A wedding is a perfect time for an adventure and when I photographed Lottie and Terry’s wedding it couldn’t have been a more enjoyable experience. A great venue for weddings, the Asylum Chapel was a great backdrop for this special couple’s day.
Despite it’s name, the Asylum Chapel has nothing to do with nineteenth century psychiatric asylums. It was built in the early 1800s with the intention to serve as a chapel for an almshouse that supported pub owners who could no longer work in their trade. It was expanded to house more people by the 1850s, opened by Prince Albert upon completion. It wasn’t until World War II, when the Asylum Chapel was bombed and the interior destroyed by an incendiary device that it fell out of use. What’s really amazing though is that the historic stained glass windows were intact and still shine light on attendees today! This historic building was more recently renovated to be used as an exhibit and event space, and what a place it is! Steeped in history and character it was a delight to photograph and you could just feel the joy that came from Lottie and Terry.
To add to the historical fun, Terry arrived in a 3 wheeler featured on from the eighties TV show “Only Fools and Horses”. The yellow vehicle just brought an extra layer of fun for this fun couple. The laid back character of the couple came through throughout the day. It was a sweet and intimate ceremony which came through in the pictures. Lottie was having so much fun she laughed throughout much of the event, her husband bringing a smile to her face in a way that sent warm feelings through everyone in attendance.
The venue turned out great for them, as well as the location for the reception – the Westminster Boating Base. From brick and stone construction to industrial it was a walk through history and architectural design. The Westminster Boating Base has a lot of glass and metal elements. It’s a great place to find the perfect photograph and have a great deal of fun. The classic choices made by Lottie and Terry brought a sense of adventure for the start of their lives as a married couple. It was so much fun to be a part of their moment and to help capture the character of them and the places they chose.
This sort of open style wedding venue with unique design and history is always a great deal of fun for me and it always comes out in the finished result of the images. If you are having a warehouse wedding or planning on getting hitched at the Asylum Chapel please let me know! I would love to hear all about your plans for your day! I’m always ready for another adventure to such an interesting, unique, and special place.