Backyard Carnival Themed Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

As soon as I heard the description “festive backyard carnival wedding,” I was sold. How could you go wrong with such a happy theme? Brooke Beasley Photography photographed Elisa and Zack’s wedding, which was all expertly arranged by the bride and Erin Armstrong of Pine Street Events.


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From the bride, Elisa: Our style was Festive Backyard Carnival Wedding! We wanted our wedding day to be fun, semi-casual, and stress free yet still feel special and unique. Like most couples, we were on a budget. We cut corners where we could and dedicated a lot of our time — a trade off for saving some money. Although we still ended up going over (just a little bit) in the end, we had such overwhelming feelings of love and accomplishment, it was worth every penny.

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red wedding bouquets

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patterned bridesmaids gifts

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peach bridesmaids bouquets

Adjectives that best describe the look of our wedding: bright, fun, energetic, home grown, animated and serendipitous. The house was very eclectic which is why the carnival theme worked so well. Anything goes! There were a ton of DIY projects. Zack and I love projects. Luckily, our friends were sweet enough to help us indulge in most of our crazy wishlist. Some projects we tackled were: built benches for the ceremony (which was also later used for dinner seating and given away as thank you gifts), built cocktail tables out of wood pallets, built carnival games: coke bottle ring toss, balloon darts, and corn-hole, repurposed an old door into a chalk board welcome sign, guestbook thumbprint tree was drawn by one of the bridesmaids, wedding cake was ordered plain from a local bakery and then decorated by a friend.

blue bridesmaids dresses

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wedding paper goods

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Block out any negative vibes and go with what makes you guys happy. Prioritize what is most important and check those off the list first. Get a good wedding coordinator and enjoy your wedding!

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hanging paper lanterns

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carnival lounge areas

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wedding paper goods

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billy button accents


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison
Recessional: “Home,” Phillip Phillips
First Dance: “Nothing Can Change This Love,” Sam Cooke
Parents Dance: “You Never Can Tell,” Chuck Berry

Location: San Francisco, CA / Photographer: Brooke Beasley Photography / Second Shooter: Bluella Photography / Wedding Coordinator and Florist: Erin Armstrong of Pine Street Events / Wedding Dress: Galina via David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: TJ Maxx / Wedding Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet, Brooch: Family Heirlooms / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lulus and Missguided / Bridesmaid Purses: Bags By Jill / Flower Girl’s Dress: Gap / Men’s Attire: Amazon / Taco Cart: Leslie’s Catering (lesliescatering @ yahoo.com) / Wedding Cake: Isa Chu / Appetizers and Help Staff: The Party Helpers / Cocktail Band: Coffee Zombie Collective / Ceremony/Reception DJ: Joshua Chirinos / Photobooth: The Magnolia Booth Co. / Wedding Invitations: My Big Day Designs



8 comments
  1. catherine

    such gorgeous details!

  2. Ashley

    I love this idea! The swing pulls it all together!

  3. Party Rentals Irvine

    The wedding theme is so unique and beautiful. Each and every bit of detail looks gorgeous. Simply Amazing!

  4. Hawaii Wedding Planner

    Great wedding theme! The décor is amazing and fun. So unique

  5. Chris Radley

    Simply awesome wedding. Love the carnival theme

  6. kimberly anne Muli

    Simple but unique ^^ i love it!

  7. Sophie @ weddings by sophie

    Love how fun and unique this is and all that colour, wow! What a fabulous couple, would have love to have been involved in this wedding. Totally inspired :)

  8. Manny Spoelstra

    Great carnival themed wedding! I think involving kids on this type of wedding will make it better. And it will be best if the kids wear something from wallao.com

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Photos by:

Brooke Beasley

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