Carnival Themed Wedding Inspiration
July 15, 2010

Well hot diggity!  You didn't get up this morning and think we were going to take you to the fair did you?!  Well get ready cuz we're kicking the day off carnival-style and there is no shortage of goodies to feast your eyes on - The candy stripe straws, the vintage popcorn bags, the old fashion soda!  Amanda from Bliss Weddings & Events led the creative design for this shoot and I'm sure you'll all agree she pulled off such a sweet, carefree mood.  She captured perfectly the essence of those pure moments of a couple in love.  Sigh!  xoxo Chantale from La Belle Bride







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Amanda from Bliss Weddings and Events writes: What screams fun more than a good ole fashioned fair? This shoot was an absolute blast to create! Not only did we have a team of rock star vendors and a fun theme, we had an excuse to spend a few hours at a carnival.

The inspiration behind the inspiration was pretty, light and cotton candy colors. I love how girly and flirty pink and blue can be together and when you throw in a location like the St. Mary's Fair and an absolutely adorable couple, the shoot basically created itself. I knew I wanted the shoot to have a DIY feel that was easy for someone to recreate without spending a bundle. The centerpiece to the clean and simple event was the pair of sweet tables, which included a simply frosted white cake and sweet cupcakes created by Kerri at Cherry Chip. I loved the idea of pairing them with the retro Faygo bottles (which is a Michigan staple!), mini candy buffet and the two different custom colored drinks. For the paper products, our fabulous designer created stationery that perfectly complimented the charming details. I fell in love with the Ferris Wheels and fonts that were used on everything, especially seeing them next to the paper straws and the striped linens. Robyn, from Meant To Be Sent, did a wonderful job creating everything from the ticket stub invitations to the circular menu cards.

Having a recently married couple, who were completely in love, as our models, really set the tone for the day. Alison and Seth are naturally a very sweet duo and aren't afraid to get flirty, kiss and love on each other. You can see it in the photos. They really are in love. Not only was Alison a beautiful bride, she made her powder blue dress the night before the shoot. That, my friends, is DIY dedication! I love how it turned out and especially love the way it looked with Seth's bow tie and suspenders and the perfect fabric flower hair accessory topped it all off. They were really able to let loose on the rides and while playing some of the midway games that the fair had to offer.

For the table top, I chose a beautiful blue linen and covered it with a white striped overlay. The place settings were very simple, to go with the clean look and the flowers added a punch of unexpected red to the peaceful pink and blue sea of feminine touches. On the cake and candy tables, we used a pink linen with the same striped overlay, a vintage 1940s smoked glass cake stand and mixed it up with clear glass and milk glass containers.

Overall, we just wanted something that would be fun, easy to recreate and something a little different from the norm. Thanks to a wonderful team of vendors, we were able to pull this shoot off in exactly one week from start to finish!

Afraid you missed a few glorious tidbits? Not to fear, we also have a delicious little video by Jamie Honce that highlights every juicy detail.

Event Design and Event Planning: Amanda Freeman of Bliss Weddings & Events /  Photography: Nicole Ladonne Photography / Cinematography: Jamie Honce Productions /  Cake & Cupcakes: Cherry Chip / Flowers: Watkins Flowers /  Location: St. Mary's Polish Country Fair in Orchard Lake, MI  /  Paper Goods: Meant To Be Sent /  Hair Accessory: Bliss Accessories on Etsy /  Dress: Alison, the bride, made it herself  /  Vintage Items: Frank & Me Clarkston, MI  /  Tables & Chairs: Bloomfield Party Rental