New Jersey Garden Wedding by Off BEET Productions

Ever wonder what’s the best way to infuse the essence of you and your groom’s personality into your special day?  You do it by paying special attention to the sweet little details. This adorable couple created a beautiful garden affair which came to life with the venue… the Rutgers Gardens Log Cabin and Pavillion. Tucked away on the campus of Rutgers University lies a series of enchanting gardens, beautiful trees, flowers, and rolling lawns – and admittedly, the perfect place for a garden wedding. Off BEET productions were there to capture all the details from the the framed photos decorating the aisle to the monogrammed timber ring boxes, from the quirky lego cuff-links worn by the groom to the gorgeous rustic escort card display on a garland between two ladders. So many deets… so little time… best get scrolling y’all!

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Photographer:  Off BEET Productions / Event Venue: The Rutgers Garden Log Cabin & Pavillion / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Croquet Themed Spring Wedding Shoot

This vibrant inspiration shoot combines the colours of spring and summer with a fun croquet theme.  The bright colours of the croquet balls created the inspiration for the entire setup from the retro stationery suite and striped place cards, right though to the zesty fruit desserts. With a gorgeous outdoor tablescape, milk shooters, and wheat grass place cards, it’s filled with plenty of creative ideas for a pretty outdoor affair. Just imagine… treating your guests to a fun lawn game to play during the reception – bound to be a hit we say!

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Photographer:  Wes Roberts Photography / Event Designer:  LeRae Events+Design / Invitation Designer:  Whitlee Mullis / Event Venue:  Jasmine Hill and Gardens / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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!

Invitations

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.” 

Bouquets

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.

Ceremony

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.

Reception

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. 

Favours

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

More whimsical wedding inspiration for you to enjoy:

Engagement Session: The Chalk Wars

If you’re suffering from a little Monday-itis this morning, then I have just the thing to brighten your spirits. A fun-loving engagement session with a colourful chalk war! Photo Announce It snapped this beautiful Florida couple in this awesome shoot, who were not only sharing their love for each other, but also quite a good deal of powdered chalk!  We love this idea for light-hearted engagement shoot (even though it may be a tad messy!) What about you?

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Photography: Photo Announce It / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Colourful Zoo Wedding by Jihan Abdalla Photography

If you love jungle animals and have a sense of fun, then having a wedding at the zoo seems like an awesome idea! But when you throw in a pretty Summer colour palette of aqua blue and white, bright pops of purple and cute ‘zoo themed’ details then it becomes an idea I love even more. There’s no denying this outdoor California bash at the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens is wonderfully relaxed, but it still includes plenty of romantic details too. You have the bride’s gorgeous whimsical dress, stylish white reception decorations and a snazzy gleaming white dance floor, that even the most introverted dancer could not resist! A big thanks to Jihan Abdalla Photography for capturing all the fabulous memories (and let’s not forget one particularly good looking giraffe!).

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Photography: Jihan Abdalla Photography/Planner:  Ann Johnson Events / Floral Designer:  Rockrose Floral Design / Reception Venue:  Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens / DJ:  DJ Jam / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Green and Orange Wedding Ideas

I love the colour green for a fresh classic wedding palette, and I also love a modern wedding palette with bright pops of orange. But it’s rare you see this combination paired together for a wedding. That is until this imaginative team decided to create this vibrant shoot. Inspired by this year’s wedding colours (tangerine tango and emerald), they created a vibrant inspiration shoot with a rustic Spring theme. You’ll find it full of whimsical green and orange wedding ideas as well as some simple table centrepieces you could easily DIY. So, whether your a fan of a bold bright palettes or subtle and pastel shades, you’re bound to find some inspiration you’ll love.

