Keri and Sean wanted a wedding theme that included dinosaurs, gnomes, Harry Potter and zombies! They hoped the day would be full of the things they like, to reflect themselves, and to be super relaxed and a whole lot of fun!
However, they had a slightly rocky start to the day! “I was late to the ceremony because the wheel fell off the bridal car, rolled across the road and landed at the side of the river!” laughed Keri. “Thankfully there were no causalities! We then jumped into the VW Campervan and made our way to the venue – 40 minutes late!”
If you came to this blog today looking for some pretty or elegant wedding inspiration then you’re going to be sorely disappointed. For everyone else I have just two words for you – ZOMBIE WEDDING.
I’ve seen a ton of zombie wedding shoots in my time (they’ve actually been a pretty common occurrence in my inbox over the past few years) but I think this is the first time I’ve seen a fully themed real wedding with theatre make up, fake blood and all! It’s definitely not going to be everybody’s cup of tea, but one thing’s for sure – Frankie and Phil look really bloody (excuse the pun!) happy and, really, that’s all that matters!
“Anyone who has met us knew that it wouldn’t be a straight forward normal wedding”, the bride told me. “We both have a love for zombies and decided that it was the route we wanted to go. Normally when the blushing bride walks into the room there are looks in awe, instead at our wedding guests jaws dropped as a blood covered bride came walking down the aisle!”
Justin and Annie were married at the groom’s mother’s house. They didn’t have a massive budget for their wedding, just $5000, but made it go really far by DIYing a lot of things including all the reception décor and props. They wanted their day to have a lovebirds theme but with references to the other things that they enjoy, namely Doctor Who!
“Our wedding was homemade and we tried to have lovebirds as a recurring theme as I have a lovebirds tattoo”, began Annie. “We also wanted to include other things we loved such as the tardis from Doctor Who on the cake, the photo set-up, the zombie cake, and even the Star Wars lightsaber cake cutters! We really focused in the small details.”
It might be Valentine’s Day, not Halloween, that’s just around the corner but that couldn’t stop me wanting to share Rachel and Pete’s amazing zombie horror wedding with you today! This baby blows the lid of anything you’ve seen before, I’m sure of it. Bride and groom in full make up and costume? Check! Guests all dressed their scariest best? Check! Cake the shape of a zombie, bride being brought down the aisle in a coffin, trick or treat themed sweet buffet? Check, check check!
“I had seen Pete at punk shows for years, all through high school to be exact”, began the bride. “I would always try to go to see his bands play but would have to leave early because I was too young to drive myself. We finally ended up talking and meeting through mutual friends years later and things just clicked.”
Anna and Tommy wanted a wedding that was “rustic, homemade, and Anthropologie meets Urban Outfitters in style” but with some added bite… literally. Oh yes, to go alongside their cute little wedding ideas they threw in some zombies – and why not?!
“I was inspired by a combination of weddings scenes in movies such as Braveheart, and Little Women. I loved the type of wedding that took place in a secret place, or the home of a relative”, began the bride. “I also loved the idea of our friends and families standing around us in a very intimate setting. I think the main thing that made the wedding unique was that it is 100% about who we are as people. So, that is always going to be unique as no two couples are exactly alike.”
“I decided very early on that I was going to only adopt and support the ideas of a wedding that I truly believed in. I felt like once you started breaking the rules, it was liberating. When we decided that we wanted to have zombie wedding crashers, we didn’t even blink.. we just started plotting and planning. It just made total sense for who we are. What a juxtaposition! We just wanted everyone to have as much fun as possible. They were amazing, and really got the party started!”
Anna and Timmy were married in Brighton. Their ceremony took place in the iconic Royal Pavilion and their reception at The Latest Bar. This budget friendly, DIY wedding was full of unusual and fun details including dinosaurs, zombies and anatomically correct heart cakes!
“Timmy and I met due to our mutual love of vintage VW cars”, Anna began. “We chatted online first on a national VW forum, Volkszone, and met for the first time at a show in July 2012. I had the strangest feeling looking at a photo of him prior to us meeting and said to my daughter, ‘I am going to marry Timmy’. She told me not to be so silly! In September, he proposed, we both lost our previous spouses who died young and we knew life is too short not to grab each moment. Whilst on a romantic weekend to Brighton we decided to look round the pavilion to see their ceremony arrangements. We are lovers of kitsch and romance and were bowled over by the setting. We were surprised to learn that the ceremony and registrar inclusive were £1,100. We didn’t think that was too bad for such a spectacular setting plus the staff were lovely and so obliging.”
Anna wore a stunning vintage dress from Hope and Harlequin, a vintage wedding dress shop, also in Brighton. “That same weekend I popped into Hope and Harlequin ‘the’ dress. It was a lovely original 1920s number with a sumptuous beaded bow sewn on in sequins. I excitedly went to try it on to find it wouldn’t even go over my head. I was determined to get into it by the wedding and had been following the Cambridge weight plan since before I met Timmy in an effort to get both my life and weight under control, so I bought it anyway. It was the first dress I looked at. We got Timmy’s vintage suit a few doors down at Rob the Dog.”
Are we still down with zombie themed shoots? It’s seems to me that over recent months they’ve been cropping up everywhere but I get the feeling you’re not sick of them yet. Weirdly, zombies and zombie stuff is always a hot topic on my social media! Who knew…?
I’m not going to lie, I get submitted a lot of zombie shoots and most of them get rejected for publication. It’s not that I don’t like them… but I guess I figured once I’d published a couple of really brilliant ones, I’m ready to move onto the next thing. But Gareth told me I was wrong and that you guys would still love to see them so here we are with another one today. Is he right?! (he usually is damn him!)
