I think Kel Ward is a bit of a genius. You might remember her last shoot that I featured, where I was amazed that it all came in at around $30, and yet looked divine and as elegant as something way dearer would. Well, here is another styled shoot (this time a fabulous same-sex, gothic, Hallowe’en elopement) that looks expensive, but was very, very budget. “I spent maybe $50 on everything” Kel told me. I am in awe!! And it goes to show that you really don’t need to fret about spending thousands, if that’s not what you want to do. Do book a professional photographer, though, because they’ll ensure even the least expensive of attire and props look fabulous for ever. As you will see here!
The Story of the Shoot
“I did this shoot for a variety of reasons. First, because I wanted to market to non-traditional wedding clients, hence the Hallowe’en theme and non-white wedding dress. Second, because I want to market to same-sex couples, as I’d love to get more of them as clients. Last, because I love elopements and think everyone should elope.
“This shoot came together more easily than other styled shoots I’ve done. I enlisted my friends and even a couple of clients. As soon as they heard the concept, they were on board. I threw everything together in less than 24 hours. We had a blast! Waiting ’til the last minute paid off, in terms of fall color. Had I shot any earlier in the season, I wouldn’t have had those oranges and reds of the fall leaves, and if I’d shot any later, I would have had too much fall foliage. I wanted a touch of fall without being totally overwhelming. I also wanted the same vibe for the shoot: Hallowe’en themed, but without being too cliché or cheesy. So, no pumpkins or plastic spiders on this shoot!”
And here is how it was done for $50
- Bride’s gown – vintage Jessica McClintock (purchased second hand)
- Bride’s suit – Banana Republic
Bride’s shoes (the one in the suit) – Charles David
- Both veils are DIY (made by Kel)
- Bridesmaids’ dresses – they just wore what they already owned. No notable brands, except for maybe the one that is pleated, which was Ann Taylor Loft
- Hair and make-up were all DIY
- Ring casket – DIY (“I bought a little untreated one and painted it myself,” says Kel)
- Flowers – DIY by Kel.
Are you inspired by this to bring a little All Hallows’ Eve dark magic into your big day? Let me know what you’re planning!
Photography – Kel Ward Photography