Romantic Goth Inspired Styled Bridal Shoot

This styled shoot is Edgar Allen Poe inspired, both whimsical, dark and dreamy. I love the idea of breaking the rules and stepping outside of the box. The bride, our model Sasha, wore black! She pulls it off beautifully like Dita von Teese or Morticia Addams. She looks like a 1930s starlet with most of her pieces being true vintage and her Bettie Page bangs. Both the bride and the groom are heavily tattooed adding vibrant color to these photos. Pale skin in contrast with a black dress looks so dreamy with pops of red wine. It is such a unique feel that adds to the mood.

The wedding takes place at Parrish Grove Inn, an elegant bed and breakfast in historic Cocoa Village in Florida. The Inn is an 1885 Florida Queen Ann style home. The back of the house has beautiful orange trees.

The makeup artist, Joy McGregor of Joyous Faces did airbrush makeup with a glamorous smokey eye and lashes. The bold lip color was a perfect touch to match the flowers and decor, a rich wine adding more color to the pallet.

Hairstylist, Misti Blu McDermott used Sexy Hair, Kuene and Verb to get a sleek style with curled ends instead of a traditional updo.

Afton Johnson of Fern and Curl Designs nailed in with the dreamy dark flowers. The flower crown was simple and subtle and the bouquet was gorgeous and perfect.

For the centerpieces, Edgar Allan Poe book with candles and lights, black and gold tulle with droopy flowers in a  milk vase added a romantic feel.

The coffin shaped wooden ring box, designed by Wildling Apothecary was very fitting for a gothic style couple.

Photos and set design by Misti Blu Day. The bride provided her clothing and ring from her personal vintage collection.

Healthy Food

Halloween Festive Party Recipes

October is such a transitional month. Hurricane season is almost over and the tease of a cool breeze is on the way. It’s time to start getting festive and decorating. Food can be fun and still be healthy and delicious. I am offering a spooky dinner dish and side that will be a hit at any party. Everything is also gluten-free, and can be dairy-free as well. Most importantly, none of the ingredients call for scary preservatives, dyes or fillers. You won’t feel like a pumpkin after this meal! It is so delicious that it will haunt you forever with cravings. 

Stuffed Taco-Lantern

1 pack of Gardein meatless crumbles (you can substitute with meat)

1 can of black beans

1 small 4.5 oz can of green chiles

Season with onion powder, garlic salt, turmeric and cumin

Orange bell peppers 



Goat cheese (optional)

Preheat the over to 375. Mix the meatless crumbles with black beans, green chiles and spices on medium temperature, enough to warm it up and mix everything together. Cut the top of the orange bell pepper off and remove the seeds on the inside. With a small knife, cut different jack-o-lantern designs into the peppers and then stuff them with the mix. Top with goat cheese, unless you want a fully vegan dish. Place the peppers and lids on a foil covered baking dish and cook for 20 minutes. Line the plates with fresh spinach and place the peppers on the spinach. Decorate the top of the peppers with a little bit of Sriracha. 

Misti’s Salsa Salad

1 can of black beans

1 can of fire roasted corn

1 large tomato diced

1/3 of a white onion diced

Handful of chopped cilantro

Handful of chopped scallions

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

2 limes juiced

10 generous shakes of Cholula hot sauce 

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve with chips. You can also add fresh chopped avocado. 

*Published in

October 2018 issue