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

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

Laguna Beach E Session by Jodi B Photography

There is so much love and sweetness emanating from each and every image in this lovely Laguna Beach e session it makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over.  This adorable couple not only showed how much fun they can have together, hamming it up with a cute chalk scene and hitting the kiddies playground; but they also showed the romantic intimate bond they share as they strolled along the beach and only had eyes for each other. Thanks Jodi B Photography for sharing with us the California love!  

From the photographer: Alex and Lorie let me play with them!! I got to create a CHALK scene and posed them laying down on the ground as I ran up the stairs to do an aerial shot! It was so fun! He’s a traditional southern gentleman, cowboy boots and all…and she’s a sweet Southern belle! Love these two! Check out his boots! We ran around town in Laguna Beach, and ended with some sweet beach scenes.

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Photography: Jodi B Photography / Location: Laguna Beach / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Surprise Engagement Proposal by Latisha Lyn Photography

We love a romantic proposal here at LWB. To witness the special moment when a person asks the love of their life to be with them forever ….well that’s a moment like no other. So when you add the element of surprise plus a fun food fight into the mix, then you have an engagement proposal which escalates into a romantic event which is pretty hard to beat. Thankfully, the talented Latisha Lyn was there capture it all, because we were able to be swept up in the moment almost as much as these two beautiful people!

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Photographer Latisha shares: What a sweet time I had with these two. I spent the afternoon with Brenna at my house. Brittney Moreno (an amazing friend and hair/makeup stylist) came over to prep Brenna for what she thought was just a simple styled session. Brenna had no idea what was to come. Her boyfriend Drew was out setting up to ask her the “big question.” Drew and I had been planning this session for weeks. Drew and I wanted to this moment to be extra special and to be sure it was all captured on camera. Brenna loves hearts, loves to bake and loves the color red!! Drew made sure all those elements were incorporated into the set up. Brenna and I arrived at the location. I then blindfolded her and Drew met us at the car. Brenna was lost for words but full of giggles. Drew guided her to the spot and grabbed his sweet sign that read “Hi Best Friend”. Brenna took the blindfold off . . . . and whilst she was still lost for words, Drew fell to one knee and asked her to mary him. Brenna fell into tears and giggles, and answered with a big “YES”. It was such a sweet moment. We then fell into an engagement session, and to end it, Drew had baking ingredients and they had a “baking ingredient” fight!

Photography: Latisha Lyn Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Pillow Fight Engagement Session by The Bird & The Bear Photography & Film

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A couple that can forget about the cameras and have a ton of fun during their engagement session, not to mention an all out pillow fight, is just the ‘bees knees’ as far as I’m concerned. This sweet duo (Jen and Robbie) grew up together in Texas. Robbie proposed while on a ski trip in the snow, so they decided to recreate the winter white atmosphere again with a E session in their hometown of Texas! The Bird & The Bear – Photography & Film did an awesome job putting together a beautiful shoot (and super cute video you can view below) which ended up in a massive pillow fight and a whirlwind of fluffy white feathers! If this fun-loving session is anything to go by, then you can bet that their wedding (and marriage for that matter) will be one memorable occasion!

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See the entire pillow fight live in action here….

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Photography & Video : The Bird & The Bear – Photography & Film / Submitted to Love Wed Bliss via Two Bright Lights

Fun Florida Trash The Dress Session

It’s impossible not to adore this fun Florida trash the dress session sent to us by Stay Forever Photography. Popping with colour, cool sneakers and sox . . . plus the happiest bride and groom this side of the planet . . . it’s a bundle of love and super cuteness all rolled in one!

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Photography: Stay Forever Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Fun Wedding Ideas For Whimsical Weddings

A wedding full of creativity and fun ideas is always a memorable one for you and your guests. If you’re looking for inspiration to come up with unique ideas for a whimsical wedding, then a great place to start is with your childhood. Tap into your inner child and reflect back to your childhood for inspiration. What made you laugh until your sides hurt?  What made you jump up down with excitement and anticipation? Think back and remember what activities gave you the most joy – your favorite sweets and snacks, your best summer holidays, the most unforgettable birthday parties and so on. All these wonderful childhood memories create a fantastic source of inspiration for a fun-filled whimsical wedding that will not only be unique to you but truly personal. Here are some fun wedding ideas and inspiration full of child-like appeal. They’re bound to infuse plenty of creative whimsy into your wedding day.

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Outdoor Weddings & Garden Soirees

Much like a kid’s birthday party, a  fun wedding should be full of energy, happiness and plenty of excitement. A spring or summer wedding is always a great match for a fun and whimsical wedding theme. Fresh air, sunshine, pretty gardens and gorgeous scenery always puts everyone in a happy party mood. An outdoor wedding also perfectly complements pretty whimsical decor, outdoor games and a fun relaxed atmosphere for your guests.  If a casual laid back wedding is your vibe, then consider something unique ideas such as a picnic wedding, rustic ranch BBQ or retro 1960s beach party theme.

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Fun Wedding Themes

Another idea for a creative wedding full of fun is to go with an overall theme. You can either use touches of the theme throughout your day or completely deck out your wedding in the theme’s style. Fun and whimsical wedding ideas can include recreating your childhood fantasy or favorite fairytale, children’s storybook or Hollywood movie. If your guy prefers to keep the “girly” factor toned down, then you could always go for a Carnivale, 1950s Retro, or Vintage Glam theme.

