Whimsical Winnipeg Wedding by Sugar & Soul Photography

I think offbeat handmade celebrations have reached an entirely new level with this whimsical Winnipeg wedding.  Not only is it bursting with a kaleidoscope of colours from beginning to end, but there is so much creativity and eclectic fun in each and every detail, it makes you feel like a kid in a candy store. With a breakfast buffet for dinner (yes indeed breakfast!), personalized table settings with cartoon caricatures of the couple, and oodles of paper decorations and glitter, it’s a carnival style affair which is fun, fun and more fun!  And don’t get me started on the incredible DIY heart bouquets or the mock ‘newspaper’ invites – they’re just so unique and friggin fabulous! All these amazing theatrics were captured in brilliant images by Sugar & Soul Photography – so skip to it my friends and soak up all the whimsy!

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Bride Nancy shares the details:

The Proposal

We are avid Vegas travellers, so on my 30th birthday, we met up with 10 other friends in Vegas to celebrate! On the night of my birthday, I noticed one of my friends crying! Whilst I was wondering what was wrong with her? (she already knew…), Dylan came up to me and said, “I’m sorry your gift I sent didn’t arrive yet,” (it was a pair of wicked platforms from my favourite designer Iron Fist) –  “But I wanted to give you something right now.” Dylan dropped to one knee and held up the bling! I couldn’t stop screaming “Are you serious?! Are you kidding me?!” over and over. I called my Mom at 5.30am Winnipeg time. She thought we had won the money jackpot!

Wedding Style

I’m very eclectic, so I didn’t really have a theme. Our wedding was based around the concept of the things we loved and that were important to us…magic, relationships, and just a plain ol’ wicked time!


The wedding invitations were designed to look like an old newspaper (11”x14,” folded), complete with two articles – one about how we met and the other about our engagement. The ads featured information about places to stay, directions, ceremony information and the breakfast buffet. The RSVP’s were a tear off coupon that said “in order to reserve seats you had to fill in the blanks and send back before the contest closes on a certain date.” 


I didn’t want to spend a ton on flowers and then have to throw them out. My bouquet was made up of 12 heart stems (discovered at Dollarama around Valentine’s Day), which I combined with two giant red ostrich feathers, a couple of smaller feathers, and then wrapped it with teal ribbon to match my dress and added rhinestones. The bridesmaid bouquets also had heart stems but with baby blue sequin stems and champagne coloured ostrich feathers wrapped with champagne ribbon. Now, I have my bouquet in my studio that looks as fresh as it did on my wedding day!

Dress & Boutonnieres

My wedding dress was lovingly handmade by my Mom from a $9 vintage dress (with inspiration from the blog, A Beautiful Mess). The boy’s boutonnieres were made by my sister from my design. They featured feathers, glitter and beads.


The wedding was at a campground just out of the city and the scenery was awesome! We’re cabin people.. so this was just absolutely PERFECT! We got married beside a rushing river, under a giant tree, then moved the party just across the grass to a beautiful cabana with wooden beams, chandeliers, and shutters on two sides that opened up and let in the fresh air. There were some cute surprises during our ceremony including 2 secret ring bearers. The rings were randomly taped under 2 chairs and at the right time of the ceremony everyone had to flip their chairs over – it was such a great idea! We also had fans for our guest. These were displayed in a box with a sign saying “JOIN THE FAN CLUB”. The fans had “I’m a Fan of Nancy & Dylan” on the front, and all wedding party info on the back. •My nephews drew the “Here Comes the Bride” sign for my entrance – so cute.


The seating chart was SO FUN! Everyone had their own ticket which said their name and “Scratch until you find your table.”.  Each guest’s place setting had a placemat designed with our cartoon characters and included a crossword puzzle, word search, a maze, and the best quote about breakfast for dinner! We also had special ones made for the kids. The tables were covered in brown tablecloths with strips of kraft paper rolls so people could draw on them during the night! The centrepieces were vintage tins and glass jars/decanters with amazing glitter decorations and a single stem of white hydrangea, crayons and giant white diamonds. We even had a magician do some amazing table magic throughout the night!

