Happy Halloween! I hope you have something suitably spooky planned? I’m actually out and about shooting all day, but I’m hoping I can get home in time to catch some trick or treaters later!
To get you well and truly into the spirit of things, I’m going to share not one, but two, amazing Halloween-inspired wedding photo sessions today. Now, I know I said on Facebook recently that I was kinda over styled shoots, but there are always exceptions, and two I have for you today are definitely worth breaking my self-imposed rule. Pop back at 3pm for the second one. It’s totally worth it, I promise!
This was sent over by the amazing April and Paul Photography, who are based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. “We wanted to pull together a styled shoot that captured a darker side while still remaining very elegant and timeless”, they wrote. “We were avoiding the Halloween store approach and running after the idea of a place once luxurious and glamorous, now dark and mysterious with tale tale signs of what used to be. Like a mansion once filled with dinner parties and laughter now only with the echo’s of the past. The location helped execute the vision perfectly with the vines and spider webs already being part of the setting.”
With a vintage black dress as the starting point, photographer Amy Cloud set out to style and shoot an alternative, yet elegant wedding inspiration session. The shoot took place on The Great Salt Lake in Utah.
“I love untraditional weddings and knew I wanted to do a shoot with a black dress”, she explained. “Once I found the dress everything else fell together. I wanted a slight dark yet romantic feel. I incorporated golds and purples to tie the theme together.”
As an ex goth, I can’t help being attracted to dark art in general”, began Lauren of French Made, who provided the cakes for this shoot. “Plus my recent obsession with the series called ‘Vikings’ and their Pagan way of life gave me inspiration. I was lucky enough to find a fabulous team of wedding suppliers as ready as I am to push the boundaries and willing to get involved and create the most eye pleasing alternative bridal styled shoot.”
“I chose to cover my tiered cake with ivory icing and skin tone butter cream as well as adding fur, leather, antique styled lace, feathers, bronze coloured studs and a Pagan symbols charm. My naked single tier decorated with a badger skull and a flower which was sitting on a wood stand reflected the rustic aspect of the shoot.”
My working title for this blog post was ‘Sparkle Motion’… because it’s the first thing that popped into my head when I started to write the feature. It stuck, because after thinking long and hard, I couldn’t imagine anything else being as apt. These glorious pictures were submitted by Utah based wedding photographer Natalie Wall.
“I had been wanting to do a moody stylized bridal session for a while”, she wrote. “While I love working with clients, it can become creatively exhausting. Anytime you have a collaboration of people with different ideas, you tend to get multiple potential outcomes. As an artist, it can be very difficult to put aside your creative preferences to please those you are working with and/or for. This shoot was, essentially, to liberate myself from just that. I wanted to create something, using challenging lighting, to create a nontraditional mood – dark and romantic, edgy and beautiful. Something I could see out from start to finish, while remaining in artistic control.”
There are plenty of wedding inspiration shoots being featured on wedding blogs and in the magazines, but there’s a distinct lack of same sex models for my liking! Which is why when this shoot from Six Hearts Photography came in, I was thrilled!
“We just wanted to put together something groovy and pretty that we designed and were in full control of”, photographer Schellie told me. “The sunflowers come out in July for like two weeks, and they’re so beautiful and fleeting, we jumped at the chance to shoot among them.”
I really don’t care for styled wedding shoots much these days. Call me controversial but I think seeing real weddings (with real budgets!) is a lot more inspiring and helpful when it comes to finding ideas for your own wedding. BUT rules are made to be broken and when this beautiful, beachy, boho shoot landed in my inbox I just couldn’t say no!
“I run a wedding directory Mr & Mrs Unique that focuses on unique, eclectic and creative wedding suppliers”, wrote Erica who submitted this shoot. “Throughout the year I try to get together with a selection of listed suppliers to create photo shoots, as it gives us the opportunity to experiment and spread our creative wings. I encourage suppliers to push their boundaries… as long as its not traditional, anything goes!”
“We recently had a new venue join our directory, Tunnel Beaches in Devon and I knew immediately that I wanted to create a photo shoot there. The modern building of glass and wood nestles in the dark stone cliffs overlooking the beach, which is filled with rock pools and large rocks. It provided a stunning backdrop and a dark contrast against all the wedding pretties! It also has four hand carved tunnels linking various parts of the beach together- perfect for a photo opportunity!”