OK, so I told you my second Halloween inspired shoot of the day was worth the wait… now do you believe me!? Shot by the EPIC Sassy of Assassynation at a workshop she put on recently, this is a Halloween shoot like no other! Some of these shots are genuinely terrifying.
“I put together a styled shoot as part of my workshop, the Sassterclass. My styled shoots always tend to be out of the ordinary… something a bit different to your standard wedding stuff. Mainly I love doing them just for fun, and to push people out of their comfort zone a bit. Each attendee gets time to direct and shoot the couple so that they can then introduce their own creativity and style.”
Happy Halloween! I hope you have something suitably spooky planned? I’m actually out and about shooting all day, but I’m hoping I can get home in time to catch some trick or treaters later!
To get you well and truly into the spirit of things, I’m going to share not one, but two, amazing Halloween-inspired wedding photo sessions today. Now, I know I said on Facebook recently that I was kinda over styled shoots, but there are always exceptions, and two I have for you today are definitely worth breaking my self-imposed rule. Pop back at 3pm for the second one. It’s totally worth it, I promise!
This was sent over by the amazing April and Paul Photography, who are based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. “We wanted to pull together a styled shoot that captured a darker side while still remaining very elegant and timeless”, they wrote. “We were avoiding the Halloween store approach and running after the idea of a place once luxurious and glamorous, now dark and mysterious with tale tale signs of what used to be. Like a mansion once filled with dinner parties and laughter now only with the echo’s of the past. The location helped execute the vision perfectly with the vines and spider webs already being part of the setting.”
What have I been up to since we last spoke? Er, quite a lot actually! Last Thursday I was in Brighton visiting my friends at Choccywoccydoodah. They make the most epic wedding cakes and I was there to take part in their first ever Witches Kitchen class.
Upstairs in their brand new shop, nestled within the South Lanes, we got to decorate our own ChoccyWoccy creations. I opted for a white chocolate skull (I mean, how could I resist?) and it was surprisingly awesome fun! I went with my sister and we had the best time eating our body weight in sweets, getting our faces painted and drooling (not literally!) over the amazing cakes decorating the space.
The Witches Kitchen would make an AMAZING hen do idea, but you can also hire their Empire Room for two hours worth of ALL YOU CAN EAT chocolate. Oh baby! Just make sure you wear trousers with a forgiving waistband.
There was no time to sit around devouring my creation though, because bright and early on Friday morning Gareth and I were up and heading towards Heathrow. We were off to Cologne where I had been invited to speak at Deutscher Hochzeitskongress, the first German Wedding Congress. I’m not gonna lie, I was BRICKING IT! Not only did I have to speak to an audience of 200, but an audience that spoke English as a second language. ARGH!
I had to do an opening key note speech and then a half hour presentation in the afternoon sharing blogging advice for wedding professionals. Although I was suuuper nervous beforehand, as soon as I got on stage I felt much more at ease. For me, the best thing an audience can do is smile back and nod along in agreement, and I was thrilled to see this happening as I spoke. They were such a great group of people and chatting and taking selfies with them afterwards was even more fun!
Trying to do all the DIY for your wedding yourself is an insane undertaking. Alie and Adam knew this, so they roped in family members to help them as much as they could!
The cakes were made by the groom’s mum, dad and sister and he and his sister also made every single one of the 400 felt flowers used in the table decorations, bouquets, corsages and buttonholes. Adam also did all the stationery and paper goods himself and Alie’s mum made the table runners. The party bags to keep the kids entertained were out together by the bride’s sister.
“Pinning down an inspiration and theme for our wedding wasn’t easy, but basically it was about us, who we are, being local, quality, hand-made and crafty”, explained the bride. “The colours simply came from our favourites, turquoise (Alie) and red (Adam).”
Stand by for probably the cutest bride I’ve seen in a long time. Rocking a gold sequinned bodice, a ballerina style skirt, retro fabulous glasses and the most adorable poofy veil, this is one babe who’s got her bridal style darn right perfect.
“We met through mutual friends at a Chromeo show in San Francisco, where I think we both impressed each other by dancing with ridiculous abandon”, began the bride, Aysha. “About a year later, had our first kiss on New Year’s Eve at a Lake Tahoe music festival. We had our wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area on a gorgeous Friday the 13th, which was also the night of a full moon. We got engaged on a 13th, so it’s a very auspicious day as far as we’re concerned.”
“We love theme parties and costumes, so we pretty quickly decided on a superhero-themed wedding”, she continued. “The theme was also a way for us to pay tribute to how amazing our guests are. We set the tone by sending out postcard invitations designed like a comic book cover. At the wedding, we named tables after some of our favorite superheroes, from She-Hulk to Sailor Moon. Our party favors were sunglasses with the inscription ‘You’re our hero!'”
“Our colour scheme was CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) as it’s also the basis of old-school comic book coloring. It reflected our love of comics and design.”
Alison and Lucas were married at the groom’s parent’s house in Kelowna, British Columbia. They decorated the space themselves just using items from their own home as well as things already in Lucas’ parent’s house. They also had some items that friends lent them too.
“Lucas and I love each other and wanted to throw a good party for all of the people who support us in our life together”, the bide began. “If our wedding was at all different, it’s because of the individuals involved. Everything was included for a reason. Our theme was black and gold with antique and eclectic touches. We were married in the backyard and decorated with things we already owned.”
The bride’s dress was handmade for her by her bridesmaid, Michelle Lefevre, and he had bare feet for most of the day. Her gorgeous headpiece was made from paper leaves painted gold. To match, she also carried a paper bouquet.