Circus Themed Wedding: Gennifer + Pastor

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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!

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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.

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feather veil embellishment

simple white rose and feather bouquet

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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A midnight snack of churros are the best!

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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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You grew up going to amusement parks, couldn’t wait until you reached the churro cart, and didn’t plan on leavin...

Christie O. {Hindsight Bride} on Jun 18, 2012

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

Caribbean Wedding events on Jun 18, 2012

Some great captures in these photos. You can tell this couple share playful hearts and they brought that out in their much fun!

Casey on Jun 18, 2012

Love the whimsy here! Our box of plastic "woodland" animals came in last week.... all I have to do is spray paint them gold to help complete our "gun club meets woodland charm" wedding look!

Simply Peachy on Jun 18, 2012

This just made me go "WOW". Gorgeous photos of what seemed like a fun-filled wedding! Love the theme - What a wonderful day it must've been!

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A very red, white and blue circus themed wedding w/ gold animals, churros, and a carousel, by @iamthesam!

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Kat on Jun 18, 2012

Gorgeous wedding, and I love all the stationery especially! Those cute little envelopes!

bree [capitolromance] on Jun 18, 2012

Glen Echo Park is continually one of the DC area's best venues. Genn & Pastor knocked their theme out of the park though - the details and design are just incredible. Sam's pictures are always SO stunning too! Great feature!

Gaffey Productions on Jun 18, 2012

We are Videographers in Ireland and always look out for the latest and greatest ideas - well, this Wedding Theme has really outdone itself! Fantastic and fabulous! Congratulations to the happy couple and thanks for sharing your prefect day with us, filled with fantastic ideas :)

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Have you picked your favorite DIY element from this circus themed wedding? Lots to choose from!

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Check out Gennifer's fantastic vintage amusement park themed wedding, with jewelry from Minoux!

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OMG! I want to get married there so bad! I saw another photographer who shot there too! It was so cute and they have the same photo like the last one there. This place gets me so excited!!!

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