Whether your planning your own Autumn wedding or simply fancy being inspired by a truly relaxed and heart-warming wedding then look no further than Elizabeth and Gary’s autumnal handmade wedding in Liverpool. This beautiful day is a feast for the eyes with a riot of Autumn colour with so many gorgeous homemade and unique touches. I had the privilege of photographing Gary and Elizabeth’s wedding right from the pre- wedding decorating of the venue to the fantastic live performances late at night. What a total pleasure!
In this blog post I have the absolute joy of being able to share a few words from the bride herself. Here she talks about what motivated her to choose the Autumn and how the limits of her budget inspired her to be even more creative.
From early childhood I have always enjoyed Autumn; the changing rich warm colours, the abundant harvest of apples from the trees in my back garden that would keep us going all winter, the crisper cool air and crunching of leaves underfoot as Mother Nature began winding down for the winter.
I have always suited wearing autumnal colours and am drawn to those occasions that bring people together like festivals, fetes and bonfires. For our wedding, we wanted to create an atmosphere of warmth and love, where everyone felt comfortable and at home. We wanted none of the pressure that so often comes with a wedding invite. The dress code was ‘smart, casual or quirky’ encouraging people to wear whatever suited them, whether that was a Tux, trainers or stormtrooper costume!
The venue was a little known Tithebarn tucked away in Melling. It was a blank canvas for us to dress with all manner of natural artefacts and hanging hoops inspired by 1970’s spirograph drawings. With a limited budget for the whole wedding, we took to foraging in Formby Woods and Calderstones Park for ivy, autumn leaves, pine cones and other natural forms to weave into a driftwood archway (collected over 15 years by my ‘best woman’) a ceiling wreath and numerous other decorations, including my own headdress and flowers.
Two nights before the wedding, our close friends and family gathered to decorate the venue, carve pumpkins and arrange the venue. The whole wedding was busy but stress-free, and cemented friendship and family connections in a deep and meaningful way.
What a totally unique and inspiring wedding day to capture. Thank you so much to Elizabeth and Gary for asking me to be a part of your amazing day. Wishing you every happiness as Mr and Mrs x