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.”
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.”