Vintage Circus Party Shoot

This circus-styled shoot is all about the details. Pops of color such as turquoise and candy-apple red make for a lively and vibrant display, especially when paired with vintage gold. Clown cookies, circus animals and intricate makeup were just part of the fun for the talented vendors that came together for the shoot. Any reason to add cotton candy to the menu! Photos by Katheryn Moran Photography.
From the photographer:

When we set out to do this shoot we wanted to do something really unique. Many of the vendors included in this shoot work in the wedding industry and we've worked on several wedding themed styled shoots together in the past, but styled shoots aren't just for people getting married. We wanted to show everyone that you can throw a big, fun themed party for ANY reason and you can still have fun with all of those little details.

This Vintage Circus Party was meant to be an adult afternoon/dinner party with a personalized cocktail called The Bearded Lady of Brussels made with Navy Style Rum, beet syrup, lime, bitters and a gilded, candied beet on a rosemary skewer crafter by Sara Holodnik. An invitation set to set the theme, popcorn and specialty cookies, an amazing 4 layer cake and DIY cotton candy we actually made from pillow stuffing and spray paint so as not to make a huge mess in the hot sun that day while shooting!

The table and many of the accessories were provided by a local rental company, Wander, and we were able to track down a few key actual vintage items like a clapping monkey and an old metal ferris wheel to draw your eye to the middle of the table. Hanging above the table is a pretty epic flower display by Pozie by Natalie that showers color down from the center of the tent. We actually crafted that tent onsite ourselves the day of the shoot with pipe and drape provided by Skagit Valley Wedding Rentals.

​It was much more of an undertaking that we expected, but it was the statement piece we needed to really bring the shoot together. We wanted to provide a form of entertainment for our party guests, so we put a call out for local circus models. We ended dup with three different models all with specific talents: juggling, stilting and hola-hooping. We wanted hair and makeup that was dramatic and on theme which I think was definitely achieved. We even had a local llama named Jack join us for a little while to bring that dinner party entertainment to a whole new level!


Photographer: Katheryn Moran Photography
Flowers:  Pozie by Natalie
Event Rentals, props, design: Wander 
Stationary, balloons, signage: Spruce 
Hoola Hooping Model: Jessica Hazleton Spinful Creations
Stilting Model: Heidi Blossom Tall Girl Enterprises 
Juggling Model: Strangely Doesburg
Xtra Special Cakes
Cookies: Morgan G Cookies

Tent and Draping Rentals: Skagit Valley Wedding Rentals
Pipe and Drape Expert: Eastwood Events
Hair by Areca
Makeup: Vivaluxx School of Makeup Art
Monkey Painting Prop: Kevin Coleman
Cocktails Artist: 
Sara Galactica