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October 31, 2017

Brittany & Matt’s Halloween-Themed Wedding

I cannot think of a more fitting blog post to share today than this stunning Halloween themed WEDDING! Yes, you heard that right. I was lucky enough to photograph Brittany and Matt’s Halloween-inspired nuptials last weekend and it was an absolute blast and joy to be a part of.

Before I jump into all of the spooky and wonderful Halloween-specific details, I first have to start with the bride and groom. I seriously cannot say enough about this couple.

In the short time that I’ve gotten to know Brittany, I’ve come to see firsthand what an incredible human being she is. It’s no wonder her groom pursued her for years! As soon as she arrived the morning of her wedding, she went above and beyond to take care of everyone else in the room. From zipping her bridesmaids into their dresses, pinning on boutonnieres, styling her son’s hair and even bringing me a GIFT (which she totally didn’t have to do!), she showered everyone who was a part of her wedding day with so much love.

There’s so much I could say about Matt as well. Once you get past his tough-guy demeanor, he is seriously such a kind-hearted, fun and loving person. It’s so apparent in the way he looks at Brittany that he is head-over-heels for her. And the way he is with his son Dantae truly melted my heart. Brittany has definitely found herself one incredible guy to share the rest of her life with!


The ceremony was filled with a number of music selections by the couple that so weren’t the norm for a Catholic wedding, but I absolutely LOVED all of them! The Harry Potter theme song, Zelda’s lullaby, and the Ice Dance from Edward Scissorhands were just a few of the songs that filled the cathedral. It was so fitting for this Halloween-themed celebration. 
And the DÉCOR! Brittany had a stunning bouquet of black calla lilies and deep red roses that popped so well against her gorgeous white lace gown. The bridesmaids wore full-length black lace dresses and carried lanterns down the aisle. The groomsmen were also dressed in all black, and her FIVE adorable flower girls (yes, five flower girls 😍) each had her own cauldron of leaves.
The reception was filled with life-sized skeletons, witch hats hanging from the ceiling, and two massive stone fireplaces clad with a variety of jack-o-lanterns. Skull glass mugs adorned the head table for the wedding party to enjoy their favorite beverages, spider webs accented their two-tier wedding cake, and the guest tables were filled with hundreds of white and gold pumpkins.

The wonderful bride and groom continued their thoughtfulness throughout the day, and for the first time in my wedding history (and perhaps the first time in all of wedding history!), we were done with all of the “formalities” of the reception (speeches, dinner, first dances, bouquet toss, etc.) before SEVEN O’CLOCK! It was seriously unbelievable. The couple just wanted to ensure that all of their guests had the best time possible at their celebration, so they moved everything along efficiently and quickly to get to the dancing! It was incredible to not only be on schedule, but to be ahead ​of schedule!​Brittany and Matt, I feel so honored and blessed to not only have been given the opportunity to capture your big day, but to have been able to get to know you as people. ​You are both such unique, incredible and fun-loving individuals, and it was my privilege to get to serve you. Thank you A MILLION TIMES for allowing me to be a part of your love story and incredibly special wedding celebration. I wish you all the happiness life can bring you in your lives together as husband and wife!


Second shooter – Ashley Blackburn | Catering, cake + desserts – The Upper Crust | DJ – Mike Flavor | Photo booth – Taylored Weddings | Apparel – Dream Day Event Center | Hair – Studio 906 | Makeup – Melanie Neadow | Ceremony location – St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church | Officiant – Father Ben Paris | Reception location – The Historic Blaney Inn | Invitations – Wedding Paper Divas | Bar service – Jack Pine Lodge | Table cloth rentals and flowers – Ever After Decorating | Reception décor – handmade by the bride and her mother-in-law

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