A Handmade Vintage Circus Wedding: Ashley + Ricky – Part 2

I hope you all enjoyed the portraits and ceremony from Ashley + Ricky’s wedding (if you missed it, you can see part 1 here). And now off to the reception – and how cute is the adorable flower girl below! :)

mismatched bridesmaids

mismatched bridesmaids

beer wedding

Ashley works in beverage distribution and the couple is majorly into beer. I just love their custom beer glasses they had made! They served beer from Ballast Point BreweryCoronado Brewery, and Green Flash brewery.

circus escort cards

pinwheel centerpiece

circus reception

circus reception

red striped straws and paper fan centerpiece

circus wedding

circus wedding and gumball machine

clown nose family photo

circus wedding

I love that they hung their cute engagement photos (taken at the fair nonetheless!) around the tables for guests to admire.

dessert bar

circus pie bar

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

The favorite moment is hard. The whole day was enchanting. My husband says his favorite part of the day was at the end of the ceremony when I jumped off the end of the stage into his arms. It was totally unplanned and could have been a disaster. Instead it was perfect and we pulled it off without a hitch.

If I must pick I would say sneaking off and tasting the pies entered in the pie making contest. I was floored by how much time, effort, and talent everyone put into the pies! Picking Best in Show was our first very important joint decision as husband and wife; (tough it was.) I wish every major decision could be made by feeding each other pie.

circus pie bar

circus reception

donut wedding

bride and groom donuts

bride and groom kiss

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

My recommendation for future brides is to make the day fun. Make a list of all of your favorite things to do, wear, eat, songs to hear, and people to be around ... then make your wedding those things!

Also, make everyone a part of your day and you can really showcase peoples gifts! A great friend DJ'ed, groomsmen played music, people brought pies and we made a contest out of it, my brother roasted the coffee, my whole family/church/new family made everything from the bouquets, handmade napkins, circus tents, & hundreds of pinwheels to peanut jars and boutonnieres. Somehow they made every hair-brained idea I had magically materialize... and "shake and bake, we all helped!"

Such a FUN day! And that is what a wedding is really all about, right? You are celebrating your commitment to one another. Congrats to Ashley + Ricky and thanks so much for letting me share your fun day with everyone!

photography: Katie Neal Photo // videography: Madison Dyer // venue: Harry Griffen Park // street tacos: Tacos y Gorditas // donuts: OB Donuts // band: TV Girl // dj: DJ Sean Sand // flowers + tablescapes: mother and sister of the groom // circus tents and napkins: found, collected and sewed by the mother of the bride // graphic design: Frank Scott Kruger // shoes: Urban Outfitters // dress: Vera Wang // hair: Amy Smets (friend of Bride) // makeup: Hannah Juarez (friend of Bride) // veil and garter: handmade by friend // groom suit: H&M // coffee: Roasted specifically for the wedding and served by brides brother Stephen Freese and Claire Johnson of Radina’s Coffeehouseand Roastarie Manhattan, KS