After four years of dating, Andi & Brian were engaged while on a trip to Australia. Brian proposed while they were visiting Luna Park in Sydney, which is affectionately referred to as the ‘Coney Island of Australia’. So when it came to planning their wedding this was their starting point.
“We really wanted to have a wedding that was very fun and non-traditional, so we kept with a vintage Coney Island/sideshow theme”, explained the bride. “It was perfect for us. Having the right décor was key in making the vintage-y, Coney Island feel that we were hoping to accomplish. We were so lucky to work with great vendors who were excited to help, especially Obnoxious Antiques who we rented the vintage carnival and sideshow pieces from. They also provided the sideshow banners that were hanged throughout the venue. A friend even painted a custom sideshow banner of Brian, me and our dogs!”
“It was also important to us to have a vegan wedding”, Andi continued. “We worked with Miss Rachel’s Pantry. She and her people created a killer vegan menu for us that kept within our fun, Coney Island/carnival theme. The best vegan bakery on the planet, Vegan Treats, created our blue velvet tiered cake and both the popcorn box cakes which were all were decorated with gold-leaf popcorn.”
This is a little bit freaky… so if you’re scared of clowns, mimes or circus freaks I suggest you look away now!
For their engagement shoot, fancy dress loving Neill & Niamh decided they wanted to dress as mimes. This quirky pair didn’t want a traditional or boring engagement session – they wanted to add some personality!
So they gathered some inspiration from the internet and went shopping for their outfits. All the props were all their own and as fate would have it, the circus came to town just down the road from where they live, so they asked the owner if they could shoot there.
The couple are getting married this weekend in a theatre, and judging on these images alone, it’s sure to be another theatrical production!
Running her own vintage boutique, Dirty Fabulous, in Dublin, Caroline was in the perfect position to plan her DIY circus themed wedding. She and fiancé Peter knew from the outset that they wanted something fun and unusual, and they had the perfect place in mind to host it. “We go to flea markets at the Dublin Food Co-op building and we always loved it”, the bride began. “It’s not particularly pretty by any stretch of the imagination but it always has a lovely vibe. We were at the market one Sunday and we both said that if we were ever to get married that it would make an awesome venue. It just went from there really, it took me about 6 months to convince the co-op to let us do it and we didn’t have a back up plan if they said no.”
“We did everything ourselves and for about €5000 (with 120 guests!) using props from Dirty Fabulous” she continued. “We started the day with a 1940s girl band, The Bugle Babes, followed by a pre-wedding first dance to Cathy Davey & Neil Hannon singing a duet. Then we got married on stage, my brother dressed as a ring master reading Oscar Wilde, and as soon as we were pronounced husband and wife The Dublin City All Stars, a big brass band, marched in playing Louie Louie. They had never played at a wedding before and they are mostly kids and their parents but they learnt the song for us and it was AMAZING! Everyone went bananas! They then played for about thirty minutes while everyone went crazy. Oh and my husband sang a Fred Astaire song to me during our vows which was awesome.”
Roll up! Roll up! For the wedding circus sideshow… Where lovers meet freaks and fun meets frolics!
In the groom’s parent’s backyard, Tabitha & Cody hosted their circus wedding on 5th May – Cinco de Mayo! All these influences were incorporated into their day – the circus, the sideshow and the DIY touches with the help of friends…
“Every detail of our day was handcrafted through the hard work of our close friends & family,” began the bride. “We were so lucky to not have to hire or work with anyone outside of our own tight knit group (except the carnival games, but they were wonderful!). We have the most talented friends, without whom we would have been absolutely lost! From our close friends Sheri & Erik of Tangerine Tree Photography, to the bridesmaids’ dresses from my other close friend Lynn – the genius behind Mandolin Dreams, all the way down to our beer labels and caps… everything was personal and created with love!”
Gabriela & Vinícius, from Sao Paulo, wanted to run away with the circus for their March wedding. They hired a red top marquee, had circus themed stationery and even had circus performers as their evening entertainment!
“My husband and I work with art (I’m a tattoo artist and he’s musician), and we think the circus represents our total immersion in it,” began Gabriela. “I don’t know when we had this idea, but was perfect for us! Our ceremony was more philosophical than religious, with no focus on any specific religion, only with a idea of spirituality.”
“I did all the decorating myself, I think much prettier and more fun than just buying everything done for you. I decided to reuse things where possible and to use cheaper materials. It was also important for our wedding to not harm the environment. We made our own wedding outfits and constructed flowers and other embellishments from the left over fabric. We also collected bottles and glass jars to use on the tables. In short, it was almost all DIY, with our touch and tastes.”
“We had trouble finding circus inspiration from our home country of Brazil. I had no idea that we are still struggling creatively when compared with other countries. However our online searches enabled us to find some really cool ideas!
How do you feel about a dark circus wedding theme? Spooky but romantic, creepy but intriguing – this shoot is sure to divide opinions which is why I love it!
Coordinated by San Francisco based Asiel Design and photographed by the fabulous Caroline of Tinywater, this shoot is an epic collection of talent and ingenious ideas. From the dramatic lighting to the opulent florals, this is a style I’d love to see inspire some real life weddings.