Dark romanticism (or gothic idealism) is a mainstay of Halloween celebrations. From its very inception in the late eighteenth century, Romanticism’s celebration of euphoria and sublimity had been partnered with an equally intense fascination with melancholia, insanity, crime, the grotesque, and the irrational. It’s what made the Victorian era so subversively sexy.

We’ve collaborated with our friend Sarah Pezdek Smith on several other fun photo shoots (things creative people do on a whim), so when she called us about doing this fantasy-filled dance macabre—we just couldn’t say ‘no’.

Take a look…if you dare.

Creative Director: Aray M. TIll of Save the Date in the 518
Photographer: Sarah Pezdek Smith
Stylists: Yvonne McEachron + Tara Holmes
Florist: Derryck Dematas
Chef: Adam Foti
Hair: Cassondra Schauble
Pies: Leah’s Cakery

Poem by Oscar Wilde

by Josh and Brent

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Kate's Daughter

These photos are fabulous! I particularly like the one of the two of you touching hands.