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 just beyond cool. Love how they dressed the little ones! Great wedding!

  2. Saralee knocked this one out of the park! We love Stacey and Josh! Great work to all involved making this a very special memory for them. LOVE her peacock headpiece w/ red hair! Oh did you know, Saralee (multi talented) sewed the ring bearer and flower girls dresses! Oh yes, the girl can do it all! So cute!

  3. EEEK! i love this wedding. SO much. so unique, fun, and a testament to this couple’s love. LOVE.

  4. This Wedding is beyond amazing! You can tell that a lot of time and thought went into creating this wedding.

  5. the glittered shoes were compliments of Henna Caravan and Jessica McQueen. we loved attending the wedding and having so much fun

  6. Absolutely stunning! The details are impeccable. And I love the dress!

  7. This wedding is so funky… I love it!

  8. I love the colors and such a creative theme which was carried through to every detail. Especially love the little kids’ outfits!

  9. I predict this wedding inspires more couples to grab the courage they need to do what they actually want on the biggest day of their lives, instead of conform to traditions! This looked like an amazing day for everyone!!! What a treat to the eyes!!!

  10. This is so lovely! It makes me want to get married all over again! I love a good circus theme and they blew it out of the water!

  11. wow! Crazy cool wedding

  12. This is fabulous!
    The colours are amazing and everyone looks like they’re having SO much fun!

  13. love the styling. some of my favorite bouquets i’ve ever seen!

  14. Stacey and Joshua…AMAZING. What a fabulous day you had. And such FABULOUS vendors! XOXO Bidal really showed their stuff here! Thank you for sharing this with us!! Congratulations and lots of love from all the Cam Bridal Babes!

  15. Oh my goodness, this is just AMAZING! I have never seen anything quite so absolutely jaw droppingly fantastic! What a stunning bride, she looks so so beautiful. The little girl in the red dress at the beginning is just divine too, she looks so cute! Such an inspirational wedding, amazing!!

  16. love the bursts of colour. well done on incorporating peacock feathers into a circus theme!!!

  17. this brought me tears!!! beyond prefect and beyond beautiful!!!! i cant stop crying until now.

  18. Absolutely love the brides look. Stunning!

  19. Absolutely a fabulous wedding theme. I love it when couples get creative and incorporate the things they love into every aspect of the wedding. This is the chance where your friends and family get to know you as a couple. You can see that from the stationary, to the peacock feather in the details, to the color and decor elements. Great job! I will definitely recommend this to my couples!

  20. Awesome colors, cars, couple and concept! What a very cool couple!

  21. Kristina | Kristina Lynn Photography & Design on:

    What an amazing wedding! So incredibly unique and well put together. Fantastic images as well.

  22. GENIUS. I bet there wasn’t one bored attendee in that entire bunch.

  23. Awesome ideas, weeding pictures and wedding dress. Great job!

  24. i think this is absolutely amazing, the circus tent setup…I’ve always thought a circus themed wedding is fantastic, so colourful and whimsical

  25. Simply beautiful and totally different. I love this wedding, really fantastic. I love it when a bride and groom do something different and this is one is certainly that :)

  26. brilliant work! i would have loved to photograph a circus wedding! untraditional venues make for some great photos!

  27. Great idea for a wedding, loved the colors, the styling, and the circus tents. Really cool!

  28. What a fantastic and unique looking wedding, I love it. The colours look so vibrant!

  29. Waouh… This wedding looks indeed very fun to intend ! I love the clothes of the children, and all those lovely vintage details…

  30. WOW this is beyond AMAZING!

    i love everything about it! xx

  31. This is a wonderful idea! Very retro and fun at the same time, and the ring bearer is just adorable!

  32. This is fantastic. Love the big top.

  33. What a fantastic venue for a wedding! Its a shame you cant get married at a venue like this in the UK!

  34. Such a fun and original idea. I love everything about the bride…dress, hair color, the feathered hair piece….gorgeous!

  35. One of the most AMAZING weddings I have ever seen!!!

    Must have been so exciting to be a guest at this wedding – not a quiet moment, eh?!!

    The cake, the place setting (with the peacock feather), the colour scheme – especially that bright green, the adorable youngsters and the fascinating decor! Wow! Wow! Wow!

    Well done to everyone involved, I take my (top) hat off to you! Hehe!!

    A massive congratulations to Stacey & Josh!

    Jessica – Soirée de Luxe xx


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