Texas | United States
Wedding Styles: Gothic, Romantic, Moody
Wedding Season: Fall
Submitted By: Styled By the Bride
Your dream (or should we say nightmare) Halloween wedding is here, showing that true love goes beyond the grave. With nods to Greek mythology seen in multiple storylines, you’ll be inspired by the sheer volume of this wedding shoot. Featuring Halloween skull makeup, gothic wedding dresses, smoking blood-red drinks and a ride away bride on her black horse! This shoot is so deliciously good, we’ve broken it into Part 1 and Part 2 so be sure to check them both out and Pin to your favourite boards this Halloween season!
This gothic-style Halloween photo shoot coordinated and modelled by Hanna Rivera from Styled By The Bride, takes on four different storylines. Her idea was to inspire couples to be true to your own wedding style even if it’s different to what’s seen everywhere else. She says: “Being bold and using darker, moodier tones is a great way to add personality and edge to your wedding day. Don’t settle for what you see everywhere else”. And we couldn’t agree more!
Hanna collaborated with two photographers Heather Glenn from Elysian Bloom and Marina Griffiths to capture the beauty and fullness of this moody shoot at The Emerson Venue. Indeed, we had a little squeal once we saw the galleries as you’re about to find out!
This storyline shares a young couple that was married in life, and their love persisted after their death. Their incredible Halloween skull makeup by Pretty on Premises’s Michelle Dollar, alongside other makeup artists, signifies their passing from earth life to the afterlife. Even after death, the couple does not part ways and remain married for eternity. Later we see this couple transition to the afterworld where the bride dons a red lace evening dress holding the fabled pomegranate.
GREEK MYTH: Pomegranate seeds signify Greek mythology’s story of Persephone and Hades. Hades stole Persephone down to the underworld with him, where she refused to eat until she got so hungry that she ate pomegranate seeds. Since she ate those seeds, she was bound to live part of her life in the underworld as the queen of the dead. We see this depiction beautifully styled with the bride.
The moody details throughout are something out of a Halloween lover’s fever dream. Posh Cakes by Shane Morgan created the iconic three-tiered black wedding cake as the centerpiece. They have styled the cake with cascading flowers, as if blood were slowly trickling down.
The gothic food display continues through to the textured desserts styled by Aika Bhatia of Every Crumb Counts Bakery. Blood red and black macarons and rich hued berries are placed next to textured peonies and pomegranates, bringing just the right amount of romance.
The gothic wedding tablescape has been elegantly coordinated to include gold vintage cutlery, black candlesticks and red anthurium florals are a bold display as they pop against the dark backdrop. Words Made Semple created the invitation suite with rich gold calligraphy and the smoking blood red and black drinks by Professional Partier vibe the draught of the living dead.
WE LOVE: The textured floral bouquet from Secret Life of Florals and the tiara is particularly stunning, with sharp black crystals that look like blades as styled on the bride.
Hanna hopes that more brides who are drawn to darker colors and themes will find inspiration from this gothic wedding shoot. She believes every wedding should include the couples personal style. She says: “Till Death Do Us Part is showcased as a contradiction, because while death may try to tear you apart, your love is eternal.”
Whether or not you want a gothic wedding, we can’t help but be intrigued by the dark and romantic details in this Halloween wedding shoot. Perhaps it resonates because deep down, we all want our love to live beyond the grave.
Special thanks to Hanna and the creative team for sending this magic our way to share with our community.
Don't miss Part 2 of this shoot here!
If you loved it as much as we did, why not pin it or share it on your stories this Halloween!