Once upon a time funerals were the only time we wore black, saw a hearse or visited a graveyard. Dramatic black was an alternative colour to the traditional white wedding for Tobi and Laurie – and it was more than just a variation on a theme. Their wedding is up there on my list of one of the most amazing non-traditional weddings I have ever done.
Before the ceremony I was aware that all the bridal party would be in black – including the bride. But it was more than a “black bride” that made this wedding unique.
Firstly the groom and groomsmen arrived in an old-school matte black Cadillac and then the bride and her bridesmaids arrived in………..a hearse!!!
The August ceremony took place beneath the twisted bare branches of wisteria trees on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Tattoos, spacers, and skulls were popular adornments among members of the wedding party and naturally the ring box was a mini coffin with cobwebs inside as cushioning.
The black and red theme continued into the reception held at Milanos on the Lake with the wedding cake iced in red and decorated with skeleton bride and groom, black lace and cobwebs. A pirate’s treasure chest with a skeleton was the depository for wedding gifts and a dagger was used to cut the cake.