Halloween masquerade wedding inspiration

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Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

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!

anemone bridal bouquet | photo by Bradley James Photography | Flowers by Hey Gorgeous Event | 100 Layer Cake

Masquerade inspired wedding invitations | photo by Bradley James Photography | invites by Pitbulls and Posies | 100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Lace bridal gown | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

 anemone bridal bouquet | photo by Bradley James Photography | Flowers by Hey Gorgeous Event |  100 Layer Cake

blush bridal gown | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

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. 

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerad wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

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. 

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

 anemone bridal bouquet | photo by Bradley James Photography | Flowers by Hey Gorgeous Event |  100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

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.

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

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.

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

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. 

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Black drinking flutes were the perfect touch of dark against the blush napkins and elegantly displayed place settings. 

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

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.

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

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.

Haunting Masquerade wedding inspiration | photo by Bradley James Photography | 100 Layer Cake

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards.

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

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meg on Oct 14, 2013

Love the typography! http://happinessiscreating.com/

Ariana - Hey Wedding Lady on Oct 14, 2013

Beautiful gowns, but I think my favorite part is the ribbon draping over the aisle! Such a fun idea!

Caitlyn | The Aerialist Press on Oct 14, 2013

Such a fun idea - and what a stunning bouquet!

Sara on Oct 14, 2013

Love how glam this is!

Shalyn on Oct 14, 2013

AHHHH! RHIANNON KNOCKED THIS OUT OF THE PARK! Everything is absolutely GORGEOUS, just like her brand. LOVE the photography and the colors and ahhh, LOVE IT ALL. <3

Kristin @ Reverie on Oct 14, 2013

So lovely! What a creative group. Love every bit of it!

Party Rentals Orange County on Oct 15, 2013

What a gorgeous and unique concept for the wedding! Loved the table decoration. The mix and match of the seating arrangements look wonderful and also the black glasses.

Courtney - Alpha Prosperity Events on Oct 15, 2013

Oh this is gorgeous. I love the idea of Halloween and romance. Who says the two don't mesh? Your concept just proved that it works and it looks fabulous. Love it, love it, love it! The bouquets and centerpieces truly give it a special romantic touch.The paler shade of orange really is a winner. Did I say how much I love this??

Rhiannon on Oct 15, 2013

Oh goodness thank you ALL for your kind comments. They mean so much! This shoot is what it is because of the vendors who were able to be a part! Thanks so much 100 Layer Cake :)

Bloomwood Photography on Oct 22, 2013

Stunning! What a lovely and different theme and wedding. I love the brides bouquet!

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