A Halloween-inspired, autumn shoot
26 Oct 2020
As Halloween approaches get inspired for your own themed celebrations with this autumnal wedding shoot
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
This was a Halloween, autumn inspired shoot we called - Midnight Romance The main colour would be burgundy and the warm tones followed, we wanted to get as creative as possible. The models (a real couple) were amazing, hair and make-up was perfect, the flowers, cake, stationeryand décor were stunning and a beautiful moon and stars were created.
We also had a lovely surprise special guest who made the shoot that little bit special for everyone when Daisy the beautiful skunk popped by for a few shots which really made the day (she is so cute).
Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen
Liz stumbled across a clearing in the woods while there during the summer. We loved the space, the light, the texture of the ferns and the fallen trees. The area would be perfect for a unique wedding ceremony, all that was missing was a bride, a groom and some amazing décor. As good as the area looked in the summer the clearing would come alive in the autumn. It was thinking about these warm tones that gave me the idea of styling it with a Halloween and slightly gothic feel. They both fit with being out in nature.
What did you choose for the flower arrangements?
“This shoot was great fun to flower up. My inspiration came from the surrounding woodland and romantic gothic theme. I combined locally grown dahlias and amaranthus, seasonal grasses, berries and ferns, rich red and gold roses added the romantic touch. I was conscious that the flowers should complement the beautiful woodland setting,” says Lisa Wiles from Keepsakes of Yaxley.
The wedding bouquet was created by Louise Sanderson from, Wild Frost Café. The colours of the flowers were rich warm tones with the main colour being burgundy. The gentle tones of peach roses lifted the colour and the silvery green tones of the eucalyptus gave the bouquet a wilder feel.
What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom?
The grooms suit, boots and accessories were provided by The Vintage Suit Hire Company. They provided a worsted wool jacket and waistcoat in an earthy autumnal brown. Tweed is a great look as the weather turns a little cooler and it was styled with the golden mustard accessories, so on trend and perfect for a Halloween inspired wedding, while complementing the suit.
Dresses were provided by Shades of White: “We absolutely loved being involved in this shoot and for the chance to work with so many wonderfully talented suppliers. We enjoy the chance to show off our beautiful dresses and what we can offer to a bride to be who is looking to find her dream dress.”
Charlie Darlow Hairdressing & Bridal says: “My inspiration for the shoot was to utilise the hair to make it quite fluffy. The colour is just stunning and the length is beautiful so we really wanted to show this off. Adding tight curls would have taken away the length so instead adding a wave and fluffing the hair out really ensures the hair is quite natural yet more textured then natural or blow-dried hair. A thick heavy fringe really adding another dimension to the style meant the sides needed to be taken away from the face so we could show off the makeup and the beautiful headpiece. It’s so nice to be able to do lots of different styles but sometimes simplicity is key and can top the look off.”
Paige Richards, Freelance Make Up Artist says: “For this shoot I wanted to create a look that was enchanting and set a statement, instantly my mind went to the wonders and romantic vibes of a night sky. The richness of the dark blues and purples with the hints of sparkle from the stars, I wanted to incorporate the rich, romantic colours in to the make-up creating a lustful elegant eye with an edge. Paired with the dark lip it brought the whole look together, especially with our model’s hair colour.”
Victoria Louise provide the headdresses. She says: “Here at Victoria Louise we focus on the modern, unconventional bride and fashion forward individual. We like to rip up the rule book, break traditions, and push the boundaries to create more exciting, fresh and contemporary pieces. Accessories are the perfect way for brides to elevate their look giving it that final flourish, while allowing a chance to reflect style and personality.”
Inanna Bespoke Shoes helps brides who struggle to get excited about bland off the shelf shoes and accessories by offering a bespoke designing service hand painting unique designs onto shoes, DM's, jackets and bags. Ianna says: “Choosing bespoke allows your style and personality to shine and is created to match your wedding perfectly. I was inspired by this brief to be classic with an edge, for the main element I used a rose design to complement this amazing midnight romance shoot and beautiful bouquet. Using a subtle pocket watch on the shoes to tie in with the groom’s suit detail and a skull on the jacket as a nod to the theme.
What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?
Letters Aglow provided the moon and stars, backdrop and sign: “We provided our stunning black with gold leaf star moon seat, copper backdrop and our hand carved ‘Til death to us part’ sign. We thought the black and gold leaf star and moon seat worked perfectly with the Halloween, autumn theme, and the sign brought a classy, but dark element to shoot.”
“Incorporating the style of the shoot into the stationery using bold colours of autumn like the rich berry colours were a must. I used vellum and acrylic along with foiled and UV printing techniques to create a real luxurious feel to the stationery. Using these techniques make paper stationery stand out and give a real wow factor. Our acrylic place settings used to blend with the table decoration and styling perfectly in colour, using a hexagonal shape and non traditional invite styles brought them to life fitting in with the gothic theme we were wanting to achieve.” Graceful Lace Stationery
Hall and Co Event Design provided the beautiful cushions which added the perfect colour pop to the shoot, the persian rugs and the table which just set off all the autumn and Halloween details just perfectly.
The amazing cake by Heather Keen of Keen for Cakes matched the burgundy colour pop, it had a beautiful flower with golden and marbling details. Smaller cakes also had berries to sit perfectly into the Halloween and autumn table setting.
Samantha L Jackson Sam provided the beautiful skull and bones details for the shoot, which really added to the shots giving it that Halloween touch.
Steal Their Style
Photography: Lorna Newman Wedding Photography
Photography: Liz Greenhalgh Photography
Dress: Shades of White
Hair: Charlie Darlow Hairdressing & Bridal
Make-up: Paige Richards Freelance Make Up Artist
Accessories: Victoria Louise
Bespoke shoes: Inanna Bespoke Shoes
Groom’s outfit: The Vintage Suit Hire Company
Stationery: Graceful Lave Stationery
Flowers: Keepsakes of Yaxley
Bouquet: Wild Frost Café
Cake: Keen for Cakes
Props – moon & stars/backdrop/sign: Letters Aglow
Props – rugs/table/cushions: Hall and Co Event Design
Props – skull & bones: Samantha L Jackson
Daisy the Skunk
Models: Lou & James Gibson