30 James Street Wedding Photography in Liverpool
Mellissa & Kyle were married in October at 30 James Street in Liverpool. Not only does it take a special couple to brave the British weather and hold an autumn wedding, but it also takes a special venue to make the day truly memorable. As a Liverpool couple born & bred, there’s no more fitting venue than the city’s latest and greatest hotel, 30 James Street by Signature Living.
30 James Street is the historic home of the White Star Line, probably the most famous shipping company in the world. A unique venue, 30 James Street is one of those places that has to be seen to be believed. Individually designed rooms with original features from the 1900s, intricate mosaic floors, a huge 4000 square feet grand hall; it even has black leather padded corridors. I’ve photographed at 30 James Street many times now but I always look forward to my next visit.
Mellissa prepared for her wedding day at home with her Mum & bridesmaids. Sass Style Studio fixed hair & makeup and it wasn’t long before the bride was letting Dad see her in the wedding dress for the first time. It was lovely to see his reaction; real men cry!
The wedding ceremony was performed at the Unitarian Church in Liverpool. A dark, atmospheric interior really gave me the scope for more interesting shots. Despite the low light, using a Sony full-frame camera I was able to push the ISO settings to the max, meaning I didn’t need to use flash. There’s nothing exactly wrong with flash, but the interior of the church was so vast, I’d honestly struggle to light it in a believable & natural way.
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A Luxury Liverpool City Venue
After the ceremony, the bride & groom were taken by a vintage wedding car to Liverpool city centre to meet their guests at the hotel. I parked up a short walk away and of course, the heavens opened; I was well & truly drenched- luckily my camera gear is weather-proof!
The wedding breakfast was held in the White Star Grand Hall, the magnificent centrepiece of any 30 James Street wedding. The architecture of the hall beautifully captures the spirit of the 1900s and is a joy to work in; bright, airy and authentically detailed. It really is a luxury venue in the heart of Liverpool city.
Photographing Natural Moments
Under the watchful gaze of Mike, the venue’s Master of Ceremonies, the wedding party progressed to the Carpathia champagne bar on the 8th floor. Here I went elbow-to-elbow with the happy crowd to get the most natural photographs possible. I try to avoid posing as much as possible and simply allow guests to get on with celebrating.
After the delicious wedding breakfast and some very funny speeches, it was time to relax and enjoy the evening. With the White Star Grand Hall ready for the party, music from DJ Dave Bicko had the dancefloor rocking into the small hours. One of my favourite parts of the evening was during the first dance when Melissa simply threw her veil into the air to concentrate fully on her dance moves!
Mellissa & Kyle are genuinely one of the nicest and most genuine couples I’ve had the fortune to work with. Their families are completely bonkers too which was awesome!
What a fantastic end to this 30 James Street wedding. Check out a small set of my favourite photographs below, and if you are planning your own wedding in Liverpool please get in touch! Thanks for visiting.
30 James Street Wedding Photography in Liverpool by Wedding Photographer Andrew Keher