Styled Roulette Wedding Shoot

This dramatically alternative and uber cool shoot was the brain child of photographer Rosie of Vision of Rose Photography and her best friend Veronica from Tutus for All Boutique. The idea came from us wanting to do something completely out of the box – totally different to anything done before . We decided to make our shoot a “roulette” styled shoot which involved photographing seven models, each wearing a different look. The themes were: Burlesque Beauty, Punk Rock Glam, Paris Princess, Just Peachy, Nautical & Coral, Day of the Dead and Ice Queen  Whilst some of the looks are completely offbeat, we love how they still offer plenty of steal-worthy ideas you can easily infuse in your day.

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Behind the Shoot

Luxe la Vie by LaShendra was the makeup artist for Day of the Dead and Ice Queen and I, Rosey with Vision of Rose Photography completed the rest of the looks, except for the Paris Princess who did her own. The red and peach rose pomanders were from BizouBizou. The felt flower banner, glitter votives, confetti glitter votives, and felt rose topiary were all from The Decor Room. The rose jewelry (earrings and rings) were by Sara’s Pretty Petals. Some of the other jewelry worn by our models were creations of Lydia Jade Creations. The cakes were all made by The Frosted Edge. All outfits were designed by and created by Tutus for All Boutique. All other items from the shoot were either created by or purchased by Rosey with Vision of Rose Photography.

 

Photographer:  Vision of Rose Photography // Floral Designer: BizouBizou // Makeup Artist: Luxe La Vie by LaShendra // Jewelry: Lydia Jade Creations // Jewelry: Sara’s Pretty Petals // Design and Decor: The Decor Room// Cake Designer: The Frosted Edge // Dress Designer: Tutus for All Boutique // Event Designer: Vision of Rose Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Guest Post: The Marriage of Iconic Views of New Zealand with Wedding Destinations

Here at LWB, it’s no secret we’re huge fans of wedding destinations that come with an amazing view. So when Jack Hopkin decided to share with his favourite locations in New Zealand that provide not only something out-of-the-ordinary, but also come with breathtaking scenery, we couldn’t wait to see what he would reveal!

I came from a traditional family where people got married in a church or registry office, went outside to take some photos, and then finished off at the local hall for some nibbles and drinks. While this is still a perfectly good way to get married, most of the world has moved on since then. Couples have started to think outside the box and are now choosing more unusual locations, as well as unusual wedding themes.

Having travelled extensively through New Zealand, I have seen most of the iconic views of this marvelous country. Which got me thinking – these would be perfect places for an unusual wedding destination. So that’s why I’m here today, writing this article. I’ve listed my personal favorite iconic NZ views, all of which I think would be ideal places for couples to get married in.

Lake Matheson

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Located near the west coast of the south island, Lake Matheson is certainly an iconic view, with it’s beautiful reflective lake surrounded by pine trees, and the majestic Mount Cook and Mount Tasman in the background. For me it offers one of the best views of these two famous mountains. It is also an important historical place for the Maori people – it was a ‘Mahinga Kai’ – a place where they gathered their food. I think this would be an ideal place to get married. It’s very popular so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a venue close by. Just imagine these views as part of your wedding photos or even the ceremony itself.

For people wanting a close up view of Mount Cook, I did find one company offering wedding photos on the actual mountain, available for a just a small amount of people.

Mount Doom

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I’m a Lord of the Rings fan – and that is putting it lightly! Mount Doom (it’s actual name is Mount Ngauruhoe), is in the Tongariro National Park. I highly recommend this spot for anyone visiting New Zealand and I also think it makes a great backdrop for photos for fellow LOTR fans. Whilst, you would have to be quite inventive to hold your ceremony here, it is doable in my opinion. The good news is, the Kiwi people are very relaxed and open regarding this type of thing.

