Dream teams: decadent gothic Halloween styled wedding shoot at Roodlea Barn

Things take a dark and moody turn at this new Scottish barn venue: think black wedding dress and cake, dramatic makeup, animal-skull stationery, gilded antiques and rich-toned flowers. It’s a right Halloween treat – and not a pumpkin in sight!


After four months of shielding, Susan Shannon of Narcissus Wedding Flowers by Susan was itching to get back out in the world: “I wanted to work on something inspiring for myself and other industry suppliers feeling the same creative low. I’d met Alison Malcolm of Alyce Jayne Bridal and Nicky Miller of NJ Miller Millinery at an awards do before Covid kicked off, so was keen to team up with them.

“What originally started out on paper as a soft, late summer, boho-vibe styled shoot, turned on its head when Alison sent me a sketch of her latest design – a stunning black satin, corseted dress.

“It lead to the shoot having a dark, moody feel, but without the obvious Halloween vibe. I opted for blacks and neutral tones for the fabrics and flowers and brought in burnished golds and soft peaches to soften the edges. The use of antique furniture and fittings created the perfect backdrop to our modern gothic theme.

“I had visited venue Roodlea Barn near Ayr for a wedding fair in February and was taken with its bright, airy feel. I think most people would decorate the space in a relaxed, boho way, but I wanted to show what else could be done with it.”

Added drama came via a striking black cake by Rosewood Cakes, bison-skull stationery by My Eden Rose and the talented hair and makeup team – Makeup by Leigh Blaney and Blush by Una Boag – as Susan explains: “They were the perfect duo as both have a strong background in bridal and theatre.”

We think you’ll agree: the results are spook-tacular!

Venue Roodlea Barn
Photography Martin Venherm
Styling, flowers and decor Susan Shannon, Narcissus Wedding Flowers by Susan
Cake Rosewood Cakes
Stationery My Eden Rose
Wedding dress Alyce Jayne Bridal
Headpieces NJ Miller Millinery
Hair Blush by Una Boag
Makeup Makeup by Leigh Blaney
Models Hannah Smith and Rory Brennan