Screenwriter and Actress Hellie married instructor Jan on Sunday 29th August 2021, on Hope Avenue in Liverpool.

The couple’s relaxed, intimate and low-key, summer season wedding ceremony within the metropolis, oozes easy glamour and enjoyable and options fairly pastel accents and element. We particularly liked to find that Hellie found each her costume designer and bridal boutique via Love My Costume and was an enormous fan of the weblog when planning her wedding ceremony. Completely positively one to fill your Pinterest boards with this one girls! Take pleasure in! And our love and due to Hellie for sharing a lot splendidly useful and inspirational element.

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How They Met

We met on Tinder in early August 2018 whereas we have been each dwelling in London. Nonetheless, due to work and a few good friend’s overseas weddings we couldn’t meet in individual till a number of weeks later so spent the times in between texting like a pair of youngsters.

We acquired engaged on Valentines Day 2021 throughout a stroll, with our then 9-month-old plague child daughter on Jan’s shoulders and married that August, precisely three years since we first met.

Fortunately we acquired engaged through the pandemic so we didn’t need to undergo cancelling any plans. Nonetheless it did imply that we have been making plenty of our bookings based mostly on pictures and proposals slightly than getting in individual.

I’d by no means stepped into the Liverpool Medical Establishment once we booked, however I knew that it could be a implausible venue from the restricted images accessible online- and Karen their occasion’s organiser couldn’t have been extra useful.

Jan wore a 3 piece go well with from Moss Bros. Catherine at Catkin Jane was variety sufficient to make a liberty print bowtie particularly for him. He additionally wore a pair of gold oyster formed cufflinks that I gifted him on the morning of the marriage.

As we determined to get married the summer season after getting engaged in Feb, accessible occasions for the registrar have been in brief provide, however we managed to bag the final accessible slot (10:30 within the morning!) on our Sunday date.

Quite than getting confused about ever-changing visitor lists, we stored to 30 visitors although restrictions have been lifted in time for us to have added extra if we’d chosen. We determined to take the chance to have a small and intimate ceremony this 12 months adopted by a much bigger celebration afterward with all of our prolonged household and mates who wouldn’t be capable to make it in 2021.

Location & Venue

We selected to get married on Hope Avenue in Liverpool because it’s been my favorite place within the metropolis since I used to be just a little lady. I skilled as a author on the Everyman on one finish, attended drama lessons as a teen at LIPA on the opposite finish an d I believe it’s the one avenue I do know of that’s bookended by two cathedrals. It’s additionally the primary place in Liverpool that Jan ever stayed in.

When he got here to fulfill my dad and mom for the primary time we stayed on the Hope Avenue Resort so it felt becoming that that must be the place we had our night do and first night time as a married couple.

We selected the Liverpool Medical Establishment (LMI) as we wished to have a civil ceremony that we might personalise. My Dad is a retired GP and has spent many afternoons within the LMI over the course of his profession so it felt particularly good to incorporate a nod to him. It’s additionally an extremely lovely constructing, regardless of being one thing of a hidden gem within the metropolis.

We acquired married within the pretty wooden panelled convention room, which was excellent for our micro wedding ceremony of 30 and felt appropriately intimate.

The Ceremony

My mum walked forward of me with the actual star of the present, my daughter (and maid of honour) Nina, who did an important job of waving to everybody, earlier than my dad walked me into the room to the sound of ‘Home of Woodcock’, by Jonny Greenwood. Jan was listening to this album (the soundtrack to Phantom Thread) whereas he was in Poland and we have been texting madly earlier than we’d even met in individual again in 2018. It’s a ravishing observe and one we’ll all the time affiliate with that interval of beginning to fall in love.

The senior registrar from Liverpool council officiated over our ceremony. I used to be actually nervous as you don’t get any rehearsal beforehand and I’d heard some horror tales about registrars veto-ing ceremony decisions on the day of the marriage however our girl was great, put us comfy and introduced collectively a extremely lovely ceremony for us.

We wrote our personal vows which we stored as a shock from each other for the day and which have been my favorite a part of the ceremony.

