Gothic Glam Wedding Featured in The Knot

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Like most bride-to-be’s, I stocked up on every wedding magazine available in Target three days after I got engaged. I bought three different wedding planner books, received two as gifts, and still ended up creating a binder filled with all my favorite details. While I’m a sucker for all things wedding, The Knot became my wedding planning Bible. So you can only imagine the thrill, for this newlywed, of getting featured in The Knot Florida! Several months ago, Marc-André and I did a lengthy interview (took us like two hours to fill in the answers, but I’m pretty sure they used a whopping 10 sentences from it, haha) and now the Fall/Winter 2017 edition is out on stands!

If you’re in Central Florida you may not find the magazine in any store because my Mother-in-Law probably already bought them all ( 😛 ), but don’t worry, this post goes into all the details that were featured in The Knot Florida.

Gothic-Glam-Garden Wedding

“What is a “gothic glam garden wedding?!” you might be asking. To me, it’s a combination of an organic setting, moody elements, jewel tone flowers and lush greenery, mixed with a classic black and white pallet. I wanted the “wow” factor while still creating a timeless event.

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Marc-André actually brought the freshly printed magazine to my work when it was delivered, and I squealed like a little girl receiving a pony on her birthday.

This was a photo from our first-look, two hours before the ceremony. I’m a firm believer in first-looks. The idea of not seeing Marc-André before walking down the aisle was just crazy to me. To throw in a little twist, we did save our first kiss of the day for the ceremony.  Another huge advantage of first-looks? Taking all bridal party and family photos before the ceremony. With the sun setting at 5:30 that evening, we didn’t want to miss out on the natural sunlight. Ninety percent of our photos were taken before I ever walked down the aisle. 

Jewel Tone Flowers

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My bouquet was so heavy and thick, it was hard to hold with one hand. Shout out to my sister and Matron of Honor that held my bouquet and hers for the 20 minute ceremony!!

I’m obsessed with what flowers can do to any setting. Flowers bring glamour, romance, personality, and all those good feels to a wedding. Is a wedding even a wedding without a few flowers?! The arbor that opened up to the aisle was dressed with luscious garland tie backs, and it gave it the “garden” touch to the ceremony space.

My bold bouquet with loose stems, jewel tones, and pops of berries, was everything I ever dreamed of, and more.

And can we talk about the centerpiece with blooms overflowing from the acrylic box?! Our florist designed these and they blew me away on our wedding day. It was so unique and exactly the “wow” factor that I loved. They reminded me of my own version of a Beauty and the Beast centerpiece, and we all know how I feel about Disney. 😉 If you don’t, check out our Disney proposal!


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Our ceremony space was shaded with large oak trees and Spanish moss (cue, “organic setting”). The ground was covered with pine needles, but we decorated the aisle with hundreds of rose petals. Gold lanterns lined every other seat along the aisle and fresh garland with flowers and ribbon delicately wrapped the tree behind our officiant. Over the bridesmaids dangled three chandeliers (cue, “glam”) from a large limb stretching out from the ceremony tree. 


Details, details, details

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The painted globe with our custom wedding logo (see below for the full list of vendors) was the best souvenir beyond our photos. It was a small touch, that hit on our love of traveling. Today, it sits on a stack of books on our wine credenza for us to admire every single day.

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Hey, look! That’s an ad for our awesome DJ, Jacob Towe!


The four-tiered cake followed the theme with alternating styles of “half naked” and flecked gold foil. Not being able to decide on just one or two flavors, we had each tier feature a different flavor!

Seating Chart

The custom seating chart incorporated the black and white signage with that same luscious garland draping on the side. Black (and white) were dominate colors in the wedding, starting with the invitations having black envelopes and black wax seals. The entire bridal party dressed in black, we had black chivari chairs, black menus, and a black and white dance floor.

French details

A nod to Marc-Andre’s French-Canadian heritage were the details written in French throughout the day. I finished my vows in French, the seating chart had French written at the top, the table numbers were written in French, and each guest’s menu selection was written in French. No, I don’t speak French, but my hubby is fluent!

