Alma de Cuba Liverpool is the very first place my ‘then’ girlfriend, ‘now’ wife took me when I visited her here in Liverpool. Needless to say it’s a place that means a lot to me and I love it. Emily was getting ready in the Hilton Liverpool and their service was going to be in one of my favourite churches Our Lady and St Nicholas.
I started my day with Emily’s bridal preps at the Hilton in the heart of the cities thriving Liverpool One shopping district. I’ve shot quite a few brides preparations at the Hilton, Liverpool now. It’s a great location, easy to get to and park and the rooms are spacious with lots of great light. Perfect for photography.
Emily, her parents and bridesmaids had so much fun on the wedding morning it was plesasure to photograph. There was such a great energy to the room! The morning passed quickly and it was time for Emily to get into her beautiful wedding dress. I took a few bridal portraits of her before heading off to meet Darren at church.
Our Lady and Saint Nicholas
Emily and Darren really had their heart set on having their wedding at Saint Nicholas Church, it’s easy to see why – it’s stunning!
I found Darren and his groomsmen chatting outside St Nicks. It wasn’t long before their guests started showing up and filling the church. It was getting close to ceremony time so I headed outside to capture Emily’s arrival in a gorgeous Rolls Royce.
It says on Saint Nicks website “Whatever brings you here you are very welcome” and they mean it! Even to photographers, I always get an amazingly warm welcome here. They are also really helpful this makes sure their brides and grooms have every opportunity for great memories of their wedding service. This friendly attitude, married (no pun intended) with its beautiful and spacious interior make it one of the best to photograph weddings in.
Not only is Our Lady and Saint Nicholas Church great to photograph inside. It has wonderfully maintained gardens so its great to photograph outside too. We had perfect weather so made the most of the gardens with a few pictures before heading off to party at Alma de Cuba.
Alma de Cuba
It’s no secret, I’ve been looking forward to shooting at the converted RC church, Alma de Cuba. It’s not for the faint hearted, it is as dark as it is beautiful and more than tough enough to send many photographers running. Photography, plain and simple is about light and there’s not much of it in Alma de Cuba making it a real challenge even for experienced pro photographers. I have a reputation for working in challenging situations so Emily and Darren knew they were in safe hands.
Emily and Darren’s, Alma de Cuba reception was fast paced with lots going on. Great entertainment from Alma de Cuba regulars Andy Williams and Soulful voices.
As their first dance ended, Emily and Darren’s guests were treated to one of Alma de Cuba’s spectacular ‘petal shower’.
After all this excitement, I left them to party! Here are a few of my favourites from their Liverpool wedding…