Marbled Enchantment: A Halloween-Inspired Union of Souls in a Cemetery


It’s that time of year where everything gets a little…spooky. The air turns crisp, the night gets longer, the ghosts and ghouls come out to play! For those that really like to get into the Halloween spirit and channel their mischievous side—have you ever considered saying your vows in a cemetery? I mean, what better place to utter the words, “’Til death do us part…”?

Halloween is a FAVORITE for Ashley Nicole Events. This time of year always brings her back to her childhood when her mom would begin the costume design process in July (what a rockstar!), and then come Halloween night, she and her brother would sort through their mountains of candy. Sound familiar? In order to channel those haunting feelings, Ashley teamed up with Christian Wilson Photography and florist, XO Design Co, to create something seriously eerie.

To the Rosehill Cemetery we go!

The Outfits


The bride donned a custom tulle dress created by C Rinella Designs.


The Ceremony



Are you familiar with the tradition of handfasting during a marriage ceremony? This ritual has roots in an ancient Celtic tradition and serves as a symbol of binding two souls together (this is where the origin of the phrase “to tie the knot” comes from!).


Thistle, anemones, painted roses, and gilded leaves—XO Design Co crafted a stunning bouquet that is equal parts enchanting and moody as it is luxe.


Finding a grassy spot, the ceremony space was lined with tons of candles. Can you imagine how this looks at night?

The Onyx Marbled Tablescape


Oh. Man. Now that’s how you tie in the spooky + eerie into a tablescape…while still making it fashion. Aren’t those pops of gold brilliant?



Want to bring new life to your tablescape with these haunting delights? Here are a few of our faves to create this look:




‘Til death to us part, honey.


To top it all off, Delish Cakes crafted this marbled beauty with touches of gold.


A little haunting magic is just what the doctor ordered, no? Happy Halloween, everyone!

And major props to the creative team that put together this chilling editorial.


photography: Christian Wilson Photography // venue name: Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois, USA // event design: Ashley Nicole Events Inc // planning: Ashley Nicole Events Inc // florals: XO Design Co // wedding dress: C Rinella Designs // hairpiece: Mariefel Westa // hair stylist: Mariefel Westa // makeup artist: Adrianna Ghilarducci // groom attire: The Wedding GPS // paper goods: Studio M Creations // handmade details: The Lonely Heart Co // cake: Delish Cakes // tabletop rentals: Marquee Event Rentals // furniture rentals: Marquee Event Rentals // linen rentals: BBJ Linen // specialty rentals: Alchemy Arts // models: Dana Vahl and Grant McNamara