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Gothic Funeral Vow Renewal in a Spanish Monastery

Andrea and Gabbi met in a job interview (Gabbi interviewed Andrea for a position on the film Shrek!), while living in San Francisco. They fell in love and were married in Sayulita, Mexico in May 2004. In fact they loved it so much they have now lived there for over 11 years! They decided to renew their vows on their 13th wedding anniversary and wanted the celebration to have a dark, gothic, funeral theme. There were just four of them in attendance: The couple and their two children. They also had their friend Jan who performed the ceremony and People True Love Tellers who took the photos and created the video.

“We have always been freaks and I always loved the idea of a black and red wedding gown, and walking down the aisle to Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Rocket Queen,” began Andrea. “At our first wedding, in a beach town overlooking the ocean, wearing white felt more right, but this time we wanted to ignore tradition entirely. We had already done the traditional wedding and so had the freedom to be playful and truly represent ourselves and who we really are. We also loved the idea of this being a funeral for our first 13 years of marriage and the start of a new commitment to each other as a family.”

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Sabina Kelley’s Glamorous Island Wedding in Thailand

Pale sands, black outfits, and at night the fire dancers come out – there’s drama and beauty throughout the entire day with this gorgeous destination wedding.

After being a very long distance couple (one from Las Vegas and the other the Gold Coast in Australia!), pin up model Sabina and Nixx married on Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort, Thailand, at the height of summer this year. Their wedding colours were black, grey and white. Sabina said,”We both wore all black and wanted our wedding to be a beach wedding. To be classy and ‘our style’, but fun and laid back too, with just our closest friends and family.”

Sabina’s dress, which is one of the most perfect examples of a black wedding dress I’ve ever seen, was a black silk 1950s Charles James style vintage dress that was tailored by Venita Drennen to have a lower back and make it have more of a 1940s look. Worn with a stunning ballet-length black veil, Louboutin heels, and her grandma’s 1950s earrings, the bride was utterly arresting against the beachy backdrop.

The dress was not without its problems, however, as finding it was “The most difficult thing ever!” Sabina explained. “I had so much pressure on me to have such an incredible dress. I met with couture wedding dress designers all over Australia, and I could not see myself spending $20,000 or more on a dress I would never wear again. I tried on ‘normal’ wedding dresses and they all looked dumb on me and didn’t fit right, and I knew I did not want to have a dress that anyone could get. Then I was getting told by everyone that I could not do black on the beach, so I kept changing my mind if I was going to do it or not. I finally came to the conclusion of buying the vintage gown, and having Venita completely recreate it into my dream wedding dress.”

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Budget-Friendly Forest Wedding with their Reception at Home

Allana and Alex’s wedding was inspired by what they didn’t want. They didn’t want their wedding to be like other weddings, instead they wanted a day that their guests would talk about for a long time afterwards. Their starting point was choosing the colours (black and white) and then they just ran with that!

“Our wedding was still somewhat traditional but with inverted colours,” began Allana. “I wore a black wedding dress and my bridesmaids wore white! We were inspired by what we didn’t want to do. We didn’t want our wedding to be like so many others. We wanted a day that our guests would talk about later, something that stood out and got people’s attention.”

Neither Allana or Alex were very keen on public speaking so they made their ceremony very short. “Our ceremony was over very quickly… I don’t think it even went for a five minutes! Alex and I aren’t big on public speaking so we made it short, sharp and shiny. We had our ceremony in Mount Crawford Forest which is where Alex’s father’s ashes were spread. It was the perfect location for us; we felt close to him on such an important day. Luckily the weather was surprisingly perfect after fears that it would rain!”

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Moto Museum Wedding with the Bride in Black

Mary and Nick were married in May. They didn’t have a specific wedding theme but everything fell into place after the bride found the gorgeous Badgley Mischka dresses for her bridesmaids which she rented from Rent the Runway. Mary also always knew she wanted to wear a black dress herself.

The ceremony was held at the Son’s of Rest Pavilion in Tower Grove Park, Saint Louis  “Our ceremony was short and nerdy”, said Mary, “Our officiant threw in a bunch of Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and Harry Potter references. We also had him explain the significance of the crowns that we used in lieu of a unity candle or sand. They are part of the Greek Orthodox ceremony and I wanted to include a part of my heritage in the mix.”

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Addams Family Inspired Elopement in Italy

Diana and Jason had already booked a month long holiday to Europe together, when a friend suggested the idea of eloping. Straight away they knew it was perfect for them! Neither of them wanted a huge middle-eastern wedding (which is the tradition in Diana’s family) so their month long holiday turned into a pre and post wedding honeymoon!

Their wedding theme was Victorian chic, with gothic accents, particuarly in Diana’s amazing black dress. “We were inspired by our love for Morticia and Gomez Addams,” explained Diana, “Their love is fierce, passionate, and eccentric. They are the ultimate couple.”

Their ceremony was held in Scaglieri Castle on Lake Garda. “We arrived in a BMW to the cobble streets of Malcesine. We walked up to the castle where many locals and tourists began clapping, taking photos and kindly congratulating us. It was quite fun as we felt like celebrities! The ceremony was located on the terrace of the castle, overlooking beautiful lake. We reached the castle steps, and waited for our aisle song to begin. In Australia, the bride walks down the aisle to reach her fiancé, but in Italy, we both walked down the aisle together. It was a lovely moment as we felt it represented walking into our new journey through life together.”

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Autumnal ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ Themed Wedding

Morgan and Stu both love autumn so they knew they wanted to incorporate autumnal colours and flowers in their wedding. Morgan also LOVES Halloween so they decided their theme should be ‘ Til Death Do Us Part’.

“I LOVE HALLOWEEN!” began Morgan, “What makes Stu such a special person is that, yes he does like Halloween, but he knows how much I love it and he lets me go with it! He didn’t want our wedding decor to be too Halloween party with blood and guts but just to stick true to the ‘Til Death’ theme.”

“We just tried to make everything about us. As selfish as that might sound, we wanted to celebrate us publicly (and legally) joining our lives forever. We didn’t try to think about if something was considered traditional or alternative. We felt pretty strongly that we would not be married in a church by a priest or pastor because neither one of us is religious. We picked our own readings for the ceremony, our own ‘I do’s’ (which came from a line from the movie, Moulin Rouge) and our own vows. Despite my feminist views, my dad walked me down the aisle but it was more about having him a part of our day. My wedding dress was mostly black and my ring is a black pearl with two skulls on either side. Oh and I had a Man of Honour instead of a Maid of Honour!”

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