Did you see our Vintage Carnival Themed real wedding last week? We loved it so much that we wanted to create a wedding inspiration mod board based around this wedding; a carnival theme is a great way to inject some fun into your wedding day. We love the idea of sweet treat stalls with doughnut stacks and popcorn baskets, and fairground games such as hook the duck, with retro prizes for your guests.
Happy Friday. Next weekend the first of the Autumn National Wedding Shows takes place in London. If you haven’t got your tickets yet you can buy them here, and remember, buying tickets in advance is cheaper than buying them on-the-door. Next week we’ll be giving away tickets to the Manchester show, so keep an eye on the blog for your chance to win.
The weekend after, 3rd – 5th October, Brides the Show is taking place at Islington’s Business Design Centre, and we have a pair of Gold Tickets to give away – click the link for details.
Today’s wedding is full of colour and is such a fun wedding. Samara and Russell were married in Adelaide, Australia, and had the most incredible wedding full of vintage carnival styling. They treated their guests to vintage lawn and carnival games, candyfloss, popcorn, and hot cinnamon donuts (who wouldn’t love a wedding with cinnamon donuts?!). The couple made over 100m of over-sized bunting, and used jars, bottles, trunks and wooden crates to decorate their venue and create this amazing summer wedding. We are so excited about sharing these amazing pictures by Joshua Kane Photography.
“When it came to wedding prep and dealing with vendors, I (Samara) am happy to take the credit. It was a lot of hard work, but I managed to get a lot of terrific vendors on board who shared our vision and helped us fulfill our dreams for the day. We are especially grateful to our photographer, Josh. Not only is he my very talented photographer brother, he helped us so much when it came to the finer details of organising the big day; his wealth of experience was a godsend!
“Above all else, we wanted our wedding to be fun for everyone involved, young and old, family and friends, and since we love all things vintage, what could be more fun than a vintage summer carnival? We had 13 different vintage lawn and carnival games, with custom prize ribbons and tickets for winners who could then redeem tickets for novelty prizes and lollies. We also had traditional carnival fare such as fairy floss, popcorn, dagwood dogs, mini beef sliders and hot cinnamon donuts during carnival time. To give the the ceremony and reception areas a real carnival feel, we handmade over 100m of oversized bunting and collected a lot of vintage wares such as jars, bottles, trunks and wooden crates.
“We loved dancing the night away outside under a fabulous fairy light canopy, and our guests loved the open photobooth which uploaded photos straight to Facebook.”
“The one thing I always dreamt of from the very start of our planning was fireworks. We gave up on the idea because of the hassle of getting council permission, but as everyone partied on into the night under a fairy light canopy, fireworks randomly began to light up the sky. I was so shocked and surprised I started crying, I couldn’t believe it! But it wasn’t any of us or our families who organised it; we put it down to a happy coincidence that another event nearby had organised them, but we still have no idea where exactly.”
How did the business get started and who works at Zibi Photography?
In 2012, I met one of the best wedding photographers in the UK , Mike Garrard. His style, enthusiasm and approach to innovative photography and editing really inspired me to pursue my own passion in this field. He became a great mentor to me and a source of inspiration when I needed one.
I run Zibi Photography on my own, as I never want to lose the personal, intimate touch that I offer to my clients. This goes a long way in earning their trust and putting them at ease on the day on which it counts the most.
Had you always wanted to be a photographer?
For me, this adventure of a lifetime really began in 2006, when my interest in landscape photography was piqued. As I began to experiment and learn I found that the camera became a part of me and my life; it changed my outlook and began to mould my future. From there it evolved naturally into wedding photography.
Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?
I was 10 years old when my dad gave me my first camera; an old-style Kodak. I was so excited and began taking photographs of everything around me – from flowers to family. One of the first pictures that I took was of my beloved grandmother in the kitchen, baking my favourite walnut cake.
Which areas of the UK do you cover?
