Vintage Circus Wedding: Stacey + Josh

circus wedding

Today’s wedding is one that I would just LOVE to have attended! It looks like such a fun time and Stacey + Josh are just the cutest couple! They both LOVE the circus and all things vintage, so when it came to their wedding they wanted to have a 1940’s circus wedding. From Stacey, “We go to any type of circus, freak or burlesque show as often as we can because they are so much fun. We decided if we were going to have a big wedding we were going to do it the way we wanted. We wanted to look back at this day 50 years from now and know truly in our hearts that it was exactly the way we wanted it. Our goal was to throw the bash of the century and – SUCCESS!” Success indeed! Wait until you see the super rad big top tent they had for both the ceremony + reception! Big thanks to Cameron Ingalls for letting me share his stunning photos and to Saralee Franchi of XOXO Bride for helping Stacey + Josh design the wedding on their dreams!

big tent circus wedding

red flower bouquet

teal hairpiece

bride with green sparkly shoes

Stacey made her hair piece by hand and included pearls that were passed down to her from her father’s mother. She also wore her mother’s mother’s pearl necklace on her wrist. Stacey made her super rad green shoes by glittering a pair of shoes that she loved – my kind of girl!

bride with red bouquet

groom in front of old car

groomsmen in suits

flower girl and ring bearer circus

circus wedding

circus big tent wedding

Processional: Israel Kamakawiwoʻole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Recessional: Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve

First Dance: At Last – Etta James

circus big tent wedding

circus big tent wedding

circus big tent wedding

circus big tent wedding

bridal party circus wedding

circus wedding portraits

Nathaniel + Daniel Cheli, friends of the couple and twins, were the stilted fire breathing circus performers. They also had friends who DJ’d the wedding play a special song during the ceremony, bake the cupcakes and cake, and even officiate the wedding.

bride with teal flower in hair

bride with teal flower in hair

Were not sure that we can pick a single moment of the day to stand out more than another because in reality the entire day was absolutely perfect, more than we could have ever imagined thanks to Saralee Franchi of XOXO brides who made this day possible for us.

circus wedding green shoes

circus wedding reception details

circus wedding reception details

circus wedding reception details

circus wedding cake

circus wedding first dance

circus wedding first dance

Our best advice would be to let the day be perfect for what is it. There will always be something to be unhappy about but if you just except the day for what it is and enjoy every second of it together it will truly be the best day of your lives.

As a special thank you to GWS readers for being so awesome, Cameron Ingalls (the amazing photographer of this wedding) is giving a special discount of 10% to readers who book by May 1st, 2012! Thanks Cameron!! Super rad! Just let Cameron know you found him on GWS :)

photography: Cameron Ingalls // venue: Bunny Hill Farm, Fillmore CA // event designer: Saralee Franchi of XOXO Bride // floral design: An Elegant Affaire // wedding dress: Allure // hairpieces: made by the bride // bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung // hair + makeup: Moxie Hair and Design Studio // cinematography: Nanea Miyata // Entertainment: Nathaniel + Daniel Cheli // cake: Jessie Dauria // music: STZ Entertainment // tent rental: LA Circus // rentals: Party Pleasers // lighting: Ideal Lighting and Sound // photo booth: In the Pix

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  1. This is unreal. The tent is amazing! And her shoes. And the cake. Goodness gracious. Kudos to the Bride & Groom and to all of the vendors!

  2. how u post process ur photo??
    i really2 luv it..!

  3. Not only does this wedding look like a ton of fun, but we just love that the couple’s added lots of personal touches like the pearls used in the bride’s hairpiece – thumbs up!

  4. I love everything about this wedding. It’s innovative, refreshing and confident without being hipstery and annoying. I think its one of the best new weddings I’ve seen in years. And their pictures are gorgeous. LOVE.

  5. Someone earlier in the thread said unreal, and that’s the perfect word. This whole wedding looks like a dream. They picked the perfect spot for the tent. That sky, those little kids in the costumes, her shoes, all of it.

