Marc and Chloe have always been interested in gothic style and an alternative lifestyle – meeting at a metal gig in 2012 – so it was never a question that they’d have anything other than a wedding that reflected their true selves!
Their venue, an actual real-life castle, was the perfect setting for their gothic and Halloween inspired day. Hedingham Castle in Essex is a nine-hundred year old Norman castle, full of medieval splendour. They had their ceremony within the castle itself, before moving to a marquee for their reception.
Valeria (the bride) and Nicola’s (the groom) Victorian gothic wedding was held at the impressive Villa il Poggione in Fauglia, Italy. The venue was decked out in medieval regalia which suited their theme perfectly.
“I would call our theme Victorian Gothic with a pinch of Steampunk, Game of Thrones and a medieval atmosphere”, began Valeria. “After we bought our clothing, we decided to turn the wedding into a themed one! We thought that it could be original and funny for everybody. We chose the Victorian Gothic simply because it was the style of our clothing and we love the style of this period. Fortunately, we have fantastic relatives and friends, so almost all the guests accepted the challenge. It’s very cool to see our wedding pictures with people in themed clothing. We didn’t expect this great participation, so we were pleasantly surprised!”
Their ceremony was held at the end of a dramatic red carpet, in the courtyard of the villa. “We were legally married the day before with just a couple of witnesses”, she explained. “So we decided to make our villa ceremony into OUR ceremony. We chose the red carpet instead of the classic white one in order to give a gothic touch. We wanted a simple, brief, romantic and original ceremony, so we decided to use some quotes from Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings between the classic script. The wedding march was played by Brian May and Queen because I had always dreamed of walking down the aisle with a song played by a rock guitar. Even the end of the ceremony exit was accompanied by a revisiting of the classic wedding theme in a power metal style.”
Kellie and Andy met at a metal gig and both love the aesthetic of all things medieval. Needless to say, when it came to planning their February wedding, the theme was easy!
“Our inspiration was King Arthur, medieval, alchemy/ magic, wizards, princes and princesses”, said Kellie. “Andy is also a big craft beer guy, so when he decided he wanted his favourite beer at the wedding, we crafted an elaborate plan to get enough bottles. His favourite beer is Parabola from Firestone Walker and it is only released once a year and there is usually a limit of buying one or two bottles at a time… So we rounded up a bunch of friends and road-tripped to the brewery so we could buy as many as we could on top of buying bottles when we or friends found them in local stores!”
Instead of a traditional dress, the bride wore a sheer cloak in place of a veil with a medieval inspired dress made by Firefly Path. “I think my favourite part of the wedding was just being dressed up with my favourite people having a party in a ‘castle’,” she explained. “The whole immersive feel of everything really transported me into my fantasies and it truly felt as amazing as a dream. The thing that we spent the biggest lump sum on was definitely my dress and cloak veil. I got them completely custom designed and made and I think it was the best thing that I could have done. Firefly Path was absolutely amazing and their work is impeccable. They fleshed out my vision and brought it to life!”
Sarah and Arran were married in August, after two years long distance between Manchester and Brighton. They wanted their wedding to just reflect them, have a venue with a brown sign, and be beautiful. For entertainment they had snail racing (!) and even made a DIY snail arena for the day!
Sarah told us all about their wedding. “At the start of our ceremony, I walked down the aisle Baba Maa, followed by lovely readings by Arran’s dad, and our brilliant friend Marie Harris who reworked Baz Luhrman’s Wear Sunscreen to describe how we met, as well as dishing out some great advice to guests and couple alike. At the end of the ceremony we danced back down the aisle to some banging Psy Trance!”
Ross and Gem were married at the Medieval Banquet Hall at the Park Hall Hotel, which set the theme for the day. “Our inspiration came from our love of ‘old’ England”, began the bride. “We adore its majesty and history. We weren’t particularly taken by the ‘average’ wedding with pastel colours, white linen, paper straws and sugared almonds, ans we wanted something people would remember. I also wanted to do loads of DIY in the run up. We spent a lot of time making sure that everyone would be entertained throughout. Not many weddings have fire eaters and King Arthur as the toastmaster!
