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Although this is a gothic shoot, there’s an uplifting and bright, airy feel to it. Its accessible styling means that you can recreate all or any of the gothic elements here without having to be full-on dark and brooding. I love the energy that creates – it’s a truly elegant and unique shoot.

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The Story of the Shoot

Ilaria Petrucci Photography

When I think about the weddings I photograph, I love when brides (and grooms!) bring their own personalities and touch to their day. I love non-traditional brides, particularly. Break the rules and do it your way! With this bridal shoot, I wanted to say that if you want to wear a black dress…do it. If you have beautiful tattoos that you love, then show them. It is your day, and you want your day to reflect who you are, individually and as a couple.

This inspiration shoot is for the chic and elegant bride with a big personality. I wanted to combine the idea of the ‘goth look’ as everybody knows it with a classy and elegant feel, beautifully captured by the stunning gown made by Karen at Dornellie. The flowers and the styling also translated my idea perfectly, and we hope to bring beautiful ideas and inspiration for the brides out there looking to do things their way!

Patricia Soper – Make Up and Hair

When I was asked to work on this amazing black goth wedding shoot, my immediate thoughts of this concept were dark and delicate. The stunning dark, outside-of-the-box elements of this styled shoot were exquisitely entwined with so much prettiness. So I decided not to go down the path of the default dark gothic look (sometimes less is more) for the make-up, but to take inspiration from the soft muted underlay of the dress, subtle florals and model Gwenda’s gorgeous fair complexion, and create a delicate pretty look that would not distract from the stunning dress. The hair was kept very natural for movement and to scream effortless, relaxed and carefree. Extensions were added to Gwenda’s hair to create length and thickness, styled to create waves and texture, which was then softened by gently pulling through to create movement.

For the make-up, I just couldn’t resist incorporating some of the colour hues from other elements of the shoot, which worked beautifully with Gwenda’s colourings. I focused on giving Gwenda a flawless base to enhance her complexion but still give luminosity. For the eyes, I used a palette of soft blush pinks, creams and subtle rose and aubergine. To warm the skin slightly, a little bronzer was used, and for the cheeks a pinky/rose blush. To complete the look, a mix of two lipsticks were applied to create a rich antique rose colour, giving a soft romantic feel to the overall look.

Karen at Karen Dornellie

I was given the brief of a moody boho gothic wedding, and wanted to take a slightly different route to the traditional idea of gothic. I wanted to emphasise the sensuality of the black lace, with a nude base underneath and the lace edges overlapping to give a feeling of tattooed skin. The dress became a more couture style of gown as I worked with the drape of the fabric. The lace I had chosen was soft and floaty and the final design grew organically into a beautiful wistful creation.

Gwenda at The Vintage Floral Design Co.

For this look, I chose to play with texture, from the feathery astilbe to the robust protea. I included roses, carnations, hypericum and populus eucalyptus to pick up on the berry, blush and peach colours of our chosen palette, and opted for an informally-structured arrangement to complement the beautiful venue.

Clare at Little Bear Cakery

Black is rarely used in wedding cakes, other than in monochrome styling, so I wanted to show how it can be used in a subtle way that needn’t be a scary prospect for your average couple. My main inspiration came from the dress and flowers. The layers of black tulle in the bride’s gown are mirrored in the delicate charcoal ruffles on the bottom tier of the cake, slightly softened on the edges with a hint of gold. The unstructured cascade of sugar flowers incorporates ivory, blush and marsala roses, eucalyptus and a few hypericum berries to tie in with the main floral table arrangements.

Lou at Beyond Vintage

For the invitation, I wanted to blend pretty florals with darker madras tones with black as the contrast. Each card with the floral design to the back and tied with cord and a personalised hexagon tag. The tableware was a mix of vintage brass and gold cutlery and goblets, with vintage brass candelabras, which gave quite a gothic statement to the table. We also set up a festival style chill out area with crates and cushions.

Sophie at Digital Bohemia Weddings

When Ilaria and Gwenda contacted me about a gothic/boho styled shoot, I absolutely jumped at the chance to contribute on the project. I love all things gothic and out of the ordinary, so I really saw this as a chance to get creative and use some awesome music and editing to create something to fit the feel of the day. When we arrived for the shoot, the weather was really overcast and windy, and created the perfect setting for the style I was trying to achieve with this film. Whilst still keeping in touch with the boho side of styling, I ran with the ‘goth’ aspect, choosing a bluesy rock track and trying to enhance the already slightly ominous weather – so many couples worry about rain on their wedding day, but I think stormy weather creates such a dramatic backdrop, and it was so great to work with something different like that.


Photographer – Ilaria Petrucci Photography

Venue – The House of Meadow

Florals – The Vintage Floral Design Co.

Props and styling – Beyond Vintage

Dress – Karen Dornellie

Hair and make-up – Patricia Soper

Videography – Digital Bohemia Weddings

Cake – Little Bear Cakery