Day of the Dead Victorian Carnival Wedding Photography

Molly & Jim’s Picture Preview: Day of the Dead Wedding at Lionsgate in Broomfield, CO by Denver Photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

Day of the Dead wedding at Lionsgate in Lafayette

Romantic and Rebellious Bride and Groom

I don’t know who set the rules, but I love it when they’re broken.  After all, after photographing about 200 white wedding dresses, no dress is more unique then one that’s royal blue with Victorian gothic inspiration.  I have been looking forward to Molly & Jim’s Day of the Dead themed wedding since I did their engagement photos in a pumpkin patch last Halloween. (Click here to see those scary fun engagement pictures) Molly & Jim are both tattoo artists and wouldn’t dare have a normal traditional wedding….and I couldn’t have been more excited to have been chosen to document their unique artistic wedding day.

Molly looked absolutely stunning with her bright red hair and deep blue Victorian wedding gown.  Her unique wedding dress was created by a professional designer that also creates costumes for Cirque du Soleil…so you know she has amazing talent.  Words can’t express how awesome her dress was.  So many elaborate pieces, layers, and details from the sexy red boots to the colorful undergarments. Even her tattoos and exotic bouquet by The Flower Shop complimented her perfectly.

Unique Artistic Bride in Blue Victorian Wedding dress

Unique Artistic Bride in Blue Victorian Wedding dress

Molly & Jim decided to do a 1st Sight to get all their pictures out of the way before the ceremony.  The look on his face is priceless when he sees Molly in her custom made exotic wedding dress for the first time.  I have to say I have never seen Jim smile so much, and I’ve never seen a more uniquely beautiful bride.

Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom’s First Sight

Day of the Dead wedding at Lionsgate in Colorado

The Gatehouse of Lionsgate Events Center in Lafayette, Colorado, turned out to be the perfect backdrop for their wedding.   It has black iron gates, vintage decor, brightly colored walls, and unique details such as elaborate chandeliers and even a stuffed peacock.  I’ve done many weddings at Lionsgate before but this one certainly was much different then any other I have photographed there.

Victorian Carnival Wedding Ceremony at Lionsgate in Broomfield, Colorado

Victorian Carnival Wedding Ceremony at Lionsgate in Broomfield, Colorado

Reverend Jody Stevenson was a perfect match for them and I could tell she was truly delighted to take part in such a unique ceremony.  The bride & groom wrote their own vows, of course….which were not only heartfelt, but funny & entertaining as well.  Immediately following their wedding ceremony Molly & Jim didn’t just sign a marriage license, they also had their tarot cards read!  As far as I could predict, Molly & Jim are destined to have a very happy and very interesting life together.

Tarot Card Reading for Day of the Dead Victorian Carnival Wedding

Tarot Card Reading for Day of the Dead Victorian Carnival Wedding

Molly & Jim had so many unique details.  Wild spirals in the wedding flowers, a Halloween candy bar, lots of candles and black painted tree branches, and even death tag wedding place cards for the guests.  Play the slideshow at the bottom of this blog post to view more of their wedding pictures and their unique details.

unique artistic flower detal

unique artistic flower detail

Guests were encouraged to come in Day of the Dead costume, and lots of people arrived with their faces fully painted.  This cute girl below was the flower girl.

wedding guests in Day of the Dead makeup

wedding guests in Day of the Dead makeup

During dinner, provided by the Asian Restaurant Saigon Fusion, hula hoopers and belly dancers entertained the guests.  And of course there was tarot card readers on hand for anyone wanting a look into their future.

Hula Hooper performs at Victorian Carnival Wedding

Hula Hooper performs at Victorian Carnival Wedding

Below the bride dances with her father, who couldn’t’ have been more proud.  He beamed all night with excitement and love for his daughter.  And you can see the Lionsgate’s pet peacock watching from his perch in the background.  Molly & Jim’s friend, DJ Marc Eden-Hansen, doesn’t normally do weddings, but took on the challenge of creating a soundtrack for their unique wedding night.

Bride dances with her father
Molly & Jim made their own Day of the Dead sugar skeleton cake toppers to go with their blue and white spiderweb wedding cake created by Mulberrie’s Cake Shop. And you got to love how the groom’s peacock boutonniere and the bride’s peacock inspired tattoo matched their venue, their dress, and their style so perfectly. I loved that their wedding was anything but traditional. I hope they inspire more couples to follow their own style, step out of the ordinary, and perhaps try a different wedding dress color other than white for their wedding day.

Bride & Groom with their handmade cake toppers

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Play the slideshow below to view more of Molly & Jim’s Day of the Dead Victorian Carnival wedding.

