Even when I was growing up, when the circus came to town you knew there was fun to be had. The sweet smell of fairy floss, the warm buttery popcorn. Taking your seat on one of the rickety old chairs and losing your breath as the daring acts came out and the crowd applauded.
While the circus has slightly evolved over the years, that sense of excitement and fun has never gone away and when you combine it with a wedding? Well that’s going to be one pretty fantastic celebration!
Ashton Entertainment has decided to unveil their bevy of circus performers, equipment and vendors to couples wanting a circus feel to their day, There’s the big tops (just right for wedding receptions), the performers (trapeze artists anyone?) and even fairy floss and popcorn machines.
They have two big tops (both white with red trim, just right for circus colours!) and over nine different acts to hire (including ragdoll, serial ring artists, single trapeze artists, Spanish web acts, jugglers and hula hoops). So there’s plenty of entertainment options to choose from to surprise your guests and get them into the mood for your wedding!
If you need some inspiration for just how fantastic a circus wedding can be? Roll up roll up! I’ve rounded up some of my favourites!
These gorgeous custom vintage inspired posters from Alexander & Co are such a fun idea for a wedding.
Inspired by artwork of the 1930’s, American company Alexander & Co can customise your poster with your names, wedding location, wedding date- even the hair colour of the bride and groom! They work constantly on new pieces so you can even ask them if something a little more Australian is in store!
Each piece is available in a range of sizes, colours and framing options (including one where guests can sign the border). I think, not only do I love these as wedding decor, but I love them because they are something you can hang in your home as a piece of art. Alexander & Co also carries the designs through to a range of wedding stationery so you can keep the style going throughout your entire wedding day paper choices.
Shipping is available to Australia (just email them for a quote!)
If it’s one thing I hope we’ve proven on Polka Dot Bride, it’s that rainy day weddings are never a bad thing. Katie and Jamie moved their wedding ceremony in to one of Sydney’s best restaurants and the result was an elegant, beautiful Sydney wedding.
Katie remembers how she and Jamie met. “Jamie and I worked together. You could say it wasn’t love at first sight…He hired me and nearly fired me before we realised we fancied each other. ”
Photographs are by SugarLove Weddings who captured the sophistication and elegance of Katie and Jamie’s wedding beautifully.
The couple started the event with personal stationery from Mr Boddington. Katie explains, “We designed our own invitations, using Mr Boddingtons website. Mr Boddington’s is bespoke stationer in New York. We couldn’t come up with a good excuse for a trip to NYC but they have a fantastic website which we used to design our own from here. They then make them in their studio in New York and send them over. We were so happy with how they looked.” Katie’s bridesmaids wore floor length gowns from Wayne Cooper.
Rain meant Plan B was executed. Katie explains “An outdoor garden ceremony was planned to be held at Arthur McElhone Reserve, Elizabeth Bay. However mother nature was against us and it turned out to be the wettest April day in 10 years. This meant a last minute change of plans and the ceremony was also held at Est Restaurant.”
Katie remarks “Est is such a beautiful restaurant, high ceilings, antique chandeliers and iron columns we knew it would look fantastic for a wedding without needing much “wedding-esque” decoration. It is a 3 hatted restaurant so we knew the food and wine would be a highlight. We added white flowers and let the restaurant do the rest.
The staff at Est were fantastic and went above and beyond to make it a special night, including reconfiguring the room at the last minute to fit in the ceremony! And as we had hoped, the food and wine was out of this world. We still get comments from our friends and family about how it was the best meal they have ever eaten.”
Katie walked down the aisle to “Fields of Gold” by Eva Cassidy sung by Georgia Barlow. Katie remembers “There were plenty of tears. I choked up during the ceremony…our best man choked up during his speech and Jamie choked up at the end of the night while singing along to the Piano Man at our after party at the Menzies Hotel.”
The ceremony was personal with the officiant, Reverend Peter Laurence being the bride’s uncle reminding the couple of a forgotten memory. Katie recalls, “My uncle who married us, told a story during the ceremony about a special moment we had shared with him at our rehearsal in the park two days before. The rehearsal was the same time of day as our ceremony would have been if it was sunny and we were sitting in the park running through the details. It was a picture perfect Sydney afternoon looking out at the harbour and Jamie said to him “I wish we could just get married right now.” We had both forgotten about that moment, but it was nice to be reminded of it…we felt we had our sunny day ceremony as well as our real “Wet weather” ceremony..”
Of their photographer, Katie says “Bradley and everyone from SugarLove were fantastic. We didn’t want to spend too much time away from our guests and had warned him how terrible we were at posing for photos. This was even more so, when it was pouring with rain outside…He did a great job overcoming these obstacles and the photos have really captured the features of the wedding that we love.”
