Real Liverpool Wedding – A Vegan Celebration at Crosby Lakeside
Being a bridal shop owner allows me to meet so many amazing people and characters, some of which you don’t forget. One of these brides is the gorgeous Niki, now Mrs James! Take a look at their gorgeous Crosby Lakeside wedding…
I first met Niki at DoubleTree Hilton Liverpool’s Wedding Open Evening where I was exhibiting not long after opening in 2016. We had a fab chat about her and her fiancé Pete.
“Pete and I met at my birthday house party, however we knew each other before from group country walks. Pete walked into my house and I was blown away how gorgeous he looked, he still makes my stomach flip with excitement when he walks in the room” says Niki.
Niki and I also chatted Wedding plans, and about vegan wedding dresses. I’ll be completely honest, at that point in my bridal shop journey I hadn’t considered what this meant so it was great to have my thoughts opened up to what my brides might be looking for.
A few months later Niki came to Bridal Reloved Liverpool to look for something unique to match her quirky style and vegan beliefs, and we found her ‘the one’. A stunning Enzoani A line gown, which after our consultations Niki also had customised by Sophie from Recovamp to match her red wedding colour scheme, adding a red lace corset back and hand made red rose to her gown. Simply unique!
Niki said ‘We had reds throughout. On our Invitations, decorations, cake, ties, and on my dress. We had a rose theme on the tables, on the cake and home-made jars with candles (also red) with assorted flowers. We also scattered rose petals around the jars, and as the jars were decorated with different groups of friends they were all different which I loved, very personal.’
Niki and Pete married at Crosby Lakeside August 2017 in a personal ceremony attended by 60 day and 80 evening guests, “It just felt perfect, nothing quite compared to it and we loved being so close to the beach. Crosby Lakeside were amazing, considering it was their first vegan wedding the food was gorgeous and the room transformation was incredible!”, said Niki.
Vegan hairdresser Catherine from Minsky’s styled Niki’s hair and Emmaculate hair and make up did the brides make up. “My hair was dyed a week before the wedding (vampire red) and I went for half up on the day with loose curls which complimented the look.”
Niki’s bouquet was handmade by herself and her bridesmaids in red and white,
“it was such fun having a craft day with my friends and to create something so beautiful!”
Photographer Steven Barber captured the day perfectly after the couple had met him a few years earlier when Pete arranged a surprise Valentine’s Day shoot. He was a perfect choice for the couple, “Our photographer was lovely and so much fun to work with.”
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I loved hearing about the special touches that Niki and Pete had on the day that were special and personal to them as a couple “I would say the fact we made lots of items ourselves (with our friends) made it very personal. We also wrote our own vows and the wedding was all vegan so very close to our beliefs. We also skipped the formal wedding breakfast and had canapés and bubbly instead, we much preferred a less formal approach. Breaking with tradition, I also did a speech after the boys and my friend Kamey wrote a short song which she sang whilst I walked up the aisle. My sister read a short poem and all my bridesmaids wore black dresses, all different as they chose their dresses themselves. So lots of personal touches.”
It was an absolute pleasure helping Niki find her dress and getting to see all of the couples organising coming together. ❤️
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