Whimsical Carnival Wedding: Rachel & Ryan

Allebach Photography

June 5, 2013


Rachel and Ryan wanted a beautiful but fun wedding so they decided on a subtle vintage carnival theme. They didn’t want it to be cheesy or too overly done, and “No clowns” was top of their list of requirements. “We wanted it to feel like a beautiful whimsical wedding at a carnival and not have it be a cheesy carnival wedding,”  began Rachel. “We also wanted people to have a good time. We didn’t want people saying ‘that was nice’ we wanted them to shout ‘that was fun!’ The ceremony was heartfelt enough to make you cry, but funny enough to make you laugh with quirky remarks and personal heartfelt vows. From the start we asked people on the invitations to wear bow ties and suspenders. Everyone loved the dress code and looked straight out of the 50s as the music blared.”


“We splurged on candy and prizes for the games and décor”, she continued. “We wanted people to have lots of fun and yummy stuff to take home and make the wedding a better carnival experience. Guests enjoyed playing carnival games during cocktail hour and munched of classic carnival snacks like popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones. Tables for the BBQ style lunch were covered in all different old fashioned candy for guests to take home and people sipped from mason jars that had their names on them.”


“After the meal, toasts and delicious cupcakes, We had our first dance to ‘Happy Together’ by The Turtles and dances to ‘Hallelujah’ by Chris Rice with our parents as the tears of joy flowed. The mood was quickly turned back around as the safety dance started playing followed by songs by Justin Beiber, Frank Sinatra and a big mix of hard style and dubstep mixed by our DJ friends duo, Optimus Prime from Philadelphia. We left right from dancing for our Disney World honeymoon! Everything about this day reflected our fun and loving relationship with one another.”