Yes, that’s right, Lizzy and Emma’s wedding was themed around Halloween and rainbows! It doesn’t get any better than that, right!? The couple were married on October 31st (when else?) at The Red Barn in Blindley Heath, Surrey.
“We have been to lots of lovely weddings but often found them to be quite similar” Lizzy explained. “We knew we didn’t want that. We wanted a Halloween wedding that was totally different. We had very unique outfits, there were skulls and pumpkins everywhere, and our little bridesmaids even carried Disney princess dolls instead of flowers because we knew they’d love that.”
“We had a spooky theme for all the decor. I made 50 metres of bunting and pumpkins were carved with the help of friends and family. I also designed all the stationery and tableplan with a spooky theme. Our tables were named after scary ladies such as Lily Munster, Scary Spice, Sue Sylvester, Maleficent, Pam from True Blood, Magenta from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Wednesday Addams. We also put people’s photos on their place cards which everyone liked.”
Inspired by pre-Raphaelite paintings, the gothic surroundings of Carlowrie Castle and the juxtaposition between light and dark, florist Lisa Gaston and MUA Laura Gray wanted to put together a shoot that depicted two beautiful brides with very different styles, but very much in love.
“Our initial inspiration came from the beautifully haunting images of fashion photographer Paolo Roversi and the romantic yet strong portrayals of women in pre-Raphaelite paintings”, explained Lisa. “We were also inspired by the surroundings at Carlowrie Castle.”
“We wanted to tell the story about two beautiful young brides who have run off to marry one another in their dream woodland setting. We picked two brides instead of a bride and groom as our models because we wanted one to be styled a bit more traditionally (our elegant, bouquet carrying brunette) alongside her edgier partner (our fiery, fierce red head). We felt there have been plenty of styled shoots depicting two ‘brides’ but not really any that focused on the real deal – two gorgeous girls, in love and actually marrying one another.”
Shen and Eva’s wedding was inspired by Shen’s love of red hearts and how they’ve decorated their home. “After I purchased my dress (the red one), and as an extension of our home decor, we had lots of love hearts everywhere in the wedding”, said Shen. “The day had a little bit of us all over it – from Marvel to Minions with some vintage cameras (as a nod to my work) and music thrown in. Everyone said to us how personal it all was with all the little touches,”
“I think for me the main thing I loved about our wedding was probably our dresses”, explained Eva. “They really stood out! We originally both said we were going to go for fitted suits because neither of us are particularly girly, we are forever in jeans and shirts. Shen came across a limited edition dress online from Vivien Of Holloway, she showed me and I really liked it too. When I saw Shen in it, I was completely blown away, she looked stunning! At that point I was still thinking of wearing a suit but seeing her in it convinced me I should get a dress too.”