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Winter Asylum Wedding

After shooting this Baroque bridal shoot at Asylum in March 2014,  I shot my first Asylum wedding on a crisp and sunny December day.  What a delight.  The Asylum is a crumbling chapel (bombed during the war).  It was resurrected as an art space by Mavericks Projects and now has a wedding licence.  It’s like an oasis in the dessert located just off the busy Old Kent Road  in Caroline Gardens, Peckham, South East London.

The Chapel despite being called Asylum, was never a home for lunatics, but it actually was a ‘sanctuary’ (old folks home) for retired pub landlords! With its crumbling interior walls and stained glass windows it its theatrical and atmospheric the bursts of sunlight  filtering thought the beautiful original stain glass windows. It’s like a total surprise; a hidden gem just off the Old Kent.

The ceremony was early in the day to catch the winter light.  I love a winter wedding because the sun is low in the sky and casts the most amazing shadows making totally unique photographs.  And if you don’t get the sunlight there so many ways with lighting and magic tricks to make totally unique photographs.

Lizzie “We chose the venue – for its uniqueness and character. It felt special as soon as we walked in and we hadn’t really seen anywhere else like it. We loved its faded grandeur and the history that came with it which provided a story everyone
was interested in, the blue coloured crumbling walls and the amazing light the stained glass windows let in”

We left Asylum in the evening after the speeches and headed back to East London to the Old Cholmeley Boys Club in Dalston, Hackney.   A very unique, eclectic and eccentric venue – it is like someone’s living room because it actually is someone’s living room!

As winter weddings can be quite demanding with lighting and with time constraints of the sunset it’s always good to come prepared and not alone and I was assisted on this wedding with photography, lighting and support by the lovely and talented Lisa Jane Photography x

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