Happy Halloween, lovelies! This breathtakingly chic gothic wedding inspiration shoot from Artemis Photography is perfectly suited for today, don't you think? I adore the black crop and skirt and the exquisite Venetian mask, not to mention the appearance of an orange tabby!
A moody and dark autumn forest wedding styled shoot in Wisconsin
Our creative team wanted to portray a witchy vibe with deep reds, crimson and marsala tones. It was fun to play with the colors that come along with autumn besides just the bright reds, oranges and yellows. We were much more inspired by the fruits and harvest of fall vs. the leaves. We chose two wedding gowns for the shoot. We used a white sheer lace gown from Free People, which veiled over a black slip. We paired the dress with brown lace up boots for a fall vibe. We also had fun with the second gown – we took one of our favorite trends of 2015 – the chic separates or crop and skirt. We decided black would really pull in that witchy theme we were after and by using soft, wispy tulles and delicate laces it would still give off the romantic bridal feel.
With the woods as our backdrop, we used fallen leaves and foliage from around the area. For the majority of the greens on the table, we used crab apple branches along with some flowers and produce from a local farmers' market. All of the other items on the table were collected at antique shops. We used black candles instead of the classic white for a more gothic appeal. We used leaves as place cards that we dressed up with gold leaf. The gold ended up being a major color tied throughout the whole shoot.
For the cake – we used a simple naked chocolate cake, which we draped with seasonal berries and figs and topped it all off with two gold deer as our cake topper. The bouquet was made using both wild foraged and farmers' market flowers; we wanted to mostly use dark button dahlias and deep red amaranth for a moody dark look, and show off what can be done DIY style!
The craft cocktail is a custom gin-based drink dubbed an “Apple of Eden,” concocted by Anthony Rosario, the mixologist behind Rosario’s Cocktail Co., a mobile bar vendor based in Door County, WI.
For the invites, the theme was the October harvest moon. Again, we brought in gold with the lettering and black paper for that dark look. We also dried and sprayed baby's breath with gold paint for an additional bouquet option. The shots with the mask were done to add to the mysterious Halloween vibe. The mask was actually picked up by the photographer on a trip to New Orleans last year. – Claire, Love Bash Design
“Apple of Eden” Cocktail Recipe
- 1.5oz Hendrick's Gin
- 1T ginger syrup
- 1oz beet juice
- 2oz apple cider
- 1T fig purée
- Photographer: Artemis Photography
- Event, Invitation & Cake Designer: Love Bash Design
- Cocktail: Rosario's Cocktail Co.
- White Dress: Free People
- Black Crop Top: H&M