“Dressed as a showgirl in a corset and hot pants, I married a clown.”
Welcome to the circus wedding of Rebeca Steele and Edward Dingey, aged 40 and 53 respectively, and the proud parents of two young children. After 10 years together and a New Year’s Eve engagement at the Western Australian Circus Festival, they decided to turn an event they were already organising into a literal circus for their special day.
“I was organising a vintage circus-themed party for my approaching 40th birthday which was to be held in a luxury home in Margaret River,” explains Rebecca. A quick change of plans and intention-to-marry submission meant a wild surprise for her 70 family and friends.
As Rebecca put so accurately, “dressed as a showgirl in a corset and hotpants, I married a clown. My son was the ringmaster, my daughter a clown doll. My wedding party was a freak show with a kissing booth for a photo booth and the colours were amazing.”
Alouarn Retreat in Western Australia was the location for the May 16, 2015 wedding. A small budget of $4,500. pulled off the extravagant affair — the only thing missing? “I would have booked myself a cleaner for the next day,” laughs Rebecca.
Photos courtesy of Michael Dempsey.
John proposed to Rebecca onstage at the Western Australian Circus Festival. “The video footage hit 3,500 views on Facebook!” says Rebecca.
The outrageous wedding outfits were found on eBay and Margaret River Fancy Dress.
Donna McClelland, the bride’s best friend and a wedding celebrant, married the couple.
For dinner? Hot dogs and popcorn of course!
A kissing booth, made by Rebecca’s dad, acted as the photobooth.
Video by Kelly Harwood Photography.
Bomboniere: Chupa Chups / Brides Accessories: Margaret River Fancy Dress / Brides Gown: eBay / Cake: Bake the Cake / Caterer: DIY, West Coast Liquor / Celebrant: Donna McClelland / Entertainment: DJ Pussy Shoogah, In Za Loop / Gift Registry: Thermomix / Grooms Attire: eBay / Grooms Shoes: eBay / Groomsmen Attire: eBay / Groomsmen Shoes: eBay / Hair: Natalie Summerland / Honeymoon: Pullman Bunker Bay Resort / Invitations: DIY / Makeup: Bianca Craven / Photobooth: Bride's dad / Photographer: Michael Dempsey / Rings: Miles Henderson / Transport: Margaret River Vintage Wine Tours / Venue: Alouarn Retreat / Venue Decor: DIY, Ikea, Spotlight / Videographer: Kelly Harwood Photography / Wedding Night Accommodation: Alouarn Retreat