East London Warehouse Wedding

28.10.2017

Prudence and Tom have become dear friends and capturing their unique Wedding was a day I'll never forget. A humanist ceremony, a feminist slant and a focus on supporting small businesses - this was my kinda wedding!

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Prudence and her best women got ready at the venue - Clapton Country Club, whilst Tom and his best men were 5 mins away at an air bnb. I love it when couples are close to each other in the morning as this means I can visit both parties before the ceremony for those awesome 'getting ready' shots. 

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Prudence gifted her Best Women with a Superwomen activist pack each, including a feminist book and tote bags saying ‘Nevertheless she persisted’, starry studs from Tilly Thomas Lux, a necklace from The British Museum and a glittery clutch from PupTart. Tom had created a wonderful scrapbook of memories that P opened in the morning (and proceeded to close swiftly for fear of tears and freshly applied mascara!)

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Prudence and Tom had two ceremonies on the day; the first a Civil Ceremony at The House at Clissold Park. So we hopped into a cab and headed off to meet a small party of family members for a short and super sweet ceremony. P walked down the aisle unaccompanied, and her sister Madeline read ‘The Song of Science’ by Tyler Knott Gregson - a gorgeous poem exploring love and science.

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We had a very limited amount of time before the 30 people present needed to join the other 100 now gathering at Clapton Country Club for the Humanist Ceremony - but the day was gorgeous (despite it being late October) and the light just right, so we raced through some 'formals' in record speed!

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And then it was onto the main event! This was the first Humanist Ceremony I had witnessed and I absolutely loved it. Celebrant Stephanie Kendrick from Humanists UK led the ceremony with a relaxed and friendly vibe, P was accompanied down the aisle with both her parents and the couple read their own vows. All whilst stood in front of P's gift to Tom; a bespoke Bag&Bones neon light reading 'More Than Words'. It made for an awesome backdrop.

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Clapton Country Club is an amazing venue. Created by the owners who needed a clean space for their own wedding, it's the ideal place for those after an intimate vibe with space for plenty. I loved the greenery (courtesy of Petalon) hanging from the ceilings, climbing the stairs and draped over chairs - bringing a boho vibe to an East London warehouse. The space outside contain my favourite elements - brick and cobbles - so we made time here for more 'formals' and even some pointy finger dancing. 

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There was no sit-down meal (a great way to avoid the dreaded Table Plan) instead bowl food of mixed cuisine was on offer and guests could perch at a high table or find a cosy sofa/chez longe to settle down on. The speeches were heartfelt and beautiful, and revealed some very funny secrets which gave me great reactions to capture!

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And then it was party time! P & T created an epic Spotify playlist that had the dance floor packed all night long. By this point in the day guests are very used to me being around, and after a few hours of solid drinking are more eager to have their picture taken, which is great for me. This is where I love to get group shots of friends of family - everyone is far more relaxed and often far keener to be snapped when on the dancefloor!

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My favourite thing about working this wedding was the unlimited amount of smiles each and every person had to give. I could point my camera in any direction and know I would be capturing a happy face. Watching Prudence and Tom together is a joy, and the love they have for each other is infectious. Thank you P and T for choosing me to document it all. <3

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Suppliers

Venue - Civil Ceremony: The House at Clissold Park, Stoke Newington. Humanist Ceremony and Reception: The Clapton Country Club, Clapton

Wedding Dress - Needle and Thread

Bride's Shoes - Carvela, Kurt Geiger

Bride's Hairpiece - Tilly Thomas Lux

Bridesmaids Dresses - Mix from ASOS

Hair and Make up Artist - It's All Rosie Make Up

Groom's Suit - Moss Bros bespoke three-piece. Loake Shoes.

Flower - Petalon

Catering - Sinead Evans from The Flavour Kitchen

Neon Light - Bag & Bones

Videography - Silvia Alba