We’ve been incredibly fortunate to attract couples who are unafraid to break tradition and do their own thing.  Fall is always our busiest season of the year, and has some of our favorite weddings.  There are fall leaves dripping from the trees, rich color palettes, Halloween parties and hot cider.  Fall weddings can be deeply romantic and completely unique.  Although we adore all of our BWR couples, our dark little souls have a special place for those whom embrace their beautifully creepy sides.

Abandoned Cemetery Engagement

Lily Cheshire is the owner and artist behind Witch’s Way Craft, so Lily and Joe’s engagement photos include an abandoned Cemetery, smoke bombs and 2 cats with only 3 eyes between them. 

Dark, Moody Romance at the Vandiver Inn

The couple continued their theme a year later, with a dark romantic wedding at the Vandiver Inn. She did all the spooky decor from a flower wholesaler and her personal collection of skulls. We loved that they included framed prints of their engagement shoot throughout the venue. 


Halloween Elopement with Witchling at the Philadelphia Wedding Chapel

Carrie and Craig traveled from Virginia just to have a Halloween elopement in Philadelphia.  Their private ceremony at the Philadelphia Wedding Chapel included their daughter as a witchy flower girl.  After the ceremony we walked over to Falls Bridge for some Halloween family photos that were loads of fun!

Doctor Seuss Wedding at Laurel Hill Cemetery

The wedding that started it all, was a Doctor Seuss themed wedding in Philly’s historic Laurel Hill Cemetery.  Not only was there a gorgeous bride in a blush pink dress, colorful Truffula trees and paper bouquets made from stories, it remains one of Offbeat Bride’s third most viral blog posts with 3.7 thousand shares for A Doctor Seuss Wedding in a Philadelphia Cemetery.

For more from our Cemetery Bride 

Halloween Costume Party at North Bowl

Chrissa and TJ’s Halloween themed costume party at North Bowl was a family affair complete with street art, wedding ring tattoos, and one of the most gorgeous black cakes I’ve ever seen.  And if you’ve never been fortunate enough to photograph family formals with Wayne and Garth, a corpse bride and a fairy princess in a bowling lane, I highly suggest it.  Another favorite of ours fortunate to be included in Offbeat Bride.


For more from our Corpse Bride Wedding 

Burlesque Performer at Hunting Hill Mansion

Burlesque Performer Nikki Malicious married her love Steve, at Ridley Creek Mansion with DYI details including paper bouquets, drenched in the  colors of the Philadelphia Flyers and officiated by one of Philly’s favorite drag queens, The Goddess Isis.

For more from our Burlesque Babe wedding

Rock and Roll Bride at Waterloo Village

Waterloo Village was the setting for Christine and Ryan’s rock and roll fall wedding. With rich colors that complimented Christine’s rose tattoo, bridesmaids with leather jackets, and vegan s’mores by the fire, we couldn’t resist the loveliness of a few cemetery bridal portraits.

For more from our Rock and Roll Bride 

This post was originally created in 2016, but I love updating it with my favorites every year.  Are you planning a beautifully creepy fall wedding? Please reach out, we’d love to add your wedding to next year’s re-post! 

Mallard Island Beach Club Wedding

Mallard Island Yacht Club pier

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There’s nothing quite like a summer Mallard Island Yacht Club Wedding! One of my favorite venues for a New Jersey summer wedding, it’s a real treat to photograph.  Ashley and Evan’s wedding day was filled with such lovely summer wedding inspiration, I had to share a few. 

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Ashley was an absolutely stunning bride, flawless in her Kleinfeld gown. Her bridesmaids wore a soft grey, which was lovely with all the stone work around the venue as well as their soft, pastel bouquets.  The bridal suite at the Mallard Island Yacht Club is one of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen.  With plenty of space for large wedding parties to have hair and makeup done and for family to gather before or after the ceremony.  It’s filled with beautiful furniture perfect for detail shots and natural light which begs for beautiful pre-ceremony portraits.  For couples staying the night, it must be a spectacular place to wake up as a married couple.


There’s a beautiful little stone chapel for the wedding ceremony.  It can also be used for photos before the ceremony in case of bad weather.  One word of caution, the chapel can be a bit of a wind tunnel.  I don’t suggest complicated up-dos for women’s hair in this space.  Easy hair that won’t get completely destroyed in the wind is definitely key here!  At night, they leave candles burning in the chapel which can make for beautiful night portraits if couples can tear themselves away from their reception!

Photo Walk

There are so many beautiful spots for photo walks with the bride and groom.  For couples that want to feel their toes in the sand, there’s a little private beach beside a lawn filled with lawn games for cocktail hour as well as a pier for brides who want water in the background without getting sand on their dress.  There are so many options for photo spots, I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface in the last 3 years of shooting there.


 Mallard Island Yacht Club Reception

Some of the best wedding bands I’ve seen have been at the Mallard Island Yacht Club. It is one of the tougher spots to talk couple into going out for some night portraits, but SO worth it when you do!  The food is amazing, the staff is always friendly and organized, and it’s just a joy to shoot in every way.  In fact, I’d love to book a few there for summer 2020. So, I’m offering $300 off any 8 hour (or longer) package there.   Just mention “MallardIslandSummer” to take advantage of this offer!

Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal