Weddings with a strong aesthetic and bold visuals are always exciting to capture, and I’m also always super happy to feature art in my images. That’s why Cassie and Adam first got in touch when they started planning their epic wedding at Asylum Chapel and AMP Studios. As a creative couple with a love of London, including some of the local street art in their wedding photographs was important to them. Throw in some quirky touches and French class and you’ve pretty much got this wedding down to a tee! I’m really excited to show you some of the photographs from this amazing day!
At first, Cassie didn’t want bridal prep covered but it’s one of my favourite parts of the day. It’s a great way to set the scene with your wedding gallery and so I persuaded her to have me there, even for a little bit of it! Cassie got ready at The Victoria Inn in Peckham, and it was fun trying to capture the usual bridal prep images in new and interesting ways. The room Cassie was in had loads of great artwork celebrating the borough, which you’ll see feature in some of her photos! There’s a photo of a little purple flower I captured – Cassie had planned to grow all the flowers for her bouquet, but they peaked too early and were gone by the time the wedding day came. The only one left was the little purple one! Once Cassie was ready to go, in her gorgeous sequinned dress and feathers, she hopped on a double decker bus, from London Retro Bus Hire, along with her bridesmaid to catch a ride to the chapel! Meanwhile, I’d dashed off 10 minutes earlier, to capture some pre ceremony shots of Adam and their guests.
The Asylum Chapel is a wedding venue with a unique style. Built in the early 1800s, this Grade II listed building was a sanctuary for retired pub landlords! Its unusual semi-ruined look is due to it being bombed during the Second World War. But despite the building being almost entirely gutted, the incredible stained glass windows survived. So, the rough and ready appearance, with those little hints of its former glory, tell an incredible story of this building’s survival. I can’t think of a more perfect backdrop for a wedding, can you?
Wedding at the Asylum Chapel
I grabbed some shots of Cassie arriving and walking the last few yards to the venue. Then I got myself inside, waiting for that moment of anticipation, as the bride is about to walk in. I love seeing the look on the groom’s face at this point! In true non-traditional style, Cassie walked herself down the aisle towards Adam, and the beaming smile on his face, and on Cassie’s, lit up the room! As ceremonies go, this one was filled with so much fun and laughter. Cassie literally couldn’t contain herself. She’s such a bubbly, vivacious character and her awesome laugh filled the chapel more than a couple of times! Adam’s strong silent character mirrors Cassie well, yet even he couldn’t contain his happiness!
My absolute favourite moment of the whole day came right after the ceremony, as everyone went outside for the confetti shot. The moment Cassie and Adam walked out, a very cute black cat strolled across their path, stealing the show for a few moments! Isn’t that the greatest lucky omen to experience on your wedding day!! It was a beautiful warm day. While everyone sipped on fizz outside, I was able to get Cassie and Adam back inside. I wanted some gorgeous couple shots against that stunning chapel backdrop and those stained glass windows. The chapel has all these little pockets of changing light, which are perfect for photographers like me to experiment with. And before we got a few formal group shots, I made sure I got tons of great candids as well.
Once all the fizz was finished, the guests were whisked off on that big red bus for a tour of the area (and to deliver them to the reception at AMP Studios). The French guests were particularly delighted with this part of the day – they got a little taste of our capital city, on transport that can only be described as uniquely London. Cassie, Adam and I had already planned a stroll to the reception for this part of the day. In fact, we’d already investigated the area for street art on our wedding reccy the month before. But on our way in, we’d both spotted the stunning ‘Stairway to Heaven’ mural on the side of a church on Meeting House Lane, which made a fantastic backdrop for their couple shoot!
Wedding reception at AMP Studios
The reception at the AMP Studios was a very informal and relaxed do. The venue itself is set in two railway arches with a very pretty courtyard. It was all lit up by Adam’s friend, Bobby, a lighting director. This brought a big smile to my face, as lighting directors tend to know what they’re doing! (I’d like one of these at every wedding, please!!). The drinks were supplied bythe awesome The Cheeky Tipple. Well Kneaded Food provided the yummiest sourdough pizzas. I had a delicious vegan pizza which kept me going! It was so laid back and fit in perfectlywith this chilled London wedding. The berry and ivy-covered cake with Lego topper was another great detail. And I loved the ‘Jaws’ sign by the food, which touched a little on Adam’s background as a commercial film director.
The speeches were full of laughter and cheers. I loved the touching moment when Cassie’s Dad also said a little something in French as well. It’s those little touches, for me, that reallymake a wedding. Those are the things you never forget. Lots of evening candids and natural moments later, I left this fab bunch of people dancing into the night. I was thrilledto be able to capture this fun, chilled and quirky London wedding, and I’m pretty sure Cassie and Adam loved every moment too!
Congratulations you awesome pair! If you’re interested in booking me for your quirky London wedding, you might want to check out Anais & David’s Shoreditch wedding, or Eleanor & Jacky’s Metro Garden Clapham wedding.