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!”
I feature many, many weddings on this blog of mine, but every so often a wedding lands in my inbox that literally stops me in my tracks. That’s exactly what Jamie and Sarah’s amazing day did to me! They were married in December and so wanted a wintery Christmas theme, but without the cheese. It had to also feel like ‘them’, and oh boy did it!
The day was held at Fonmon Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. “We both wanted the wedding to be in-keeping with the castle and keep to a winter theme”, said Sarah. “We didn’t want it to seem stuffy, so our main aim was to make it feel like a big family gathering. Luckily with it being so close to Christmas the castle was already decorated beautifully, so we just added our own touches with things like the antlers, pine cones, teacup and saucers and lots of bell jars!”
Teri and Carson planned their horror themed wedding completely by themselves. They also handmade everything from the bride’s accessories (including her Slayer garter!) to all the flowers, and the stationery to all the reception décor. The wedding was held at the Orlando Science Center with the ceremony on the rooftop and the reception down with the dinosaurs!
“Our inspiration was horror movies, and other things we both love like Freddy Krueger, Beetlejuice, Jaws, Godzilla and dinosaurs”, began the bride. “Our main goal was to make sure that the wedding had us written all over it.”
“We choreographed the whole ceremony with lights, fog and music, and each bridal party member walked down to a different song. The groom walked down the aisle alone to Slayer’s Raining Blood and I walked in to a string quarter version of Sweet Child of Mine. Our officiant read our vows from the Recently Deceased book from Beetlejuice and our wedding arch, which we also made out of foam, was inspired by Beetlejuice wedding arch. The gargoyle pillars were also homemade.”
“We played a video during the ceremony that had a montage of clips of us over the years. It was projected onto the wall of the building behind our arch. We also had a video of bats flying and the moon projected on the building wall before the ceremony.”
After being set up by mutual friends, Kim and Richard quickly realised they had a lot in common, first and foremost their appreciation of the macabre and all things gothic. So when we married, five years later, they decided this had to be the theme of the wedding.
“We went for a 50s rockabilly aesthetic but with touches of goth and lots of mentions of a shared love of classic horror films”, Kim said. “All the tables were named after Hammer Horror actors. We also had a splash of kitsch glamour because I love leopard print. Like, really love it.”
Both the ceremony and reception were held at Stockport Town Hall. “One of the reasons we chose our venue was due to the gorgeous marble staircase that, as an option, couples could get married on”, Kim continued. “We both embarked on our own DIY projects for the wedding too. Richard made the seating plan and centrepieces. The skulls candles were purchased at Asda over Halloween and the candelabras were an exceptionally impressive eBay deal! I made three button bouquets and a number of buttonholes. As it transpires, that was easier said than done but I managed it and I think I did a pretty good job too!”