In the absence of weddings due to the Coronavirus I decided to attend a model shoot in the atmospheric Asylum Chapel, in Peckham, London. The Asylum Chapel is a Grade 2 listed building built in 1826. During the Second World War the Asylum was bombed and the Chapel almost destroyed, but amazingly some of the building and some of the stained glass windows and stone monuments survived.
I was fortunate enough to be able to spend an afternoon in the Chapel photographing models against this unusual backdrop. There is something about the place that really grabs your attention and your imagination, the broken walls, the peeling paints and stone monuments, all builds a picture of how wonderful it would be to have a wedding ceremony within a piece of history.
It is a beautiful romantic and truly unique space for weddings and can take up to 120 guests. It was great fun photographing the models, however It has been my dream to photograph a wedding at the Asylum Chapel as it is so atmospheric and so romantic – I would simply love it.
It is managed by Maverick Projects and is licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies but does get booked up quickly and I can see why.