My penultimate job of 2012 was a little out of the ordinary for a number of reasons. Firstly, it featured a bride and groom, but the wedding happened six months ago. After living in Catalonia for work, Alys and Simon discovered that it was quite difficult for them to get married in the UK, and equally difficult to get married in Spain, so they eloped to Gibraltar. Returning to the UK for Christmas they decided to have a big knees-up for all their family and friends.

Which brings me to the second strange thing about this mid-December wedding reception. No Christmas decorations in sight! Afternoon tea complete with scones and clotted cream gave the party a distinctly summery air, and having free reign to decorate the Zoom Factory however they liked, they opted to ignore the imminent festivities. The evening was completed with activities that betrayed Alys’ teaching background.

The guests were split into teams of people unknown to each other and asked to discuss how they knew the couple. This knowledge was then to be used in the production of something that summed up Alys and Simon and their life. Genius.