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Halloween Meets Rockabilly Wedding At Llwyn Country House

Choosing 30th October as their wedding date, Craig and Tasha opted for a spellbinding Halloween themed wedding that brought out their personalities perfectly!

The wedding included so many personal touches. Original, creative and fun – exactly how a wedding should be!

If you have decided on a Halloween wedding, embrace the holiday and take inspiration from a couple who certainly got it right!

Image: Lilith In Bloom Photography

Here is an inside look into one of the most creative weddings I have seen.

Venue

The couple chose Llwyn Country House for their wedding venue. Tasha always found the place spooky, visiting the then-derelict house during her childhood.

Playing in the rumoured-to-be-haunted grounds, Tasha fell through the roof of one of the outbuildings! Even so, she has fond memories and just knew it would be the perfect setting for her Halloween wedding.

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Although it has undergone a beautiful refurbishment, at the time, the décor at Llwyn Country House looked dated. And that is the reason why they chose it!

The couple wanted their venue to look like you stepped into a witches cottage, with a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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They wanted a homely and traditional look with hints of an apothecary, so they took full advantage of the period fireplaces.

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They filled the fireplaces with lotions and potions, spell books, skulls and dripping wax. Both Tasha and her friend Rhiane are artistic. Between them, they created some impressive props.

The red walls and the stained glass complemented the seasonal décor.

The French windows overlooked the peaceful garden. It was an ideal place for displaying pumpkin lanterns carved out by their guests.

A small and relaxed wooded area with fallen leaves set the ideal backdrop for guests arriving. Just look at those gorgeous autumnal colours!

Fashion

Bride

Just because a wedding is Halloween themed does not mean the wedding dress should be a costume. I was so happy to see Tasha stayed traditional, wearing a beautiful vintage lace dress.

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I think everybody expected her to wear a gothic black gown. She stayed true to her bridal vision and looked simply stunning!

She walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of 1950s icon Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love. A subtle nod to a meaningful song Craig had shared with Tasha early on in the relationship. 

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She covered her dress with a velvet cape. Underneath, Tasha was wearing a beautiful 1950s inspired lace wedding dress from Honeypie Boutique. The dress had a subtle Halloween twist with a red tulle underskirt and black lace sash.

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You can see that Tasha loves anything 1950s. The choice of outfits, makeup and hairstyles reflect the style.

Tasha’s friend Jess kindly gifted the bridal party with a makeover. Jess captured the vintage beauty trend perfectly. Heavy, flawless yet natural-looking complexion, winged eyeliner and full lips.

Tasha’s friend Tara & Co had recently trained in pin up hairstyles. She created gorgeous designs for the bridal party. It fitted perfectly with the 1950s and rockabilly styles.

The Bride accessorised her pin-curl hairstyle with a birdcage veil, made by Rhapsody by Ceri Baker. Rhapsody offers hand-made headpieces, so they were able to sew on the skull detail. They also accessorised the back of her shoes with skulls, beads and other embellishments.

Groom

Craig arrived in style and keeping with the vintage theme. He travelled in a true classic; a red Cadillac hired from Gary Morgan – Live The Dream.

He wore a grey wool morning coat from Slater Menswear and completed his look with a vintage steampunk pocket watch.

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Bridal Party

They wore a black and red colour palette as it fits perfectly with both Halloween and rockabilly fashion.

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The bridesmaids wore red dresses with customised black cardigans featuring a rockabilly style love in heart sew-on patch.

The design followed through to their bows which held up their 1950s inspired victory rolls.

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The maids of honour wore full skirts and T-bar Mary Janes from Banned Retro.

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Children

Craig and Tasha’s youngest daughter looked adorable wearing a colourful skull print dress from Metallimonsters.

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The twins looked like they easily belonged to a bygone era with their checkerboard Vans from Schuh and skull and crossbones braces. Cuteness overload!

Guests

Having a Halloween themed wedding allows you to ask your guests to wear costumes. It can be tricky if some guests do not want to participate, or you might get an inappropriate outfit! I think if you address it as a masquerade ball, you should get tasteful looks.

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Craig and Tasha chose not to have a themed dress code but added a playful touch by offering themed masks and props at the photo booth.

Vows

Tim Burton’s movies, and in particular the Corpse Bride, influenced the wedding vows. The love story, a cross over between the human world and the dead, was a perfect link for a Halloween wedding!

There was a beautiful connection where the vows in the movie were the same vows used in the couple’s ceremony. 

