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Snowflakes
Images by Mister Phill Photography - Bride in a lace tea length dress for an urban city wedding at The Asylum in London. Groom in Paul Smith Suit & Ted Baker Shoes & Bridesmaids in red with white winter theme.
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Images by Mister Phill Photography - Bride in a lace tea length dress for an urban city wedding at The Asylum in London. Groom in Paul Smith Suit & Ted Baker Shoes & Bridesmaids in red with white winter theme.
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Bridesmaids
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Reception
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Decor
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Dancing
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George & Will

I literally adore the raw beauty of the Asylum in London. It’s rugged paintwork, exposed brick and stain glass windows bring SO much character and charm to a wedding ceremony and the abundance of church candles placed at the altar are the perfect finishing touches to soften the mood of this fabulous urban venue.

There is a black and white image of the Groom sitting at the altar waiting for his Bride staring off into space with a slight smile on his face that literally made me sigh as I can only imagine all the lovely things he must be thinking. As I continued through the images and saw the beam on his face when his Bride did arrive I think my heart skipped a beat! I absolutely delight in perfectly captured moments like these, and take my hat off to the super talented Mister Phill for making me grin like a Cheshire cat alongside them. I challenge you to not feel the same… you just can’t! A simply adorable couple having the time of their lives on their wedding day.

The Brides Outfit

George The Bride: My dress is from David’s Bridal and was the third one I tried on, out of a grand total of five. I left it ’til 10 weeks before the wedding to even start trying dresses, as it was always my plan to pick one off a hanger. This was a bad idea. I didn’t realise that dresses have to be ordered in your size and then fitted, and after having to make a snap decision, the dress was scheduled to arrive ten days before the big day. Yeah, I won’t be doing that again.
I really didn’t want to spend too much on my outfit but, somewhat inevitably, spent twice as much as originally envisaged. Three times as much if you factor in shoes (Schuh), hosiery (Marks and Spencer) and ‘bits’. Still, I’ll get lots of wear out of it all (I won’t). No regrets though: I love the dress and would probably pick it if I’d tried on 50.

The Grooms Attire

Will’s suit is Paul Smith and was the first and only one he tried. He got it 13 months before the big day; we both love the colour. His shoes are Ted Baker, his shirt Paul Smith and his socks are Jaeger, if you’re interested.

The Venue

Will found the venue we got married in: Caroline Gardens Chapel in the Asylum. It was important to us that we got married in London, although I’m from Cheshire and Will from Devon, as we both live in London and intend to stay here. I didn’t want to get married in a register office and Will wasn’t keen on a traditional church, so this place fitted the bill: a de-consecrated chapel. And it looks so amazing! It was flipping freezing as we got married in December but we warned all of our guests to wrap up warm and served mulled wine after the service for a bit of a heat boost. We also served cakes which had been made by some of our friends who are handy with rolling pins.

Colour Scheme/Decor

Our friend Anna did all the decorations at the Chapel and the reception venue. She was brilliant at taking vague ideas (“Lights and white stuff but nothing Christmasssy”) and coming back with amazing things. The G & W lights and candle holders were all her idea and the big light-up letters are up in our house now and will be up in our house FOREVER.

Flowers

Mine and the Bridesmaids’ flowers and the buttonholes are all from Marks and Spencer. HOT TIP: M&S have a wedding flower range and it’s much cheaper than any florist I found. Our table decorations were baby’s breath (gypsophila) in jam jars that we’d had our pals collecting for months. It was important to us that our guests could see each other over the table decorations, and so this worked perfectly. Anna sorted it all out for us (thank you, Anna!).

Ceremony

We had to have two ceremonies: the first to get married legally, the second was a religious ceremony. We did them one after the other, which meant that I got to walk down the aisle twice, which was good fun. There was a special moment when I arrived at the chapel and stood in the doorway for the first time as all our friends cheered (I wasn’t late). I’m a big show off, so loved it.
There was another hilarious moment when our vicar revealed he’d forgotten his holy water, so blessed some bottled water in a paper cup. LOL.

Entertainment

I used to play in a band, and so some of our musician friends put together a wedding band for us. And, yes, of course I leapt behind the mic when they asked me to (I have no shame). Our friend Mike played the keyboard before the ceremony. I wasn’t there but I hear it was a selection of instrumental versions of Oasis and Pulp songs, which my Husband loved.

Food

We went simple: sausage, mash and green beans. There was also bread and butter on the table to soak up the wine and Prosecco we provided. Dessert was wedding cake baked by my Mum, served with a slice of Cheshire cheese (fruit cake and cheese is totally a thing in the North). And there was cheese, biscuits and grapes served at about 9pm for the evening guests and those looking to fuel their dance floor moves.

Photographer

Mister Phill He is brilliant. I would recommend getting a good photographer over anything else. Those pictures are going to last forever. A fancy cake? Not so much.

DIY/advice

Keep an email trail of everything and make sure you have prices that you’ve agreed in writing: both of our venues tried to increase their prices from what we’d originally agreed.

Don’t do something because you think you should or because it’s traditional: do whatever the heck you like and can afford. Nobody will judge you for not giving favours or having a three course meal or serving actual Champagne. And if they do, they probably aren’t people you should be inviting to your wedding.

Don’t be afraid of asking friends to help: whether it’s making cakes, manning the mulled wine or lighting 500 (approx) candles. Equally, the people who are coming to your wedding are adult humans (unless they’re kids), it is perfectly acceptable for them to book their own hotel/cab/etc. and you will have enough on your plate. We had an on the day wedding co-ordinator, Caroline and put her phone number on our invites in case anyone had a problem on the day. I don’t even know if anyone called her, that’s how good she is.

Also, do planning in bursts of activity rather than a continual drip feed: it’ll save your sanity, and Will and I divvied tasks between us, which helped us.

And finally, don’t be afraid. Honestly, what’s the worst thing that can happen? You’ll be surrounded by people who love you and want this day to be brilliant, it’s not a tough crowd. I wish I could go back and do it all again – it was just brilliant.

Photography by Mister Phill
Author: Lorna Shaw
Lorna loves a new posh frock, is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to be living her ‘happily ever after’ with her wonderful husband, three beautiful children and pet dog.

2 thoughts on “George & Will

  1. That last line from George…totally agree, you’re surrounded by people who love you – not a tough crowd!

    I particularly love the hanging bird cages and the dog shaped biscuits!! (Not something I thought I’d ever say about a wedding…)

    Fern x

  2. oooof … love love this venue, what I would call a truly romantic vibe.
    George and Will, What a sweet couple, great style between them both, can’t go wrong with a Paul Smith suit sir !
    One day the wedding fairies will find me a couple to shoot their day here.
    Mark

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