Like any good teenage goth, I grew up with a slight fascination with vampires. From Blade to The Lost, Boys, From Dusk till Dawn to Interview with the Vampire… I even not-so-secretly loved the universally panned Queen of the Damned (well, the soundtrack was good!) So when photographer Lisa Devlin showed me the Dracula inspired bridal shoot that she created at the last Photography Farm workshop, I was super excited to share it!
“The inspiration, just like all of the shoots at Photography Farm, was our models”, she told me. “When I met our couple, Shannon and Jack, we started thinking about creating a shoot that was a fresh take on the bride of Dracula. I have a copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from the 1920s but as I’m not really into doing ‘themes shoots’, we really just wanted this to be the starting point. We also looked at the Twilight series of movies and the track Love is Blindness by Jack White.”
Brandi and Chris’ wedding had a Victorian gothic theme, to reflect the bride’s gothic tendencies! “We drew inspiration from the Victorian era”, she said. “Chris has a love of aviation which we celebrated through our venue choice, Royal Canadian Air Force Officers Mess.”
“The most significant story of our wedding is that our officiant didn’t show up!” she continued. “Once the time of the ceremony came and he wasn’t there, four people got on their phones calling everywhere for an emergency officiant. While I patiently waited in the limo (and popped the champagne early) Chris was the one who found someone first, and our replacement arrived 20 mins later. Flustered as we were, our ceremony began an hour later then scheduled. Because of the delay we couldn’t get to our planned photo location, the National Art Gallery, but a big receiving door next to the venue did the trick. We plan on re-doing our photos in the original location for our first anniversary.”
Well that’s a wedding theme you don’t see every day! Claire and Neill both love wrestling and gothic culture so that’s where they started when it came to planning their March wedding.
“We had many different inspirations for our wedding”, said Claire. “Both of us are massive wrestling and rock music fans and we wanted to reflect this in our style and theme. We also both identify as atheists and feminists and really wanted a ceremony to reflect this too. Both our parents walked us down the aisle as we wanted to do away with any old symbolism associated with weddings.”
The wedding was held at Belleek Castle in County Mayo, Ireland. “Our celebrant, Bridget Carlin, was fantastic”, she continued. “She created a tailor made ceremony reflecting our love and belief system. We had a Celtic binding ceremony and both took soil from our respective grandparents’ houses. We are then to use this soil to grow a tree as a representation of our love.”
When I shared a preview of Fran and Lewis’ wedding on my Facebook page, you all FREAKED OUT – and with good reason too. I mean, just check out Fran’s killer Couture Company dress, those leopard Crown and Glory kitty ears and their guests of honour – their sphynx cats!
The pair were married at Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire and they had their reception of pizza and movies at home. “Our wedding was just ‘us'”, said Fran. “We wanted everything we love to be a part of the day. That meant cats, pizza, leopard print, Him (our favourite band) Frankenstein and horror films!”
“Our ceremony was a hand-fasting and it was our favourite part of the day. Jumping the broom was amazing… and we got to keep it afterwards! We did it outside so it was really cold and really windy (my Nan had 3 coats on!) but it was wonderful. We also loved having our ‘reception’ back at our own house. Just having our best friends there and watching Pet Semetary (our go-to horror film!) and relaxing was amazing.”
I don’t really get that excited by celebrity weddings, but when wedding photographer Woz of Howelljones Photography emailed me and told me he’d shot the secret wedding of Nicolas Cage’s son on an organic farm in Somerset, I was intrigued to say the least! The whole wedding was very low key, super intimate and shrouded in secrecy to avoid the press.
DanielleDawn and Weston had a pagan ceremony followed by a English pub reception. “I got a call from Nic’s agent saying that there will be a wedding on Monday morning in Huntstile Organic Farm, Bridgwater and I need to be there for 10am”, Woz told me. “I didn’t know who it was I photographing until I got there as they didn’t want the press to get hold of it.”
“We all had breakfast in the barn then boarded a tractor and it took us to a stone circle high on a hill near Bridgwater. The pagan ceremony lasted an hour, everybody had to drink from the cup and jump over the sacred sticks.”
Pat and Veronica’s Californian wedding was held at a private residence in Lake Sherwood. The bride rented her amazing Vera Wang dress from onenightaffair.com and wore it with epic Christian Louboutin boots and a homemade veil. She wanted her bridesmaids to look just as good as she did, so they wore sexy leather numbers from Alice and Olivia – there were no ill-fitting, unflattering bridesmaid dresses here!
“When it came to the theme of our wedding, I kept thinking about Maleficent”, Veronica said. “Although her wardrobe was dark, her surroundings were beautiful and earthy. Besides my dress being black, my bridesmaids wearing leather and Pat’s green hair, our wedding was quite pretty and rustic!”