It’s always a really, really lovely thing to witness a wedding that’s so personal and taking Suze and Paul’s Leaf on Bold Street wedding photography right at the end of last year in Liverpool was a really brilliant end to my wedding season.
“And I need you more than want you
And I want you for all time”
One of the most beautiful parts of Suze and Paul’s wedding day was Paul performing with his band in the evening, when he sang the lyrics above to Suze and she sang them right back at him.
A first look in a library that felt like something out of Harry Potter, twinkling lights, a light installation at St George’s Hall which gave me the opportunity to photograph Suze and Paul with giant light up flowers (errr, YESSS!), a bagpipe led procession through the streets of Liverpool and the friendliest of welcomes by one of the lovliest couples and it really was the most perfect end to the year.
Here’s what Suze and Paul had to say about working with me for their Leaf on Bold Street wedding photography.
We love Babb photo’s creative and colourful style. We didn’t want conventional stiff photography which would dominate our day – we wanted the photos to document the fun and the atmosphere we were having. We actually fell in love with an image on pintrest when we were first planning the wedding and it turned out to be Laura’s! When we found that out we knew we had picked the right photographers! Not to mention the ability to take amazing pictures with little natural light – which we thought may be an issue given the winter months.
Working with Laura and Pete was lovely, they felt like guests at the wedding – they were so nice to everyone, we never once felt uncomfortable or awkwardly posed, and they blended in capturing the moments which mean so much to us.
Thank you to both of you xx
Scroll down to the bottom to read more about Suze and Paul and their Leaf on Bold Street wedding in their own words.
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We met when we both cared for Autistic adults in 2009. We were friends at first but I (Suze) knew from the minute I met Paul he was going to be someone special in my life. We have had ups and downs, We have been travelling together round SE Asia, moved to London and now Paul is training to be a paramedic and I am so proud. For Paul’s 30th I surprised him with a trip around Scotland in a motor home – something he has always wanted to do – on the 3rd night we stayed in a little beauty spot overlooking Loch Awe, In the morning Paul was very insistent we had breakfast on the platform overlooking the Loch as the sun had come out for the first time on our trip (it is Scotland after all). We had pancakes sitting on a piece of tarpaulin and Paul proposed, with an amazing antique sapphire ring which is the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen!
The Venues and Location
We live in London, Paul is from Dundee and I am from the Wirral. We both love Liverpool, we had our first date there, and years of more dates together following that. We plan to move back there in a few years – it feels like home to both of us.
We wanted an informal, comfortable, colourful wedding just like us. We aren’t a very “polished” pair and conventional weddings (with chair covers) did not feel like “us”. We wanted to bring a bit of Scotland to the day – Tartan was the only answer and with this came the idea of a winter wedding which we both fell in love with. So we wanted venues that would be beautiful inside so we didn’t have to spend the whole day worried about the weather. St Georges hall is what you see when you arrive in Liverpool and leave lime street station so has always felt so welcoming and homely to us and the concert room is so beautiful and vintage – we saw it once years ago when we went to a craft fair there and I actually said to Paul “I wonder if you can get married here – that would be the dream” – he agreed – we didn’t know then that it was possible! We looked at so many reception venues and they all felt cold and formal – we went to Leaf on one of the days we were searching – for lunch (as usual – its our favourite place in Liverpool) and it suddenly came to us – lets do it here. We love the art deco features and coloured bulb lights – it feels homely.
Everyone expected Paul to be in a kilt – but he feels better in a suit so went for a compromise – Tartan suit. He wanted something fitted which looked designer and cool – but without the price tag. Black Watch tartan is one of our favourites and when we found this stylish 3 piece from Noose and Monkey he snapped it up and looked so handsome.
I have always loved Anna Campbell’s designs – they are vintage, lacy and hand beaded – they look like something out of a film! Originally I didn’t know you could buy her designs in the UK and spent a long time trying to find a replacement for my dream “Sierra” dress – then I found Jean Jackson Couture in Manchester – a family run wedding boutique – once I saw the dress in real life I was smitten and felt like me – but bridal (which I never thought I would find) – the shop owners are the loveliest people, they are so kind and genuine, Beck in particular went out of her way to help me and really made my experience so amazing – I loved chatting to her as much as I loved trying on my dress.
