First impressions at 30 James Street signify what’s in store at the venue. Upon arrival guests are met with the iconic facade, white Portland stone and rich red brick. A picture of the couple outside of James Street is a must! After years of neglect the building was bought by the Kenwrights. Their mission was to restore the venue to its former glory. Now 30 James Street is a luxurious 64 bedroom hotel hosting the most fabulous weddings in Liverpool.
The jewel of 30 James Street has to be The White Star Grand Hall. Available for ceremonies as well as the reception this versatile space looks incredible in photos. The room was historically a first-class lounge and ticketing area for the White Star Shipping Company. Having served many VIP’s over the years the space has now been restored to its former glamour. The fixtures and fittings are bright, luxurious and oozing opulence. Ceremony photos are a breeze at 30 James Street as the room is light and airy. Low light can be a challenge for wedding photographers as detail can be lost in the pictures. In the White Star Grand Hall there is no need for artificial lighting setups which can detract away from the moment.
After the ceremony there is time for capturing wedding photos. Group portraits of close family and the bridal party can be taken outside with the red brick for a background. Or if the weather doesn’t permit outdoor photos the Carpathia Champagne Bar is a fantastic spot. Large windows give stunning views over Liverpool. With sumptuous yet modern interiors it’s a beautiful space for photographs. Your wedding photographer will be keeping an eye on the weather throughout the day. Usually on a bad weather day there is a break in the rain for pictures.
When it comes to portraits of the couple one of the benefits of 30 James Street is its central location. There are so many creative and quirky opportunities for wedding photography in an urban setting. Even an image as simple walking down an urban street can look amazing. We recommend couples book a meeting in person or over Skype to discuss their ideas for photos. Some engaged couples are brimming with thoughts on what they want for their wedding photography. Others have no clue and are happy to trust completely in our plans. Couples can be as involved as they wish in this process.
City centre venues are particularly popular for seasonal weddings. As 30 James Street is a largely indoor venue it’s perfect for autumn or winter weddings. When the days draw in there is a short window for capturing photographs in daylight. Wedding photographers have to work incredibly hard to time photos correctly but also remain unobtrusive. It’s particularly important to choose a seasoned wedding photographer for celebrations in the winter months. We also recommend you ask your photographer for a full gallery so you can see their style of photography in full.
A feature which is incredibly special at 30 James Street is the rooftop bar. With incredible views over Liverpool, the bar is a great place for wedding photos. A portrait of the bride and groom with the city scape as the background is a favourite. The famed ‘golden hour’ is the best time to capture such an image. Natural golden light is one of Shane’s favourite conditions to photograph in. Being able to see when the light is at it’s best and take the couple for a few photos comes with experience. There is no better time for a photograph on the 30 James Street rooftop.