Uber Cool NC Art Museum Anniversary Session

You’ve celebrated your big day in style, escaped on your honeymoon and settled into your new life of husband and wife. Before you know it one, two, or more years of happiness together have passed. So, what better way to capture the memories than with a anniversary photo session. Take the hint from this fabulous couple who are doing it for the fifth year in a row – and at the NC Museum full of cool contemporary art. Captured by Melissa Stallings Photography it’s full of colour, quirk and palpable affection. 

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From the photographer:

Serena + Austin celebrated 5 years of marriage with an oh-so-THEM session at the NC Museam of the Arts in Raleigh, NC. I have photographed Serena and Austin for a few years now and they always come up with the coolest ideas for their anniversary shoots! We’ve photographed in a soda shop, in a dark upstairs of a downtown storefront and now at the Raleigh Museum of the Arts to celebrate 5 years married! This location was by far my favorite and is SO a representation of this eclectic couple. I couldn’t adore Serena’s pink hair and comic book dress (from Modcloth), paired with Austin’s dapper smile and handsome bow tie more. I can’t WAIT to see what they come up with next year.

 

Photographer:  Melissa Stallings Photography // Location: North Carolina Museum of Art // 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:

Creative DIY Wedding by Chelsea Nicole Photography

If this wedding had another title, it would have to be…’Coca Cola Bottles and Vintage Sweethearts.’ Or then maybe…‘How to design a Budget Wedding and make it look Totally Adorable‘ would also suit it to a T. Clearly, either one would beautifully sum up this, offbeat, fun and incredibly creative backyard brunch. And with so many pretty pics by Chelsea Nicole Photography, it’s a vintage-inspired affair that will make you wish eclectic was a ‘must-have’ wedding style. 

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The bride’s dress was a handmade vintage dress (from Etsy) which she teamed with a pair of shoes her mom bought two years previously. They were perfect for her vintage retro look.

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She wanted her bridesmaids to be completely themselves and ‘comfortable,’ so they each chose a dress from their wardrobe the day before! The flowers for the mismatched bridesmaid’s bouquets were all individually chosen to reflect each girl’s personality.

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All elements of the wedding were contributed by family and friends, with the bride delegating a specific task to each person she knew they would enjoy. For instance, those who loved to cook brought the food. Her roommate arranged flowers and a bridesmaid arranged the bouquets. This offbeat bride also wanted to look around on the day and see things which were familiar to her. All the decorations used to decorate the backyard came from the bride’s house. Each jar used in the table centerpieces had a story attached to them and the flowers used were from a neighbors yard. Even the oak tables were fashioned by the old man across the street. Everyone played a part ….everyone was connected.

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Naturally, the traditional wedding cake was given the flick. Instead, the bride and her friends visited Dunkin Donuts the day before and voila! …this wonderful interpretation of a breakfast croqombouche was created out of donuts. What an awesome idea!

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From the photographer: This North Carolina DIY brunch wedding stands out amongst most for its creative edge. The Coca Cola bottles, vintage vases, ornately covered books, croquet to entertain quests, doughnut tower and wild flowers, created a rustic, yet vintage venue that mirrored the bride and groom’s free spirit and artistic style. Cobwebs and giant bumbles bees only added to the decor. Being not the typical bride, the guest book was tossed and replaced with a corner table where “love” notes could be written and placed in an ornate box. Bridesmaids each wore there own dress of choice as did the groomsmen and flower girls. An assortment of wildflowers were chosen for bouquets each reflecting the style of that particular bridesmaid who carried it. After skipping down the aisle to meet her groom, the guests chuckled, vows were exchanged, and everyone could see the true, sincere love these two shared. I was honored to be apart of such an important moment in this couple’s journey together.

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 Photographer: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Venue: Neighbour’s Backyard / Submitted via Two Bright Lights