Melissa & Jeremey’s Colorful and Creative Vintage Circus-themed Wedding
Happy Friday everyone! I’m excited to share Melissa & Jeremy’s wedding with you today because it is just. so. fabulous! The lovely couple definitely wanted their wedding to be different and once they found the Al Ringling Theatre they knew they had to get married there. Everything else then fell into place. Since their location exuded a vintage vibe + their motif was bright yellow, teal, and grey, they decided on a modern vintage feel with a bit of a circus theme. They had tickets for their invites and save the dates, an altar consisting of spherical glass vases filled with candles built by Jeremey’s dad, and many other personal touches that defined their relationship and theirs alone.
We have photographers Joan & Jon McAlister of BellowBlue to thank for the gorgeous photos which you are going to see right about now… please enjoy!
From this point on I will let Jeremy tell you all about himself and Melissa + how they made their celebration their own:
My wife and I like to consider ourselves as a perfect match. We were meant to be. We met in high school and were instantly attracted to each other. We stayed friends for several years because we were both afraid of ruining a great friendship. We vowed that in five years we would get married no matter what. Five years later after losing contact with each other, we found each other again. I decided I was not going to let her go and I risked our friendship, by asking her to date me. Melissa was not suppose to have a child, but we received a miracle, our daughter was born on July 3, 2009. Almost a year went by and I decided I was going to ask her to marry me. I took her on a day long scavenger hunt. Each clue for the next location included a scrabble letter, each location was a place where we had a special memory. The last location was where we first met, where she unscrambled the letters that asked her to marry me.
Melissa and I are a creative out of the box couple who are up for pretty much anything. We love things that are different. We love music and art.Our goal was to make our wedding very unique. We did everything we could to make it different than any other wedding we had ever seen. We made our save the dates ourselves, our invites ourselves, and the programs ourselves. For ceremony music we had a guitarists play songs that were meaningful to us. As the wedding party entered he played Pistol by Dustin Kensrue. As Melissa walked down the aisle he played I wouldn’t mind by He Is We, then as we left they played Everything you do by He Is We.
My father built the altar piece and we hung glass spherical vases and put candles inside them. During the ceremony we included our daughter in which we gave her a necklace to symbolize our strong family bond.
We did a candy buffet in our colors. In addition to that we also took many songs that are meaningful to us and made a mix cd on CDs that look like vinyl records and we hung some from silver trees. We also customized all of the signage for the cd tree and the candy buffet.
We also put frames with our engagement photos in them at each table. Along with the photos Melissa spent hours creating the felt ball flowers. We also had several different flavors of cupcakes and made special flags to designate those flavors. Our cake topper was custom made and laser cut out of yellow acrylic.
Our first dance we danced to was All About Us by He Is We. We also had a joint father/daughter and mother/son dance. We did a guest book tree that my sister, the made of honor, created. We used inks that matched our colors for the tree. The flowers were custom made out of dupioni silk and rhinestone clusters. Our head table was decorated with eclectic clear candle holders with grey and silver candles. At the reception we took a break from dancing and celebrating to light off wishing lanterns.
If we were to give any advice it would be to not let all the planning stress you out, enjoy your special day. Don’t take on everything yourself, let people help as much as possible. Think outside the box, be creative would also be some good advice.
Huge thanks to Joan and Jon for sending this awesome wedding my way and congratulations to Melissa & Jeremey! Thank you for sharing your special day with all of us. 🙂
Photographers: Joan & Jon McAlister of BellowBlue
Ceremony location: Al Ringling Theatre
Reception venue: Baraboo Arts Banquet Hall
Photo shoot venue: Circus World Museum
Cake and cupcakes: Cupcakes-A-Go-Go
Flowers: custom made by Christina from Zazzaretti Bridal
Photo booth: Global Entertainment
Invitations and programs: printed by Sherwood Press
Ceremony music: Cole Heinrich and Amanda Hull
Catering: Exceptional Catering
Bride’s Ceremony dress: Galina Signature dress from David’s Bridal
Bride’s reception dress: Jim Hjelm dress from Vera’s House of Bridals
Hair: Autumn Burns of Alan Koa Salon and Spa
Makeup: Corinn Swinson of Brideheads
Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung from Brandi’s Bridal Galleria
Guys suits: NextDirect
Guys socks: Express
Guys shoes: Converse Chuck Taylors
Image submission via Two Bright Lights