Tag Archives: halloween

The Raven

View More: http://clairepacelliphoto.pass.us/raven

What could be the more perfect idea for a Halloween inspired bridal shoot than Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven?

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door;
Only this, and nothing more.”

View More: http://clairepacelliphoto.pass.us/raven

Conceived by photographerClaire Pacelli, event designer Cathrina Dionisio, and florist Lee Forrest the shoot came about because of their shared loved of the macabre.

Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow, sorrow for the lost Lenore,.
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore,
Nameless here forevermore.

View More: http://clairepacelliphoto.pass.us/raven

Continue reading

Surprise Halloween Party Wedding

©Beauty Board Media || Lauren Roberts 2015

Gary and Traci love Halloween. So much so that they decided the best place for them to get married would be at their Halloween party in their own home. The coolest part of this wedding was that it was a complete surprise for all their guests! After telling everyone they were getting married then and there, they then assigned each attendee a roll in the celebration.

“We were trying to figure out how to do a ceremony and reception for our families that live in New York and California when we live in Alaska”, explained the bride. “We wanted our ceremony to be meaningful and something we could share with family at a later date, but we also wanted to focus on the celebration part of marriage and do that with friends that we know will be there to support us in the future with our families not geographically close.”

“I am a BIG fan of Halloween and we knew we were going to throw a party at our house”, she said. “It was a dream come true when Gary came up with the idea of doing a surprise wedding ceremony during the party for our friends. In Alaska, any person can marry you, so we came up with a plan to choose ‘characters’ to fill the traditional and not-so traditional roles during the wedding. We had roles for an officiate, maid of honour, best man, slutty bridesmaid, drunk uncle, father of the bride, ring bearer, flower girl, and wedding singer. The best part was, not knowing which friend would get selected to play each role.”

Check out the incredible film, made by Lauren of Beauty Board Media, and all will be explained…

Continue reading

Halloween and Lego Wedding

Rob and India's Halloween themed Edinburgh Wedding_SD Photography172

I don’t think it’ll come as a massive surprise to any of you that the vast majority of newly-weds I interview say that they wanted their wedding to reflect them. They took their mutual passions and combined them to create a wedding that felt individual, authentic and unique. But it might shock you to hear that a lot of brides I chat to pre-wedding tell me that they’re really worried about whether their mish-mash of ideas will work together. I mean, when you have a set theme it’s pretty easy to know what’s going to go… but Halloween, Lego and sparkles? Do those things work side by side?

Rob and India's Halloween themed Edinburgh Wedding_SD Photography022

I say hell yes and so do India and Rab who had those exact things at their October 31st wedding in Edinburgh! “Our wedding was a Lego Hallowedding!” began the bride. “We mixed Halloween with old Hollywood glamour and all the things we love including Lego, horror films and sci-fi. We wanted our day to be as fun as possible and reflect our own personalities. Since getting together weave enjoyed some big Halloween parties, and had lots of fun planning costumes, decorations, and food so the wedding was a bit of an extension of that.”

Rob and India's Halloween themed Edinburgh Wedding_SD Photography071

Continue reading

A Glamorous Slasher Film Wedding at Halloween

CaliHalloweenWedding_PostBeamCoPhotography146

Halloween 2014 was the date that Chynna and Reginald said “We do”. They were married at Morris Chapel in Stockton, California. “The inspiration for our wedding was anything and everything glamorous and creepy”, explained the bride. “Our colours were plum, gold and black. We incorporated a perfect mix of black lace with 90s slasher film awesomeness.”

CaliHalloweenWedding_PostBeamCoPhotography184

“Our tables were named for horror movie characters. Also, since the groom is a serious comic book geek, we tried to incorporate superhero touches as well. The best part was cutting our cake with Wolverine claws instead of a knife! We saved a lot of money on our décor by buying it right after Halloween 2013, when it was all on sale!”

CaliHalloweenWedding_PostBeamCoPhotography286

Continue reading

It’s Halloween Week on Rock n Roll Bride!

dark gothic bridals (2)

You can’t have failed to notice that it’s Halloween next Saturday so to celebrate, this coming week will be completely Halloween themed! That’s right, every post from now until 31st will be spooky, scary or just down right devilish. Perfect to get you in the mood for your favourite holiday.

