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Smokey Gothic

I am very much having a goth moment. So much so that the shoot we did a couple of weeks ago for our September/October issue was goth-inspired (watch this space!) So when this ‘smoky gothic’ shoot winged it’s way to me, I knew I had to feature it.

Put together by photographer Cat Dossett and local suppliers from Oregon, the main inspiration for the shoot was the real life couple that modelled for it, Meghan and Seejay. “They have been married for a few years, but unfortunately they don’t have any wedding photos due to unforeseen events on their day”, Cat told me. “When she told me the story I immediately knew I wanted to style a shoot for them. Meghan definitely has her style, and they are both completely covered in tattoos, but Meghan is just sunshine and the love between these two is radiant. So I wanted to create something that encompassed their style, with lots of vibrant colour in contrast with the moody romantic venue.”

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Whimsical & Dark Wedding with a Black Wedding Dress

Danielle and Alexander’s ranch wedding had a whimsical theme with a dark, bohemian vibe thrown into the mix. They were married in Florida in February.

“We took inspiration from a lot of different aspects”, began Danielle. “We wanted our wedding to truly represent us as a couple. We wanted little touches of whimsy throughout the decor, so we used ceramic bunnies because we have a pet rabbit. We wanted a minimalist feel with lots of delicate touches; like the parchment paper cone backdrop and the baby’s breath. Instead of going overboard with the decor, we worked with the natural beauty of our venue.”

“I’m somewhat of a crystal lover so we used amethyst geodes on the wedding cake, hematite crystals in my crown and his boutonniere. Each guest table was named after a crystal and we had rock candy on a sticks as our wedding favours.”

“I did a lot of the decor myself. Including the cake table and sign in area. My family and friends helped me make the backdrop of parchment paper cones that we used for the ceremony. Our guest tables had wood slices that Alex cut himself, glass candles that I wrapped in black lace, a ceramic bunny figurine and a mason jar filled with baby’s breath.The rest of the decor I put together or made myself. Thankfully, the venue already had some decor inside the buffet area that included antique items and animal skulls.”

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Romantic, Gothic, Addams Family Inspired Wedding

Hollianne and Jonathan’s New Jersey wedding was inspired by their favourite couple: Gomez and Morticia from the Aadam’s Family.

The bride opted for a black evening gown from Sherri Hill instead of a traditional white dress. “I tried to find black wedding gowns but no one carries them in stock and it’s hard to try on something white and imagine it, yuck! At least buying an evening gown came at a severely discounted price ($480 if I remember correctly). My shoes were grey velvet brocade Doc Martens that I found on Amazon, three days before the wedding! I also wore a cute $5 headband I found at the mall (no shame in my thrift game). We didn’t have any flowers in the wedding and I made my own bouquet and the centrepieces with fake flowers from Michael’s and craft stores.”

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Vampire Royalty Wedding

Daley and Logan met at a goth club in Austin seven years ago. They began hosting events together, including the Austin Vampire Ball, which is actually where they got engaged! Their wedding theme was suitably ‘vampire royalty’ and and they wanted their wedding to be one-of-a-kind, but with some nods to tradition.

“Since we are the nominated king and queen of the Vampire Court of Austin, we wanted a wedding that would reflect that,” began Daley. “We also took some design inspiration from Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and The Beast, but essentially we were our own inspiration for our wedding. We wanted people to walk in and immediately say ‘This is definitely Logan and Daley’.”

“We wanted a very unique wedding with some surprisingly traditional aspects. Logan wore custom armour (crafted after the armour from Dracula Untold), with his fangs and green contacts. We also had a dragon cake with a replica of Dracula’s Castle, a crowning ceremony, and more red lighting and flowers than you could shake a stick at!”

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Creepy Gothic Wedding

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The inspiration for Laura and Martyn’s wedding came from their mutual love of tattoos, skulls, Halloween, metal and rock music, and Tim Burton. They wanted their wedding to be modern, but also gothic and romantic with creepy aspects!

“We have always liked creepy things so for our wedding we wanted to take something creepy and turn it into something beautiful,” explained Laura. “We searched through Pinterest for inspiration but we could never see anything that we really liked. We found it hard at first because kept worrying about what other people would think, rather than focusing on it being our wedding. We were worried people would think it was horrible and find it too creepy if we had skulls everywhere.”

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“We had a lot of dark colours rather than the traditional white or ivory which a lot of people stick to. My make up was quite bold too. We also didn’t have any speeches as we really didn’t want to put any stress on my dad and Martyn who don’t like public speaking. Our aim from the beginning was to just get married, eat, drink and party! We sure did we party… until 3:30am!”

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Metal & Pagan Handfasting Wedding in Wales

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Sadie and Aaron initially wanted a Steampunk wedding, but after two years of planning it developed into an outdoor event in the Welsh hills with a dash of gothic, a hint of metal, and a sprinkle of pagan thrown in for good measure!

“We wanted to completely abolish the formality and pressures of a traditional wedding,” explained Sadie. “Our attitude towards the end of planning was ‘what will be, will be’. What was important to us was that not only our guests were chilled and enjoying themselves, but we were too. We decided to do without a sit-down meal and have an awesome buffet instead which meant that everyone could mingle easily. The guests also got the opportunity to explore the ruins near where we had our ceremony, and soak up a bit of history if they wanted too.”

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They had an outdoor handfasting ceremony which also included a unity candle ceremony. “Our ceremony was absolutely wonderful! Our celebrant, Ellie, even made our son Izaiah his own little cord (to match our handfasting cord) to tie around his wrist to symbolise our little family coming together. That bit made everyone cry! It was also unplugged which is something we will never regret. We wanted everyone to be in the moment with us, to watch and to listen as this whole thing would only happen once in our lifetime. Having banned the cameras and phones meant our photographer, Sassy, got some killer shots of our family and friends reacting, as opposed to staring at us through a screen.”

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