The Offbeat Bride: Kelly, hairstylist
Her offbeat partner: Jacob, support worker
Date and location of wedding: Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada — August 15, 2014
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: I have always had a thing for carnivals. When we thought about our dream wedding, the traditional options just didnt seem like us. I stumbled onto carnival weddings on Pinterest and went nuts from there. Most of my items were custom made on Etsy, such as the pinwheels, backdrop curtain, many more. I spent a year and a half collecting items that could play out the theme. It was so great to be creative.
Tell us about the ceremony:
We had a close friend marry us, which was such a personal touch and made us feel right at home. I wanted to include our own vows, since Jacob has a 5-year-old son, and I wanted to say something special to include him.
Our biggest challenge:
The biggest challenge was trying to transform an art gallery into a carnival. There were many limitations as far as items used, lights and such, so I did best with and it ended up perfect for us. Limiting the guest list to 75 was also a big challenge. We didn't want to hurt feelings, but we kept it to family and friends who are in our lives all the time and we both know, as a couple.
My favorite moment:
Having all of our family come from all over the country was so touching. It made the day so special. We didn't have a traditional dinner, we just got married at 7:30 and went right into speeches and first dance at 8:00, so that we could focus on the party and spend that time with our guests. We had a burger and hot dog stand come out at 9:00. It was so casual!
My funniest moment:
We had a retro circus cage set up as the photo booth. It was hilarious watching the grandmas get in there and go for it!
What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding?
We only want one of these, so we didn't compromise our vision. And for us, in the end, it was all worth it.
Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?
- Photography: Joey Senft Photography
- Dress: Pronovias
- Bride's shoes: Vivienne Westwood
- Bridesmaids' dresses: ModCloth
- Coordinator/Event Stylist: Amanda Douglas Events
- Cake: Jenna Rae Cakes
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Comments on Kelly & Jacob’s retro carnival wedding
a) Your tattoos are GORGEOUS, bride!
b) The temporary tattoo favors are fucking brilliant!
c) I love the overall feel of this wedding! The mix of chill and elegant, funky and beautiful… it’s just jaw-dropping!
It was such a fun wedding to be a part of! Kelly had such great ideas for her wedding, it was so neat to bring it all together, and in this case get to play with all the flowers too!
Thanks for the feature! xoxo
This is just the bee’s knees. Every picture made me smile.
This wedding is SPECTACULAR.
All awesomeness! Those shoes – the groom’s blue suit – the car – the bride’s hair – the (permanent and temporary) tats – I love it all!
I love Carnival Weddings and Parties, so colorful, so much fun. Just Wow!
Please tell me where you got that blue suit, brah. It’s gorgeous!
I actually had it made by Eph Apparel. I originally picked a suit called true blue which was a darker shade but they had run out of the material and it wouldn’t be ready in time for the wedding. They had this material newly in stock and I was a little apprehensive about it because it is intense, but I quickly fell in love with it and it really popped in the pictures.
How did you get or make that awesome circus cage??!!
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