The Matts/Wharton wedding was destined to be a unique one, not least because John and Faith are unique people but they are also friends of mine so it was pretty flippin' special.
Now for someone that generally has quite a lot to say for herself and an opinion on everything I wonder if I can find the right words to honour them both... so I've started so will just see what happens.
The venue is well worth a mention so I'll start here. The style of John and Faith's wedding was retro/vintage and it took place at a VERY COOL venue called Brixton East 1871 which is in the heart of Brixton. The building was once used as a nineteenth century furniture warehouse and since the entire wedding was set to take place inside, it had to be something pretty special, and that it most certainly is. With exposed brick walls, wooden floors, high ceilings, large windows and chunky wooden beams this venue ticks a lot, if not all the boxes in my humble opinion crowning it quite possibly my favourite indoor wedding venue of this season (so far).
I love everything about Brixton East from the floor up and the large windows and sky lights upstairs supplied us with the most beautiful light. We (the photographers) could not have asked for a more. This was set to be a day of excellent choices.
When it comes to shooting weddings I almost invariably get a little anxious before hand. We are rarely at the same venue twice so feel like we never know where we are going. We rely heavily on sat nav and google maps and the traffic (especially in London) can be so unpredictable.
Working for friends can trigger other, if only fleeting, anxious thoughts too such as what if I don't take enough photos? (because I am the chatty one). What if I get too drunk? (for the record hasn't happened yet) or what if I don't meet their expectations and so it goes on until you arrive at the wedding and just simply crack on with the job. On this occasion I was worried my excitement would take over as I found it almost impossible to contain.
John and Faith had no special requests, no shot lists and from what I remember we only had a couple of brief conversations about their photography leaving Maddie and I to simply show up and play our part. I say that because the air of excitement was so infectious the day almost didn't feel real and there were moments where I felt like we were on a film set. I give credit in that sense to the unique choice of vintage dresses that the bridesmaids wore and Audrey Hepburn-esq Mother of the Groom (and yes of course Paul- Father of the groom looked fab too).
The thing I share in common mostly with John and Faith is their taste and love of GREAT music and as a gifted song writer John is probably far superior than I at putting a load of words together and making it sound good. So this is probably an appropriate time for me to leave you with less of my ramblings, avoid any sickly gushing and leave it to the photos to tell the story as it's all in there, we made sure of it.
Please lick play and scroll down at your own pace and enjoy the wedding of Mr and Mrs Matts.
Mr and Mrs Matts individually you are awesome but together you are like water. I couldn't be happier for you both. Surrounded by loving family, gorgeous/slightly nutty friends.
BEST WEDDING EVER.