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Some of the very best photos of the evening weren’t staged, set-up, or planned. They were captured when we were in the middle of the dance floor and only had eyes for each other. Being surrounded by our loved ones was the greatest feeling.

The Weekend Fox Tips:

  • Follow a good timeline! The Knot featured timelines in every single magazine I got and I loved checking off my “to-do’s”. Following a pre-made timeline kept me accountable and organized. It reminded me to do things that weren’t always at the top of my wedding-planning thoughts – like ordering a custom made garter, with time to spare!
  • First-Look Fun: if you have a tradition with your future spouse, kick off the first-look with it! We begin every big adventure with a shot of tequila, so that’s exactly how we started the biggest day of our lives – with a shot of tequila in custom ‘bride’ & ‘groom’ shot glasses!
  • The bride’s bouquet is featured in almost every photo; therefore, I highly recommend splurging on that detail! Even if your flower budget is tight, make sure to spoil yourself with a bouquet worthy of hundreds of photos.
  • Do not plan a wedding in hopes of it being featured in a magazine. While I loved the idea of submitting our wedding to different magazines, I never once made a decision based on what I believed would be good material for a publication. The truth is, bringing in your personality to the wedding is what makes it special. The weddings that stand out the most are the ones that revolve around the love between the couple and the details that show the guests what makes that couple special. We were incredibly honored and excited to be featured in The Knot Florida, but it was never a defining factor in how perfect our wedding day was to us.


Shout Out to the Dream Team:


Are you planning your wedding, or already married?! Let me see your inspiration or wedding photos, because I’ll never stop browsing the beauty that goes into a wedding. 😀



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  • Ahhhh i loveeeddd youe wedding! And WE WANTED DJ JACOB!!! He was SO awesome, but already booked for our wedding :- And of course loveee Ashley and greg 🙂

  • How stinking cool! Your wedding pictures look absolutely beautiful. How did you come to be featured? Do you have to apply or did they reach out to you?

    • Katherine

      Thank you so much! The Knot actually reached out to my photographer (Brooke Images) after she posted her blog post on our wedding! I had always planned on submitting the wedding, but I was blown away that they beat me to it!

  • Anne Katherine Smith

    Looks beautiful! Congratulations on the feature!

    • Katherine

      Thank you so much! A dream come true for my dream wedding. 🙂

  • Maya Maceka

    Wow! Katherine, this is SO cool. Seriously, what an amazing way to look back on your wedding. I had never even heard of “Gothic Glam” until reading your post. And I think it’s safe to say that this is going to be the go-to style for my future wedding! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • Katherine

      Thank you!!! I had never heard of “gothic glam” either, haha. I’m so flattered that you love the style! It was so important to me to have a wedding that felt like “us”. Bringing the couple’s personality into any wedding is what makes it so special. 🙂

  • I used to be a second shooter for a wedding photographer, and I still enjoy seeing gorgeous weddings. You wedding was amazing, and the photographers did an incredible job! I am biased of course, but I think photographers are the most important vendor. All of your details are stunning. We used to tell our brides, “just remember, things don’t always go the way you planned, but at the end of the day, you’re marrying the love of your life, and that is what matters most.” However, it was the best when the vendors knocked it out of the park, the details were perfect, there wasn’t wedding drama, and people stuck to their timeline!

    • Katherine

      I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of wedding photos! Thank you so much for the compliments! Our photos mean the world to us, and that advice is exactly what I kept thinking about our wedding day. We had a few hiccups, but that’s not what I remember. I just know that I got to marry the man of my dreams at our dream wedding! The vendors made it all possible for us. We got very lucky.

  • Rachel Ritlop

    I love this so much, Katherine! I think it’s amazing that you were featured and the photos they used are gorgeous! I know you were so excited!

    • Katherine

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! My mother in law just recently cut the pages out and framed them for us. It’ll be a fun addition to our gallery wall!