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Denver Cosplay Boudoir Photographer: Sexy Catwoman « Nicole Nichols Photography - […] 2013 For anyone out there that regularly reads my blog, you may recognize Molly from her Day of the Dead Victorian Carnival themed wedding last year.  As a tattoo artist Molly is extremely creative in more ways then one. And she has […]May 22, 2013 – 12:48 pm

Kathryn C - This wedding is so classy and elegant. Molly you have incredible creativity. I love the theme and photos!December 3, 2012 – 11:16 am

eileen - These photos absolutely capture the beauty and uniqueness of this wedding! We were honored to be a part of it. I for sure want to buy prints of my baby girl as the flower girl:)November 29, 2012 – 1:53 pm

Debi C - I have never seen such beauty captured in photos as in these of Molly and Jim’s wedding. Their choices along with the talent of the photographer make these the most memorable photos for all time to come. Thank you for sharing.November 25, 2012 – 8:32 pm

smatchell - So cool! Gorgeous photos of an amazing day. My fave is the kiss outside showing the dress in all its glory!November 19, 2012 – 2:27 pm

D Lambert - We were there. Your pictures capture the fun and glory of this special moment. I thought it could not be done. Molly and Jim will treasure these photos for a the rest of their lives.November 19, 2012 – 1:45 pm

MzKay - Awesome pictures!! Fav pic is bride/groom kiss holding cake toppers.November 19, 2012 – 11:20 am

Amber - I love the picture of the happy couple with their sugar skulls! Such beautiful pictures to capture such a beautiful day 🙂November 19, 2012 – 11:02 am

Melissa - You did an amazing job with these pictures!! Everything about this wedding is made of WIN!November 19, 2012 – 10:11 am

Mary Nolan - The wedding was unique and beautiful. Nicole did a wonderful job of capturing it.November 19, 2012 – 8:31 am

Lynnette - This wedding looked gorgeous! I think the photographer did a great job! Congrats to the bride and groom!November 18, 2012 – 5:24 pm

Marcia Christopher (Mom) - What a great wedding! I couldn’t be prouder of Molly and Jim. The photographs truly capture the essence of the wedding, happiness and joy.November 18, 2012 – 12:34 pm

Eliza Sea - Everything about this wedding is AMAZING. So much color! I love it!November 17, 2012 – 7:18 am

Laura Bartlett - I am having a really hard time choosing my favorite out of the pics available because they’re all so incredible! This was the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever attended before, and with such incredible people–above all the lovely couple! I suppose if I had to choose, I would say that my favorite of the favorites in terms of pics would be the one of Molly in her dress, in the striped stockings, and pink boots on the day bed in the bridal suite. I am so, unbelievably happy for you both, Molly & Jim!!!November 16, 2012 – 6:21 pm

Marsha Asheim - Love the photos — really a great job with great folks to photograph.November 16, 2012 – 6:12 pm

Jen - This has to be the most amazing and unique wedding I’ve ever seen. I love the first photo; it captures how stunning the dress is.November 16, 2012 – 5:34 pm

Bob Christopher - Molly and Jim’s wedding photos are spectacular. The attention to detail and capturing the emotions are second to none. Nicole is a truly gifted photographer.November 16, 2012 – 4:08 pm

K Brown - Congrats to Molly and Jim, looked like a day to remember for sure. Wonderful photos.November 16, 2012 – 2:47 pm

Manic - Lovely pictures of a unique couple.
I don’t know Jim, but I’m sure he’s something special to be Molly’s love.
The sugar-skull portrait is my favorite of the photos shown so far!November 16, 2012 – 2:21 pm

Anne - I knew this wedding was going to be special. The photos reflect it perfectly. Wonderful job.November 16, 2012 – 11:27 am

Jennay - Absolutely perfect photos. You two look beautiful together. I cannot wait to see more pictures!!!November 16, 2012 – 10:25 am

Saber - I don’t think i’ve ever seen such beautiful, unique wedding details. The photos are perfect!!! Congrats!! and Great job to all that help make your day so special!!!November 16, 2012 – 10:00 am

Shanna - So wonderful to see the epic awesomeness of the wedding captured on film for posterity. Honored to have been able to attend, and so happy the pictures turned out for marvelously!November 16, 2012 – 9:35 am

Molly the Bride - I cannot thank Nicole enough for the amazingly beautiful pictures she has captured for us of our big day. We had so much going on yet she managed to get gorgeous shots of all the small details we put into our Day of the Dead carnival wedding. Thank you so much Nicole, you’ve done an amazing job!!!!!November 16, 2012 – 2:28 am

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