Photos of Offbeat Epic D&D, Heavy Metal Wedding Published

Offbeat Wedding Inspiration

I give my offbeat couples credit for their inspiration and ability to reinterpret weddings. They not only make the wedding experience their own, they often turn the traditional wedding concept completely on its head.

And it really says something when an online publication like Offbeat Bride takes notice.

Recently, one of the weddings I photographed in Salt Lake City received press from Offbeat Bride featuring the bride and groom’s Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) themed, heavy metal wedding.

Here’s some of the scoop:

For Eleora and Henry, Dungeons & Dragons meant more than just a game, it was a lifestyle.

The bride played D&D since she was 12 — her dad Dungeon-mastered a group for her and her best girlfriends.

Later, she met her future husband Henry through D&D. Apparently, Henry’s amazing Dungeon Master skills inspired Eleora to ask him out on a date.

Since the couple developed the most amazing friendships and family relationships through D&D, it made sense to make it their wedding theme.

They even picked character classes for the event: Eleora, a Paladin, and Henry, a Wizard.

You might wonder about the heavy metal part of this experience. Since heavy metal played a big role in the couple’s life, the couple asked the best man’s band Visigoth to play at the wedding. So the band and guests all got on stage and enjoyed a heavy metal show that finished off the wedding night.

You can read more about Eleora’s and Henry’s wedding on Offbeat Bride, a popular online publication catered to nontraditional wedding planning. I highly recommend checking out the publication archives. The site provides great inspiration, diversity and a great community.

Gallery Sampler

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the D&D wedding event. To get the full story, go to Offbeat Bride for details.

The bride and groom share a tender moment at this Dungeons and Dragons D&D themed wedding.
An offbeat bride and groom kiss underneath a canopy.
A bride and groom kiss underneath a D&D style archway in this offbeat wedding.
The bride wore a Paladin costume.
Costumes, like this Paladin, are popular in D&D weddings.
The D&D wedding "cast". The attending members rented outfits through a professional theater company and purchaed select pieces from Etsy shops.
The D&D wedding “cast”. The attending members rented outfits through a professional theater company and purchaed select pieces from Etsy shops.
The groomsmen in D&D costumes protect the groom.
The groomsmen in D&D costumes protect the groom.
The guest anxiously anticipate the start of this offbeat D&D themed wedding held at the Rose Wagner Theater in Salt Lake City.
The guest anxiously anticipate the start of this offbeat D&D themed wedding held at the Rose Wagner Theater in Salt Lake City.
The theater provided a great backdrop for this bridal couple's D&D themed wedding.
The theater provided a great backdrop for this bridal couple’s D&D themed wedding.
The wedding party joins the bride and groom on stage for the ceremony.
The wedding party joins the bride and groom on stage for the ceremony.
The bride's father played the king of the realm, recounting the couple's epic D&D adventures from a magical tome.
The bride’s father played the king of the realm, recounting the couple’s epic D&D adventures from a magical tome.
This Dungeons and Dragons themed wedding ceremony ended with a kiss.
This Dungeons and Dragons themed wedding ceremony ended with a kiss.
To wrap up the ceremony, the bride and groom performed a traditional folk dance choreographed by the bride's sister.
To wrap up the ceremony, the bride and groom performed a traditional folk dance choreographed by the bride’s sister.
A dramatic move completes the traditional dance performed by the bride and groom at their Dungeons and Dragons themed wedding.
A dramatic move completes the traditional dance performed by the bride and groom at their Dungeons and Dragons themed wedding.
The majority of the guests also wore appropriate D&D attire at this themed wedding.
The majority of the guests also wore appropriate D&D attire at this themed wedding.
The D&D theme carried through the food at this offbeat wedding.
The D&D theme carried through the food at this offbeat wedding.
Guests donned D&D attire at this offbeat wedding.
Guests donned D&D attire at this offbeat wedding.
D&D decor at this offbeat themed wedding.
D&D decor at this offbeat themed wedding.
The groom gives a speech prior to the bride tossing glower crowns for the fair maidens in the crowd to catch.
On stage moments from Visigoth's performance at Henry and Eleora's wedding.
On stage moments from Visigoth’s performance at Henry and Eleora’s wedding.
The lead singer of Visigoth performs at this offbeat, D&D themed wedding.
The lead singer of Visigoth performs at this offbeat, D&D themed wedding.
The bride in the moment at the heavy metal performance that finished off the wedding celebration.
The bride in the moment at the heavy metal performance that finished off the wedding celebration.
Enjoying the heavy metal performance that completed this couple's wedding day.
Enjoying the heavy metal performance that completed this couple’s wedding day.
The best man's band, Visigoth, played at this D&D themed wedding.
The best man’s band, Visigoth, played at this D&D themed wedding.
After a private performance for a bride and groom, members of the band Visigoth take a moment for a photo.
The bride and groom with members of the band Visigoth.