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True Romance in Vegas with a Black Wedding Dress & A Leopard Print Veil

While they didn’t have a set theme for their May wedding, Scarlett and Tom were definitely influenced by the movie True Romance and Vegas itself for their day. Choosing the Neon Museum as their ceremony location, the bride walked down the aisle to You’re So Cool. Their outfits where non-traditional outfits and they had pizza and tequila shots.at Evel Pie as their ‘reception’.

“As cliché as it sounds, we wanted a laidback yet super fun day that was unequivocally us”, explained the bride. “We didn’t want a generic wedding that anyone could have so we made sure there was plenty of personal aspects throughout, such as eating our favourite food (pizza) and going to visit the chapel where my parent’s got married after the ceremony.”

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Heavy Metal Themed Wedding with the Bride in Black

Lauren met Simon when she moved down to Southampton from Newcastle and she says it was definitely not love at first sight! Bonding over their similar tastes in music, they were friends for a long time first. They started going to gigs and festivals together and then they even flat shared together before they started dating.

They were married in April and wanted a wedding which reflected their mutual love of music, and included lot of black, rather than traditional white, elements. Lauren explains, “We were aiming for a romantic, moody, elegant gothic feel. We wanted it to feel gothic, but not to look like we’d decorated everything from the Halloween section of the shop!”

“The wedding was really just inspired by us, our interests and our style. The tables were
named after our favourite rock and metal bands. In lieu of a guestbook, we had guests sign wine bottles as we love a good bottle of red wine! Instead of a usual ‘card box’ we used Simon’s guitar case. Our house is filled with gothic photo frames, candles and real animal skulls so we used these as the table décor.”

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Romantic Gothic Elopement in Washington

Eloping in a national park with just five of their close friends and family, Tabatha and Richie planned everything themselves, exactly the way they wanted it.

“We didn’t follow the expected traditions of a wedding itinerary,” Tabatha told us. “We booked a lake house in the national forest for four nights and cooked meals, played Switch games and board games, and just spent quality time together. The memories from that weekend are some of the most special that I have. I am so glad it became such a low stress, intimate event for us.”

Tabatha knew she wanted a black dress, but had a little trouble realising her dream. She explained, “I had several moments where I thought I had to give up on that vision because the options seemed either inaccessible for my budget, or too gimmicky. All the bridal shops in my area that had black options were the same dresses from the same couple of designers. And they were very trendy silhouettes. I wanted something that felt personal, and timeless, and unique.”

“I was very lucky to find an affordable option to have a gown custom-made. I went to a local boutique and tried on a few silhouettes to get an idea of what I felt was the most flattering, and then custom styled that to fit my vision. Seeing myself in all-white also solidified my thoughts that that was NOT for me.”

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Monochrome Micro Wedding in London

They wanted their wedding to be relaxed and reflect them, so Inez and Ismail, opted to keep things small for their September wedding. They also didn’t want anything too traditional. The bride wore a black dress by Khaite, while the groom wore his favourite red Nike trainers and a black tee-shirt rather than a shirt. The ceremony was held at Marylebone Town Hall with just a few close loved ones present, and the went to a restaurant afterwards rather than having a formal reception.

“We had a civil partnership ceremony, which meant we didn’t have to follow any scripts based on tradition that didn’t align with our relationship”, the bride told us. “We organised everything within a month and we only picked the music the morning of the ceremony! For the entrance we had I’ll Follow You into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie, and for the signing we had Dance of the Dream Man from Twin Peaks (a favourite show of ours). The ceremony was super quick because we didn’t want any vows or readings, we ended up cutting a lot of the script off.”

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The Addams Family Meets a Rockabilly Las Vegas Elopement

Kennedy and Mitch were set on a quick and simple elopement and they chose Las Vegas as the place to do it. Kennedy told us, “No vows, no music, just us, Breena our officiant, Brandi our photographer and all our family and friends on livestream.”

They chose The Neon Museum in for their ceremony, a gorgeous venue with plenty of scope for Brandi to take some incredible shots. Vegas has so many spots for epic photos, and the couple were keen to get to as many as possible.

