Chic London wedding at The Asylum

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Today’s wedding is full of heart-for-eyes emoji moments, get those pinning fingers at the ready peeps! Lynsay & Bill’s wedding day, well there’s no better way to describe it other than a fabulous, chic London town celebration. These two were married on their eighth anniversary (super cute right) at one of the most unique and recognisable wedding venues in London, The Asylum and danced the night away in modern quintessentially British pub.

Their day is full treats and DIY elements, including the beautiful flowers and cake and Lynsay herself created a beautiful suite of stationary. But be sure to take a look at their Little Black Book too, it’s full of some fabulous designers and suppliers. Love beams from their photos, and they both look so stylish – Lynsay rocking her incredible Charlie Brear dress and Bill in his tailored suit. It’s all so gorgeous, just take a look.

Photography by Magnus Eden

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How we met

Lynsay, the bride: Bill and I have known each others for over 10 years now. We met at a gig at the Barfly in Camden where a mutual friend introduced us… It took us a couple more years to admit our feelings though!

A Charlie Brear dress

My dress is from Charlie Brear – I bought it the previous September at her showroom in Goodge Street. It’s a floor-length silk crepe dress with a tiered lace skirt worn over the top – I looked at some really beautiful 50s style dresses but in the end I wanted something really different, something unexpected and something I could never wear again! It was everything I wanted and was so gorgeous.

I had some peach Miu Miu Mary Janes  – that was a big indulgence for me! I also had a cathedral length veil edged in vintage lace which I think surprised people – it was more formal than I had imagined I’d go, but I absolutely loved it.

Bill went to a mod shop for his suit – Adam of London in Notting Hill. He’s always wanted a beautifully cut suit and it really was – he went with electric blue and I didn’t see his suit till the day; that was a really nice surprise.

Bridesmaids & Ushers

My bridesmaids wore grey-blue dresses with cream flowers from Oasis – they were quite modern in that they were dresses with high-neck t-shirt tops worn over them. I really liked the fact that they were romantic but also quite non-traditional, and I think everyone really enjoyed wearing them which was really important. The ushers all wore grey suits and pale pink ties, and their gorgeous button holes were made by my exceptional maid of honour Abbi.

The inspiration

I guess perhaps it goes without saying but the main thing for us was to create a wedding that was just completely us – we wanted something we wouldn’t do every day of course, but it still had to be something we would do.

We found it very difficult to find a venue that suited – we wanted something non-traditional but not themed or anything that could be described as ‘wacky’! The Asylum was just so perfect – it was incredibly beautiful and romantic, and such a spectacle, but it was also overlooked by Peckham towerblocks and near destroyed in the second world war, which made it also local and fascinating. My late Grandad Tim’s wedding venue was destroyed in the war the day before he was due to get married (don’t worry he still got married elsewhere!), so I knew he would’ve loved it if he could’ve been there. It was a lovely connection for me and it was a very easy decision made as soon as we found it.

We also were working to a reasonably modest budget, so rather than go for a three course meal that was restricted by money, we went for Well Kneaded – a vintage pizza van making firebreads straight from their wood fired oven stationed outside. We both LOVE pizza and it was absolutely perfect. It was lovely to have Bill’s Grandma try pizza for the first time there and enjoy it! We also sorted all of our own drinks so we could do some of our favourite craft beers and (try to) impress the ale connoisseurs, and the dessert was a crate of rainbow coloured meringues from the Meringue Girls. It was all very achievable and really felt like us.

Romantic chic wedding

We didn’t have a theme, but I guess it ended up being what I was describing as ‘formal informal’! I love the handmade rustic weddings and I wanted it to have a bit of a romantic rustic feel, but really this was a city wedding and I wanted it to be sophisticated – I’m a graphic designer so I designed and produced a lot for the day, and I wanted it to look professional and polished. I designed the invitation using a vintage flower illustration and this really ended up setting the tone for the day and featured on all of the graphics we produced – it has quite a retro feel with pinks and muted greens, and this ended up giving us our colour palette.

Ceremony music

I walked down the aisle to a Vampire Weekend cover of Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac. It’s acapella and really lovely. It’s got quite a good break in the middle and we were sure we wanted the whole song to play as I hate it when the music just cuts off when the bride gets to the front – so I walked from halfway through, but I don’t think Bill had anticipated just how long it would feel waiting for the song to get to that point!

