Musician Kat married Doug at Mercy Lounge at The Cannery Ballroom in Nashville. Being so heavily influenced by music, the couple didn’t want a traditional wedding and so picked a dramatic black & red colour scheme which worked perfectly in the industrial-looking venue. Dripping candles, dramatic candelabras, deep red roses and black table cloths all added to the slightly gothic vibe of the wedding.
“We didn’t want to do the expected wedding colors or look”, explained the bride. “I wanted things to feel dramatic and passionate and almost be on the verge of spooky or cryptic without being too over the top with it. Red and black were the colors we were working around, complete with a deep red wedding cake which was awesome! The venue was a perfect fit for the vibe, with the metal chandeliers and moody lighting.”
Shep & Sarah were married at Ettington Park Hotel, an elegant 4-star venue just outside Stratford Upon Avon. With its tranquil location and beautiful architecture it proved to be the perfect place for their glamorous and slightly gothic wedding. The exterior of the hotel was actually used as the setting for the 1963 film The Haunting.
“Neither of us liked the idea of an ‘off the shelf’ wedding, so although our wedding was small we wanted to look after the details that meant something to us”, explained Sarah. “These included the music and the decorations for the reception. I really enjoyed making the wedding stationery despite my totally uncharacteristic swearing at the printer! Shep is a classically trained guitarist and so he wrote and recorded the music played before and after the wedding ceremony itself. We also both chose the all the music for the reception.”
The celebrations started the day before the wedding with many of the family staying over at the hotel. “We stayed at the hotel the night before the wedding. Shep and I had separate suites and we had a private evening meal in the family chapel with our closest family who also stayed before the big day.”
I love a summer wedding but as a wedding blogger who sees a lot of weddings everyday, sometimes I really yearn to see something totally unique. So when I laid eyes on Christina & James’ Friday 13th & gothic themed wedding I literally squealed with delight. This is a summer wedding with one hell of a twist!
The June wedding was held in their backyard. They wanted to spend as little as possible but to have a day to remember. The couple DIY’d as much as possible, and for their reception decor the bride put up an ad on a classifieds website asking anyone with unwanted nick nacks if they’d donate them for their centrepieces. Someone donated more than 15 glass pieces and they were able to decorate their reception space completely for free!
Time travel. Steampunk. Victoriana. Turn of the century industrialism. If you love any of these things then you’re going to die over this shoot, sent over from Ireland by the fabulous Chemistry Photography.
“We put together this shoot with an amazing crew of 20 creatives including designer Alice Halliday (she’s the glowing goddess who designed Florence Welch’s infamous cape), Pearl & Godiva (styling genius and vintage hire guru), and rockstar make-up artist Kathryn O’Neill (she rocks the wedding world and all the Irish mags)”, photographer Kait told me.
“I had been OBSESSING about steampunking out my iMac, my iPhone, and just about every electronic device I own for a few months. So when Kathryn contacted me and said she was dying to do a creative shoot together… it was the first idea that popped into my head. I had been waiting for a good excuse to buy steampunk goggles and a discombulating ray gun. If I were to get married again, I would definitely have a Steampunk wedding. All the elegant goodness of a vintage, Victorian wedding without sacrificing sass and quirk.”
“Bridal shoots don’t have to be boring!” We’ve heard this all before but it’s even better to see shoots illustrating that point don’t you think?!
“I just loved this shoot”, wedding photographer Kathryn Edwards told me of her shoot with Beth. ”I wanted to give it a lonely isolated and fragile feel, with a dark edge.”
“Beth is a fellow photographer in Nottingham and was keen to do a rock the frock shoot with a difference. When she sent me a picture of her dress, I immediately wanted to give the shoot a gothic feel in a crumbling run down derelict location. However to describe the disused old RAF buildings in Syerston as ugly would be misleading. Although there are boarded up and broken windows, graffitti everywhere and rubbish dumped in the grounds, there was a haunting beauty about the place. Especially the caved in roof; it made for a beautiful backdrop to the shoot.”
“It was Beth’s pale skin and the beautiful fragile dress that made want to show a real contrast in the location of this shoot. I also had the idea of placing butterflies around the rubble and on Beth’s skin, to really show up the juxtaposition of the fragile and beautiful amidst the ugly and neglected, and to give the shoot a feeling of vulnerability and isolation.”
How do you feel about a dark circus wedding theme? Spooky but romantic, creepy but intriguing – this shoot is sure to divide opinions which is why I love it!
Coordinated by San Francisco based Asiel Design and photographed by the fabulous Caroline of Tinywater, this shoot is an epic collection of talent and ingenious ideas. From the dramatic lighting to the opulent florals, this is a style I’d love to see inspire some real life weddings.