Our pair chose the 21st December 2017, which also happens to be The Winter Equinox, to tie the knot at the stunning Asylum in London. Just before Christmas too, so romantic! Then for New Year’s Eve they jetted off to Iceland for their incredible honeymoon.
Living and working in the city, it was important to them that they celebrated locally. I think it’s so lovely and sentimental that they sat at the table where they had their first drink following the ceremony. Memory making at it’s very best.
On hand to capture all the beautiful moments was Robbins Photographic, thank you Lee for sharing these stunning shots with us.
Marc proposed on a park bench in Newington Green below the little attic flat we shared together. He proposed with a beautiful handmade ring and then we used my late grandmother’s diamond to design a bespoke engagement ring.
We wanted to have an intimate wedding with just the two of us that was reflective of us and our relationship. We both love London in winter so the idea of getting married in December on the Winter Equinox was perfect for us.
The Planning Process
We were both working full time as primary school teachers and planning a move overseas so planning time was hard to find. We would usually sit down for Saturday breakfasts or for a Sunday evening drink and discuss our wedding and get as much planned as we could.
Our budget was extremely limited. We knew our days left living in London were numbered so we wanted to invest as much as we could in travelling around Europe so the wedding came second to that. We even caught the 21 bus to the ceremony!
We were married at The Asylum in Southwark. We looked at a few venues around our flat and where we met in Hackney but as soon as we saw The Asylum we fell in love with it. It really is one of the most beautiful venues in London, it’s like something out of Romeo and Juliet. After the ceremony we caught a black cab to The Old Dairy in North London. We sat at the table where we had our first drink after meeting at a primary school I had just started teaching at in Hackney.
We had Patrick Watson playing throughout our ceremony; he’s really significant to us and was perfect for the venue and the feel of our wedding.
I did my hair and make up myself in the morning at our flat. Marc and I really wanted to spend the morning together so doing it myself meant we could have breakfast at the cafè below our flat and then get ready together upstairs.
Your Outfits & Accessories
I wore a skirt and top by French designer Laure De Sagazan. The skirt was bought as a second from a bridal shop and the top was bought second hand online. They were both miles too big and were altered by Perfect Stitch in Islington. Adrian is absolutely amazing and we would highly recommend him to anyone. I also wore a big, warm coat as I didn’t want to spend our wedding day freezing!
Marc wore a navy suit by Alexandre of London and dark brown Ted Baker shoes. His woollen tie was by Frederick Thomas.
The Details & Décor
We didn’t alter The Asylum at all. We loved the raw venue with the fairy lights, candles and teal green faded walls.
We were fortunate enough to be teaching at a school in Stoke Newington which was next to a beautiful florist. We popped in and spoke to Pip about what we wanted earlier in the week and then picked up the bouquet and buttonhole on our way home from school the day before the wedding. We wanted something bright to contrast the grey winter skies and we ended up choosing Icelandic poppies, mauve roses, ranunculus, anemones and a wax flower native to Western Australia.
We choose Lee from Robbins Photographic. We had seen his photos online and loved his style. His approach was very natural and organic. We didn’t want to spend our wedding day posing for photos, we just wanted to be ourselves and have our day documented for what it was. Lee captured this beautifully and we love our photos.
After Christmas we headed to Iceland to spend New Year’s Eve at the Blue Lagoon before travelling back to Reykjavik to experience the town as the firework ban was lifted and the local led firework display at Hallgrimskirkja Church went from around 4pm until 4am.
Our day started with waking up to find my skirt had fallen off its hanger and it was a crumpled mess on the bedroom floor. We had to rush it down to the local high street dry cleaner and £5 and an hour later the crisis was averted. Our most memorable memory though was when we arrived home from The Old Dairy and discovered that neither of us had keys to our flat. We had left them in our photographers backpack so after a few wintry moments trying to call him, while he was on the tube, we went to our local pub and drank champagne while the lovely Lee put them in an Uber and sent them to us!
Advice For Other Couples
Our biggest advice would be to make the day exactly what you want it. We initially had planned to leave work together one afternoon and take ourselves to the town hall to sign the papers and our plans escalated when we decided we wanted the day photographed. Our wedding ended up being exactly what we wanted and it was a beautiful reflection of us and our relationship, especially when we locked ourselves out in the middle of winter! Also, don’t worry about things going wrong. The disasters of our day are remembered so fondly and they are what made it unique for us. We never realised that locking ourselves out of our flat would be so much fun. We were shouted champagne at the pub and were offered marriage advice from the locals.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Marc and Jess, it’s such an honour to share your beautiful wedding story, thank you xo Lou