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Gothic Styled Shoot at Machine Shop

This contemporary shoot was all about a dark and dramatic design.
By: 
Emily Sweet

Perfectly suited for Halloween, this gothic-styled shoot at Machine Shop had a flair for the dramatic. With a bold emphasis on black throughout the design and set against the industrial ambiance of Machine Shop, this shoot brought a modern flair to a classic space. An extravagant black gown designed by Colby John Bridal stole the show with a plunging neckline, lace detailing and a full train. Pairing the dress with a bold red lip and a black tiara tied the entire look together and solidified the showstopping status of this gown. The groom looked sophisticated in his all-black tuxedo, and a boutonnière added a dynamic infusion of color to the monochromatic look. Florals added vivid pops of color alongside the black hues, adding in striking shaes of orange, pink and red contrasted with teal. Floral displays swathed each side of the triangular altar featuring roses and leafy greenery that added to the drama of the design. Tables followed suit adorned with black decor and tableware and hanging floral arrangements added a touch of whimsy. Adding some fun to the design, an ornate and colorful donut display from Glam Doll Donuts looked mouth-watering. A highlight of the shoot was the appearance of Great Dane Curtis, who fit seamlessly into the gothic feel. Straying away from tradition, this gothic styled shoot was all about a modern interpretation of a dramatic wedding. 

Read more about the inspiration behind this shoot, from Photographer, Kasey Jean Rajotte of Studio Twelve:52:

"One night I was editing to music videos and the video for “Another Life” came on by Motionless In White, a band I had photographed live dozens of times when I was primarily a music/tour/festival photographer. Watching the video took me back to another time in my life when I was still figuring out my dreams… then it reminded me of how the same shows actually brought me to my husband who is now my business partner - and now we photograph weddings together. Talk about a sentimental night! The video itself featured a couple dancing all in black and I kept catching myself thinking, "hot damn, this would make for a gorgeous wedding theme." I messaged Penny (our model bride featured in this shoot) to see if she’d be down because she reminded me of the actress in the video and she was on board! I was finally going to be able to see my past (music photography) - the inspiration behind this entire look - and my present (weddings / documenting modern love stories) meet in this gorgeous visual way."

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