Gothic Red & Black Wedding With Peaky Blinders Groomsmen and a Hint of Horror

Daria Iershova

May 3, 2022

Taking inspiration from their own home décor along with weddings featured in Rock n Roll Bride Magazine and a shared love of horror films, Jodie and Matthew were determined to create a day to remember. Planning through various lockdowns, their day was a chance for friends and family to meet up again. 

“We loved hearing the excitement about our wedding as it was going to be the first big get together since COVID had started meaning there were people we hadn’t been able to see in ages attending. There was a buzz around the big day for over a year and to see everyone’s faces light up when they could see what we had put together, watch us get married and be able to enjoy themselves surrounded by friends and family was such a lovely thing to witness.”

Emotions ran high throughout the day, with tears and laughter through the ceremony, and an accidental recreation of a slasher movie involving a cake knife and red icing! (No one was injured!) Jodie walked down the aisle to Fall Out Boy’s Heaven’s Gate and told us, “To see the smile on my dad’s face as he walked me down the aisle was something I will never forget. He was so happy and he looked so proud of me. We had a memorable moment when Matthew’s uncle did a reading for us from a book, the Velveteen Rabbit. It made us laugh, but there was definitely some crying going on in the room, especially the photographer!”

Their décor included decorated skulls, floating candles, flowers and butterflies, with Jodie taking on a lot of the design and creation herself. She dried petals for confetti, made flower hoops, a post box, all the stationery and more! She told us, “It was so special gradually seeing the vision that we both had for our wedding come to life. At the beginning it was a bit overwhelming as we knew what we wanted, but weren’t sure how to get there on a small budget. However we were able to source and make items and get them for much less than hiring a company.” 

Jodie and Matthew incorporated a lot of what they loved into their day, and advised future couples, “It’s a day for you both, so let your ideas flow! Do a lot of research before you trust someone you have never met to create or organise your wedding! Also remember that Pinterest can be amazing for ideas, but you can also fall down the rabbit hole and get overwhelmed by it. Choose a theme, add your own personal touch and stick to it.”