Playful, whimsical, and charming, this Texas wedding has it all — and we couldn’t be more in love. Fun colors and nods to all things carnival were in order for Teresa and Marc’s big day, and thanks to the skills of Alba Rose Photography, Cloud Creative Events, and Lush Couture Floral, we’ve got some serious inspo for all you whimsy lovers out there. Just wait until you see Teresa’s amazing bouquet!
The second our eyes ran over these words, we knew we were in for a visual treat: “Our inspiration — think Notebook, meets Big Fish meets a summer carnival/fair.” So the bride describes her wedding day, and we have to say from looking through these images that she absolutely nailed her vision. Valentina Glidden Photography was on hand to capture all the goodness and details, so let’s jump in!
From the bride, Lisa: We were determined to make our wedding stand out from any other wedding! We wanted it to be unique, fun and to not feel so “wedding-ish.” Our inspiration–think Notebook, meets Big Fish meets a summer carnival/fair. There’s just something so romantic about carnivals, and what we imagined one to be like in the 1940s era. The lights, the music, the care-free summer nights and of course, riding the ferris wheel with your sweet heart!
Flower recipe: My aunt, who is a florist created all of our floral looks. She did all of the arrangements, bouquets, embellishments and flower crowns for the flower girls. We wanted a charming wild flower look to keep with the summery country vibe. We used Feverfew (miniature daisies) Daisies, Craspedia, Baby’s Breath, Dusty Miller, Yarrow, Scabiosa Pods and Solidaster.
Being that our wedding was a vintage carnival, we wanted it feel light, airy and fun. We wanted it to have the perfect balance of a carnival yet feel romantic, rustic and whimsical. Our general colors were muted reds, blues and yellows but we weren’t big on having everything matchy, matchy . We pretty much hand crafted most everything ourselves. Jake is a graphic designer so we were able to custom design our save the dates, invitations, programs and favors. Most all of the detail and décor we did ourselves too–DIY projects and antique store finds. My mom and I sewed fabric bunting flags and ribbon streamers. My dad helped with the construction projects such as collecting old scrapped wood which we painted and drilled to make signs as well as light up marquee letters from metal. We built a kissing booth that I hand painted for our guests to take photos in. I also constructed our cake topper and even designed my own wedding dress and had it hand made! My mom made the flower girl’s dresses and an assortment of over 2,000 homemade cookies for our “sweet treats” table. You can definitely say our wedding screamed DIY! We also hired a caricaturist to create caricaturists for our guests as a fun souvenir. But our favorite part—the ferris wheel! We knew if we wanted our look to feel authentic, we needed to have a ferris wheel which we rented from a local event company. It tied everything together and the guests just loved it! The open space of the venue with the oak trees, old barn and charming character created the perfect setting for our event and pulled everything together.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I’d say first things first, decide on the look or theme you are going for and let it resonate. That was the best thing we did. We decided on our look right away and spent a lot of time exploring flea markets, antique shops and etsy for the perfect ideas and accents. The more time you have to think about it, the easier it will come together and the more time you will have to make it work. Plus it’s a lot less stressful! Also, don’t be afraid to take a risk! If you love something, find a way to incorporate it into your wedding. It will make it the planning fun as well as your day that much more special.
Wedding Party Processional: “Married Life,” Michael Giacchiano (Up Soundtrack)
Bride’s Processional: “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Ingrid Michaelson
Recessional: “Everybody,” Ingrid Michaelson
First Dance: “The Way I Am,” Ingrid Michaelson
Cocktail hour and dinner we played a lot of classic and folky hits from the 1940s – Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington to name a few.
Wedding Location: Walnut, CA / Photographer: Valentina Glidden Photography / Wedding Coordinator: Sandy McDermott and Aide Delgado of Rose Wade Events / Florist: Flowers by Sharen / Venue: Brookside Equestrian / Wedding Dress: Designed by Bride and constructed by Ann Seitz and Annette Constantino / Bride’s Headpiece and Shoes: ModCloth / Makeup and Hair: Foundation of You / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Jack Threads / Caterer: Rose Wade Events / Wedding Cakes: Beverly’s Best Bakery / DJ: FLY BY NIGHT Disc Jockeys / Ferris Wheel Rental: LA Party Works / Caricaturist: The Cartoon Lady / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: designed by Bride and Groom, printed by Coastal Finishing
We’ve seen our fair share of wedding venues over the years, but one that always brings a smile to our faces is Malibu’s Calamigos Ranch. Ooh La Love Events and Tenley Erin Young pulled out all the stops for Staci and Evan’s wedding day, skillfully mixing gorgeous floral design with romantic and bohemian elements all captured by She Wanders.
