Wedding Photography at the Titanic Hotel
Congratulations to Claire and Alan, who were married last summer. Alan had actually arranged to meet me without Claire, as his wedding task was to find a photographer. After singing my praises to Claire she pulled out a business card and said she’d already met him the previous week at a friend’s wedding. It was fate! I hope you enjoy my Titanic Hotel wedding photography.
The couple were engaged in New York. Alan had pre arranged a private tour of the FAO Swartz toy shop where the piano is from the film Big. The guide was dressed as a toy soldier, giving a tour of the closed toy shop. Arriving at the big piano Alan played Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls, and upon finishing the toy soldier handed Claire a wedding invitation. When Claire looked up, Alan was on one knee.
The couple visited the wedding venue before it actually opened, choosing the Titanic Hotel because of the building’s history and its links between Liverpool and New York, as well as the unbelievable space of the rum warehouse.
Chinese Long-Standing Custom
The couple were keen to personalise the big day. Fortune cookies were provided as ice breakers, in honour of Claire’s family who are originally from China. Dining tables were named after significant places to the couple – first holiday, where they got engaged, their home city etc. Place names were a profile picture of each guest, and all guests wrote a message on the back of their picture. The couple were keen to create a glamorous yet slightly rustic effect so opted for large flowers with festoon lighting. Wedding favours came in the form of bottled shots of rum.
Claire’s dream wedding dress was a fitted fishtail creation, which she found at Belle’s Boutique who provided afternoon tea and homemade cakes. Somewhat unusually for bridesmaids dresses, the girls loved theirs! The groom and my two best men and two dads wore a navy, fitted traditional tails.
Natural Wedding Photography
The wedding ceremony took place at St Nicholas’ Church. The bridesmaids led the procession with the two flower girls. Claire walked down the aisle to A Thousand Years by Christina Perry.
Claire and Alan walked into the church gardens as man and wife, leaving family and friends to mingle as I captured some shots of the couple in front of the iconic Liver building.
The drinks reception commenced along the dockside, a summer ice cream card offering champagne sorbets. The Prosecco flowered as I photographed the entire wedding party on the Titanic Hotel staircase. The couple entered the rum warehouse to Star Wars theme music, a nod to Alan’s favourite film.
Claire and Alan both enjoyed listening to stories by the father of the groom and best men. All were in agreement that the wedding breakfast provided by the Titanic Hotel was fantastic, which included a starter of lochmur salmon with caviar, and lamb for mains. After greeting their evening guests, I whisked the newlyweds away for a couple of final photos overlooking the docks at sunset. My favourite part of being a Titanic Hotel wedding photographer was the opportunity to incorporate some iconic Liverpool landmarks into my work.
First Dance - Evening Party
The first dance was to Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls, allowing the couple to appreciate each other and what the day was all about. Alan’s father arrived on the dance floor to take over which was a really special moment, soon to be joined by the rest of the family. The Robert Mathers Band kicked off the night with a brilliant set of songs including all the couple’s favourites, ensuring the dance floor was packed from start to finish. Guests were treated to a bit of culture, in the form of Chinese yummy buns and fish and chips!
Alan says, ‘The whole day was simply the best day of our lives.’ However, the fun wasn’t over yet. The couple enjoyed a three week honeymoon to Dubai, a safari in South Africa and Mauritius.
According to Alan, ‘We could not have picked a better photographer; pictures are unreal and you were such a massive part of the day. Friendly with all guests, hilarious and somehow managed to get Claire to the wedding on time.’ Thanks to Alan for the kind words, and for entrusting me to capture your special day.