A Blue Velvet Winter Wedding

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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.

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A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.

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.”

A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.

And those incredible blue boots? They are by Natacha Marrow

A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.

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

A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.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.”

A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.

Velvet was a bit of theme so all the groomsmen had velvet jackets from various places.

A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.

“Tom and I decided to walk down the aisle together. My dad was completely supportive of this and understood all of my reasons.”

A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.

“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.”

A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.

“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.”

A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.

“Our readings were from ‘the passion’ and ‘lighthouse keeping’ by Jeanette Winterson.”

A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.

“My engagement ring came from Grays Antiques and I can’t remember the names of the shops we got our wedding bands from.”

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“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.”

A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.

“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.”

A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.

“We also had hand-made Christmas crackers filled with miniatures and a personal note to each guest.”

A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.

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!

A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.

“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!

A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.A blue velvet wedding held at The Asylum in Caroline Gardens, Peckham. Photography by Eclection Photography.

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

Annabel

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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.

9 thoughts on “A Blue Velvet Winter Wedding

  1. Wow, so gorgeous. My wedding dress is also being made by Jane and I love seeing how other brides wear her creations! Thanks for sharing. xJ

    1. Oh Jo, that sounds wonderful. This is the first time that I’ve come across one of Jane’s designs and I am in love! I bet you can’t wait to see the end design. Have you long to wait? xx

  2. Love, love, love and even more love for this wedding! I adore this dress – the lace is gorgeous and the design is beautiful and it looks amazing teamed with the blue cape and boots. It always surprises me how brides survive winter weddings in their sleeveless numbers and red noses. This is a gorgeous example of how to be super stylish and warm! The photography is also brilliant and really suits the atmosphere of this unique venue. Many, many congratulations 🙂

  3. I fall more and more in love with this stunning venue each time I see it!! What a beautiful winter wedding! I adore the little personalised messages given to the guests and Lizzie’s outfit is just beautiful. Congratulations Lizzie and Tom x x

  4. Gorgeous! Stylish winter wedding. Cracking venue choice and beautifully captured. Loved the brides choice of dress with blue velvet cape ??

  5. I love the bridesmaid dresses… Can you tell me where you had them made?! I am getting married this January..

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