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Dark Botanical Wedding at Islington Metal Works

Matt and Laura, who met at University, went for a dark botanical theme for their London wedding. They were inspired by their reception venue, The Islington Metal Works and used their prop store to source a lot of the decor. They also brought in lots of things from their own home (and the homes of their friends and family!) and handmade what they could. The DIY projects included their wish tree for guests to write on, and even the cabinet where they placed the wedding favours. They were collection of personal trinkets and curios that they’d bought from various flea markets in Berlin and San Francisco that would suit each guest. Guests were invited to look through the cabinet and find the one with their name on to take away – talk about going the extra mile am I right!? All-in-all this was one hell of a cool and creative event.

“After a lot of Pinterest moodboarding, we settled on ‘Dark Botanical’ as a theme”, they began. “Our boards were full of our love for designers like Alexander McQueen, who used atmosphere and sophisticated drama to create moods, colours and textures that combined imagination with an appreciation for natural history and antique curios. We wanted a strong connection to nature to embrace a more humanitarian celebration of love over a religious one.”

“We have always had a flair for the darkly dramatic, avoiding ‘gothic’ styling but embracing alternative styles of self expression. Our wedding aimed to be a deconstruction of what a wedding could be and then rebuilding it in our personal style, but in a way that everyone coming could also embrace and join in with.”

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A Rustic & Gothic Halloween Wedding at Home

Whitney and Daniel were married at the bride’s father’s farm which not only saved money from their $10,000 budget but meant they could do whatever they wanted with the space.

Their theme for the early-October wedding was rustic Halloween and lots of skulls! “We wanted to incorporate things we love to flow with our beautiful rustic night time wedding”, said the bride. “We had skulls everywhere. The colour theme was black and seafoam green but it had a rustic touch as well. The whole thing was furthest from traditional. Everyone wore all black and Chuck Taylors, even the preacher. Our vows were edgy, the pictures were incredible. Our décor was far from anything our guests had ever seen. It was perfect.”

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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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