Kennedy & Dathan

The Asylum & Camden

London wedding photography – styled shoot weekend




Every so often, I get a creative itch that I need to scratch. Being a wedding photographer in Derbyshire is wonderful – it’s an honour to spend extraordinary days with ordinary people, and often in venues I love – but I do feel the pull of the city. I lived in Birmingham for years (a straggler, reluctant to leave after finishing uni there) and I came to enjoy the hustle and bustle of a big city. I don’t get many bookings for city-based weddings, and at the beginning of the year I was starting to feel the need to plan an urban wedding photoshoot.

So you can imagine my excitement when the awesome ladies from the Alternatives announced their plans to organise a styled shoot at The Asylum (a wedding venue I recently mentioned is on my bucket list) and a city shoot through Camden on a busy Saturday. I would have chewed my own arm off to get there!

The full list of suppliers is included at the bottom of this post – they’re all awesome so please do get in touch with them if you’re looking for a non-traditional twist for your wedding day.

Getting Ready

We started out with a quick warm up in a flat on Inverness Street in Camden. It was a pretty small space, but allowed for some intimate shots of our real-life couple, Kennedy and Dathan.

close up photograph of a newborn's feet as they breastfeed at home in derby
close up photograph of a newborn's feet as they breastfeed at home in derby
close up photograph of a newborn's feet as they breastfeed at home in derby
close up photograph of a newborn's feet as they breastfeed at home in derby

Out in Camden

Once Dathan and Kennedy were suited and booted we headed out into Camden. We walked through a few of the quieter side streets so we could make use of graffiti-ed walls, and then headed into Camden Lock and Camden Market. It was so busy but it forced us all to think on our feet. The Alternatives are fab at making sure everyone gets a fair go at getting their own set of images, so no two photographers come away with the same stuff. At first I felt kind of overwhelmed at just how many awesome places we could find for photos, but excitement soon took over and I got stuck in.

photograph of a sleepy newborn baby being winded by her father - newborn photography derby
photograph of an alternative bride and groom jumping in the air in front of a large wall graffitied with an image of a chimpanzee - london wedding photography

The Asylum, Peckham

A hearty bowl of noodles and an excellent night’s sleep in the bag, we headed out across London to the Asylum. 

This venue is licensed for wedding ceremonies, and it’s a brilliant alternative to a church or registry office. Built in a public garden in 1862, the chapel provided mental and spiritual asylum for the residents of the garden, who were retired workers in the alcohol trade. It sustained a bomb attack in WWII, and has been partially restored for public use. 

Light slips in and shifts through small stained glass windows. Crumbling walls and a textured concrete floor make this space romantic AF. The moment I stepped in I felt like I was in a really special, peaceful space. It is a wedding photographer’s heaven. 

photograph of a bride and groom laughing together in the asylum wedding venue in london

Supplier Love

This shoot wouldn’t have been possible without a dedicated team of talented wedding suppliers pulling together for a common vision. Each one of the suppliers was carefully chosen for the quality of their work, so if you like what you see here please do give them a little follow and take a look at what they do.

Flowers: @allbunchedup
HMUA: @talie_danielle
Suit: @dandythreads
Leather jackets: @sammyleasretro
Shoes: @inannabespokeshoes
Venue: @Maverickprojects
Jewellery: @samryde_jewellery
Cake: @theconfetticakery
Dress and veil @bexbrides
Ribbons: @bertieandfred
Couple: @Kennedy_elise_model and @cleggy_dee 
Napkins: @extraspecialtouch
Stationery: @_melliemoo
The Alternatives: @the_alternatives_ss 
Jenny: @jennyappletonphotography
Jo: @jogreenfieldphotographer