Happy Halloween! Today’s shoot is strictly Halloween themed, but I thought the Victorian gothic vibe would be inspiring none-the-less. I mean, who doesn’t love a good horror movie?
“Our inspiration was the new Victorian gothic horror/fairytale movie Crimson Peak“, stylist Jessica told me. “The key colours used in the film are red, blue, and black so we wanted to incorporate those elements into a styled bridal shoot. We wanted the photos to be romantic and a bit mysterious. We wanted to do something moody and interesting, that could be achieved on a budget.”
Brooke and Brenen had their wedding at the bride’s childhood home in June. They wanted their day to feel homely and they were inspired by the Victorian era and English country gardens.
“We met at a mutual friend’s house where we got to know each other”, Brooke explained. “I had seen him on MySpace when I was 15 or 16 and fell in love when I saw him in person. The theme for the wedding was recreating home with a touch of English garden.”
“I was inspired by Victorian and English gardens with the sage green, pale pink and white metals and furniture. I wanted our wedding to feel like something you would see at your grandma’s house. Pretty much everything at the wedding my bridesmaids and I made or I found at a goodwill or antique stores. I saved money this way but spent a lot of time looking for things and creating things.”
Are you ready to take a step back in time? For their wedding in Germany, Julia and Eric wanted to play homage to their favourite time period. “Since we both love history, old things and 19th century novels, we dressed up in Regency-style and asked our guests to do so as well”, said Julia. “We were surprised how creative and determined people became about creating their outfits.”
The bride’s dress and accessories were made by of one the bridesmaids. “Both bridesmaids tailored their dresses in the same fashion to match with each other and the bride”, she said. “The maid of honour also made the curtain for the ceremony, helped folding the napkins and creating the guestbook.”
There was a bit of a problem when I received Neysa and Kevin’s wedding submission. I was convinced they couldn’t be real people. I mean, have you ever seen a couple so attractive in your entire life? Add that to the fact that they probably had one of the coolest weddings I’ve ever seen and I was 100% convinced that this must be some kind of staged shoot.
I was wrong though, these guys are the real deal. Prepare to get wedding envy like you’ve never had before… And if you’re off to Burning Man this weekend prepare to get EXTRA EXCITED FOR IT!
“We had only been dating for a short period when we decided to go to Burning Man together”, said the bride. “It was his first time and I knew that the trip would probably either make us or break us, which made me nervous! Surprisingly, the trip went really well… actually better than well. We fell madly in love with each other and when we returned home he moved in with me right away. Even before the trip, our connection was strong. I knew that our feelings were not artificially conjured by the ‘magic’ of Burning Man. They were simply reinforced, validating what we both already knew in our hearts. Our bond was undeniable and unlike anything I had ever felt before. Experiencing the way we were together on our trip made me want to spend the rest of my life with him.”
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.”
You might not think a Victorian wedding theme would work when meshed with modern technology, but with the bride being a history buff, and the groom a technology geek, it was actually the perfect joint theme for them!
Michelle and Drew were married in November at Norwood Park, Nottinghamshire. “I have a great fondness (hmm… obsession) with history”, Michelle told me. “I studied it at university and frankly, I can’t get enough! Drew said he didn’t care what he wore for the wedding so long as he could wear a top hat and carry a cane! So my Victorian gothic revival fantasy wedding was born.”
The bride’s mother made her amazing dress. “I refused from the beginning to wear white and instead chose red for my gown”, she explained. “While lots of people see white as traditional, it’s actually a fairly recent trend. Queen Victoria wore white for her wedding, but this was very new and before that, women used to just wear their best gown or if they were rich enough, they had one made. So when I thought about it, I actually felt like I was being more traditional than any bride in white! Red was an early favourite. Deep reds, bright reds and purples featured heavily as, to me, they give a sense of luxury.”