If the Carnival Sideshow Had a Wedding…

Alright look – y'all know I love a good freakshow wedding. Literally. When a couple has the walnuts to let their personalities take over the wedding planning and just have a damn good time. And Lauren and Stan had that EXACT wedding. It was part show, part carnival, and totally AWESOME.

Alright look – y'all know I love a good freakshow wedding. Literally. When a couple has the walnuts to let their personalities take over the wedding planning and just have a damn good time. And Lauren and Stan had that EXACT wedding. It was part show, part carnival, and totally AWESOME.

If the Carnival Sideshow Had a Wedding...
Image Courtesy of: Hitched Studios

From photographer Tara Morris of Hitched Studios, "Lauren and Stan's wedding is a complete collaboration of their style: Turn of the century Coney-Island, beach themed, DIY to blow ya mind, recycled, and thrifted theme! Amazing! They scouted for all things vintage/used and purposeful and put their circus and beach motif on it. Married at the Oysterville schoolhouse which is on the peninsula of Washington State in a kitschy beach town called Long Beach.

EVERYTHING was DIY! Their invitations had hand-sketched carnival “knock–em down” toy, and a vintage beach postcard all bound with bakery string and a pink raffle ticket. The table cards were stood upright with orange circus peanut candies. Their favors were succulents and sand planted in vintage teacups. Lauren’s brother built a wooden “boardwalk” where they exchanged vows and he hand cut more than 1,000 sequins to attach to mermaid kites he designed and hand painted (with Lauren’s mom’s help)!

He also painted three canvases with beach themed scenes for guests to poke their heads through for photo ops. Lauren’s best friend made her headpiece and the groomsmen’s’ boutonnieres out of peacock feathers and vintage buttons. She also hand made a six-foot long mermaid piñata! They encouraged their guests to come dressed in turn of the century-type clothing, and they delivered!

The food was from their favorite international beaches!  They had a South and Central American menu, including fried plantains (from Panama), Feijoada (from Brazil), ceviche (from Ecuador), a meat stew, quinoa cakes, and a spin on Peruvian Chausa. They drank caipirinhas (from Brazil) and Pisco Sours (from Peru), Polish grain alcohol (compliments of our East Coast Polish family!) They finished up with fresh spun cotton candy and brightly colored cookies from Fresh Flours Bakery in Seattle. The colorful bus they took to Burning Man a few years ago transported them to their ceremony and a MARCHING BAND played Scenic World (version) by Beirut to walk them down the grassy path aisle."

If the Carnival Sideshow Had a Wedding...
If the Carnival Sideshow Had a Wedding...
If the Carnival Sideshow Had a Wedding...
If the Carnival Sideshow Had a Wedding...
If the Carnival Sideshow Had a Wedding...
If the Carnival Sideshow Had a Wedding...
If the Carnival Sideshow Had a Wedding...
If the Carnival Sideshow Had a Wedding...
If the Carnival Sideshow Had a Wedding...
Images Courtesy of: Hitched Studios

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