Katie and Sam always knew they wanted a smaller wedding, but 2020 made it even more intimate than they ever imagined! Their October wedding was limited to just six guests, which the couple found hard at first but it ended up being even more personal for it.
There were no direct inspirations for the theme of their wedding day, instead just choosing what they liked and going with it. Katie had two outfits; a black, fishtail ASOS dress for the ceremony, and a black lace JJ’s House gown for their reception, held at The Red Lion Hotel. It wasn’t their first choice of reception venue, or even their second – but planning in a pandemic will do that to you!
As lovers of all things dark and Halloween, Jess and Dustin knew they wanted something different from their October wedding day. They usually host a big Halloween party anyway, so they were able to draw on their supplies for the decor, and committed to their theme 100%
Jess wore a black gown from Union Dresses, with necklace and lace gloves from Amazon and veil from Wish. She finished off her look with a cloak from specialist cloak maker Creaturre. She made her own black bouquet with artificial flowers, and adorned it with a few pieces of jewellery that belonged to her mother, who had passed a few years before.
Chase and Ellen met while performing together in a production of The Addams Family Musical at Theatre Memphis, so it’s no surprise that their wedding had a dark and moody theme! “Our mutual love of theatre meets a gothic horror aesthetic inspired our October wedding day,” the bride told us. “Think Interview With a Vampire meets American Horror Story: Coven and you’re halfway there!”
From encouraging guests to dress in their best ‘funeral attire’ to Ellen wearing a black lace Maggie Sottero gown, almost everything about their wedding was included a unique, personalised touch. Their day was held at one of the most haunted locations in New Orleans – Beauregard Keyes House. The couple and their guests travelled from Memphis for their day, so their focus was on making sure everyone had a great time – “we were asking people to travel a significant distance to celebrate with us, so we wanted to make sure the celebration was worth it!”
Lucy and Ross were inspired by their weird and wonderful shared interests and lives together for their dark and romantic October 2019 wedding. The bride told us; ”I collect medical samples, so we made our dessert table a cabinet of curiosities. We put quotes from our favourite books and TV shows on the invites and into the the ceremony. Our tables names were out favourite art galleries and museums in London, and our guests were transported between venues on black London buses complete with cheesy ghost tour actors.”
“I know most people say it, but the theme was quintessentially, ‘us’. We had a lot of fun with putting our own stamp on things. At one point, Ross was looking at tie colour inspiration in the strangest places: he found a picture of a headless Medusa by Caravaggio and loved the combination of colours, and broke down its palette for tie colours, but in the end, he went with… black.”
Audra and Erik met working at an ad agency in 2010. In 2015, Audra finally admitted that she hated the job but had stayed for so long because she was in love with him. Shortly thereafter, she quit the job, and kept the guy – result!
“We both have a flair for the dramatic,” the bride told us, “and wanted a wedding day with old-world opulent vibes that felt romantic, but also had a 24-hour party-people edge to it. We were inspired by late, jet-lagged nights that we have spent walking through the streets in Paris; gilded but also gritty. We are both creative directors with a passion for film and literature. We set out to create an evening that felt like a story— the dream night out for us, our friends and our family. The venue, the food, the décor, Sylvie’s photographic style, the after-party, and the prep in the hotel room were all designed to play out this very New York fantasy: glam and still slightly gritty; romantic but a bit rebellious; dramatic yet somehow self-aware. Having such a small group (24 in total) made it easy to add a personal nod to nearly everyone.”
John and Candy are all about the big gestures, and their wedding was no exception! After reconnecting via Facebook after previous relationships fell apart, their first date was a skydive, where they promised to leave their pasts behind them and jump into their new lives together. When John proposed, they were on a classic rock cruise, with KISS, no less. They watched KISS perform on the stage the night before and John got on the stage the next day to get down on one knee.
As for their wedding, well – the pastor rode into the ceremony on a motorcycle, the groom played guitar as he walked down the aisle and sang his vows with a Metallica cover band and they had a cemetery dedicated to the deaths of their pasts as décor. Casual.
As they both grew up listening to rock n roll, this time around they vowed to do things their way – non-traditional and exactly as they wanted. “The entire wedding from the custom made rings, through to the rock n roll attire and rock concert reception were unique to us,” said Candy. “We started talking about what we wanted from our wedding three years prior to it, so to see it all come together and the dream become a reality was awesome.”
The bride had a custom made black wedding dress, and the groom, a custom suit replicated from the John Wick movie. The wedding party wore rock n roll inspired outfits; the groomsmen in tuxedo jacket and trousers with their favourite rock bands’ t-shirt underneath, and the bridesmaids were in in plenty of leather!