I never thought I’d have the opportunity to document a goth wedding, and Vivien & Nicks was so much more. The moment I first met with them I knew I had to be their photographer – these two knew who they were, and they are awesome. They also own a cat, Ami who tried to attack me several times, which probably makes them cooler.
Viv is also an incredibly talented artist, so when she told me she was working closely with Jaimee Beck from Beckon Couture on a completely custom one-off piece, I got excited. However I couldn’t have imagined the divine beauty of the final dress in my wildest dreams! By far the most outstanding garment I’m yet to see, just jaw-dropping. And Nicks jaw reached China when he saw Viv. A goth wedding seemed a little scary to me at first – exposing all that black! But the textures and patterns made it a breeze. Partnered with the gown she did her own hair including making the headpiece (told ya she was talented!). The flawless makeup however is thanks to the lovely Kristy Hibbert of Black Diamond Makeup Artistry. I also adored the bridesmaids full length dresses from black milk clothing.
They married at Markovina estate in front of the Chestnut tree in April, the conditions were absolutely perfect. The aisle song was hauntingly beautiful, ‘Passacaglia’, a piece of music from the 2004 sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, composed by B. McCreary. We went into an evening reception followed by a first dance to Radioheads “Creep” and what has to be the most epic father-daughter dance I’ve ever seen. Viv and her father swung each other around the room like it was a rock concert appropriately to Gun’s n Roses “Sweet child o mine”. Those pictures are some of my favourite so be sure to seek them out.
Viv & Nick, it was such a privilege to not only capture your wedding but now call you friends, thanks for having me and I wish we could do it all over again! I also wanted to give a special mention to the fabulous Nat Hugill for recommending me to Viv and shooting the first arrow. People like you Nat, helped me build my business and do what I love.