A Halloween 80s Carnival Extravaganza: Tressa & John

For Tressa & John, the most important thing for their wedding was that their guests were entertained and had a great time…and their Halloween 80s carnival theme complete with an costume party dress code made sure of that!

“John and I knew we didn’t want anything traditional in terms of wedding other than a declaration of love for each other,” the bride told me. “We have a fantastic, eclectic, diverse group of friends who have high expectations of us when it comes to throwing a good party so we knew we couldn’t disappoint! We both spent our most formative years in the 80s and wanted to recreate the tubular vibe while also celebrating our most favorite holiday – Halloween!”

“One of the most amazing moments was looking out over the crowd before we began the ceremony and seeing all of our guests in their amazing costumes drinking our signature cocktails – Poprockatini’s and One Night in Bangkokaritas. What a way to kick off the night! And nothing personifies Rock n Roll like an 80s band! We had Mister Miygai who were fantastic!”

To decorate their venue the couple reused their vast collection of Halloween props. “We wanted to add a touch of spooky to the otherwise glamorous nightclub setting. We also employed the fabulous baking talents of my family for some fun different desserts! Caramels, popcorn balls, whoopee pies and candy apples to name a few.”

“Not only were guests entertained all night by a charismatic drag queen, a duo of aerialists dancing from the ceiling, and a rocking live 80s band, but they were also given the opportunity to play our favorite games that have become a standby at our annual Halloween bash,” John took over. “The Newlywed Game and the infamous Costume Contest with prizes are always a hit with our friends. The prizes consisted of 80s swag: classic 80’s games, Swatch watches, Rubik’s cubes, and 80s movies!”

For the ceremony the bride wore a white gown but for the costume party changed into pink and black number while John transformed himself into Tom Cruise from Risky Business!

Thank you to Tressa & John and their photographer Barbie for sharing this today.

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Barbie Hull Photography
Venue: Georgetown Ballroom
Bride’s Dress: I Do Bridal
Bride’s Reception Dress: Couture De Bride
Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson with custom hand-rhinestoned detail
Bride’s Headpiece & Veil: Debbie Turnbull
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaids
Desserts: mini desserts by Tallant House, Cupcakes by Yellow Leaf Cupcake & DIY
Flowers: Flora Nova Design
Hair & Make Up: Paulo Ibarra of Wavelengths Salon
Band: Mister Miygai
Stationery: Wyatt Ink
Caterers: Gourmondo, Veraci Pizza, Dante’s Hot Dogs
Reception Decor/Props: Prop Gallery West & DIY
Transport: Barbie Dream Hearse
Magician: Nash Fung
Drag Host & Burlesque Performer: Ben de la Creme
Aerial Performers: EnJoy Entertainment
Arcade games: Party Outfitters
Video Booth: Flipped Out Productions
Event Planning, Design, and Coordination: A Kurant Event


  1. As a fellow 80s die hard – who also loved 60’s US TV programmes The Addams Family and The Munsters- I love the States’ comic book halloween theme. The crystal spider on the bouquet – very Morticia Addams…xx

  2. Can’t say if I am a fan. But I guess the couple really had a great time preparing such a fun wedding. I guess the the guests also enjoyed coming to a great unique wedding such as this.

  3. Love it! Every Halloween in our relationship, we’ve lived somewhere different, and that will be the case again this Halloween. It’s become as much a marker for where we are in life as our birthdays and the New Year.

  4. Okay…this is a true example of showing your personality, letting your hair down and showing your guests to a day they’ll not soon forget! I LOVE it! 🙂 Not to mention, the aerialists…what a cool addition!

  5. John Pickett

    As the groom I was sad to see the evening come to an end but I must say that with such a creative wife our future parties will be just as grand. Thank you to everyone who helped make this night so kick ass!

  6. anonymous chick

    Lovely couple! Looks like a movie set! (:
    Pretty bride – great smile!!!

  7. Tressa Keeley-Pickett

    I’m the BRIDE! 🙂
    It took a village, but it was exactly how we hoped it would be! I had fabulous vendors top to bottom! Special shout out to Barbie Hull Photography and my trio of ladies from a Kurant Event. You are all beautiful! And of course to my fantastic husband who is just as creative as I and made all the hard work worthwhile! Muah!


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