Think weddings and Halloween don’t have much in common?
The ancients believed marriage made a couple susceptible to malignant spirits. Roman brides wore veils to hide their identity from demons and shield them from curses, while flower girls throughout the ages have worn garlic and tossed herbs to ward off evil. A groom carries his bride over the threshold to protect her from the devils lurking below. And a pinch of salt protects the marriage against bad omens.
All Hallow’s Eve originated with the ancient Celts. It was the end of the old year; the beginning of the new. Thus, they believed, the border between our world and the spirit world was at its thinnest, allowing ghosts and demons to slip across. To disguise one’s self from these spirits, the custom of wearing costumes evolved.
Today we all know love can be scary—letting someone see behind the mask takes a great deal of faith and love.
So what to do if you are getting married on Halloween? This couple embraced the magic of the season and looked to the original writer of scary love stories, Edgar Allen Poe, for inspiration. Check out this amazing cake inspired by “The Raven” and created by Blue Note Bakery.