Pennsylvania Circus Inspired Wedding
When I say this is a “circus wedding,” I don’t mean it figuratively. This has to be the most dedication to a theme we’ve seen in quite a while, and the result is nothing short of a magnificent success. Brianna and Trevor’s wedding, shared with us by Maria Mack Photography, is one we won’t forget any time soon!
From the bride, Brianna: We decided very early on in the planning process that we wanted a vintage circus themed affair, with dancing being very important to me and circus attractions being very important to my husband. Our goal throughout our 15 month engagement was to create a unique, fun environment that provided entertainment for every guest and was far from “run of the mill.” Our wedding day included stilt walkers, magicians, a sideshow act, fortune teller, caricaturist and not one but two surprises for me(the bride) throughout the night. My husband surprised me with a “Human Champagne Chandelier” to kick off cocktail hour and my dad and father-in-law surprised me with a performance by the Mummers after our cake cutting.
The color scheme we stuck to was black and white with pops of gold and red to incorporate the theme while still keeping the overall look very formal. All wedding decor, aside from the florals and room draping, was DIY. My husband built the ticket booth and hand cut and assembled our table numbers. We also made the sandwich board signage, some photo booth props, pennant flags over the ceremony, large elephants in dining room, circus “card box”, provided and painted wooden barrels for favors, provided large balloons, vintage marquee lettering, etc. We planned the entire day, from start to finish, ourselves. The circus sideshow banners were hand painted by a very close friend. Our wedding favors, custom t-shirts, were designed and printed by my husband’s business.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Weddings are a very personal thing. Stay true to your personalities and don’t lose sight of why you are planning such an important day. It isn’t about just that one day, it’s about celebrating the love and respect you have for one another. And…. If you can squeeze a day-of coordinator into your budget, DO IT!
First Dance: “A Girl Like You,” The Croods
Father/Daughter Dance: “Have I Told You Lately,” Van Morrison
Mother/Son Dance: “Dear Mama,” Tupac Shakur
Wedding Location: Phoenixville, PA / Photographer: Maria Mack Photography / Event Planner: Liza LaMare of LovelyGirls Weddings + Events / Floral Design: Petals Lane / Venue: Phoenixville Foundry / Wedding Dress and Veil: Tara Keely by Lazaro via La Bella Moda / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Headpiece: Tessa Kim / Bridal Cuff: Dessa Lea / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm / Wedding Caterer: J. Scott Catering / Wedding Cake: Sweet Talk Custom Cakes / Band: Barcelona of EBE / Entertainers: Amazing Moments Agency / Sideshow: Olde City Sideshow / Lighting: Omnivent / Champagne Chandelier: Airplay Entertainment by the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts / T-Shirt Favors: Shirt & Ink / Custom Made Ticket Booth and Table numbers: Groom, Trevor Walz / Sideshow Banners: Scott Brady / Photo Booth: Main Line Photo Booth / Stationery: Carol Brugger