Gifts

Tasha and Craig handed out thoughtful gifts to the bridal party to thank them for their love and support. I particularly liked the gifts given to the two maids of honour.

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They each received a gift basket full of candles, a red rose, and LED bottle lights (to link with potion bottles). My favourite was a personalised cushion. It featured their initials on one side and a friendship poem on the other.

We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.

Dr. Seuss
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When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with glad cries of “me too!” be sure to cherish them. Because those weirdos are your tribe.

a.j. downey

Cake

The cake was a magical piece as it tied everything together! It featured skulls, potions, steampunk elements, red roses and the spellbook from Hocus Pocus.

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I love the details on the skull head toppers. Craig’s beard and Tasha’s birdcage veil was a clever touch.

Scrum Diddly, a local cake maker, created a work of art for the couple and captured their vision perfectly! The middle and top tiers were not edible but stored as keepsakes. 

The Hocus Pocus book on the bottom tier and the skull toppers were all edible. The couple skipped the cutting of the cake and opted for a bite instead! When they bit into his and her skulls, you can see the sponge coloured in a ghoulish red and green.

Table Décor

One of Tasha’s favourite DIY projects was creating the resting places seating plan. Guests had to search through mini vessels to find their names.

Once they found their vessel with their name on it, they discovered their poison – this was the name of their table.

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The level of detail in each of the table centrepieces amazed me! Each of the five tables made clever use of themed accessories creating a dramatic, slightly gothic atmosphere to the room.

1. Love the Bones of You

The top table, linked to the Corpse Bride story. 

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The Bride and Groom sat at the top table decorated with his and her skulls based on the union of two souls.

2. Twist the Bones and Bend the Back

This table found inspiration from the movie Hocus Pocus.

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The cauldron, ladle and spellbook set the scene where the three witches cast a spell to turn Thackery Binx into a cat. In the movie, they recite the words twist the bones and bend the back.

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3. What’s your Poison?

Bottles of poison, a spellbook and a rosy apple decorated the table. The idea came from tragic loves stories.

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For example, the poisonous twist ending we see in Romeo and Juliet and the poisonous apple that makes Snow White fall into a deep sleep. 

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4. I Put a Spell on You!

Tasha took inspiration from her personal spellbook to design this table centrepiece.

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She used ingredients from a love spell to accessorise the table. The question is, did she cast a spell on Craig!?

5. All Hail Goblins and Ghouls!

The kid’s table all hail goblins and ghouls was a spooky pun on comparing the children to little monsters 

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The table had lots of fun pieces to keep the kids entertained.

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Guest Book

The traditional guest book had a haunting twist to it. It fit perfectly with the Halloween theme.

Guests were asked to write messages and well wishes onto tags and hang them onto a black tree. It is a creative reference to the hanging of witches.

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Photographer

Lilith In Bloom Photography was recommended to Tasha by a friend who had previously done alternative and 1950s style shoots with the photographer. They thought she would be a creative match with the couple.

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Craig and Tasha met with her and spotted her Labyrinth tattoo. There was an instant connection from then on. When the photographer came up with a crystal ball photo idea, they instantly booked!

Photo Booth

Another of Tasha’s DIY projects was creating a spooktacular photo booth (or kill booth as people like to call them for Halloween).

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She had help from her friend Rhiane who again, wowed us with her painting skills on the masquerade masks, selfie sticks and the head in the hole painting of the couple.

Photo booths work great at weddings – and at Halloween, they shine!

In the age of selfies and Instagram, what is a party without a place to take great photos? It is an easy way to encourage guests to mingle, get creative, and photograph their memories.

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The effort and attention to detail with this photo booth was outstanding!

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First Dance

One of my favourite parts of the evening was the couple’s first dance. They looked so happy, surrounded by their guests who held pumpkin lanterns. It was a beautiful intimate moment.

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Craig chose a song that would be perfect for their first dance; Nothing Else Matters by Metallica.

It felt personal to them because musician James Hetfield originally wrote the song while on tour in dedication to his wife. No matter where they were or what life threw at them – nothing else mattered but them.

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Everyone wants something a bit different at their wedding. Something unique. A Halloween themed wedding is enough to be just that!

Your wedding is a time to express your love for each other. It is an opportunity to celebrate in a way that represents you as a couple.

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Craig and Tasha’s Halloween and rockabilly themed wedding was perfect for them in every way.

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