I cover the whole of the UK, and I photograph destination weddings all over the world. This gives me an opportunity to travel, but also to learn about the wedding customs and utilising the available backdrops (some of which can be quite different to those in the UK) to create the best possible image.
Located beside the River Thames in the heart of Richmond-upon-Thames, the Bingham has launched a not to be missed wedding package for couples looking to tie the knot in 2014. In conjunction with the venue’s 30th anniversary celebrations, the aptly named Eleventh Hour package presents an exclusive opportunity to host a wedding at the luxury venue for a fraction of the price.
Including free venue hire, the package is perfectly suited to couples looking to maximise their wedding budget without sacrificing on style and service. Priced at £70 pp, the package includes a glass of bubbly on arrival and a three-course gourmet wedding breakfast, created by Head Chef Mark Jarvis using the finest seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
Menus, place cards and a table plan is also included within the package, and additional items such as Champagne, Canapés and signature cocktails, can be added to the package. Priding itself on its customer service, the hotels philosophy of flexibility is extended to the Eleventh Hour package, allowing couples to add as little or much to the celebration as they like, and budget allows.
Keen to ensure those planning a wedding to a tight deadline enjoy the planning process, the experienced events team is on hand throughout to advise on suitable suppliers, all of whom are tried and tested by the Bingham. From choosing a florist to selecting a suitable photographer, the in-house team can offer as much support as required ensuing a seamless and stress-free planning process.
The Eleventh Hour Package is priced at £70 per person based on a minimum of 40 guests (inclusive of VAT and service charge).
The package is currently available for dates up until the end of 2014 subject to availability, excluding 13th, 14th, 24th-27th and 31st December.
Full payment as a non-refundable guarantee is required to confirm the booking.
We love an outdoor wedding, and you are going to adore Hannah and Caleb’s beautiful wedding in Oklahoma.
The rustic barn and the dreamy white gazebo nestled beneath the trees is the perfect location for this gorgeous wedding. Hannah’s incredible Maggie Sottero wedding dress, the abundance of spectacular flowers, and the vintage coke bottles used for the toasts; we really do have a treat for you today.
Anna Lee Media has really captured this wedding in all its wonderful glory…
“The theme of our wedding was “rustic chic”. With a large event barn on location and a dreamy white gazebo nestled beneath the trees, Harn Homestead, a historical museum located close to the Oklahoma State Capital, proved to be the ideal venue to make our dreams a reality.
“The decorations/details of the wedding added character and beauty to our special day. There were LOADS of fresh, gorgeous flowers and greenery, including on the guest sign in table, hanging on shepherds’ hooks lining the aisle, and perfectly placed at the reception in the barn. A pretty good portion of our budget went toward the fresh flowers, and in the end it was completely worth it!
“A very memorable thing about our wedding was that several of our decorations, including the pinwheels, chalkboard signs and pendants, were DIY projects. Seeing all our dreams become reality on the day of our wedding was one of the most rewarding moments of our lives. We had so many family members and friends come out to help set up/ break down, and it absolutely could not have happened without them! The bouquets, boutonnières, and flower arraignments were handmade with love by my mother and a couple very special family friends. The string lighting we had above the dance floor and in the barn during the reception set the mood for a magical evening.
“Our song for our first dance was “I Will Be Here” by Steven Curtis Chapman, and perfectly reflects our commitment to grow in love with each other through every season of life, no matter how difficult times may become.
“A special little touch that we loved having was vintage coke bottles to toast with during the best man and maid of honour’s speeches – very cute and refreshing. Caleb was asked during the reception to play the electric guitar with the band, and that was great surprise for the guests as well as me! At the end of the night we were sent off with a sparkling farewell from our guests lighting the path to our car with sparklers. By the end of it all it was hard to believe that earlier that morning our outdoor wedding had been threatened by lighting and rain showers. We were so thankful and blessed that we were able to have the ceremony outside, and having to move the reception completely inside the barn was more beautiful than the original plan ever could have looked.”