Hobbiton

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If you are a fan of the film and prefer to get married somewhere not quite as drastic as Mount Doom, then you may want to try Hobbiton. Yes, I’m talking about where the Hobbits live! I think this is such a cool and iconic place in New Zealand that I’m even thinking about getting my marriage vows renewed here (although I haven’t told my wife yet!). I did find this blog post on a wedding photography site featuring a wedding held at Hobbiton, so they do allow it.

Purakaunui Falls

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One of the most visited and photographed places on the southeast part of the south island is Purakaunui Falls. It’s in the Otago region, and I believe it would be a lovely place to get married. In addition, the falls would make an ideal wedding photo backdrop for nature lovers. You will find a number of Otago wedding venues; however, here is one I found that is ideally near the falls.

Fiordlands

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The views of the Fiordlands are something out of a fantasy film. Especially when you catch them when the misty low clouds are hanging around the surrounding mountains. The most famous of the Fiordlands is known as Milford Sounds. Whilst the second most popular (and equally stunning), is the Doubtful Sounds. With these beautiful views, who wouldn’t want to get married here? 

For something unique you could charter a boat (I’ve seen various boats which are available for weddings), and hold the ceremony out on the water. This isn’t the cheapest way to get married but I think it would be very spectacular.

Pohutu Geyser

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New Zealand has quite a number of active geysers, of which one of the most popular is Pohutu in Rotorua (which is great to visit for their wonderful volcanic hot springs). Pohutu usually erupts one or two times per hour, but it’s well worth the wait, as the super-hot water bursts to a height of around 30 metres (approximately 90 feet). 

If you’re into the primal volcanic power of nature then a wedding in one of the venues in Rotorua would be ideal, and you could have your wedding photos with Pohutu Geyser in the background.

Summary

So those were my personal favorites. I hope these give you some ideas for a more unusual place to get married. 

Have you ever visited New Zealand? Perhaps you were married there? If so, be sure to leave your comment below and let me know if I’ve missed any of your favorites.

 

 

Jack Hopkin is a writer and hopeful published author one day. He works and lives in New Zealand and is working (slowly) on his first book.

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:

Steampunk Wedding Theme

Let’s just start by saying this steampunk wedding theme is awesome.  With it’s amazing images by AK Photography and edgy punk style, I’m seriously taken back. Then there’s the oh-so-cool zepplin stationery by DesignMissoula, the eye-catching copper elements and the quirky mismatched decor. Really, there isn’t a detail in this crazy cool inspiration shoot that isn’t totally brilliant. 

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From the photographer: This styled wedding shoot marries the classic elements of Steampunk and Montana (the last best place). Montana was the greatest copper producer in the world during the 1880s. The mining of this metal left it’s mark on Montana’s history. Today you can find copper relics in any second-hand store across the state. Montana is also rich with sage grasses and lavender. Along with the natural elements of Montana, the theme of Steampunk was supported by the rock and roll styling of the models, the zepplin based invitations and the copper table runner and western/punk decor. And of course, we had to include a get away car tied off with Pabst Blue Ribbon tall boys (a Montana favorite).

 

Photography:  AKphotography / Hair Stylist:  Anna At Canvas Studios / Event Planner:  Thea Rae D Events / Floral Designer:  Paula Jean’s Garden / Reception Venue:  Stensrud Events Center / Invitation Designer:  DesignMissoula / Cake Designer:  Wedding Cakes by Ambrose-Barton & Brown / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Long Beach Wedding on the Queen Mary Ship

There are so many special details in this Long Beach wedding, captured by A&C Photography, I don’t really know where to start. Firstly, we’re captivated by it’s unique location – on board the legendary Queen Mary ship – once upon a time the grandest ocean liner in the world. Then, we love the bride’s sophisticated vintage style and her decision to mirror Jackie Kennedy’s retro bouquet design. Lastly, you can’t go wrong with an elegant red and white palette, which not only was fitting for a marine’s wedding day, but also the festival Christmas season. Ready to step on board?  Bon Voyage!Queen Mary Ship WeddingRed Bridesmaids Ship Deck WeddingOutdoor Ship Deck WeddingQueen Mary Wedding PicturesShip Deck Wedding FlowergirlQueen Mary Wedding PhotosChristmas Wedding Cake Table IdeasQueen Mary Wedding CeremonyQueen Mary Wedding Long BeachLong Beach Wedding Queen Mary ShipThe Queen Mary Wedding Long BeachQueen Mary Wedding PhotographyQueen Mary Weddingbride and groom in photo boothRed and White Ship WeddingMarine Wedding Cake TopperLong Beach Queen Mary WeddingQueen Mary Wedding Reception