They made use of the backdrops that the Sydney urban landscape provided. Katie remembers “We had fun with our bridal party taking photos. Bradley did a great job, taking us downstairs through to Tank nightclub where we got some of the group shots of us in front of the 60’s wallpaper and on the red chaise lounges.. they are really quirky shots and you can tell that we having fun with our closest mates.”
The reception was decorated with masses of white blooms styled by Rococo Flowers.
Katie describes the wedding as, “The dinner party of our dreams.” Thanks to “The subtle sophistication and glamour of the Est. dining room, guests said ‘You could be mistaken for thinking you had spent the night in New York, London or Paris’ and it felt like we were one of the Kennedys for a night. Exquisite service from the best wait staff in Sydney, from each guest being greeted at the door by the maître’d and his assistant and the almost ballerina like movement of 12 waiters synchronize the placement and removal of plates at exactly the same time at each table.”
As a special treat, Katie and Jamie’s wedding guests made something personal for the couple. “Two of closest friends organised, designed and put together a “Jamkat” cookbook for us. In the cookbook each guest had provided a recipe and there was a photo of each of them cooking their recipe…. including our grandmothers. We were given this cookbook on the night and it was a really special moment.”
The first dance was instigated by the groom. Katie explains “In a reversal of roles, I am the one with two left feet who needed dance lessons. So Jamie dragged me along to a few lessons before the wedding and we managed to pull off a first dance to Ben Harper’s “Forever”.” Guests partied on, Katie recalling “I loved our friends singing their hearts out at the after party spent around the piano at the bar at the Menzies Hotel.”
Congratulations Katie & Jamie! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to SugarLove Weddings for sharing today’s images!
The enchanting sentence “Tim ♥’s Rosy” was carried throughout this gorgeous Melbourne wedding at Mountain Goat Brewery. From the very first moment, the couple were making their wedding decisions with intention, making sure that their guests enjoyed and loved their wedding as much as they would. Mix in a whole lot of love and beautiful styling and you have a wedding fit for Polka Dot Bride!
Tim and Rosy tell the story of how they came to be. “Years before Tim and Rosy met, Rosy had an encounter with Bill (Tim’s dad). Driving home one day, Bill noticed a house that had a recent renovation that he liked. Wanting to know the name of the builder, he stopped at the house and knocked on the door. Rosy answered the door and from that moment on, he knew he had found the builder of his dreams. He had no idea that several years later, Tim would find the girl of his dreams. The same girl that told him about the builder. The girl next door (well, round the corner and up the street), with the nicely renovated house.
Fast forward to Mother’s day, 2004. Tim was working at Target at the refunds counter. A friendly lady approaches the desk with several packs of ill fitting underwear she had purchased for another family member. Tim checks the integrity of said ill fitting underwear and everything seems to be in order. Refund processed. The friendly lady was Ginny, and standing next to her was Rosy who was spending some quality Mother’s Day time with her.
Tim’s attention turned from undies to Rosy, about 6 feet tall with a huge bunch of dreadlocks sitting atop her head. These attributes meant that Rosy was easy to spot in a crowd and Tim had seen her several times at uni and at the pub he went to most Thursday nights. Rosy was trying to stay well out of this “brief” encounter but Tim asked, “You go to Deakin right? Doing 1st year nursing?”. Rosy, a little embarrassed in the context of jocks quietly replied “Yes”. Tim then followed on with “And you go to the Wheelers Hill pub on Thursday nights?”. Again, she nodded; somewhat bewildered as to why she had never noticed Tim as he was one of only a handful of guys in their 300 strong nursing year level. Ginny fondly refers to this as the “ZING” moment and is a proud participant in this first encounter.
That night, Tim and Adam were out walking. Rosy was also out walking with her father, David and their dogs. Unbeknownst to Tim, they walked straight past each other. Rosy thought it was him but said nothing. She had some reservations that he may be a stalker, but gave him the benefit of the doubt at uni the next day and asked if it was him she had walked past. Later that day, smoke billowed into the lecture theatre they were in. Many stayed but when Tim saw Rosy leave he saw his cue to leave too, so they could get a coffee.
Later in the week, Rosy appeared at Target again and Tim was supervising at the front desk. He opened a register just to serve Rosy and they chatted for a few minutes. Very uncharacteristically, Tim wrote his mobile number on the back of her receipt. Somewhere in the distance (or in Tim’s head), smooth operator was playing.
Fortunately, Rosy retained her receipt, and Tim’s number. Several dates ensued. Two weeks later it was Tim’s 21st birthday. Despite the pressure of having to buy Tim a present for a milestone birthday, Rosy produced some quality gifts. One of which was a juicy navel orange. Though he didn’t get scurvy, Tim developed glandular fever soon after. Despite this, Rosy saw him every day and the dates continued.
Living around the corner from each other and the fact that they did the same course led to a streak of several hundred consecutive days of seeing one another. Over many coffees at Gloria Jeans in Glen Waverley they got to know each other and form a strong foundation for the relationship they have today. After several years’ worth of study sessions together, they both finished their nursing degrees.”
