When a bride says she has a thing for skulls, you know she means it when they’re right there in the design of her wedding dress! And when you hear the couple married in a jail, you imagine it to be a dark and moody setting. Not a bit of it! This is one beautifully light and airy wedding with just the right amount of edge.
Sam and Leo met through a roller derby. “Leo was a referee and I was a skater for Cork City Firebirds. Leo had joined the club about a year before I had. Even though we had never met before then, we quickly realised that we had actually moved in the same circles for many years, going to gigs and hanging out in the same bars, but our paths never crossed until that point.”
As with all good weddings, the day, held in the West Wing of Cork City Gaol, with the reception following at Jacobs on the Mall, mixed together elements that represent the couple, both together and as individuals. “We both have a love for anything alternative. I have a thing for skulls; my engagement ring has skulls on it. Leo is a huge heavy metal fan, so we tied the two of those things together and had a lot of colour and skulls for décor. The table names came from popular gig venues both local and abroad.” And it also happened precisely the way they wanted it to, with a break from tradition, “We shied away from the typical Irish wedding of the church and hotel and did our own thing. We had a non-religious ceremony in an historical venue and held our reception in a restaurant, which we took over for the day. We had complete control from beginning to end.”
Whitney and Daniel were married at the bride’s father’s farm which not only saved money from their $10,000 budget but meant they could do whatever they wanted with the space.
Their theme for the early-October wedding was rustic Halloween and lots of skulls! “We wanted to incorporate things we love to flow with our beautiful rustic night time wedding”, said the bride. “We had skulls everywhere. The colour theme was black and seafoam green but it had a rustic touch as well. The whole thing was furthest from traditional. Everyone wore all black and Chuck Taylors, even the preacher. Our vows were edgy, the pictures were incredible. Our décor was far from anything our guests had ever seen. It was perfect.”
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.”