A Circus-Themed Wedding at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan

For their Detroit wedding, Ashley King (27 and accountant at Plante Moran) and Jeremy Lenzo (28 and Mayday Parade musician) looked to the birthplace o

For their Detroit wedding, Ashley King (27 and accountant at Plante Moran) and Jeremy Lenzo (28 and Mayday Parade musician) looked to the birthplace of the Model T to celebrate their big day. With the old car factory lending an urban element to their October nuptials, the couple chose to keep things simple for the start of the ceremony. "The atmosphere of the venue already had so much character that not much needed to be added," Ashley explains. But soon after Ashley and Jeremy said "I do", guests were treated to a dramatic, carnival-themed wedding — complete with circus performers. "We dropped subtle hints about the circus theme, but wanted it to be a surprise when guests arrived at the cocktail hour," Ashley explains. At the historical Detroit, Michigan, museum, DIY-details – from a 5-tier red and black wedding cake to black-and-white-striped table numbers – gave their wedding day a dramatic, yet completely unique touch. "With the help of my fiance, my parents and my sister, I was able to create the wedding of my dreams," Ashley says. "Every little detail from the decorations on the cake to the wooden circus tickets was ours, which made everything so special."

White platform Mary Jane pumps gave Ashley just the right amount of height. "I almost made it through the entire night in those 6-inch heels!" she says.
White satin and an antique chain covered in charms served as the bride's bouquet wrap. "The charms included the promise ring Jeremy gave me and my mom's vintage Mickey Mouse pin she bought when I was born," Ashley explains.
The bridal party spent the morning of the wedding getting ready in custom-made plaid shirts.
The bride chose the historic space after seeing the venue featured in yet another wedding on TheKnot.com. "I called the same day and booked it," she explains.
"My father was my right-hand man," Ashley says. "I would sketch out a design and he'd bring it to life."
Simplicity was the goal when it came to the ceremony decor. "We dropped subtle hints of what to expect upstairs, such as red curtains and the top hat worn by our officiant," Ashley says. "But for the most part, we wanted people to be surprised by the contrast of the ceremony and the rest of the wedding."
Ashley found the inspiration for her circus-themed wedding cake on Pinterest and took it one step further by choosing to create the entire cake by hand. Black and white fondant flags covered the base of the cake, while vintage portraits of circus performers added a fun touch. But nothing was more wow-worthy than the hollowed-out tier that contained a carousel horse music box. "I was browsing on eBay for props and came across the box," Ashley explains. "It was the perfect touch and definitely made the cake one-of-a-kind."
"It was very important to my husband that our ceremony be as traditional as possible and focused on us and the exchanging of the rings," Ashley says. "He actually wrote the entire script for our officiant, including the vows. I was completely okay with this since he truly has a way with words."
The bride didn't have to search long for her dream wedding dress. "I tried on about 10 before finding 'the one'," she explains. "It fit me like a glove and didn't require any alterations...not even length!"
White hydrangeas and alstroemeria flowers were arranged in vintage mercury glass vases to create each centerpiece.
Vintage carnival details, like an old amusement park trash can nicknamed Mr. Big Mouth, added a unique touch to the reception's whimsical circus theme.
The bride even went so far as to DIY her table numbers -- using homemade stencils and scrapbook stickers to create the unique, bold detail.
The groom and his band mates wore classic black suits by Topman that were custom-made for the group for a music video that was previously shot overseas.
Empty, glass test tubes got a chic spin when used as mini vases for the table centerpieces.
Empty, glass test tubes got a chic spin when used as mini vases for the table centerpieces.
Vintage ticket signs were placed throughout the circus-themed reception.
Drawing inspiration from the past, the bride wanted a vintage dress that still felt elegant and timeless. Once she settled on a gown, Ashley had the dress's original crystal detailed below the bust replaced with a vintage-inspired Swarovski applique.
Vintage ticket signs were placed throughout the circus-themed reception space.
Members from the Detroit Circus greeted guests during the cocktail on stilts. Variety performers also mingled with the crowd -- taking photos and passing out wooden admission tickets that doubled as escort cards.
Each of the six bridesmaids wore knee-length, black dresses from the Vera Wang White Collection. An asymmetric, draped bubble skirt added detail, while the cut and color kept the overall look classic.
The bride's sister introduced Ashley to Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' the day before the wedding and it was love at first listen. "Every lyric seemed to tug at my heart strings," Ashley said. "I changed the song the day before the wedding and didn't tell Jeremy -- I knew it would be a pleasant surprise."
Strands of mini globe lights hung from the ceiling to give the venue an open, tent-like feel.