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.”
With a vintage black dress as the starting point, photographer Amy Cloud set out to style and shoot an alternative, yet elegant wedding inspiration session. The shoot took place on The Great Salt Lake in Utah.
“I love untraditional weddings and knew I wanted to do a shoot with a black dress”, she explained. “Once I found the dress everything else fell together. I wanted a slight dark yet romantic feel. I incorporated golds and purples to tie the theme together.”
Nic and Dan were married on Friday 13th July at 13.00 at St John the Evangelist Church in Brigg. The day started with them both getting ’13’ tattoos and ended with a pub reception at The Exchange Coach House. Nic didn’t want a traditional dress, so she wore a black one lined with skull fabric! Skulls were a recurring theme throughout the day, and were also on her custom Converse, their cake, and the DIY bunting that decorated the venue.
“It’s always been an aim of Dan to get a 13 tattoo on Friday the 13th so we decided that we would do this on our wedding day!” Nic began. “The two best men, and one of their wives also got ‘13’s to remember the day… as did our photographer Sassy! We also chose to meet at the pub for a pint before going to the church too. This was a very wise choice, I was really relaxed by the time I had to go and get married!”
Sarah and Brandin were married at South Coast Winery in California. They both love black, the dramatic and romantic gothic style in their everyday lives, so having this as the theme of their wedding was a no brainer.
“We were supposed to have an outdoor ceremony but it ended up pouring with rain for our wedding weekend”, began the bride. “I was also almost late to the rehearsal dinner because a road I needed to take was closed due to a mudslide. I did make it but slightly drenched!”
“We had a lot of unique touches in our wedding including my black dress and the fact that we had bagpipes leading me me down the aisle. He played an Irish tune instead of the the traditional bridal chorus. My favorite part of the day was was when the doors opened to the ceremony and I got to see Brandin and all my friends and family.”
Not every bride wants to wear white on her wedding day. If you’re one of them, then get rid of any distractions because I’ve got a BUMPER inspiration post for you today. Seriously, you’re going to love this!
Click the links below each image to view the full wedding and all it’s glorious details.
Source: Eccentric garden party
Source: Bright red wedding in Chicago
Amy and Earl were married at Legend City Studios, an art gallery in Phoenix. “We wanted our wedding to be one big Party”, explained the bride. “We went into the planning stage with one goal in mind. We wanted to have a wedding we’d love to attend. Our goal was to have fun and make sure everyone else had fun as well.”
Amy wore a stunning black wedding dress which she had custom made by someone on Etsy (the seller sadly no longer exists) which she wore with amazing galaxy print shoes from Modcloth. Her bridesmaids were the ones wearing white! They all picked their own dresses. “The thing most people have pointed out was the black wedding dress”, she said. “I chose black for my wedding dress because I wanted something I was comfortable in, and I like the way I look in black.”