Something old, something new: Cakes, flowers and photography at The Venue, Royal Liver Building
05 Jul 2016

Something old, something new: Cakes, flowers and photography at The Venue, Royal Liver Building


Whether you are from Liverpool or London, chances are you have heard of the Royal Liver Building. It’s an iconic North West landmark and a beautiful building, so you can imagine how excited we were when we discovered that, not only did the building now contain “The Venue”, a bespoke wedding and celebration space, but we were able to go in for a photoshoot! We had been wanting to do a shoot with Foam Wedding Flowers by Joanne for some time, so we all teamed up with Chris and Louise from Paused Motion Photography to put something together. The inspiration behind the shoot was “something old, something new”, as we really wanted to showcase foam and silk flowers with a modern edge. Artificial flowers have come a long way since the 80’s and 90’s, and are no longer flimsy with fraying edges (as many were back then). We felt The Venue at the the Royal Liver Building also reflected this concept, in that here we have a building that is over 100 years old, that many of us pass on a regular basis and admire the grand architecture, whereas hidden away inside is a fabulously modern, clean, wedding venue. The something old, and the something new, all rolled into one.

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As is clear from our photos here, the natural lighting in The Venue is magnificent. These were taken in front of the doorway that leads out on to the balcony overlooking the River Mersey. The views are stunning and provide a fantastic backdrop for wedding photos, plus on chilly evenings the staff will provide you with blankets to keep your guests snug whilst stargazing with a glass of bubbly. All of the flowers in these pictures are artificial (foam and silk), the lightweight nature of them meaning I could use elaborate numbers of flowers without pulling the front of the cake forward. The other major benefit is that there is no need to worry about wilting in heat or direct sunlight. Please note that you can certainly use real flowers in venues with a lot of lighting/sunlight, but the silks will keep your mind at ease if we have one of our rare heatwaves and you are concerned. Joanne, who has won the County Brides Florisry Award twice now, has an abundance of flowers and can create anything you want inkeeping with your theme and colour scheme.

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The other thing that struck me about this venue (on top of the stunning architecture and views across the river), was the wedding coordinators and team responsible for making sure your day runs smoothly. The service they provide is professional with a laid back edge which, as you can see with our lovely bride Gilly and her husband above, clearly resulting in happy clients and perfect days. The team here really are wonderful, and that has nothing to do with the free sandwiches they gave us during the shoot. Honest.


If you are interested in getting married at The Venue, Sun-Thurs packages range from £5,441 during off peak months, and from £6,441 during peak months. Fridays range from £5,941 off peak and £6,691 peak, and Saturdays start at £6,191 off peak and £7,191 during peak times. Don’t feel that Summer is the only “good” time to get married here: imagine standing on that balcony in the Winter with a hot toddy, watching fireworks going off over the Mersey. The Venue holds up to 200 guests and acts as a fantastic blank canvas for any colour scheme or theme you have in mind. If this sounds like the place for you, take a peek at their website, you won’t be disappointed


With regards to flowers, you can visit Joanne at her beautiful little shop in Sefton Meadows, Maghull. Saturdays book up quickly, so be sure to call up as early as possible. You can find her page on facebook, “Foam Wedding Flowers by Joanne”, plus a quick google search will bring up her many awards and the nationwide television advert she was featured in courtesy of izettle last year. The other great benefit of foam flowers is the cost: It keeps your bouquet, button hole and cake flower cost way down, plus they are fantastic for weddings abroad or if you fancy keeping your flowers after your big day. We can also do a better price on your wedding cake if you opt for artificial flowers over real/sugar ones, so if you are dealing with both of us then please let us know so we can put a deal price together for you.

All photographs here were provided by Chris and Louise from Paused Motion Photography ( These guys are awesome and cover weddings all over the North West. They also took the pictures for our woodland shoot last year, which we still feature on our website as they are so beautiful. Paused Motion have years of experience, are reasonably priced, and provide a fresh, modern edge to traditional wedding photography. They can also be found on Facebook, have a look at their pictures, you will not be disappointed.


I will be posting more of the pictures from the shoot over the coming week via our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts. And, yes, we did eat that last cake at the end.

Have a great week.







Vanilla Nova

From Southport.