From the bride, Staci: During the planning process, I wanted our wedding to reflect one thing and one thing only – us. Evan and I have a unique story. We were best friends for 8 years before ever dating, so our relationship still has that element intertwined. We wanted everyone to feel at home, and feel like family. We incorporated as many friends as possible into the ceremony, too. Our friend Alex officiated (she got ordained online!), the DJ was one of our closest friends from high school, and the ceremony took place at a location that was close to both of our hearts in our hometown. I’m a writer, so I wanted to incorporate elements of the things I love – quotes, books, vintage typewriters… all that fun stuff. Our florist, Tenley Erin Young did a great job of listening to my vision and making sure that everything made sense.
Our florist is known for her unique aesthetic. Because our venue was so stunning, I didn’t want to take away from its natural beauty. Our flowers were the main source of color with lots of peonies, anemones, garden roses, lavender, and eucalyptus. Growing up, I always dreamed of wearing a big, beautiful floral crown, and Tenely made that happen for myself and my bridesmaids. Our overall color scheme was muted with lots of beige and gold. Blooms were in beautiful urns, brass containers, and wooden crates to add that vintage element. DIY projects included dipping 180 terra cotta pots into silver, gold, and white paint and planting succulents into each. I was able to finish those on a lazy Sunday afternoon with the help of my mom and some amazing girlfriends. Tenley also made the LOVE sign at our dessert bar – so impressive!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Two words – be nice! It’s so hard to get caught up in the day (and month’s leading up to it). Evan and I are pretty laid back. I knew what I wanted, but I also wanted the people involved in my special day to feel like I appreciated them and everything they did for me. From the bridesmaids dresses (I chose Stone Cold Fox dresses that I knew they would wear more than once), to the thank you notes, and the little token gifts, I wanted my friends to know how much I loved them for being there for me. I made sure to keep my cool if something didn’t go my way, and just wanted everyone to have fun rather than feel like they were just there for the ride.
Bridal Party Processional: “Landslide,” Fleetwood Mac; “Wonderwall,” Oasis
Bride’s Processional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
First Dance: “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,” Ingrid Michealson
Wedding Location: Malibu, CA / Photographer: She Wanders / Wedding Planner: Ooh La Love Events / Florist: Tenley Erin Young / Venue and Caterer: Calamigos Ranch / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Wedding Shoes: Valentino / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Stone Cold Fox / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Accessories: Lanvin / Dessert Table: Vanilla Bake Shop / Ceremony Musician: Todd McCool / DJ: Jon Dadon / Wooden Signs: Sweet Carolina Collective / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Wedding Invitations: Hello Lucky / Paper Goods: Linda Russom / Videographer: Jeff Corrigan
How can you go wrong with a good circus-themed wedding? Jagger Photography was behind the camera for a wedding filled to the brim with DIY projects, bold colors, and cakes from Beverly’s Best that tie everything together seamlessly. Truly, this beauty of a party wedding is jam-packed with great ideas, so let’s jump on in!
From the bride, Kady: We wanted a romantic feeling, but we also wanted a casual and fun environment. We wanted it to feel like a great party celebrating our love. Our wedding was inspired by a vintage circus theme. We loved the feeling of creating a canopy with lights and vintage parasols, while still enjoying the beauty of a rustic outdoor venue. Along with vintage circus elements, our color palette consisted of black and white stripes and bold jewel tones. Our theme lent itself to many fun DIY projects: center pieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, invitations, ceremony backdrop and the ring bearers pillow were all handmade. We also created many different stations that were heavily decorated with DIY projects, including our “souvenir table” (ie. favors) and our cigar bar.
Bouquet recipe: Vintage Ostrich Feathers, Dinner Plate Dahlias, Antique Hydrangeas, Teddy Sunflowers, Yellow Wax flowers, Pampas Grass, Feather Celocia, Hangam, Rose Hip, Curly Willow, Craspedia, Liquid Amber, Cornbroom, Hypericum
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Establish your budget early on and stay true to it. Decide what elements you’re willing to splurge on and book those vendors first. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You will have many people offer their services in one way or another – take them up on it! They wouldn’t be offering if they didn’t love you. We were very fortunate to have the amazingly talented SOS Entertainment & Jagger Photography in our family. We definitely lucked out having the DJ and photographer as siblings since those vendors were most important to us. The DJ truly sets the mood of the wedding and keeps the flow throughout the celebration. After months, sometimes years of planning, the day/night tends to fly by, details and candid moments get missed, so having an amazing photographer is key. It’s incredible being able to relive your special day, moments you may have missed and memories shared with your guests all thanks to your photographer! Last but not least… don’t lose sight of what the day is truly about… celebrating love.
Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “Everything,” Michael Buble
First Dance: “Heavenly Song,” Patty Griffin
Wedding Location: Irvine, CA / Photographer: Jagger Photography / Second Shooter: Geoff Brouillette of Orange Owl Photography / Wedding Planner: Bride’s mother Celeste Gallagher and Bride’s sister, Keeley Gallagher Sage with SOS Entertainment / Flowers: Orange County Wholesale Flowers, all arrangements done by bride’s mother / Venue: Bommer Canyon Ranch / Wedding Dress: Watters via Mary Me Bridal / Veil: The Dresser / Hair: Vanessa Garcia of The Grand / Makeup: Lauren Nodland / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom, Anthropologie, J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Joe Muniz with Friar Tux / Wedding Caterer: Taqueria De Anda / Desserts: Beverly’s Best / DJ and Lighting: Bride’s Sister and Brother-in-Law, Keeley and Derek Sage of SOS Entertainment / Parasols: Bella Umbrella / Wedding Invitations: Hap Brandon
Occasionally I can’t quite put my finger on what it is about a wedding that makes me fall in love with a wedding – it just becomes too difficult to tear myself away from the images. Diane and Julien’s wedding shot by Studio A+Q stole my heart pretty quickly with its civil ceremony in Paris and whimsical circus-themed party in Normandy. How could it be anything less than great?
From the bride, Diane: We wanted to organize a very festive event, not too chic nor conventional, so that people could feel good and be relaxed — that’s why we chose to make an old-fashioned circus theme, with a lot of home-made details, candy and games for our guests. We absolutely wanted to feel and to give emotion and that’s why we did a lot of things by ourselves, wrote or attentively chose each text, music, etc.
We did an old fashioned circus theme, with two colours: pink for sweetness and green because the domain we had chosen in Normandy had blue-green nice timbering. We also added white in order to keep a little bit of poetics. We made a lot of details ourselves: more than hundred meters club flags pink and green, white and pink pompoms, little circus games for the cocktail, colourful windmills, etc. and we also installed a pink and white candy-bar. We chose material with different patterns to keep a little bit of craziness.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Organize an event which well represents yourselves: if you are a little bit crazy, do something crazy, and don’t hesitate to do what you really want (and not what your parents want…). That’s doesn’t matter to do something to please everybody: it is your own wedding. Don’t forget to take pleasure to organize your own wedding: everybody told me it was horrible to organize an event during one entire year but finally we had very great and emotional moments!
Groom’s Entrance: “Feeling Good,” Michael Buble
Bride’s Entrance: “She,” Elvis Costello
Ceremony: “Your Song,” Ellie Goulding; Ave Maria
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
Newlywed Entrance: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk
First Dance: “New York, New York,” Frank Sinatra
Wedding Location: Paris and Normandy, France / Photographer: Studio A+Q / Bride’s dress: Pronovias / Bride’s shoes: Dessine moi un soulier / Groom’s suit: Faubourg Saint Sulpice / Location: La Grange de Bourgoult
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
We’ve made no secret of our love of Long Island City’s Metropolitan Building, and have featured quite a few wedding at this always-gorgeous site. Nerissa and Jared’s wedding takes place at the same historic location, but brings in a fresh new theme: circus carnival. You’re going to want to carve out some time to look through all of Photo Pink‘s images from this big day, and take in all the incredible details:
From the bride, Nerissa: When it came to the wedding theme, that came pretty naturally. At first, I actually didn’t think that we’d have a “theme” per se, but on the night that Jared proposed he sang me a song that he wrote & played on his acoustic guitar — “round & round & round so we go…”. So while I was trying to figure out the design direction & decor for the wedding, those lyrics kept ringing in my head. And then it was like an “Aha!” moment where ferris wheels, carousels, acrobats & circus rings all danced in my head… and there it came to be.
Jared also has a son and I really wanted him to be a part of it all. When I was thinking of ways to incorporate him I remembered how he liked to walk around the house with his drum and play “marching band”. So then I thought, why not give him his moment and play that down the aisle in front of everyone?! So he did… with drum in tow… and he banged and banged all the way to the end of the aisle. I heard it was pretty amazing.
