Whimsical Carnival Wedding
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.
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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
Absolutely beautiful, I love a good carnical theme.
I love how the guests threw pom pom balls instead of rice, the perfect splash of color against the natural scenery.
My daughter is having a rustic wedding so some great ideas here from these photos. Thanks will pass on to her to have a look
I loved the flower arrangements
So bright & beautiful. The pom pom exit from the ceremony is so cute & fun!
That indeed looks whimsical, colorful and bright. The Pom Pom ball idea is fantastic. Nice ideas to share online for weddings.
Love me some Lace and Likes. One of the funnest weddings I helped her with last year! The Carnival Animals and popcorn were my favorite!! <3
its a really lovely an amazing i really like that
my son is having this type of wedding and he is like the theam
i really like this and i also impress this style
Couple on cake looks similar to actual couple. Using color full ribbons and balloon here made it really awesome. Check such a beautiful wedding invitations from India here. I will make Indians to feel India here.
In my country, tradition are quite different then yours. But loved use of pom balls instead of rice as it value the food. Loved entire photography and capturing of lovely life time moments.
Amazing Pictures! Really loved the venue and arrangements. Such a fun,happy and colorful shoot! The cake topper is so cute.
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