16 DECEMBER | ONE FRIENDLY PLACE WEDDING | LONDON WEDDING VENUE
I’ve worked at my fair share of stunning wedding venues – from historic stately houses to beautiful churches but for me there’s something extra-special about getting to work in a venue that isn’t your typical wedding venue. One Friendly Place is anything but traditional. This unique warehouse space tucked away in Deptford is like no venue I’ve ever worked in before. With four floors to explore, it feels like an artist’s playground, full of quirky corners and eclectic props. Everywhere you look there’s an unexpected surprise from a giant painting of the queen to a huge rose-shaped neon light. What more could you want?
James and Rachel are no strangers to the joys of event planning and as such, they planned every element of this wedding themselves. DIY weddings are not easy but this meant that on top of being in this super cool venue, their day was just packed full of character and personal touches including vibrant floral displays created by Wild Renata Flowers and nods to James and Rachel’s love of Mexico (shout out to Maria Sabina for the amazing Taco buffet!).
After a quick trip to the roof for some group shots in the sunshine, we headed down to the ground floor bar for the first dance and what turned out to be quite possibly the wildest wedding party I’ve ever been to. It wasn’t long before the heels were off and ties around heads. Hands down some of the best dance moves I’ve seen and some truly psychedelic lighting effects from LucyNation Lighting.
This wedding nearly broke me purely because I couldn’t bring myself to stop shooting (I’m waiting for the carpal tunnel to kick in) but it was absolutely worth it. This was no ordinary wedding – but then James and Rachel are clearly no ordinary couple!
Visit James and Rachel’s feature gallery for more highlights from their wedding at One Friendly Place.