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Whimsical Wedding Theme

Popular whimsical themes for a wedding also include the Butterfly, Ballerina, Fairy or Angel style of theme. Any of these themes can be magical choices when styled tastefully. Just be careful not to go overboard. Another gorgeous theme full of whimsy (and one of my favorites ), is the Secret Garden. This theme is inspired by the popular children’s book (of the same title), written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The story takes place towards the end of the Edwardian era – an elegant era when luxury, glamor and fantasy were in vogue. If you’re looking for a theme where you can indulge in romantic flowing dresses, dreamy decor and twinkling tree lights, then the Secret Garden wedding is definitely for you.

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Fun Wedding Colors

To truly embrace your inner child, have fun with vibrant colors in your wedding color palette (remember kid’s aren’t shy when using color!). For a youthful fun wedding atmosphere think bright, upbeat and energetic shades. Be as bold as you dare and experiment with pops of electric green, sunshine yellow, hot pink or zesty oranges!

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Whimsical Decorations

You can be really creative when decorating a fun wedding theme. Once you have decided on your color palette, choose uplifting decorations full of whimsy that immediately say ‘let’s party!’  Pretty paper decorations always add a whimsical touch (and are easy to DIY if you prefer).  Use colorful pinwheels and kites, strands of pretty fabric garlands, or fluffy cheerful pom-poms. Hanging paper lanterns (like those from Luna Bazaar) not only do they add instant beauty to avenue, but also keep your decor budget in check.

Balloons add fun to a party atmosphere, but to achieve a more stylish look go with extra large balloons or balloons on a large scale. Also, everything old-school in decor is new again. Colored confetti traditionally used for showering the bridal couple, has made a come-back as a decoration. Likewise, sparklers can been seen at outdoor evening receptions and are popular with guests. Ramp up the whimsical factor by using props such as vintage bicycles, interesting furniture (to match your theme) and personalized or DIY details throughout your decor. Remember, the sweetest and most creative touches immediately introduce child-like wonder and adorable whimsy to your event.

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Fun Wedding Games

Planning wedding games is another area where you can really get creative with ideas. Activities for your guests at the reception is an excellent way to get them mingling with each other and feeling involved with your wedding.  Just make sure the type of activity you choose is suitable for your venue and will suit guests of all ages.  For an outdoor wedding, lawns games such as bocci and croquet are very popular and give the occasion a wonderful old fashioned vintage appeal. For indoor events, try to arrange an activity to encourage your guests onto the dance floor. Novelty photo booths are also great for either outdoor or indoor weddings. Guests can have fun dressing up for the photos or posing in cut-outs booths. Imagine the funny photos you will have to re-visit in your wedding album.

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Whimsical Cakes

Who doesn’t love cake?!  One of the biggest highlights of a wedding is the cake and a fun wedding is no exception. When looking for whimsical and fun cake inspiration think of a kid’s birthday cake. Lollipop colored icing, candy decorations and of course cupcakes are all a big part of the menu. Another a wonderful way to add whimsy to your cake, yet still retain an element of style, is to add a fun wedding cake topper. Fun toppers add a little novelty to your cake without going too over the top.

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Fun Wedding Food

The food menu at a whimsical wedding gives you an opportunity to re-live your childhood favorites. If you include plenty of sweet colorful treats and food that puts a smile on everyone’s face and there won’t be any left-overs. For outdoor weddings, soda pop and ice-cream cones are an instant hit. Anything on a stick will appeal to all the kid’s at heart and of course, everyone loves a yummy dessert bar.

If you’re going with an overall theme, then carry it through to the food styling and choice of menu. For example, a Circus theme goes hand-in-hand with tubs of hot popcorn, tasty hot dogs and bright colored candy floss.  The menu for a glamorous 1920s cocktail party on the other hand, would include bite-size canapés, shrimp cocktails, sweet miniature puddings and stylish martinis and mint juleps.

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Whimsical Stationery

Remember your wedding stationery design sets the tone for your whole event. Again, if your adopting a specific theme choose a stationery suite to match. Popular whimsical styles usually feature birds, birdcages, quaint florals or a slight retro style to the design. If you want a more novel style of wedding invitation then choose a design that immediately tells your guests they will be attending a light-hearted fun-filled affair.

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Fun Wedding Favors

When it comes to fun or whimsical wedding favors your choices are endless. The best place to start is to decide whether you want an edible favor or a gift your guests can keep as a memento. Next, co-ordinate the style of favor with your wedding theme and colors. It is quite easy to choose a favor to match a themed wedding. Candy goes really well with a retro theme, whereas elegant votive candles suit stylish indoor affairs. Potted plants or butterfly themed favors are lovely for a garden wedding, whereas favors reflecting the sand and ocean highlight a beach theme.

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Modern Glamour Favors

 

Image Credits: Couple with balloons, Outdoor Wedding, Fantasy Wedding & Secret Garden Boards all via Pinterest / Wedding Colors (clockwise from L): Long floral bridesmaid dresses, Green wedding shoes, green bridesmaids, succulent bouquet, pink wedding shoes & citrus cake stand via Pinterest, Short Floral Bridesmaid Dress / Decorations (clockwise from L): Bicycle & Garlands, Bridesmaid pinwheel & kite ceremony arch via Pinterest, Orange Lanterns / Wedding Games: all via Pinterest / Whimsical Cakes: (clockwise from L): Whimsy pink cakeWedding topper, Candy cake, Red, white and blue cupcakes, Whimsical cake / Orange Stationery: Mr & Mrs Wedding Invitation / Vintage Stationery: Stache + Kiss Wedding Invitation, Decor & Couple via Pinterest / Retro 1950’s Favor Inspiration: Marilyn Monroe, Retro Table Setting, Monogram Candy Jar / Stylish Beach Favor Inspiration: Starfish Favor, Beach Mat / Modern Glamor Inspiration: Black twig centerpieceDamask Tealight HoldersChandelier