18 Jun

Circus Themed Wedding: Gennifer + Pastor

categories Real Weddings

You grew up going to amusement parks, couldn’t wait until you reached the churro cart, and didn’t plan on leaving until you won yourself a stuffed animal or funny hat. Gennifer + Pastor’s wedding embraced all of that and the essence of early 1900s amusement parks. They pooled their resources and applied their DIY aesthetic to the whimsical, Glen Echo Park, to make theirs a fun, eclectic wedding entirely of red, white and blue details!

Inspiration for a fourth of July party? Yep, there’s lots of that in here, and we’re helping ya out with these cute red, white and blue striped paper straws just added in our Pop-Up Shop!

circus-themed centerpiece

circus-themed wedding decor

Those eye-catching red & white striped table clothes were made of unbleached muslin and hand painted by G + P. Watch how they made it here.

wedding papel picado

circus-themed wedding decor

circus wedding guest book

circus wedding invites

feather veil embellishment

simple white rose and feather bouquet

circus wedding

groom's bow tie

circus-themed wedding

We took advantage of every inch of the park available to us, and because of the multiple locations we had to come up with different decorations that would continue from one area to the other while abiding by the park’s strict regulations. We started with wooden signs that helped direct our guest to the grassy knoll where we greeted them with popcorn and drinks as we prepared for our wedding ceremony.

wedding guest hat

bride and groom

circus-themed wedding

circus wedding details

Because of budget constraints they had their flowers double as a decoration piece and a keepsake for each guest. They handmade paper flowers out of coffee filters and watercolored them to match their color scheme. Check out how they made them here.

circus-themed wedding treats

Striped straws are always a favorite of ours, and we’re excited to announce that we’re selling some red, white & blue ones in our Pop-Up Shop, just in time for all your fourth of July parties!

circus wedding drink station

circus-themed wedding

Glen Echo Park, MD

circus-themed wedding

handmade photo booth


The wedding married two cultures, so we worked with the caterers to do the same by serving dim sum during a traditional dragon dance and then switching to a dinner with some Panamanian staples like ceviche.

circus-themed wedding

ceiling wedding decor

circus-themed wedding invites

paper initials

handmade photo booth

wedding midnight snack

A midnight snack of churros are the best!

Glen Echo Park, MD

Perfect way to start off the week! Congrats Gennifer + Pastor!

Photography: Sam Hurd Photography / Location: Glen Echo Park / Catering: Windows Catering / Ice cream sandwiches: Melt Bakery / Cake: Top of the Apple / Hairpiece + bouquet: handmade by bride / Jewelry: vintage + Minoux Jewelry / Paper decor: Bulk Party Supplies / Wooden signs: handmade from scrap wood / Gold plastic animal centerpieces: flea markets / Table cloths: handmade / Bride’s dress: Sarah Seven / Groom’s suit: J.Crew / Shoes: Rachel Comey / Invitations: designed by bride + groom

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  4. This is by far one of my absolute favorite themes. Who did the planing and styling? The Bride?

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