Leslie & Zach’s Bright and Happy Carnival-themed Backyard Wedding


carnival-themed backyard wedding

Carnival-themed wedding. Fun, colorful, and completely DIY! The moment I saw this submission, I instantly knew it was a keeper. Cuties Leslie and Zach transformed a friend’s lake house into a whimsical homemade carnival for their special day and it ended up being nothing short of unique.  There was popcorn, hotdogs, candy, and carnival-inspired games with prizes. They even had “carnival workers”, cheerleaders at a local high school Leslie and her mom teach in, to run the games and activities for wedding guests. All in all it was a really fun and casual family affair and below are Kristin Vanzant Photography‘s beautiful photos to prove it. Enjoy!

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

Lucky to have the pretty Leslie on hand to tell you all about herself & Zach and their awesome wedding:

My husband Zach and I have somewhat known each other all of our lives. Our parents went to school together from kindergarten on. I went to high school with his older sister and although we have 5 years between us, our paths crossed again at just the right time in life! We started dating in 2008 and were married in 2011. I am now a stay at home mom with our 6 month old son, and Zach is a firefighter with the City of Knoxville Fire Department.

We had a carnival themed wedding at a friends home on the lake. We had carnival food… popcorn, hotdogs, candy… Pretty much traditional carnival foods! There were carnival games for the kids with prizes, a photo booth, drinks around the pool and dancing under a tent.

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

Using the carnival theme allowed us to be very unique.  I was able to have all 16 of my friends as bridesmaids! Yes I said 16! I have a huge group of girlfriends and we’ve been close since high school, some since middle school, and some since birth. I was lucky to not have to choose out the bunch! My husband rounded up 16 guys as well.

By the way, the weather was horrific (there was a HUGE rain storm) until we did our first look… and from then on it was perfectly beautiful!  The bridesmaids even took off their heels & decided to go barefoot for the ceremony because of the mud!

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

 Our “flower girls” carried huge swirl lollipops instead of flowers.

carnival-themed backyard wedding

My mom and dad both walked me down the aisle, which was very important to me!

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

We used a trolley to shuttle our guests from a church down the street to the wedding site which added a little something fun!

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

… And the games and prizes left the kids saying how much they loved weddings!

carnival-themed backyard wedding

carnival-themed backyard wedding

My advice to any bride is: know the things that you really want and don’t let anyone talk you out of them. It wasn’t easy for everyone to see what I was going for with my carnival theme but it came together just the way I wanted. Also, if you don’t splurge on anything else, make sure you are happy with your photographer and videographer. Mine were excellent and they captured my special day perfectly! Let people help you plan!

carnival-themed backyard wedding

Thank you Kristin for sending your lovely images my way, and congratulations Leslie and Zach! I wish you guys a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂

Photographer: Kristin Vanzant with  Kristin Vanzant Photography
Videography: Nathan Hinckley with Milestone Motion Pictures
Venue: Home of a family friend on Fort Loudoun Lake
Wedding Coordinator: Jackie Crabtree, Celebrity Style Celebrations
Photo booth: Knoxville Photo Booth Company
Cake: Sandy Helton with Sandy’s Cakes
Wedding hair: Leigha Beeler of True Radiance Salon
Wedding makeup: Kristin Keith in Knoxville, TN
Rentals: Rentals Rentals and Campbell Tent & Party Rentals
Transportation: Knoxville Area Transit
Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom, groomsmen, and ring bearers suits: Men’s Wear House
Flower girls dresses: Alfred Angelo
Musicians: Nic Mingie & Hannah Parker

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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