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!
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!
Processional: Israel Kamakawiwoʻole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Recessional: Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve
First Dance: At Last – Etta James
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.
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.
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
This is just beyond cool. Love how they dressed the little ones! Great wedding!
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!
EEEK! i love this wedding. SO much. so unique, fun, and a testament to this couple’s love. LOVE.
SO Stinking cute! Love Love love.
Funny and original wedding!
This Wedding is beyond amazing! You can tell that a lot of time and thought went into creating this wedding.
the glittered shoes were compliments of Henna Caravan and Jessica McQueen. we loved attending the wedding and having so much fun
Absolutely stunning! The details are impeccable. And I love the dress!
This wedding is so funky… I love it!
I love the colors and such a creative theme which was carried through to every detail. Especially love the little kids’ outfits!
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!!!
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!
wow! Crazy cool wedding
This is fabulous!
The colours are amazing and everyone looks like they’re having SO much fun!
love the styling. some of my favorite bouquets i’ve ever seen!
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!
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!!
love the bursts of colour. well done on incorporating peacock feathers into a circus theme!!!
this brought me tears!!! beyond prefect and beyond beautiful!!!! i cant stop crying until now.
Absolutely love the brides look. Stunning!
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!
Awesome colors, cars, couple and concept! What a very cool couple!
What an amazing wedding! So incredibly unique and well put together. Fantastic images as well.
GENIUS. I bet there wasn’t one bored attendee in that entire bunch.
Awesome ideas, weeding pictures and wedding dress. Great job!
i think this is absolutely amazing, the circus tent setup…I’ve always thought a circus themed wedding is fantastic, so colourful and whimsical
So so GORGEOUS.
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 :)
brilliant work! i would have loved to photograph a circus wedding! untraditional venues make for some great photos!
Great idea for a wedding, loved the colors, the styling, and the circus tents. Really cool!
What a fantastic and unique looking wedding, I love it. The colours look so vibrant!
Waouh… This wedding looks indeed very fun to intend ! I love the clothes of the children, and all those lovely vintage details…
WOW this is beyond AMAZING!
i love everything about it! xx
This is a wonderful idea! Very retro and fun at the same time, and the ring bearer is just adorable!
This is fantastic. Love the big top.
What a fantastic venue for a wedding! Its a shame you cant get married at a venue like this in the UK!
WOW…. just…. WOW!
Such a fun and original idea. I love everything about the bride…dress, hair color, the feathered hair piece….gorgeous!
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
I love this wedding, so unique and fun. Makes we wish I was there. I especially love the brides headpiece. Does anyone know where I could find something like that?
Hi! i actually made my head piece it is 2 separate pieces. the veil was mad from scratch i got everything at the craft store and the feather clip i found in an accessory store and i added my grandmothers pears to it. i know you can get the veil on etsy.
I think my favorite part of this wedding is that her hair matches her flowers. LOVE.
Oh geez. Wow. What a wedding! SOO inspiring. My bride and I are planning our wedding and bringing in elements of the circus theme, but this all-out circus vintage wedding was SO extraordinary. Total eye candy. I love that 20s era, too. Reminds me of Water For Elephants or Big Fish! Nice work to all the vendors! Not surprising from the fab ladies at XO Bride! Blessings to the couple!
I love the circus themed wedding. I especially liked all of the decorations, including the candy bar and the cake!
Awesome pictures and awesome wedding! I am such a vintage fan :-)
Love, love, love this wedding! The flower girl and ring barrier outfits were precious. Where did the bride get her head piece. So pretty! Also, where did you find all these great pieces for the theme?
This is amazing! It would be an absolute dream to photograph a wedding like this! What a lucky photog!
Wow love this wedding!!!! So awesome!
This looks like such a fun wedding, truly original and unique. I love it!
Talk about ORIGINAL! As a wedding planner, I am truly impressed by the many details that fit together seamlessly to show off Stacey and Joshua’s love for the circus and burlesque shows! The decor, entertainment, use of vivid colors, vintage cars, and even her hair color made this wedding so unique. Bravo! (Makes me wish we had circuses in Hawaii!)
Phenomenal creativity and originality in this theme. This is the first time I have seen this concept applied to a wedding. The reception in that tent seemed like a blast! Unique is an understatement! Big congrats to all parties involved in making this a definite memorable moment for that couple.
Amazing wedding & couple!
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!
how u post process ur photo??
i really2 luv it..!
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!
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.
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.
Wow! Amazing wedding. A photographer’s dream! Love it!
