Wow! What a wedding we have to share with you today. Sian and Tom chose a spectacular and unique venue to host their wedding surrounded by their nearest and dearest.
Formerly known as Sefton Park’s “Great Conservatory” it was opened in 1896 and became a popular place for Liverpool residents to check out and marvel at plants from seemingly another world. Little did the designers of this exceptional piece of architecture know that it would play host to weddings a hundred odd years later. After its renovation in 2001 and now known as Sefton Park Palm House it was recently the winner of “Hitched Best City Wedding Venue” and it’s easy to see why, the ornate glass building housing all these exotic plants is the perfect backdrop for a unique wedding such as Sian &Tom’s.
Our couple did a lot of DIY for the wedding and added a few surprises for their guests throughout the day. But you’ll have to read on to find out more about it.
Why did you hire the photographers you did?
We got in touch with our photographers based on their online portfolio and their great reviews. After meeting them we immediately clicked and knew these were the right guys to capture our special day. Their images are very creative and authentic, they really do what they say and capture all the special moments without being intrusive. We were blown away by the results! They were very friendly with all our guests and very patient with us as a couple. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Any special supplier mentions from your wedding?
Andrew and Hannah from Tregoning Wedding Videos were fantastic. They captured the day in a creative way and set the video footage to music. They complimented the photographers brilliantly. We later found out they had worked together multiple times so it was no surprise! We hadn’t originally planned to have a video but we are so glad we listened to our friend’s advice. Ed the Pianist was a particular highlight and it was lovely to have him playing through our Ceremony and wedding breakfast. It’s the little things that make a big difference and his music created a really calming atmosphere for the whole day.
How did the two of you meet?
We met at University and through Tom’s DJing. I used to go to Tom’s nights in Manchester with my friends when he used to DJ. We were friends for years before finally getting together officially. The rest as they say, is history!
What was the inspiration and theme of your day? Did it go to plan?
In the end our wedding ended up having a few themes going on. We knew we really wanted to create a day that was creative, fun and different. The venue at the Palm House is such a magical space that it does a lot of the work for you, seriously if you get the chance to get married here go for it! The location helped us to create a magical, whimsical and romantic theme for the Ceremony. In the evening we flipped the switch with the surprise of Brazilian dancers with vibrant disco lights and a DJ. We transformed the calm Palm House into a tropical night club and had a great time partying the night away.
Was anything from your wedding DIY?
I really enjoy making things so it was a no-brainer that I would be designing the wedding stationary and table plans. This meant that our wedding had a lot of personal touches and this meant a lot to myself and Tom.
What were your favourite moments from the day?
We both loved every second of it! The ceremony was magical, it was so tranquil surrounded by all the lush greenery. I really loved the drive with my mum from her house to the Ceremony. That was a really special moment that will stay with me forever. The speeches were also very entertaining. Oh and the Brazilian dancers that was definitely money well spent. And the partying. Yeh everything. We loved everything!
What were the most costly expenses from your wedding?
Photography and Videography was our biggest expense but we’re so glad we invested our money here. To get these right was so important as we really wanted to capture every second of the day and be able to look back in years to come. They both told the story of our day from start to finish and captured amazing details and moments.
And how did you save money? Any advice for future couples?
All the little creative things I tried to do myself, stationary, table plans, favours, place cards and decorations. I imagine this would have cost a lot if we had hired people to do these jobs. However, I love making things like this so it turned out to be a really good decision!
Is there anything you would change if you could go back and do it all again?
We just wish the day could have been longer, it went so fast! I know I keep going on about it but that’s why the photo and video is so important. It’s the only thing you really have to look back on and remember all the special moments. Other than that, no. Our day was perfect!
What advice can you give to future couples getting married?
Always book a great photographer and videographer if you can, it’s money well spent. Also for all the brides out there, enjoy every second of wearing your dress as you never want to take it off! A fun surprise for guests always goes down well, think outside the box and make it unique to you! We will never forget the faces of our guests when the Brazilian dancers stormed onto the dance floor in the middle of our first dance!
Notes & Suppliers
- Dress: Justin Alexander with custom made piece
- Shoes: Christian Louboutin
- Jewellery: Custom Made Manchester
- Make-Up: Make up done by bride
- Hair: Toni and Guy
- Suits: Made to order manchester
- Bridesmaid Dresses: Coast
- Cake: L’oven Cakes Liverpool
- Flowers: Blue Door Flowers
- Invites: Designed and made by Bride
- Caterers: Carringtons
- DJ: Ronnie Gill plus Viva Brazil Dancers