My hat was my biggest surprise and most loved creation of the wedding. At first, I didn’t know what to wear. There were sooo many choices — headbands, hats, veils, birdcages — and they were all so pretty! I actually tried them all — probably about 60 in total. But after considering my theme and talking to a few people, I decided to have it custom made. Luckily for me, I found the perfect person to do it! I met with her several times to discuss what I wanted and to hear her thoughts, as well as for fittings and rearranging. The result was better than I expected and I am absolutely in love with it every time I see it!!
As for all the decor & vibe, I really wanted to focus on Jared & I and who we were and what we stood for. I absolutely hate waste so to me, having big, beautiful centerpieces and tons and tons of food just for a 4-hour party was wasteful. It also didn’t fit with our theme. So instead, I decided to go with the overall effect. We had little groupings of flowers that reminded me of wildflowers — the type that you might see outside of a circus tent back in the day. A circus tent also served as a chuppah which was also set up by my florist. A few of the men in my family put up the lights around the poles to help create the dim lit mood that I wanted.
There was actually supposed to be just a bit more stuff but Hurricane Sandy & the noreaster came crashing through NY just 1.5 weeks before the wedding and rendered me homeless for a week. It therefore became pretty much impossible to finish with no power, no heat, no gas and 20 degree temperatures to contend with. For a while, I actually had a plan that if something happened, we’d fly to Vegas and just get married anyway and deal with it all later. But luckily, like a miracle, everything came together and right on time. On the day of the wedding, Jared and I promised each other that no matter what happened (or didn’t happen), we’d live in the moment, enjoy our day and not nitpick at what wasn’t exactly right (and looking back, there was A LOT that I could’ve been upset about, but that only I would’ve noticed). When it came time for me to walk down the aisle, I was just so overwhelmed — by all the faces that I loved that actually made it; by all the hard work that everyone put into it despite the worst; by the relief that the day and moment was finally here and my groom was at the end & my dad, family and friends were surrounding me — that I couldn’t help but cry and cry all the way to the alter. Looking back, we both say that it was honestly one of the best and most fun and memorable days in both of our lives.
Wedding Location: Long Island City, NY / Wedding Photographer: Photo Pink / Wedding Venue: Metropolitan Building / Wedding Coordinator: Fernanda Dos Santos / Event Design: Bride, Yen Squared / Florist: Melarosa / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm / Reception Dress: Bebe / Bride’s Hat: Barbara Feinman Millinery / Bridal headband: Untamed Petals / Bride’s Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, Steve Madden / Hair: Kristan Serafino / Makeup: David Maderich / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff, Bari Jay, David’s Bridal / Bride and Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Betsey Johnson / Flower Girl Outfits: Crybabyz and Hannah’s Tutu / Tambourine Boy Outfit: Apple & Ivy / Groom’s Suit and Shoes: Topman / Groom’s Socks: Hugo Boss / Wedding Caterer: Red Table Catering / Wedding Cake: Nine Cakes / Rainbow Cookie Cake: Lulu’s / Pies: Jericho Cider Mill / Cupcakes and Lemon bars: made by the sister-in-law/bridesmaid to the bride / DJ: DJ Kahn of 74 Events / Rentals: Broadway Rentals / Photobooth: Sweet Booths / Wedding Videographer: Crafthouse Productions / Wedding Invitations: Bride, Yen Squared / Paper Printing: Official Offset
A bride with a short Nicole Miller dress, a Twigs and Honey cap veil, and a carnival-inspired theme — really, what’s not to love? Pop in some styling by laceandlikes, images from made u look photography, top it off with a bonus wedding film, and you’ve got one of our most playful and inspired weddings so far this year!
From the bride, Dana: I wanted it to be whimsical, playful, colorful, and bright. I wanted it to feel fresh and exciting- like it was a a true celebration! That’s why we went with a carnival-inspired style, rearing just a little toward the dark side of carnival for a little edge. It had touches of rock & roll and imaginative, absurd qualities which best describes us as a couple.
We didn’t want to really have a “theme.” We wanted it to just be a good time, and be the best party ever. What’s more fun than a carnival? We decided it’d be a carnival-inspired wedding, but by no means did it have a theme. Our color scheme however, we just slightly more specific, being “bright colors, lots and lots of bright colors.”
