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Southern Gothic Wiccan Wedding in the Rain

The weather doesn’t always play ball and even though the heavens well and truly opened on Kelley and Jeff’s wedding day they didn’t let it stop them having the outdoor ceremony they always wanted!

They were married on October 29th and had a Halloween themed Wiccan celebration at The Glasgow Farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia. ” Our wedding theme was southern gothic, laid-back swampy”, said the bride, “the place where beauty and decay meet. We wanted a Halloween wedding that the ghosts of our ancestors would have felt at home attending.”

“Our inspiration was Harper Lee, Anne Rice and William Faulkner. Also, hoodoo, dark romanticism, nightmares, New Orleans, Savannah, the blues, jazz, Edgar Allan Poe, cemeteries, plantation, abandoned places, ghosts and magick!”

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Long Beach Wedding with Dark Gothic Romance Detail

Brooke and Michelle’s October wedding drew inspiration from Memento Mori, Phantom of the Opera, the Addams Family and Stevie Nicks – so you know it’s going to be an absolute beauty. Their wedding showed a delightfully darker side to regal, and a more gothic side to the romantic.

Their day was breathtakingly beautiful aesthetically, but also heart-achingly beautiful emotionally, as Brooke explains, “Off the bat, being a gay wedding is to a degree, unique, though it won’t be someday. For most guests it was their first gay wedding, and our short ceremony, including vows out of Kurt Cobain’s journals, was about love, freedom and creating a safe space for all attending. We have friends and family from all walks of life and we wanted everyone to feel as comfortable and free as we did.”

Brooke continues, “Our favourite part of the wedding was feeling so incredibly vulnerable and authentic in front of everyone. It was a very freeing feeling all that love and support and putting it all out there in front of people close to us.” After they put a ring on and sealed it with a kiss, Brooke and Michelle walked down the aisle to Tears For Fears’ Head Over Heels, as they’re massive Donnie Darko fans.

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Sci-Fi vs Neo-Gothicism Wedding at Bran Castle

I can all but guarantee you won’t have seen a wedding quite like this one before! Sijin and Paul had a big budget, seriously creative wedding complete with the bride arriving on horseback! They were legally married on August 17th at Lambeth Town Hall in London (not pictured). Following this they had their main celebration at Bran Castle in Brasov, Romania!

The bride wore TWO amazing one-of-a-kind dresses, made for her by Brighton-based designer Joanne Fleming. Her accessorises were something else too – a seriously impressive headpiece, shoulder pads (!) and a skeletal-inspired corsete that she wore over her second, 1930s inspired gown. These were all made by Osipa Agnieszka Philippe Pfeiffer. Her shoes were from Gianvito Rossi. The groom wore head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana.

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Macabre Edgar Allen Poe Inspired Bridal Shoot

As a long time fan of the works of Edgar Allan Poe, photographer Vicki Moyer of Garnet Dahlia Photography used his work as the inspiration for this bridal shoot with a difference. “We’ve brought his macabre and visual romanticism to life with a dark and sultry colour palette,” she said.

Vicki wanted to create inspiration that completely strays from the idea of what makes a ‘normal’ wedding; something centred around darkness and passion. The shoot took place in Pennsylvania, USA, with its focal location being the cemetery to really capture the eeriness of the theme.

Black feathers with names written in calligraphy for the place settings are a nod to Poe’s classic tale The Raven. The monochrome cake by Ciao! Bakery with its cemetery gates, murder of crows, and looming full moon even bring to mind a little Tim Burton element, but the top belongs firmly to Poe with that anatomical ‘tell-tale heart’ bleeding ominously down the sides. Gothic motifs to the max here.

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Elegant Gothic Castle Wedding (with a Black Wedding Dress!)

Bunny and Michael’s elegant castle wedding is an absolute STUNNER. Their big day was gothic whilst still being glamorous, grungy yet gorgeous, and dark without being dull. These scenes look like they’ve been lifted straight out of a fantasy world (not that we’re complaining, in the slightest!)

Even though it looks like it could be nestled in mysterious Transylvania, their venue was the glorious Hempstead House in New York. Bunny explains that both her and Michael “fell in love really hard with this venue, so there was no doubt [we] were ready to do what it took to have it.” And we can totally see why – those airy feature windows and intricate corners inside, with that incredible walled ceremony garden and it’s expanses of candyfloss coloured sky beyond.

It’s all too easy for venues to give loads on the outside but have been forgotten about on the inside, but all these gorgeous portraits captured by Mike Zawadzki Photography and Tara Tomlinson Photography prove this is the cream of the castle crop, full of nooks and crannies and ever-changing shafts of light that keep throwing up more never-seen-before magic.

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Cabaret & Vintage Circus Inspired Wedding with a Dash of Moulin Rouge and a Hint of Wonderland!

When a bride describes her wedding as “cabaret and vintage circus with a dash of Moulin Rouge and a hint of Wonderland!” you just know you are in for something truly special. Verity and Simon’s summer wedding doesn’t disappoint. They were married at Chalkney Water Meadows in Colchester.

“We both love wild camping and being outdoors, so an outdoor camping wedding just made sense”, the bride began. “But we didn’t want to go for the usual ‘festival’ theme. We wanted it to reflect us, be colourful and our little piece of madness. We decided to bring together the glamour but also the weirdness of the Moulin Rouge and Victorian/ Vaudeville circuses and create our own world that our guests could step into. One of my friends said to me ‘If I could take a peek inside your brain, this is what I imagine it would look like’ and they were probably right!”

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