Presenting Serendipity’s Gothic Style: New Page on the Darker Side of Romance

Serendipity Wedding Photography - Gothic Wedding Styles

Ranging form soft colours stained with sepia, to totally grand pictures with brooding dark clouds and great castles, Gothic styling gives a different character to the day.

The image of the Gothic

As the Gothic can share concepts with our other wedding styles, a different touch is required to make it unique. One common theme in Romatic, Rustic and Classic photography is heritage locations. The difference is in the idea driving this. Classic photography aims for timelessness, using places which are beautiful across historical periods.

Serendipity Wedding Photography - Gothic Styles

With romantic styles it is about the fairytale feel, and with rustic ones the nostalgia of country living. The Gothic genre is strongly associated with the Victorian era, which coincides with the time much of Marvellous Melbourne was built. It doesn’t just use the manors and estates of the time, but also the aesthetics.

Serendipity Wedding Photography - Gothic Styles

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The art that this period inspired — the films, paintings, but most of all books and literature — has fed back into our ideas about this time, creating a air of romance with a brooding darkness waiting underneath. It’s the immediate thoughts of passion when you think of the Brontës, and macabre antics of Edgar Allen Poe.

Serendipity Wedding Photography - Gothic Styles

Composition is key to any image. In the new page, Serendipity explains how the electic little details — the statues, stones, the iron lace — fit into a grand vision and wide shot. When the eye first lands on the picture it sees the softly tinted image, noting the stonework on a manor or delicate curves on a heafty iron gate as it lingers over the page.

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Locations

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Using an exquisite heritage location can really complete this look. The Victorian era, which of course inspired the Victorian Gothic, ran from 1837 to 1901. Melbourne was founded by John Batman in 1835, and grew rapidly over the century, causing some of our finest places to be built under Queen Victoria’s reign.

Gothic styling can twist the appearance of well loved landmarks into something a little stranger — think Alice meets Hermione — where you can place your own stamp on your day’s aesthetics.

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The 1880s in particular brought in a period of grand Italianate (architecture inspired by 16th century Italy) buildings. There are mansions and estates spotted around the city, waiting for you to discover them. This includes Buttleigh Wootton, an impressive manor built for a family of 13 in Kew. The location includes intricate winding stairs and glass chandeliers.
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Or there is Labassa, with its gorgeous peeling wallpaper and stained glass. To show our support of the National Trust and such wonderful locations, Serendipity has a special offer for this sophisticated venue.

Serendipity Wedding Photography - Gothic Wedding Styles

And we must not overlook Overnewton Castle. It has beautiful grounds, where you can stroll like a Victorian couple with the castle as your backdrop.

Serendipity Wedding Photography - Gothic Wedding Styles

Every twist and turn of the historic Monsalvat reveals something else special. Intricate windows and doors sit among the unruly stones carefully fitted together into walls.

Serendipity Wedding Photography - Gothic Wedding Styles

Rippon Lea features both a garden and an 1868 house with an interesting history. Tinting, particlualry Serendipity’s own Copper Blue can reveal a darker mood to the perfect lawnscape.

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Gardens were an important part of relaxing in 19th century life, and nature was seen as important to the mind. The lakes and polychrome brick is a great backdrop for that Victorian style.

Serendipity Wedding Photography - Gothic Styles

Space was allocated for many parks in Melbourne over the 1800s. Studley Park Boathouse sits in the middle of a beautiful park which was formerly used for an asylum, due to the importance of natural beauty for treating such ailments in that time. You can take advantage of the boating as well, another great Victorian love.

Serendipity Wedding Photography - Gothic Wedding Styles

Australia had its own form of ghost story: the Australian Colonial Gothic. It can focus on the isolation and terror of the bush and wide open spaces. Reference the Colonial Gothic in places such as Wild Cattle Creek Estate, where you can find the large gum trees that inspired Barbara Baynton, one of the greatest writers of this style, alongside a beautiful homestead.

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Billila, with its pine needles and purple flowers, looks so good with a little gothic tinting.

Serendipity Wedding Photography - Gothic Wedding Styles

Post Production

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Once you’ve chosen locations with a tension in the air you can take the Gothic theme further with post production. Serendipity’s Tints and Tones work fabulously here. In the new page we explain the process of balancing, tinting and hand rubbing to bring a new feel to the image. Copper blue is of particular use here. As the name suggests, it gives a metallic touch to the picture. There is still a warmth from the copper, balanced against a navy darkness.

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Alternatively Gothick pushes Contemporary that little further, in mood, towards an aesthetic of excess.

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Lightly colored black and white pictures an be a subtler form of the dramatic monochrome effect.

Serendipity Wedding Photography - Gothic Styles

The softening of the effect of desaturation highlights the intimacy and beauty of a scene.

Serendipity Wedding Photography - Gothic Wedding Styles

The bolder approach of monochrome may be exactly what you want to reference 19th century gothic photography.

Serendipity Wedding Photography - Gothic Styles
Serendipity Wedding Photography - Gothic Styles
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