Real Wedding – Genevieve and Matt’s Quirky Liverpool City Centre Wedding
When I first spoke to Genevieve about her wedding hair and makeup, I knew that she was totally a #GlamoramaBride! She told me all about her Liverpool wedding plans and about living on a sailboat with her fiance Matt and travelling. I was super excited for her November Wedding! We asked her to tell us all about her and Matt’s amazing Liverpool City Centre wedding, which went viral on Instagram…
- Tell us how you met your spouse!
Matt and I met in a training group when we both started working in Shop Direct. At the end of training we planned a group night out; only Matt and I turned up! Shortly after that he text me to say he was leaving Shop Direct, so I asked him on a date.
- How did they pop the question? (or did you????)
Matt popped the question whilst we were on holiday in Croatia. Matt learned how to sail, and we hired a yacht – when we were sailing to the Island of Vis he asked me to marry him. He asked me while I was up on deck and he was below, which was his version of getting down on one knee haha.
- How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We started planning our wedding in February 2019, we got married in November that year.
- What was the first thing that you booked?
First thing we booked was LEAF, the evening venue. After that we arranged our celebrant Lorraine and I booked Vicky for my hair and makeup! I could see she was filling up fast and I didn’t want to miss out.
- Tell us about your venue and why you chose it.
We chose LEAF because we wanted our reception to be as relaxed and informal as possible. The room is also amazing too, with the big windows, high ceilings and festoon lighting. The central location was also perfect. Matt and I also spend HUGE amounts of time in LEAF haha – we love it.
- Did you have a theme? Stationary, décor, colours, etc?
We didn’t have a THEME per se. We loved the idea of bringing the outside in, so we wanted to have the room dressed with trees. I also knew I wanted to only have seasonal flowers though – which did dictate a very ‘green’ natural theme. That then informed the decision to have ‘bee friendly’ seeds, that said ‘Wildly in Love’ on them as our favours. Stationary we picked ourselves from Etsy.
- What style of hair and makeup did you have?
I wanted my makeup to be natural and quite muted, I also wanted my hair up and as ‘unfussy’ as possible – I didn’t want anything to detract from my dress. I did want to play up my eyes though, so I went for lovely autumnal colours with liner and lashes; I wear glasses, so I wanted my eyes to pop.
- Who was your photographer and/or videographer and what made you choose them?
Our photographer was Rachel Burt. We chose Rachel because she embodied the relaxed, informal and inclusive wedding vibe we wanted to create. Her candid photography meant that authentic moments were captured throughout the day, creating truly beautiful pictures, and our guests were not disturbed for photographs.
- What sort of entertainment did you have at your wedding?
We had a brass band procession from The Athenaeum (where they held their ceremony) to LEAF, provided by Hardcore Horns (a part of New Power Soul Club). This was Matt’s idea after we saw the band leading a carnival through the Liverpool the summer before. In the evening we had Monstaball, who played live music and DJ’ed for us too. (There were videos of this all over social media following the wedding!)
- What was the most special part of your day?
Gosh, how to choose! Lorraine our celebrant created a beautiful ceremony for us, which everyone agreed was one of the best weddings they had ever been to! She was funny and warm and the way she spoke about mine and Matt’s relationship was perfect.The brass band was INCREDIBLE. Seeing everyone dancing through town, umbrellas up, on a Saturday afternoon was incredible. Everyone stopped to watch us pass by and it was amazing. The speeches were fab too.
- Are there any vendors in particular that you would like to give a mention?
- Is there anything you would have done differently?
Nope! I wish I could do it all over again
- What advice can you give to couples planning their big day?
- My advice for planning your wedding day is to focus on what you want. Matt and I spent time really talking about what feeling we wanted to create and how we wanted our guests to feel on the day.
- Limit how many wedding fayres you go to. Probably controversial, but after the first 2 or 3 you will very quickly realise that weddings can be quite formulaic. You want it to be you! I remember speaking to a florist about only using seasonal flowers, which likely meant I would have all green, her head nearly fell off.
- Be smart on how you spend your money and where you can, DIY! Matt and I used Etsy a lot and my dad made my wedding cake. Little cost savings on DIY mean you can personalise more and you can spend the money on what is most important to your guests…which leads me to my next point
- MAKE SURE YOUR GUESTS ARE WELL FED AND WATERED. We made sure we had plenty of food and drink available for our guests – everyone talks about it and how when they got home the realised they had barely spent any money.
- Last one, don’t be scared to say no! ‘No I don’t want a top table, no I don’t want a ‘traditional’ service, no I don’t want a wedding car no one will see, no I don’t want bridesmaids.’ DO YOU and create something truly memorable.
Suits: Matt has his suit made by Harland Collier
Photographer: Rachel Burt
Flowers: The Flower Farm Lancashire
Venue Dresser: Thornton Events, LEAF, The Flower Farm
Makeup: Glamorama Makeup
Hair: Glamorama Makeup
Cake: My dad 😊 Ray Miles
Celebrant: Liverpool Celebrant – Lorraine Hull
Thank you Genevieve and Matt for sharing your wedding with us! and thank you to Rachel Burt Photography for the stunning wedding photos!
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