  6. Love this!! Wow, so much color and excitement. Would be interested to know what a mother of the bride dress could look like for this theme? I’ve seen some at

  7. Ah-maze-zing… from the feathers in the hair to the tent to the performers down to the smallest detail. So cool.

  8. I L-O-V-E this wedding..every detail of it! It’s so colourful and fun yet still has that touch of elegance and intimacy in it. The bride’s dress is stunning..just perfect. Congratulations to the lovely couple! <3

  9. I am in LOVE with this tent!!

  10. This is absolutely wild! Serious commitment to the theme, gotta love it.

  11. This wedding is insanely wonderful! WOW! I would be in a dream if I got to be a part of a couple’s day and help them plan a wedding like this, so fun!

  12. Such a wonderful wedding. I love the childrens’ outfit. :)

  13. omg! This wedding is awesome! wonder how much it costs to rent a tent like that! Very unique

  14. Wow, such a unique wedding and fantastic photographs! Love the tent!

  15. *makes everything circus themes*

    SO UTTERLY COOL. Love it.

  16. I love how the reverend is wearing a top hat for the wedding!

  17. I love the Circus Theme wedding! So creative and looks like the really pulled off all of the elements of a circus. Well done! Thank you for sharing!

  18. What a fun and unique wedding!

  19. Just adore this the circus has so much mystery and fun behind it! The circus theme and tent looks fantastic, never seen it done before, thank you for sharing this, love it!

  20. I love everything about this wedding. First time I see one in a Circus : Great idea !

  21. lovely unique wedding and fantastic photographs, I love the vintage feel of the pictures and styling.

  22. I’ve always wanted to have a circus party. This one looks fantastic! Great ideas!

  23. What a fun and unique wedding!

  24. What a wonderful idea for a wedding! I bet the guests had a great time. What a feel-good idea, love it!

  25. Wow! What a unique, fun and stylish wedding! The bride looks absolutely stunning and the photographer did a great job capturing the spirit of the day!

  26. Very pretty! Looks like lots of fun.

  27. What a great place to hold a wedding. This is very unique!

  28. Wow! The details are spectacular!

  29. This is an amazing wedding with so many details. The fish in the centerpieces, the ring bearer and flower girl, the tent, and the bride’s shoes: all fantastic!

  30. Love this circus theme wedding!!! The red and green colour combination looks great!!

  31. Love this fun circus themed wedding!

  32. Love the big top wedding theme. So many couples doing things with real style this year!

  33. Beautiful wedding! Love the photography!

  34. What an amazing theme. Well thought out as well.

  35. Wow! What an awesome wedding and some really cool photos to capture the fun. Definitely one they’ll be talking about for years.

  36. Wow. Now that’s what I call a show stopper!
    Never seen anything like it. What a fantastic idea, such a superb venue.
    I love the glorious reds, whites and yellows in the backdrops and the Bride’s stunning red hair fits the bill nicely.
    You can see the couple enjoying themselves especially as they stand between the stilt walkers.
    Unusual, totally original and thoroughly memorable – also very well captured.
    I think everyone deserves a drum roll for their performances.

  37. Wouldn’t imagine having a wedding like this, but this one is awesome!!! Great for the couple and super creative. Specially with the tenth! <3 in love.

  38. Very original, the birdcage veil was a lovely additional to the attire !

  39. Great wedding! What an awesome idea – circus theme – I love it!

  40. Brilliant wedding. In my country, there is no such interesting and colorful wedding :)

  41. I love everything about this wedding. It’s innovative, refreshing and confident without being hipster and annoying. I think it’s one of the best new weddings I have seen in years. Furthermore their portraits are exquisite.

  42. What an amazing wedding! Love this circus wedding! Breathtaking images!

  43. Such a fun idea! Love this <3

  44. amazing couple (Stacey and Josh), We are Wishing that your marriage will be as happy and beautiful as your wedding.


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