Both being incredibly artistic, Abigail and Davide wanted their winter wedding to reflect their love of art, folklore and history. They were married at The Williamsburg Winery, in Williamsburg, VA.
“We wanted to incorporate our taste in dark, whimsical fantasy with our love of history”, said the bride. “Also, nearly everything about our wedding was handmade and had our own little twist on it. The cake was inspired by my favourite author, Edgar Allan Poe, and the topper was a raven sculpted, cast and painted by our good friends from Dellamorte & Co.”
“The addition of my parents’ fossil and antique collection, the handmade dress, our party favours, programs, menus – everything was our design and made by us! We of course needed help with the floral arrangements, catering, and rental furniture, but it was a wonderful merging of local artisans who understood our unique style.”
Mark and Lara were married on a ranch in Montana. They wanted their wedding to have a ‘dark carnival’ theme. “We both live in Los Angeles but I grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Montana”, the bride explained. “We decided to have it in Montana not only to give have it in a place we both loved and connected with but so that our Los Angeles friends would have an opportunity to have a mountain adventure.”
“We are both film-makers and love theatrical imagery. We were inspired by Ray Bradbury’s, Something Wicked This Way Comes, a 1962 dark fantasy novel about 13-year-old best friends and their nightmarish experience with a travelling carnival that comes to their town… But we wanted to give our adaptation of it a light-hearted, jovial twist.”
The couple wanted to take every traditional aspect of a wedding and twist it. “We really wanted to make a point of making every part of the wedding unique and alternative”, she continued. “We had an outdoor ceremony in the drizzling rain. Instead of a sombre entrance, I came into the ceremony with the women of my family dancing around my Dad and I with streamers. We wrote the ceremony ourselves along with my eccentric Aunt Veronica who officiated us. We gave out small instruments for people to play as we danced out of the ceremony.”
Most of the photo shoots you see featured on this, and other, wedding blogs will have had weeks, sometimes even months, of preparation. Coming up with a concept, pulling together a crack team of suppliers, finding a location and models, figuring out the perfect time to shoot… But not so for photographers Luisa and Bárbara who live in Portugal.
“Yesterday, a thought came to my mind”, Luisa emailed me on Thursday. “What if we could pull up a Halloween picnic wedding styled shoot in a day, and send it to Rock n Roll Bride?”
Working with friends in the Portuguese wedding industry, she then instantly went shopping, and started contacting friends who she thought could help her out. “We decided we were mad but that we wanted to try! It was 10pm and we went furiously shopping for flowers that had Halloween colours, props and we tried to find the best couple who would serve our inspiration the best. Mick, a body piercer, and his long time girlfriend Wanda, a burlesque dancer, said they would love to be our models (even though we scheduled the shoot for 6am the next morning!) since his birthday actually is on Halloween.”
Happy Halloween! Today’s shoot is strictly Halloween themed, but I thought the Victorian gothic vibe would be inspiring none-the-less. I mean, who doesn’t love a good horror movie?
“Our inspiration was the new Victorian gothic horror/fairytale movie Crimson Peak“, stylist Jessica told me. “The key colours used in the film are red, blue, and black so we wanted to incorporate those elements into a styled bridal shoot. We wanted the photos to be romantic and a bit mysterious. We wanted to do something moody and interesting, that could be achieved on a budget.”
The best Halloween movie of all time is arguably Hocus Pocus (“I had to wait three hundred years for a virgin to light a candle!”) so what could be more perfect for a Halloween themed wedding than one that’s inspired by witches and magic!?
Erica and her team at Mr & Mrs Unique clearly agree because they put together this fabulous photo session to celebrate the season! “I love Halloween and I wanted to create a bridal shoot that celebrated this bewitching time of the year”, Erica said. “The mood for the bridal shoot was effortlessly luxe with the witch-bohemian vibe, contrasting rich decadence and earthy decaying textures.”
What could be the more perfect idea for a Halloween inspired bridal shoot than Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven?
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door;
Only this, and nothing more.”
Conceived by photographer, Claire Pacelli, event designer Cathrina Dionisio, and florist Lee Forrest the shoot came about because of their shared loved of the macabre.
Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow, sorrow for the lost Lenore,.
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore,
Nameless here forevermore.