The difference with Dannielle & Andrew’s shoot is that unlike a lot of zombie shoots I’ve seen, they wanted to get in on the action and play the zombies themselves rather than having other people to attack them. “For the shoot, we wanted to create a little typical zombie story”, wrote photographer Kim. “The girl gets stuck in the middle of nowhere and gets attack by a zombie. She then becomes a zombie and they fall in love.”
“Andy and I decided to do a zombie shoot for one simple reason… we both love zombies!” Dannielle took over. “We’ve watched every single episode of The Walking Dead together – it’s part of our Sunday routine. We wanted to do something that wasn’t your ordinary engagement shoot, something unique and something that reflected us as a couple. Our pictures show true love at first bite, and that’s exactly how our relationship has been. Ever since we first met I knew he was the one when I first saw him. Don’t worry though, we don’t have a craving for human flesh, we’ve already got each other!”
Back to the future, Indiana Jones, zombies… If you were to ask me to list my all time favourite things they would all be way up there. So when Ellery & Arlyn’s geeky gorgeous wedding landed on my lap I was more than a little bit excited to blog it… but also rather gutted that we didn’t do our wedding this way!
The Canadian couple were married at The Ironworks Studios in Vancouver. “The Ironworks used to be an old iron factory near the train tracks just outside of Gastown,” began the bride. “It’s now an eclectic venue used mainly for concerts and TV or movie shoots. We went to our friend’s book signing event there a few years ago and when we started talking about venues, the Ironworks was the place we both thought of first.”
“Our ceremony was officiated by Ellery’s dad, who is a retired RCMP,” Arlyn explained. “We wrote our own vows, and while we were saying them there were trains shunting in the background. it was actually quite fitting since Ellery and I spent the last four years working on Thomas and Friends! Our ceremony was pretty special and my favourite part of the day. It was nice to be surrounded by all our friends and family and seeing how happy everyone was for us. My daughter started crying which was totally unexpected and so touching and it got everyone all teary-eyed.”
So we’re in to October already so you know what that means… Halloween! And for Oddd & Elle, despite being married in August, their favourite holiday was the obvious choice of theme for their epic wedding.
“Anyone who knows us knew that our wedding was going to be a little different, as we’ve always done things our own way”, began the groom. “After a chance meeting when we were both invited last minute to a day out, we have been inseparable, We got engaged on our first Christmas day in our first home and we set our wedding date for our 9 year anniversary on Friday 17th August 2012.”
“We wanted a wedding that was personal to us and reflected our personalities by being fun, relaxed and quirky”, he continued. “We designed our own outfits, wrote our own vows and worked closely with our suppliers. Amy of The Wedding House made our custom designed cake and I designed, carved and painted the cake toppers to compliment it. We were lucky to have close friends and family who were able to help out with hair, make up, nails, invitations, Elle’s dress & my outfit, as well as the additional ceremony and reception decorations.”
“I loved our ceremony”, Oddd remembered.”Elle looked incredible in her custom dress, truly my angel, as she entered the ceremony room to Siouxsie & The Banshees’ ‘Last Beat Of My Heart’. The ceremony had a very relaxed vibe with plenty of smiles and laughs (and happy tears once we began exchanging our personal vows) and suited us perfectly especially with having the Eels’ ‘Beautiful Freak’ played as we signed the register. We lead the guests outside as husband and wife to The Cure’s ‘Friday I’m In Love’.”
Pink. We all know I’m a bit partial to it. So it’s hardly surprising that I couldn’t resist sharing Denna & Travis’ wedding. Pink hair AND a pink wedding dress? OH YES PLEASE.
Oh and they had a zombie wedding cake. I die.
“We made everything about us and the people who are important to us”, wrote the bride. “We looked at a lot of the wedding traditions – some we kept, some we booted and some we made our own. We wanted our day to be filled with laughter and smiles and we think we totally achieved that.”
“Travis and I are both really into photography so it was important that we got this right. We love all photography whether it be professional or just the snaps that we take everywhere and everything we do. Our wedding theme really came to be ‘photography’. We even had our own prints hanging at the reception and people could put their namecards in to win them!”
Hold on one second… Now I know I always say that I have the coolest readers but OMG I SERIOUSLY HAVE THE COOLEST READERS! I have four words that will prove it to you too… Zombie. Apocalypse. Engagement. Shoot.
So back in January, wedding photographer Rebecca L used this little wedding blog of mine to host an amazing photography contest. She wanted to give away 10 free engagement shoots, with the most epic of them all winning their wedding photography as well! While I couldn’t share all 10 engagement shoots I knew I had to post this one… and in case you were in any doubt, yes these guys won the grand prize. Hello, ZOMBIES. Zombies trump everything.
“The idea of a zombie engagement shoot was exciting enough, but I cant even tell you how much effort Nicola and Simon put into pulling it off”, Rebecca told me. “Because zombie engagement shoots have been done before they wanted to stage a full zombie apocalypse. We hired a zombie army of 13, an abandoned building on Syon Lane and the wonderfullly talented hair and make up artist Elbie van Eeden who transformed everyone into epically amazingly looking zombies.”
“We also had a huge array of props to play with. Three pints of fake blood, an axe, a hedge trimmer, replica guns, a Zombie Survival Guide, a real lamb heart, a ‘the end is nigh’ sign. I also had the help of amazingly talented Odin Raven who is the master of photographing abandoned buildings and processing HDR photos.”
“The day was great”, Nicola took over. “Lovely Elbie helped us with the make up and Rebecca mobilized a few of her friends to be our undead army. I can’t believe how many people took the day of work just to help us. We had the best fun ever running around the huge factory, jumping over dead pigeons and swinging axes about. We couldn’t wait to see the pictures and when we did we were stunned. Rebecca had done an awesome job! I love the fact that in years to come we can show our kids pictures of us being kick-ass.”