We had two readings. The primary was by two of my bridespeople Debbie and Jack have been they learn out a textual content message dialog between Jack and I that had occurred earlier than my first and instantly after my second date with Jan.

It was cheeky and foolish and because it’d been despatched precisely three years earlier than our wedding ceremony day, felt like too good a chance to overlook.

It had all of us laughing (particularly Jack’s recommendation to maintain issues informal and never get into something critical atm!) and felt like a good way to kick issues off! Our second studying was from Stoner by John Williams, which was the primary e book I ever gave to Jan, and was learn by his older brother Daniel.

We wished to contain each of our mums so determined to include a candle lighting. They every introduced a candle stick from their very own residence (my mum’s was Irish crystal, Jan’s mum’s was Polish pottery) which they lit, earlier than Jan and I used them to gentle a brand new candle collectively.

My engagement ring was from Ethica Diamonds and our wedding ceremony rings have been from unbiased Liverpool jewellers, Wongs. Wongs made a easy gold band to match my great-grandmothers wedding ceremony ring which Wongs resized and polished up for me!

My sibling Seanie and their greatest good friend Liam performed Nick Drake’s Northern Sky as we signed the register and likewise gave an impromptu live performance on the Pen Manufacturing unit of their backyard after lunch.

Definitely, our ceremony. It felt private and intimate and I liked making our vows in that room in-front of our family and friends.


Renata and Marcin from Mr & Mrs Okay Images have been unimaginable and we might advocate them to anybody. They have been so pretty, took lovely images and regardless of us solely initially reserving them for 3 hours, they provided to slide all the way down to the docks for some solo images after lunch which we by no means would have achieved with out their suggestion however created completely beautiful images (I doubt we’ll ever look that good once more!)

Our good good friend Charles is an actor and videographer and he very kindly provided to file the ceremony and speeches – We’re so happy he did!

The Vibe

We knew that we wished to have a relaxed and low-key city-centre micro wedding ceremony for our closest household and mates after a very long time stored aside through the pandemic. It was the primary likelihood for many them to fulfill our daughter Nina and we wished to make it possible for everyone was nicely fed, watered and taken care of all through the day. We additionally had 5 little ones attending so it was vital that they had fun too.

Hope Avenue turned the premise for all of our choices and it was good attending to stroll down our favorite place as a newly married couple. We wished the styling of the day throughout the three venues to really feel linked.

We then had a canapes and drinks reception provided by Delifonseca within the LMI’s library alongside oysters from Ferran The Oysterman (who drove down from Scotland that morning!) which I stored as a shock for Jan on the day as he’s an enormous fan.


I had bridespeople – two boys and three ladies. Two of the women wore mustard yellow slip clothes from Etsy and the third wore a ravishing oyster colored costume that she felt comfy in, in her early being pregnant.

The boys wore their very own fits and a liberty print tie from Catkin Jane who was good however who sadly has simply determined to shut her retailer. I gifted them each cufflinks from Not On The Excessive Avenue and the women drop pearl necklaces from Oliver Bonas on the morning of the marriage. The women selected their very own footwear.

The flower ladies all wore white lace clothes from Monsoon with sparkly pink Mary Janes (that they chose) from Subsequent and white frilly socks. In addition they wore little pearl necklaces and bracelets from Decorate that I gave them on the morning of the marriage.


Agnes and Bee offered the flowers for the day. I really like her fashionable and recent model and he or she was the very first provider that we booked once we began planning.

I’m fairly obsessive about flowers and went via a number of totally different concepts over the months that we have been planning. Kate was pretty to work with and actually receptive to my ideas (and temper boards!).

Alongside my bouquet, buttonholes and two bigger preparations, she additionally offered me with a big bucket of flowers the day earlier than the marriage with a wide range of glass vases that I organized to go on the tables on the Pen Manufacturing unit, which was actually enjoyable to do and likewise helped to maintain the price down.

The Costume

I wore Amine by Charlie Brear, from The White Closet, Manchester. I used to be a dimension 16, breastfeeding, first time new mum with 12 months’s price of the physique insecurities working as an actress can provide you, so I used to be actually not trying ahead to making an attempt on clothes. Nonetheless, each of my experiences have been completely pretty.