Wedding Menu

We served a breakfast buffet for dinner (who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?! It’s a staple in our house!!), complete with waffles, eggs, bacon and omelette station. There was the most delicious mini sticky buns from a local baker, a chocolate fountain for mounds of fruit, and chocolate milk on tap! For dessert we had a buffet of some of our favourite treats – nanimo bars, gluten free brownies, Americana cookies, Fork Cookies, Nibs, Lemon Tarts, Banana Cream tarts, sour soothers, the best organic/vegan carrot cake and a spectacular banana/chocolate cake that was designed to look like a huge stack of pancakes! Later in the night we had pizza delivered and Dylan and I walked around the cabana and handed out boxes of pizza! This was one of the highlights! We also had a bonfire later on and had ingredients for s’mores. 


Hot chocolate cones, with chocolate chips, cinnamon hearts and mini marshmallows

Other DIY & Personalized Details
  • Donations were collected for the Winnipeg Humane Society if people wanted to see us kiss!
  • We hung a handmade glitter sign with “Nancy + Dylan =4 Eva” above the main wedding table. We also had a red glitter sign above the dessert table saying “Goodie Goodie Gumdrops” (my sister and I always said this when we got excited).
  • Guests were given mason jars as glasses. Each jar had a tag for the guest to sign their name and a cute poem with instructions. 
  • Signature drinks included a chick drink: Cranberry Splash, and a dude drink: Pucker up Sucker.
  • Our guestbook was custom designed and included questions for guests to answer rather then just signing their names.
  • Through the night, guests could help themselves to a popcorn machine and a gumball machine filled with jelly beans (pennies provided). 
  • Our campsite and camper was decorated amazingly by our friends!


Photos: Sugar & Soul Photography /Bakery: cake-ology /Event Venue:  Great Woods Park and Campground /Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Whimsical San Francisco City Hall Wedding by Viera Photographics

You know there is something so endearing about city hall weddings. Maybe it’s the historic backdrop combined with urban city style, that makes it such a fabulous choice. Our newlyweds today – Joanne & Roger – prove just how perfect it can be for a small wedding venue. Beginning with an intimate ceremony at San Francisco City Hall, followed by a cinema-themed reception at the Foreign Cinema, it’s a whimsical meets offbeat city wedding with plenty of retro style. Thanks to Viera Photographics we have these beautiful images to re-live their stylish day.

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From the photographer: Joanne and Roger went down to San Francisco City Hall and had a simple service the day before their wedding reception. That was until the fire alarm went off and the building had to be evacuated. Luckily, it didn’t interfere too much with the ceremony and they were still wed beneath the arches of the City Hall entrance. Joanne is a graphic designer and created all the paper materials herself. Their reception was held at the Foreign Cinema and reflected the couple perfectly.

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Photography: Viera Photographics / Reception Venue:  Foreign Cinema / Ceremony Location:  San Francisco City Hall / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Whimsical Movie Theatre Wedding by Mustard Seed Photography

I’m feeling a little whimsical today . . .  so what better to embrace my mood than a wedding filled to the brim with creativity, whimsy and charm. When Mustard Seed Photography sent me this vintage inspired Texas soiree held in an Art Deco movie theatre, I knew I had to be part of the movie themed action right away! It’s absolutely adorable, filled with pretty whimsical DIY details, and I have no doubt, anyone looking for something a little different for their wedding theme will seriously fall in love.

