Lauren and Joe had a stylish winter wedding at The Aslyum full of personal touches with a romantic candlelit ceremony and bride Lauren chose a Vivienne Westwood dress alongside her bridesmaids in deep red jumpsuits.
New Year’s Romance
We met at a New Years Eve party, he was wearing a fetching Norwegian knitted jumper, I felt drawn to him.
He proposed later that year (after asking me Dad’s permission) he took me to Bath for the weekend and proposed on a park bench whilst we swigged out of a bottle of Pink Lanson.
Having styled a photoshoot at the beautifully atmospheric The Asylum before Lauren had met Joe, she knew back then it was where she wanted to hold her wedding, and with the backdrop of candles and their families personal input, it was the perfect winter ceremony.
My family are catholic, but Joe’s not religious. I styled a photo shoot at the Asylum years ago and I remember thinking to myself ‘I want to get married here’. We styled the venue so it felt religious, even though it was a civil ceremony, best of both worlds!
I love candlelight and we’re both obsessed with the history of London so an old crumbling London building, lit by candlelight on a winters day seemed perfect.
They decorated the venue with lots of church candles, fairy lights and ivy, white roses, thistles and green foliage by florist, Louise at Blooms and Bows. We wanted to go for some grand flowers in contrast with the decaying building to give it a feeling of fanciness. I think the candles and ivy mix was a no-brainer in that building.
Our Mum’s did a Bob Marley reading, which was breathtaking – they were so brilliant. it was such a lovely reading. They were both nervous so decided to do the reading together.
Also my friend Diana read an email out that I sent her the day after Joe and I’s first date, subject line; ‘New Years Eve guy’ where I explained a breakdown of Joe’s entire outfit and how amazing it was, and said that he’s the one! Another friend Cameron, read a quote from When Harry met sally that we just liked and it fit in with the New Years eve theme of the previous reading.
Lauren walked in with her Father to ‘Chapel of Love’ and her brother’s sang 80’s songs during the signing of the register.
What a sweet and funny idea to incorporate the email that Lauren had sent to her friend after meeting Joe into the ceremony!
vivienne Westwood Bride
Lauren’s style is enviable in the simple but ever so stylish and unmistakable Vivienne Westwood bridal dress which she was lucky enough to have sourced from a bridal sample sale.
Originally I was going to get married in a white tailored jumpsuit, but I tried this dress on and loved it straight away. I like that it was simple yet also dramatic.
Lauren teamed her dress with a Joyce Jackson veil from Oliver Laudus and gold Rupert Sanderson heels. The veil was a last minute ad on. I just thought ‘You only get one day to wear a veil’ I think Joe was quite surprised that I went with a veil!
For jewellery she wore her great grandmothers wedding ring and her Mum’s guardian angel pin that was fastened under her dress.
SPLASH OF COLOUR
Nothing says winter wedding quite like a hint of deep dark red, which was the colour of the bridesmaids amazing jumpsuits.
Colour-wise we wanted to keep it very simple, the dark red came from my original obsession with dark red roses, but then decided on a different bouquet – but the Hawes & Curtis ties and jumpsuits from ASOS stayed dark red as it just seemed to work.
A great friend of our’s, Charlotte arranged the confetti, and had the colours made bespoke to match our wedding colours and arranged all the boxes. I adore a colourful confetti shot!
My Mum is Scottish and my Dad is Irish so we had a few nods to their countries throughout the day too, like tartan shawls for the bridesmaids, thistles in my hair and my Dad’s cousin from Tipperary sang ‘Fields of Athenry’ at the reception.
On top of the cake was an illustrated personal cake topper by FridaBandida.com which was a surprise organised by our sister in law, Felicity who also handmade all the little cards to explain which cheeses were which when they were put out for the guests to eat later on.
The brilliant, Lucy Clemson of RSVP London did the invites, which we sealed with personalised dark red wax seals. We made the rest of the stationery ourselves.
David Jenkins our photographer was absolutely brilliant, and made the day fun and relaxed, there was nothing awkward or posy about it. I am a BIG fan of his wedding and personal photography.
Louise Perry helped us with the planning, we had two dry hire venues so there was a lot of planning and production involved. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without her!
Maybe my absolute favourite moment was getting back to the hotel with my new husband and ordering room service full roast dinners and more wine in bed and excitedly debriefing about our dream day.
Don’t get too bogged down with traditions that you feel like you have to do. I didn’t want a hen do, and it was really stressing me out. So I just went out for dinner with my bridesmaids instead which was perfect. You have to stick to your guns on some things and don’t conform to what other people expect.
The day after we went for a Sunday Roast with a small group of close family and friends just so we all got to catch up properly. As you don’t really get to talk to people properly on the day and we had friends flying in from all over the place that we wanted to chat to.
Congratulations to Lauren and Joe and happy almost year anniversary! Thanks to David for sharing his wonderful work.