Guys, we honestly thought this day would never come. The darkness of Halloween and the softness & femininity of a romantic wedding going together so beautifully? We didn’t think so either, but that was the challenge Hey Gorgeous Events took on. And while this editorial very much resembles a wedding, they did such a fab job setting everything up in a way that lends inspiration for a fabulous masquerade themed dinner party too. We’re dying to hear how this all came to be, so we’ll let the creative genius behind it all, Hey Gorgeous Events, take it from here… Click here to jump over to the entire gallery of images!
We started with the venue, a very magical and grand castle here in the middle of the Midwest which now operates as both a B&B and a wedding venue. The surrounding grounds and the Terra cotta hued castle itself served as the perfect backdrop for our family style wood dining tablescape.
We created a minimally decorated ceremony area on the castle’s property to incorporate the preexisting structure some how. Using ivory and black ribbon I created a canopy over the aisle that felt magical and whimsical.
Set on the front lawn of the castle, we used huge gold candelabras, romantic and textural floral centerpieces, appropriately named ‘ghost’ chairs and black ravens ‘swarming’ over top of the guests as a few details subtly lending to the dark/Halloween theme.
The gorgeous masquerade masks are actually handmade in Turkey by an incredible artisan. She sent us eight different masks which served as place cards and party favors for our guests of honor. Each mask was so beautiful and created with such noticeable precision and talent.
Not only did Amber of Pitbulls and Posies create these incredible menus to tie in with the invitation suite but she had laser cut black acrylic seating ‘names’ created for each place setting.
Black drinking flutes were the perfect touch of dark against the blush napkins and elegantly displayed place settings.
Sweet Heather Anne designed that incredible masterpiece of a cake which we displayed on a vintage brass bar cart. The black detailing on the bottom of the cake was so striking.
Aren’t you just dying over how incredible this shoot turned out? If this is what a Halloween inspired wedding can look like, than October isn’t that bad of a month to get married in.
Concept, Design & Florals: Hey Gorgeous Events / Photography: Sam and Brad, Bradley James Photography / Venue: Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo, Michigan / Gowns, accessories and bridal styling: The Gown Shop Ann Arbor / Masquerade masks: Soffitta via Etsy / Event Rentals: Special Events Rental / Linens and pillows: Nuage Designs / Wedding cake: Sweet Heather Anne / Paper and acrylic: Pitbulls and Posies / Hair styling: Jennifer Grace Stylist / Make up artist: Alexandra Nicole