Who’s ready for Halloween tomorrow?  Forget the fancy dress, we’re all about the spooky and chic! This romantic and elegant shoot, created by Rio, Founder of BrideClubME and photographer Melissa Beattie, certainly pays testament to that with this beautiful shoot full of gothic glam inspiration.

We are delighted to share it with you today in celebration of Halloween tomorrow, there are deliciously dark and dramatic touches galore so feast your eyes on this… and don’t forget to read the report afterward where Rio gives us a roundup of her inspiration. It really does bring the whole look to life.

With Halloween approaching, my vision was to create a shoot celebrating autumn festivities, with an added touch of Gothic romance. My mind was brimming with colours, ideas and must-have elements. I wanted dark hues coupled with crisp whites and went with deep purples, maroon, black and grey. I wanted to avoid the typical cheesy Halloween styled and instead opted for a romantic and elegant theme.

Our Gothic Romance shoot took place at the Victoria Strange Couture boutique. I immediately fell in love with the interiors. A classy mix of black and white fills the venue, creating an effortlessly elegant feel, with a touch of Gothic throughout. With no attire stylist, I used my imagination to ensure the jewellery, provided by Vitrine Designs, and the hairpiece, by ANAQA, complemented the exquisite black gowns created by Olga.

The stunning cake, by the Gourmelicious girls, was inspired by the dark interiors, peaked roof tops and pointed arches of Gothic architecture. The fantasy-themed plum, grey and burgundy flowers were carefully picked to match the shoot’s colour scheme, and tiny dahlia together with washed out blush roses with silver leaves added the finishing touch. The result was a dark, feminine and majestic cake.

The florals and fauna for this shoot were supplied by one of my favourite florists, Vintage Bloom. The oversized bouquet and tables cape flowers included black bonny rose, black viburnum, deep red hanging amaranths and orchids, black sunflowers, dahlias, burgundy hydrangeas, artichokes and an assortment of leaves. The bouquet also had added succulents, which worked beautifully.

The above elements were brought together by wedding stylist Joelle, from Lovely Styling. Joelle immediately got my vision, and set to work sourcing the tableware and black velvet overlay. She spray painted challises with a deep plum hue, coordinated with the florist and designed the perfect tablescape.

I provided a skull candle of my own, along with a friend’s black skull piece, to give the table some extra flavour, and Joelle purchased lots of black berries and plums, which added an earthy, autumn feel. She also delicately dripped candle wax over some of the stationery and fruits to create a lived-in vibe.

Adding something a little different to our shoot was the lovely Sunny, founder of Sunny’s Pop, who provided delicious toffee apples covered in deep red toffee and combined with real twigs, giving that autumn touch.

The gorgeous stationery was supplied by Ritu at Creative Box. Ritu created a glamorous, Gothic-inspired wedding invitation in keeping with our theme, along with an ornate monogram using Victorian fonts and Gothic prints. The invitation was printed on thick board for dramatic effect, and placed inside a black box, designed with a surprise element – a drawer containing six, personalised chocolates. To add even more drama, Ritu used watercolours and a beautiful Calligraphy-style font on the place cards, while the menu and table numbers incorporated the designed monogram for continuity.

Hair and makeup was carried out by the fabulous twin-sister duo Make-up by Dee & Dal. After seeing our florals and dresses for the shoot, Dee & Dal chose eye shadow shades to match the floral arrangement in deep plums, burgundies and maroons and kept Nesrins base, light and flawless, with minimal contouring. The hair for the second look with the black tulle, was kept the loose and lightly waved. For the first high collar look, they scooped the hair up into a messy bun and added the dramatic ANAQA hairpiece, as well as some top gel liner to our models eyes for some drama.


Emma K

I’m Emma, co-founder and editor of where I dedicate much of my time to encouraging people to live life to the full and say ‘yes’ a little more. But with a background in weddings (waitressing since I was 12 years old for my Mum’s catering business, and dabbling in wedding blogging), I am delighted to find a second home here at BLOVED

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