Gretchen and Michael’s Renaissance Faire wedding was more fun than I could have dreamed. I don’t get to photograph a lot of theme weddings, and this one made up for that!

When Gretchen was a little girl, she told her mother that she’d get married at the Renaissance Faire. Although she may not remember saying this – she was right!

Gretchen and Michael’s wedding was a full-on Renaissance affair. The ceremony took place over Labor Day weekend at the Cotswold Commons area of the fairgrounds. Gretchen and her family have attended Bristol’s Renaissance Faire almost every year, and she even wore her late grandparents’ wedding rings pinned to her dress in their memory during her ceremony. The officiant dressed as a monk, bridesmaids wore DIY faery wings and flower crowns, and all the groomsmen wore color-coordinated capes. The couple incorporated a Medieval wine ceremony into their wedding as a symbol of their lives uniting as one. Guests waved wands and tossed lavendar at the happy newlyweds during the recessional, and “Huzzah, huzzah!” was the common affirmation throughout the day.

I’m so happy to have been a part of this unique wedding day! The Bristol Renaissance Faire catered the meal (complete with turkey legs, of course) and the bride and groom had an impromptu cake smash after cutting their gorgeous fresh berry wedding cake. In all, Michael and Gretchen are a fun-loving couple who incorporated imagination and fantasy into their Wisconsin wedding day. Congrats again, you two!

Bride’s dress and veil: The Bridal Event/Crown: One Curtain Road/Groom’s cape: Medieval Collectibles/Groom’s hat: Wizards Wardrobe at the Faire/Groom’s attire: Majestic Velvets/Faery wings: handmade by bridal party/Food: Bristol Renaissance Faire/Dessert: Robin’s Nest Cakery/Florist: Sunnyside Florist/Rings: Rogers & Hollands/Invitation: Marlene’s Wedding Accessory