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Halloween, Gothic Literature & Fairytale Inspired Wedding with some Unexpected Guests!

Lucy is obsessed with autumn and Halloween so always knew she wanted to get married in October. She also loves to read, and Toby is an English teacher so together they came up with the idea of having a gothic literature themed wedding with touches of Halloween and fairytale aesthetics thrown in for good measure! 

They spent quite a while looking for the perfect venue but when they found Butley Priory in Suffolk they were so inspired and immediately came up with lots of ideas of how to theme the already amazing 14th Century former monastery. “We did spend a long time finding the perfect venue,” explained Lucy, “but after that everything else fell into place really quickly. We loved planning so much!”

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Geeky, Gothic Wedding with Toy Story, Ghostbusters & KISS

Alanah and Joey’s June wedding (on the groom’s birthday!) had a whopping nine themes in total – Toy Story, WWE, Nightmare Before Christmas, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel, DC and Ghostbusters! A mashup of all the things they loved, it created an eclectic, geeky gothic themed day where the bride wore black and the groom wore white – and it suited them down to a tee!

With a budget of £15,000 the couple undertook vast amounts of DIY to achieve all the little details they wanted. They made the comic book flowers, buttonholes and hair accessories, and superhero lapel pins and gift bags including personalised items such as glasses and hangers for everyone in the wedding party. 

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A Gothic Bridal Meets Boudoir Shoot

It’s September (WHAT!?) which means its basically Autumn and nearly October which can only mean one thing… HALLOWEEN IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! I know you’re just as excited as we are, which is why we’re pleased as spiked punch to be sharing this spooky yet sexy goth bride shoot with you today.

Organised entirely by photographer Heather Pippin based in St. Louis, we know you’re going to love this one just as much as we do. Fierce doesn’t even cover it.

The relatively simple shoot took place at an old church turned intimate wedding venue called Salem Baum Church in Waterloo, IL. The smoke, the stunning Maggie Sottero black wedding dress and a whole lotta sass make this shoot what it is – no bells, whistles or over the top props and ‘stuff’ required.

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Mystical Kitties & Gothic Glam Inspired Medieval Castle Wedding

The main inspiration behind Alan and Laura’s wedding was something that they both hold dear; their two beloved cats! Laura also has a thing about skulls, so they needed to feature heavily in the day too. “In fact, I always wanted our wedding to have a bit of a gothic vibe,” said Laura, “so when we found our venue we were over the moon!”

They celebrated their wedding at Clontarf Castle, Dublin in February 2019, with a budget of £15,000. Their day actually ended up being more traditional than the couple anticipated, but not because they felt obliged to follow conventions – because they wanted to! 

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Gothic, Pagan Handfasting in the Woods

Amelia and Tess were married in 2016, before Tess’ transition. Since their wedding, Tess has come out as bi-gender, sometimes having days when they identify as male, but others when they’re female. The couple wanted to celebrate Tess joining their family, so with the help of daughter Ivy they had a gothic styled, handfasting vow renewal in the same place they were originally married, Whistlewood Common in Derbyshire.

“Tess falls under the trans umbrella and is bi-gender – switching between two different genders, can be binary and/or non-binary genders”, they explained. “They switch between the two binary genders of male and female. Tess found the term to explain how they feel and has since been ‘out’ for a year and a half.”

The day had a gothic, pagan vibe and the woodland location set the tone for a lot of their stylistic choices. The day felt very ‘them’ but also complimented the surroundings perfectly. “We wanted to update our vows and wedding photos to include Tess”, they continued, “to have a visual representation of how our family is now. Amelia is Pagan and wanted to keep some of our original woodsy themes but with a darker, older feel. Amelia performed the ceremony herself, incorporating parts of our original wedding. Ivy played a bigger role with her being old enough to want to join in with the handfasting this time around.”

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Thai Restaurant & Rock Bar Wedding with a £4000 Budget

Sarah and Ben met on MySpace in 2007 when they were just 15 and 16 years old. They had a long distance relationship, seeing each other every weekend, until they went to the same university and moved in together. “Since then we have adopted three cats, moved house four times, and spent over 11 years together”, they said.

With a £4000 budget and a desire to get married without anything too fancy, expensive or posh, they planned a perfectly ‘them’ cerebration for January this year. “We wanted the day to be very us”, said Sarah. “Nothing too posh or over the top – we just wanted everyone to be happy, eat good food, get drunk and have fun partying with us.”

“A lot of our friends commented on how before our wedding day they hadn’t enjoyed attending friend’s weddings because they were so structured and formal. I believe we managed to have a relaxed although organised wedding day which allowed everyone to be themselves and have fun.”

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