Erica Shields, 25, married Peter Ferreri, 29, at Stan Mansion, Chicago, in the US in March 2013. She says: "We need we wanted a red and black colour palette, but it wasn't until we saw a circus poster that we decided on our theme.

It was difficult pitching it to our families - but they soon got into the spirit after we showed them a moodboard of our vision.

We collected circus-style decor details from second-hand shops - including a stuffed elephant and a toy carousel - to put on our gift table.

My mother made the top-hate cake topper and my father created the signs, while Peter and I arranged all the flowers, including my bouquet, ourselves.

Our dessert table was filled with fairground treats including candyfloss and popcorn, with striped straws for the drinks.

We continued the circus theme across the 'ticket' invites, menus and table plans."

Photography by Jenelle Kapper;