Let’s kick off the proceedings with this beautifully gothic and dark bridal session. Set around an abandoned farm house in Farmington, Utah, it was put together by wedding photographer Brit Nicole.

dark gothic bridals (13)

“We named this shoot ‘Black Allure'” Brit said. “The dictionary defines ‘allure’ as: the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating. I think the inspiration for this shoot was the mysteriously attractive part. We wanted to create something that was darker and more edgy than most bridals. We aimed for unique, a little creepy, but still beautiful. Something that would fit a Halloween theme, but also just fascinate others. You don’t have to fit into the norm to be beautiful.”

dark gothic bridals (28)

Continue reading

16 Creative and Easy Ideas for Your Halloween Wedding

16 Creative and Easy Ideas for Your Halloween Wedding

It’s finally October so you know what that means – Halloween is right around the corner! If you’re having a spooky celebration then I’d love to hear about all your ideas. Be sure to send me your pictures afterwards too, I love featuring Halloween weddings!

Halloween masks would make great favours for your guests

asos halloween masks

£8 each from ASOS

Or how about a spooky themed temporary tattoo station?

halloween tattoo bar

£6.50 from ASOS

You could always let your feet do the talking

night mare shoes

£25 from ASOS

Continue reading

Halloween and Autumn Themed Wedding

halloween wedding (21)

Carla and Greg were married on 31st October because they wanted to have a Halloween themed wedding. With just £9000 in their budget, they were able to plan the spooky wedding of their dreams at Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa in Caerphilly.

halloween wedding (31)

“We both love Halloween and anything in the horror genre so we wanted to bring that to the wedding, especially since we were married on October 31st!” Carla wrote. “We used lots of classic horror film posters for our tables. Miniature pumpkins sat on each table and a large carved pumpkin filled with flowers greeted guests as they entered the reception. All our guests received a little ‘trick or treat’ bag filled with Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins and lots of other Halloween chocolates. We incorporated lots of autumnal elements with the warm colours and florals. I carried a bouquet of sunflowers with wheat, berries and fresh chillies and there were similar bouquets for the bridesmaids.”

halloween wedding (30)

Continue reading

Horror Film and Leopard Print Wedding… With Sphynx Cats!

Gothic Halloween Wedding... With Sphynx Cats (37)

When I shared a preview of Fran and Lewis’ wedding on my Facebook page, you all FREAKED OUT – and with good reason too. I mean, just check out Fran’s killer Couture Company dress, those leopard Crown and Glory kitty ears and their guests of honour – their sphynx cats!

The pair were married at Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire and they had their reception of pizza and movies at home. “Our wedding was just ‘us'”, said Fran. “We wanted everything we love to be a part of the day. That meant cats, pizza, leopard print, Him (our favourite band) Frankenstein and horror films!”

Gothic Halloween Wedding... With Sphynx Cats (10)

“Our ceremony was a hand-fasting and it was our favourite part of the day. Jumping the broom was amazing… and we got to keep it afterwards! We did it outside so it was really cold and really windy (my Nan had 3 coats on!) but it was wonderful. We also loved having our ‘reception’ back at our own house. Just having our best friends there and watching Pet Semetary (our go-to horror film!) and relaxing was amazing.”

Gothic Halloween Wedding... With Sphynx Cats (20)

Continue reading

Dia De Los Muertos Wedding at Home

latin day of the dead wedding (55)

Juliana and Forrest were married at the bride’s parent’s home in California in October. Their inspiration was the time of year, so they had Halloween and Day of the Dead references mixed in with other things they both love such as the theatre and music from the 1920s-40s. They also wanted to play homage to their Latin heritage.

latin day of the dead wedding (25)

The ceremony was particularly special and important. “We had an ancient Viking tradition in our ceremony, in honour of the other half of our common heritage”, Juliana explained. “We also had some friends that performed a cleansing ritual before the event got under way, which was a great idea. The whole vibe of our wedding was super chill.”

latin day of the dead wedding (38)

Continue reading

Eclectic & Whimsical Halloween Wedding at Home

Alabama woodland wedding on Halloween (32)

With a budget of just $2000, Matt and Kat said “I do” at their own home the day after Halloween. “We christened our newly purchased house for our wedding!” the bride said. “We had spent several months renovating the old home’s interior but hadn’t moved in yet, so all the rooms in the house were empty. We transformed a (future) bedroom into a bar, another bedroom into a dinner/pot luck area. We strung friends’ borrowed Christmas lights all over the house, set up a PA system in the empty living room and called it a venue with a dance floor! Our new neighbour, George, who became a great friend during our move, let us perform the ceremony in the empty lot next to his house.”