Bride Andrea shares:

Wedding Theme

Even though our wedding was 5 days before Christmas, Preston and I wanted to take advantage of Southern California’s mild weather and get married outdoors. With Preston in his Marine Corps dress blues, we thought a deck ceremony aboard the Queen Mary would be perfect. The reception was held in one of their banquet rooms, which we chose because of its more intimate size for our 80 person wedding (and Preston really liked the retro fireplace the room had). The dark reds and wood in the room were beautiful, reflected the season, and had a neat retro look. We didn’t even have to decorate it much.

Color Palette & Flowers

We went with red and champagne for the color palette to match the reception room and the holiday season, which was reflected in the bridesmaids’ and flower girl dresses (which we picked out at Alfred Angelo, on sale). The bridesmaids bouquets were mostly white except for the coffee beans for a little splash of red. My florist also did an amazing interpretation of Jackie Kennedy’s wedding bouquet for mine with gardenias and white roses. It had a retro feel without being too costume-y.

Wedding Favors

The wedding favors were Christmas ornaments I made out of seashells I hand painted different shades of ivory, gold and champagne. I thought the ornaments were a nice way to thank guests for traveling to see us during the holiday season (I covered our Christmas tree with the left overs – I was very proud of my DIY detail).

Unique Details

We also wanted to do a Unity Candle, but since the ceremony was outdoors we were afraid the candle would blow out – awkward! Since we met in a science class in college, we thought it would be quirky and fun to do a “Unity Chemlight” that would have the same feel but wouldn’t go out with the ocean breeze. We each held a small vase of clear liquid during the ceremony. When we poured the two liquids together into a tall thin vase, they reacted and lit up to a glowing blue light that shined brightly throughout the ceremony and reception.

Wedding Cake

My favorite detail, though, was the cake topper. The cake was red velvet with butter cream icing, and I had the groom in the topper customized to show Preston’s Marine Corps dress blues complete with his regulation hair cut, rank, and current medals he had at that time. He’s gotten more medals since then so it’s a great snapshot of where we were at the time of the wedding, aside from Adam and Claudia’s amazing photographs. Those two really are a great team. We are so happy with the way they captured our special day.

Biggest Challenge

My biggest challenge was trying to plan the wedding around Preston’s ever-changing deployment schedule. The Queen Mary staff was very understanding and allowed me to have in our contract that we could change the date of the wedding if needed due to military deployment orders. Thankfully, we didn’t have to reschedule but I did do the majority of the planning on my own while he was away for training.

Favorite Moment

My favorite part of the wedding was Preston’s speech during the reception. He acknowledged that he had no idea how much work went into planning a wedding and that I did an amazing job handling (as he put it) “a logistics nightmare with flowers.” It was from the heart, classic Preston (which is blunt and sometimes crude), and special.

♥ ♥ ♥

Photography: A&C Photography / Ceremony & Reception Venue:  The Queen Mary Royal Wedding Chapel / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Bring It On The Dancefloor ~ A Unique Multicultural California Wedding