My wedding planner Rachael and I talked a lot about definitely doing something outside; something leaning more towards “woodsy” rather than “beach-y.” I wanted more like a woodland fairy type of feel, and one day Rachael said, “Like the movie, “Big Fish?” and I said, “Perfect. Exactly.” She then researched places in and around San Diego, where we live, and when she suggested Julian- it fell into place. Julian is a small, quaint, charming town known for their famous apple pies. Kevin and I went on our first camping trip together there during the first month we were together. I met his best friends there for the first time. That town means a lot to me, and Rachael figured out what I needed without me even knowing what I wanted. Driving up on that ranch for the first time, I knew immediately it was perfect when a gaggle of geese ran across the road winding up into the ranch. Perfect.
We DIYed miniature plastic animals from Party City spray painted gold, handmade balloon dart board, wooden red heart with marquee lights as the backdrop during the ceremony, melted records for the bowls of flowers for the flower girls, handmade streamer wands for the guests to wave as they threw felted colored balls during the recessional, flea marketed postcards that served as the “guestbook,” handmade caramel apples as take-aways.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Find an amazing wedding planner like mine — someone who “gets you” and whom you trust. Enjoy every second of it, and reach out to your family and friends — have friends in an amazing band? Ask them to play at your wedding! Have an amazing, crazy, funny uncle? Have him be the officiant! Having your loved ones involved makes your day so much more personal and special. Also, and probably most importantly- trust in yourself and your gut. Do whatever you think feels the best to you. We didn’t follow a lot of traditions (no bridesmaids or groomsmen, no traditional processional/recessional songs, etc..) and it felt perfect to me and Kevin because of it. It was us. Do what YOU want to do.
Processional: “And the Winner Is,” Devotchka from the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack
Recessional: “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns & Roses
No first dance! Just many a dances!
Wedding Location: Julian, CA / Wedding Coordination, Design, and Floral: laceandlikes / Wedding Photographer and Videographer: made u look photography / Wedding Venue: Sentenac Ranch / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller “BR0314” / Wedding Veil: Twigs and Honey “223” / Wedding Shoes: Prada / Hair: Brooke Dankowski of Hyde-Edwards Salon & Spa / Wedding Caterer: Phil’s BBQ / Wedding Cake: Julian Pie Co. / Rentals: Allie’s Party Rentals / Wedding Music: The Schitzophonics / DJ: Edgar Alminar / Wedding Invitations: Alexandria Manson
We loved this wedding the minute it landed in our inbox, and were giddy with delight when we saw that bride Elizabeth frequented Ruffled when planning her own wedding day! Make sure you take a gander at all the incredible images from Matt & Katie, because you’re definitely not going to want to miss one of our absolute favorite first looks yet. Oh, and did we mention the bride’s Johanna Johnson wedding gown? Breathtaking.
From the bride, Elizabeth: Dave and I were married last October, atop a beautiful meadow on my parent’s farm. We were living in the city, and thought a country wedding seemed relaxed and a lot of fun, we wanted our guests to have as much fun as we did, so tried to create an atmosphere of joy and excitement.
We had a little bit of a recurring theme with snow globes. When we were dating the first time Dave had to go away without me, he brought me back a snow globe. A lot of our stationery featured a picture I drew of Dave and I in a snow globe, so now we’d always be together. Our wedding featured lots of DIY. Dave and I worked together on lots of projects in the months leading up to the wedding, and my parents and I collected lots of vintage finds (plates, vases, suitcases, picture frames, rugs) that added to the day.
We couldn’t have had better photographers. Matt and Katie are such wonderful people, they felt like part of the family. They asked us if we wanted to have a ‘first look’ before our wedding, so we got to chat and have a few photos before the ceremony. It was such a great idea. We loved being able to just see each other and just enjoy that the day was all about our love for each other.
Bride’s Processional: “Hysteric,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Recessional: “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall & Oates
First Dance: “Love Love Love,” Avalanche City
Wedding Location: Somerset Dam, Queensland, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Matt & Katie / Ceremony Venue: Private Residence / Reception Venue: Coronation Hall / Wedding Flowers: Rutherberg Roses / Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson / Bride’s Shoes: Peep Toe / Bride’s Jewelry: Family heirlooms / Bride’s Hair: Fiona of Tony Mitchell / Makeup: Cathy Mason / Groom’s Suit: Ben Sherman / Groom’s Shoes: Milana / Groomsmen’s Suits: Ben Sherman and Country Road / Caterer: Pure Catering / Wedding Cake: family friend / Ceremony and Reception Musicians: Kate & Max / Lighting, Tables, and Chairs: Brisbane Valley Hire / Hay Bales: Brisbane Valley Farm Supplies / Officiant: Dave Benson / Stationery: bride / Paper Goods Supplies: Eckersleys / Transportation: Ageless Limousines and Wedding Cars
Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t keep myself from crushing on today’s bride’s wedding style. Her adorable Jackie O style short wedding dress, her bright orange bouquet, her shortie bridal veil, I love it all! Event planner Morgan Gallo went all out styling Ruth and Vinny’s Courthouse wedding, complete with a reception full of games, carnival inspiration, and the groom’s love of Captain America.