Brides shoes – Emmy London – a lovely little shop in London where all shoes are hand embellished – I love my blue shoes.
My necklace was my wedding gift from Paul – circa 1900 Edwardian necklace – from the same place he got my engagement ring – Miwa’s fine jewellery in Grays Antiques by Bond street. Paul’s wedding ring is a combination of his Dad’s and Grandad’s rings melted together – Miwa also sorted this out for him – She is a lovely lady who we plan to visit whenever we want something special or if we just want a chat as she is so nice. We love “old” things – the idea that they have been loved before and have a history gives them more meaning we think.
We wanted our ceremony to continue fit with “us” – we aren’t sensible or serious so went or the most informal and natural vows we could. Paul’s dad read Robert Burns – A red, red rose. and Suze’s good friend Estelle read the Lyrics to “When stars go blue” by Ryan Adams – which was our first dance song – and the first song we ever danced to together.
Tartan was a main theme throughout dues to Paul’s Scottish roots – we loved the idea of giving a tartan scarf as a favour t keep everyone cosy on their walk to Leaf. We wanted something everyone could remember the day with and who doesn’t smile at a tartan scarf? We have about 20 between us! We felt mixed colours instead of just one made it festive, warm and informal.
We went for dark red, green, navy and yellow for the Bridemaids and the flowers. We lived the idea that the bridesmaids would wear a colour that suited them. I did the flowers myself with the Bridemaids doing their own bouquets the day before as a bit of pre-wedding fun. Red roses – the flower of England and blue thistles the colour of Scotland – with other colours thrown in so they were bright and pretty.
On the trip we got engaged in Scotland we saw lots of wild deer – which we loved – so felt we wanted them to be included in the day. As big fans of British wild life we used foxes, robins, deer and of course BEAGLES (because of our most loved family pet beagle Ben) for our wedding stationary and table plan – Our very talented friend and bridesmaid Sam painted the pictured of the animals we used on all our stationary.
We glittered all our vases, sewed labels on the scarves (with help from Suze’s mum), made the table clothes, table plans and wedding cake – we love crafting and a personal touch.
Paul did some songs with his friend’s Chris and Mark – because….well if you can do it better and for free why not! I didn’t know what they were going to play and when Paul sang Wichita Lineman to me it was one of my favourite moments of the wedding, there is a line in the song that has always meant a lot to us and I had engraved on Paul’s wedding gift (watched passed down through his family which I had restored) “and I need you more than want you, and I want you for all time” – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Other than that we made spotify playlist – we asked for requests from all the guests on their RSVPs and added in all our favourite songs.
The Best Bits
It’s so hard to pick – but we think…first look and walking from venue to venue with our nephew Rhys playing the bag pipes – both of those moments were ones we spent together and they were very emotional for us.
The Words of Wisdom
Do it how you want to – don’t listen to others saying “you should do this” “others do this” its your day and you will love it more if it feels like YOUR day! Also – get a great photographer as that is the memories you get to keep. And finally – have a first look – it was the best idea we have ever had! It calmed us both down and allowed us to share a very special moment together before the vows with everyone else there too.
Leaf on Bold Street wedding photography – Babb Photo
Outfits (Designer & boutique ) – Anna Campbell www.annacampbell.com.au – boutique: Jean Jackson Couture www.jeanjacksoncouture.com
Accessories – Necklace – Miwa’s Fine Jewellery, Gray’s Antiques.
Shoes – Emmy London. www.emmylondon.com
Florist – Suze and Bridemaids (Sarah, Lucy, Jackie and Sam
Venue – St George’s Hall www.liverpoolcityhalls.co.uk/st-georges-hall, Leaf on Bold street www.thisisleaf.co.uk
Decor/styling – Us
Cake Maker – Suze
Caterer – Leaf
Best Men = Alex and Mackie
Bridesmaids Dresses – Lindy bop
Groom/Groomsmen – they wore their own suits with tartan ties
Wedding Planner – N/A
Stationery – Sam and Suze
Entertainment (day & evening) – Us
Transport – Hackney cab
Videographer – Jonathan Tyler (Suze’s Brother) and Dave Short at Blue Almond Films
Bagpiper – Rhys Beattie – our nephew