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Autumn and Andrew tied the knot at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, Calif. on June 28. The bride opted for a short a-line wedding dress and wore her hair in a curly ‘do while her groom donned dark gray pants, with a matching vest, bow tie, and top hat. Autumn and Andrew didn’t have a typical wedding, but it was chock full of games, delicious foods, and performances to keep their guests completely entertained all night. “We were looking for an outdoor space where we could set up a carnival/circus feel,” Autumn said. “We also were looking for a venue that would let us stay outside until late that evening. When we saw the space at Saddlerock Ranch, we knew it would be perfect for us, and the vineyards and animals on the property were a big bonus!” After exchanging vows in front of 150 friends and family, the carnival began. The reception had a carousel, a variety of carnival games, and a juggler. Guests indulged in festive treats like cotton candy, funnel cake, and popcorn. Family and friends were seated at banquet tables covered with a patterned table cloth and red rose centerpieces. Twinkling lights hung overhead and a stage with a red backdrop was set up for live entertainment such as a contortionist and ribbon twirler. Since the wedding took place at a ranch there were also a variety of animals around, such as horses and sheep. For dessert, guests enjoyed an ice cream sundae bar and a chocolate cake adorned with strawberries. Autumn advises that couples try to stay calm and enjoy their wedding day. “Try to relax on your big day! A few things are bound to go not according to plan, but don’t let that stop you from having a perfect, incredible, memorable day!”

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Photography: The Big Affair | Bride’s Gown: BHLDN | Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Catering: AN Catering | Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals | Reception Music: VOX DJs | Event Planner: Joie de Vivre | Ceremony Musicians: Angel City Dixieland Band

Amber & Stephen

October 5

Malibu, California


Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Our venue had all of the elements of a carnival – a Ferris wheel, a merry go-round and the inside of the reception area looked like a giant circus tent. We also loved the idea of having elements of indoor and outdoors. The venue was nestled away in the mountains and had a very romantic feel.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. Candy Bar
  2. Table Arrangements
  3. Activities (Caricature Artist, Photo Booth, Palm Reader)

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Stephen and I did a first look before the ceremony. We were both so nervous. I can’t stop thinking about walking up to him and seeing him for the first time in his suit and seeing the way he lit up when he saw me in my dress. It was magical. 

A Carnival-Themed Wedding Style Shoot in Oregon

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 14, 2012

Caution: You’re going to need an “admit one” ticket to view this carnival-themed styled shoot. In memory of their first wedding anniversary, this couple was able to have a wedding all over again. It’s unique location-an amusement park-with rides and sweet treats like cotton candy, funnel cakes and popcorn, made it romantic and fun for everyone.

Fun Feature Friday: Carnival Inspired Style Shoot!

Posted by Jeffra on Oct 07, 2011

Even though it’s Fall we had to share this amazing Carnival Fun style shoot inspiration. It’s full of playful details, vibrant colors, and everything perfect to start off the weekend! Thanks to Iliana Morton Photography and the team who put these ideas together for sharing it with us! Happy Friday Everyone!