Sefton Park Palm House wedding photography | Phil and Pete’s Portuguese-inspired wedding
When Phil and Pete’s enquiry for Sefton Park Palm House wedding photography landed in my inbox, I’m not ashamed to tell you I did a little squeal. When I got to know them, that squeal became a full-on scream, because I knew it was going to be the most gorgeous of days.
So when the day finally arrived, it was gorgeous and then some, so I’m thrilled to be sharing their Sefton Park Palm House wedding photography with you on the blog today.
A Portuguese-inspired blue and white colour palette
Pete and Phil centred their wedding theme around blue and white Portuguese tiles, as a nod to Phil’s Portuguese roots.
“We’d already settled on dinner suits, and searched high and low for a blue dinner suit,” they say. “We then hunted for the right bow ties, trying to decide whether to go with plain or a pattern. We eventually found a blue and white floral bow tie which was perfect! We loved them because it brought a bit of our personality to the otherwise simple and sophisticated blue dinner suits, and tied in with our wedding parties outfits perfectly.
“For the guys, we had them all in blue dinner suits with matching bow ties. For the girls, we had a clear vision from the start that we wanted them all to be in blues, whites and florals, and found the perfect collection of dresses from Jenny Yoo. All our guests thought the wedding party outfits looked great together, and tied in beautifully with our blue/white Portuguese theme. We loved seeing the girls in their dresses and we’re glad they trusted us from the outset!”
Of course, this colour palette carried through to the decor of their Sefton Park Palm House wedding, too. Phil designed the stationery and signage himself, whilst they got their flowers from Frog MCR. “When we sat down with Susie at Frog and showed her the Portuguese tiles we were using for our stationery and centrepieces, she was really excited and immediately understood the style and vibe we were going for. We could tell Susie was going to deliver outstanding flower arrangements and she did not fail to deliver. The flowers perfectly complemented our theme, with brilliant blue cornflowers, delphiniums, hydrangeas and white roses.”
Why a Sefton Park Palm House wedding is the dreamiest
Another element of the day that totally nailed the blue and white brief was the weather. The venue, as you can see from Sefton Park Palm House wedding photography, is a domed Victorian building made mostly of glass. This meant that the cloudless blue sky formed the backdrop of their ceremony, with the sun shining through the glass and casting so much gorgeous light that then danced around.
So that’s the ‘house’ part of Sefton Park Palm House wedding photography – what about the ‘palm’ bit? The venue is filled with leafy, tropical botanicals: imagine a greenhouse, but on the world’s strongest steroids. The result is an incredible jungle feel, but without it feeling too close or too stifling. In other words, it’s a pretty bloomin’ dreamy wedding venue.
First dance under the stars
Ok, so Phil and Pete got married in July, which means the stars were definitely not yet out when they did their first dance. BUT, I think I’m allowed a little artistic liberty in recounting the tale, as their first dance was outside, and was about as romantic as you can get.
This was not least because of the song they chose to dance to: a Portugese song called Todos as Ruos do Amor. “We chose it because before I met Phil, iTunes had suggested that I’d like the song based on songs I’d listened to. Phil was browsing through my phone and couldn’t believe that I’d got it on there! It felt like a big sign at the time, so it was perfect for our first dance.” Pete explains. My heart!
The meaningful music choices continued throughout the evening. “We had Blue Lion Band as our entertainment, who were phenomenal.” Pete continues. “We had a twelve piece band who had all of our guests up on the dance floor from the moment they started playing until the end of the night. They also really listened to the type of music we wanted them to play, including the rather out-there suggestion of “Wo Yao Ni De Ai”, which we’d fallen in love with from the wedding scene in the film Crazy Rich Asians. Despite the song being in Mandarin, Blue Lion Band went above and beyond delivering a stellar performance of the song which will always go down as one of many truly magical memories from our wedding day.”
Sefton Park Palm House Wedding Photography
Shooting Pete and Phil’s Sefton Park Palm House Wedding photography was genuinely such a delight – and luckily, they felt the same way about having me there (God it would be awkward if they didn’t now, wouldn’t it?) Here’s what they had to say:
“Colour and joy, when we stumbled across your website that was so apparent from your photos. We wanted someone who’d be able to capture not just all the big moments but also small exchanges happening between us and our guests. We arranged a phone call with you and it was a done deal straight away, you were super personable and easy to get on with. On the day you made us feel at ease and made us chuckle, this was all captured in the photographs, Phil’s head is thrown back with laughter in approx. 75% of the photos! You even made us feel relaxed in the more staged couple shots which neither of us were particularly looking forward to! We absolutely love every single photo in our Wedding album. ”
If you’re looking for Sefton Park Palm House wedding photography, or you’re getting married somewhere else but still want a joyful feel to your wedding photos, then I’d love to chat – you can get in touch here.
Phil & Pete’s Sefton Palm House Wedding Little Black Book
Grooms Suits – Hawes & Curtis
Bow ties – Blue Eyes Bow Ties
Wedding Party (Boys) – Groom Hire
Stationery – Phil Fendall Amaro