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Over the summer the Artisan Maskers collaborated with a whole team of amazing artists to put together a fantasy Circus-themed wedding shoot. Here’s a quick spread of the carnival madness that ensued!
First, we have our Tightrope Walker bride. She preps for the big day with a gorgeously bizarre assemblage of bridesmaids (below): a Clownette, a Lion Tamer, a Fortune Teller, and even a mustachioed Ringmaster!
Next up, our Clown of a Groom and his fabulous Groomsmen: the Magician, the Roustabout, and, okay, the “Lion”, too…
A few choice shots of the Bride and Groom…
And, then, the gang’s all here! Time for the party to START!
So, what do YOU think? Could a Circus be in your marital future? ;D
Please, have a look at all of the incredible artists that made this shoot possible!
Mini Top Hats, Clownette Ruff, Dog Ruff, Feather Bouquet – Because It Sparkles
Crystal Bridal Headband and Belt – Clay Bouquet Shop
Bustle Skirt and Groom/Best Man Jackets – DAS
Little Miss Muffett Garter – Never A Plain Jane Designs
Corsets and Petticoat – Period Corsets
(Not pictured: Wedding Streamers – Extravagant Exits )
I don’t care what you say, you’ve dreamed about a fairy tale wedding. Even if it was just once. And even if it wasn’t your typical fairy tale.
Over the next few months I’ll draw inspiration from the combined genius of Lewis Carroll, Walt Disney, Tim Burton, and a score of other Alice fanatics to bring you a series of curiouser and curiouser Wonderland Wedding ideas.
Today, forget all about a white wedding. If you are going to be queen for a day why not make it
The Red Queen
(via LA Weekly*)
I’m not saying you have to have heart-shaped red hair (although that would be awesome!), but you could definitely set the tone with this amazing ring-bearer pillow from My Haley Girl.
(Hold my Heart Ring Bearer Pillow**)
Sweet, isn’t it? But why stop at sweet, when you can go sassy.
(links below ***)
Of course, we can’t forget your partner in passion.
(links below ^)
I adore the steampunk touches in this reception décor mood board that refer to the Red Queen’s Victorian roots.
What about you, my darlings? Are you a bold ruler of Wonderland or does your wedding fantasy take you down another rabbit hole?
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One wedding custom most of us are familiar with is the garter toss. This tradition seems to stem from a few different cultures, each of which had their own way of obtaining a piece of the bride’s clothing on the wedding day. I thought I could share a little of my research with you!
During the Dark Ages, the story goes that friends and family would accompany the bride and groom to their wedding bed. When the couple began the consummation of their marriage the husband could provide the wife’s garter as proof that their marriage vows had been fulfilled.
Another old English custom was for wedding guests to sneak up to the bride and groom’s wedding chamber. They would then fling the bride’s stockings at the bride and groom, and if the stocking landed on his or her nose, the person who tossed it would be the next to marry.
In France, in the 14th Century, certain areas believed that obtaining a piece of the bride’s clothing would bring good luck. This resulted in the wedding guests ripping pieces of cloth off of the bride. (Which, as we can all imagine, was no fun for the bride!) Later, to deter the ripping of clothing, the bride began throwing pieces of her dress, the garter being one of them. Drunken male partygoers then began trying to remove this item themselves, until that role became the groom’s and the tradition began.
And still there are more stories. Eventually, traditions evolved to the point that some groom, somewhere tossed a garter to the single men. The man who catches the garter is now said to be the next to marry. For this innovation I am thankful! While I was comfortable with the garter toss at my own wedding, I don’t know that I would have been comfortable with any of these other garter customs!
Now that you’ve got a little background, here’s a collection of my handmade favorites to help you out on your search for that perfect garter!
This post was brought to you by Jon and Deanna of EdenGallery.
>Yellow is the color of summer. It is easy to keep your wedding bright with pops of yellow in unexpected places. The Etsy Wedding Team (our sweet sister) provides classic and sometimes untraditional options. Here are a few of my favorites!!!!
|Superman Garter by Sugar Plum Garters|
|Clay Bouquet by DK Designs Hawaii|
|Painted Bridal Shoes and Bag by Nora Karen|
|Ruffled Collar Dress by Amanda Archer|