carousel horses and paper dolls

Pastel country fair wedding

Paper dolls have been around as long as paper (think: origami dolls in Japan and artfully painted paper puppets in Indonesia) however, paper dolls as we know them really took off in France during the 1800s. They were intended to teach about fashion and to entertain and they spread like wildfire throughout high society. Rare, hand painted sets from the late 1700s can be found in museums throughout the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Adorable vintage paper dolls would make a perfect entertainment option for the flower girls at your wedding – print them and put them at their table settings!


This inspiration shoot was featured on Style Me Pretty, photographed by Sunday Romance, took place at Leo Carillo Ranch in Carlsbad, California, and if you’re an Anthropologie addict, like I am, you’ll recognize that adorable pink plate.

photo credits: boutonnières, cake, pink plate, sea foam colored carousal, carousal horses, cupcakes, frame.

About Sara Burnett

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