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. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. Such a fun idea! Love this <3

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

  10. This is really cute! Love all the colour, what an interesting idea for a theme

  11. wow, this is actually my first circus wedding i have ever seen! very creative and unique way to get married!

  12. This is absolutely incredible!!

  13. Love the wedding dress and the circus theme was a very original idea! Few people could pull that off.

  14. Flowers, feathers, a very beautiful bride with a wedding theme really very original !
    Congratulations for the work done to recreate this atmosphere

  15. CUTE!! I love how they got the little details right like the elephant on the centerpiece and the children’s little outfits. Awesome idea. :)

  16. This couple absolutely nailed their theme! It’s incredible what can happen when a couple thinks totally outside the box!

  17. WOW!! what an stunning wedding, amazing space to photograph in. Love the colours.

  18. I love this wedding. What gorgeous images.

  19. Great idea!!!! I love this wedding. The couple is so cute!

  20. wowee! I love alternative weddings but this is the big Tops! Cool bride and groom with an even cooler setting. I wish somebody would do this in the UK.

  21. Brilliant feature wedding – really love the idea! Watched a circus wedding on Don’t tell the Bride the other day and was awful….this looks great – really tasteful and so well shot. Definitely get some ideas for my own wedding ;-) Already bookmarked this page ;-)

  22. This is so creative and unique! It looks like so much fun. I wish I were there!

  23. It’s such an unexpected place but so classy at the same time. Love it

  24. WOW!! This is amazing, fabulous idea, so creative, i would never thought about sth like that, great atmosphere :D

  25. Amazing wedding, i really love the brides dress, and absolutely amazed with the little’s girl red dress.

  26. It’s very beautiful, i love this them ! Great !

  27. What a great idea for a wedding. Well done! Beautiful photos.

  28. OMG! The ring bearer looks amazing!!

  29. great idea with the carnival theme wedding. stunning story and photos.

  30. Her hairpiece is as perfect as can be..

  31. What an amazing wedding! I love it – so bright and colourful and unique.

  32. This is the most fun wedding we’ve seen in forever!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  33. so pretty! love the vintage feel!


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