Sarah & Matt’s Red & Black, Gothic Wedding

Gloomy and grey weather doesn’t have to spell disaster for your wedding day – and in actual fact I think the darker atmosphere and evening-only event worked perfectly for Sarah & Matt’s gothic-inspired wedding!

The wedding took place at Riverlife, an outdoor activity centre in Brisbane which also has a number of gorgeous venues, perfect for a wedding! The evening event started with pre-ceremony drinks and canapes for the guests. “We’ve been told that our absence at the start really added to the atmosphere, especially with our DIY decorations adorning the venue,” said Sarah when I asked about their idea behind this. “Neither of us were at the venue when the event started. We arrived after the guests had an hour of canapes. While the guests were awaiting our arrival, the decorations served as a talking point, and since they could see that we’d gone to so much effort on the tables, it added to their anticipation to see our outfits and everything else that was to follow.”

The couple chose to DIY a lot of the wedding, not necessarily to save money but to make it personal. “It’s important to be able to look back at what you did for your wedding proudly and without regret,” Sarah told me. “What really sticks out for us is that the event really reflected our personalities and our relationship. And that’s mainly due to the DIY elements.”

The couple made each other’s rings. Sarah also made her own fascinator and all the flowers, boutonnières, favours, centrepiece and stationary. They also chose to omit things they didn’t feel were important to them, for example the transport (they got the ferry!) a videographer and the cake, “We didn’t feel we needed one – a dessert option available with our meal appealed to us enough. It was Death by Chocolate!”

Huge thanks to Sarah & Matt and their photographer Stephen Henry for sharing their fabulous wedding with us today

Photography Credit: Stephen Henry Photographics
Venue: Riverlife, Brisbane
Bride’s Dress: Justin Alexander– found on Ebay
Bride’s Fascinator: DIY
Groom’s Outfit: Gallery Serpentine
Décor: DIY
Flowers: DIY
Stationary: DIY
Hair & Make Up: The Powder Room

11 comments

  1. Annie-Blake Lavender

    O M G i think i am truly madly deeply in lurve!! the brides red dress is just spectacular; so fluffy & perfect with all it’s layers. and i love the photo of the bride & groom with the river, storey bridge & city lights in the background. another huge omg is the bridesmaids dress…i would have it for my own wedding dress…it’s very couture…i wonder where they purchased it from…

  2. Sarah

    Hi Annie, Kat and all!

    The bridesmaid’s dress (and my jacket) were also Gallery Serpentine – some off the rack, some made.

    So glad you like! We had a blast!

    I do want to add that one of the other things we felt very strongly about, was that we came to our wedding as equals. Matt had HUGE artistic and practical input. In fact the favours and most of the stationary were mostly Matt’s handy work.

    Thanks again Stephen, you were a delight to work with and the shots are AMAZING!

    Cheers

  3. Megan

    What an amazing wedding… Love that is was so different to the norm… I looooove the shot of the bridal party walking across the road… I would like that as a picture in my own house… So artistic….

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