Liz + John
Asylum Wedding Photography, London
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!