What do you get when you want a spooky Halloween wedding without having "too much" Halloween decor or actually being on Halloween? I think we found the perfect blend of Halloween charm with classic wedding fun. The bride, Jessica, and her mom used lots of black, white and orange branches with various vases to create this edgy look for the reception. The ceremony set up was fairly simple but in the shape of a circle so guests could watch from all angles.
Matt McGraw is one of Wilmington's most talented wedding vendors so I am thrilled to share him images with you below. Matt has a super creative and innovative style. The couple decided to do a "first look" where they would see each other before the wedding and have that big reveal moment with only the photograph there to capture the raw emotion. After the first look, they were able to get photos of the bridal party together. There was even time for a little bar hopping. One of my favorite photos was one captured in a nearby popular bar, The Blue Post. This was all done prior to the ceremony so they had plenty of time to enjoy the reception with their guests. I love it when couples do a first look. I am very pro-first look, although I know it is not ideal for all couples.
Once the reception began, the guests enjoyed delicious food from Bon Appetit Catering with lots of sweet treats at the candy bar after. Guests were assigned to a table by picking a ouigi board escort card off the spooky tree. For the guest book, everyone signed two ceramic pumpkins with black markers. Jessica told me she wanted a headless horseman at the wedding from day one. Although we may not have had an actual headless horseman, we did have one bad-ass life size statue. Guests enjoyed taking photos with it, including myself!
All of the elements for this spooky wedding day came together just right. Jessica + Jamie had a great time hanging out with their loved ones and so did Knot Too Shabby Events. We hope you find a spooky yet romantic way to celebrate your one year anniversary coming up! Here is to many, many more years of happy marriage!
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Favorite Wedding Moment:
Jessica + Jamie "warned" me in one of our planning meetings that they have a friend who notoriously chair dances to "Bye, Bye, Bye" at every event and wedding they have with their group of friends. We were not let down. We all witnessed what I must say the best, slightly awkward, extremely hilarious solo dances to one of my favorite boy band songs. I will never, ever be able to listen to that song without thinking of this day and that dance but I'm okay with that. There are a couple pictures of the dance above if you want to see what awesomeness I'm talking about.
Venue: The RiverRoom
Music: DJ Professionals & Video
Catering: Bon Appetit
Photography: Matt McGraw Photography
Lighting: The Audio Visual People
Rentals: ETC Party Rentals
Centerpieces & Bouquet Flowers: The Bride and her Mother
Cake: Creative Cake Design by Tammy Hodge
Officiant: Family friend
Month-Of Coordination: Knot Too Shabby Events
Attendees: 80 guests