Alabama woodland wedding on Halloween (7)

“Having my mom walk me down the aisle dressed as Humphrey Bogart was really special. Also my brother became ordained in order to marry us, we collaborated and designed the ceremony and reception ourselves. We wrote our own vows and the designed the entire ceremony.”

The bride’s red dress was actually a skirt and top which she bought on Amazon although she says in retrospect she wishes she’d found something vintage. Her shoes were her favourite pair of Mary Janes and her headpiece was a red pill box hat with a veil and bow attached. The groom’s outfit was all thrifted and cost less than $45!

Alabama woodland wedding on Halloween (15)

Continue reading

Intimate Halloween Wedding by Candlelight

Lisa_Jim_Halloween_PaulRaeburn_032

Lisa and Jim were married at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh on Halloween. They planned the wedding in just five months, had just 18 guests and did a lot of the key elements themselves.

“The idea behind our wedding was to have a small intimate candle lit ceremony at night with an open fire”, began the bride. “We wanted all our guests and officiant to be dressed in black – black evening dresses and black evening suits with bow ties. There was a gothic touch and a spiritual element which all tied in with Halloween.”

Lisa_Jim_Halloween_PaulRaeburn_051

“After a champagne reception we had a dinner party with a woodland, harvest theme. Jim and I love Halloween, but for different reasons – Jim loves horror movies especially ‘Halloween’ and has three different Michael Myers’ tattooed on him. We had Michael Myers mentioned in our ceremony by the officiant as a joke. I love Halloween as this is when it is the Celtic New Year, Samhain, celebrated at sunset on 31st October. This is why I wanted an evening wedding. Samhain marks the end of the harvest and the start of a chapter, new beginnings. Jim and I do not celebrate the traditional New Year of 1st January. Jim also lost his mum recently and so we felt that Halloween being traditional for the dead to be closer to the living to be a touching time to think of his mum being there with us when exchanging our vows.”

Lisa_Jim_Halloween_PaulRaeburn_005

Continue reading

Halloween and Horror Wedding in a Cemetery

Halloween Wedding in a Cemetery  (17)

Courtney and Todd were married on October 31st and had a Halloween wedding at Bradley Chapel at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, NY.  The cemetery made for the perfect location for their portraits too!

“I love cemeteries and I have always said that if I ever got married, it would be in one”, Courtney wrote. “We’re both big horror fans so getting married at a cemetery on Halloween just made sense! We really wanted to capitalise on the whole Halloween and horror theme. We used real toe tags as escort cards and instead of table numbers we assigned every table a horror movie. We also incorporated ‘jumping the broom’ into our ceremony, which is something that none of our guests had ever seen before.”

Halloween Wedding in a Cemetery  (4)

The bride wore a beautiful princess style dress from David’s Bridal with gothic style accessories that all came from eBay. “For years I had told everyone that I would be wearing a black dress when I got married”, she explained. “I looked and tried on a few black dresses but I never got that ‘bride’ feeling until I tried on a white one. I fell in love with the third white dress I tried on, and purchased it without even giving it a second thought. From that day on, I had to keep the colour of my dress a secret from EVERYONE!! I wanted it to be a huge shock when the doors opened and I came out in white. It was especially hard to keep the secret from Todd. Especially since I made my own veil. He asked me one day why I was making a white veil and I had to tell him that it was for a friend who was getting married as well. So imagine his surprise when I walked up wearing a white dress and the veil that I made right in front of him!!”

Halloween Wedding in a Cemetery  (35)

Continue reading

Genuinely Terrifying Halloween Wedding Shoot

SassterclassAssassynation-10031

OK, so I told you my second Halloween inspired shoot of the day was worth the wait… now do you believe me!? Shot by the EPIC Sassy of Assassynation at a workshop she put on recently, this is a Halloween shoot like no other! Some of these shots are genuinely terrifying.

SassterclassAssassynation-10035

“I put together a styled shoot as part of my workshop, the Sassterclass. My styled shoots always tend to be out of the ordinary… something a bit different to your standard wedding stuff. Mainly I love doing them just for fun, and to push people out of their comfort zone a bit. Each attendee gets time to direct and shoot the couple so that they can then introduce their own creativity and style.”

SassterclassAssassynation-10017

Continue reading