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A Medieval Gypsy Wedding and Caravan in Australia

I am home safe and sound after a marvelously fun weekend of medieval camping with my Blackwolf friends at the Abbey Medieval Festival this weekend.

What a jolly time we had roasting a pig on a spit, talking and laughing at night around the campfire, and meeting people from all over the world.

One of my favorite things was visiting the other groups at the festival. Especially the medieval gypsy caravan.


I fell in love with the delicious colors, dreamy fabrics, and gorgeous jewels, tassels and coins that adorned everything from tree trunks to hemlines.


I wanted to shoo the crowds away so I could escape into one of these scrumptious little tents festooned with swathes of silk and tapestry, and disappear from the modern world for a while.



Then there was the medieval gypsy clothing. Oh my. Such luscious swirls of fabric and tinkling of bells as the women twirled and danced. It is all so exuberant, joyous and beautiful that I couldn’t wipe the beaming smile off my face.


I loved it so much that I dragged Bear back for a second look and arrived just in time for a medieval gypsy wedding!

We weren’t quite dressed for the occasion, but this lady was. Isn’t she stunningly regal in her exotic jewels and glossy black braids?


The medieval wedding was announced by the lovely old man with the wonderfully interesting staff.

The drummers arrived next. First the men in their fir-trimmed hats, then the women in their lavish outfits.

The groom walked in wearing a jaunty red sash and then at last the gypsy bride in her sumptuous red, gold, and white dress.

I liked standing at the back so I could see the gorgeous veils embroidered in gold, the circlets trimmed in leaves and flowers, and the multi-layered skirts that swished and jangled as the women swayed.



I’ve never seen anything so wondrously fairytale-ish.

Have you ever seen a gypsy wedding?

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se7en - Wow!! Everything looked perfect and true to the theme. This is one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen!

Beth Hill - I’m intoxicated too, with all the bright colors and beautiful things. But then, being on the cusp of spring is enough to make me crazy for color anyway. Dreamy!

Christina Fields - How fun! I would love to see something like that in person. So fascinating.

Stevie - I have never done that but it looks really amazing! I too am really impressed by the gorgeous clothes and furnishings. Weddings are so lovely anway, and to dress one up that way: wow!

Krista - Isn’t it like some sort of fairytale, Lana? 🙂 I loved it. 🙂

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Lana Kenney - Wow, how absolutely amazing! Definitely looks like you stepped into a magical medieval world!

Krista - Oh, you’re a hoot, Deanna! 🙂 Apparently I’m seriously missing out on an interesting show. 🙂

Krista - Aren’t they scrumptious, Velva?! 🙂 These are “regular” people dressed up as medieval gypsies at the largest medieval festival in the Southern Hemisphere. 🙂 The name of that show cracks me up!! 🙂

Krista - I believe they were representing weddings from medieval times, Valerie – I have no idea what real, modern gypsy weddings are like. 🙂 The encampment was so magical and fairytale-ish. 🙂

Krista - Isn’t it marvelous, Andi?! So much prettiness 🙂

Krista - They are VERY serious about it, Bess. 🙂 They even have inspectors that go around making sure that everything is authentic. 🙂

Krista - Thank you so much Charissa! I’m delighted that you enjoy it too. 🙂

Krista - Oh, the roast pig was absolutely fantastic, Andrea!!! 🙂 The best pork I’ve ever had in my life. 🙂

Andrea and John - Oh what fun! I’ve never seen anything like this before…you had me at roasted pig on a spit though =)

Charissa - What magical pictures! I SO love it!

Andi Perullo - OMG this is sooooo amazing!!!!!!! I love it!

Bess - Everything looks so authentic and the people involved seem really serious about it. It’s all very fascinating, not to mention gorgeous.

A Canadian Foodie - This is so not like a Gypsy wedding! What a fantasy. This is the gypsy of story books. Not the gypsy of real life. I have seen enough of them. You were so fortunate to have a medieval festival like this. This is gorgeous and the caravan is exactly like I imagined one would be from my childhood memories.

Deanna - I love My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding. It is so terrifically bad. And not at all as classy or elegant as this wedding.

Velva-Tomatoes on the Vine - The colors alone in the fabrics are intoxicating. What a weekend! Were these real gypsies or a festival honoring them? The only gypsy wedding I have seen is on a TV show called my Big Fat Gypsy Wedding…I swear I can’t make this up (smile).

Definitely a lovely weekend.


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