Clapton Country Club wedding

When Viv and Jamie got in touch about their Clapton Country Club wedding I was excited to be ticking it off my list of venues I’ve had my eye on. It’s fair to say that Clapton Country Club isn’t your typical ‘country club’, what with being set in the heart of Clapton, not a location known for its rolling countryside scenery! Instead it’s got a fantastic industrial-meets-forest-clearing vibe to it, set at the end of a cobbled lane and spread across two buildings full of reclaimed and recycled metal, brick, wood, and greenery. The perfect venue for couples planning a bit more of an alternative wedding, then!

With the whole day there, ceremony and reception, V&J started off with a ceremony rehearsal with their friends and family, just to make sure everything went to plan, and then heading ‘backstage’ to the back rooms to get ready.

In actual fact they’d done all the marriage paperwork already, so their ceremony was more of a humanist celebration with a friend officiating to ‘marry’ them with all their guests present, and a round of ‘When I’m 64’ instead of hymns – nice touch! Then instead of confetti everyone had a bottle of bubbles to blow, just as much fun as confetti and much easier to get out of your hair afterwards… 😉

Then everyone moved across the lane to The Department Of Life for drinks and nibbles, while the CCC staff transformed the ceremony hall for the wedding breakfast – and after speeches they transformed it again ready for the party that night!

This was one of my favourite weddings of the year, just because it was so laid back and informal, and especially because of Viv’s incredible dress with the red trim, very non-traditional! And that sums up my Wedding Tip of the Day for this post: you don’t have to follow tradition!

For example, if you want to sing, swap hymns for a classic, like It Must Be Love, or When I’m 64. And if you’d like to see each other before the ceremony that’s fine! And if you already quietly eloped you can still have a ‘ceremony’ with all your family and friends – just skip the ‘signing the register’ bit and focus on celebrating each other!

If you like my reportage-style wedding photography and you’re planning your own London wedding or destination wedding (or know of someone who is) I’d love to have a chat about it – just get in touch to say hello and we’ll take it from there. And check out my Instagram to see more of my favourite photos!

Credit where it’s due

Wedding Photography : Owen Billcliffe Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue & Catering: Clapton Country Club  | Event Design & Coordination : the bride and groom! | Floral Design : Scarlet & Violet | DJ : Jason King