Where do we even begin with Bobbi and Graham’s wedding? The venue being an old Victorian baths? The amazing bridesmaids dresses in that gorgeous bright colour palette? The living room are that served as a top table and giant servings of paella made freshly in front of you? The space hoppers and garden games? All of it!?
They described their wedding as ‘a fun and colourful kids party’ (which is the best description everrrrr): “Fun and photographs were the inspiration – we printed out hundreds of photos to hang up around the venue and they just reminded us of all the adventures and fun we’ve had along the way, and all our friends and family that have helped make amazing memories. We just wanted a day that captured that really.” They also made for a great conversation piece amongst their guests.
Their venue, the Victoria Baths in Manchester, was the perfect space for their wedding. Not only did they have three swimming pools to use as they wished (empty, obviously), but they also had the gorgeous Turkish baths, balconies and changing rooms at their disposal, all set up with gorgeous green tiles and stained glass windows. Bobbi and Graham used each space to their advantage, with a ceremony area in one pool, reception tables in another, and garden games too, all following the colourful and eclectic decor theme. It also made for the most amazing portraits when they went to explore with their photographer, Shot by Amy, after the ceremony.
Sorcha and John met when the bride was doing doing drinks promotions at a rock and metal bar in Dublin. “I noticed this 6 ft 7 gothic man with long black hair”, she said. “He was hard to miss! He approached me and then drank a bunch of the test tube shots that I had, which had lots of caffeine in them. I found out afterwards that he’s allergic to caffeine and was violently ill afterwards! A few months later, our paths crossed again in the same bar. We got a chance to talk properly and realised we had everything in common. He asked me out to dinner and our gothic romance took flight.”
They were married in Dublin at The Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club. “The wedding was a contemporary twist on gothic Victorian decadence”, she continued. “We were inspired by gothic films with a Victorian setting such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Crimson Peak, The Phantom of the Opera and Brotherhood of the Wolf.”
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.”