Tim proposed to Rosy at Peninsula Hot Springs in a private spa room after plenty of “love lies” as Tim calls them to throw Rosy off the scent!
Photographs today are by Brent Lukey who captured all the fun of the day with such a sense of humor.
Simply Georgeous Occasions worked with Rosy & Tim to plan and style the wedding. Tim says “As for the “Tim loves Rosy” moniker seen throughout the day: Since Rosy and I started seeing each other, whenever I wrote her a birthday, Christmas etc card I would always write “P.S – I like you” down the bottom. Soon enough, whenever I gave a card to any of Rosy’s family I would write “P.S – I like Rosy” down the bottom. Over the last 8 years that has not changed and there have been different variations to keep things amusing but it’s tradition now.”
The ceremony was as personal as could be. Rosy explains, “Sylvia Johnson, our civil celebrant, had some great ideas for the ceremony, to individualise it. One of those was for Tim to walk down the aisle with his parents. Tim walked down the aisle to an edited version of “Calling you” by Blue October and Rosy walked down with her parents to ‘With my own two hands’ by Ben Harper and Jack Johnson from the Curious George soundtrack.”
The couple were married at one of the beautiful gardens in the Melbourne CBD. Rosy says “We chose the Fitzroy Gardens (Lawn 20) because of the huge Moreton Bay Fig Tree that we wanted as the back drop for the ceremony. The gardens are amazing, very relaxed and centrally located. They are also great for photos.” The floral arrangements were styled by Cecilia Fox.
Rosy says, “The wedding is for the bride and the groom. Work on it together, put influences in it from both of you. Don’t be limited by tradition. If the groom wants to walk down the aisle or the bride wants to make a speech etc then go for it! Just have fun with it. ”
The ceremony encapsulated the relaxed vibe the couple wanted for their wedding day. “For our ceremony we bought some picnic rugs and a few bocce sets. After the ceremony was finished, we put the rugs around the tree and had some light refreshments. Our guests mingled, sat on a picnic rug and played bocce. Rosy and I enjoy our music and going to gigs together so we spent days compiling the perfect play list to represent us and create the fun, festive vibe we wanted for the day.”
Of their photographer, Rosy says, “Brent took photos at the wedding of a professional photographer we knew. That was reassurance enough but we also sat down and discussed the type of shots we wanted. He was definitely on the same page as us. He takes amazing, candid shots and is very unobtrusive which were qualities we were after. We couldn’t be happier with the photos.”
When it came to choosing vendors, the couple says, “Our philosophy with vendors was to choose people who cared about their craft and had the ideas/resources to help us get the results we wanted. Rather than telling them exactly what to do, give them ideas and see what they come up with. You may be surprised!”
Rosy and Tim chose Richmond’s Mountain Goat Brewery for their cocktail wedding reception. They explain, “We chose Mountain Goat Brewery because: a) we love beer, b) whenever we have been there, there’s always a very festive atmosphere, c) we knew if we filled it with the people we love, and added our own touch (with the help of others) it would be a night to remember.”
Simply Georgeous Occasions styled & planned the reception while Tommy Collins Catering catered the wedding. The newlyweds recall, “We had food stations throughout Mountain Goat, made from milk crates and decorated with flowers. These included a noodle bar, a burrito bar, a pizza bar and a gelati bar (very popular as it was a hot day). This created a market/festival type atmosphere that was very interactive and fun for guests to move around and explore the different stations and cuisines. There were also roving canapés. The long white tables with bench seating also meant the guests could sit down and share food with friends.”
Rosy describes the wedding as “Festive, interactive, colourful and highly representative of whom we are as a couple. We put a lot of effort in to make it represent who we are as a couple and put our own spin on things and it worked!”
The couple and their wedding guests used a tram to get from the ceremony to reception! They say “We got some interesting looks from commuters when we hopped on the tram! There were a few moments when we were able to stop and watch our guests simply enjoying themselves. To be at your own wedding, watching your friends and family playing bocce in the gardens, sitting on a picnic rug, hopping from food station to station, taking Polaroid pictures and dancing barefoot in a brewery was a very special memory. The speeches were very special to us. Rosy and I both spoke too, and to share our stories and how we felt about each other was very special.”
Rosy notes “Tim and the groomsmen all wore Lego men cufflinks (from Etsy) that represented each of their personalities/looks/professions.”
For their first dance, Rosy says “We had dancing lessons at Marshere Dance studios in Boronia. We started off with a slow waltz to Chris Cornell’s “Finally Forever” and then changed into a faster, fun samba to Hall and Oates’ “You make my dreams come true”.” Scott from Top Dog Entertainment provided the music for the evening.
Congratulations Rosy and Tim! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Brent Lukey for sharing today’s photographs!