Carnival-Themed DC Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Happiest of Wedding Wednesdays to you! This vintage carnival wedding is hot off the presses, brought to us by the lovely ladies of Amber Karson Events. Sarah and Joe chose an old amusement park right outside of Washington DC for their wedding, which included old carnival games and swing dance lessons for guests. Shall we begin?

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From Amber Karson Events: Sarah and Joe were married at Dahlgren Chapel on the Georgetown Campus followed by a reception in an old Bumper Car Pavilion at historic Glen Echo Park. Sarah and Joe love to swing dance and often visit the park on Friday nights to dance. It was a perfect choice for their wedding reception. For the bar, ared & white striped tent placed in the corner of the Bumper Car Pavilion served as our festive bar for the evening. A vintage cash register served as a holder for cocktail napkins & straws atop the bar. For the Carnival Alley, guests mingled around the Pavilion and had fun playing a few favorite carnival games including Win A Goldfish, Ring Toss, and Tic Tac Toe. We loved the vintage looking signage made by Gourmet Invitations for each carnival game.

Wedding vendors (Washington, DC):

Ceremony venue: Dahlgren Chapel, Georgetown University / Reception venue: Glen Echo Park / Wedding Planning & Event Design: Amber Karson Events / Wedding photographer: Sam Hughes Photography / Flowers: Elegance & Simplicity / Catering: Main Event Caterers / Dessert: Georgetown Cupcakes / Videographer: Hello Super 8 / Invitations & Paper Goods: Gourmet Invitations / Band: Dr. Zoot / Balloon Artist: Balloon Affairs of Frederick / Tent & Carnival Games: Talk of the Town / Photobooth: Majestic Photobooth / Bride’s dress: Hannelore’s / Bridemaid’s Dresses: Aria / Hair: Hair by Jewels / Make-Up: Kiki D’talien / Transportation: Chariots for Hire

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  1. Cheri {Woodsy Weddings}

    This is so fun! Love their awesome ticket cake!

  2. shannon

    So gun! Love the cake toppers- do you know where they ate from?

  3. shannon

    So fun! Love the cake toppers- do you know where they are from?

  4. Marissa Nicole

    the colors in this wedding are amazing & the bouquet…to die for!

  5. Ashton

    What an amazingly creative wedding! Such a beautiful way to do retro :) Loved everything about it. Bride was stunning.

  6. Brooke

    Is this bouquet for sale? Can I buy a replica or any tips on where to find similar brooches?

  7. Melissa

    This looks like the most fun wedding ever! I absolutely adore the ticket-cake and signage. What a beautiful couple and beautiful day!

  8. Koru Kate ?Koru Wedding?

    This bright, cheerful wedding makes me smile! LOVE!!!

  9. Laura

    ADORE every square inch of this wedding. So fabulous!!!

  10. Sarah

    The bride here – happy to see so many liked this!

    The cake topper was custom made by Star House (

    I made the brooch bouquet myself :)

  11. Brooke

    The best one I have seen by far. Thanks for sharing your pics!

  12. lydia {ever ours}

    they both look so stylish!

  13. Amber Karson Events

    Thank you all for the amazing comments – loved working with our creative bride Sarah on all the fun details. Thank you Amanda for the feature!

  14. Yena {Sugarblush}

    wow!! amazing! truly a day to remember!

  15. Libett

    I love everything about this wedding! The bride and groom are stunning, the pictures are gorgeous, and I love the bridesmaids’ dresses and colors! And those red and white shoes the bride wore are fabulous!!! Can anybody tell me who makes those shoes and where one might purchase them?

  16. Franca

    This is prolly the sweetest and the cutest wedding I ever seen!!!

  17. Libett

    Can anybody tell me who makes these red shoes and where I might be able to get a pair?

  18. Louise

    It’s such a colourful wedding, can’t wait to show my brides about this wedding. Thanks!

  19. Elissa

    Where did you get your shoes? I have been looking for a pair like these!

  20. Britta

    This is the perfect wedding to me. I absolutely LOVE the film.

  21. Shavonda Toth

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    See you real soon

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