During their travels couple Sarah and Luke ended up in London and deciding on saying I Do in the city. With a relaxed day with their friends and family they danced down the aisle, and all the way through until the early hours. Lots of happy tears, romantic kisses and a stylish bride all captured perfectly by Miss Gen.
Sarah and Luke may have met in the sunny climes of California however after travelling for seven months and ending up in London they decide this was the city they would wed in!
We met in Venice, California in 2010 for a work meeting, the rest was pretty much history and around midnight on a Friday night in May 2012, in a rooftop hot tub, champagne in hand, beneath the desert stars in Joshua Tree, CA, we got engaged. We hadn’t planned to tie the knot any time soon and in 2013 we sold everything and travelled around the world for seven months, eventually landing in London. After chatting with some friends about wedding venues one evening in 2014 we booked the Asylum on the spot and were married on September 19, 2015.
What do you do when your friend tells you their ‘dream’ wedding venue? Well you go ahead and steal it! Luckily their friend was more than happy for them to go for it, as it ended up being the perfect fit for Sarah and Luke’s day (and well done to their friend Lotte for being so kind!).
Our friend Lottë had told us that The Asylum was her dream venue and then promptly let us “steal” it. The chapel is elegant but not refined, per se, which definitely influenced the style of the wedding. We’re not a traditional couple in most ways so it was nice to embrace a few traditions around the day. We spent the night before apart and Luke had no idea what Sarah’s dress looked like until she walked down the aisle. We had 80+ people but the only family was Luke’s father and Sarah’s mum so we kept it light and really wanted it to just be a lovely party for our friends.
Laure De Sagazan
London Bride’s really are truly lucky. They have the best of bridal available within the city and I’m so pleased to see Sarah chose one of my favourite French designer’s, Laure de Sagazan design, a super stylish and chic skirt and top combination which suits their relaxed and pretty day to perfection.
Sarah’s dress search was originally shaped by a friend who was also getting married and had already bought a dress that Sarah loved. She made an appointment at the same boutique, The Mews Bridal in Notting Hill, and took three friends (who brought two bottles of Prosecco…at 9.30am) and she left having purchased a Laure de Sagazan top (Lewis) and skirt (Fayette) combination.
We were never going to make our parties wear matching outfits but we wanted a motif so we gave the bridesmaids and groomsmen the colours navy blue, gold, white and cream. There was a subtle theme but everyone was able to be themselves. Sarah and a few friends did her hair and makeup and the groom’s party ended up raiding Luke’s pocket square collection at the last minute. Luke wore a blue wool suit from T.M. Lewin, a vintage polka dot tie, Herring’s Keswick boots and American Optical Original Pilot sunglasses.
We chose not to have flowers as we felt that we would not be able to take full advantage of them for such a short ceremony. Sarah’s bouquet was a paper flower bouquet which was a gift from her bridesmaid April and was sent from Pennsylvania. The Asylum comes with loads of gorgeous candles and fairy lights so it really didn’t need much else.
If you’re in the search for some music inspiration, Sarah and Luke chose some great old fashioned numbers for their ceremony which they all ended up dancing down the aisle to! Now that’s a way to enter!
The Asylum is an incredible venue, especially on a sunny day as the light falls through the stained glass. We met a few times with our Southwark registrar, Dawn Saunders, who was absolutely fantastic and helped us design exactly what we wanted.
In the light spirit we were going for, our wedding party came down the aisle dancing to Paul Simon’s Diamonds On The Soles of her Shoes and Sarah came down dancing with her mum. We didn’t have any readings, kept the formal part simple and then exchanged our own vows. Sarah had handwritten on hers “SECRET – DO NOT READ”. When we were signing our registration documents we played Rosemary Clooney’s From This Moment On and Let There Be Love. When the ceremony was complete our recessional song was Rosemary Clooney’s I Get a Kick Out of You.
After their short but sweet vows the couple headed to the East Dulwich Tavern with their guests. They had delicious cakes by local baker Rachael Hill
Rachael did an absolutely stunning job. We had a three-tiered Victoria sponge topped with fruit and flowers, a vegan gluten-free chocolate brownie, a lemon and polenta cake and a carrot cake. She even made the cake boards herself!
They went with a DJ in the evening who kicked the night off with their first dance, helped along with their friends.
Our first dance was one of the loveliest moments of the day. Our song was Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison which is quite long so we had arranged to dance together alone for the first minute or two and then we starting encouraging everyone to join us. We brought Sarah’s mum up first and shared a dance and then everyone started “cutting in”. It was important for us to take some of the attention off of us for a bit and this was a wonderful way to bring everyone together.
We’re big fans of Miss Gen’s photography work and so were Sarah and Luke and so lovely to hear they’ve already got some of their photos from the day printed and hanging in their home (NOTE: couples make sure you do this please don’t let them just sit on your hardrive!).
We did quite a thorough search for a photographer who would capture the relaxed spirit that we were hoping to create on the big day and we are so grateful that we found Miss Gen Photography.
As part of the wedding package Gen included an engagement photoshoot which was a great way to get to know each other – it turns out that we are quite awkward when posing for photos and Gen quickly put us at ease with a few great tricks to get us relaxed!
Throughout the months leading up to the big day her attention to detail and thoughtfulness really shone through and on the day she was an absolute pro, whether it was gently getting groups together or sneaking us away to get some couple shots outside of the venue. The photos really do speak for themselves and her presentation (for example, our digital photos came on a lovely wooden USB drive) was consistently immaculate. We have never had photos of ourselves around any of our flats but we couldn’t help putting up a few of the prints that she included in our package – they’re too gorgeous.
We are so glad that we hired a professional photographer whose reportage/documentary style and skill so brilliantly captured the day. There are so many things that you see and so many things that you miss during your own wedding that it’s wonderful to have a proper, beautiful collection of the smiles and conversations and laughter and dances that you might not have even realised were going on around you.
Congratulations to Sarah and Luke – so pleased you were able to have your wedding in London! Huge thanks to Miss Gen for sharing her work on the blog too.