From the stylist, Morgan Gallo: Vinny and Ruth are such a genuine couple and wanted their wedding to really tell their guests who they were and what they loved as a couple and individuals. They wanted their wedding to be fun—a party. I remember meeting with them the first time to talk about the theme and Vinny was so excited to try to incorporate games in the reception because this was such a big part of his family time and Ruth wanted to have a carnival type theme because she loved the eclectic and colorful look so it couldn’t be any more perfect!
We started with the invitations that looked like a Carnival sign and ticket—we then wanted to incorporate many shades and textures and did so by shopping for fabric to cover mason jars and making custom napkins to add a pop of color to the tables. If you won a game, you got a prize! They wanted to have both of their cultures incorporated in some fashion and so both supplied the dessert table with the most popular Vietnamese and Mexican candies that their guests could take home in their goodie bags.
The cake topper is one of the cutest I have ever seen! The groom is a HUGE captain America fan and so they contacted a local etsy artist to do him ripping his military uniform off to reveal his Captain America insignia. We spent a LONG night up watching Grimm and making the adorable place card fan rounds. The bride got really crafty and made pinwheels and prop pieces (hats, glasses, mustaches, etc) to add height to the table and give guests an opportunity to really let their hair down and pose for the camera! Who needs a Photo Booth when you have the whole night to show off?!
Wedding Location: San Francisco and Sacramento, CA / Ceremony Venue: San Francisco Courthouse / Reception Venue and Caterer: Ten 22 / Wedding Design, Coordination, Paper Goods, and Reception Flowers: Morgan Gallo Events / Wedding Photographer: Alicia Gines Photography / Bride’s Bouquet: Mandy Scott Design / Cupcakes: Esther’s Cupcakes
The bride and groom from today’s wedding might just be the cutest pair we’ve ever seen, so it makes perfect sense they’d have the cutest wedding theme! With Mary Phan of Very Merry Events in charge, we knew Sherry and Tai’s vintage carnival inspiration would be done to the nines. Bursting with color, games, and treats aplenty, Alfred & Emma Photography captured it all. Every image is a pin-worthy gem chock full of ideas – we even spotted these fun DIY rosette wheels idea, with more tutorials here and here!
From the bride, Sherry: Tai and I met in college, back in 2004. We first noticed one another during class, but we didn’t we didn’t really become friends until a year later when a mutual friend brought me to a house party, that just happened to be Tai’s!
The theme came to me by a random stroke of inspiration. I just came across a ferris wheel and it dawned on me that I want my wedding to be like a carnival because it’s non-traditional and fun! The whole vintage vibe is just a style that I’ve always been drawn to, so that’s why I thought having a Vintage Carnival theme would make my dream come true. I wanted to have a wedding that’s not only unique and fun for the guests but also be able to express myself through personalized and handmade projects! My favorite projects were… well everything! I love crafts so when I started working on my bouquet, I just couldn’t stop finding more things to do to incorporate my personal touch.
I knew I wanted a Vera Wang dress because she knows how to design a dreamy gown that is truly one of a kind. When I first went to try on dresses, I tried the pink one on first and immediately, I knew that this was going to be the one. I tried on a few more dresses, but nothing screamed carnival or SHERRY like the pink one!
I found my reception dress accidentally when I was out shopping for wedding accessories. My dress was on a mannequin in the window and I just stared at it as I walked by. I then walked backwards to look at it more, then decided that the dress was perfect as a reception dress. It was so vintage carnival to me that I just had to buy it! I worked with a seamstress to do some alterations. The reception shoes were Toms. I wanted to match Tai, since he would be wearing Toms for the wedding. I bought lace ones to match my dress and added some Swarovski crystals on it because I wanted to give it a little more bridal glam.
