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Saturday 2 August - Malmaison Liverpool

Mike and Paul

Mike and Paul's wedding was a weekend of firsts for me. I'd never been to Liverpool before so it was great to explore places I'd heard of or seen on TV. I'd also never photographed a civil partnership but approached it in exactly the same way as I do any wedding.

invite and rings

jackets hung up


jacket on

co-ordinates gift


The whole hotel's colourscheme is purple, so everything matched perfectly. I'd even bought a new top to co-ordinate! The couple met with the registrar before the ceremony and then walked down the aisle together.

ceremony room

ceremony entrance



Mike and Paul included a sand ceremony. This was brilliant, a lovely way to signify two separate people joining together ... ohh and you get something to decorate your home with too!

sand ceremony

sand ceremony

signing the register

Luckily the hotel had the perfect balcony to photograph a big group photo from, without any guests getting too close to the waters edge. However I then took the couple off for some photos to a nearby bridge and then onto the riverside as we hadn't expected the weather to be so good.

all guests

couple on bridge

couple on bridge

view of River Mersey

The wedding breakfast looked amazing with a mix of low and tall flower arrangements. The tables were each named after a James Bond film, each with a mini movie poster in a frame.

wedding breakfast


cutting the cake

Just a short walk from the hotel is the iconic Royal Liver Building where we stopped for a few photos and a bit of a boogie (Heather Small from M People was belting out tunes at Liverpool Pride across the road)!

the Liver building

first dance



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