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!”