Weird and Wonderful 1920’s Carnival Wedding Shoot

I have something really cool for you today with this epic weird and wonderful 1920’s carnival wedding inspiration. If you are considering a carnival wedding but want a new take on the theme then check out these ideas.

There’s a real ambience about this incredible concept. Combining old carnival traditions like fortune telling and kissing booths with magnificently edgy styling details makes for a real show.

Rich, dark reds teamed with vibrant teal and gold creates an amazing, warm colour palette that would be perfect for an autumn or winter wedding. The beautiful tablescapes have been created using teal silk runners, gold candlesticks and small vases of flowers. I love the place settings with gold chargers, mismatched ornate plates, place name and cute gold animal. And what carnival would be complete without a toffee apple?

Bride and groom sitting on couch in woodland

The fabulous props, from the furniture to the kissing booth, the carnival photo stand to the gramophone, make this styling so special. For a carnival wedding you want the cake to be a showstopper too, and this wedding cake is certainly that! Complete with carousel-look top tier, it really is a masterpiece!

Hazel Parsons and Jenny Wren created such a spectacle with these awesome weird and wonderful 1920’s carnival styling ideas. I just know you are going to love these pictures, captured perfectly by Grant Lampard Photography.

Quirky Props

“This eclectic 1920’s carnival shoot is a combination of pretty to weird and wonderful, and captures the grandeur of a 1920’s American Carnival with a touch of modern day glamour.

“The shoot took place at the Penventon Park Hotel in Cornwall, a Georgian mansion where old world charm meets modern luxury. The woodland surroundings inspired us for the first element of the shoot – a tipi nestled within the hotel’s grounds. Fairy lights adorned the interior of the Tipi twinkling in the dark winter light.

“With an abundance of quirky props, from the freak show set to the fortune teller’s tent and everything in between, the shoot screams fun with a strong dash of charisma.”

Groom putting on bow tie in mirror

Groom doing up bow tie in mirror

Bride holding bouquet looking out of window

Bride holding red bridal bouquet

Groom in woodland with foot on fallen tree

Groom's red rose buttonhole

Groom with tattoo on face

Bride wearing red velvet wedding dress in woods

Bride with red wedding dress holding red bridal bouquet

Bride's necklace

Bold, Bright and Daring

“Think intense teal blues, poppy reds and gold. These colours along with the flowers gave a bold, bright and daring look to the tablescapes. Velvet red Naomi roses complemented the velvet wedding dress and and gave a rich look against the gold vases on the tables. Red skimmia and berries added texture and a natural feel, while bright red carnations and gerberas added a pop of colour to lift the darker reds.

“The bouquet consisted of the red Naomi roses, spray roses, skimmia, limonium and rose hips. A lovely selection of foliage including eucalyptus and thalespi gave a dramatic, natural look with lots of texture and movement. Red spray roses looked beautiful placed in the model’s hair and matched her bouquet, as did the red Naomi rose buttonhole with matching berries and foliage.”

Bride's red wedding bouquet

Red flowers in bride's hair

Groom holding bride's hand against his chest

Bride resting head against groom's chest in woods

Bride resting head against groom's chest

Bride holding handful of fern with wedding rings on top

Bride and groom behind 1920's carnival kissing booth

Bride and groom sitting on couch in woods

Wedding table in woods with teal runner and red flowers

Bride and groom sitting on chairs next to 1920's carnival freak show sign

Wedding stationery on fallen tree in woods

Bride and groom with heads in 1920's carnival cut-outs

Bride and groom sitting on couch in tipi

Carnival Flourishes

“Little gold toy animals added an amusing element to the place settings, and along with toffee apples hinted to the carnival theme. Gold chargers framed the vintage plates, creating a bold contrast in style and adding layering to the table. Blue runner cloths flowing down the middle of the tables gave texture and depth to the look, with individual gold vases and candlesticks placed in between.

“Anon Design wanted their stationery to be bright and bold, but also retain an element of clean, modern lines. Strong geometric shapes overlaid deep red, turquoise and pink giving depth of colour. The geometrics were a nod also to the old style fairground signage style, which would have used bright diamond patterns and strong lines. A traditional fairground style font was an opportunity to introduce further colour with gold, mustard and green. A few extra carnival flourishes, such as the winged shapes and the banner, created a strong nod to the traditional carnival style but with a modern twist.

“Finally, the wedding cake – a masterpiece which took different elements from the theme – sat pretty on an ornate gold vintage drinks trolley.”

1920's carnival style wedding table plan

Long wedding tables in Penventon Park Hotel

1920's carnival themed wedding table styling

Toffee apple on wedding plate

Wedding tables dressed with teal runners and candles

1920's carnival style wedding table number

Wedding table with candles and teal table runner

1920's carnival style wedding menu card

1920's carnival style wedding cake

1920's carnival style wedding cake

1920's carnival style wedding cake

Bride and groom standing against wall in Penventon Park Hotel

Bride having fortune told

Bride and groom

Bride with floral dress looking in mirror

Bride and groom sitting at bar in Penventon Park Hotel

Creative Team

Photography: Grant Lampard Photography

Shoot Location: Penventon Park Hotel, Cornwall

Styling and Coordination: Hazel Parsons Wedding and Event Consultancy and Jenny Wren Weddings and Events

Flowers: Sweet Pea Floral Studio

Props: The Prop Factory

Décor Items: Stargazey Wedding Hire

Vintage Plates: The Creative Crockery Co

Charger Plates: Wedding Flowers in Cornwall

Stationery: Anon Design Studio

Wedding Cake: Claire’s Sweet Temptations

Toffee Apples: Proper Job Parties

Red Wedding Dress: Christine Trewinnard Couture

Black Wedding Dress: The Bridal Studio

Groom’s Attire: Moss Bros

Hair: Kylee Marie Hair

Make-Up: Penny Pascoe

Jewellery: Stephanie Stevens Jewellery

Models: Natalie Jayne Whear and Treve Stevens

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