Ash and Nick are both actors who have also had experience in designing, directing and film editing. They knew they wanted to do something funny and creative for their engagement shoot, rather than the standard cheesy hug-each-other-and-smile-in-a-dreamy-field kind of pictures. Massive horror and Halloween fans too, the idea of recreating some of their favourite TV and movie scenes fell into place after that!
“The inspiration actually came from our wedding venue, Camp Puh’Tok“, said Ash. “The moment we set foot in the dining lodge, we both thought ‘OH MY GOD, IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE KITCHEN FROM WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER!’, and it took off from there.”
“Nick and I came up with the list of films and shows we wanted to pay homage to, and sourced all the costumes and props from friends, online shopping, Halloween stores, and our own wardrobes. My friend Jen is in our wedding party, and also a makeup artist, so she came along to help with each costume change, and our amazing wedding photographer Nessa K worked her magic behind the camera.”
They recreated Wet Hot American Summer…
Scott and Hayley were married on Halloween but they didn’t want to make the obvious choice to have a spooky themed wedding. Instead they were inspired by vintage pieces (the bride wore a dress from the 1940s), and Victoriana with a Rock n Roll twist. Of course there were a few autumnal touches such as pumpkins on the tables, but overall it was just a reflection of everything they love.
“We wanted our wedding to be different and not traditional but also show our personalities”, said the bride. “We collected vintage props for the tables but the venue, The Roost in Dalston, also had lots of quirky pieces of furniture and props that we could use. Music was also a big influence we spent months creating our perfect playlists for each part of the day.”
Linda and Decky’s October 31st wedding was themed around – you guessed it – Halloween! But they also wanted to make it personal too.
“Our wedding theme was very much us, It was fun, eclectic and very, very personal!” said the bride. “We both take Halloween very seriously and dress up every year together. Our whole relationship is based on fun and we wanted to make sure that was the biggest part of our day. We wanted to let our imaginations run wild and always had thought a Halloween wedding would be a perfect celebration, even if our friends and family and random strangers had their doubts! In the end I think everyone was pleasantly surprised how it turned out.”
“One of the most fun parts was that we had fancy dress and we both destroyed our outfits with fake blood!”, she laughed. “In terms of decorations we dressed the entire function room and church on our own. We collected jam jars for two years that were then dressed in lace and ribbon and scattered around.”
Ailsa and Ben were married in Shoreditch, London. The bride ditched the traditional white dress, opting for a custom made black one! The wedding was on October 31st, so had a few touches of Halloween, but it wasn’t overly themed.
“The wedding had a general East London vibe with graffiti elements”, began the bride. “Our prominent backdrop for the main room at the reception was a projection of a piece of graffiti that we created in Paris, where Ben proposed exactly one year previously. Our inspiration was our personalities and tastes, and the date – my favourite day is Halloween. We both have a passion for art and graffiti, so we tried to bring than in too. Ultimately the warehouse-style venue looked great as a blank canvas, so we wanted to work with that.”
“We’ve received a lot of comments about the individuality of the day – the warehouse venue, the black dress, the Bavarian beer house dining arrangement, the mass-karaoke sing-a-long in the evening. Many people said they’d never been to a wedding like ours, but ultimately we wanted to throw a party to celebrate our love for the fabulous people we have in our lives. In the end our favourite moments were actually the ‘traditional’ elements – the ceremony and the first dance.”
Katie and Ryan’s wedding had a ‘Til Death Us Do Part’ theme. They wanted to play homage to their love of Halloween and October, but for it not to be cheesy or too themed.
“Being an October wedding, we wanted it to be a but macabre but not full on ‘trick or treat’ with black and orange everywhere”, explained Katie.
“We have always considered October to be ‘our month’. Our anniversary for when we began dating is October 1, and our first official date involved carving pumpkins and watching horror movies. This quickly turned into our favourite yearly tradition. Our theme was ‘Til Death Us Do Part’.”
“One of our main goals was to create a memorable experience for our guests. Starting with the invites, the guests would RSVP by tearing a card off the main invite, decapitating printed illustrations of us.
Once they chose their Dracula and Halloween theme, the only date that Jessica and Andrew wanted to have the wedding was October 31st.
“The wedding theme was ‘Dinner at Dracula’s’,” explained the bride. “I wanted to have the spookiness of Halloween mixed with the classiness of dining at with the Count. Harry Potter was also definitely part of my inspiration. I wanted long tables with tons of candles, over the top food bars, and an almost magical, other worldly experience for our guests.”
The ceremony was held outside, and was officiated by one of the bridesmaids who preformed the monologue from The Princess Bride. “The ceremony was very unique”, she continued. “Since I was wearing a black dress I knew I wanted to go down the aisle to the Darth Vader march, in which I was introduced as ‘All rise for the Imperial Lord’. Also my bridesmaid was the officiant and started her speech with ‘Mawwiage is wat bwings us together towday’ from the Princess Bride.”