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 http://www.johncharles.co.uk/
Ah-maze-zing… from the feathers in the hair to the tent to the performers down to the smallest detail. So cool.
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
I am in LOVE with this tent!!
This is absolutely wild! Serious commitment to the theme, gotta love it.
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!
Such a wonderful wedding. I love the childrens’ outfit. :)
omg! This wedding is awesome! wonder how much it costs to rent a tent like that! Very unique
Wow, such a unique wedding and fantastic photographs! Love the tent!
*makes everything circus themes*
SO UTTERLY COOL. Love it.
I love how the reverend is wearing a top hat for the wedding!
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!
What a fun and unique wedding!
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!
I love everything about this wedding. First time I see one in a Circus : Great idea !
lovely unique wedding and fantastic photographs, I love the vintage feel of the pictures and styling.
I’ve always wanted to have a circus party. This one looks fantastic! Great ideas!
What a fun and unique wedding!
What a wonderful idea for a wedding! I bet the guests had a great time. What a feel-good idea, love it!
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!
Very pretty! Looks like lots of fun.
What a great place to hold a wedding. This is very unique!
Wow! The details are spectacular!
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!
Love this circus theme wedding!!! The red and green colour combination looks great!!
Love this fun circus themed wedding!
Amazing wedding & couple!
Love the big top wedding theme. So many couples doing things with real style this year!
Beautiful wedding! Love the photography!
What an amazing theme. Well thought out as well.
Wow! What an awesome wedding and some really cool photos to capture the fun. Definitely one they’ll be talking about for years.
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.
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.
Very original, the birdcage veil was a lovely additional to the attire !
Great wedding! What an awesome idea – circus theme – I love it!
Brilliant wedding. In my country, there is no such interesting and colorful wedding :)
Amazing wedding! Absolute ispiring!
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.
What an amazing wedding! Love this circus wedding! Breathtaking images!
Such a fun idea! Love this <3
amazing couple (Stacey and Josh), We are Wishing that your marriage will be as happy and beautiful as your wedding.
This is really cute! Love all the colour, what an interesting idea for a theme
wow, this is actually my first circus wedding i have ever seen! very creative and unique way to get married!
This is absolutely incredible!!
Oh WOW, this is just amazing!!!
Love the wedding dress and the circus theme was a very original idea! Few people could pull that off.
Flowers, feathers, a very beautiful bride with a wedding theme really very original !
Congratulations for the work done to recreate this atmosphere
CUTE!! I love how they got the little details right like the elephant on the centerpiece and the children’s little outfits. Awesome idea. :)
This couple absolutely nailed their theme! It’s incredible what can happen when a couple thinks totally outside the box!
WOW!! what an stunning wedding, amazing space to photograph in. Love the colours.
I love this wedding. What gorgeous images.
Great idea!!!! I love this wedding. The couple is so cute!
WOW, love the setting!
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.
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 ;-)
This is so creative and unique! It looks like so much fun. I wish I were there!
It’s such an unexpected place but so classy at the same time. Love it
WOW!! This is amazing, fabulous idea, so creative, i would never thought about sth like that, great atmosphere :D
Amazing wedding, i really love the brides dress, and absolutely amazed with the little’s girl red dress.
It’s very beautiful, i love this them ! Great !
What a great idea for a wedding. Well done! Beautiful photos.
OMG! The ring bearer looks amazing!!
great idea with the carnival theme wedding. stunning story and photos.
Her hairpiece is as perfect as can be..
Amazing wedding and pictures
What an amazing wedding! I love it – so bright and colourful and unique.
This is the most fun wedding we’ve seen in forever!!! Thank you for sharing!!!
so pretty! love the vintage feel! https://theweddingexpert.com/
Awesome photos, love the look of it all
Looking at the art direction, it looks like there is serious thought and planning that went into this, almost like film planning. The Green/Red pallete design is almost everywhere and a steady constant. Great work.
great art direction with the green and reds in this one! almost filmlike planning went into this one it seems.
Wow I am loving this theme! So beautifully done and very unique.
Love the birdcage veil just stunning!
Retro and Beautiful as the pair in the pictures.
Vintage and classy that would what i shall call it.
Awesome clicks, The ring bearer capturing is perfect.
Very nice wedding vintage circus theme decor. Awesome color combination red and white nice props.
WOw!! You are looking so beautiful in this Dress, thanks for sharing these all wonderful memories of your marriage.
I love this circus and carnival theme wedding. Nice clicks. Bride and groom are looking so beautiful.
Lovely to see such an great authentic wedding in many ways