Who knew 2020, the year of chaos and shattered plans, would be the year I’d finally get my own Halloween wedding in the foothills of Albuquerque! For years, I’ve been dreaming about black dresses, dark accents, and animal skulls. And to put all three into one wedding? Unreal. As I state constantly on my Instagram stories, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love all things spooky, creepy, and mysterious, but I also love weddings. Usually, the two aren’t seen together but this year I had to make it happen.
Back in July, I had the pleasure of working a styled wedding with the mega-talented Tiffany Burke Events. As soon as it wrapped up, I asked if they had thought about doing a Halloween wedding shoot in Albuquerque. And that’s all I had to say. Within a matter of weeks, the Tiffany Burke team had the dress, the models, the cake, the invitations, and had made all of the decor themselves. I could not believe it. If they threw together this much for just a Halloween-obsessed photographer, can you imagine what they do for real brides? Seriously, Tiffany and her team are incomparable. Check out this styled wedding we did together last year!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a styled shoot without mentioning the amazing vendors who made it happen.
First off, I want to give a shoutout to Darling Clementine Illustration, who created the invitation suite. Her artistic talent and ability to encompass a theme in the most elegant way possible is unmatched. For this shoot, she used wrinkled starch paper that perfectly fit the creepy vibe.
The hair and makeup was done by C. Johnson Makeup & Hair. And wow man. The work she did on our model, Niki was incredible. For example, the way she made her eyes POP! C. Johnson aced the dramatic look without being too overbearing. Niki is drop-dead gorgeous and this makeup artist just enhanced that.
Next, Simply Sweet by Darci created the cake and you have to be sure not to scroll past it. Her golden accents and flowers popped so much against the black cake. She even incorporated feathers to make this a truly unique piece of art.
Mr Tux provided the suit and Jump Apparel Dresses provided the dress.
Last but not least, I have to give a massive shoutout to out models. Niki and Beau were a dream to work with. From the start, Niki felt like a friend as we bonded over photography. She’s a photographer too and I’m so excited to get to work with her in the future! I’m also super grateful that Tiffany chooses real couples for her shoots. For a lot of styled weddings, real models are used and the chemistry isn’t there. Not the case with these weddings. Niki and Beau are so connected and their chemistry just radiates in the photos. I can’t thank them enough for going along with all my ideas and providing ideas of their own!
It’s vendors like this who remind me that the wedding industry is mostly artists! Always trust us and we’ll make your dreams come to life.