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Photographer: Candace Jeffery Photography / Event Planner:  Down The Aisle, LLC / Floral Designer:  The Harwinton Florist, LLC /Shoot Location:  The Farms Country Club / Invitation Designer:  Michelle Hickey Design / Dress Designer:  Corrine Weddings / Lighting:  Social Decor / Bakery:  Silver City Cakes / Models:  Bree DiMaio & Cara Cama / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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{LWB Loves} Colourful Bridesmaid Clutches

We adore these colourful bridesmaid clutches we recently stumbled upon from FA2U on Etsy. Not only do they come in a great variety of bright colours but the choice of purses in fabulous retro and vintage patterns have us jumping with handbag joy. Here is the pick of our favourite designs, but you can pop on over to their Etsy page to see the entire cute-as-pie clutch bag range.

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Greenhouse Bridal Inspiration Shoot

Dreaming about a garden wedding surrounded by colorful blooms, lush green foliage and the fragrance of sweet herbs, but worried there may be a chance of rain or freezing weather? Then what about having a beautiful greenhouse wedding instead? A wedding in a greenhouse or conservatory may be the next best thing to your garden wedding. Not only do you get to enjoy the same natural botanical surrounds, you also won’t need to add much to your wedding decor or floral arrangements. Mother Nature will do all the decorating for you! To help inspire your greenhouse vision you need look no further than this beautiful bridal shoot. Just imagine, it could be you surrounded by all those beautiful blooms! 

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Photography: Just For Photography / Wedding Dress: Serendipity / Location: Kuhlmans Greenhouse / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Upbeat Connecticut E Session by Nicole Taylor Photography

You’ve opened all the pressies, devoured the Christmas pudding and drank plenty of bubbly and hopefully enjoyed some well deserved rest before doing it all again tomorrow night for New Years Eve!  Well, we have just the thing to keep your energy levels up – this fantastic upbeat  Connecticut E session bursting with colour, smiles, and one groovy couple. Nicole Taylor brought their modern engagement session to life with her glorious photography and this cool couple looked right at home against the vibrant and arty urban backdrops. 

Here is what Nicole had to say about them: Megan and Nick are a very fun and trendy couple that are so connected you can see it in their images. They have planned a rustic country wedding that they designed and pulled together themselves. All the details were DIY and the wedding was AMAZING!Connecticut Engagement PicturesUpbeat E SessionE SessionColourful E SessionConnecticut Engagement PhotosTrendy E SessionColourful Engagement SessionWedding Photography ConnecticutEngagement SessionEngagement Photography ConnecticutConnecticut E Session

Photographer: Nicole Taylor Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Colourful Newport Wedding by Mandy Paige Photography

It’s time now to head over to Newport, Kentucky for a modern wedding with colorful style. This lovely Newport affair by Mandy Paige Photography is a blend of both classic elegance and modern dramatic. Inspired by the elegant peacock feather the color palette includes bright blues, deep purple, luscious pinks and teal greens against a backdrop of sophisticated black.

Modern WeddingsBefore the wedding ceremony, the bridal party posed for photos at two fantastic locations. First, a classical style session at the pretty Spring Grove Cemetery, followed by a modern nightscape shoot at Downtown Cincinnati’s Garfield Park complete with city backdrop, neon electric colors and gushing water fountains. We found plenty of gorgeous modern details in this city affair that captured our attention. The glossy black table number photo frames and the towering vases filled with pink and purple blooms. The wonderful bright hues of the bridesmaids parasols and of course, the hero of the theme – the unique peacock feather – who makes a statement in the bride’s bouquet right through to the reception table centerpieces. If you love a splash of color, then this is one elegant city wedding you’re bound to remember.

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Photographer:  Mandy Paige Photography / Hair Stylist:  Kelly Baker / Floral Designer:  Bryan’s Flowers /Musicians:  Chris Noel /Reception Venue:  The Syndicate / Cake Designer:  Cakes by Erin / Band:  The Chuck Taylors / Ceremony Location:  St. Boniface Church / Makeup Artist:  Jessica Brantley / Transportation:  Gallant Coach Services /Jewelry:  Amrein Diamonds

Courtesy of Two Bright Lights

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