Hospital Club and Asylum Wedding Photography – Lucy and Richard

My third visit to Asylum, and my third different season. After doing summer and winter weddings it was time for a spring one, complete with the most amazing blossom on the big tree out front. This was my first ceremony-only visit to Asylum, and Lucy and her entourage were based at the reception venue for their preparations, The Hospital Club in Covent Garden. A perfect pair of venues for Lucy, a doctor.

With beautification complete and fancy rags (and very fancy shoes) donned we had a much more straightforward journey to Asylum than my last one! The amazing light in Caroline Gardens Chapel didn’t disappoint, and we even had a gospel choir to liven up proceedings. After the ceremony we all headed outside to add some confetti to the layer of fallen blossom, and then a short drinks reception back inside the chapel with more singing.

Then it was time for everyone to return to The Hospital Club on a pair of Routemasters, with a short unplanned walk thanks to a police roadblock. Time for cocktails before the wedding breakfast, and post-dinner Jägerbombs for the grandparents, before the speeches. Finally, everyone headed upstairs for some late-night dancing on a very full dance floor.

Asylum Peckham Wedding Photography – Laura and Pascal

My last wedding of 2014 was a long-awaited return trip to Caroline Gardens Chapel in Peckham, otherwise known as Asylum. Last time I was there it was the middle of a July heatwave and the building became a huge sauna. This time there was the gentle red glow, and not so gentle roar, of a pair of industrial heaters keeping the gathered guests from freezing solid.

First of all I had an adventure that began in London Fields where Laura and her bridesmaids were preparing themselves. Once ready we all climbed into the huge vintage limo and set off on the journey south of the river. As we sped through the Limehouse Link Tunnel there was a wisp of smoke from the bonnet. “Nothing to worry about!” the driver reassured us. As we headed out of the tunnel the wisp turned into a cloud, and then started coming through the dashboard, and finally the car juddered to a halt and fell silent. Luckily for the people of London we were out of the tunnel. Bridesmaid of the year prize goes to the girl who (very) quickly commandeered the car behind us to transport Laura and her crew. Unfortunately there was no room for yours truly, so I had a slightly stressful walk/run for a mile down the Old Kent Road.

Thankfully I made it in time for the ceremony, which was followed by a drinks reception, and then possibly the last meal I will shoot at Asylum as it becomes a ceremony-only venue later this year. After a few speeches it was time for possibly the most haphazard and out of control ceilidh I’ve ever seen. This wouldn’t happen in Scotland, or would it…

Asylum Wedding Photography – Liz and John

I’ve done a lot of DIY weddings in my time, but they are usually at the home of a parent. However, Liz and John chose a little-known space in Peckham, South London to host their wedding celebrations. Asylum was formerly the chapel of a complex of almshouses for retired pub landlords called the Licenced Victuallers’ Benevolent Institution Asylum, later known as Caroline Gardens. Gutted by an incendiary bomb during WWII it has been patched up over the years, and since 2010 has been run as an art space.

The couple had enlisted the help of an army of family and friends to help them put together the day, so John’s mother provided the music for a Beatles singalong, ushers became waiters, a friend with catering experience did all the food and it was all hands on deck to quickly turn the space from ceremony room to dining room.

After the formalities were complete everyone jumped on buses and headed down the road to East Dulwich Tavern for the evening festivities, and I imagine there were some sore heads amongst the clean-up team at the chapel the next day!