
My make-up artist was Kat Mannix, based in Liverpool, who was a last minute change due to the date swapping, but she was amazing and my friends have used them since for their weddings, too.
A vintage red bus picked everyone up from outside St George’s Hall. We had kitted it out with champagne and snacks from Wild Roots Catering Liverpool. We then drove to Liverpool Docks for photos and onto our reception in Liverpool Hale Village.
Our photographer was Kate McCarthy and I would 100% recommend her. Despite changing our wedding date, she was so accommodating.
She made me feel at ease throughout the day. We had lots of laughs and she even gave me a little pep talk when I was on my own before the ceremony, as I was very nervous.
My flowers came from Chloe Robinson Designs in Altrincham market and were a mixture of wild flowers with thistles.
For the wedding reception, Wild Roots – who did some of the catering for us – also did the decorations. They used eucalyptus for the foliage and had designed flags adorned with phrases like “bottoms up” and “happily ever after”. It all looked amazing.
Hannah Cannell made our two-tier cake, which consisted of chocolate fudge with dark ganache and orange blossom with berry compote. Hannah liaised with our florist and added some of our wild flowers to the cake. It was delicious!
We had booked Samuel James Events for our original venue and they very kindly downgraded our package and set up a cold buffet for our reception. Wild Roots also supplied all the delicious vegan food.
Later in the evening, Pizza Peddlers parked up their pizza van on the drive to feed everyone amazing sourdough pizzas.
We had originally booked a big band with Tailored Entertainment, but because we had changed the wedding, we also swapped packages. We booked The Roaming Tones, a trio that sang and played instruments. They were so much fun and had everyone up dancing – they even took some requests on the night.
We also had a cheese cake from Liverpool Cheese Company and a vegan cheese board from Wild Roots..
I would definitely recommend a micro wedding. We had all our favourite people in one place, and this made it extra special because of the rubbish year we’d all had.
My favourite part of the day was coming out of St George’s Hall to be greeted by the rest of our friends and family while they threw confetti over us.
For our honeymoon, we went to Crete and stayed at Daios Cove for 10 days. Unfortunately because of Covid, Greece was added to the red list while we were over there, but we didn’t let this ruin our honeymoon.