Confession: Halloween is cool in my book as long as we don’t have to watch Hocus Pocus. I saw the movie when a little girl and have been terrified of the Sanderson sisters ever since. However, after coming across this Hocus Pocus inspired shoot from Sequined Silver Lining and Lovestru.ck Weddings & Events, I’ve come to the conclusion that I can be on board with Halloween, Hocus Pocus and all, as long as I get this version, from Meghan Savage Photography, of the story. Obsessed might be an understatement.
From Lovestru.ck… Natalie and I have worked together for the past few years, and when Natalie asked me to reunite with her (she moved to Kansas City a few months ago) to create a Fall-inspired photo shoot, I jumped at the opportunity to work with her again.
We bounced a lot of ideas off each other, but we settled on creating a dark and moody styled shoot. We wanted to design a shoot that was centered on beautiful and inspiring bridal looks with dramatic and mysterious undertones.
Natalie and I have styled multiple shoots together, and we’ve always discussed wanting to work with a red head, brunette and blonde for models. Luckily, Natalie was able to find three models that fit the bill for this shoot. As I was running outside a few weeks ago and thinking about the changing seasons, I was suddenly inspired to add in elements from my favorite Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus. Using our photographic memory of the movie (like most women our age, watching Hocus Pocus is a yearly tradition) we referenced the Sanderson Sisters’ hair, makeup and wardrobe as well as the movie’s set design throughout the shoot.
For the wardrobe, Natalie pulled gowns that had a hint of color, and we played with using traditional veils as witches’ capes. Natalie paired fall accessories such as leather gloves and fur vests with the delicate bridal gowns to give them an edge. We also incorporate an evil eye bracelet into Winifred’s look to reference the head witch’s infamous one-eyed book.
The tablescape had to be bewitching but also relatable. I wanted the table to look like something The Sanderson Sisters would put together for a dinner party. We used dark metals, silky velvets, glowing candles and rich copper tones to give it a layered but moody feeling. The table was set for Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson as well as Mr. Thackery Binx – the beloved black cat in Hocus Pocus.
Melissa from Blooms and Bouquets created earthy and dark floral arrangements using red astilbe, burgundy scabiosa, stained pepper berry, cranberry viburnum, passion flower vine, and dark red peonies.
Angela crafted many beautiful and delicious desserts for our shoot. The tablescape featured fluted chocolate cake with chunks of honeycomb and pomegranate. Our dessert display included liege waffles with a thick caramel coating, an extra tall Devil’s food cake with chocolate salted caramel buttercream and super dark chocolate chunk cookies.
Photography: Meghan Savage Photography | Floral Design: Blooms and Bouquets | Stationery: The Velvet Raptor | Make up: Lashes and Love | Hair: Rebecca Forsyth Of Bungalow/8 | Calligraphy: The Pretty Paperie | Bridal Gowns: Jillian Fellers | Bridal Gowns: Ready or Knot | Creative Direction/Styling: Lovestru.ck Weddings + Events | Nails: Chill Body | Pastry: Angela Garbacz Pastry | Wardrobe Styling:: Sequined Silver Lining