A Wedding at the Bluecoat School – Liverpool Wedding Photography
Alice and Ollie’s wedding at the stunning Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool is taking pride of place on the blog today. I love love love shooting at different venues and even more so when it’s a historical or arty building and the Bluecoat ticks both of those boxes. So you could say I was pretty excited when Alice and Ollie first got in touch about their big day.
The Bluecoat Gallery
The Bluecoat is a bit of a Liverpudlian institution. Now smack bang in the middle of Liverpool’s shopping district, it’s a little haven of calm and art amongst the hustle and bustle. Alice and Ollie had walked past the building so many times, so when the time came to start the hunt for their Liverpool wedding venue they knew they had to check out the Bluecoat. They fell in love with the venue and the fact that weddings help to support the historic building and it’s art exhibitions was just icing on the cake.
The Wedding Day
After months planning it was finally time for Alice and Ollie’s big day at the Bluecoat Gallery. I headed to the Powder Room salon, just around the corner from Alice and Ollie’s home in Liverpool where Alice was getting all dolled up with her bridesmaids. Before long it was time to head home for the last bits of getting ready and dress time! This is when it starts to feel really real! Once Alice had got past the slight ridiculousness of dressing up in fancy dresses and parading in front of friends, she actually enjoyed wedding dress shopping. After trying on a few dresses and finding the style she loved, she landed on the perfect dress on a designers website and happily was able to find it in a boutique in Liverpool. I’m sure you’ll agree it looked AMAZING!
Ollie was waiting nervously at the Bluecoat in anticipation of Alice’s arrival. When her car pulled up outside the building, the crowds stopped and people were taking pictures – it was a bit of a moviestar moment! It was soon time to head into the Bluecoat ready for the wedding ceremony. It’s fab that you can hold your wedding ceremony at the Bluecoat as well as your reception. It makes the day run much more smoothly and of course you can enjoy the venue for even longer! Alice and Ollie’s friends and family were waiting excitedly for the bride to arrive. This is my FAVOURITE part of a wedding day. That first look! And Alice and Ollie were certainly looking more than a little emotional.
After the ceremony guests headed out into the courtyard of the Bluecoat for canapes and drinks and chats. I loved that the building stays open to the public even when there’s a wedding going on and whilst you have a reserved area for wedding guests they are free to have a wander around the building and exhibitions. It was a gloriously sunny day so most people enjoyed the outside space. We pinched Alice and Ollie off for some pictures in the original front courtyard of the building which is mighty impressive. Even more impressive was my ability to avoid the temptation of the second hand bookshop (go – it’s wonderful!).
A big huge thank you to Alice and OllIe for inviting me to capture your big day. I loved meeting your wonderful friends and family, visiting the Bluecoat and spending the day with you both. Here’s a selection of a few of my personal favourites from your Bluecoat gallery wedding.
Dress: Opulence Bridal Wear
Hair and Make-up: The Powder Room, Liverpool
Flowers: Booker Flowers
Thank you to Paul from Madison Photography for being my right-hand man on the day!
“Rachel photographed our wedding in September 2018, and we couldn’t be happier with the final images. She really captured the whole feel of the day, and it’s so lovely looking back through them now and spotting all the little moments we couldn’t fully take in on the day. Perhaps more importantly, Rachel was an absolute pleasure to deal with both in the run up to the big day – when stress and emotions were running high – and on the day itself. She couldn’t have been calm, friendly and helpful – I felt we basically got a combined wedding coordinator/photographer package, and truly feel the day would not have run as smoothly as it did without her.” Alice and Ollie