When Ricci and Derek first told me they were getting married at “the Asylum”, I initially thought they were planning to get married in a mental asylum. Each to their own, I thought… I’m sure they have their reasons… I eventually learned that Asylum Chapel, was in fact used as place of asylum or “sanctuary”. Asylum Chapel has a fascinating history. Before surviving a bombing in WWII it acted as a home for elderly retired pub landlords. You can read up on the full history here.
Maverick Projects now runs Asylum Chapel and the venue serves as a flexible project space. In addition to being used for weddings, the space is used by all kinds of artists from photographers to performance artists for exhibitions, theatre, photography and film.
I was lucky enough to photograph Ricci and Derek’s wedding at Asylum Chapel. It was genuinely one of the most beautiful and atmospheric ceremonies. The space itself is just stunning so there’s no need to fill it with all of the usual wedding frills. All that is need are some simple vintage touches and plenty of candles and flowers.