Going Gothic with this Halloween-Inspired Wedding in LA

Chic Halloween-Inspired Wedding

We’re eerily enchanted by all things Halloween as October 31st quickly approaches. And as it turns out, we’re not the only fans of the spooky holiday. Samantha + Eder both share an interest in Halloween. With that, and their enthusiasm for Victorian-Gothic style, S + E knew exactly where to start when laying out their wedding vision.

After a bit of a discussion, we decided that we wanted to have a themed wedding. At times, this proved to be a bit challenging, but we are so happy we did it! Anything else wouldn’t have felt right, as neither of us are the traditional type. It was perfect, and just as elegant + beautiful.

The stately Rives Mansion was the perfect setting for a very dark, but monumental celebration. With cohesive planning from One Social Design, S + E had a beautifully authentic wedding, with inspired designs + thoughtful decor.

We’re in a moody mood to browse through this Halloween-inspired wedding gallery captured by Siera Harbin:

black floral wedding invitation

Papermint Press creates a deep, dark stationery suite without masking the feminine romance from the neutral blooms.

Gothic Bride

Tadashi Shoji Black Dress

Samantha tells us about finding her non-traditional, velvety chic wedding dress: Searching for the right dress was a bit tricky since I didn’t want a traditional white gown. It took some time and some mishaps, but I finally found the one that was meant to be, from Tadashi Shoji. The Marcella long-sleeve velvet gown is one to swoon over!

Also dreaming of a black wedding dress? Check out this round-up of our favorite black wedding dresses!

Chic Halloween-Inspired Wedding

Eder’s wedding day look, from Friar Tux, perfectly accents Samantha’s deep gown with moody textures + a cool bowtie.

deep red halloween bridal bouquet

Dark, burgundy, monochrome heaven!

Ceremony Setup

Chic Halloween-Inspired Wedding

Chic Halloween-Inspired Wedding

Now, that’s a floral statement! fleur.ish creates a moody, gothic vibe while still using classic floral pieces like white roses. We’re obsessing over this ceremony setup and Samantha’s rich, monochrome bouquet.

Cascading Black Veil

black wedding veil

Our Musical Choices

Processional: A Thousand Years (instrumental violin & piano cover) by VioDance

Recessional: Dreams (acoustic version) by The Cranberries

First Dance: Pistol by Dustin Kensrue

Gothic + Dried Florals Ceremony

Chic Halloween-Inspired Wedding

Chic Halloween-Inspired Wedding

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

The whole day was so memorable; everything from the flowers to the food were simply amazing. To narrow it down to just one moment is a tough one, but if we had to choose it would definitely be our first kiss as husband and wife.

Deep Dark Reception

Chic Halloween-Inspired Wedding

Chic Halloween-Inspired Wedding

The black + white tablescape decor from Sundrop Vintage is freakishly inviting. We love the potion bottles at each place setting!

Chic Halloween-Inspired Wedding

Chic Halloween-Inspired Wedding

Chic Halloween-Inspired Wedding

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Our best advice would be to remember to stay true to YOU. It's perfectly acceptable to take a unique approach on your wedding day. After all, it is your day!

black halloween wedding cake

M Cake Sweets reminds us, again, how much we LOVE black cakes.

Love You To Death

Chic Halloween-Inspired Wedding

We love this wedding to death! Congratulations S + E on a truly inspiring Halloween wedding celebration.

Post Divider Line

photography: Siera Harbin // venue name: Rives Mansion, Downey, California, USA // event design: One Social Design // planning: One Social Design // florals: fleur.​ish​ // wedding dress: Tadashi Shoji 'Marcella Long-Sleeve Velvet Gown' // hairpiece: Mags Crafted Veils // hair stylist: Nicquel // makeup artist: Nicquel // groom attire: Friar Tux // paper goods: Papermint Press // handmade details: laser cuts by Creative Amme // catering: Haute Productions // cake: M Cake Sweets // tabletop rentals: Sundrop Vintage // officiant: Stacy Shaw // reception: Casa de Parlay Johnson