featured wedding {a carnival}

This wedding came to us via Andrea Hanks Photography and not only is it superbly themed, styled, and carried out …. Andrea shared it with us from beginning to end!




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{the party!}





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{bride & groom = jen & ed}

{what jen learned} Weddings are best with a theme. I find it unfortunate that that most people think luau or princess when it comes to themes. There are great themes that could be as simple as your favorite foods. I know that our carnival theme was followed in everything. From the decorations to the invite it was all carnival. But I also kept in mind that I was planning a wedding not an 8 year olds birthday party. There is a way to class up almost everything. We had a lot of people who came to the wedding just to see what it was about. We had so many people say that the invitation was just so intriguing….they had to come.

{how she came up with the theme} It is all about the dress. I knew exactly how I wanted my dress. I wanted big and colorful and that is what I got. I also knew I wanted a casual atmosphere where people could come and have a good time. And, of course, I wanted unique. It all just came together from there. I love carnivals…especially pictures of vintage carnivals with the pennants and striped tents. I just started making a list and the carnival theme was born. But really, it really did revolve around the dress.

{her fav part} I have two favorites. I loved the flower girls. Their dresses just came together so great. I really played up the fact that nothing really had to match and that I had such fun little girls. I also loved the food. Although I did not even have a bite of anything I just loved the feel. So many people milled around the cotton candy and popcorn. And the hot dog cart was a huge hit!

Photography credit: Andrea Hanks Photography

cake & cupcakes: aubrey bennion

Food/catering: Brown Brothers Catering

Dresses: Riva Juarez

Flower girl dresses: shabby apple

Headbands & veil: Anne Michelle Neil

Make up & Hair: Ashlee Winegar & Chani Chapman

Reception Location: Wheeler Farm Activity Barn

Florist: Willow & Wildflowers


  1. Vicki says:

    What a fun wedding!!! So many well thought out details. Love it when a couple thinks outside the box. Well done!!! Great pics and nice flowers too!

  2. ellesbelles says:

    That Jen is so overloaded with creativity… great taste!… so much fun to see the photos. Congrats to the very happy couple!

  3. Taylor says:

    Does anyone know where that carousel is. Or if it is at all possible to rent a carousel??????? Or where I can rent other rides or carnival games.

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