REAL WEDDINGS :
Lisa AND Zach
PHOTOGRAPHED BY WALLFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY
WRITTEN BY PAULA LOWE
Zachary “Zack” and Lisa were married at Thornewood Castle on a dark and stormy night in October. “The day of the wedding was supposed to be the ‘storm of the century,’ which in reality ended up being some rain and wind, but resulted in a beautiful stormy fall evening,” says Lisa.
The windy weather caused the lights to go out during the wedding ceremony, fitting the spooky, haunted theme of the wedding. The ceremony continued in the dark, and the electricity quickly returned. Attendance was lower than anticipated because the meteorologists’ forecast scared away some of the wedding guests.
Despite the forecast, many family members came from across the country to show their support to the couple. “It was great to have our families meet for the first time,” says Lisa.
The couple chose the fall wedding date because both love the month of October; it’s their birthday month. Zack’s birthday is Oct. 5, Lisa’s birthday is Oct. 10 and their anniversary is Oct. 15. Also, their nod to Halloween fit perfectly into their wedding month.
VENUE: The vintage castle was a perfect setting, matching the couple’s theme. “I have always loved Thornewood Castle, ever since I saw Stephen King’s movie ‘Rose Red.’ Zack and I both share a love and fascination with haunted houses and the spirit world, so we thought it was the perfect setting,” says Lisa.
THEME AND DÉCOR: The fall wedding and haunted-castle theme called for black, red and fall colors. Haunted-theme décor accents included pumpkins, with fresh flowers in fall colors, and skeletons.
“It was important for us to host an event that made everyone feel comfortable, but also expressed our personal style as a couple,” says Lisa. The 50 guests enjoyed an indoor ceremony followed by a reception, complete with dinner and dessert.
FAVORS: A black mesh bag was set at each place setting. Each bag enclosed a lollipop decorated with a skull-and-crossbones design, the words “Till death do us part,” the couple’s names and the date. Tied to the outside of the bag was a card with the couple’s names and wedding date, tied with a skeleton key.
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