Water for Elephants Movie Wedding Inspiration

If you loved the Water for Elephants inspiration board from this morning, I think you are going to love this styled shoot based around the book + movie, Water for Elephants. And a fun fact about this shoot – it was shot at one of the locations they used in the movie!! How perfect is that? The Orange Empire Railway Museum is such an amazing venue and there are endless possibilities for couples who want a historical playground that is simply amazing.

A bit about the shoot from Marilyn Nakazato (the photographer), “It’s not necessarily trying to mock the look of the movie but rather how we imagined what the main characters, Jacob and Marlena played by Rob and Reese, and how their wedding would have been like. It’s almost as if they had collected things they found in their homes and brought them outside, set their furniture on a nearby grassy area with the trains in the background. The ceremony area was created with a wrought iron gate intertwined with moss and wood to bring a simple and rustic feel.”

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“The reception tablescape included centerpieces with pops of color against soft creamed colored flowers to tie in a bit of the whimsical circus element. We chose to use vintage mismatched china, platters and colored goblets along tea light candles against intricate beaded table linens to create a soft intimate glam in an outdoor setting.”

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dessert station wedding carnival

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water for elephants wedding ideas

water for elephants wedding ideas

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How sweet + perfect, right? Thanks so much to all the vendors involved for sharing their talents today! And they also photographed what their engagement would have been like! I love vintage photos by trains, so I think this is perfect, especially since they traveled around by train. :)

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Check out this AMAZING film Rustic Red Studio created for the shoot – beautiful job!

Photographer: Marilyn Nakazato //  Venue: Orange Empire Railway Museum //  Event Stylist + Wedding Gown Designer: Miss Tashina //  Wardrobe Stylist: Heather Skelton //  Jewelry: Jenny Dayco //  E-Session Hat: Sweet Evie //  Florals: Ambiance Designs //  Coordinator: A Classic Touch Events //  Hair/Makeup: Nicole Valentine //  Vintage Rentals: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals //  Rentals: Premier Party & Tent Rentals //  Paper Goods: Copper Willow Paper Studio //  Calligraphy: Jill Velez Calligraphy //  Cake Truffle Favors: Velvet Rope Bake Shop //  Dessert Bar: Summit Events Catering //  Cotton Candy: Tasty Clouds Cotton Candy Company //  Cake: Tasteful Cakes //  Videography: Rustic Red Studio //  Models: Harrison Muncaster, Kaylie Renee Wilson

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  1. This is absolutely stunning! Every detail is so yummy I can’t stand it. Now I must go to the movies…

  2. Gorgeous work Marilyn!! All the hard work really paid off. It is really a fantastic set. Very cinematic! Kudos!

  3. Love this. The red adds the perfect pop, and the styling is gorgeous.

  4. Love. Love. I just saw the movie and it was great. This session captured the railroad & old circus feel and it’s so elegant and refined. Love it!!!

  5. The styling is absolutely gorgeous! Amazing shoot!

  6. I heard this movie is absolutely amazing, and it certainly provides some incredible wedding inspiration! Love the mix of colors in the floral arrangements and all of the outfits are SO pretty.

  7. Lovely!! Perfect wedding inspiration and as always, adorable styling by Miss Tashina

  8. Gorgeous wedding and what a stunning couple! :)

  9. Beautiful! Adore the colors and overall feel of the whole shoot! LOVE IT!

  10. LOVED the movie and love this too. Great fashion and the table is perfect – love the mismatched plates!!

  11. What a great location!! I love old trains, so totally looking into this spot – thanks!! You guys post the BEST ideas!!!! Thank god for this site!

  12. I actually read this book the week after I got engaged. My fiance and I are now planning an outdoor vintage circus wedding in Colorado next fall. We’re doing golden yellow, royal blue, and gray with splashes of red. The book is so dreamy and I can’t wait to put it all together!

  13. LOVE everything about this!!

  14. Congratulations Marilyn. The shoot is beyond perfect. Especially love the Animal Crackers. What a cute touch. xoxo

  15. Marilyn oh my, kind of speechless with the radness of these photos, they are stunning, what a wonderful over all production and awesome team

  16. Holy Moly….. this is all kinds of amazing!!! What a fantastic job they did! I’m dying to see the movie even more now but have to wait a few weeks until it opens here!

  17. I LOVED every detail of this shoot. We had such a great time working on it and are honored to be featured! Thanks Jen :)

  18. so neat! love her bright green dress!

  19. This is beyond gorgeous! Love the details! The styling is perfect! I love the photography…awesome imagery!

  20. This styled shoot is amazing, what a fun and fab way to have a new twist on the traditional vintage affair.

    If you live in the Bay Area- check out Cline Cellars- this would be the perfect property to stage this wedding style at ! Love It

  21. ummm…completely gorgeous! love the vintage flair and the lush details. lovely!!

  22. BEAUTIFUL & GLAMOROUS! And I’m so glad they did the “engagement photos” too – those are very romantic!

  23. Yes!!! I love the night shots. They’re my favorite!

  24. Rich. What we all aspire…

  25. Jen! Thank you again for featuring this shoot. It was an absolute pleasure planning and working with all the fab vendors! Hope to send more shoots your way. <3

  26. Wow! Love this. Perfect styling! And are you kidding me with that green dress?! I need it! Any idea where it is from??

  27. Ahhhh, I’m in details heaven!! Absolutely beautiful shoot :)

  28. Fabulous wedding pics!!! All of this photography is so beautiful.

  29. This is simply stunning work. I love the colors and how it’s so nostalgic

  30. Gorgeous wedding, beautiful styling and what a great location.

  31. So beautiful ! COngratulations.
    And thank you for sharing ;)

  32. wow!! that menu literally took my breath away. amazing!!!

  33. Im pretty sure I just fell in love all over again. My heart is telling me to cry… in a good way that is. thank you for that!

  34. what’s the song used at the beginning & end of the video?

  35. This could NOT be more perfect and beautiful!

  36. Love your blog. We keep coming back for more :-)

  37. Stunning! This is so memorable makes me want to run away and join the circus xo

  38. This is a gorgeous shoot!!! I Love the books and the movie.

  39. What a classy and timeless way to express love. Perfectly portrays “Water for Elephants.” @Marilyn Nakazato Excellent shots and use of photojournalism !


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