Friendly Place '8-bit' Wedding

28.08.2017

Within 5 minutes of meeting Sarah and Tom I felt like I'd made a new set of friends. We met at my flat in Crystal Palace for a Pre-Wedding shoot a few months before their wedding day, and my cats took a shining to them instantly. Always a good sign. The more we spoke about the venue, styling and vibe of the day the more excited I got. A DIY Wedding? With an N64? Mario Kart? Banana-skin plushies? In an warehouse 20 minutes away from my house? This is gonna be fun!

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Tom and Sarah were 'legally' married the day before in an intimate service close by, so they asked a good friend to officiate at the Friendly Place ceremony. I love these kinds of ceremonies - laid back, personal and sincere to the core. They read their own vows as a room of their most loved ones stood and watched with beaming smiles. I had the freedom of being able to move around during the service (often Churches and Town Halls are strict with where the photographer has to stand) meaning I could capture everything from multiple angles, never missing a second.

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Friendly Place is one my favourite venues to date. Spread over 3 floors and filled with wonders; from huge stage lights to mismatched chairs, giant industrial fans to scary clown paintings (the latter was stored away on Tom's request, I still think it should have been the ceremony backdrop) it's a clean space ready to be turned into whatever you desire. As long as what you desire is 'quirky'. 

Tom and Sarah are talented people with equally talented friends and family - every detail, from the wall stickers to the paper bouquets - were designed and made from scratch by them. My favourite piece was their 8-bit heart cake, made by Tom's wonderful mum.

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After the ceremony Ushers did a miraculously fast turnaround of the room and we held 'formal' shots in the same space in front of the beautifully crafted backdrop. It's important to find a minute for yourselves on the day, and after the formals I snuck Sarah and Tom up to the private rooftop for a quiet moment before the real fun began.

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Guests were then free to grab a drink, play a game of Mario Kart, Foosball, admire the bake-off cake table or find a cosy sofa to sink into. I was very tempted to dump my camera and play on the N64 all night long - but I fought the urge and happily wandered from room to room snapping up happy faces.

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Guests then sat at trestle tables to listen to the brilliant speeches, and enjoyed a shot of something colourful (and not kid-friendly) as they raised a test-tube to the happy couple. I was very kindly invited to sit and eat with the guests and throughly enjoyed the catering from Easy Gourmet, one of Friendly Places' recommended.

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A super quick turn-around from the Catering team and the basement was ready to become a dance floor for the ipod party. Not before an adorable first dance from Sarah and Tom...

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I had such a blast shooting this Wedding. Sarah, Tom and all of their guests made me feel like family - but that's just how Sarah and Tom are. Two people so adorably and infectiously in love.

 

Venue: One Friendly Place, Lewisham
Wedding dress: The Dressing Rooms, Halesowen
Bride’s shoes: Irregular Choice, Brighton
Bride’s accessories: Hair crown was Rock N Rose, bracelet was a present from Tom from Etsy
Bridesmaid dresses: Everyone bought their own, within the colour scheme
Make-up artist: Sarah did her own
Groom suit: Next, shoes were the same, the shirt was H&M, and the tie was Amazon
Flowers: Sarah made them all
Cake: Tom's fabulous mum
Catering: Easy Gourmet
Band: iPod party. All equipment came from Flipside, London and T & S made their own Spotify playlists for each point of the day. Flipside also provided the projector for the video games and all the disco lights
Anyone else: Beer came from Greenwich Meantime brewery, our wine came from Tesco, Easy Gourmet provided the rest of the booze. All the decorations were made by the couple or family