A traditional wedding is lovely, no doubt. But people come in all different types and with all different passions. And when two people who are the same kind of “different” find each other, it can make for some of the most fun events of the year.
Turns out, couple Kara and Kyle are the same kind of different. These two have now had two Halloween-adjacent wedding celebrations. They had a small wedding on October 31st, 2020 with an intimate group of family and friends in Kara’s parent’s backyard. A year later (almost to the day!), they threw their larger wedding celebration at Vandiver Inn in Havre de Grace, MD.
That means there were two chances for this fun couple to have the dark fantasy costume parties of their dreams. And did they deliver! Corsets, capes, horns, staffs, and swords—if it would have fit in at a Renaissance Fair, then it was on display on Kara and Kyle’s big day.
Vandiver Inn is a Victorian bed and breakfast located just a few blocks from the waterfront, giving the couple some beautiful locations for photos. One of our favorite photographers, Breanna Shaw of By Brea Photography, took some absolutely stunning pictures on the docks and front of the Friends-Concord Point Lighthouse. She also photographed their backyard wedding in 2020! Check out the pictures here.
For their second wedding event, Kara went with a black gown (which looks like just about the most comfortable dress anyone has ever been married in) along with Maleficent-style black horns draped in silver chains. We personally think more people should approach their weddings as dark fairy queens, but that’s just us. The guests got in on the costume fun too, with furs and peasant sleeves, druid’s cloaks, and some excellent headwear.
Since the official ceremony had already taken place, this was a reception-only event, starting with cocktail hour. For the music, the couple requested songs from genre-and-gender bending IAMX, rock band Placebo, and post-punk band Interpol.
After cocktail hour, the party moved into the venue’s covered pavilion for the reception. The colors for the event were a very on-brand black and purple, so they requested a deep purple uplighting to go along with their theme. For their first dance, Kyle and Kara chose Headbanger by King Tuff, before moving into an indie rock and metal dance party.
For the last song of the night, the couple requested Happy You’re Gone by Placebo for a suitably epic rock ending.
Whether you’re planning a purely traditional wedding with a white gown and matching bridal party, or an eclectic space alien-themed shindig, we’re down. Fill out our online form to reserve your date and start planning!
All photos courtesy of Photography By Brea
Monday, January 24, 2022