Alexander and Maria had a destination elopement, just the two of them, in Prague. They then stayed on afterwards for their honeymoon.
“We thought for a long time about what our wedding should be like”, explained the bride. “We both love the same music and love going to concerts together, so we knew that would be a big influence. Music has connected us. Alexander is also very partial to old school computer games (and he’s a a programmer) so we wanted to connect these two things and add a bit of gothic glamour – after all, we were getting married in Prague!”
“We are from Russia and the format for a wedding in our country is for it to be very traditional”, she continued. “It’s very rare that you would run off, just the two of you and get married abroad. Luckily, our close family quietly embraced the idea, and we allowed ourselves to make the most important day for us in exactly the way we wanted. Since we were not constrained by tradition at all, we were able to use our imagination when it came to what we wore!”
Sara and Marc were married in a castle. Their day had a gothic feel and the bride wore purple! Their budget was just $8,000 and they saved money by DIYing the décor, not having a DJ or band, and by avoiding using real flowers or having a traditional wedding cake. They were also very lucky to win their wedding photography in a competition!
“If I had to choose a theme for our wedding id say it was ‘gothic chic'”, explained the bride. “It was dark and beautiful, classy, and feminine. We wanted the wedding on Halloween but the venue was already booked so we went with the 10th October instead. However it turned out to be better than if we’d done it on the 31st because the weather was perfect!!
“Still, we kind of went with a Halloween theme. We had bats hanging off the centrepieces which were made from branches, skull garlands hanging behind our seats and black glitter pumpkins on the tables. Marc wanted to have a modern day Lestat look for his outfit, which I think work out perfect for the look of the wedding.”
Becca and Adam met at a Fear Factory gig in 2006. For the wedding, they decided to combine elements of their shared passions including food, travel, nature and music. The reception was decorated with a dark forest theme.
“Our day included an owl ring bearer, a string trio covering Rammstein, ferret racing, two bands and a fire performance!” said Becca. “We were really surprised about how many people danced to Metalhead, our band. We’d chosen an especially heavy set list (for the uninitiated) including Pantera!”
“We opted for a civil ceremony in the hotel’s cathedral room. We wrote our own vows and had three readings including one about dinosaurs! It was a really emotional moment for both of us and we were happy we could share it with the people who matter to us.”
Mike and Poli were married at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, just before Halloween. They both play in punk rock bands, which is how they met, so their love of music also influenced their day.
“Our wedding theme was old timey Hollywood elegance meets clandestine cemetery congregation of an arcane secret society”, said the bride. “We are both intrigued by the boundless realm of the supernatural and the allure of mysterious Los Angeles history, both of which are represented in the spooky tranquillity of Hollywood Forever. Once we picked the venue the theme and all of that came together pretty easily. It was our biggest single expense but it was, without a doubt, totally worth it. ”
Not all bridal shoots need a white dress and lots of props. Sometimes, all you need is a horse (ha!) and a woodland.
“I decided to create a styled shoot based on my vision of an alternative gothic bride”, explained photographer Jess Yarwood. “I also wanted to use a horse.”
“The Inspiration was to give the bride a chance to be a bit more of a rebel and let their inhibitions go. I want to teach my clients that they can be themselves! This is my vision of a darker, sultry and more ethereal bridal portrait inspired by the beautifully warm autumnal colours.”
There are so many things I love about this photo shoot. The mood, the fog, slightly gothic vibe without being over the top… I just know you’re going to love it too.
“Wedding after wedding this year was blush, greys, and soft whites”, stylist Lauren explained. “They’re all very beautiful but we were ready to play around with something a little edgier for a change.”
“We found this dark metal, highly detailed crown and it got our minds reeling and dreaming of a moody, romantic, Lady of the Lake themed shoot. Once the concept was born, I pulled together some of my very favourite vendors to help make it a reality. We found a model with icy grey long hair and skin to die for. The Daughters of Simone gown we chose felt both current and old worldly at the same time. It also and allowed for light to filter through in the most fabulous way.”