The photographer

Our photographer was Magnus Eden, a friend and colleague who I’d worked with a few years previously. He’s an amazing photographer who’s self-taught, and I made him promise to do my wedding photos should I ever get married. Thankfully for us he came good on that! He did such a fantastic job – Magnus is one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet and he absolutely worked his socks off. Every one of our guests absolutely loved him and the results were everything we wanted.

DIY flowers

The vision for my flowers was dreamt up by my Mum in Law Viv – she’s a brilliant gardener with a gorgeous country garden, and together we worked out what I might like. My maid of honour Abbi then advised me on the specifics and we bought the flowers and plants wholesale at Covent Garden flower market. Abbi was in the midst of a floristry course and she convinced me we could do the majority ourselves – on the week of the wedding under Abbi’s tutelage we made the bridesmaids’ bouquets, buttonholes, and table displays. I honestly couldn’t have been happier – we had peonies, antique roses, grasses, hydrangeas, thistles, the list goes on!

My bouquet and the Mums’ corsages were made by Sweetpea Flowers in Dalston – my bouquet was incredible and worked perfectly with the other flowers. Two days before Abbi even managed to rustle together two bay trees dotted with flowers for either side of the front door.

Polar bear cake topper

Our wedding cake was a tiered chocolate, almond and meringue cake made by my friend Sarah and her Mum Marion. They’re both brilliant cooks and it was just delicious – plus it looked awesome. We had two polar bears on top – Bill and I always joke that we both brought a polar bear into the relationship (him Pola, me Pandora) and it’s sort of stuck.

The entertainment

Our friends Del and Tom AKA Rock n Roll Jumblesale DJs played music at the East Dulwich Tavern for us – we’d hired the upstairs and we all just danced all night. Our first dance was to Funny Little Frog by Belle & Sebastian – we’re both massive fans and it felt right to have something we could properly dance to. We also specified the next two songs to set the tone – Modern Love by David Bowie and then Gold Digga by Kanye West (the latter not a sign!). After that we had a mix of 60s soul music and some absolute pop and indie classics.

Newspapers and tattoo favours

We set up a temporary tattoo station in the East Dulwich Tavern – my bridesmaids manned the station and we were overrun! Bill and I both have tattoos so we thought this could be a really cool thing for people to enjoy – I loved seeing my Mum & Dad with ankle tattoos, and people with anchors on their necks. We ordered in loads of tattoos from Tattly – they get famous designers and illustrators to design their tattoos, they’re really great. I then designed a sign and we had a wooden box with drawers and different categories to choose from, and pieces of sponge and water to apply them.

I also designed newspapers, printed at Newspaper Club, which were great for people to read while waiting before the ceremony, and while we were signing the register. They introduced the wedding party, told people about the venue & why it was special, and also told people the story behind our first meeting ten years before.

Advice & final thoughts

It’s a good idea to get started early – I really think that way you can spread out the tasks and take your time over them without getting too stressed. There were loads of weekends where we didn’t have any wedding admin to do, and it was nice to have that break.

I also think that it’s important to stay focussed on what you both want, and then pick your battles – work out what you’re happy to compromise on and what you’re not, and then take people’s help where you feel comfortable. Other people will feel very invested in your wedding, and this can be very useful if channelled into the right places! Ultimately, you won’t be worried about half this stuff on the actual day so once everything’s in place, just enjoy it. And make the most of every task – I made every thing into an excuse to have Prosecco and this made the whole process so much fun!

Doesn’t this look like such a fun day? And I’m so craving some pizza and meringue now! I love the attention to detail, and that everything Lynsay and Bill chose to include in their day was so carefully selected. Even though I’ve seen lots of weddings at The Asylum, I love how couples can make it their own, injecting their personality and style on the space. Congratulations to these two love birds, and thank you for sharing your special day with us.

Sarah x

Lynsay & Bill’s little black book

Photographer – Magnus Eden
Bride’s dress – Charlie Brear
Bride’s shoes – Miu Miu
Bride’s accessories – Vintage Styler
Hair & Make Up – Jennifer Lo
Groom’s Attire – Adam of London
Bridesmaid dresses – Oasis
Ceremony venue – The Asylum
Reception venue – East Dulwich Tavern
Flowers – Sweetpea Flowers
Catering – Well Kneaded and Meringue Girls
DJ – Rock n Roll Jumblesale DJs
Stationary – Brides design, printed by Moo and Newspaper Club

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