The primary boutique I visited with my Mum, Alongside Got here Eve was beautiful with all of their accessible pattern sizes listed on-line in order that I knew prematurely what clothes can be prepared for me to strive on. Helena taken care of us each and regardless of nonetheless having to put on masks and socially distance, we had an excellent time.

I used to be completely satisfied that I used to be going to decide on one in every of two clothes by Wtoo there that I actually liked- However the next day I went with my mum and good friend Debbie to The White Closet in Manchester, and to my horror discovered myself crying after I tried on the Amine by Charlie Brear costume with a Helen Martin Poppy veil.

It felt like the proper mixture of the earlier two clothes, timeless and chic however nonetheless just a little bit romantic. Millie was implausible to work with and I’d advocate her and her lovely retailer to anyone.

My costume genuinely felt just like the nicest factor I’d ever worn and I liked how stylish and traditional it felt with out limiting how I moved. It additionally regarded lovely with the pearl and embroidered cathedral size veil- I do know I solely had a small micro wedding ceremony, however I made a decision that you just solely get to get married as soon as so I’d as nicely go all out with a ravishing veil!

Hair was by Amy Jayne and make up by Jen Hunter. The women have been distinctive and did a fab job of mine and my Mums hair and make up, even with a really early begin as our ceremony was so early within the morning!

Footwear, Veil & Equipment

Together with my Helen Martin Poppy veil, I wore a pair of blue strappy Jonie Suede block heel sandals from John Lewis.

I additionally wore a Pearl and gold hairslide from The Bobby Pin. I wasn’t going to put on the rest in my hair, however Amy Jayne my hair stylist prompt I strive one which was related throughout my hair trial and I actually liked it. I usually preserve my hair and make up quite simple, however this felt prefer it added one thing lovely with out being excessive.

My grandma Barb handed away in 2016 and by no means acquired to fulfill Jan. The household determined that my Auntie Jan would take care of her wedding ceremony ring and that every granddaughter would put on it as their ‘one thing borrowed’ on their wedding ceremony day. With the households blessing I had the ring threaded onto a gold bracelet by Wongs Jewellers (who additionally made our wedding ceremony rings). I’m the primary granddaughter to get married and put on it and it felt actually particular to create a bespoke piece of jewelry that may now be worn safely by the entire different ladies on their massive days (and it implies that my Auntie can now put on it, because the ring was too small for her to put on earlier than so it stayed in its field beforehand!).

My Mum additionally gave me a ravishing blue garter from Lace & Favour on the morning of the marriage.


After the LMI we walked down the highway to The Pen Manufacturing unit for extra drinks of their courtyard and a scrumptious lunch. As soon as we’d completed at The Pen Manufacturing unit we had a brief break earlier than reconvening on the Hope Avenue Resort that night for cake, music and speeches (and extra drinks!).

A few of my favorite images are those of my bridespeople serving to to hold our flowers between the venues.

I actually hate something too matchy-matchy however selected mustard yellow and blush pink as hero colors alongside another pastels with a flash of burgundy to cease every thing changing into too twee. I acquired fairly into Pinterest in our (comparatively brief!) planning time and it was there that I noticed tasselled spherical balloons for the primary time, which the stunning Nicola at Floral Burst sourced for me and regarded unimaginable in The Pen Manufacturing unit.

I’m a giant fan of quirky particulars whereas Jan may be very into clear traces and minimalism but it surely felt like we discovered a contented medium that showcased our favorite issues!

Reception, Element & Decor

I spent a very long time sourcing the proper pastel colored and yellow tapered candles which have been held up due to customs till the final minute earlier than making it into the UK the week earlier than the marriage.

They got here by way of Nordic Nest and have been by Ester & Erik and have been greater than definitely worth the wait.

We additionally introduced massive image books and a picket exercise dice that the children liked enjoying with within the comfortable seating space we organised subsequent to the lengthy tables at The Pen Manufacturing unit.


The great Hannah of Hannah Matilda Desserts made us a GORGEOUS Lily Vanilli impressed two tier kitsch buttercream cake of absolute desires. It’s my greatest remorse of the day that we someway managed to overlook getting a photograph of it! Fortunately we’ve already booked her in to bake one other magnificence for our wedding ceremony celebration this 12 months.

