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Vintage Carnival Infused Wedding With Rustic Touches At The Historic Union Mills Homestead

When Margaret Trulove & Justin Mayberry had the opportunity to finally celebrate their day the way they wanted, they opted to sample from two fun wedding worlds, merging both vintage feel with carnival flair.  Setting up shop in the rustic Union Mills Homestead, a vintage carnival world was created using old school popcorn makers, retro candy, vibrantly colored Stewarts Sodas, & more.  Guest were guided to their seats by admission tickets, while the bridesmaids donned sweet floral dress in blue & red.  The day was extra sweet for Margaret & Justin as they were able to celebrate it with their 7 month old son, Jackson!


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Print WorthyI.Love.The.Bridesmaid.Dresses!  Seriously, love!  For quite some time I have been having a rather large crush on the idea of floral bridesmaid dresses.  I actually wanted it for my own wedding {long story}  I gotta think that finding great floral dresses in a red & blue palette might be a bit of a challenge, but the girls nailed it!  The thing I am also floored about is that they are from….wait for it… friggin Old Navy no less!  How happy were these ladies when they got to wear something cute that wasn’t expensive!  Total win!

Old School Carnival– Step Right, Up!  Carnival flair is a great source of design inspiration for weddings.  The printed material is striking, the colors are drenched in rich bold goodness, & there is plenty of room for a lot of good fun to be had, like a face cut out photo op!  Pulling together a few key elements, our couple was able to embrace the carnival theme allowing their guests to let their inner kid play for the day!

Revisit The Day– As you’ll read through Margaret’s Novella, you’ll soon learn that this was actually a vow renewal for the couple.  I will leave the details to Margaret, but I wanted to mention how sweet that I thought it all was.  Their desire to truly celebrate their big day with their son,  taking the opportunity to finally have a gorgeous wedding day, and share this special time & moments, together.


Novella of the Bride

Justin and I met while attending Frostburg State University in Western Maryland. A mutual friend (and one of my roommates) introduced us our sophomore year of college. We became friends and stayed friends until our junior year of college. We started dating and have been together since. We have a one year old together and shortly after we discovered we were pregnant we decided we wanted to be married by the time he was born. We originally planned to go to the courthouse, but my husband surprised me with a backyard wedding. Just a few family and friends were there including my grandfather who was able to marry us (my husband flew them out here from Kansas!). It was a beautiful ceremony. We decided to have the vow renewal on July 28, 2012 a year later so that we could celebrate with our son and with those family and friends who were unable to attend the first time around. So, these photos are from our vow renewal a year after we were married.

We both love when events, decor, furniture, etc. have a rustic feel and I love everything vintage, so we combined those two elements to create a vintage carnival style wedding. We were going for a 1920 to 1930 carnival theme. We decided to have it at the Homestead for the feel and look of the barn. We selected vibrant colors with the red and the cobalt blue. We decided to use vintage glass bottles as our centerpieces to tie in the vintage style while keeping true to the rustic feel. Our candy bar was full of old time candies that helped make it colorful while again holding on to the vintage feel.

Our son was able to celebrate with us, which was very special. He was 7 months old at the time and my sister walked down the aisle with him. This vow renewal was not just a celebration for Justin and I, but also for being blessed with a beautiful and healthy baby boy, Jackson. We were just so happy to be able to celebrate the year we had had and the family we had created.

Although at times stressful it was a beautiful day full of good friends and amazing family. We had a wonderful time and everything came together wonderfully and really encompassed our two styles. It is a beautiful memory, which we will treasure for the rest of our lives.

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Venue: Union Mills Homestead  | Wedding Dress: Galina-Strapless Dot Tulle Ball Gown  | Bridesmaid Dresses: Old Navy  | Hair & Makeup Stylist: Leeanna Eckard  | Groom’s Suit: Stafford | Invitations: Justin Kyle Mayberry | Lighting: Shew-sical  | Florist: Blossoms and Baskets Boutique  | Caterer: Kountry Kafe and Katering | Baker: Hannah London (Friend of the family) | Wedding/Event Planner: Maggie Trulove | Photographer: Brenda Murphy Photography