Halloween is just around the corner so I couldn’t resist sharing this seriously spooky, actually quite scary, Halloween inspired skeleton shoot. It’s not massively bridal but I think that’s why I love it! Halloween weddings aren’t about conforming to tradition are they!?
The shoot took place on a dry lake bed in Nevada, and real couple Jackie and Pablo acted as the models. “I knew I wanted to do a shoot for Halloween but I also wanted it to be about love”, said photographer Jenna. “I came up with the idea of skeletons to portray a love that is more than skin deep, a love that’s embedded in your bones.”
Leslie and Drew were married on 31st October 2016 as so, naturally, they wanted their wedding theme to be Halloween. The day was complete with skulls, creepy dolls and all the guests dressed in costumes!
“We’d been together for nine years and wanted to celebrate that,” began Leslie, “anything that wasn’t fun, we didn’t want. We ended up not having bridesmaids or groomsmen because we wanted everyone to feel included. Our invitations said ‘costumes mandatory’ on them. It made the atmosphere, some people were scary, some were pretty, but no one was wearing something they didn’t want to be in and everyone had fun with it. And because costumes were mandatory everyone assumed we’d be dressed as Beetlejuice or something, so when we showed up in a white dress and suit it was a surprise!”
Their ceremony was conducted by a family member, and was suitably ‘weird’! “I walked down the aisle to the Indiana Jones theme, I made it about half way before cracking up. My brother-in-law, Stuart, was ordained online and preformed the ceremony in his Jedi robes! He also wrote the ceremony. We told him to keep it weird and he obliged, opening with a brief history of homo-sapiens and their rise to power through unity and ending with the mathematically increasing odds that we will be swallowed up by a sinkhole.”
Halloween is just a few weeks away so what could be a more perfect shoot to share today than this one? Inspired by Memphis (where the session took place), Halloween and autumn, the nods to the season are subtle, but effective. I’m not a massive fan of really over the top, themed Halloween shoots so this one is right up my street. In fact if I was having a Halloween wedding this is exactly how I’d style it!
“The inspiration of this styled wedding shoot was HALLOWEEN”, photographer Ashley wrote. “Kelsey (Connor and Co.) and I wanted to do a bad ass alternative bride shoot and decided it should be Halloween and it was appropriate for the time of year. We took classy and elegant and brought it to a whole new level.”