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Bride Brittany shares: We love seeing great movies together and therefore loved the idea of getting married in a movie theater. The art inside the theater was incredible which gave the venue a great feel and totally complimented our theme and creative personalities. The location of the theater in the Heights was also significant as it was where we first moved in together. Our goal was to play off the movie theme with the decorations and make it a  totally DIY wedding! I bought and made my own flower jar centerpieces for the tables, and  I also ended up making my bridal bouquet, when I discovered I couldn’t get the peonies I had ordered in time. I had noticed people selling bouquets made out of antique brooches on Etsy, so I decided to make one myself by going to Forever 21 and buying bracelets, rings, pins, etc, and taking them apart. For our guest book, I decided to go with the Up (movie) House with the fingerprints of guests creating the balloons. I bought a frame at Michael’s and I drew the house myself on paper with fine tip markers and got finger paint and picture holder stands from Michael’s. My biggest project was folding a thousand paper cranes for our ceremony backdrop. I had heard of the idea before and absolutely fell in love with it. I bought a huge stack of 12″ by 12″ paper from Michael’s and cut each page into four 6″ by 6″ squares and folded each into a crane, and then strung them together using beads, fishing string and a needle . . . It took several months! My awesome friends hung the cranes on the alter before the wedding. 

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Photography: Mustard Seed Photography / Hair Stylist: Visible Changes / Caterer: Coode Co. BBQ / Flowers: Fannin Flowers / Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee / Cake Designer: Who Made the Cake / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Transportation: Monarch Limousines / Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.Mikimoto / Mens Attire: Al’s Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Veils & Headpieces: Nordstroms / Wedding Venue: Heights Theatre Venue & Art Gallery / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Whimsical Wedding with Pink Polka Dot Shoes

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Photography: Tab McCausland Photography / Ceremony & Reception Venue:  William Paca House & Garden / Submitted via Two Bright Lights 

Bright Orange Whimsical Outdoor Wedding by Pure Sugar Studios

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Wedding Photography: Pure Sugar Studios / Caterer:  RSVP Caterers / Reception Venue:  Sanchez House / Bride’s Dress:  David’s Bridal / Cake Designer:  Defore’s Cake Design / Jewelry:  Adler’s / Courtesy of Two Bright Lights

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Whimsical Washington Wedding by Abbey Hepner Photography

You know it’s going to be a great day when you start with a wonderful touch of whimsy just like this gorgeous whimsical wedding sent over by Abbey Hepner full of romance, butterflies and hypnotic charm. Autumn and Kyle’s elegant Washington soiree featured a playful enchanted forest theme which magically captured the essence of a ‘once-up-a-time.’ Mauve Enchanted Forest Wedding ThemeLovely bride Autumn, walked down the aisle in true fairy-tale style to the theme song from “Beauty and The Beast”  and there were fluttering butterflies every where you turned. The enchantment began with a stunning outdoor ceremony complete with a rose petal covered aisle and amazing gardens. Then as the day crept into a spectacular moonlit night the celebrations continued with a dreamy marquee reception bathed in soft hues of mauve. The romantic enchanted forest theme also came to life indoors with miniature trees strung with twinkling lights, towering floral centrepieces with pretty butterfly accents and glowing ceiling lanterns. As you’ll see this breathtaking Washington wedding has no shortage of happily ever after’s!Butterfly Wedding ThemeWhimsical Fairy Tale ThemeWhimsical Wedding WashingtonEnchanted Forest ThemeWashington Enchanted Forest WeddingWhimsical Washington WeddingFairy Tale Whimsical ThemeMauve Wedding ColoursMauve Whimsical WeddingEnchanted Forest Purple WeddingMauve Enchanted Forest WeddingReal WeddingsMauve Wedding Whimsical ThemeWhimsical Wedding ThemeEnchanted Forest Washington WeddingWashington Wedding PurpleWashington Wedding Ice Cream ReceptionReal Weddings Purple ColoursElegant Whimsical Wedding WashingtonEnchanted Forest WeddingMauve Whimsical Wedding ThemeReal Weddings WashingtonWhimsical Enchanted Forest Theme

Wedding Photography: Abbey Hepner Photography / Caterer:  RAM International Catering / Event Planner:  Brides on a Budget / Reception Venue:  Rock Creek Gardens / Ice-Cream Vendor:  Cold Stone Creamery / Courtesy of Two Bright Lights


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Look at these stunning pics. .  the sunlight through the dark clouds creating a magical ethereal atmosphere!

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