  • That is SO exciting!!!! I write the Real Weddings + Real Proposals + Reception Snoops for The Knot Georgia mag, so I loveeeee that you are sharing this (even though you are in Florida). More people should do that! Your wedding is GORRRRGEOUS!

    • Katherine

      Ahhh! That is so awesome that you write for The Knot Georgia!! What a happy and fun job that must be. Weddings are so special, and I still love reading The Knot even though I’m not planning anymore. Haha thank you so much for the compliments! 🙂

  • Babies to Bookworms

    That is so cool that you were featured! What beautiful photos! I love all of the jewel tones. I used deep purple as the main color for my wedding and loved it!

    • Katherine

      Thank you! I’ve always loved deep colors, and purple is one of my favorites!

  • Megan Rogers

    Oh my gosh, what an honor to be featured! Your wedding was stunning and you were a gorgeous bride. There is nothing better than seeing all of your hard work pay off (not only in celebration, but also in a magazine!!). Congratulations. Love, love, love the style!

    • Katherine

      Aww! It really was such an honor! And getting compliments like yours make it that much sweeter! Thank you so much!

  • Kristen Jones

    HOLY GORGEOUS! Your wedding was seriously perfection. SO stunning and how amazing that you got featured. So, So deserved!

    • Katherine

      Thank you!!! I truly think the wedding photos are the best investment for the day, and to have them in a magazine is so special to me. I appreciate your compliments so much!

  • Wow, your wedding is so beautiful! I love all the details, especially the globe. Congrats on getting featured!

    • Katherine

      Aw, thank you!! I love that the globe is a piece of our wedding that we still get to enjoy every day!

  • Wow! Jealous, haha. Seriously, so pretty! Love the jewel tones!

    • Katherine

      Thank you so much! It all came together even better than I imagined it to be! 🙂

  • Pretty sure it is every girl’s dream to have a wedding worthy of being featured in a magazine, congratulations girl! Though, I agree, you shouldn’t plan a wedding around a magazine feature, it’s the personal details and personal sense of style that makes a wedding WOW-worthy. All of the details of your day look magical. Gothic glam worked well for you!

    • Katherine

      Thank you so much! And yes, I LOVED seeing real weddings in The Knot before we got married, so it was literally only a dream to get featured. And I love that you said the details were magical, because that’s exactly what I was going for. 😉

  • Your wedding was gorgeous!! I love the idea of the first look. I think if I’m going to cry I want to be able to fix it! Lol. Congrats on making it in a magazine!! I can definitely see why!


    • Katherine

      Thank you so much! Oh the first look was amazing, and my hubby cried much harder than I did simply because I refused to ruin my makeup! Haha I did end up happy-sobbing at the end of the night during our last dance. 🙂

  • Wow that is such an exciting way to remember your wedding!! Which was absolutely stunning by the way!

    • Katherine

      Thank you so much! I do have about half a dozen copies of the magazine now. Haha

  • Melissa Marie

    My cousin did the first look and I loved how the groom got a sneak peek before all the guests. It made it more special to not be in front of all those people, if that makes sense!

    • Katherine

      That totally makes sense! We wanted a moment together to really soak in everything that was happening and it also calmed my nerves so much!

  • Pam Dollesin

    Fabulous wedding like a dream come true!! Beautiful details and carefully planned must be a lot of hard work but the result is phenomenal!

    • Katherine

      We planned our wedding for about 16 months so it was a lot of details for a single day! Thank you so much for the compliments!! That means so much to me!

  • Won’t lie. I read the title and saw “gothic glam” and was like nope….totally not for me. Boy was I 100% wrong. This wedding is sooooooooooooo beautiful. It literally looks like a dream.

    • Katherine

      Haha! When my planner first described our style as “gothic glam” I was the same way. I was like, we don’t have black flowers and skulls for centerpieces??! But now, I feel like it’s a timeless, elegant “gothic glam” that intertwined our personalities into an incredible event! I’m so glad you kept reading and loved the photos! That means the world to me!