Sharing a deep adoration of Halloween, real couple Rebecca and Paul designed a chic, Halloween-themed wedding to celebrate their love for one another, as well as their affinity for the holiday. It may feel like a difficult task – arranging an upscale event based off of this particular motif – but it was a challenge that their planner and designer, Lauren Chitwood, accepted with enthusiasm. “We wanted to have an over-the-top Halloween wedding without being scary,” she explains. “The inspiration was more of a romantic Phantom of the Opera concept than it was a ghoulish bash." So, they created their vision of a sophisticated and spooky big day.
Upon entrance to the ceremony, guests took in the dark ambience that filled the space. The aisle was lined with red flower petals and low candles to accent the concept. The couple said their “I dos” under a wooden arch bedecked with marsala-hued florals, long branches, and synthetic spiderwebs. Afterward, attendees made their way into the grand ballroom for the reception, which featured lengthy drapes and faux spiders crawling across fabricated webs spanning across the entire ceiling, and found their seats at long tables displaying black linens with intricate patterns. Atop each tablescape were low floral arrangements which included blooms in shades of deep red and purple, as well as tall candelabra adorned with webbing. "Walking into the space was incredible,” notes their photographer, Amy Campbell. “What once was a ballroom was now a magical Halloween world. I could not wait to photograph the reaction of the couple when they saw the space for the first time!"
The focal point of the evening was the display of the pair’s main dessert. "A dramatic element of décor was a six-tier wedding cake hanging upside down from a chandelier lowered into the room," says Lauren. A smattering of delicious fall fare was served to revelers as they danced through the evening, and several professional makeup artists were available to paint the faces of all who dared approach. It was truly a scintillating celebration of romance and fun!
Photos by Amy Campbell Photography; Bridal Accessories by Maui Crane Designs; Bridal Gown by St. Patrick; Cake by Martine's Pastries; Catering & Pastries by Wiltshire Pantry; Design & Coordination by Lauren Chitwood Events; Floral Design by Lauren Chitwood Events; Hair & Makeup by Ana Crane for Applied Cosmetics; Linens by Lauren Chitwood Events; Paper Goods by Etcetera of Louisville; Rentals by All Occasions Event Rental, Cincinnati; Venue: The Henry Clay