Couple’s Romantic Engagement Shoot in the Woods Is Accidentally Crashed by a Black Metal Band

Unexpected Visitors Crash Happy Couple's Portrait

Truth is often stranger than fiction, something John Awesome and Nydia Hernandez prove in their engagement photo shoot after it was crashed in the most hilarious way. The happy couple was having their portraits taken in Holy Jim Canyon in Southern California when they encountered some unexpected visitors. Considering they were in the wilderness, it’d be reasonable to see a four legged creature traipsing by, but no. Awesome, Hernandez, and their photographer Janet Wheeland instead came across a makeup-clad black metal band!

The four long-haired guys were Coldvoid, a local group in the midst of their own photo shoot inspired by the full moon. Wheeland spotted them from afar and had the great idea of posing Coldvoid with the engaged couple in one epic photo. “When you run into a black metal band in the woods during your engagement session you ask them to join in,” Wheeland reasoned to BuzzFeed.

The band was happy to oblige in this “completely random encounter” that resulted in one of the most delightfully bizarre engagement photos we’ve seen. Awesome and Hernandez look as though they’re blissfully in their own world while being surrounded by the eerie sword- and candle-stick-wielding men of Coldvoid. “It was a perfect, spontaneous finale. We couldn’t have planned it better.”

Here's the engagement shoot sans Coldvoid: Engagement Photo ShootPortrait Of Happy CoupleEngagement Session In The WoodsWilderness Photo ShootWoodsy Engagement PicturesNature Engagement Photo SessionHappy Couple's Portrait In The WoodsEngagement Photo Shoot In The ForestColdvoid got a mini photo session of their own: Makeup Clad Black Metal BandBizarre Engagement PhotosWheeland Photography: Website | Facebook
via [Buzzfeed, ABC News]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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