My most cherished moments were moments that didn’t include people… Moments when I saw the ceremony, the tent and the barn. I was so touched at how perfect it all was and how I’m so blessed to be able to have this fairytale wedding! I simply can’t decide on my favorite part of the day because there were just so many moments throughout the day that I was so fond of! The most unforgettable moments were hearing Tai’s vows (surprise vows, might I add), my sister’s toast, the Father-Daughter dance, and the surprise flashmob!
Wedding Location: Sonoma, CA / Wedding Photographer: Alfred & Emma Photography / Event Design and Planning: Very Merry Events / Wedding Venue: Cornerstone Gardens / Wedding Flowers: Nona Tai of Floral Design Studio / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Revewedding Makeup / Wedding Caterer: Alex’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Tucker’s Ice Cream / Cupcakes: Angel’s Cakes SF / Pie Pops and Cakewalk Desserts: Cakewalk Desserts / Macarons: Chantal Guillon / Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals / Vintage Carnival Signs: Georgia Arts / Carnival Games: Fun Services / DJ and Lighting: Spintronix / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Jen Simpson Design / Videographer: Alan Silva
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?
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
Gourmet Invitations is part of Blue Label, our handy dandy local vendor guide.
This project made by Karen, the bride from this gorgeous wedding, has to be one of my favorite DIY projects for any wedding. I had this tutorial bookmarked from Design Sponge, but I love how Karen put her twist on it inspired by these marquee letters sold at Urban. Love the vintage carnival feel to her final project! She used foam board (similarly to this DIY hand-lettered chalk sign), so it’s buttery to cut. The red background, large round bulbs and serif font choice really makes the carnival style come to life.
What you’ll need:
– foam board and poster board, 2 sheets of each
– spray paint (metallic silver and red)
– G50 light bulbs (bought here, but also found in stores like here) *the bulbs pictured below were not the actual bulbs used in the final product – they are plastic ones found here
– hot glue
– C9 stringers (like these)
– printed letters (use serif font of your choice to achieve the same look) to desired size (just remember they need to fit your foam board!)
– cutting mat and x-acto knife
Karen first made a mockup with the wrappers and one with trial string lights:
Trace the printed letters onto the foam board to cut your letter shapes. With a pencil, mark the center of your letters for where the bulbs will go. The spacing of the bulbs will vary depending on how large your letters will be, so play around before cutting to determine what looks best. Make small holes on the center of each letter large enough to fit the outer rim of bulb sockets (to replicate these these vintage 20th century carnival signs) Here‘s a great tip on how to cut the circles on foam board. Spray paint your letters in rusty-red. Cut 4-5 inch wide strips of poster board and spray paint both sides in metallic silver. Glue the edges of you letters with your “metal” strips. Place the bulbs from the back and you’re done.
For a more industrial look, you can patina the background of the letters with different layers and finishes of silver and white paint with a brush!
Top photo by Paul Von Rieter
This wedding seems to be one of the most fun-filled days yet, with games aplenty for guests, both dogs and cats roaming around, and fireworks to round out the evening. The cutest detail? The bride and groom stood in a circle of flowers and shared their vows to each other in whispers. Thank you to the fantastic Julian Beattie for sharing his photographs with us!
From the photographer, Julian: This wedding was absolutely PACKED with details and awesomeness. It was held on a 100% organic avocado farm with a 100% vegetarian menu – a “carefree” ceremony where they whispered their vows .. and yeah, I could go on.
From the bride, Bek: Our wedding idea revolved around a vintage garden party – with cocktails and fun games in the afternoon then a long Italian style feast in the evening followed by dancing!
We had a splash of red going for the color scheme – red & white polka dot bunting, ribbons, table runners etc, mostly red flowers, drinks with red & white candy-striped straws, and of course I wore red shoes…
I am an artist & graphic designer, so I did all of the invitations, menus, name & table no. tags plus LOVE/JOY! tags on drinks & wine bottles. My family helped me put together all the bonbonniere packets (gifts of Baci chocolates in brown paper bags) with name tags and ribbons. I hand painted all of the signs on old bits of wood found around our farm. My mum and I also made red & white polka dot bunting. My partner (Rob) and his dad and friends renovated an old dairy bails on our farm to use as the kitchen/bar/lounge area. Plus they made the wooden benches (or ‘pews’) for the ceremony out of camphor wood from our farm. And a huge outdoor banquet table. The whole thing was pretty much a massive DIY project!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make sure that whatever you do for your wedding day – it is what you and your husband-to-be would LOVE. And I recommend doing as much of it as you can with friends and family to help as this makes it a very unique and personalized event — make it a fun craft project! (Oh, and definitely get people to help where you can!)
