Asylum wedding photographer
An extraordinary London location brought back to life by Maverick Projects, Asylum Chapel is an unusual wedding venue perfect for couples looking for something a little bit different (and oh, SO cool). The stained-glass windows cast beautiful light and shadows over the crumbling paintwork and as an Asylum wedding photographer, I love using everything the venue has to offer for creative portraits.
Built in 1826, and bombed during the war, it’s been lovingly restored to maintain the history and atmosphere of the building. It’s a sought-after location and is often used for fashion shoots and music videos. But it has an unassuming quality and no pretensions, and for this reason is one of the most authentic venues I visit as a London wedding photographer.
Asylum Chapel Wedding Photography
Licensed for weddings with up to 120 guests, you’ll be surrounded by history and quirky details, with the added romantic lighting and candles provided by the dedicated weddings team. Asylum Chapel wedding photography allows me to frame beautiful portraits with quirky details, whether you choose to have a more intimate ceremony or to fill the space with your family and friends. Maverick Projects also have another venue, AMP Studios, a short walk away where you can have your wedding reception under the railway arches.
The Restoration and Conservation of Asylum Chapel
Maverick Projects have done an amazing job creating this space for events and weddings at Asylum Chapel. It all started in 2018 when, alongside Southwark Council, Maverick Projects carried out conservation works with the guidance of historic England, being awarded funding by both the Heritage Lottery Fund and Architectural Heritage Fund. Asylum Chapel has since received further grants for restoration and conservation, including one from Heritage of London Trust to restore the George Dew memorial window in 2020.
The restoration of this once unloved, but still very important building in local history, means it is no longer on the ‘at-risk’ register. Maverick Projects have achieved exactly what they set out to do, they’ve reclaimed a lost space and created a unique venue and experience for the people of London, by preserving its history and unusual beauty.
An Interesting Fact About Asylum Chapel
Despite the name, this Grade II listed site was never a psychiatric facility – ‘asylum’ traditionally meant ‘sanctuary’. Originally known as was the Licensed Victuallers’ Benevolent Institution Asylum (LVBI), it was actually a home for retired, elderly pub landlords, who were valued members of the community.
Real weddings at Asylum Chapel – Cat and Jeavon
I joined Cat and Jeavon as their Asylum wedding photographer, after they fell in love with the character of the place. They got in touch because they felt my style of photography was really suited to capturing their day in this unique venue. Their reception took place at another effortlessly classy venue on the banks of the Thames, check out some of my other weddings at Trinity Buoy Wharf for an idea of what a great combination they picked! Both seriously cool venues that photographers get very excited about!
From that first meeting I could see how important each venue was to Cat and Jeavon, so I was really excited that they chose and trusted me to document their day. I gladly accepted the challenge, and started dreaming up creative ways to use the stunning backdrop for their Asylum wedding photography and riverside reception. Here’s the full gallery of Cat & Jeavon’s Asylum and Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding.
Getting married at the Asylum Chapel? Drop me a line!
If you’re looking for an Asylum wedding photographer and would like to find out about my availability, I’d love to hear from you, just drop me a line via my contact form.