Wedding at The Florence Institute Liverpool
Normally Janary is a month where I get to put my cameras away, but on January 2nd, only a couple of weeks after my final wedding of 2015 (Kate and Chris’ wedding at Abbeywood Estate), I was back shooting Laura and Luke’s The Florrie wedding photography over in Liverpool. The Florrie, or to give it its proper name, The Florence Institute, is a Grade II listed building in Toxteth, Liverpool. Built in 1889 it opened as a ‘lads club’ a year later. Throughout the next 100 years The Florrie was where the locals could get involved in sport, but in the 1980’s the Florrie’s funding dried up and the building eventually fell into disrepair.
The Liverpool Echo started a campaign to regenerate some of the cities landmark buildings including the Florrie and thanks to a chance visti by Price Charles and Lottery Funding, the building has been restored and it was re-opened by Prince Charles in January 2013. The Florrie is now a multi purpose venue, with activities such as Yoga, classic film showings, comedy night, live music and weddings! Laura and Luke met in Liverpool when they were at Uni there, so teh Florrie was a perfect choice for their relaxed, informal and fun wedding in a unique venue.
Laura and Luke both got ready at The Florrie so I jumped between both rooms to grab photos of all the preparation. I got to work alongside Neil from Authentic Wedding Films for the first time and it was an absolute pleasure to work with a top wedding pro and ace filmmaker. I’ve just seen Laura and Luke’s wedding film and it is absolutely brilliant! I can highly recommend Neil and I’ve popped the film below! The marriage service was very emotional with Luke having to wipe more than one tear as Laura walked up the aisle, escorted by both her mum and dad. With typical January weather we shot The Florrie wedding photography quickly outside before returning inside for the wedding breakfast. As a surprise Luke and Laura even popped aprons on and served every guest their pie and peas!
After the speeches the evening reception kicked off with a special appearance by Laid Blak. Laura and Luke are huge fans of the band and after seeing them at Glastonbury they contacted them to see if they would perform at their wedding and they must have been delighted when Laid Blak said ‘yes’. Laid Blak were absolutely awesome and created a brilliant atmosphere as they performed late into the night. I loved my first time shooting The Florrie wedding photography in Liverpool and if you’re looking for a completely unique venue then head over to The Florrie!
Here’s Laura and Luke’s The Florrie wedding photography. Photos by me, music by Anna of The North…
The Florrie Wedding Photography by James Tracey © 2016