Phantom meets Halloween in this DIY masquerade wedding in Florida

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Kari and Rick took on the project of crafting this oh-so-opulent masquerade Phantom-meets-Halloween wedding on October 30, 2010 in Florida. It's weddings like these that make me love this season. But the amazing part is that they made almost all of the decor themselves, including the uber gothic statues! It helps that Rick is a talented artist. And it shows.

Everyone looks mysterious at a masquerade. Kari's mask, on the left, is laser-cut metal and Swarovski crystals and Rick's is papier-mâché. Check here for some easily acquired, no-DIY-necessary masks.

Many mini-Phantoms make merry among the masses!

The handsome couple meets at the altar sans masks. And how about the jacket and collars on this guy? HOT!

The wedding was held at the Boynton Beach Women's Club, which the pair ultimately transformed into their gothic masterpiece.

Here's a full-length view of Kari's gown, handmade by Belinda Barry of Romantic Threads. The whole wedding party had their outfits custom-made by Belinda as well!

The bridal party looking just as awesome as the Kari and Rick. The mask on the far right is insane.

Kari painted these vampire fangs silver for awesome place card holders!

Vampire wine sets the tone among the centerpieces. And their signature drink? Pumpkin martinis!

More centerpiece love made by Kari, this time with red roses and black feathers. But the best is yet to come…

Seriously, I can't get over the trees, the candelabras, and of course… the handmade statues! The statues are painted papier-mâché based on a Doctor Who episode. The wings are removable and made of styrofoam.

Check out the detail. And a better look at the candles with cobwebs. Rick made those and the trees. Seriously, I want to hire this guy to make my dream gothic room!

Now this is a cool guestbook alternative with a Halloween edge. Ceramic pumpkin + Sharpies = permanent spooky memories.

Ultra-detailed black, white, and red tiered cake. I heart the red mask!

Who is who among this masked rabble?

Kari handmade this bouquet! Don't miss the little crystal spider on the top.

Thanks to Palm Beach Photography for passing on this fantastically creepy, DIY wedding. Tonya said of the couple, “To top it all off, Rick and Kari are probably the nicest clients you could ever ask for!” So give them some love for being so cool.

dresses: Romantic Threads

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