Close your eyes for a second. Imagine the salty smell of popcorn and sweet aroma of cotton candy, the sparkle of glitter and whimsy of balloons, and the trumpeting of elephants and rumbling roar of lions.

You hear the call of the ringmaster, booming out over the roaring crowd in his melodic cantor, “Laaaaaadies and gentlemen, brides and grooms, welcome to the grrrrrreatest show on earth! A spectacular spectacle! The most giving of galas! The show of all shows! Step right up, and see the one, the only, the most fantastic gathering of clever coordinators, beguiling beat-makers, fantastic florists, delectable deserts, skillful shutterbugs, and dashing dressmakers all under one roof!”

When you open your eyes, this is what you see. A vintage circus! Welcome to the 5th annual bridal gala and charity auction of Get Hitched Give Hope!

Happy bride blowing gold glitter confetti.

To celebrate our 5th year, our bridal show will be set inside a big top tent filled with feats from nostalgic years past on November 8th, at none other than the gorgeous venue of the Four Seasons Seattle! We produced and photographed one of the most spectacular fashion shoots Seattle brides have ever seen, and we are excited to present you with some inspiration a la “Backstage At The Circus!”

What’s in it for you?? Well, let’s see here….. my donation to the 2012 auction is WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY! That’s right- you will have the opportunity to bid on my services for a FRACTION of what they normally are, all to grant wishes for those whom the cure can’t come soon enough. Read about how Get Hitched Give Hope grants wishes here.

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To achieve this look, our shoot was produced and sponsored by the generous talents of numerous local Seattle designers and artisans:

Styling: Laura Cassidy, Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom
Production, styling, and photography: Laurel McConnell Photography
Makeup: Tiffany Colors
Floral: Christopher Flowers
Gowns: designed by Madina Vadache and Watters, provided by La Belle Reve and the private collection of Danielle Fayette
Parasols: Bella Umbrella
Paperie: Kerri Efendi Designs
Furniture: Scout Vintage Rentals
Props: Curtsy Bella and Tayler Doffner
Balloons and glitter and behind-the-scenes footage: Barbie Hull Photography
Tent: Prop Gallery
Talent: Chris Fitzner, Mariah Pennington, and Kate Coble
Location: Plug Out Fitness
Extra special on-set help provided by: Mary Hayes, Tayler Doffner, Becca Ellison, Heather Driscoll, and Holly-Kate Foss

Don’t forget to buy your tickets now for the November 8th gala before they’re all snatched up!!

Tech Specs: these images were captured in Seattle, Washington, using a Nikon D3, Nikon D700, Nikon 14-24mm 2.8, Nikon 35mm 1.4, Nikon 85mm 1.4, and a Nikon Tilt Shift 45mm PCE.