What could be the more perfect idea for a Halloween inspired bridal shoot than Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven?
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door;
Only this, and nothing more.”
Conceived by photographer, Claire Pacelli, event designer Cathrina Dionisio, and florist Lee Forrest the shoot came about because of their shared loved of the macabre.
Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow, sorrow for the lost Lenore,.
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore,
Nameless here forevermore.
“It all started two years ago with our first Halloween photo shoot styled after Dia de los Muertos”, they said. “On that shoot day, we started planning this shoot inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and The Raven. The theme of being so in love, that it drives you into a delusional madness, seemed fitting for a wedding. The author’s imagery and accompanying historical illustrations served as the building blocks for the overall look.”
And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating,
” ‘Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door,
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door.
This it is, and nothing more.
“For us it was all about being creative and celebrating our favourite holiday. We do a Halloween shoot every year and we always want them to look different from each other. The beautiful thing about Halloween is how it can be interpreted and adapted to events. They hope that couples can see something with so much personality can be incorporated into their own day.”
Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
“Sir,” said I, “or madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is, I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you.” Here I opened wide the door;—
Darkness there, and nothing more.
- Photography: Claire Pacelli Photography
- Location: Casa Feliz
- Stylist: Michele Butler Events
- Flowers: Lee Forrest Design
- Hair & Make Up: Kristy's Artistry Design Team
- Dresses: Calvet Couture Bridal Boutique
- Dresses: Modern Bridal
- Groom's Attire: Lip Service
- Cake: Anna Cakes
- Desserts: Hello Sugar
- Rentals: A Chair Affair
- Stationery: Tina Stison
- Catering: Arthur's Catering