Fortunately, Hannah has {a photograph} of the cake on her Instagram. She was one in every of my absolute favorite suppliers.

Delifonseca offered canapes on the LMI- and children bins of snacks which have been loved by our littlest visitors! The Pen Manufacturing unit created a stunning menu for lunch that catered to everybody, together with our vegan, vegetarian and allergy-prone mates!

As Jan is such an enormous fan, within the months earlier than our wedding ceremony we gathered oyster shells which I then cleaned, bleached dry within the solar and painted gold with our visitors names as place settings. We additionally did little baggage of pastel, silver and gold sugared almonds from Fortnum and Masons as favours for the adults. For the youngsters we had canvas tote baggage printed with their names which we full of little toys, sticker books, colouring pencils and sweets which stored all of them fortunately occupied throughout dinner!

We did a really low key first dance with Nina to Dolly Parton’s ‘Right here I Am’, though, I’m unsure anyone else observed, it was pretty to have that second as a 3.

On Love My Costume

Love My Costume has been a responsible pleasure of mine for years (nicely earlier than I met Jan), as a screenwriter I’ve all the time liked studying the actual love tales and the tiny particulars that individuals really feel are crucial to share. So it was good to lastly have an excuse to be visiting within the six months that we have been wedding ceremony planning! It’s a ravishing, lovely web site with heaps of ideas, good distributors and knowledge and I used to be particularly impressed with all of the work that Annabel and the crew did all through the pandemic to help the trade. An exquisite gentle within the midst of a darkish time for thus many individuals (I cant fairly consider you’re sharing our wedding ceremony!)

We sourced our authentic photographer via Love My Costume however sadly attributable to sickness she needed to pull out with lower than a weeks discover. We actually felt for her and he or she was good at serving to us to discover a substitute. Renata and Marcin from Mr & Mrs Okay Images stepped in and we couldn’t have been happier with their lovely images.

I additionally discovered my wedding ceremony costume designer Charlie Brear and retailer, The White Closet, Manchester, via Love My Costume.

Phrases of Wedded Knowledge

Wedding ceremony planning usually may be overwhelming and costly and I do know that plenty of folks really feel eager to get the intense bit out of the best way, however we managed to tailor the ceremony to be precisely what we wished and it nonetheless makes me really feel thrilled now that we managed embody issues that made us giggle, meant one thing particular and concerned our households.

If that’s your factor, don’t let having a civil ceremony put you off or really feel that it’s not possible- Liverpool’s registrar crew couldn’t have been extra useful and have been greater than up for the order of service we gave them- The worst anyone can say is not any, so that you would possibly as nicely ask!

I in all probability shouldn’t have sat all the way down to breastfeed Nina the night time earlier than as we arrange the ceremony room – she was rightly livid after I wouldn’t sit down in the identical place to do the identical through the ceremony the next day and my bridesperson Kate and our pretty flower ladies very kindly skipped the ceremony to distract her and play within the library. (I did give her an apology boob in a again room instantly afterwards which offered some significantly memorable images!).

We actually weren’t inquisitive about spending a loopy sum of money on at some point however each of our dad and mom very kindly gifted us some money in order that we might deal with our visitors and in the long run we stored the entire days spend to below £10ok.

I’d by no means have thought to rent wedding ceremony automobiles however my Mum insisted and we had three lovely automobiles that transported my bridespeople, Mum, Nina, my dad and me. It was actually particular having that second with my Dad on the drive over and our driver was completely pretty! We employed Grace Wedding ceremony Automobiles, Ashton.


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Annabel is the founding father of Love My Costume. She has a ardour for pictures, strolling, yoga, nature, and likes to help proficient artists and inventive companies. In 2013, she turned a broadcast writer. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire together with her husband and enterprise associate Philip, their two daughters Eska and Leanora and menagerie of furry hounds. Annabel helps Philip within the operating of the household flower farm at at Moonwind Flowers. She can be co-founder of What About Weddings.

Hellie in Amine by Charlie Brear, for her Hope Street Liverpool Wedding | Love My Dress®


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