Tara-Lee and Jesse were married at the groom’s family home on Mt Tamborine, Australia. The day had a vintage circus/ carnival theme!
“Jesse and I are far from traditional people”, began the bride. “We like to do things totally left-field and wanted a day that people would be talking about for years to come that would also suit us perfectly. We wanted something fun, wild and not like the everyday type of weddings that people expect. We wanted a big party that we just so happened to get married at.
Their our officiant dressed up as a gypsy psychic for the ceremony and their 6 year old daughter was decked out head to toe as a Ring Master. Their baby daughter was even dressed as a lion! “The ceremony started with Lily standing up on a podium, calling everyone’s attention to ‘Roll up! Take your places because the bride is here!’ I walked down the aisle to City and Colour’s Northern Wind. My vows consisted of gaming references as a surprise to Jesse and his vows consisted of singing I Wanna Grow Old With You from The Wedding Singer, which was the best surprise and was funny because we’d actually joked about them being our wedding vows!”
Paul and Shannon’s Friday 13th wedding took place in November and had a super glam yet quirky theme. “The wedding was a reflection of everything that we are,” said the bride. “Paul loves the prohibition era glitz and glam, I have an affinity for Vaudeville theatre and the vintage circus. We really have such a penchant for drama and over-the-top nonsense, it’s what makes us work so well together! So we infused the place with antique gold, gem-toned carnival glass, and absinthe cocktails. We even had a silent film reel projected onto the walls!”
“The most special thing is how much our family became invested in this process; all brooches for my bouquet found adventuring through antique stores with Paul’s mom, and the ABSURD marquis sign and the moon were made by hand by his talented dad! My mum made a gorgeous Poiret coat from an actual pattern from the 20s. We even displayed wedding dresses belonging to the matriarchs on both sides of our family so that guests could feel the legacy of marriages before ours that had been so wonderful.”
Both circus performers, Rocío and Benjamin they met doing what they love so it was only right that their wedding was also in held in a big top! “I am a trapeze artist and Benjamin is a clown”, the bride said. “So the style of our wedding was quite familiar to us. We all are circus people, very spontaneous and full of laughs.”
“We were inspired in our roots. At the beginning Benjamin wanted to have the ceremony at a church, but I convinced him to have the ceremony at the circus too. We were born there, we lived our happiness and sorrows there. This is our life, so it made sense to do it all there.”
There’s nothing quite like a circus wedding! The fashion designer bride made her own dress as well as her groom’s attire, and the bridesmaid dresses. She also did all the reception décor, what a wonder woman!
“Our wedding was very colourful”, said bride, Yasmin. “I create 350 decorated hats for the guests. The wedding was very unique and wild. We had circus acts that entertained the crowd and no-one was expecting it!”
Mark and Lara were married on a ranch in Montana. They wanted their wedding to have a ‘dark carnival’ theme. “We both live in Los Angeles but I grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Montana”, the bride explained. “We decided to have it in Montana not only to give have it in a place we both loved and connected with but so that our Los Angeles friends would have an opportunity to have a mountain adventure.”
“We are both film-makers and love theatrical imagery. We were inspired by Ray Bradbury’s, Something Wicked This Way Comes, a 1962 dark fantasy novel about 13-year-old best friends and their nightmarish experience with a travelling carnival that comes to their town… But we wanted to give our adaptation of it a light-hearted, jovial twist.”
The couple wanted to take every traditional aspect of a wedding and twist it. “We really wanted to make a point of making every part of the wedding unique and alternative”, she continued. “We had an outdoor ceremony in the drizzling rain. Instead of a sombre entrance, I came into the ceremony with the women of my family dancing around my Dad and I with streamers. We wrote the ceremony ourselves along with my eccentric Aunt Veronica who officiated us. We gave out small instruments for people to play as we danced out of the ceremony.”
If you’re having a carnival, fairground or circus themed wedding then you’re going to love this photo shoot. Whether you just want little touches, or you’re going gung ho on a very specific theme, these images are packed full of colourful and crafty ideas.
Put together by prop and wedding décor hire company Aisle Hire It!, they explained, “Our creative concept was designed around the idea of fairground frolics meet retro rainbows! We injected strong colour throughout the shoot, using fun, upbeat and quirky touches to ensure this was no ordinary bridal shoot.”