The bride wore a retro inspired dress by Alan Hannah and shoes from Iron Fist. Instead of carrying real flowers, she made her own bouquet from red and black foam roses. “Our theme was medieval, with a hint of sparkle!” she continued. “Ross is very much into black metal music and so anything frilly or girly would have been immediately veto-d. Luckily, we both have very similar tastes when it comes to aesthetics so we had loads of fun planning how the room was going to look. We asked everybody to dress according to the colour scheme (red, black and white) and the result was fantastic! Everybody looked like they should have been on a film set!”
I’m totally biased of course, but blue hair is sooo the best hair colour ever. Since going over to the blue side myself, I can’t imagine ever wanting a different colour, it just makes me so happy! So, obviously, Samantha’s gorgeous cerulean tresses instantly caught my eye. But then I saw the rest of the wedding and I knew you’d love it too! Any Game of Thrones fans out there?
They were married at Ruthin Castle in Wales on October 9th. “The inspiration for our wedding was most definitely autumn time”, began the bride. “We both look forward to October each year where we can fill the house with pumpkins of all sizes, leaf garlands, corn husks and orange fairy lights, so there was no question that the wedding would be an elaborate extension of this!”
Lauren and JP’s Glasgow wedding was based on their mutual love of Scotland and literature. “Our inspiration was really just stuff we like”, Lauren wrote. “Medieval mixed with Scottish mixed with books mixed with 50s mixed with tattoos mixed with pumpkins! It was lucky that our mish-mash just worked in the space together! There’s nothing like that moment when you see your vision for the day come together so well.”
“If I had to describe the theme to someone I would say ‘fantasy and fiction’ as books really ended up as our main theme. We had the tables named after our favourite authors, bookmark favours and many other little nods to authors like the card box in the shape of the luggage from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld book series.”
“The cake was made by my brother and was decorated with spines of books we have read and loved. It was a chocolate and whisky sponge and looked amazing! The cake was my big surprise on the day as he kept his plans a secret. My brother is a pastry chef and has worked in some pretty prestigious places so a lot was expected of him, and he certainly delivered! After the wedding he tweeted pictures of his cake to some of the authors featured on it and they responded!”
If there’s one type of wedding I don’t see a lot of, it’s one with a medieval theme. So when Ben & Victoria’s wedding – set in a castle and featuring owls, hawks and a castle shaped wedding cake – landed in my inbox I was thrilled to be able to feature it.
The wedding was held at Castle Ladyhawke in Tuckasegee, North Carolina in November. “Ben proposed on a camping trip to the mountains in North Carolina”, began the bride. “He conspired with my bridesmaid and photographer best friend to surprise me by proposing on top of a mountain with her taking photos. He also planned two surprises for me for our wedding that were really special. The castle had a tower with a flag pole on top and with the help of his best man he came up with a coat of arms flag for us as a new family together. He used our wedding colors and an owl sigil, to tie in with the bird that brought us our rings, our love for Harry Potter and the mascot of the university where we both met and graduated. It looked really cool at the castle and is something I’m happy to keep always.”
“For my wedding present, Ben contacted a cartographer to create a custom map for us. Considering my adoration for maps and especially ancient or fantasy maps like those of Middle Earth, Westeros, etc, they worked together to create a similar map that had fictional places that represent people, places and events that are meaningful to us. He had it framed and it’s so beautiful and unique. I couldn’t have asked for a better gift.”
“I really didn’t care about a lot of the more traditional or classic things many people do for weddings”, Victoria continued “I didn’t want anything to feel too formal or stuffy. I just wanted us to make the commitment to each other in a way that was meaningful for us. Neither of us like being the center of attention, so we just wanted to make sure everyone had fun.”