The Wedding We’ll Never Forget
Kirstie and Phil’s Wedding Takeover
Meet Kirstie and Phil (no, not that Kirsty and Phil). Students and friends of CircusMASH with the biggest of plans for their big day.
The brief? A three-day circus-inspired wedding extravaganza much of which was a secret to friends and family (with a few surprises for the special couple too). The couple wanted a magical and immersive event, celebrating love, laughter and friendship, with circus integrated throughout. Artistic director Zaq Andel would lead their ceremony; a beautiful and spiritual handfasting. And they reimagined their first dance as an aerial duet choreographed by our founder Joe, in a series of secret rehearsals.
Set in Park Hall, this beautiful stately home was the perfect stage for what was to unfold. As guests arrived, an array of circus games and equipment awaited, to break the ice and give people a taste of the next few days.
On the morning of the wedding, we dressed the Walled Garden ready for Kirstie and Phil’s bespoke and magical handfasting ceremony. Gold chairs glistened, ivy and blue hydrangeas covered orbs that clustered around the arch, and tall statuesque performers glittered and ruffled from head to toe. A legal ceremony followed and guests were then brought to the front of the house for photos. Our decadently dressed stilt walkers served canapés andcocktails whilst the bride and groom snuck off to prepare for a first dance like no other.
On re-entering the walled garden, guests spotted the bride and groom in full costume in aerial apparatus styled as a double hammock. A truly beautiful aerial dance followed, to the awe and delight of the couple’s guests.
After the wedding breakfast, speeches and cutting of the cake (complete with samurai sword of course), we continued our circus performances throughout the evening. From aerial silks, net, hoop and flying pole, to acrobats, fire breathers and LED artists, we created a spectacle of circus extravaganza finishing with an LED aerial finale.
Sunday was always going to be a surprise for everyone, including the bride and groom. Kirstie and Phil wanted to encourage guests to explore the beautiful ground of Park Hall. So, we created a series of interactive installations for guests to explore at their leisure, loosely guided by riddles and clues. The eight installations invited guests to contribute to an“offering” which would later be gifted to the bride and groom in a final ceremony.
From written memories of the couple coordinated by a fortune teller, to circus inspired photos curated by a ringmaster, wishes for the bride and groom granted by a fairy, and a vase full of pearls collected by a riddle-answering mermaid, each magical mini performance enchanted guests, providing entertainment and a chance to contribute to an array of beautiful gifts. Each symbol was then presented to the newlyweds at an offering ceremony accompanied by a special tribute song from our piano man.
For Kirstie and Phil, their dream wedding became a reality they would never forget. For their guests, it was a weekend full of wonder, enchantment and spectacle that only the circus can create. And for CircusMash, it was a privilege to be part of this spectacular celebration of love and unity.
“We couldn’t image our wedding without the magic and fantasy of the circus. Being able to trust the Circus Mash team to organise and coordinate everything, meant we could enjoy every moment of our special day. Our guests loved running away to the circus for the weekend! We can’t thank you enough for making our day so incredibly special.”
Kirstie and Phil, Bride and Groom