The couple did their day completely their own way, citing their theme as ‘The Addams Family meets Rockabilly’ with a DIY coffin ring box and fake flowers from the craft store to create a bouquet. Kennedy’s ring was her Great Aunt’s and they celebrated with pizza afterwards.

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Dark, Edgy & Intimate Valley of Fire Wedding

Marissa and Darren didn’t want any of the ‘fluff’ that comes with a traditional wedding day; they just wanted to get married and focus on the two of them. The theme for their September day came naturally from their dark and edgy personal style, with help from Cactus and Lace to take their ideas and apply them to the Valley of Fire location the couple chose for their big day. 

They had just 10 guests in attendance and skipped out on having a traditional wedding shower, reception, and bridal parties. Therefore they were able to keep to their $5,000 budget for their day, excluding flights and guest accommodation. Marissa cites hiring wedding planners as the best decision she made for their day. “During the months leading up to the wedding, people would always ask us “how’s wedding planning?!” and my answer was always that I literally have done nothing! We bought our outfits and booked fights & hotels. Everything else was taken care of by Cactus and Lace. I had absolutely zero stress throughout the whole thing!”

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Sophisticated Yet Spooky Wedding on Halloween

Heather and Anthony chose October 31st 2020 as their wedding date but they didn’t want the usual themed wedding with Halloween decorations and costumes. Instead they wanted their day to feel traditional but in black instead of white, “I like to think it was quite the creepy yet classy affair”, said the bride. For the colours, they went with a ghostly grey and magical magenta except for their outfits which were all-black.

“I was so excited to marry my soulmate, but was worried that planning a wedding might be too overwhelming or costly”, Heather told us. “I love Las Vegas and was seriously considering eloping or having a small group of friends and family join us down there, but I grew up watching Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings on TLC so I wanted the big party and celebration with our entire group of family and friends.”

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A Casual Island Adventure Elopement with a Black Dress

Ben and Paige knew they wanted to go somewhere tropical for their March wedding, but aren’t really beach-wedding types. “We do enjoy hiking though, “ the bride told us, “so we settled on a trip to St John in the Virgin Islands as we knew we’d get what we wanted from there. We reached out to Island Mike and asked if he knew any cool trails that would take us somewhere beautiful and remote, and he delivered!”

As both Paige and Ben have been married before, they knew that they wanted their wedding to be true to them and nobody else. “We planned it together and made sure every decision was a reflection on who we are as a couple.”

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Book Lovers’ Gothic Mountain Estate Wedding

Shannon and Jerry both serve in the US Navy and met through their work. They wanted to keep their September wedding as quintessentially them as possible, even if aspects of the themes didn’t seem like they’d work together on paper. They included nods to their love of reading with the books as centrepieces and in lieu of bridesmaid bouquets, and the gothic/ autumnal element came through in Shannon’s choice of a black dress.

“We just did things however we wanted, despite what tradition or others typically do”, Shannon told us. “We made sure that our wedding was not a traditional wedding. We wanted one huge weekend experience with close friends and family with great food, drinks and laughter.”

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Festive Wedding with a Black Disco Ball Dress

We can’t quite believe we’re over halfway through the year already. That means the festive season will be on us before we know it! If you’re planning a December 2021 wedding then you’re going to love looking through Sophie and Chris’ photos – we’re particularly enamoured with her black disco ball dress which came from Jenny Packham!

The day was held at Manor Estate, Wiltshire on 12th December, so the space was already decked out in festive finery. The couple continued the theme with greenery, gold accents and glitter reindeer down the middle of their single long table, more greenery and LED tealights hanging above them and plenty of fairy lights everywhere. The place names were little green crackers and their cake was a traditional Christmas fruit cake (made by the bride).

“We knew we wanted a winter wedding”, the couple told us, “so when the mother-of-the-bride (who is an incredible florist) suggested drying and then spray-painting alliums with gold and glitter as the basis for all the flowers, we loved the look and took it from there.”

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Intimate & Personal Gothic Wedding

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! 

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Gothic, Halloween Themed Wedding with A Coffin Procession!

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.

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American Horror Story Inspired Wedding with His & Hers Bridal Crowns

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!”

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