Animal masks and costumes at this eerie-as-hell Wicker Man wedding

November 24 | offbeatbride  
Photos by: Crystal + Zoe
Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride
Photos by Zoe Prinds-Flash Photography

The Offbeat Bride: Megan, Wedding Planner

Her offbeat partner: Collier, limousine driver

Date and location of wedding: Spirit Mountain Resort, Duluth, MN — October 31, 2015

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Tell us about the ceremony:

As misty rain fell over Lake Superior, our friend, Jayanthi, sang "Hope There's Someone" by Antony Hegarty. Andrew, dressed as the Babadook, read a Walt Whitman quote from Leaves of Grass. The bridal party entered to "The Widow's Lament."

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

A church bell heralded my entrance as I walked alone down the aisle, but everyone laughed when that bell turned out to be from "Hell's Bells," and the electric guitar kicked in. Since we both wore rings for the duration of our engagement, we chose a handfasting ceremony.

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

The recessional was to "The Promise," by When in Rome.

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Tell us about your reception:

Our reception was a costume party held in Spirit Mountain's Moosehead Saloon. The colors were black and orange. We had a costume contest and a cobweb cake decorated with a fondant spider. Thousands of handmade bat decorations hung everywhere.

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

What was your most important lesson learned?

If you choose to hire your friends, such as the seamstresses, you can get exactly what you want for about the same cost or less, while supporting the local economy. But make sure expectations and deadlines are laid out well in advance, with contracts if necessary, to avoid conflict.

We never got that "the day of the wedding, it's just gonna work out" feeling we'd heard so much about. Maybe that's for more traditional weddings. Maybe that's the trade-off for having more unique expectations?

Wicker Man wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

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  1. dear gods this wedding is everything! The splash of orange on the dress, the animal masks, the dusk ceremony, the costumes, the lighting, the readings and music selections. I just adore how the couple has a very obvious love for the dramatic darker side and just went for it!

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  2. I love every single effing thing about this wedding and I'm really hacked off that I didn't think of it for mine. The dress, the music, ALL OF IT!!! You both deserve all the happiness in the world just for being so freaking incredible! Will you both marry me?

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