What happens when two professional dancers get hitched? Well you get a wedding that ‘kicks up it’s heels’ – literally!  This theatrical couple may have kept their California wedding sweet and simple, but there was nothing simple about the entertainment. The talented duo knew how to “bring it on the dance floor” dancing up a storm not only for each other but also their lucky guests. Their unique wedding reception was more like a spectacular Broadway show. You can’t help but love this adorable couple who went to the effort of beautifully highlighting their two cultures – first, with the pretty bride donning a striking long red chiongsam dress as her ‘farewell outfit,’  then again by adding a unique element of fun and cutting the cake ‘ninja style (although you wouldn’t want to have stood too close! ha ha). Altogether, this was one fun multicultural affair with plenty of snazzy fast moves. Thanks to Ryan Greenleaf who snapped all the entertaining action. Dancers WeddingYellow and White Bridal BouquetSimple Floral BridesmaidsSimple California WeddingModern Dancers WeddingSimple Wedding Table DecorationsTaking Off The GarterModern California WeddingSimple Bride StyleWedding In CaliforniaDancers Floorshow WeddingBride Watching Dance ShowWedding Dance PerformanceProfessional Dancers Wedding CoupleWedding Couple Dancefloor MovesMulticultural WeddingCutting The Cake Ninja StyleSimple Wedding BouquetSimple WeddingCalifornia Dance CoupleDancers Wedding CaliforniaFrom the Photographer: Tony and Christine met in college in a class they had together. Since then, they have been involved in many shows and stage productions both together and separately. My first encounter with them was when they were doing a show together at the Sacramento State Theatre/Dance department. (Which was amazing to watch!) It is a huge part of their lives and will continue to be for years and years to come. They were hitched on June 4th last year. Unfortunately it rained on their wedding day and the ceremony had to be moved indoors. But no matter, because not only did Christine looked stunningly beautiful and Tony very dapper all suited up, but they BROUGHT it on the dance floor at their reception.

Photographer: Ryan Greenleaf Photography / Reception Venue:  Lake Natoma Inn / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Spring Wedding Themes With A Unique Twist

You’ll often hear Spring is the perfect season for a wedding. But what if you don’t want the typical style of Spring wedding theme or traditional pastel color palette? I’ve scouted around for Spring wedding inspiration which is a little left of field and found some wonderful alternatives. Rather than the typical pink-on-pink color scheme, or a garden floral theme, use these gorgeous Spring wedding ideas highlighting the organic elements and earthy springtime tones of nature. Also, don’t presume you need to host a Spring wedding theme outdoors. I’ll show you a stylish Secret Garden spring wedding theme magically brought to life inside an urban venue. An indoor Spring theme such as this, is perfect for a wedding in a cooler climate or when you don’t want to chance unpredictable weather. Go ahead and grab lots of alternative ideas for your Spring wedding from these creative and striking themes:

Spring Wedding Themes Inspiration

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Inspired by a dream, this amazing Spring shoot by Simply Bloom Photography has a wonderfully unique color combination of grape, peach and sage green against a rustic landscape. The richness of the purple grape combined with the softness of peach and sage green is absolutely luscious and gives the whole look an ethereal woodlands or charming vintage feel. For a unique Spring wedding incorporate the bold color scheme into your bouquets and highlight it with lots of lush greenery and sweet smelling sprigs of lavender. Dress your Bridesmaids in soft plums, lavenders or sage green and introduce brighter pops of color into reception decor and favors.

Alternative to Spring Wedding Themes

Next, a Spring wedding theme in a totally natural organic way. Beautifully styled by Poppies and Posies and Merci New York, this gorgeous Spring inspiration shoot featured on Design Sponge totally blows traditional pastel spring themes right out of the water. How could you not love the romantic touches of velvety moss, vintage birdcages and delicate butterfly details – totally adorable!

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And last, but not least, I love this sweet Spring wedding inspiration shoot featured on Style Me Pretty – purely because it is testimony to the fact you can bring the beauty of a Spring wedding indoors. Shot by Nakai Photography and styled by Sweetchic Events it magically brings to life a Secret Garden theme into an urban loft.  I love the enticing mix of warm timber floors and rustic beams, combined with floating fabrics and an uplifting spring palette. This gorgeous Spring wedding color scheme features the traditional pretty pinks, peaches and bright corals with a modern splash of metallic silver. Giving you the perfect excuse to bring the beauty of a springtime garden indoors.

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