Real Wedding || Gothic Romance

It's Halloween shortly and I am so excited to share with you a wedding that I worked at last year.  It's macabre, gothic and  really unique, and I think the whole effect was very beautiful.

Catherine got married at Buckland Hall, which is a Jacobean style manor house that could have been designed for gothic glamour. They are particularly good at hosting alternative weddings as they really let you get on with things the way you want to do them. 

Her lovely photos were by Berenice at Wales Fusion Imagery.

Catherine put so much thought into every detail of her wedding and DIYed most of it herself.

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She even made the incredible dress. 

I do like the mixture of styles.  Very Mexican sugar skull and rather Dolce and Gabbana esque in a way too.

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I loved her gothic reverse manicure, with demi matte black points and glittered gold moons.

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For her makeup, Catherine told me that she wanted to look like a vampire.  I'm very careful with these kinds of requests, if you take things too far the effect can be Halloweeny, which is not what any bride wants, vampire or not.  I tried to imagine what a young and beautiful vampire would do for her wedding makeup and thought that Morticia Adams would be a good inspiration, as her makeup is gothic in style, but very classic.  I created a porcelain skin using Illamasqua Skin Base in white and lots of highlighter to give an other worldly iridescence.  I contoured with MAC contour in 'shade' a perfect muddy brown  that, lightly used, creates believable shadows.  Lips were a pink based red to work with her hair.

Catherine was the only bride I have ever met who wanted rain on her wedding day.  She wanted things gothic and gloomy to add to the atmosphere.  Well, she got sun, but it looks so great in these shots I'm sure she was very pleased.