A happy couple shooting their engagement photos in the woods last Sunday evening near Holy Jim Canyon, California, ran into an unexpected surprise: a black metal band carrying medieval weapons and wearing white makeup.
“During the last part of the session, we noticed a few guys with some corpse paint makeup on sitting at a nearby bench blaring out some black metal music,” John Awesome told ABC News. “We just randomly thought it would be a funny idea if we could get them to be a part of our engagement shoot. So we approached them and asked and they were more than happy to accept! Super nice people. I seriously can’t make this stuff up.”
ABC News reports the band, Coldvoid, was in the woods for their own photo session. Making the contrast in styles between the two groups even more striking, the band members were carrying swords, nails, and a candelabrum.
“It was a completely random encounter,” ‘Dysmal’ from Coldvoid told BuzzFeed News. “We were there taking photos for our band and our drummer Zack’s girlfriend took our photos. The couple approached us with their photographer and we chatted for a bit, and then they asked to take a photo and we were happy to do it.”
Photographer Janet Wheeland said the black metal band gave them a copy of their new demo. “[I]t was the perfect eerie soundtrack for the drive out of the woods,” said Wheeland. “It was a perfect, spontaneous finale to our photo shoot. We couldn’t have planned it better.”
Awesome and his fiancee, Nydia Hernandez, plan to wed next fall and have already begun planning the music. When asked what could top their engagement photos, Awesome told ABC, “If this band ends up crashing our wedding reception.”
[Top photo via Wheeland Photography]