Wedding vendors (Byron Bay, Australia):
Ceremony and reception location: Private Property / Wedding photographer: Julian Beattie of Kariz-Matik / Day-of wedding coordinator: Jane Magnus from Byron Bay Weddings & Events / Wedding flowers: Estelle Montlouis of The French Petal / Wedding dress: made by bride’s friend / Bride’s headpiece: Johanna Johnson / Earrings: Sweet Papillon / Stockings and cardigan: Alannah Hill / Wedding shoes: Chelsea Crew / Wedding hair and makeup: Stephanie Hosking / Flamenco musicians: Passion Flamenca / Wedding catering: Seaweed Cuisine / Wedding desserts: k’pane / Wedding invitations: Dolores Cupcake
YUM is all I can say about our next project. This wedding favor may be the perfect marriage of movie nights and strolls on the boardwalk in the summer, and would look adorable in any wedding. Caramel popcorn is unbelievably easy to make, the only challenge will be trying not to eat it all.
What you’ll need:
– Popcorn cups (found here in bulk)
– Cellophane wrap
– Ribbon, scissors and cardstock for tags
– Wooden tray
For caramel popcorn:
– Natural flavored popcorn
– Corn syrup
– Brown sugar
– Vanilla extract
– Baking soda
– Peanuts (optional)
– Wax paper
I used this recipe as the base and added peanuts for a Crunch ‘n Munch taste. This project was made in batches of microwavable popcorn bags since we could only fit 2-3 trays in the oven. Depending on how many wedding favors you need, you might to make them in batches, small enough to fit in the oven. To make the carnival ticket curtain for the backdrop above: cut strings of tickets in different lengths, fold each in zig zag, and attach them onto a curtain rod or long wire.
After baking your caramel corn, transfer it to a sheet of wax paper and spread the popcorn in small chunks. Let it cool down for a few hours before you start filling the cups. Cut a square of about 20 inches of cellophane (or any other food safe plastic wrap) to package your favors, tie with a tag and ribbon et voila. This project can be made up to 3 days before the wedding.
Today is the official kickoff for our DIY Contest, and there are so many entries to share! To warm you up for the DIY Festival, I’d like to share this wedding sent by Sharon of Sharon Taylor Designs. This Missouri wedding is the epitome of a DIY wedding done right. Hannah and Evan chose The Loft at Keith Farms in Ash Grove as the perfect backdrop for their vintage countryside wedding.
A little bit from Sharon, the designer behind it all: “This sweet countryside wedding could not have touched me more. I was fortunate to have worked closely with my cousin, Laura Key. We worked together through out this last year year and frequented many garage sales and even trash piles…(yes, we do that on occasion). She and her husband, Brett poured more love and labor into this wedding than I have ever seen before on such an event – Brett hauled their family piano all the way to Ash Grove for the ceremony so that their oldest daughter, Chloe, could play at Hanna’s wedding – her sister. A labor of love by all the family! It was SWEET. Made me cry, laugh, and dance with a happy heart. “
Wedding Vendors (Ash Grove, MO):
Venue: The Loft at Keith Farms / Wedding planner: Sharon Taylor Designs / Wedding coordination: Bringing it Together Events / Florist: Lonie Mae, Schaffitzel’s Flowers / Photographer: Chase Heilman Photography / Bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie / Flower girl dresses: Polly Hawkins (Bride’s grandmother) / DJ: Nick Keith / Catering: DIY by bride’s family / Wedding Cake: Anna Cavvelin
I will leave with this gorgeous vintage Coney Island shoot by Jamie Beck of From Me To You for Working Class Magazine. Big thanks to Jamie for sharing these images with us!
Credits: ORB Models Mary Kate and Brett styled by Jessica Soga and Kylie Fife/ Hair and Makeup by Virginia Bradley / Photographed by Jamie of From Me To You for Working Class Magazine’s Summer of Love issue
See more images on Jamie’s blog!
Today we have two vintage inspired weddings with very different approaches. First up is a Carnival inspired wedding shot by the talented Laura Novak. Mike (the groom) is a graphic designer, so he created all of the paper goods. There’s so much candy in this wedding! The use of bubblegum in their centerpieces was such a fun splash of color, which carried throughout the entire decor. Candy was everywhere!
Venue: Greenville Country Club in Delaware
Cake by Liz Marden