Vintage Circus Styled Wedding

So if you're like me then you may be saddened that the circus has ended this year after over 140 years in business. I wanted to honor this childhood pastime with a unique styled shoot, so what better way than to do a vintage circus wedding. I truly love creating themes and making ideas in my head come to life with the help of amazing vendors.

The inspiration behind the shoot was to tie in what the circus looked like back in the day. Heather and Rhett were our models for the day and I knew they were exactly what we needed. They were engaged and actually eloping out of state that coming weekend. Heather and Rhett are also a more alternative couple and I knew that the circus theme would be totally them. We were also lucky to have Contigo Photography and Films there to make a behind the scenes and wedding trailer of the day. Stay tuned for the feature film!

I had the fabulous glam team to help my vision come to life. Vinspire Vintage Hair totally pulled off that Reese Witherspoon in Water for Elephants- old school glam vibe. And Emily Dimant for sure brought the moody and sultry elements! How amazing does Heather look!? I loved the finishing touch of the flapper style headband.

Heather and I went to Philly Bride to find a dress for the shoot and I think we both knew right away that this Tarik Ediz dress was exactly what we needed. The details and beauty of this dress were just amazing. And seriously, it had a cape! Combining this dress with L. Priori's gorgeous ring and vintage diamond earrings completed the look.

This collaboration took place at a private home in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. For the ceremony spot there were gold hoops hung in the trees with some flowers and greenery. This was to resemble the aerial artists you would see at the circus. A black and white striped aisle runner and red rose petals were surrounded by vintage suitcases and trunks for seating. I wanted to give it that traveling circus look with the seating.

Our invitations were made by You're Invited by Carissa who did a spot on job of making the suite go along perfectly with our theme. The envelopes and all the different signs you see throughout the day were done by the talented Christine at Haven and Hasbrook. I'm in love with her handwriting and those cute Ringling Brothers circus stamps she found too.

The reception was held under a high peak tent provided by Karcher Events. They also supplied the linens and table runners. Julie D'Agostino Designs did an impeccable job bringing that moody look to life with her gorgeous flowers on the tables as well as stunning bouquet for the bride. She also hooked our groom Rhett up with a fancy boutonnière adorned with a peanut! 

We also set up a lounge area next to our mobile bar by 13th Street Cocktails. All the furniture was provided by Something Borrowed Philadelphia who focuses on bringing vintage elements into your wedding day and events. The couches were some of my favorite pieces. To add to our traveling circus theme I thought mobile businesses and circus performers were a must! So 13th street cocktails renovated vintage camper was just what we needed. They take their mobile bar to weddings to give guests a unique drinking experience. We also had the Tiny Tin photo booth who has such a creative outtake on the standard photo booth. Her decor, retro camper, and cute wooden signs were perfect.

I think everyone's favorite people of the day was Django the monkey and Jerry her owner. There was also Dana who hula hoops with fire. These two performed for us at the shoot and we were ecstatic to see their talents. Another fun element was Rob the wedding tattooer who provided our tatted bride a new special tattoo. Rob can be hired to attend your wedding and give guests a small tattoo during their reception. And of course he totally fit in to our circus theme as well.

We also had a desserts table set up with a popcorn machine (Karcher Events) as well as some circus style cookies and cake. The Sweetest Thing Cakes by Gina made a maroon cake with gold elements along with the super cool base with gold circus animals. Nicole from Crave Dessert made our cookies. You can't have a circus wedding without some vintage circus writing! She also tied in our monkey performer and other animals you would see at the circus. Gina and Nicole both did an impeccable job!

Our last set up was our place card table. Haven and Hasbrook made tickets for the guests that were attached to a board with balloon darts. We had cute table names such a fire breather and lion tamer. There were also some peanuts on the table in a little vintage suitcase. Lastly we had some ringling brothers animal cracker boxes as party favors for all the party animals.

I hope you enjoy our shoot, I had a lot of fun designing and photographing this unique and special wedding!

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