Good morning to you, I hope this finds you well. I feel excited today; we’ve have a lot going on behind the scenes right now at Love My Dress – blog makeovers, new content the kind of which we’ve never done before, enhancements to our beautiful wedding directory, Little Book For Brides and a £500 cash prize for one of our lucky readers very soon – keep a watch of this very space to find out more about that. This morning however, I can’t await to share the glamorous winter wedding of Lizzie and Tom, who tied the knot on Sunday 28th December at the Asylum Chapel in Caroline Gardens, Peckham – a venue well known to Love My Dress for it’s sublime textured walls and interior of faded glamour, that has provided an incredible backdrop for some of the most stylish and cool London weddings we have featured.
I’m smitten and completely in love with Lizzie’s velvet cape and velvet blue bootees. The couple chose the talented Heather of Eclection Photography – another regular on Love My Dress, to capture these beautiful memories. I’m so proud to be able to recommend Eclection Photography via Little Book For Brides.
Lizzie’s flowergirls’s gowns were made by a family friend…
“It was all very last minute. I was really struggling to find something that was going to be warm enough for them without spending a fortune. This proved to be fairly impossible, so I bought some fabric the week before Christmas and sent it to Gloucester where my nieces and dressmakers were. She managed to get them ready just in time.”
And those incredible blue boots? They are by Natacha Marrow…
Lizzie’s gown and blue velvet cape were created by dressmaker Jane Bourvis, who is located on Golbourne road. I’ve long been a fan of Jane’s sublime gowns – she is such an incredibly talented designer, with a penchant for the most exquisite vintage lace and fabrics.
“I was inspired as soon as I walked into Jane’s shop. I couldn’t really imagine myself in a wedding dress until I saw what she had. It all started with the top and when we decided to have a winter wedding, it all just fit into place, with the sleeves and the way it went up my neck. We then waited until Jane sourced the right piece of lace for the skirt.”W
df“We chose the venue for its uniqueness and character. It felt special as soon as we walked in and we hadn’t really seen anywhere else like it. We loved its faded grandeur and the history that came with it which provided a story everyone was interested in, the blue coloured crumbling walls and the amazing light the stained glass windows let in.”
Velvet was a bit of theme so all the groomsmen had velvet jackets from various places.
“Tom and I decided to walk down the aisle together. My dad was completely supportive of this and understood all of my reasons.”
“Tom’s suit was made from fabric bought from Goldhawk Road. He decided he wanted a waistcoat last minute so found a guy tucked away somewhere by Liverpool Street station (London Wall). It was made on Christmas Eve just in the nick of time.”
“We met at the secret garden party in 2012 when a mutual friend introduced us. We got engaged in Havana, Cuba in January 2014 and married in December 2014.”
“Our readings were from ‘the passion’ and ‘lighthouse keeping’ by Jeanette Winterson.”
“My engagement ring came from Grays Antiques and I can’t remember the names of the shops we got our wedding bands from.”
“The menus were illustrated by my dad and Hollie’s artist friend added the colour. She managed to get them printed at the last minute on Christmas Eve whilst I was at work.”
“Our friend Hollie Bowden came up with the inspirations for the tables and flowers. Herself and Tom went to Covent Garden flower market at the crack of dawn on the 23rd to source them all. Then with the help of friends and family it all (the ivy on the walls, the eucalyptus in urns, wreaths) got put together the day before in the Asylum. A friend of Hollies helped with my bouquet, the girls headdresses and the button holes.”
“We also had hand-made Christmas crackers filled with miniatures and a personal note to each guest.”
“Jacqueline Wise was our caterer. She really did do a great job and helped us out massively, especially considering the lack of facilities! Jacquline served mulled rose instead of champagne or prosecco as we knew everyone would be cold. This went down very well. For lunch we had seafood platter for starters and a hearty (and warming) beef stew for main.”
I just adore this little shot – those little boys are so read to dive in!
“We had a bit of a theme when it came to the cake – we didn’t realise how far in advance a cake needs to be ordered! When we discovered this, we were way too late. Luckily a friend of my mums came to the rescue. We had a naked cake decorated with winter berries and fruit and a bit of greenery.”
Brides take note!
Huge congratulations to you
Love Annabel xx
Photographer – Eclection Photography supported by Lisa Jane
Venue – Asylum Chapel in Caroline Gardens, Peckham
Wedding Dress – Jane Bourvis
Blue velvet boots – Natacha Marrow
Groom – suit made by fabric purchased via Goldhawk Road
Flowergirls – made by a family friend
Cake – handmade
Rings – Grays Antiques
Catering – Jacqueline Wise